Edged by the Mount Lofty ranges and the long white sands of the Gulf of St Vincent, the style of the city, influenced by Australia’s first free settlers, is still very much in evidence as gracious stone buildings pepper the streets and you will never stray far from open green parkland.
A great charm, and indeed calm, infuses the city and it can be easily explored on foot. The cultural centre lies in a string of commanding public buildings that run between the grand, old tree-lined North Terrace and the River Torrens, while the north of the city is a lattice of blue stone cottages and thriving al fresco restaurants.
The gorgeous Adelaide Hills, draped in steep vineyards amidst acres of bushland and bustling upcountry towns, are less than half an hour by car from the city and offer a superb alternative to a stay in the centre itself.
Glenelg, reached by a vintage tramline, is a cheerful seaside resort where open-air cafés are set around a lovely swimming beach and is the ideal place to while away time.
The city prides itself on being the artistic capital of Australia, especially at the time of the acclaimed Adelaide Festival, and the Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery houses an extensive collection of artefacts and artworks.
Suggested itineraries featuring Adelaide
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Places near Adelaide
- Barossa Valley 45 kilometers away
- Fleurieu Peninsula 58 kilometers away
- Clare Valley 118 kilometers away
- Coorong National Park 138 kilometers away
- Kangaroo Island 155 kilometers away
- Murray River 187 kilometers away
- Robe 270 kilometers away
- Eyre Peninsula 280 kilometers away
- Flinders Ranges 380 kilometers away
- The Gawler Ranges National Park 388 kilometers away
- The Grampians National Park 426 kilometers away
- Baird Bay 439 kilometers away
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