Flights to Adelaide
The capital of South Australia, Adelaide is a popular tourist destination in Australia. Located between Gulf St Vincent in the north of the Fleurieu Peninsula, and low-lying Mount Lofty Ranges ion the Adelaide Plains, the city sprawls on 3,257.7 km2 are of land and has a population of over 1.30 million. The city was founded in the year 1836 to be built for a freely-settled British province in Australia and was christened, ‘Adelaide’ to honor of Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, who was the queen consort to King William IV. A major commercial center in South Australia, Adelaide is also home to South Australia's seat of government and many governmental and financial institutions are located here. Ranking high on livability index, the city was one among the Top 10 of The Economist's World's Most Livable Cities’ index in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Adelaide also ranked the most liveable city in Australia by the Property Council of Australia in 2011, 2012 and 2013. The natives of Adelaide are known as Adelaidean and English is the most widely spoken language followed by Italian, Greek, Mandarin, Vietnamese and Cantonese.
Adelaide Airport in Adelaide's western suburbs and Parafield Airport located 18 km north of the city center are the major commercial airports serving Adelaide. The Adelaide airport is the major international and is capable of handling 27 aircraft and 3,000 passengers per hour. The city has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate which is characterized by hot dry summers and mild winters. The city does not receive any snowfall and precipitation is highest during the winter months. Tourists consider the month of February and March as the ideal season to visit the city as the weather is pleasant with very little rainfall. While the city can be visited for most part of the year, summer moths from November to January can get really warm. The winter season lasts from June till August and the spring season reclaims the city between September and October. Adelaide Festival of Arts, Fringe Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Adelaide Film Festival, WOMADelaide, Adelaide Writers' Week, and Adelaide Festival of Ideas are some of the major festivals held celebrated in Adelaide.
The city of Adelaide has blessed with some of the most popular natural as well as manmade attractions and there is something to keep everybody happily engaged. Keep the children happy by beginning your city tour by visit the Adelaide Zoo, which will not only charm the children but adults as well. North Terrace, a magnificent tree-lined boulevard graced by historic and cultural treasures is a must visit. Adelaide is illustrious for its beautiful well-manicured garden and Adelaide Botanic Garden is one of them. A wonderland of botanical treasures here tourists can sight medicinal plants, a Mediterranean garden and Australian native species.
South Australian Museum (top research facility renowned for its Aboriginal heritage collections), State Library of South Australia, Adelaide Central Market (oldest indoor markets in the world), Glenelg (seaside village), Cleland Wildlife Park (animals in their natural habitat), Adelaide Festival Centre (Australia's first multi-functional arts venue), Ayers Historic House Museum (finest examples of Regency architecture in Australia), Victoria Square, Port Adelaide and Migration Museum are some of the popular sightseeing places.
Art Gallery of South Australia, with its finest art collections, in another major tourist spot in the city. Beaches are also a major attraction in Adelaide.
Strolling along and dining at Gouger Street, Dolphin Swimming of Adelaide shores, a walk on the Jetty Road in Glenelg, a day at Barosa Valley the Best Wine Region in Australia and pub hopping at Hahndorf are some of the exciting activities famous in Adelaide.
Eating and Shopping
A cosmopolitan hub, Adelaide has more than 1,000 restaurants, pubs, eateries and cafes that offer something for every traveller. Adelaide is also the wine capital of Australia so it goes without saying that tourists have the chance to enjoy some of the most delicious alcoholic beverages here. Waymouth Street, Halifax Street, Hutt Street and Leigh Street are the major food street where tourists can enjoy cuisine from all over the world, and they are affordable too. Adelaidean love food and water so there is no surprise that most of the beaches have wonderful eating joints serving the people. Sea food is consumed a lot and the local or maybe the national dish of Australia, fish and chips should not be missed here. For those looking for a fine dine experience, multiple options are available.
For a great shopping experience in Adelaide, head to the Rundle Street which is a premier shopping destination filled with high end boutiques and authentic brand stores. Most of the shops are open from 9 am till 5 pm during weekdays and 11 am till 5 pm on Sunday. Adelaide Street has numerous shops and cafes making it a hot spot for those who love fashion and food. The aboriginal handicrafts of Australia are one of the major buys when shopping in Adelaide. During weekend, shops in Adelaide are accompanied with dozens of casual day traders selling products, gifts and art from local crafts.
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