- Discover Adelaide
Not many backpackers make the effort to go down to Adelaide, but it should be considered. There’s plenty to do here.
The city centre is quite compact and easy to get around. King William Street is the main street. Victoria Square is the centre and you'll find bus and tram stops around here. The central bus station is on Franklin Street. Rundle and Hindly Streets would have most pubs, cafes and restaurants.
There are a few museums and art galleries such as the Art Gallery of South Australia the South Australia Museum (North Terrace), and the Migration Museum (Kintore Avenue). The Old Adelaide Goal, a prison built in the 1798 provides tours. There are the Botanical Gardens on North Terrace. The Adelaide Festival of Arts is on in March.
The waters off South Australia are known as the Great Southern Bligh and are home to the highest concentration of Great White Sharks in the world. There are tours offering cage dives with these magnificent animals. You don't have to be able to dive but if you are certified you will be able to go deeper, where there are more sharks. Be wary of going with tours that feed the sharks. This is banned in other parts of the world as it encourages sharks to associate humans with food, thus putting us more at risk from shark attacks. There should be plenty of dives that don't feed the sharks.
Worldsend Hotel (Hindley Street), Exeter (Rundle Street), Grace Emily Hotel (Waymouth Street), Belgian Beer Cafe (Ebenezer Place).
Eating out in Adelaide can be quite cheap compared to other Australian cities. Chinatown especially has many Asian restaurants serving cheap food.
Yung Chow Chinese Restaurant, Lucias Pizza and Spaghetti Bar.
Nova and Palace East End Cinemas (Rundle Street), Academy Cinema City (Hindmarch Square), Moonlight Cinema (Botanic Gardens). Remember to go on Tuesdays when prices are slashed by almost half.
Go see an AFL game at the Adelaide Oval. Adelaide has two AFL teams, the Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide.
Glenelg is a seaside suburb just a short tram ride from the city. There's a lovely beach here and a nice area to walk around or drink coffee. The beach is good for swimming, bodyboarding, sunbathing, or just enjoying the sunset. There's the Glenelg Jazz Festival in October.
Henley Beach is another good beach and is quieter than Glenelg.
Adelaide is quite remote so getting there by car can take a while. The nearest city is Melbourne, which will take around 9 hours.
Adelaide is connected to Melbourne with “The Overland”, to Alice Springs and Darwin by “The Ghan” and to Sydney and Perth by the “Indian Pacific”. These are very long journeys but also fantastic ways to travel and should be considered at least once.
Greyhound Australia runs services between Adelaide and Sydney, Melbourne and Alice Springs.
Adelaide International Airport is only 7km from the city centre. Flights connect with all cities in Australia as well as New Zealand, China, Malaysia, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates.
Take the JetBus J1/J2 to the city. It only takes around 20 minutes and costs around $5. There’s also a Skylink that costs around $8. Taxis are outside the terminal and work out cheap if there is a few of you travelling together.
The train, tram and bus all use the Metroticket. Single tickets cost around $5, full day tickets cost $10, and a three day ticket costs $25.
The bus routes cover all the suburbs as well as the city. There is a free City Loop service that runs every 15 minutes. This is a great way of getting around as well as seeing the sights. The services become a lot less frequent at night.
There are four main lines on the train network. There is also a tram that connects the city centre with suburbs such as Glenelg.
Taxis are safe and reliable and can be hailed on the street or booked by phone.
Renting a car is a great way of getting around Adelaide and the surrounds. There are rental companies at the airport and in the city centre.
Catch a taxi at night rather than walking. Use common sense, don’t walk alone at night or when intoxicated and you should be fine. As usual look after your valuable and leave them in your hotel or hostel when you can.