Holiday Inn Express Adelaide City Centre, Blyth Street, Adelaide Australia De Sud, Australia
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Adelaide is full of bountiful scenery and gorgeous views!
Adelaide combines exceptional food and wine, art, shopping, a bustling bar scene and world-class events. The city has also been award as a great wine capital of the world. No matter what season you visit, Adelaide and its regions allow you to sample the best of Australia. Plan your trip now.
Adelaide’s diverse cultural mix and dynamic local produce guarantees a sensational food experience. From dining alfresco in the city to beach side cafes, the cuisine here is diverse, proud and influenced by international and native flavors. Wander the city’s laneways to discover a spirited small bar scene who all use a range of South Australian wines and spirits for the most authentic of experiences.
Eat streets include Rundle for historic pubs and family-run cafes and restaurants; Norwood Parade for European influences; Gouger Street and Chinatown for Asian flavors; Hutt St for high end European to grab and go take-out, Leigh St and Peel St for the latest in modern Australian. View the full guide here.
Venture beyond the city to discover world class wineries and the land of the long lunch – Adelaide Hills. There are 200 cellar doors only a short drive away from the CBD which is why Adelaide has been named one of the Great Wine Capitals of the World.
From Adelaide, a weekend escape is easy to do. With an hour or two, you’ll find yourself taste testing your way around the Barossa or Clare Valley or relaxing on the beach on the Fleurieu Peninsula or the Yorke Peninsula. Escape to the Flinders Ranges and Outback with a two-hour flight or five-hour road-trip from Adelaide or visit Kangaroo Island, just a two-hour drive and a short ferry ride south of Adelaide. With so much, so close to Adelaide, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Skip from cultural attractions to the coast in Adelaide, where restaurants, parklands and wine regions are also within easy reach. Explore the city's past in the grand stone buildings along North Terrace. Discover the youthful energy humming beneath the city's elegant exterior along Rundle Street and Gouger Street's popular dining strip. Lose yourself in parklands, which sprawl around more than half the city. Swim with dolphins in Glenelg and enjoy summer festivities in beachside Henley. Do a day trip to the Fleurieu Peninsula, stopping to see wineries, play on white beaches, trek the rugged coastline and get up close to wildlife.
Combine culture and fresh air
Witness the action and colour of Adelaide Central Market – the city’s fresh food center – from one of its gourmet cafés. Then wander the galleries, museums and colonial buildings of North Terrace, Adelaide’s cultural boulevard. Walk through the grand Railway Station to see Parliament and Government House. Check out the wine bars, boutiques, art house cinemas and elegant restaurants on nearby Rundle Street. Explore the retail smorgasbord of Rundle Mall, uncover the fashion secrets of Ebenezer Place and trawl the Sunday markets. Lunch here on a wrought-iron balcony or head into the parklands encircling the city for a picnic. Hire a rowboat or visit fragrant rose gardens in Rymill Park, see the art-deco Palm House in the Botanic Gardens or cycle alongside the Torrens River in Linear Park. In the evening, dine along fashionable Gouger, O’Connell and Melbourne Streets. Or see a performance of theatre, opera, dance, cabaret or comedy at the Adelaide Festival Centre on North Terrace.
Hit the beach
Jump on a tram to Glenelg on Holdfast Bay, where you can watch the passing parade from a Jetty Road café. Browse the shops, dive beneath the waves or relax on the white, sandy beach. From here you swim with dolphins or take an adrenalin-pumping ride along the coast on a jet boat. Learn about the area’s history in the discovery center at Glenelg Town Hall or walking the Federation and Proclamation Trails. Picnic with sweeping sea views, follow the Aboriginal Tjilbruke Trail and visit historic Kingston House in Kingston Park Coastal Reserve. Wander along the esplanade to the seaside village of Brighton, then take a bus to Port Adelaide. Spend the afternoon exploring the museums, gentrified warehouses and historic streetscapes of the city’s maritime heart. Complete your day at the seaside in Henley. Dine out in one of the multicultural eateries along Henley Road and watch the live bands which play in Henley Square in summer.
Hire a car and drive south into the McLaren Vale wine region, where you can visit galleries and cellar doors and buy olives, oils, cheeses, almonds, and berries from roadside stalls and orchards. If you’re feeling energetic, hire a bike and cycle along the old railway track to arty Willunga. Drive along the Gulf St Vincent coast, stopping to swim at Port Willunga and Christies and Maslin beaches. Or travel through the rolling green hills of Mount Compass (where Australia’s only cow race is held each February) and Yankalilla to Cape Jervis. Fish from the jetty here or walk the rugged, spectacular coastline of Deep Creek Conservation Park. Drive back along the peninsula’s eastern coastline. Get up close to little penguins and spot migrating whales between June and October in Victor Harbor. Stop in Goolwa to cruise The Coorong or visit the wineries and wetlands of Currency Creek. Head back to Adelaide via the historic, antique hub of Strathalbyn.
"There really aren't enough adjectives to accurately describe the beauty of Kangaroo Island. In fact, words can almost spoil the moment. Even photos don't do this wildly gorgeous destination justice". Isaac Bober, Symmetry, Australia.
Kangaroo Island is a pristine wilderness - a place that has offered protection to substantial populations of native Australian animals, a place of beauty and a place of escape. Kangaroo Island (or ‘KI' as the locals call it) is also big and surprisingly diverse.
You'll find soaring cliffs, dense bushland, towering sand dunes, wetlands and massive arcs of bone white beach.
A BIG Island - as the third largest island off the coast of mainland Australia, Kangaroo Island is more than a day-trip destination.
At 155 kilometers long and up to 55 kilometers wide, it covers an area of 4,416 square kilometres.
Adelaide is the capital city of South Australia. It lies on the eastern shores of Gulf St Vincent in the central, southern part of the Australian continent. Adelaide is Australia's fifth largest city, with a population of over 1.2 million. More than three quarters of South Australians live in the Adelaide metropolitan area.
Adelaide is located on a plain between the rolling Adelaide Hills and the Gulf and is bordered by many of Australia's famous wine regions. The Barossa Valley and Clare Valley regions lie to the north, the McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek regions to the south and the cooler climate Adelaide Hills region to the east. Historically known as the City of Churches due to its new world origins as an incubator for religious freedom, much of the architecture in the inner city is retained from the colonial era. Heavily influenced by the prevailing styles popular in England at the time, the heritage architecture is similar to many European cities built in the 19th century.
Proximity to premium wine and food growing regions, as well as waves of immigration from Germany, Italy, Greece, Vietnam, China and India have created a unique multicultural gourmet food and café culture in the City and inner suburbs. This café culture is supported by Adelaide's global reputation for the arts and particularly the arts festivals held in March including the Adelaide Festival and the Adelaide Fringe Festival, which is second only to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in size.
The city is the home of Adelaide Oval, famed as one of Test cricket's most picturesque grounds and currently under redevelopment to host AFL football matches during the winter months. Australian football has a long history in Adelaide and AFL matches are currently played at Adelaide Oval in North Adelaide. Adelaide and the surrounding wine regions also host the Tour Down Under, which is the largest cycling race in the Southern Hemisphere and the first stage of the UCI WorldTour.
WHAT TO DO IN ADELAIDE: UNIQUE EXPERIENCES
There are so many things to see and do in Adelaide. Wondering what to do in Adelaide today? Find a list of great activities here.
Spoilt for choice
Adelaide has had a resurgence in the past few years with a vibrant small bar scene reinvigorating the city's laneways. Famous chefs and high-end boutiques have made Adelaide their new home.
It’s full of vibrant cafés and eclectic restaurants as well as a strong events scene that incorporates all manner of tastes – from the Adelaide Fringe to the Santos Tour Down Under. There are always things to do in Adelaide – it just depends on what tickles your fancy!
One of the many great things about Adelaide is its accessibility. One minute you're in a bustling, exciting city, and then in 20 minutes time you can be relaxing in the sun on some of the world's most beautiful beaches.
Bustling bar scene
When the liquor licensing laws changed in 2013, the small bar scene said "thank you very much" and exploded – mostly in the small laneway quarter around Leigh St, Peel St and Gilbert Place. Today the precinct is a pocket rocket of inner city personality and boozy goodness. Industrial spaces, quirky facades and inner-city breweries – it's all here in Adelaide.
I love the nightlife
It's an exciting time to hit the restaurant scene in Adelaide with many high-end, experimental and eclectic offerings opening their doors to eager customers. These include the South African themed Africola, city-fringe fine-dining Magill Estate and Orana (awarded 2017 Restaurant of the Year by Gourmet Traveller), where the degustation menu concentrates on native flavours. Sean Connolly and Jamie Oliver have also opened eateries in Adelaide with a fresh produce focus and strong architectural flair. Your top things to do in Adelaide should certainly include visiting one of these great restaurants.
Just outside of the city, in the eastern suburbs, you'll find Norwood. Less than three kilometres from the city, it's easy to catch the bus or head through the parklands for a scenic stroll as you make your way to the shopping and cafe strip – The Parade. Norwood is a leading destination for alfresco dining. Indulge your shopping habit with homewares and furniture as well as unique labels and cutting edge hair and beauty.
Travel ten minutes south of the city and you'll be in Hyde Park. Spend the morning walking along King William Road browsing the stores before stopping off and grabbing a coffee. From boutique fashion labels to French patisseries – this is the place for those of discerning taste.
Most beaches are less than 30 minutes from the city and Adelaide's warm climate means you can enjoy them practically all year round. Head north for some family-friendly beaches with attractions for the kids. Head south if you're more of a surfer and looking for those waves or for those spectacular views framed by steep cliffs. Head to any metropolitan beach in Adelaide and you won't be disappointed.
Catch the tram from Adelaide to historic Glenelg, just 12 kilometres from the city centre. Browse the shops and cafés on Jetty Road and at Holdfast Shores Marina. Mosey through Moseley Square and along the jetty as you overlook the water. Picnic under the pine trees and watch the beach-goers stroll by. Brought the kids? No worries – there's an adventure park called the Beachhouse to keep them occupied for hours.
Alternatively, head down to Henley Beach. There's a great beachside atmosphere in the square with cafes, pubs and ice-cream shops available to help you through those hot summer days. Its wide sandy beaches and gentle waves are perfect for the kids looking to play a game of beach cricket or collect some shells.
Adelaide's laid-back attitude makes it the perfect place to bring the family. With plenty of activities to keep the little ones happy, no doubt parents will be happy too.
From the hundreds of metropolitan beaches to the stunning Botanic Gardens and parks, there's plenty of space for the kids to run around and burn off some of that energy! Does your little one have a keen interest in animals? Take them to Adelaide Zoo. There they can meet Wang Wang and Fu Ni – the South Hemisphere’s only breeding pair of Giant Pandas. Or they can listen to the roars of the tigers and lions, or see if they can reach as tall as the giraffes. If they have an inquisitive mind, head to the South Australian Museum where kids are encouraged to get hands-on and learn about the world around us in an interactive way.
South Australia’s historic Adelaide Oval has been the site of many historic cricket matches. Legendary Sir Donald Bradman made Adelaide his home and graced the hallowed turf of the oval on many occasions. The sporting great is honoured here with a museum display showcasing his career in a state-of-the-art, purpose built museum. The Bradman Collection lives in the newly-built Riverbank Stand.
Considered one of the most attractive grounds in the world, Adelaide Oval has undergone a significant makeover, with new southern and eastern stands and a pedestrian plaza outside the ground. The oval now seats more than 50,000 spectators and is Adelaide's home of AFL as well as cricket. When you're looking for things to do in Adelaide, a trip to Adelaide Oval is a must.
The Festival City
If you love being part of an enthralled theatre audience, dancing to international music, laughing at cheeky comedians or being mesmerised by innovative visual arts, then Adelaide is for you. March is the time to come to Adelaide if you want to experience its thriving festival scene. Dubbed Mad March – you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to what to see with thousands of shows and things to do in Adelaide during this time.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA'S TOP 5 WILDLIFE EXPERIENCES
From swimming with Australian sea lions to cuddling koalas, here’s our guide to South Australia’s best wildlife experiences!
Swim with sea lions, sharks and dolphins, splash with tuna, watch whales or cuddle koalas and kangaroos – as Lonely Planet can attest, our State is one of the best places in the world to get up-close to iconic Australian wildlife!
1. Go whale watching
Tell me more: Few sights are as awe-inspiring as the migration of the southern right whale. Make your way to the Head of Bight on the Eyre Peninsula, or closer to Adelaide at Victor Harbor on the Fleurieu Peninsula and bring your binoculars. In late May and early June, southern right whales begin to arrive from Antarctica. Watch as these impossibly powerful giants effortlessly carve their way through frothy swells.
2. Swim with sea lions, sharks, cuttlefish and dolphins
Tell me more: Come face-to-face with South Australia’s amazing aquatic wildlife on the Eyre Peninsula. Cage dive with great white sharks, swim with tuna and cuttlefish, splash with dolphins and swim with sea lions. Make sure you always keep your eyes open when snorkelling around the Fleurieu Peninsula or Yorke Peninsula to spot the iconic and unique Leafy Sea Dragon, and on the Eyre Peninsula for Giant Australian Cuttlefish. All the more reason South Australia’s waters are the perfect place to take an ocean dip with our flippered friends.
3. Cuddle koalas and see kangaroos
Tell me more: Ever wished you could see Australia’s cute, cuddly, and not so cuddly animals in one convenient location? Discover must-see native species at Cleland Wildlife Park in the Adelaide Hills and Mikkira Station in Port Lincoln. At Cleland you can see over 130 species with no boundaries! Get up-close to kangaroos, koalas and reptiles less than an hour’s drive away from Adelaide.
4. Explore zoos and wildlife parks
Tell me more: Get up-close to iconic Australian wildlife in the heart of the city at the Adelaide Zoo. Over 2000 animals call the zoo home, including Wang Wang and Fu Ni, Australia’s only giant pandas.
Set-off on an African safari at Monarto Zoo. Watch lions, cheetahs and zebras roam, all from the comfort (and safety) of a Zu-Loop shuttle bus. See more Australian animals and birds at Gorge Wildlife Park.Located in Cudlee Creek, the park is about a 45 minute drive from Adelaide.
5. Escape to Kangaroo Island, where wildlife reigns supreme
Tell me more: Throw out your briefcase and hang up your tie. Wilderness reigns supreme on Kangaroo Island. Leave your inhibitions behind and let nature take over. Hopping kangaroos replace bustling commuters. You'll find kangaroos, koalas, echidnas as wallabies in the wild all over the island, but for a truly immersive experience, visit Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park or Paul's Place.
The new Holiday Inn Express Adelaide City Centre is situated in the vibrant north-west quarter of Adelaide’s central business district. The great location provides easy accessibility to Adelaide Oval, Adelaide Convention Centre, the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, the SA Health and Medical Research Institute, University of South Australia, Adelaide Casino and Rundle Mall shopping.
Holiday Inn Express Adelaide City Centre is the smart choice for savvy business and leisure travellers, delivering a fresh and hassle free stay every time.
The hotel features 245 well-designed rooms equipped with for everything you need for a great stay. Start the day right with the free Express Start Breakfast or Grab & Go option, stay connected with free Wi-Fi, after a long day recharge with the high quality bedding and have a restful night’s sleep with a choice of soft and firm pillows. Experience an invigorating shower with our high quality bathroom and have everything in control with our self-service laundry facility, business centre and fitness room.
EAT & DRINK
The Great Room will serve an Express Start Breakfast every day. Snacks, light meals & beverages available at all times. On the ground floor will be a full service restaurant/café/bar operated by an external experienced restauranteur.
HEALTH & FITNESS
The onsite fitness room is equipped with exercise machines, weights and a LCD TV screen. The facility is a free service to all hotel guests, and it is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Towels available.
Hours of Operation: 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Fitness Center Type: LIMITED
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