A brief Guide to Adelaide City
Adelaide is the capital city of South Australia, Australia. Known for its quaint, laid back atmosphere it still manages to produce some excellent tourism and city attractions. Adelaide is easy to navigate, and produces some exceptional sights with it’s abundance of ornate church buildings and surrounding perimeter of parklands.
There are many tourist attractions, most within a 2km walking radius, however also easily accessible by public transport systems.
North Terrace is one of the four main thoroughfare roads of Adelaide and is an avenue which leads past many of the city's stunning attractions. Starting from the East you have the National Wine Centre, which is a stunning architecturally designed building promoting both the appreciation and education of the wine making. This building backs onto the Adelaide Botanical Gardens, which along with the standard exquisite flora displays, also plays stage for the Victorian designed Palm House, the Rose Garden and the Bicentennial Conservatory which promotes the conservation of Australia and surrounding Pacific Islands endangered and tropical rainforest plants. Pushing slightly further North, the gardens tie into the Adelaide Zoo, which within the last few years established it’s first Giant Panda exhibit attracting an abundant number of tourists. As you draw back towards the city, you cut alongside the beautiful Adelaide Parklands which provide a relaxed atmosphere for strolling with friends or having a picnic with your family. Annually, these parklands transform into the Garden of Unearthly Delights, where a vast number of amazing arts performers congregate to display their talents.
As you cross over Frome Street, you begin to enter the University of Adelaide precinct, which leads into a boulevard of stunning architecturally surrounding buildings, such as Bonython Hall, and brings you close to the Adelaide State Library, The Art Gallery as well as the Adelaide Museum. Within the same area you are able to see the monolithic National War Memorial which pays tribute to those who served in the First World War and is truly an awe-inspiring sight.
To the north of the university you can follow the River Torrens down to King William Street, gradually leading you through to Elder Park. This vast area of grassland will provide you with the most beautiful views of the Festival Centre, Adelaide's main arts centre which plays host to such annual displays as the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and the Adelaide International Guitar Festival. You can also see the more recently expanded Adelaide Convention Centre, which is an amazing structure dominating the area and hosting Adelaide's most prominent conventions. Across the opposite side of the river bank you can also view the Memorial Drive Tennis centre and marvel at the beautiful surrounding landscape.
Cutting through the Festival Centre you can view Parliament House, which fronts onto the intersection of North Terrace and King William. The last stretch of North Terrace leads into a few of Adelaide's more prominent Hotels and also plays host to Adelaide's Sky City Casino.
Hindley Street runs parallel to North Terrace and provides a major attraction for an active nightlife and is the West End of the city centre.
Heading back towards the hills and over King William street you come to Rundle Mall, which is Adelaide's main retail shopping precinct. The Myer Centre stands out opposite City Cross, one of the larger food courts of the area, and provides keen shoppers with a number of individual and unique stores. Travelling further up the mall you will encounter a number of franchise clothing and accessories stores, as well as other Major retailers such as David Jones, Harris Scarfe and Woolworths.
Continuing to the end of the mall, heading over Pulteney Street you come to Rundle Street. Which is Adelaide's main cosmopolitan precinct, providing a number of its best restaurants, cafes as well as feature boutique clothing retailers. This truly is one of the heartbeats of the city from morning through to evening.
This captures just a small portion of what Adelaide city as well as South Australia have to offer. Directly from the city you can easily catch public transport to Glenelg, providing more cafes, restaurants and a wonderful ocean view. Otherwise, you can always head to Port Adelaide, a wonderfully historic port full of amazing old commercial premises.
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