Green living, exceptional food and a dash of wine: that's Adelaide
Even with a population of slightly more than a million, Adelaide is a city where residents and tourists feel they’ve got all the breathing space in the world. It’s Australia’s most environmentally sustainable city with free city bikes for hire, the world’s first solar powered bus to take you around and green buildings and homes. It’s an impeccably accessible city, thanks to Colonel William Light, who gave Adelaidians its grid layout and therefore wide boulevards, with large public arenas, entirely surrounded by beautiful parklands. Everything is said to be only 20 minutes’ away.
Adelaide is the gateway to Australia’s lauded wine region – the Barossa Valley, which is only an hour from the city centre. Sample locally grown seasonal produce and some of the best wines in the world.
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When to go
Adelaide has hot, dry summers and mild winters, thanks to its coastal location on the southern edge of Australia.
Rainfall, and sometimes hail, usually happens in the winter months. Snow in the metro area is not common (bar light falls at Mount Lofty and in the Adelaide Hills). It’s a year-round destination, unless you prefer your weather a little warmer.
The months of February and March are widely considered to offer the best weather due to pleasant temperatures and little rainfall. June tends to be the wettest month of the year. The winter months (June - August) can get a little chilly, so bring winter threads.
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Jetstar flies direct to Adelaide from Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Melbourne (Tullamarine), Gold Coast, Perth, and Sydney.
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There’s the Adelaide Airport Flyer offering door-to-door minibus transfers to and from Adelaide outer suburbs and surrounding areas. You can also pick up a free bike from one of 14 bike depots around the city centre and North Adelaide. The City-Loop bus runs seven days a week. You can also hop on the shuttle tram, which operates between South Terrace and the City West Campus of the University of South Australia on North Terrace – travel in either direction is free. Tindo, the solar-powered bus, takes you between the city and North Adelaide for free.
Situated adjacent to West Beach, Adelaide airport is approximately 6km west of the city centre of Adelaide. A taxi trip will take around 12 minutes and cost around A$18.
From A$4 (30 minutes) to A$33 (24 hours).
Adelaide Metro offers a convenient JetBus service linking Adelaide Airport to Glenelg, West Beach and the city for the price of a regular fare. It costs A$25 for three consecutive days of unlimited travel on all buses, trains and trams.