Your guide to Adelaide, South Australia

15 Aug 2014, by Informa Australia

As the fifth-largest city in Australia, Adelaide is branded the “perfect host city” by Lonely Planet and is “ready to be uncorked”.

The South Australia’s elegant and cultured capital is enriched with beautiful parklands, historic architecture, plentiful of cafés and restaurants, native animals, rolling hills of vineyards and beaches in the west.

Heading to Adelaide for a conference means not only business, but relaxation of the body and mind, with ample fun to be had.

Quench that thirst, feed that soul 

Rundle Street
Rundle Street

A diverse culture mix in Adelaide means that the food and drink you will sample here are guaranteed to be sensational.

On Rundle Street east side of the city, you will find a jigsaw of charismatic pubs, trendy cafés and family-run restaurants.

For a European feel, head to Norwood Parade or sample Asian delights in Chinatown and Adelaide Central Market on Gouger Street.

Where to sleep? 

Just because you’re visiting Adelaide for a conference doesn’t mean you have to stay in a big hotel chain. Adelaide offers many boutique hotels, apartments, seaside resorts and heritage cottages to make your trip more enjoyable.

The Fire Station Inn - Fire Engine Suite
The Fire Station Inn – Fire Engine Suite

Some interesting choices are:

The Watson

Draws inspiration from Indigenous artist Yannima Pirkarli Tommy Watson, this boutique hotel boasts open planned self-contained suites, onsite restaurant, 25 metre lap pool and a gym. Did we mention that it’s overlooking the majestic Adelaide Hills?

The Fire Station Inn – Fire Engine Suite

The Fire Station Inn, part of the North Adelaide Heritage Group is a remarkable two storey Victorian building. It was built in 1866 as a shop and in 1904 was converted to a fire station. It remained a fire station until the present conversion to luxury accommodation by Rodney Twiss. Fancy having a fire engine in your room? Then this one is for you.

Buxton Manor – George Lowe Esquire Apartment

Buxton Manor, also part of the North Adelaide Heritage Group, is a glorious, romantic, vintage mansion built in 1908. It’s surrounded by half an acre of manicured gardens and houses a collection of Australian antiques and memorabilia. Enjoy open fires, polished spruce floors and marbleised ceilings at this charismatic dwelling.

Someone said wine? 

Clare Valley
Clare Valley

Adelaide is Australia’s wine capital, with numerous regions on its doorstep.

From the Coonawarra on the Limestone Coast for reds, to the Barossa, which is just an hour’s drive from Adelaide, you will be spoilt for choice.

The Clare Valley, an hour north of the city, is famous for its Rieslings; for stunning white, head to the Adelaide Hills.

A two hour drive and a short ferry ride from south of Adelaide, you will reach Kangaroo Island, with its pristine beaches, unique wildlife, awesome sunsets and a “drop” of wine to top it all off.

We hope that the next time you visit Adelaide for business, make it an interesting stay.

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