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The neighborhoods of Adelaide :
City Centre - The central business district is one square mile and within its boundaries are the popular tourist attractions, Rundle Mall, Central Market and Chinatown. Everything is pretty much within walking distance in this area, so it makes for a good home base for travelers. If you're looking for an afternoon of architectural exploration, there's plenty to be had here - the State Library, South Australian Museum, Art Gallery and Ayers House are all within walking distance. For young families and children the Zoo (home to Wang Wang and Funi the resident Giant Pandas) is located behind the Botanic Gardens and can be accessed by boat on the iconic Popeye that cruises the Torrens river.
North Adelaide - Some of Adelaide's older stately homes can be found here, as well as fine dining and fantastic parklands. North Adelaide is also home to the Memorial Drive Tennis Centre, the location of the Adelaide International Men's Hardcourt competition, and Adelaide Oval, the City's historic cricket oval, which is being redeveloped to improve the spectator experience. For dining and shopping you can visit Melbourne Street (in the lower area nearer to the Torrens River) or O'Connell Street (up the hill where some buildings have fine views over the city, hills or sea). The Adelaide Women's and Children's Hospital is also located in the lower part of North Adelaide, at the City end of Melbourne Street.
Port Adelaide - There's no shortage of pubs in this area which remains a working port about a half hour North West of the city. Take a Port River cruise to visit the resident Bottlenose dolphins, visit the Maritime Musuem or spend an afternoon in the cafes. The Port area has recently seen a revival with new high calibre residential developments being constructed along the river on the place of disused wharf sheds. There are weekend bric a brac markets by the iconic lighthouse.
Glenelg - Adelaide's most popular beachside destination. Lots of shopping and dinning opportunities along Jetty Road and at the Holdfast Marina. The recently rebuilt Beach House entertainment complex is a great place for kids and kids at heart with dodgem cars, mini golf, bumper boats, 3 indoor heated waterslides and countless video games. Jetty Road is one of the few Adelaide shopping precincts open on public holidays. Close by to Glenelg is Harbour Town, Adelaide's only outlet mall, at West Beach. There are dozens of accommodation options of all types in and around Glenelg from backpackers to luxury hotels and apartments. Adelaide's most popular caravan and cabin park is located close by at West Beach.
The Wine Districts - Adelaide is known as the wine capital of Australia. Within an hour's drive you'll find the best wineries in the southern hemisphere. Barossa Valley is probably the most well-known, with McLaren Vale a close second. There's no way better to spend an afternoon than sampling some wine and taking in the beautiful landscape.