Adelaide
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Adelaide

With a mix of beaches and botanic gardens, museums, food and music festivals, it's easy to see why this is South Australia's coastal, cultural and culinary hub.

Adelaide has a population of just over 1.2 million inhabitants and has amassed a wealth of diverse culture over the years as a result of European and Asian immigrants choosing to settle here. European settlers brought vine cuttings with them and, thanks to its warm Mediterranean-like climate and some hard work, the region has prospered into one of the finest wine-producing locations in Australia. Boasting famous regions like McLaren Vale, Clare Valley and the Barossa Valley, wine-tasting is a must. The picturesque German settlement town of Hahndorf is not far from the city and is home to a chocolate factory and a strawberry farm where you can even pick your own strawberries.

The Adelaide Botanic Gardens is a haven in the heart of the bustling city. Relax at the park's café, taking in the peaceful verdant surroundings or bring a romantic picnic for you and that special someone to share. Or, if it's fun and games you're looking for, The Beachhouse has all the entertainment you'll need for a great day out. Just minutes away is the beachside neighbourhood of Glenelg – the perfect location for a swim in the blue or a stroll along the jetty.

If you're an avid shopper, Adelaide's pedestrian shopping district, Rundle Mall, will leave you reeling as you scramble from shop to shop on a hunt for the best bargains. Take a load off and refuel at the great café scene on Rundle Street or, if you're a little more peckish, Gouger Street caters for a wide range of tastes and budgets.

After taking a bite out of the local cuisine, why not sample the local history too? North Terrace is home to the Art Gallery of South Australia and the South Australia Museum, full of works depicting the city's cultural and historical background. March is a great time to visit Adelaide with a multitude of festivals taking over the city. The Adelaide Fringe Festival, the Clipsal 500 Car race, the Adelaide Festival and the hugely popular WOMADelaide world music festival all take place around this time and transform the city into a jam-packed hive of entertainment. With so much to see and do, Adelaide is one city that won't leave you disappointed.

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Where to stay in Adelaide

InterContinental Adelaide, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Adelaide, an IHG Hotel
5 out of 5
North Terrace, Adelaide, SA
The price is NZ$204 per night from 23 May to 23 May
Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps away from Adelaide Casino, Parliament House and Adelaide Convention Centre. Adelaide ...
4.4/5Excellent! (926 reviews)
"We've stayed at the Intercontinental Adelaide a number of times, and have always enjoyed it. Rooms are very nice, well presented. Beds are very comfortable and pillows amazing. Only thing that has let it down the past two stays has been the breakfast. Great service, however the food has been cold ..."

Reviewed on 16 May 2021

InterContinental Adelaide, an IHG Hotel
Oaks Glenelg Plaza Pier Suites
Oaks Glenelg Plaza Pier Suites
4.5 out of 5
16 Holdfast Promenade Glenelg, Glenelg, SA
The price is NZ$149 per night from 23 May to 23 May
Located in Glenelg, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of Glenelg Beach and Glenelg Jetty. Brighton Beach and West Beach ...
4.2/5Excellent! (959 reviews)
"Heated pool was cold, too cold for comfort."

Reviewed on 15 May 2021

Oaks Glenelg Plaza Pier Suites
Majestic Roof Garden Hotel
Majestic Roof Garden Hotel
4.5 out of 5
55 Frome Street, Adelaide, SA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$160 per night from 6 Jun. to 6 Jun.
Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of University of Adelaide and Tandanya (National Aboriginal Cultural ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (952 reviews)
"Stay here all the time. Close to restaurants, shopping. Friendly and accomodating staff."

Reviewed on 14 May 2021

Majestic Roof Garden Hotel
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Hahndorf Resort
Hahndorf Resort
4.5 out of 5
145A Mt Barker Road, Hahndorf, SA
The price is NZ$181 per night from 23 May to 23 May
This family-friendly Adelaide campsite is located in Hahndorf, within 3 mi (5 km) of Yantaringa Reserve, Mylor Conservation Park and Engelbrook Reserve. Platform ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,049 reviews)
"We loved our accommodation, it was nice and new. The staff were friendly and it was great that they put on movies some nights for the kids. Maybe more play equipment for younger kids but otherwise a great stay."

Reviewed on 6 Apr. 2021

Hahndorf Resort
Birdwood Motel
Birdwood Motel
4 out of 5
17 Shannon Street, Birdwood, SA
The price is NZ$176 per night from 20 May to 20 May
Located in the heart of Birdwood, this aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from National Motor Museum, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Big Rocking Horse and Barrister ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (81 reviews)
"Typically for myself the spa was my favourite attraction. Overall it was an amazing stay! Just some more utensils may of been good as I am gluten intolerant and I have to cook. Kind Regards from myself and my partner!"

Reviewed on 27 Dec. 2020

Birdwood Motel
Peace and Serenity in the Hills
Peace and Serenity in the Hills
258 Mawson Rd, Adelaide, SA
Located in Forest Range, this apartment building is within 12 miles (20 km) of Barrister Block, Cleland Conservation Park and Morialta Conservation Park. Mount ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Peacful weekend away from the world.
"The property was amazing and cosy. Deane had the fire going and plenty of goodies for us when we arrived. The grounds were beautiful and definitely worth the walk. Thanks you."

Reviewed on 18 Apr. 2021

Peace and Serenity in the Hills
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Reviews of Adelaide

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6 May 2020

Very friendly city.

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17 Apr. 2020

Very good will stay again soon

5/5 - Excellent

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27 Mar. 2020

Adelaide is liveable, lovable and quite a beautiful city. The mobility around the city is very much enjoyable and easy.

5/5 - Excellent

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23 Mar. 2020

Shopping's a bit sucky compared to Sydney and Melbourne, but great for a change of pace from Sydney and Melbourne!

5/5 - Excellent

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16 Mar. 2020

loved womeadelaide.

5/5 - Excellent

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12 Mar. 2020

Great vibe in the city at this time of year. Thoroughly enjoyed attending the writers' festival, the Fringe and WOMADelaide. Great food options throughout the city, although Adelaide is not the cheapest place to eat.

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