Welcome to Adelaide!

The city in a park!

One of the first things you notice when you come to Adelaide, is its design. The capital city of South Australia is located in the middle of the Adelaide Plains between the blue waters of Gulf St.Vincent and the beautiful Mount Lofty Ranges and Adelaide Hills, The city is surrounded by the Adelaide Park Lands with the Central Business District and the more residential North Adelaide separated by the River Torrens. Planned by Colonel William Light, the city square mile has all major streets running either North/South or East/West. A network of smaller streets and eclectic laneways connect the major roads.


Take in the view... 

One of the best views of the city and the hills is from Light's Vision - his lookout at the top of Montefiore Hill (follow Morphett Street northwards and uphill towards North Adelaide to find it). There is space to park your car for a short while so that you can take photographs of the city looking across the top of the Adelaide Oval and Memorial Drive Tennis Courts. Also take a stroll over the road to have a look at Carclew and the view overlooking the golf course.


Fresh air, riverside walks, drink in the views, relax on the lawns, take a picnic..

Do not miss the beautiful walk along the banks of the River Torrens Lake, which divides the CBD from the more residential North Adelaide, within the parklands itself. The paths are suitable for wheelchairs (and pushbikes, skateboards, roller blades, prams etc) from the Adelaide Zoo ( on Frome Road) around to the Torrens Weir (downstream west from Morphett Street Bridge), on both sides of the river. If you want to take it easy, why not do a tour on Popeye, the covered passenger vessel which does the round trip from the Adelaide Festival Centre to the weir and zoo (where you can disembark if you like, to have a look around the zoo and the Botanic Gardens and park which are adjacent. The path is shared by pushbikes and pedestrians, and there are lines painted on the surface for when it gets congested. This is the path used for the annual Corporate Cup - which takes place during spring each fortnight. If you feel the need for a break, there is a kiosk at the golf course by the weir where you can buy  ice creams, or Regatta's on the river side of the Adelaide Convention Centre, a nice little kiosk/cafe on the river side of the Festival Centre, and Jolleys Boathouse which caters for luncheons and dinners.


hop on a free bus or tram and see the sights... 

Other free things to do include taking a trip on the free buses the 98A/C and 99A/C covers a route through the CBD or both the CBD and North Adelaide. The tram service is free between South Terrace and the Entertainment Centre in suburban Hindmarsh connecting many of the city's attractions, Victoria Square, the Adelaide Central Market, Rundle Mall, the Railway Station, Festival Centre and Casino and Adelaide Entertainment Centre.

On North Terrace near the Morphett Street Bridge is Holy Trinity Church - the first church in South Australia. All the materials for the church were brought from the UK by the early settlers, who had no idea what building materials they would find in South Australia. Over the years additions have been made to the building to cater for the increased congregation, and it is now a lively church with branches in the Adelaide Hills as well as on the University Campuses. On any Sunday you will be able to find a service to suit you, ranging from the traditional anglican communion service at 8.30 am, contemporary family service at 10 am with children's progrms, the 10.30 am modern anglican service, the 5 pm contemporary evening service with creche, and the 7 pm contemporary evening service (which is popular with students and young people who don't like getting up early on a Sunday!). The people are very welcoming, and you are usually invited to chat under the trees with a cup of tea or coffee either before or after the service.


watch artisans at work, explore contemporary galleries, get a taste of university life, take in the Light...  

South along Morphett Street you will find the Jam Factory - a modern arts & craft centre. Nearby is the Samstag Museum of Art, the Australian Experimental Art Foundation, the South Australian School of Art GalleryNexus Arts and the Mercury Cinema. The University of South Australia also has an extensive campus here including the The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery. After this is the first of the five squares in the city square mile - Light Square. It is worth taking the time to look at the statues and plaques in the square.


to market to market, Chinatown, taste your way around the heart of the city... 

On your way further south you will cross Grote Street - the northern boundary of the Adelaide Central Market. If you want to buy fresh fruit and vegetables (or fish and meat), this is the place to do it on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (from morning and into the evening) and Saturday morning. The Market is alongside of Chinatown and a large number of cafes and eating places of all tastes are along Gouger Street.


A most beautiful cultural boulveard, unique in the world... 

North Terrace is the grand cultural boulevard of Adelaide and South Australia. It is home to the Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide Railway Station, Adelaide Casino, the South Australian Parliament, Prince Henry Gardens, Government House, the National War Memorial, the State Library of South Australia, the South Australian Museum, the Art Gallery of South Australia, the University of Adelaide, the University of South Australia, the Royal Adelaide Hospital, the Adelaide Botanic Garden and the National Wine Centre.

There is just so much to do in the City, and so little time to write about it all.


Receive a warm welcome... 

If you aren't sure where to start, or would like a bit of extra help working out what will suit you contact the Adelaide City Council's complimentary Greeter Network at Adelaide Greeters  part of the Global Greeter Network . A Greeter can orientate you to the city and give you a 'local's' look at the City. 

You can also drop in to the Visitor Information Centre located in James Place (between Rundle Mall and Grenfell Street. There is plenty of visitor information and tour bookings can be made for you. Or read more about Adelaide on its official tourism website.