Fly To Adelaide, Australia
Adelaide is often considered the shy little sister of cities like Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. Her wide streets, lush boundaries and sandy swimming beaches certainly seem enchantingly quiet and refined. Under the surface, however, runs a hint of hedonism that delights in not just cultural and artistic pleasures, but those of good food, good wine, great music and thrilling sports.
Adelaide’s festivals are famous, her wine regions prolific, her cuisine diverse, and her citizens far more fun than the rest of Australia would have us believe. She may be conservative on the surface, but this city certainly has a taste for the finer pleasures in life.
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Visa Requirements and SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do need a Visa to visit Adelaide, or anywhere else in Australia. You’ll also need to make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your return date, and that you have 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.
See and do
The best time of year to visit Adelaide is during what’s become known as “Mad March”. It’s festival season, and one of the rare times that Adelaide’s conservative poise slips. Adelaide Fringe, the Clipsal 500 car race, and WOMADelaide (the World of Music Arts and Dance Festival) all take place around March, and the surrounding festivities alone tend to be worth the trip.
If you can’t make it in March, don’t despair, there are plenty of things to see and do all year round in Adelaide. The hilltop viewpoints, beachside suburbs and assortment of restaurants and cafés are perfect for a quiet day out. The wealth of historic buildings, museums and galleries are all worth a visit too, but try the Adelaide Casino or the indoor shooting range for a bit of an adrenaline spike.
You won’t want to forget Adelaide’s wine region, either. On the doorstep of the city, with over 200 cellars to choose from, you can spend a very happy day or three discovering the best in South Australian wines.
As far as shopping goes, there’s not a mind-blowing selection, but the largest centre is the Westfield Marion. Central Market and Rundle Mall are also popular, and Haigh’s Chocolates is the place to go for edible gifts and souvenirs.
Public transport in Adelaide is affordable and easy to use, and most areas of the city are well connected. There are three free bus routes - the City Loop, the Bee Line and the Adelaide Connector – and for everywhere else there is bus, train or tram. The city is fairly compact, so exploring on foot is a perfectly viable option. There are also free-to-use tourist bicycles available from Bicycle SA, whose offices are in Currie Street, next to the Central Bus Station.
Adelaide Airport – ADL
Food and beverage: Cibo Espresso, Dreamy Donuts, Grinders Coffee, Hudsons’ Coffee, and Villa & Hut.
Currency Exchange: Travelex has three outlets at Adelaide Airport, and is open 365 days a year. Travelex also offers online pre-purchased foreign exchange to save you time at the airport.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Items lost within the airport can be reported to reception in Terminal 1.
Airport Hotels: None on site. Nearby: Comfort Inn Aviator’s Lodge and Stamford Grand Hotel.
Car Hire: Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty and RedSpot/Sixt.
Airport Hub: Adelaide Airport (code ADL) is a hub for Qantas and Regional Express Airlines and is a focus city for Virgin Australia.