Destination Guide - Adelaide

Despite being a major Australian city, Adelaide has maintained an enviable tranquillity – it’s fondly known as the City of Churches and the calm that its architecture induces is palpable. The Torrens River is a great spot to relax and enjoy the sun and the inner city suburbs have a charming village appeal. The inner city beaches such as Glenelg could be mistaken for remote costal areas so it’s possible to enjoy a clean and quiet beach while having the benefit of being no more than 20 minutes from the great restaurants and vibrant nightlife that Adelaide has to offer. And some of Australia’s best wineries are right at its doorstep…

The Basics

Currency: Australian Dollar (A$)
Population: 1,600,000
Time zone: +9.5
Daylight savings: Last Sunday in October to first Sunday in April
Language: English
Electricity voltage: 220-240V
Electricity hz: 50
Electrical plugs: Australian-style plug with two flat angled blades and one vertical grounding blade
Mobile network: GSM, CDMA

Highlights

  • Glenelg Beach
  • Torrens River
  • Rundle Mall

Events

  • 26 January
    Australia Day

Weather

Adelaide’s summers (December to February) can be extremely hot – it’s not unusual for it to reach 40°C and higher. Winters (June to August) can be cold and grey but not temperatures are freezing, getting down to approximately 15°C. Autumn and spring are the best times to visit and enjoy moderate conditions.


Getting there and around

The trains and buses offer an efficient way to travel. There is also a tram that travels from the city centre to Glenelg.

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  • I was in Adelaide on the weekend and went to an Italian Restaurant called enoteca. It was without question the best food I have eaten in Adelaide. I can not reccommend enoteca highly enough. It is located on Carrington Street in the city.
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    • Totally agree. It has become our favourite 'special lunch' restaurant. In winter their braises are exceptional. Nathaniel is the perfect host.

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