Wide sweeping streets, city squares and lush green boundaries make Adelaide an enchanting city to explore. You only need scratch the surface of the quiet achiever of Australian cities to tap into its hedonistic vein.
This epicurean playground boasts major events, spanning the cultured and cerebral, artistic and gastronomic, petrol-headed and sports-crazed.The pleasure-seeking spirit flows from varied cuisines and magnificent wines through to a healthy live music and bar scene, and numerous galas that celebrate a thriving arts community. During the innovative Adelaide Fringe Festival, the artistic flair of this historically progressive, yet still conservative, city truly emerges.
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Around 1800 exotic and native mammals, birds and reptiles roar, growl and screech at Adelaide's wonderful zoo, which opened in 1883. There are free walking tours half-hourly (plus a slew of longer and overnight tours focussing on specific environments and species), feeding sessions and a children's zoo. Until Wang Wang and Funi – Australia's only Giant Pandas – arrived in 2009 (pandemonium!), the major drawcard was the Southeast Asian rainforest exhibit.You can take a river cruise to the zoo from the Festival Centre on Pop-eye. Weekends only in winter.
South Australian Museum
Digs into Australia's natural history with special exhibits on whales and Antarctic explorer Sir Douglas Mawson, and an Aboriginal Cultures Gallery displaying artefacts of the Ngarrindjeri people of the Coorong and lower Murray. The giant squid is the undisputed highlight of the free tours. There's a cool cafe here too.
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