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Cruises to Adelaide

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About Adelaide

Adelaide (population 1.3 million) is the capital of the state of South Australia, located in the southern central part of the country. Historically, it prospered as the center of a region dedicated to mining and agriculture endeavors. The city was laid out by Colonel William Light in 1836, and locals are quite proud of the fact that the community was the only early Australian capital funded by land sales and not built by convicts.

Today, it is an elegant, vibrant city and is home to world-renowned special events and festivals, such as the Adelaide Fringe. The city is also a culinary mecca with the greatest number of restaurants per capita of any Australian city.

The commercial center of Adelaide is a lovely, compact area surrounded by parks. It is well laid out, with museums and attractions easily accessible -- many between the Torrens River and North Terrace. Nearby, Rundle Street boasts the pedestrian Rundle Mall, which is the city's main shopping area. Four blocks south of Rundle Street is Victoria Square, the city's geographic center.

South Australia is the wine industry's powerhouse state, producing most of the nation's wine and boasting some of the oldest individual vines in the world. Within easy reach of Adelaide are some of Australia's most renowned wine regions: The Barossa and Adelaide Hills. The Barossa, home to Jacob's Creek, among others, has been producing wines for more than 150 years and is especially known for Shiraz. Adelaide Hills is renowned for pinot noirs, and another wine region in this area, Eden Valley, is famous for its Rieslings.

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More about Adelaide

Why go to Adelaide?

Pros:

Good food can be found at Adelaide Central Market or take a day trip to the Barossa Valley

Cons:

Main attractions require organized transport

Bottom Line:

Diverse food, wine and coastal regions not far from this sophisticated city

Adelaide Cruise Port Facilities?

The area of Port Adelaide has been undergoing a renaissance of sorts, and many of the area's old warehouses have been converted into shops, galleries and eateries. The Visitor Information Centre, located at 66 Commercial Road, has tons of information on attractions and special events, as well as self-guided walking tour maps.

There are some notable museums in Port Adelaide:

South Australia Maritime Museum displays a number of permanent exhibitions, including one on South Australia's more than 850 shipwrecks. Another exhibition focuses on the famed Mosquito Fleet, the historic small cargo vessels that carried goods along the southern Australian coast until the 1960's. (126 Lipson Street, open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

National Railway Museum is Australia's largest railway museum. It features more than 100 exhibits representing State, Commonwealth and private railway operators on the three major rail gauges used in Australia. (76 Lipson Street, open daily, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Good to Know?

If you plan to go wine-tasting, be sure to have a designated driver, or, better yet, hire a car and driver. Australia has very strict drinking and driving laws. In addition, the police regularly set up random breathalyzer checks in the wine regions.

Getting Around?

By shuttle: Cruise lines most likely will offer a shuttle service from within the port area to the center of Port Adelaide and/or to the city center of Adelaide.

By public transporation: Buses (bus route 150) and taxis are also available to the city. The rail line is directly opposite the international passenger terminal and travels regularly to Port Adelaide and Adelaide. Once in the city, the free, intra-city routes use both trams and buses to provide access to most sites and attractions. Routes include City Loop bus (99C) and the Terrace to Terrace Tram service.

On foot: Adelaide's city center is flat, compact and easy to explore on foot.

By taxi: Cabs are widely available and can be hailed on the street or at a taxi stand. Taxis are metered, and most accept credit cards.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The local currency is the Australian dollar; check www.xe.com for the latest exchange rates. ATMs and foreign exchange offices are abundant, especially around Rundle Mall.

Language?

English is the official language.

Where You're Docked?

Port Adelaide is located approximately eight miles (13 kilometers) northwest of the city center. The passenger terminal is on Oliver Rogers Road, Outer Harbor.


Adelaide Cruise Reviews
Nothing really grabbed me here, so we just went to the Botanic Garden and Zoo via trams. Adelaide, however, is nice in that you basically walk about the equivalent of 1 1/2 blocks to get on a tram that goes downtownRead More
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roothy123
We arrived at the ship directly from the airport. It is quite a distance to the port so allow $50+ dollars for a cab.Read More
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Great trip saw most of the cityRead More
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Invergowriemike
Travelled into town by train and enjoyed getting reacquainted with the centre of town Read More
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