Adelaide - Mustard Seed of Grandeur
Oh Adelaide, in the beginning you were a mustard seed like a baby born in the manger. Your name, we are told, is from a lady, indeed from a Queen. And so, from a queenly mustard of a village in the jungle, you rise into the heavens in glory during, how many years now? As if time matters where the creative potentiality is concerned. Does time matter in the making of an aritst’s masterpiece, may this be the painting of a town or the building of the town itself?
The issue here is space, the space to make a change. It is also about how the simple may not be best and how the easiest, the manageable may not be the ideal and how the long road may prove to be the most enduring.
See, most human settlements in the world take place very close to rivers. Water being a basic human need, many human communities look around for rivers for settlement . In the case of Adelaide, the simple choice of a place for the town would have been Kangaroo Island. So why did Surveyor-General William Light, appointed by the first Governor of South Australia, Hindmarsh, choose, against the wish of his Governor, to explore Gulf St. Vincent and Rapid Gay and later decide to set up a camp in the North and West Terraces with his survey team?
The survey of the place that was named Adelaide began there. The map got completed in no time at all. In his papers, Light wrote, “The dark green round the town I propose to be reserved as Park Lands.” The survey was completed on 10 March when he had marked out 1042 city lots, seven hundred one-acre sites south of the Torrens, and 342 in North Adelaide. The plan which included a central, plus four other squares and seventeen main streets, was later adapted for many townships in South Australia and even overseas. Two weeks later all of the streets had been named. Light also suggested the digging of a canal from the Torrens River to Port Adelaide.
With this Adelaide goes down in history of the making of towns as a town that does not naturally emerge in the form of people coming together in the jungle around a river and pitching their tents which later grow into tall buildings but one that is, right from the beginning planned, based as it were on the concept, created and authored by one person. That person is William Light. That’s how it comes to pass that Adelaide, of all the Australian cities, and of course most of the cities of the world, shows the greatest influence of thoughtful planning with William Light as the founder. And so when Light died, inside the coffin was a brass plate inscribed, 'Founder of Adelaide' an accolade which he rightly deserves.
A true mustard of a town, Adelaide which was named after the Queen of the time, the consort of King William IV, began as a city of one square mile which is completely surrounded by park land with five more additional parks in its centre. This plan in which the green parks are built into the fabric of a city right at birth survives till today. It gives Adelaide a badge of difference among the other capital cities in Australia in which the parks were later planted even though, as we shall see and have seen from the other capital cities, quite fittingly too. What follows from all this is Adelaide as one of the best planned cities in the world.
For this achievement, the city remembers Light, one at Montefiore Hill in North Adelaide to which his statue was moved to command a view over the city and the second, his grave in Light Square at the very heart of the city.
As you come to this town, you may need to take a pause to read this excerpt from the journal of William Light, 'The reasons that led me to fix Adelaide where it is I do not expect to be generally understood or calmly judged of at present. My enemies, however, by disputing their validity in every particular, have done me the good service of fixing the whole of the responsibility upon me. I am perfectly willing to bear it; and I leave it to posterity, and not to them, to decide whether I am entitled to praise or to blame'.
Your coming to a city that brings with it natural attractions from the heart of its designer to the world is a signature of posterity in praise of William Light.
The place to begin therefore the exploration of the immense attractions, natural and cultural, both of which could be found in other capital cities of Australia in different form, style and fashion, is where the visitor could have the cool and historic view of Adelaide. The place is Montefiore Hill.
Before you on Montefiore Hill you could see other places of attraction whose beauty radiates from within, waiting for your august step to grace their doorsteps. North Terrace, for example. Wait! Something happened there! What’s it? We got the answer from James Potter in The Adelaide Review. Writing in The Adelaide Review, he wants to know about the City of Adelaide itself even if as everybody agreed the birthday and birthplace of South Australia is fixed at the Old Gum Tree, Glenelg. He answers the question with, “It may be considered to have been born on December 31, 1836, the day William Light made his final decision about the site for the city – although this is a contentious issue. Its birthplace could be the corner of North and West Terraces, where the survey party set up camp. For most of 1837, this area was the centre of settlement, with Buffalo Row to the west, Emigration Square to the south-west and the first permanent buildings appearing in the western end of North Terrace and Hindley St.”
This much we expect to have been confirmed by Light’s journal! And there you are are now, the very place. There are so many historic buildings and places in the north and west terraces that a whole library can be filled with books about them. There is nothing to compare with being there – personally.
Even then, we cannot continue without having a taste of the beauty of old architectural designs on North Terrace together. There we find South Australian Museum, State Library, Art Gallery and Ayers House, a mansion indeed, one after another. A bit further down is the Royal Botanical Garden, green and gracious, with exotic plants in 19th Century glasshouse.
A ferry ride on Torrens River, tram to Glenelg’s famous beach, Semaphore Henley beaches are an experience to enjoy and keep as lovely pasture for recollection.
Adelaide Tours include Surf & Sun Kangaroo Island Adventures, Bums On Seats, Go Goin South tours, For Wine or Reason, Gary Grimes Classic Adventures, Gray Line tours, Just Cruisn Tour and Wagon Wheels.
No less an experience of a special kind is traveling with bus, tram and train. Here is what the visitor should take note of. Tickets are purchased from the driver on a bus. On the tram, there is a conductor. In the train there are machines which sell tickets. They accept only coins. If a ticket is bought on a train and one wants to continue the journey with the next, the same ticket has to be inserted in the machine for validation. Once validated, one waits for the ticket to be returned.
Of this you can be sure: Adelaide has been working all day to receive you. Yes.
When to go
In Adelaide there is a Mediterranean climate, the summers are very hot and the winters are cool and mild. A great time to visit Adelaide is in late spring or autumn, the rainfall is low and the temperatures are pleasant during the day and night. Despite this Adelaide is a rather dry city and even though the winter is a little cold, it’s still not a bad time to visit.
Average minimum and maximum temperatures
Summer 15 C – 28 C
Autumn 12 C – 22 C
Winter 6 C – 15 C
Spring 10 C – 20 C
What to do and see
Adelaide is home to expansive green parklands, impressive architecture and a thriving culture of the arts revealed through the many museums, events and festivals of all points of interest. Engross yourself in a history of toy production as you find the toys you once loved at the Australian Museum of Childhood. The toys date back to the late 1890’s and best of all, there not just on display. If you’re looking for something a bit more serious, head to the Migration Museum. Learn about Adelaide’s migrants and their personal stories and how Adelaide became their home.
Conveniently situated on Gaol road, the Old Adelaide Gaol offers eerie ghost tours around the 130 year old gaol. Or you can wander around the gaol yourself or book a night tour. There are also exhibits of escape devices made by ex-prisoners and a museum shop which has some fascinating reads on the history of the gaol.
Head up to north Adelaide and check out the versatile bar/club – Archer. This venue is a great place to relax during the week or to make a night out of it on the weekend. It features a warm fire-lit lounge, a snooker room and a music room with great DJs spinning the decks on weekends.
Hot Spots – Adelaide Fringe festival
The Adelaide Fringe festival is held annually for one month from the end of February to the end of March. During this period Adelaide’s population swells and the whole vibe of the city is transformed as people come from around the country and abroad to witness this dynamic event. The festival showcases thousands of acts in all forms of artistic expression such as comedy, visual arts, theatre, cabaret, dance and a whole blend of genre’s and progressive art. The Fringe is unrivalled for its access by young and upcoming artists. With such a great amount of enthusiasm and passion surrounding the project each year, it’ll be hard not to be swept up by it.
South Australia’s capital city is Adelaide and is highly populated city, actually having the highest population amongst the South Australia’s cities, with slightly above one million people. Like many other capital cities in Australia it is located on the coastal strip. It is has many institutions located within it, both governmental and non governmental.
Adelaide is popular for a wide range of issues including sports cultural events and its cultural diversity. If you are looking for evidence that this is a place to live in, you need to look at the top ten best liveable cities and you will certainly find it among them.
The living conditions are too good that the life expectancy has stretched to an extent that most residents are quite elderly. It actually has the highest life expectancy in the entire Australia. Adelaide has a Mediterranean type of climate with summers that are hot and rainy winters.
As a matter of fact, it is the driest among Australian capitals with a semi-arid influence on the climate because of the dry conditions that it experiences. When it comes to activities that you can engage in for fun you get to choose from a number. The city of festivals will not disappoint you if you would want to engage in one of these. Some suggestions are the: Tasting festival which takes place in October.
You will get to tease your taste buds with tantalizing food treats washed down with some of the world’s choicest wines. Another festival is the renowned Christmas Pageant which is famed as being the largest in the world This beautiful city also attracts a number of musical tours to add on to its WOMADelaide.
An example is the Parklife festival which is an annual event that lasts for only a day and is based on various dance genres. There is truly never a dull moment in the city of Adelaide. .
Adelaide, one of the most liveable cities in the world according to The Economist’s 2008 survey, is famous for its festivals, its long beachfronts and its wine. Does this sound like the kind of place you’d like to live? Well you’re in luck. Our Adelaide team is here to help make your dream a reality.
Every two years is the "Adelaide Festival” in the capital South Australia’s happening. It takes place an enormous art and culture pageant during all the year. Alone in the months March and October are in each case five different festivals occurring. Approximately a million visitors become enthusiastic in this time at the city. Even popular Artists are attracted to be a part of the festival, for example on the Glenelg Jazz Festival or the Adelaide Festival.
For the german descending inhabitants is the city well-known under the name Adelheid. The first governor of the State, Captain John Hindmarsh, designated the city after the in Germany born wife of the British King William IV. Adelaide is the first city of Australia, which did not develop from a convict colony.
All beaches in Adelaide are beautiful and clean, from Marino to Osborn. They are particularly suitable for walks or safe swimming, but Surfen and other water-sporty activities are unfortunately barely seen. Everyone meets at the beach of Glenelg in the summer, an English coined suburb with many pensions and restaurants. To one of the most beautiful and cleanest beaches of the country belongs Maslin Beach, on which is on the one side the sea and on the other side a fissured rock landscape.
Attractions in the area of Adelaide are Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Hahndorf und Kangaroo Island.
Friends of winter sports will find their fun in the "Snowdom". You have the possibility to skate on ice and with the nevertheless 150 meters ski-run piste you are able to sledge or to run by Ski or Snowboard.
With a lot of pubs, restaurants, bars and art galleries is North Adelaide particularly recommendable for outgoing. The Nightclub "Heaven Nightclub Complex" offers different bars and music levels. The music styles are Retro, Rhythm and Blues, House and Dance and the entrance is between A$ 8-10. In the "Minke Bar" are three different dance levels and the music is Disco House and Electrolash, the matter of expense is between A$ 8-12. If you are rather a fan of live music you should go on Fridays or Saturdays to the "Austral Hotel". The Austral Hotel is also well-known also as "beer meeting place” for the midday and afternoon time during the week.
For chocolate fans is the Haigh's Chocolates Visitors Centre a must. They offer a free guidance, but you have to book.
Adelaide offers with three universities and 6 TAFE's some opportunities to study or to study further. The courses at the TAFE's are becoming ever more popular, which is on the one hand because of the fact, that the courses for Australians are nationally promoted. The advantage is on the other hand a stronger practice purchase and a shorter and more flexible study time. This is the point, which might particularly be interesting for all non-Australians.
Best shopping in Adelaide
If you are looking for Adelaide’s best local fresh produce then you cannot go past
Adelaide Central Market (open Tuesday through Saturday) located on Gouger St in the Central Business District. It is an ‘institution’, and locals recommend the market as one of Adelaide’s must visit attractions. There are a variety of stalls and shops spruiking seafood, meats, fresh fruit and vegetables, cheeses and breads. There are also plant nurseries and numerous popular retail outlets. The market is conveniently located between Chinatown and Victoria Square for more shopping and eatery choices.
Whilst the Central Market is the largest, there is a popular farmers market on every Sunday from 9am to 1pm at Adelaide Showground on Leader St, Goodwood. The Willunga Farmers Market is another favourite destination for the ‘foodie’ located near McLaren Vale and is open rain, hail or shine every Saturday from 8am to 12.30pm.
For department style shopping and clothing stores, the pedestrian only Rundle Mall has a plethora of retail outlets to choose from. Marion shopping centre in the suburb of Oaklands Park is an indoor style mall for retail and grocery shopping, whilst King William Road and Burnside Village have bespoke boutique stores. Well worth a visit are the local shopping streets in the suburbs including Unley Road, Norwood Parade and Glenelg.
If you’re looking for a good bargain, Harbour town at West Beach is becoming the ‘good deal’ destination with up to 60% off the recommended retail price. The number of outlets is expanding and includes home ware, health and beauty, bags, shoes, clothing, jewellery, sports equipment, restaurants, books and gifts.
If you’d like to shop for fine wine then Adelaide is definitely the place to visit. It has Australia's three major wine regions all within an hour from the city: Barossa, McLaren Vale and Clare Valley.
Best beaches and surf in and around Adelaide
One way to find relief from the scorching sun in the heat of summer is to visit one of Adelaide’s many beaches or surf locations. The Adelaide region boasts some of the finest in Australia. The beaches are clean with beautiful white sand and crystal clear water. Whether you want to sunbathe, surf, snorkel or swim, the beaches here will cater to your every whim. During the summer months most beaches are patrolled, so swim with confidence between the red and yellow flags.
It’s not easy to get a tip for the best surf beach from a born and bred Adelaide surfer. They like to keep their local knowledge … local. But for sheer convenience some would say the top surf beach is right in the city’s front yard – West Beach. Only 10km from Adelaide city centre, West Beach is actually 135 hectares of parklands, and surfing is only one of many activities found here including sailing, golfing and fishing.
The southern coastal suburb of Glenelg includes Aldinga Beach, Maslin Beach and Moana Beach. There are also several good surfing spots as you head south including Christies, Seaford and Moana.
If you decide on a road trip then take a picnic, as there are numerous BBQ and splendid parks with tables and bathroom facilities dotted along the coast. Or if you’d like to support the local eateries there are beachside café’s, restaurants and bars. There are also some excellent deep-sea fishing spots to be found for some superb Snapper catches!
But for the more advanced or adventurous surfer then head down to Victor Harbour and surrounds. An 80km drive from Adelaide; you will find a variety of good breaks particularly at Waitpinga and Parsons (both south west of Victor Harbour). These beaches are not patrolled by lifeguards, so keep the wipe outs to a minimum! Knights Beach near Port Elliot also has good waves, as recognised by a pro body-boarding event that has been held here in the past.
Adelaide is renowned for being a city of arts, culture and heritage. The streets pulsate with artistic personalities who congregate to celebrate and contribute to the city’s experimental theatre scene, intriguing galleries and colourful festivals. A laid-back café culture during the daylight hours contrasts to the lively Adelaidian nightlife, and visitors will be surprised at how much there is to discover and enjoy.
The rolling countryside surrounding Adelaide has a dry climate that is similar to parts of the Mediterranean and as a result produces some of Australia’s most celebrated wine varieties, particularly from the Shiraz grape. The Barossa Valley and the Adelaide Hills offer an array of wineries, cheese factories and fine restaurants – daily tours operate around the area, or for a longer stay there is a variety of accommodation styles available, from quaint bed and breakfasts, to caravan parks, to luxury resorts.
Adelaide is a city that is easy to enjoy on foot – a striking selection of publicly displayed art and sculpture will greet you in many downtown streets and parks, as well as some of Australia’s best preserved heritage buildings. The Adelaide Botanic Garden is a beautiful location to enjoy a leisurely stroll amongst the stunning flora, or alternatively a guided walk through historical Port Adelaide will bring you up close and personal with Adelaide’s fascinating maritime past. For families, a trip to see the native Australian and foreign animals of the Adelaide Zoo or the exhibitions of the South Australia Museum are entertaining and educational ways to spend an afternoon. Cricket fans should make a point of visiting the Bradman Gallery, with a fine selection of memorabilia relating to Australia’s favourite cricketer, Sir Donald Bradman.
The presence of art is never far away in the city, with many private and public galleries to discover such as the Aboriginal Cultures Gallery and the Gallery of South Australia. Adelaide is well known for a thriving performing arts scene, culminating with the annual Adelaide Festival of Arts and the Adelaide Fringe (both from February to March, 2010), which is one of the largest fringe festivals in the world, second only to the Edinburgh Fringe. These festivals celebrate both local and international performance in the form of stand-up comedy, theatre, poetry, dance, circus, music, film, visual arts and more. There are many more festivals to enjoy in Adelaide all year around that suit virtually every taste – for example the Adelaide Film Festival, the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and the Feast Festival.
AA Education Network has been helping travellers come to Australia for work or study for years. Despite their name, they don’t deal solely with students, although they are an official educational agent. AA Education Network helps all sorts of travellers, from international students looking to begin or continue study in Australia, to tourists who wish to begin an internship, working holiday or au pair position, to qualified workers looking to find employment in the country or booking flights to Australia. AA Education Network helps people with all types of experience and qualifications, and you could be one of them.
This free service will provide you with all the information you need to make a decision regarding your visit. Whether it’s about universities and course loads, or job seeking and the tax system, AA Education Network are here to make your trip a lot more hassle free. Once you’ve made your decision, they will assist you with paperwork, provide advice on Australia Immigration and Visa Applications all aspects of Australian life and offer ongoing support before and during your stay.
So if you’ve ever considered moving to beautiful Adelaide, get in touch with an AA Education Network representative for a free, comprehensive service.
The Adelaide Hills are ideal for a scenic drive only 20 minutes from the city. Visits to historic towns such as Hahndorf and the garden village of Stirling are a must, not to mention the abundance of vineyards nestled within. There are over 50 wineries scattered throughout the Hills region; most days the vineyards are open for wine tasting, tours and wine sales direct from the cellar door.
The landscape is particularly breathtaking giving inspiration to many Australian and overseas artists, including the well-renowned painter Hans Heysen who made the Adelaide Hills his home until his death in 1968 aged 90.
At the Cleland Wildlife Park you will see kangaroos, emus and wallabies roaming free. The park also has enclosed areas where you can hold a koala and see dingoes, snakes and native birds including the Kookaburra.
There are also numerous walking and bicycle trails leading you amongst the natural beauty of the flora and fauna. For the more adventurous you can soak up sensational views by hot air balloon. There is no shortage of pubs, cafés and restaurants to taste the local produce and wine. If you choose to stay overnight then book into a quaint little ‘bed and breakfast’ to further enhance your stay in this beautiful part of the world.
The Adelaide Hills
The Adelaide hills region is one endowed with a beautiful landscape which has served as an inspiration to many artists. It is picturesque with its rolling hills and green sceneries.
Apart from its natural beauty, the region has the National Motor Museum. Here you will find in display around four hundred vehicles. These vehicles vary in size, design and degree of sophistication. You will get an assortment of classic vehicles, veteran and many others both in the cars and motorbikes collections. This museum also plays host to the bay to Birdwood Run each year. If you are a fan of such events you may specifically plan to take your holiday when this event will be taking place. The other event that is hosted in the museum is the Rock and Roll Rendezvous. Rock and roll fans would not want to miss out on this event when in the Adelaide hills. Not only is it a good way for the tired to unwind but it also provides one with the opportunity to improve or show off their dancing skills.
For chocolate lovers the Melba’s chocolate factory is a must visit. This is a big chocolate and confectionaries factory occupying an old cheese factory. The smells and sights of the sweet products are bound to be tempting to anyone. You will be delighted to know that there are free sample of chocolates to help you choose which kinds of chocolate to take back with you.
The other fantastic place to visit especially if you have children with you is the Big Rocking Horse. This is an eighteen meter high man made horse. Its size in itself is a sight to behold. You could climb up the horse for a bit of rocking. Make sure that you a have a picture taken to capture this memorable moment.
Eating Out in Adelaide
Adelaide has a thriving food and wine scene that rivals many other larger Australian cities, embracing the quirky, colourful side of Adelaidian culture and its many international influences. There are several streets in Adelaide devoted entirely to food, with the warm weather making alfresco dining a popular way to enjoy a meal.
Gouger Street is probably the most popular location in Adelaide to eat because of its cultural diversity, which is largely influenced by Adelaide’s Chinatown – a maze of dining halls, markets and restaurants specialising in authentic Chinese, Thai, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Malaysian and more. Gouger Street really is like a trip around the globe for your tastebuds, with European, South American and African cuisines on offer as well as some quality pubs, bars and seafood restaurants.
The East End of Adelaide is home to many relaxed cafes and outdoor restaurants, particularly around historical Rundle Street and Hutt Street. Hindley Street and North Adelaide’s O’Connell Street and Melbourne Street are popular for fine dining and friendly pubs surrounded by stunning Victorian architecture. Alternatively, dine with stunning ocean views on Jetty Road in the coastal suburb of Glenelg.
Adelaide is situated close to some of the world’s most renowned winegrowing areas – including the Adelaide Hills, which produces many wine grape varieties such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Semillon, Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc and the Adelaide Plains, which specialises in varieties such as Shiraz, Chardonnay, Colombard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Semillon.
The National Wine Centre of Australia is located in the city centre, and is a good starting point for anyone seeking further information and education on the art of winemaking and the best way to make the most of your tasting time in the wineries. The winegrowing regions around Adelaide are also a good place to purchase quality gourmet foods to take home, such as olives and olive oils, vinegars, cheeses and many other culinary delights.
Asian and Mediterranean immigrants have cultivated the land on the Adelaide Plains for years, with the many traditional vegetable gardens and greenhouses producing fresh stock for the Adelaide Central Market. This bustling market is extremely popular and has been functioning between Grote and Gouger Streets since 1869, and is open from Tuesday to Saturday.
The Adelaide Showground Farmers Market is open on Sundays and also attracts the business of some of the region’s best farmers and producers.
BAROSSA - Experience the wine valley of Australia
If you are a wine buff or just a general wanderer like me, Barossa is the place for you. Just 45 minutes drive from Adelaide CBD, Barossa is the perfect weekend getaway.
Barossa boasts of a blending of a rich European heritage and embodies the true essence of Australia. Premium wines, fine dining, magnificent old churches, wineries and cottages, traditional music, butchers and bakers, all in a serene rural setting where each season accentuates the beauty of the vineyards and the undulating hills.
The Barossa is a relaxed and cheerful place, where you can share a drink with those who actually make the region's world class wines.
The region's flagship wines are Barossa Shiraz and Eden Valley Riesling. Afterall the Barossa has the world's oldest Shiraz vineyards and that’s a trivia for you all. The product of two distinct zones - the warm, low-lying Barossa Valley and the higher, cool-climate Eden Valley - these are the styles that has placed Barossa on the world map.
There are more than 50 cellar doors in the Barossa, and most are open 7 days a week. Celler doors offer you a great variety of wines to taste without any cost, and if you are too tired to drive back home, there are some excellent accomodation places for you to select from.
If you are an art lover Barossa has numerous art stores to browse through for that something special to take home, or you can simply sit in a friendly bistro and indulge yourself in the local cuisine, or just wander into the sunny countryside and stretch your legs with a walk in a national park.
Whether you are an excited carload heading into the Barossa for the day or heading home with smiles on your faces, you'll always have a story to share once back home. There is more to Barossa Valley than just wine.
Adelaide Working Holiday
Adelaide: A Perfect Tourist Spot for Working Holiday Makers, Backpackers, and Student Travellers
Adelaide is a traveller’s delight as one can reach any spot in the city in just 20-minutes. If you love beaches, or lush green foliage, farmlands, foothills, or urban localities, you can get them right here, in Adelaide.
With plentiful of temporary jobs at hand, a working holiday is what visitors look forward to in the capital city in South Australia. While some people cruise through the blue waters, there are others who trek, hike, or simply enjoy working at orchid farms in the city.
If you are looking for entertainment, you should look for various festivals that are celebrated throughout the year. From dance, music, skits, theatre-shows, to display for cuisine delicacies, craftwork, and paintings, Adelaide hosts a series of events and festivals each year or sometimes, in two years.
If you want to participate in these programs and show your talent, you can do so as local artists as well as international artists proactively contribute in these festivals. On the other hand, you can enjoy the frenzy if you are just a spectator.
International students studying various subjects in arts, photography, fine arts, cookery and catering services, and hospitality are invited to take part in these fests. Popular events include The Royal Adelaide Show, Splash Adelaide, Adelaide Sailings, the OzAsia Festival, the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, The Adelaide Film Festival, Come Out Festival, and Urban Art Festival.
Just like any other cities, in Adelaide too, one can enjoy a satiating working holiday. While many travellers are writers or working online, there are many who love to mingle with the crowd.
Travel and tourism has become a powerful vocation for many. Not only locals but foreigners too, look for part-time work as kitchen help, house-keeper, waiter, or a crew member in a luxury yacht while travelling in Adelaide.
Working in the Farms and Orchards
Travellers are seen wwoofing in the farms in Adelaide Hills. If you visit during February to April, you can pick seasonal fruit picking and sorting jobs in apple and pear farms. If you are looking for more harvest-related jobs, you can visit Barossa Valley in Adelaide where there are wineries and orchid farms.
Apart from pruning and wiring, you can work in the cherry orchard during November and December or citrus farm during May to July. The Australian government allows travellers on a Working Holiday visa to work and enjoy Australia for 12 months. If you work in a harvesting job you can earn another 12 months extension of your stay in the country.
Easily accessible and affordable transport have made Adelaide a sought-after city for travellers, especially backpackers, student travellers, or working holiday makers. You can look for budget inns and discounted tickets to make your sojourn within your budget.
To know about various working holiday opportunities or part-time study options during your stay in Adelaide, contact our counsellor right away.
Australia’s fifth-largest city is Adelaide, the capital of South Australia. The city lies on the eastern shores of Gulf St Vincent and on the Adelaide Plains. Adelaide Plains is north of the Fleurieu Peninsula and near the Mt Lofty Ranges. Visitors can enjoy Adelaide’s inner-city districts; wide range of accommodation, and sophisticated architecture. The city is suitable for many holiday activities.
Adelaide is the heart of South Australia’s wine industry. The city’s National Wine Centre showcases the Australian wine industry. The Centre has a wine-tasting gallery; a vineyard, and a winemaking exhibit. When it comes to food there is a wide range of international influences. Visitors can experience a culture of good food and fine wine. So there is a good mixture of bars, cafés and pubs. Some streets are full of dining outlets.
The traditional owners of the Adelaide Plains are the Kaurna (pronounced Garna), an Indigenous-Australian group. Adelaide is a great place to learn about the Kaurna people’s culture and history. The South Australian Museum has the Aboriginal Cultures Gallery. Aboriginal-Australian food and culture can also be learned at the Adelaide Botanic Garden via the Tappa Mai tour. This tour shows how native plants can be used for sustenance; ceremonial and medicinal purposes, and shelter.
South Australia’s European heritage can also be learned in Adelaide. On North Terrace much of it is on display. War memorials and historical places can also be found. The North Terrace also has the State Library and South Australian Museum. There is also the Migration Museum. This is Australia’s only museum that tells stories of the people who arrived to Australia as migrants and refugees.
Adelaide is also famous for its parks. They contain gardens; playing fields; historic sites; ceremonial places, and contemporary art. Every park in Adelaide has its own uniqueness to them. The parks have rose gardens; open spaces; mixtures of exotic and native trees; playgrounds, and sporting fields. Visitors can come here to relax and take a break from the city.
Night life in Adelaide is thoroughly enjoyable. There is a mixture of bars, clubs and pubs in the city. In the Adelaide region there are many venues where musicians, comedians and other performers entertain during the week. International music acts are usually held at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre. Musicians that have performed there are U2, Coldplay and Foo Fighters. South Australia’s opera, theatre and dance companies usually perform at the Adelaide Festival Centre, Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide Town Hall and Lion Arts Centre.
The Lovely Hotels Of The Adelaide City
Adelaide City is located in South Australia. It is the capital of that area and has many government as well as financial institutions. It is a city endowed with natural beauty, having the Torrens River flowing right through it. Known as the city of festivals, this place is usually awash with many interesting activities that can make any travelers experience memorable.
One of the most interesting things about Adelaide is the diversity it has in terms of accommodation. There are many different hotels to suit an array of preferences for different kinds of people. This is a feature that makes it a preferred choice for most travelers who have to put in to consideration the question of accommodation when planning for a vocation. You have to agree with me that people are not the same while some can afford five star accommodations, there are others who are working on a budget. Having limited resources in terms of money, does not and should not hinder anyone from having a good descent vacation. Others even without the constraints of money prefer to spend it in outdoor engagements rather than in hefty accommodation bills. Whichever the case you can choose the hotel that suits you better.
Most of the hotels are conveniently located around tourist attraction areas. You will find them in the Victoria Square, South and North Terrace, the Central City just to name but a few. Whatever class of hotel you choose, you can be sure that you will get the best service possible. The competition brought about by having many hotels around the same area ensures this. Most of the accommodations offer modern amenities to help you relax and unwind after a day’s expeditions.
The next time you decide to go for a holiday, why not visit the Adelaide city, where you will not only enjoy the festivals, sporting events, exquisite cuisines, arts and the bottomless supply of wine but also the good hotels that will make your stay an unforgettable experience.
The Uniqueness Of Adelaide City
Adelaide is one of the world most toured cities. It is commonly known as the city of festivals. This is mainly due to the fact that it hosts over 400 festivals in a single year. One would not be mistaken to think that the people of this city eat, drink and sleep festivals. The numbers of festivals are actually more than the number days in an year. This therefore means that there are some festivals that share a day.
Apart from that, Adelaide boasts of having the biggest market in the southern hemisphere - the Adelaide central market. You will find almost anything in this market complete with beautiful and authentic souvenirs. If one of your hobbies is to go shopping be sure not to visit this market unprepared. This is to say that you should be ready to spend a lot. To spend not only in terms of money but time as well. You may want to dedicate a whole day to shopping so as to avoid disappointing others when you find that you have to continue late into the evening and can’t make for an earlier arranged rendezvous.
Another unique feature of this wonderful city is the proximity of many of the social amenities to one another. This implies that one may be able to run errands, moving from one place to another conveniently without having to jump in and out of a car, as most places are a walking distance away. This is the reason that led to the name ‘a twenty minute city’.
To top it up Adelaide city is well endowed with beautiful and unique architecture which show the diversity of the cultures accommodated in this international city. Also there are people from all walks of life intermingling freely each dressed in different designs, mostly according to their background making the city street an interesting sight to behold on any given day.
The Best Way To Explore The Adelaide City.
Known for its various tourist destinations, there are many ways that a visitor may choose to explore this great city of Adelaide. You may choose to get a map and go around discovering places and things on your own, especially if you are the adventurous type. However, the most popular and preferred way to go exploring is by use of car hire. Contrary to what you may think, car hire in Adelaide is quite affordable. The reason why this is so, is the fact that the market is flooded with very many car hire companies. This has given rise to competition leading to the lowering of car hire rates in order to beat competition.
When you decide to visit the Adelaide city, try and check out the websites for the various car hires operating within the city. Make sure to look out for those that might be offering a discounted rate at the time when you will be there. Also be sure to find out which companies are offering extra services like advice on which places to visit and giving out maps to their clients. The one thing however, that you need to do, is to be careful not to fall for quacks. Although people are rarely duped in this way, one can never be too careful. If you have a friend residing in Adelaide you could ask for a reference on the options available for you. Once you have booked a car online you can be sure that you will find them waiting for you at the airport to take you to your hotel the moment your plane touches down. After this you may be informing the driver on the times that you wish to engage the services of the car so that you are taken around.
The good thing about being chauffeured is the fact that you are able to take in the sceneries from the backseat without suffering the inconveniences of getting lost every now and then.
Adelaide The City Of Festivals
It would not be good thing to be in Adelaide and not attend any of the festivals that are held in this city. As the festivals are all year round, one can never have the excuse of not attending even a single festival reason being that there was nothing going on at the time of their visit. The following are some of the festivals that you would want to attend.
First is the WOMADelaide music festival. This is a must for the music lovers as it is an international music affair. World renowned musicians such are known to grace this occasion. It is not limited to music only but also showcases dances.
The other festival worth attending is the festival of ideas. This festival provides for discussions amongst the members of a panel. Various topics are selected and then authoritative figures in the various fields are invited. The discussions can be very enlightening. Sitting in one of these sessions can be a deviation from the norm as many people do not envision getting a lot of intellectual input during a vacation.
The Adelaide festival of arts incorporates different types or if you like genres of music. Talk about rock, rhythm and blues or even classical music and you are bound to get it here. Since the 1960s when this festival was started, it has enjoyed international acknowledgment and continues gaining its popularity. It is held biennially in the month of March. Biennially means that it takes place every two years. In Adelaide, it takes place in the year that is even numbered. Apart from music, the festival of arts also incorporates opera, cabaret and theatre shows.
The arts are showcased in the streets of the North Terrace. The Adelaide Festival Centre is usually the centre point of this festival. The River Torrens is also involved in a major way too. These are just but a few of the examples of the events that you may attend while in tour of the city of festivals.
Fun For Children In Adelaide City
Most people when deciding on a holiday destination have to consider how suitable it is for their children. No one would like to take children to a place where all they would do is to complain and whine about the place being boring. With Adelaide, you do not have to worry about this. The city has numerous activities that would make any child happy, any other day. Most of the events here will remain memorable to your children. As a matter of fact, the only thing you have to worry about after going back home is the constant request by your children to go back to Adelaide again and again.
One fun activity is to go boat rowing on the River Torrens. You can make use of the Popeye boats which the children would really like.
Also while rowing the river; you may decide to let the children feed the ducks. Precaution should however be taken as children may get over excited and fall into the river. Make sure all the occupants of the fun boat have a life jacket on to avoid fatalities.
Another great idea would be to visit Harndorf farm. In this place they can feed and cuddle the animals in the farm. The one thing that would be really exciting is hand milking the cow known as Daisy. This is sure to give a thrill of excitement to both the adults and children especially if they have never milked a cow before.
You could also visit the Adelaide zoo which has over 3000 species of animals. The grand zoo is located on a vast land of eight hectares which is beautifully decorated with botanical plants.
As the main idea is to have fun, follow your instincts in deciding which places to visit and what activities to engage in. Involve the children in the decision making process so that they own the idea that you settle for.