Cheap flights to Adelaide Domestic Airport are available from Melbourne with a flight time of just over one hour. Flights leaving from Cairns will include a transfer in Brisbane. Cheap flights are available from Brisbane and Perth with both of these departure points having a flight time slightly less than 3 hours. Departures from Sydney are available and flights leaving from Canberra will include a Sydney transfer. Hobart and Launceston both have cheap flights available transferring through Melbourne. The JetBus service is a cheap, public transport option to get you into the city. There are a number of shuttle buses that provide transport directly to your accommodation. The airport is only 8km from the CBD so a taxi is probably the most convenient mode of transport if you don’t wish to utilize any of the car rental services available on site. The taxi rank is located outside the ground level of the T1 terminal and car rental desks are inside near the baggage claim area.
Adelaide has a plethora of transport options to get you where you need to be. Adelaide Metro operates bus, train and tram services and discount travel is available with the purchase of a metrocard. The metrocard is similar to Perth’s SmartRider card and Melbourne’s Myki card system. Fares are zonal based and there are further discounts if you travel outside of peak hours. Adelaide is a flat, easy city to navigate and cycling or walking requires little effort other than motivation. The Connector Bus service runs every hour and is a free service offered by the council. The Adelaide City Council also offers a free bike hire scheme – you just need photographic ID. Look up the council website for further information as to hire locations. Car hire is always a great option anywhere in Australia and Adelaide is no exception. The streets are slow and signage is very clear. One advantage to hiring a car here would be the convenience of operating on your own schedule. Try a combination of travel options to enjoy all Adelaide has to offer.
Adelaide is said to be the city of churches – it is much, much more than that. The Barossa Valley is a green, gorgeous, full of character and wine! It’s a 3 hour drive from Adelaide city so book your seat on a tour and let a professional take the reigns of designated driver. The Adelaide Zoo is a cheap option if you’re in the market for a family pass. Swim with dolphins at Glenelg Beach, just a couple of minutes from the CBD. Take the ferry across to Australia’s third largest island, Kangaroo Island. Hike, swim, picnic and explore the expansive landscape and if you book onto only one tour, make it the Raptor Domain. The tour is short and the birds are not just for the bird-watching enthusiast. Victor Harbour is an hour out of the city. Ditch the car and cycle or skate around this seaside town. A horse-drawn tram will take you across to Granite Island when your feet get tired. Cricket fans will enjoy the Bradman Collection Museum and a visit to Adelaide Oval. The oval is close to the elegant St Peter’s Cathedral. It is the city of churches after all so you’re not going to miss St Peter’s, but St Francis Xavier Cathedral is equally as impressive. The architecture will have you fall in love with Adelaide over and over again.
Adelaide is famous for Rundle Mall shopping. With over 600 boutique, chain, department and speciality shops you really can’t go wrong. Rundle Street also has retail offerings to suit every style of shopper. For discount outlets head to Harbour Town, located near the airport. For amazing local, exclusive and gourmet buys make your way to King William Road or Unley Road. Eating in Adelaide is a fresh experience with local ingredients and wine dominating the menus. For an upmarket treat try Magill Estate or Piper’s of Penola. The modern Australian cuisine and views are worth the travel and money. The Appellation at The Louise in the Barossa Valley is an award-winning restaurant that sources local ingredients, bakes in-house, butchers on-site and puts the sparkle in their sparkling water, seriously. Petaluma’s Bridgewater Mill has retained all the charm of the old flour mill and the 3 course set menu is a reasonably priced dining option. Maggie’s Farm Shop is a cheap and gorgeous afternoon created by Maggie Beer. Enjoy the picnic menu in plush surrounds and follow it with a free cooking demonstration. Tasting the Adelaide palette wouldn’t be complete without a pie floater. Try Bakery On O’Connell for this South Australian icon. Mansions Nightclub has a great atmosphere and the house music promotes a really refreshing party vibe. Sip on cocktails at Garage Bar & Dining or hang out in the beer garden at the charming Archer Hotel. Relax by the water at the Sunset Bar in beautiful Glenelg or try ZooTz Kitchen Bar for a beautiful canvas that lays the platform for an evening of cocktails and great company.