The capital of South Australia, Adelaide is a welcome sight in an otherwise sparse and open state. With a modern cosmopolitan atmosphere, Adelaide offers a whole range of activities for those looking to explore Australia’s slightly quieter city life. Based as a central point within several world-famous wine regions, there is everything from sun bathing on golden beaches to shopping in tiny, independent boutiques to indulge in. There is also plenty of evidence of Australia’s fascinating history to be explored through museums, architecture and artwork.
A nippy, small city car will serve well in Adelaide as the sprawling city requires a fuel efficient car while the standard of roads for out-of-town facilities are of a reasonably good standard.
Driving in Adelaide
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Important things to note
The roads are of an excellent condition and are reasonably wide and well-marked, making them excellent for all levels of drivers.
Speed limits are very closely monitored by the police in the area, meaning drivers should be wary of speed limit changes at all times, as different speeds can be unexpected and sudden.
Cyclists are common in Adelaide, particularly in the city centre, meaning drivers should stay aware of them at all times.
Highlights & Hotspots
Adelaide is a wonderful vacation destination thanks to the fact that there are a huge number of activities available for all price ranges. March, known as ‘Mad March’ to the locals, sees a huge range of festivals come to the city such as the Adelaide Fringe Festival, the second largest arts festival in the world, and the WOMAD world music festival.
Adelaide has a large number of museums to explore, with highlights including the National Motor Museum which is based an hour’s drive outside of the city centre, and the Migration Museum, which shows exhibitions of Australia’s migration history.
Australia is famous for its national parks and there are many accessible from Adelaide. Belair National Park is known as a ‘recreation park’, meaning that there are a great number of trails to explore along with a park for children and tennis courts open to hire.
The city is a fantastic place to shop, with a number of shopping malls with a range of independent and chain stores. Rundle Mall is pedestrian only and beautifully laid out, while Tea Tree Plaza will accommodate all of your shopping needs with over 250 shops on the premises.
Adelaide International Airport is based four miles outside of the city centre, making it reasonably easy to access by car. International flights connect here regularly, thereby making it a particularly busy airport, so travellers should be sure to plan plenty of time for travel.
The airport is connected to the A6 Sir Donald Bradman Way by the Western Link Road. The A6 will take you towards the city centre in next to no time, traffic permitting.