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When Colonel William Light settled Adelaide in 1836, it was to be a planned city of free Australian settlers. Today, with a population of some 1.3 million, it enjoys wonderful beaches to the west, the Adelaide Hills to the east and the wine area of the Barossa Valley to the north, while the Fleurieu Peninsula runs south all the way to Port Jervis and Kangaroo island. Adelaide is often rated as one of the World's most livable cities: large enough to have good services, but still small enough to retain the pleasures of smaller city life. Often overlooked in an Australian trip, Adelaide and Kangaroo Island provide a chance to experience a wide range of different environments without the need to cover huge distances. wine, wildlife, scenery, small towns, interesting locals. Adelaide is well worth a few days.
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Adelaide City Hotels.
For hotels in the Adelaide City Area, try Stamford Plaza Adelaide on North Terrace, the Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide, also on North Terrace, or the Medina Grand Adelaide Treasury Hotel on Flinders Street.
Glenelg and Beaches Hotels.
Just a few Kilometres from Downtown Adelaide, the excellent beaches along St Vincent Gulf offer accommodation of varying levels, from Glenelg in the south to Henley Beach in the north. The Oaks Plaza Pier Apartment Hotel, Adelaide is worth considering, as is the Glenelg Motel Adelaide if you are looking for a budget priced option.
Apartment Hotels in Adelaide and Glenelg.
For a longer stay in Adelaide, the comforts and facilities provided by an apartment are hard to beat. In Adelaide City, the La Loft Apartments North Terrace Adelaide are hard to beat for location and proximity to the Adelaide Festival Centre and Adelaide's Restaurant Row. For beachfront living, the Glenelg Pacific Apartments Adelaide can be considered, or the Glenelg Beachside Luxury Apartments Adelaide for an absolute beachfront location.
Kangaroo Island Accommodation.
Kangaroo Island is worth spending a few days on to get into the nooks and crannies. The wildlife on Kangaroo island is exceptional. At the top end of the spectrum is Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat, as well as the The Fig Tree B&B Kangaroo Island. For a less expensive experience on Kangaroo Island look at the Hotel All Seasons Kangaroo Island Lodge, or the Kangaroo Island Seaside Inn. Always worth considering is the Wanderers Rest Guest House Kangaroo Island, one of our favorite places to stay on Kangaroo Island.
Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale Accommodation.
The Barossa Valley is about a one hour drive to the north of Adelaide, while the McLaren Vale area is part of the Southern Vales, situated between the Adelaide Hills and the sea, to the south of Adelaide itself. If you want to stay on the vineyard of one of Australia's Wine icons, look at Jacobs Creek Retreat Tanunda for an authentic Barossa Valley wine country experience. For a touch of history, accommodation in the Barossa Valley in one of the original area homesteads is available at Collingrove Homestead, Angaston, original home of the Angas family in the Barossa Valley, after whom the local town was named. For a Bed and Breakfast experience in the heart of the vines, the Barossa Shiraz Estate Lyndoch is hard to beat.
McLaren Vale, to the south of Adelaide city, is an interesting area producing robust reds and some excellent coastal style whites. McLaren Ridge Adelaide provides a good base among the vines, while a far more budget option is to be found at the McLaren Vale Motel & Apartments Adelaide. Whatever level of accommodation you settle on, the McLaren Vale area is worth spending time in if you are seriously interested in the winemaking process and the strong, gutsy Australian reds for which the area is famous.
Adelaide City was planned as a rectangle, bordered on three sides by expansive city parks, and on the fourth by the Torrens River. The downtown area is the place to stay for proximity to restaurants, though waterfront accommodation is available in the suburb of Glenelg, a short tram (streetcar) ride from Adelaide itself. The Geographical heart of Adelaide is Victoria Square, but if staying in the downtown area, we suggest you select a hotel between Grote and Wakefield Streets and North Terrace. This will keep you within 5 blocks of the Adelaide Festival Centre and the Torrens River. If you prefer beachfront accommodation, look in the Glenelg area, though you should be aware that Glenelg is a few Kilometres from the center of Adelaide City. A Kilometre or so to the north of the Adelaide Festival Centre and North Terrace, the upscale suburbs of North Adelaide are set among tree lined streets, and accommodation near King William road will put you in the centre of this very desirable suburb.
The Adelaide Casino is set on North Terrace, and while you might not be into gambling and the like, the building in which it is housed is worth attention. The old Adelaide Railway Station, a marvelous structure completed in 1928 and built of sandstone in a neoclassical style has been converted into the casino while retaining the space and grandeur of the original Railway Station building. The Adelaide Casino was opened in December 1985, and is the only licensed casino in South Australia, as well as being Adelaide's largest employer.