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Adelaide Travel Guide

First time visitors to Adelaide may find the street naming system a little confusing, but the general rule is streets running parallel to King William Road maintain the same name north to south, although some of them are intersected by leafy squares. Roads running east to west change names where they cross King William Road.

Right at the heart of the Adelaide city centre, and breaking King William Rd, you'll find Victoria Square where the Glenelg tram starts its journey south -- to where Colonel William Light landed in 1836 to claim the area a British colony.

The Adelaide Casino is housed in a classic 1929 sandstone building on North Terrace and is within short walking distance to Parliament (both old and new Houses), the Festival Centre, Government House, State Library, Art Gallery of South Australia, Migration Museum, and the University of Adelaide. A bit further to the east is the Botanic Garden. Close by is the Adelaide Zoo.

Two blocks down from North Terrace in the city centre's eastern half is Tandanya, the National Aboriginal Cultural Institute and major Aboriginal multi-arts complex on Grenfell St.

Between North Terrace and Grenfell St is Rundle Mall, a shoppers’ mecca and the city’s major, central shopping area, which runs west to Hindley St and east to Rundle St.  Adelaide’s Central Market, a retail institution since 1869 is one of the most popular shopping spots in the city. There are some 150 stalls here selling a mouth-watering  range fresh seafood, gourmet foods, fruit and vegetables. The Market is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 7.00 am (except Thursday, 9.00 am).

Out and around the city the visitor to Adelaide will find a wealth of places to visits and activities to pursue.The nearby Adelaide Hills are a good place to start Just 20 minutes drive from the city, the Mt Lofty and Light's Vision Lookouts offer nice views, while the hills and Fleurieu Peninsula are the great garden and orchard areas of the region. Other great days out  should include Kangaroo Island, the Flinders Ranges, the opal mining town of Coober Pedy, the Murray River, and the wine country of the Barossa, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra.

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