Adelaide: One Full Day

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Mar 15th, 2006, 09:53 AM
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Adelaide: One Full Day

I have my 3 weeks in Sydney, Perth, Darwin/Kakadu planned, plus I have a full day in Adelaide (8May06): what to do? Sure, I like animals, plants, buildings, art, museums, sights, walks, tours, etc.; but what is most unique in this city? What would you do if you only had one day and no car? What's a "don't miss" site since it doesn't exist anywhere else? Staying at Hyatt Regency @Railway Station. Also really good restaurants? Your help would be much appreciated!
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Mar 16th, 2006, 03:54 PM
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I'm sorry to say this, but theres not much to see in Adelaide. I spent 2 days there last year, and wished I had used those 2 days elsewhere.
However, if you do have to stay in Adelaide, then there are some nice restaurants, a Casino, the Cricket Ground, etc.
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Mar 16th, 2006, 03:56 PM
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I forgot to mention that there are some nice beaches not far out of the city, just don't swim too far out, SA is known for white pointer sharks.
Pity you couldn't get a rental car and had a few extra days, not far away from Adelaide is my favourite little beach, called Raby Bay.
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Mar 16th, 2006, 04:59 PM
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Adelaide is a very welcoming and pretty city. Easy to get around also. You will be here in May which is a cooler month so I don't think you will be swimming down at our wonderful beaches... yes I am an Adelaidian! You are staying at a great hotel on North Terrace where you can walk up to the Museums, Art Gallery etc. I am sure the hotel will provide you with a map and some suggestions also. There are great restaurants/cafes in Rundle St East and also in Gouger Street where you can get any cuisine you can think of! Food is great here and cheaper than any other city in Australia in my opinion.
You could take the tram from Victoria Square down to Glenelg beach and stroll around, plenty of eating places down there also. Or you could do a tour to Cleland Wildlife Pk in the Adelaide Hills if you haven't seen enough kangaroos, koalas etc.
Adelaide is not a bustling metropolis, except right now it is with the Festival of Arts and the car racing etc happening this month... might be a great chance for you to relax and enjoy something different!
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Mar 17th, 2006, 09:12 AM
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Thanks for your response tropo, I wasn't expecting too much in Adelaide; but it is a major city I wanted to see. The tram to Glenelg sounds perfect and unique, will also try to do museum and art gallery- great ideas DebM. And since Adelaide comes between Darwin and Sydney, "relax and enjoy" will be just fine. I'll skip the zoo since my Eyes have seen enough kangaroos, but my Stomach is looking forward to them.
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Mar 17th, 2006, 05:27 PM
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Also, should you be in Adelaide on a Tuesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday a trip to the Central Market is great fun and very interesting. Tours are available, or wander by yourself. We have taken many overseas and interstate visitors to the Market and they have all enjoyed the experience.In the city, if you are interested in cricket,there is the Don Bradman collection, or near Parliament House, the Migration museum. Our overseas visitors have also enjoyed the wonderful Botanic Gardens with it's Conservatory and it also has a nice place to eat in the grounds - The "Old" Kiosk on the pond.

I would recommend the Asian eating places near the market - or for more traditional European/Australian cuisine try Chianti Classico, Auge, Magill Estate (out of the City about 6 kilometres -expensive but worth it!).

Glenelg by tram is also worth a trip - wander around the old buildings and new developments there, and again interesting and varied places to eat. Can recommend the organic pizzas there.

Adelaide is not a seeting metropolis, but a slower, more laid back city without the traffic jams and frentic feeling of many other cities.
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Mar 17th, 2006, 05:33 PM
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Oopps that's seething - not seeting!!!
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Mar 17th, 2006, 05:35 PM
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Further editing - frentic - is this a cross between frantic and frenetic???Sorry about that!
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Mar 18th, 2006, 03:24 AM
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If you go to the museum be sure to check out the gem gallery - amazing hunks of rock with crystals of every hue. And the Douglas Mawson exhibition too, if it's still on. Immigration Museum good, Art Gallery too.

Personally I found Glenelg disappointing but riding a tram is always fun.
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Mar 20th, 2006, 09:33 AM
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Thanks all; I'm ready for my trip. Adelaide sounds nice, even if it isn't frenzied, frenetic, or frantic. I love trams, and organic pizza with pepperoni. I hope the museum has pink diamonds from the Argyle mine in the NT.
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Mar 20th, 2006, 06:23 PM
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Hello tampatramp,
I know you won't have a car but why not consider a half day trip or take a tour to the village of Hahndorf. This is a popular gourmet destination not far out of town through the Adelaide hills.
This will still give you some time in Adelaide!
Another car trip would be the Barossa valley, this is world famous for wine.
Have a great time in Oz.
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