Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, is known as the "city of churches". This
gives a clue to its history. Many of its early inhabitants were religious refugees from
Germany. Their influence can still be seen in the food and music.
Adelaide is set on a narrow coastal plain between the hills of the Mount Lofty Ranges
and Gulf St Vincent. The Torrens River runs between Adelaide and North Adelaide, surrounded
by parklands. Adelaide is noted throughout Australia for its well-planned city streets and
profusion of civic parks and gardens. The city is laid out in a grid pattern, making it very
easy for visitors to find their way around. Internationally the city is known for its
biennial arts festival which brings together some of the world's best performing
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Rundle Mall, with over 820 shops, is the shopping centre of the city with big department stores.
Boutique shopping is at the eastern end.
Trading hours are Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm, extended hours on Friday night.
Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm (in the city only).
Adelaide International Airport is 5km from the city (ten minute drive).
The flight times given above are a guide and should be checked with the airline. For more
detailed information visit the Qantas, or
Virgin Airlines website.
Port Adelaide is an international port with passenger services from Europe and
the Far East.
The interstate train terminal is south-west of the city centre in the
suburb of Keswick.
For rail travel details:
From Sydney - CountryLink
Adelaide/Alice Springs/Darwin - "The Ghan"
Sydney/Adelaide/Perth - "Indian Pacific"
Melbourne/Adelaide - "The Overland"
Interstate buses arrive at Central, almost in the centre of the city.
For coach travel details visit the McCafferty's
There is a network of highways in the State:
Stuart Highway north to Darwin via Coober Pedy and Alice Springs
Birdsville Track north-east to Queensland
Eyre Highway west across the Nullabor Plain to Perth
Princes Highway east along the coast to Melbourne
Sturt Highway east to Canberra and Sydney
Rundle Mall Information Centre,
Rundle Mall, Adelaide.
Tel (08) 8212 4070
South Australia Travel Centre
1 King William Street, Adelaide
Tel (08) 8303 2033.
March Womadelaide, outdoor world music weekend
March: Adelaide Arts Festival for three weeks at the beginning of March.
September: Starting first Friday in September, Royal Adelaide Show, Royal Adelaide
for more info visit the City of Adelaide, South Australia website.