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Things to do in Adelaide

Cycle The Coastline

Hire a bike for free (tel: +61 8 8168 9999; www.bikesa.asn.au/adelaidefreebikes) and cycle along Adelaide’s sun-splashed metropolitan coastline. Almost all of its 70km (43 miles) is flat, and follows timber boardwalks and dune-flanked shared paths. You are likely to see stumpy tail lizards, blue-tongued lizards and dragon lizards, along with pelicans, cormorants, honeyeaters and dune plants native only to Adelaide’s dunes.

Kayak Port Adelaide’s ship graveyards

Port Adelaide’s dolphin conservation zone is also home to the largest ship graveyards in the country. Hike a kayak from Adventure Kayaking SA (tel: +61 8 8295 8812; www.adventurekayak.com.au) and paddle freely around partially submerged scuttled steamships, ferries and traders that lay rusting in the salty ripples. Weave in and out of mangrove areas bordered by mudflats, and see Santiago, the oldest iron-hulled ship in Australia. This Scottish barque first arrived in Adelaide laden with coal.

Ride in a Hot Air Balloon

Take to the sky over the Barossa Valley, just northeast of Adelaide, with Balloon Adventures (tel: +61 8 8562 3111; www.balloonadventures.com.au). Step into the basket before dawn to rise with the morning sun. When the fire switches off intermittently, embrace the silence and breathe in the hills as you float inline with the horizon. Enjoy a hot, post-flight breakfast with sparkling wine, orange juice and chocolates.

Swim with dolphins

Swim with wild common and bottlenose dolphins with Temptation Sailing (tel: +61 412 811 838; www.dolphinboat.com.au). From Marina Pier in Glenelg, board a state-of-the-art 17.5m (58 ft) catamaran to meet some of the 1,000 dolphins that frequent these sheltered waters. Hold onto the floatation line as they inquisitively frolic around you. A wetsuit, snorkel and mask are provided, and electronic Shark Shields are used during swims. An eco-friendly experience (the dolphins are not enticed), the company also monitors dolphin numbers and behaviour for research purposes.

Watch cricket at Adelaide Oval

Be one of the first to watch a cricket match at the newly-redeveloped Adelaide Oval (tel: +61 8 8211 1100; www.adelaideoval.com.au). Though modernised and expanded, it still features the iconic heritage scoreboard. Join one of the Summer Series tours to go behind the scenes of this world-famous cricket site, where the legendary Donald Bradman made his debut aged 19. Or brave the rough and tumble with the locals, by catching Aussie Rules Football here during the winter season.

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Clarion Soho Hotel

There are only 29 rooms at Clarion Soho Hotel, hence the focus on quality over quantity. With modern Manhattan interiors, commodious king-size beds, crisp white linen and Missoni cushions, comfort and style intertwine in the sleeping chambers. Each room also comes with 42-inch LCD TVs, DVD players with free DVD hire, luxury spa products, iPod docks and cable broadband internet. Don’t miss the restaurant with Tom Dixon feature lighting, Kartell chairs and a marble bar imported from Italy.

Hotel Ibis Adelaide

Located in the Central Business District, the Ibis Hotel boasts 311 fresh and modern rooms, a ground-floor restaurant and bar with world-class food, and balconies so guests can enjoy the fresh Adelaide air. Wi-Fi, online check-in and an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet are complimentary.

Largs Pier Hotel

Luxury suites and motel rooms await at the Largs Pier Hotel. Built in 1882 and still dominating the seafront by Largs Bay Pier, this is the hotel where AC/DC and Jimmy Barnes played before they were famous. Heritage rooms are a sensory mix of lofty ceilings and cutting edge bathrooms, complete with king-size, four-poster beds. One suite also contains a dining room. The hotel is the site of the very first drive-through bottle shop in Australia.

Majestic Minima Hotel

This artsy hotel stands out not only for its green and silver modern-style exterior, but also its unbeatable location in the heart of North Adelaide. Each of Minima Hotel’s 46 rooms was painted by a local Australian artist, giving every room a unique feel and aesthetic. Guests can look at the website and request a specific room or be surprised when they walk through the door. Expect decorations ranging from abstract ocean scenes to neon sculptures to a blown-up aboriginal alphabet.

Majestic Roof Garden Hotel

At the Majestic Roof Garden Hotel, the guest experience is in the name—expect a gorgeous rooftop garden overlooking the city to compliment the usual amenities of a modern hotel, including free Wi-Fi, 24-hour room service and complimentary breakfast. The location is great for exploring downtown as well.

 

Miller Apartments

One of Adelaide's newest luxury aparthotels, Miller Apartments provides a new level of comfort with fully equipped kitchens, living areas, free Wi-Fi, LED TVs, and an environmentally friendly approach to accommodation. Located at the Rundle Mall side of the vibrant West End, visitors of all ages can appreciate what that city centre has to offer without straying far from the comfort of their own private apartment.