The City of Adelaide in South Australia was founded in 1836, and was named after King William’s wife. After the trouble England had with Australia’s first penal colony settlement, a group including Edward Wakefield, a British politician, advocated for establishing a town populated by English settlers, rather than criminals. Designed as a colony for religious and civil liberty, in 1834, Wakefield convinced the British parliament to pass the South Australian Colonization Act, which which established Adelaide along with additional future settlements in Australia.
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Cruise ships now dock at the Outer Harbor Wharf. From the cruise terminal it is a short walk to the Outer Harbor Train Station where you can catch a train to the town of Port Adelaide and its historic district (10 minutes) or metropolitan Adelaide city center (20 minutes).
The focus of Adelaide’s public transport system is a fleet of diesel and natural gas buses. The majority of bus routes terminate at the city-centre with Route 150P going from the port to downtown Adelaide and back. You can purchase a special Cruise Ship metroCARD at the Outer Harbor railway station and get around Adelaide all day for just $10.
The metroCARD entitles holders to unlimited travel on Adelaide Metro bus, train and tram services all day, and you can keep your card at the end of your travels as a souvenir of Adelaide.
Taxis from the port into central Adelaide will normally cost about A$35.
Often ships will provide shuttle service from the Outer Harbor Wharf to downtown Rundle Mall Adelaide. The mall is a large pedestrian walking avenue through the central shopping district.
The Australian Dollar. You will need to change some money as U.S., Canadian and Euros are not often accepted. The Australian Dollar equals US$0.67.Credit cards are usually welcome and the are easy to find ATM machines.
For a true Adelaide experience, stop off for lunch at the Adelaide Central Market. A favorite with the locals featuring countless authentic Australian and Asian eateries.
Rundle Mall is a good place to start as it is the social center of Adelaide as well as the main shopping thoroughfare.
Located in the heart of Adelaide is the Adelaid Zoo, a home to exotic animals from all over the globe along with Australia’s most iconic natives. Find over 250 different species including the only pair of Giant Pandas in the Southern Hemisphere.
Into art? Head to Adelaide’s cultural center of North Terrace. It’s home to an impressive collection of art galleries and museums. Start at the Art Gallery of South Australia, home to one of Australia’s best art collections. Next door is the South Australian Museum, with world-class natural history and cultural collections. For even more art, stop by the University of South Australia’s Samstag Museum of Art displaying works from South Australian artists from the 1970s to today.
Halfway from the port to downtown Adelaide is the historic Port Adelaide. Spend some time strolling around the historic areas of Port Adelaide and feel the history of South Australia’s early years. Grand, buildings line the streets, with most of them erected during Port Adelaide’s early years in the mid and late 1800s. Visit the Maritime Museum and stop off at the Visitor Information Centre and grab a Heritage Self-Guided Walking Tour brochure.
Mount Lofty Summit – For spectacular panoramic views of Adelaide and surrounds visit Mount Lofty Summit. Take bus 821 from downtown – fare is A$3 and it takes about 35 minutes.
If experiencing Australian wildlife up close is one of your goals the Cleland Wildlife Park outside Adelaide is highly recommended. Spend some time getting to know some kangaroos, emus, and koala bears.
One of Australia’s early colonies, Adelaide is two cities, the central city and the old Port of Adelaide. It features great public transportation and a number of sights to visit on your port of call visit.
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