Adelaide 2007

Adelaide: The plan

So here’s the plan: train and Skybus to the airport on Saturday morning. Fly to Adelaide. Check into hotel on North Terrace for 3 nights. Explore on foot during the afternoon. Hire car booked for Sunday to explore beyond the city. Monday and Tuesday morning more exploring on foot, before flying back on Tuesday afternoon.

Probable attractions to visit depending on the weather: Zoo, Adelaide Museum, Art Gallery, Botanic gardens, Tram museum/adventure playground, Railway museum, Glenelg, Rodney Fox shark museum, Glenelg Beachouse Fun park, ride some trains, the tram and the O-Bahn.

Memo to self: Daytrip tickets are $7.70 (kids $3.80) but on weekends the kids travel free… Woo hoo!

Suggestions welcome.

And, I just bought a new video camera to take along too. So we’ll have a new toy to play with.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

8 replies on “Adelaide: The plan”

sounds fantastic! Adelaide is a fun city. Have a great time.
PS Let’s hope your boys want to do more than just lie on the queen size bed in the hotel room and watch American wrestling on cable TV (it’s been known to happen!)

Don’t get caught out by the train frequencies in Adelaide – make sure you carry a timetable. Miss a train on a weekend on some lines and it’s an hours wait.

If you are going all the way down to Port Adelaide there is also
the maritime museum

and the Aviation Museum (lots of planes up close)

which are all in walking distance of railway museum (they are basically on the same street)

Be warned though, the train station down there is pretty ugly (in fact the transport system is generally pretty crap compared to Melbourne)

My friend Jim and I had a good time visiting Adelaide and the surrounding area. Being American we were experiencing a different city and foregin country at the same time. It might seem less exciting to you. The Adelaide Central Market has an incredible variety of stalls and foods to choose from. There are few places like this in the USA. It rivals the markets we saw in Melbourne. The tram to Glenelg and Glenelg itself made for an enjoyable afternoon. The winery tour of the Barossa Valley we took was a lot of fun but it would be very boring for childeren. The tour stopped in the small German (Australian with a German twist) town of Handorf. It is touristy but interesting to adults and kids alike. The city is very well laid out with wide streets and plenty of green space and a relaxed feeling about it. Have fun!

watch out for new tram line extension – opened just in time on North Terrace – some teething difficulties with wet weather and tram lines – something Adelaide not that used to yet. Enjoy weather on Saturday 16 and showery!

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