Adelaide: The Perfect Australian Vacation
If you dream of visiting Australia but aren’t sure where to begin, why not consider Adelaide as a travel destination? As the capital city of South Australia, this lively city offers everything you could want from sunny Australian beaches to family attractions, impressive arts and culture and outdoor adventure.
Adelaide’s fun beaches are one of the city’s biggest crowd-pullers, with most of them located within 30 minutes of the city center. The most popular beach is Glenelg. In addition to water sports and beach activities, Glenelg offers dozens of restaurants, shops, galleries, museums, hotel choices and exciting attractions like the amusement park, The Beachouse.
As one of the oldest zoos in Australia, the Adelaide Zoo presents a great family attraction. With more than 2,000 animals represented by 300 different species from all over the world, you can encounter the likes of kangaroos, koalas, Sumatran tigers, chimpanzees, exotic birds, reptiles and more. Not to miss here are Funi and Wang Wang, the only two Giant Pandas living in the Southern Hemisphere.
Adelaide Botanic Garden
Another excellent family-friendly attraction, the Adelaide Botanic Garden features magnificent gardens like a rose garden, fruit orchard, a health garden and an Amazon water lily pavilion in addition to an array of birds and animals like colorful parrots and cassowaries. What’s more, this wonderful complex offers historic buildings, an impressive glass house, art works, a wine center, cafe and museum.
Adelaide Central Market
No visit to Adelaide would be complete without exploring South Australia’s most visited tourist spot, the Adelaide Central Market. Located in the historic Victoria Square behind the Hilton Hotel, this lively indoor market is one of the oldest in the world. You are sure to find a bargain among the many stalls selling the likes of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, breads, seafood, meats, international foods and souvenir items.
Arts and Culture
If you want to experience Adelaide’s arts and culture, some of the best places to visit include the Art Gallery of South Australia, which houses one of the finest art collections in the country.
At the internationally esteemed Migration Museum, you can view exhibits illustrating how Australian heritage was shaped by both the struggles and achievements of immigrants over the past two centuries.
In addition to a mix of other galleries, the Aboriginal Cultures Gallery of the South Australian Museum houses the world’s largest collection of Aboriginal objects that include art works and artifacts such as paintings, weapons, ceremonial dress and more.
Outdoor enthusiasts and adventurists will not be disappointed in Adelaide’s offerings. With several national parks, conservation parks and wildlife sanctuaries, you can enjoy recreational activities such as tennis, hiking, kayaking, eco tours and wildlife viewing as well as adrenaline rushes like rock climbing, rappelling, biplane tours and hot air balloon rides.
Adelaide’s warm, year-round climate is one of its main attractions. Summers (December through February) are sunny and mostly dry while winters (June through August) feature frequent rainfall.
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