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Adelaide – City Of Parks
adelaide saAdelaide is a culturally rich and diverse city, offering something for everyone. Highly regarded as the wine and festival capital of Australia, it is a city nestled in a picturesque setting of parks, gardens, historical buildings and open streets. It is easy here to experience a vast array of restaurants, cafés and shops as they are all within a very short walking distance of each other. It is an excellent city for those who are wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of large cities, yet still enjoy all that city life has to offer.

Located on the banks of the River Torrens, at the foot hills of the Adelaide Hills and St Vincent Gulf on either side, there is natural beauty everywhere you look. This is essentially what gives is such a pleasant climate all year round, with a Mediterranean charm that is simply unbeatable.

You will never run out of brilliant scenery and diverse tourist regions to visit while travelling here. Most regions are easily reached with car rental Adelaide, which makes it a perfect base for your adventures.

The city is bright and colourful, with a cluster of green parks bringing a sense of peace and space to the region. One of the most popular of these would have to be Elder Park, where you can hire paddleboats or cycle along the tracks winding along the banks of the River Torrens. For a slower pace, it is lovely to just walk along and enjoy the tranquillity of the river and gardens. Rymill Park is also fantastic for a relaxing picnic with views of the lake set off by ducks and rowboats, with great coffee shops close by.

One of the favourite parks in Adelaide is Botanic Park, which is named for its spacious gardens and wide spaces. It is a great destination for families as it is located between the Zoo and Botanic Garden with numerous walking trails and plenty of picnic spots to enjoy. This park offers incredible scenery that is particularly close to the city.

While you are in the actual city, be sure to pay a visit to the Adelaide Central Market, which feature displays of fine food, wines and delicacies. This is one of the largest underground markets worldwide, and is worth visiting to sample some of the cities local produce, and grab some bargains and hidden treasures along the way.

Adelaide is known mostly for its wide range of wines, and is home to some of the most famous and fabulous vineyards in the country. It really is an ideal place for a weekend getaway, as you can escape to any number of vineyards for a weekend to enjoy the peace of the country or settle down for a night or two in one of the many camping spots around the city.

For lovers of art and culture, the Adelaide Festival Centre is perfect for you and is located next to the River Torrens. With incredible local and international creativity, Adelaide prides itself on hosting some of the largest arts festivals worldwide. The South Australian Museum, which is also located close to the city centre, has one of the largest displays of aboriginal artefacts in the southern hemisphere and is always popular with tourists and locals.

Other great attractions in the area include the Rodney Fox Shark Experience, which is a great place to learn about the Great White Shark, which is common to this region. The Bay Discovery Centre is another great amusement because it offers a fascinating insight into the history of South Australia. You can also enjoy a peaceful walk along the jetty at Glenelg and take in the sea air and incredible ocean views.

The South Australian Maritime Museum is also definitely worth a visit, and since it is located just outside the city at Port Adelaide, there really is no excuse. There are interactive displays, a life size sailing sketch, lighthouse and everything you need to know about the maritime history of the area.

Further out from the city centre, the sea beckons you to swim with dolphins on a sailing cruise. Less than half an hour away this is perfect for a day trip. If you choose to stay, you can base yourself in Glenelg or drive along the coastline for the day.

Just past Glenelg, you will find the popular campervan destination, the Brighton Caravan Park, which is the only one in Adelaide to be situated right on the beach. There are wineries and country vistas behind you, and nothing but blue horizons stretching as far as the eye can see.

Adelaide is elegant, pleasant, modern and diverse, with something for every traveller. The green countryside, crystal blue waters, trendy cafes, historic buildings and sweeping parklands all complete the picture as a perfect Australian city. One thing is for sure, your stay here will be relaxing and enjoyable, so much so that you may never want to leave.

Christine Barton

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