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Populated entirely by free settlers since its founding in 1836, the coastal capital of South Australia is as laid-back and relaxed as you would expect. Fabulous beaches, a strong cultural scene and vibrant restaurants make Adelaide a popular location with an exceptionally high standard of living.
Book a flight to Adelaide with Qatar Airways and you’ll discover a warm, welcoming and vibrant destination full of interest.
Adelaide was listed in the Top 10 of The Economist Intelligence Unit's World's Most Liveable Cities index in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015. It was also ranked the most liveable city in Australia by the Property Council of Australia for three consecutive years in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Fly to Adelaide and see for yourself why this city has such a good reputation.
Any trip to Adelaide should include a visit to the beach, and Adelaide’s pride and joy is in its coastline of stunning sandy beaches and deep blue waters. The ever-popular Glenelg beachside suburb is a part of the city that manages to combine the Australian love of the beach with some considerable historic interest too, such as the iconic town hall with its clock tower – a local landmark.
Australians love their sport, and the Adelaide Oval is a key venue for football and cricket matches in particular, as well as pop concerts and music events. The historic location has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation recently, making it one of the country’s premier venues.
For hikers who want a great view of the city from a stunning vantagepoint, the Adelaide Hills, including the aptly-named Mt. Lofty Summit, provides spectacular views of the Adelaide plains, the city, and the coastline.
A trip out of the city and into the Adelaide Hills brings you to Cleland Conservation Park or Gorge Wildlife Park, where you can encounter the local wildlife such as koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, emus and many other native Australian animals.
Being in Australia is an automatic invite to a variety of outdoor activities and your trip to Adelaide will give you access to plenty of hiking, walking and cycling opportunities for the adventurous traveller in you. However, the city is also famous for the number of festivals and events happening year-round, from the renowned Adelaide Festival of Arts and Fringe Festival, through to the Cabaret Festival, Film Festival, Festival of Ideas, and the Adelaide Writers' Week.
The Adelaide Botanic Gardens are free to enter and provide a tranquil oasis in the middle of a very busy city, with plenty of open grassy areas to sit and relax. For a slightly warmer horticultural experience, visit the Bicentennial Conservatory, a tropical hothouse that recreates a rainforest environment.
The Art Gallery of South Australia in Adelaide is one of the most highly respected art spaces on the continent, housing a superb collection of both classical and modernist works, as well as a strong indigenous art collection - a must-see for visitors.
Food and drink in Adelaide is rich and varied, with a strong Asian theme because of the large Chinese community that is based in the city.
Head to Rundle Street, Gouger Street or Chinatown for the best oriental cuisine, or venture out of the city square mile to O'Connell Street in North Adelaide, The Parade at Norwood, King William Road in Hyde Park, Unley Road or Jetty Road at Glenelg for top-end restaurants serving a range of international options.
Adelaide's new Leigh Street and Peel Street precinct is a haven for fantastic little restaurants, including great tapas-style diners.
If you’re travelling to Adelaide in search of some retail therapy, then there are plenty of choices for dedicated shoppers.
Some of the best shopping precincts include Rundle Mall and the East End in Adelaide, King William Road in Hyde Park, The Parade in Norwood, and Burnside Village.
For more budget bargains head to Harbour Town in West Beach, and Jetty Road in Glenelg or Magill Road, Norwood for antiques.
The state of South Australia boasts some of Australia’s finest nature experiences which can be easily accessed just outside Adelaide city itself.
Kangaroo Island is regarded as one of the best places to view Australian wildlife in its natural habitat. Kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, sea lions, echidnas, and birds all call the island home. Seal Bay – on the south coast of the island - is the only place in Australia where you can walk on the beach among a colony of endangered Australian sea lions.
Four hours north of Adelaide are some of Australia’s most accessible outback landscapes in the Flinders Ranges. At 540-million years old, this ancient mountain range is one of the oldest on earth and is also home to an outstanding array of Australian wildlife including emus and the rare Yellow-footed rock wallaby.
short 40-minute flight from Adelaide will take you to the Eyre Peninsula. Here you can swim with sea lions and dolphins, or cage dive with great white sharks. It is also a destination of stunning coastal scenery and outstanding local seafood.
Flights to Adelaide arrive at Adelaide International Airport, approximately 7km from the city centre.
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