Adelaide is the perfect place for an introduction to Australia's
Aboriginal heritage and contemporary culture.
The South Australian Museum's Aboriginal Cultures Gallery
on North Terrace is home to the largest collection of Aboriginal
artifacts and archival material in the world, with 3000 items and
interactive multi-media displays. The nearby Tandanya National Aboriginal
Cultural Institute is an award winning multi-arts centre featuring
regular exhibitions by Aboriginal artists from all over the country,
while a Tauondi tour of Adelaide reveals the diversity of South
Australia's Aboriginal communities.
Joining the South Australian Museum on the cultural and political
boulevard of North Terrace are the Art Gallery of South Australia,
the Migration Museum, Government House and Parliament House, while
to the west is Adelaide Sky City Casino and the Adelaide Convention
Centre. The centre's $92 million expansion opened in September
2001, creating a total exhibition area of more than 10,000sqm
and one of the largest multi-purpose convention facilities in
the world. Incorporated in the centre is Regatta's restaurant,
offering a range of quality dining experiences from breakfast
to lunch, dinner, supper and after work drinks - all with great
At the eastern end of North Terrace is the Adelaide Botanic Gardens.
The magnificent Bicentennial Conservatory houses a complete tropical
rainforest and is the largest glasshouse in the southern hemisphere.
A 20-minute tram ride takes visitors from the heart of the city
to the popular beachside suburb of Glenelg. Busking performances
and street parties are common and visitors can try their hand
at tandem bike riding, parasailing, windsurfing and sailing.
Adelaide's coastline is dotted with miles and miles of pristine
beaches and abounds with attractions to suit every taste - from
a miniature steam train at Semaphore to the flora and birdlife
of Largs Bay and sailing at North Haven.
South Australia's maritime history can be explored at Port Adelaide,
20 minutes northwest of the CBD. Weekly walking tours are run
through the old docks, while cruise boats ply the Port River,
often attracting the local population of dolphins. The South Australian
Maritime Museum and the mangrove forests are also popular.
Shopping is a breeze in Adelaide. The revitalized West End precinct
of Hindley Street is home to the JamFactory Contemporary Craft
& Design, Lion Arts Theatre and the University of South Australia.
A recent influx of cosmopolitan cafes, bookstores and galleries
is creating a new contrast to the nightclubs of Hindley Street.
Rundle Mall is the shopping hub of Adelaide with more than 550
retail outlets, and acts as a geographical bridge between Hindley
Street and trendy Rundle Street, which boasts more than 50 cafes,
restaurants, wine bars and pubs. This long stretch of retail and
culinary experiences is the bustling centre of Adelaide almost
24 hours a day.