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About Adelaide

Adelaide is the capital of South Australia and the residence of over 1.3 million people. The city lays south on the banks of the Torrens River. Beautiful landscapes and picturesque views of the rivers and beaches entice the adventurist. Its leading attractions include the Adelaide Zoo, Cleland Conservation Park and the South Australian Museum.

Cheap flights to Adelaide are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to be captivated by this beautiful city. Adelaide is home to the Adelaide Airport (ADL), which is a 15-minute drive to the city centre. Adelaide Airport serves several airlines - including Qantas Airways, Emirates, Qatar Airways and South African Airways. Popular international flights to Adelaide, Australia departure from Cape Town and Johannesburg. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Adelaide is approximately 14 hours, 20 minutes.

Why visit Adelaide

Adelaide Sightseeing

Sightseeing

Awe-inspiring landscapes and stunning views of the rivers and beaches are waiting for you. Streaks of golden clouds spread across the horizon as your feet sink into the soft sand of the coastline.

Fun Festivals Adelaide

Arts & Culture

Modern-day customs are celebrated right through the year. Colourful festivals and events unravel in the spacious streets and grand locations – you’ll need a diary to keep track of them all.

Beef Fajitas In Pan Adelaide

Cuisine

Adelaide Central Market is the most visited attraction by tourists. The market hosts 80 stalls, restaurants and cafes. Dishes to explore are: barbecued yabbies’, beef fajita, and butter chicken.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Australia
Currency Australian Dollar (AUD)
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.100 Australian Dollar
Language English
Hub Airport Adelaide Airport
Airline Qantas Airlines
Time Zone GMT + 10:30 hours
Travel Adaptor Type A & B

Best time to visit Adelaide

Adelaide experiences mild winters and warm, dry summers. Summer (December - February) sees temperatures rise from 17 degrees Celsius to 28 degrees Celsius. Rainfall does not occur much around this time. Keep cool by wearing light summer clothing. Attend events and festivals such as Art after Dark, Womadelaide and the Adelaide Fringe event, which takes place in late February. During autumn (March - May) the weather is pleasant, with mild temperatures between 13 degrees Celsius to 23 degrees Celsius. Rainfall is very scarce whilst the city adapts to the new kaleidoscope of colours. The city and countryside are a gorgeous sight to behold - greenery and other foliage are covered in shades of red, orange and gold. Winter (June - August) sees average temperatures drop between 8 – 16 degrees Celsius. Hoarfrost is common in the Adelaide Hills. June is the wettest month, with average rainfall between 75 – 80mm. Be sure to check the local festival and events calendar, as there are some great events during this time.

Weather & Climate in Adelaide

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low (°C) 17°C 17°C 15°C 13°C 10°C 8°C 8°C 8°C 10°C 11°C 14°C 16°C
High (°C) 29°C 30°C 27°C 23°C 19°C 16°C 15°C 17°C 19°C 22°C 25°C 27°C
Rainfall (mm) 20 20 25 45 70 75 65 65 50 40 30 25

Adelaide is an energetic city, full of remarkable food, wine, arts, bars, shopping and world-class events. The people of Adelaide are die hard sport lovers, and take pride in local and international cricket. The Adelaide Oval Stadium plays host to most of the test matches, both national and international. There is so much to do at a cricket event, it is more than just watching the game. Coddle at the on-site restaurant and bar cafes.

Most beaches are less than 30 minutes from the city. And with Adelaide’s warm climate, you can enjoy them almost all year round. You’ll find family-friendly beaches and great attractions for the kids when you head north. In the south, you’ll find the surfer beaches, or get to indulge in the scenic views framed with rugged cliffs.

Adelaide, with its superb coastline, has magnificent sea life. You can see it from the water when you swim with dolphins, or sail into the sunset on a romantic cruise. Then there are the scenic views of the Botanical Gardens. You can also see the heart of Adelaide on display when you discover over 300 species of wildlife at the zoo.

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South African Passport holders do need a visa to visit Adelaide, or anywhere else in Australia.

• Ensure your passport has a validity period of at least 6 months.

• Ensure that your passport has 3 blank pages available for entry stamps.

• There is a South African Honorary Consulate in Adelaide, South Australia. 101 Port Wakefield Road, Cavan, SA, 5094. Phone: + 61 8 8139 7300.

All travellers should be up to date with routine vaccinations, as vaccinations are required. There are no real health risks associated with travelling to Adelaide, Australia.

• Vaccinations for Hepatitis B, typhoid and rabies are recommended, although the risk is low.

• A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers arriving from countries with a risk of yellow fever transmission.

• Bring adequate supplies of medication with, in their original containers and clearly marked, if you are sick or have to take chronic medication.

• Bring plenty of sunblock of a high sun protection factor, and try not to spend too much time in the sun.

• Always be vigilant as crime occurs in any country and watch your personal belongings.

• Make copies of bank and credit cards, and other important documentation in case they are lost or stolen.

• Secure valuable, personal belongings within the hotel safe.

• Avoid public or local demonstrations.

• Obtain travel insurance.

• Remain alert when walking around at night, and abide by the local government laws.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Adelaide
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 100.00 R 110.00 R 175.74
Domestic Beer (0.5 Litre draught) R 25.00 R 25.00 R 70.29
Cappuccino (regular) R 22.46 R 22.35 R 41.22
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff R 10.00 R 10.00 R 18.48
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 38.00 R 38.00 R 261.09

Adelaide Hills is considered an extremely romantic destination. Just 30-minutes from the city, and best known for its bed and breakfast, you’ll find great accommodation. Cosy cottages, fashionable hostels, historic mansions, and a hand-built castle are all a part of the accommodation selection you will find here. It generally depends on your taste and fancy. Either way, you will not be disappointed when you decide to book at any one of these lodges with their backdrop of the Adelaide hills.

Besides the Barossa Vintage annual Festival, you can also get to enjoy accommodation in this region. From passionate escapes to budget family outings, there is so much to choose from in Barossa. Staying in a hosted bed and breakfast amongst the vineyards is a definite option, or stay in a friendly caravan park – great for families with kids. There are six caravan and tourist parks in this region.

A wide variety of accommodation offers itself to you when you decide to book at Clare Valley. Choose from old-fashioned bed and breakfasts, motels, apartments and a country club with a connecting 18-hole golf course.

Register to buy a metro card – these normally combine rides such as a bus and train ride en-route to the same region. But there is always the option of single-hand purchases.

Bus: Buses are available from all major bus stations. Just be sure to check the timetable and route map for the bus you are taking.

Train: The city railway station offers train services to major destinations. Make sure to check timetables and routes for destination you are embarking on. Single journey tickets can be bought prior to boarding the train.

Taxi: Professionally marked taxis can be hailed from any street. Be sure to wave to the driver, as they don’t respond to whistling.

Main attractions in Adelaide

Adelaide Museum

Adelaide Museum

St Peter's Cathedral

St Peter's Cathedral

The Lane Vineyard

The Lane Vineyard

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