Adelaide Basic Information
A city of churches it may be, however Adelaide has also historically been the hub of free-spirited and free-thinking people. The city was the first in Australia to abolish sexual and racial discrimination, the first to do away with capital punishment, the first to recognise Aboriginal land rights, and the first to give women voting rights. So liberated is South Australia, in fact, it was the first state to legalise nude swimming. Want to find out more about this liberal locale? Here’s the nitty gritty.
Australian residents can explore the country with no limitations! For most international travellers, a normal holiday visa (eVisitor) permits 3 months’ travel within Australia over a 12-month period. Please be aware this information is only a guideline. For up-to-the-minute visa information, contact your local Embassy or Consulate of Australia.
The currency of Australia is the Australian Dollar. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and other currencies fluctuates constantly, so it's a good idea to monitor the rate before purchasing cash. For overseas visitors, consider using a credit or debit card or travel money card for safe spending while you are in Australia. Cash Passports are ideal for international travellers as they can hold a range of currencies including Australian Dollars, and can be used like credit cards.
Adelaide has not escaped the great burger fad. Join the local meaty bun addicts in a Burger Theory burger at their Union Street restaurant. Keeping with the American trend, get down to Downtown HDCB (Hot Dogs and Cold Beer) on Hindley Street for a bacon-wrapped, blue cheese-covered hotdog. Aside from gourmet junk food, Adelaide also a fine selection of Japanese, Italian, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese and Australian fare. Foodies will appreciate a spin around the Adelaide Central Market sampling everything from truffles to olives, cheese and charcuterie. For the quintessential Adelaide meal though, you can’t go past the Pie-Floater. Pie carts and vans have been around Adelaide since the 1860s and are famous for their signature Pie-Floater – an upside-down meat pie served in a bowl of green pea soup and drizzled with tomato sauce.
For a refined night after a day exploring the city or the wine country, kick back for a latest-release film at the beautiful Art Deco-style Piccadilly Cinema on the main drag in North Adelaide. If you prefer to dance, head to HQ Complex, the city’s most awarded nightclub, with 10 different bars. You'll find most of the danceclubs on Hindley and Gouger streets. Or explore the weird and wonderful Kava Hut for a relaxing herbal experience. No booze is served but kava is shared and you can have a dance on the sand-covered floors and bliss out under a brightly lit faux palm tree. For an Adelaide hangout, hit up The Exeter Hotel located smack bang in the East End, which is full of creative, arty types and live music, or the Grace Emily Hotel on Waymouth Street – the perfect place to see an up-and-coming band with a barbecue out the back.