Things to do in Adelaide

Travel News Asia Monday, 13 August 2007

The Australian city, Adelaide, is an exciting city for anyone who enjoys the good life - fine dining, good wines, the arts, and entertainment. Heres a quick guide for travellers on short stays on what to see and do in the city of Adelaide.

Chocolate, coffee and more: This tour by one of Adelaides Top Food and Wine Tours will take you on a journey, from the raw bean through to the deliciously tasty, highly addictive, finished products. There are succulent handmade chocolate treats and rich, aromatic coffees to feast upon.

Shopping: Harbour Town, West Beach is a well-designed shopping centre located 15 minutes from the city and houses more than 90 designer fashions and home wares outlets all selling direct at prices permanently up to 60% below regular retail.

Glass Art: The JamFactory isnt a place to dip your finger in sweet tart, even though it sounds a little bit like that. Its one of Australia's leading centres for the design, production, exhibition and sale of work by both established and emerging Australian craft designer/makers. Located in Adelaide's West End Arts precinct, the JamFactory offers visitors the chance to enjoy exhibitions of contemporary craft in three gallery spaces and watch glass blowing from a viewing platform inside the glass studio. Glass Blowing Workshops are also available providing a unique and creative experience to get hands on in the dynamic glass studio.

Art Tours: Join the Adelaide Art Tours which introduces visiting art lovers to local galleries and artists. The tours are designed to showcase Adelaide's commercial galleries in an enjoyable, relaxing and informative way. You can tell them what you would like to see, or let the tour guides create an agenda for you.

Seahorse Farm: This is a delightful experience for both children and adults alike. Gaze at the beautiful creatures and sea dragons at the Seahorse Farm in Port Adelaide. It's a great family excursion, allowing you to see several species and learn interesting facts about them. At the Seahorse Farm, you can see different species - all with different colours, markings and number of tail rings.

Thorngrove Manor Hotel: Want to stay in a hotel that has been designed with turrets and gabled baroque fantasy exterior? Check into the Thorngrove Manor and be bedazzled by its flamboyant, creative and romantic interiors. Individually decorated with great ingenuity and flair, the Thorngrove Manor Hotel is a member of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World. The hotel features historic European-style gardens and its architecture is set in a specified country living zone surrounded by green leafy lanes, all within a designated area of the Adelaide Hills, significant for its abundant trees, a variety of native bird life and fresh country air.

Adelaide Central Market: Looking for a seriously good cup of cappuccino along with a great breakfast? Head to Adelaide Central Market. While it offers fresh fruit and vegetables, most of which are grown within one hours drive of the market, you will also find one of the largest ranges of meat and fish along with the gourmet specialties introduced by the waves of immigrants and their families who call Adelaide home. Every stall has its own special story making your visit to the Adelaide Central Market an enjoyable journey.

National Wine Centre of Australia: The National Wine Centre of Australia is located in the north eastern part of the city, adjacent to The Botanic Gardens of Adelaide. This national tourism icon features an outstanding interactive exhibition that examines everything from the challenges of winemaking, to the pure joy of drinking good wine. An extensive range of Australian wine-tasting packages allow visitors to sample everything from reasonably priced high quality wines, to some of Australia's rarest vintages from the prestigious trophy selection.

Port Adelaide: Just 20 minutes from the city, Port Adelaide is a historic precinct preserved the past, so that you can walk through areas still alive with the atmosphere of the early settlers and the ghosts of sailors. The Sunday markets, right by the lighthouse, are very popular with those hunting antiques, books and bric-a-brac. Next to Torrens Island, local fishermen and market gardeners sell their fresh produce every Sunday.

Tram it to Glenelg: Enjoy a 20-minutes ride on Adelaide's historic tram from Victoria Square in the city to the beachside suburb of Glenelg. Learn the mysteries of Great White Sharks at the Rodney Fox Shark Experience. Discover South Australia's settlement history at the Bay Discovery Centre and see where the colony's first government was proclaimed under the Old Gum Tree. In Glenelg you'll also find a great beach and wooden jetty and the lively shops, cafes and restaurants of Jetty Road. Glenelg tram departs Victoria Square every 15min on weekdays and every 20min on weekends.

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