Adelaide is another side of Australia

Adelaide is not only the fifth most populated city in Australia, it is also the fifth largest and steadily becoming a Mecca for tourists. In fact, the capital of South Australia is known as “The city of churches” to the outside world due to its predilection for attractive buildings of worship.

It is a beautiful city and is more and more becoming a popular rendezvous for sporting events, festivals and it is a feast of cultural diversity. It is also developing a reputation for its quality food and wine. Its sunny and welcoming climate is best enjoyed throughout the Northern Hemisphere winter period – December to February.

There are a number of excellent national parks and conservation grounds in Australia but Adelaide’s Cleland Conservation Park has a variety of wonderful and exotic animals to peruse at the tourist’s leisure. Here visitors can study emus, wallabies, kangaroos and whole host of other beasts native to South Australia

Park visitors can take advantage of the chance to have some mugshots taken with the friendly resident Koalas. There are beautiful grounds to explore and a cafe to rest in for tired legs and dry mouths.

For a look-back at the fascinating history of the Australian railway, The National Railway Museum in Port Adelaide is an ideal destination for history buffs and museum lovers.  This tidy and comfortable museum takes and intrepid step into the days of steel locomotives and diesel locomotives. It is an enjoyable and nostalgic journey for kids and adults.

The Adelaide Botanical Gardens are another must see destination where visitors can explore a fascinating array of plant life inside an innovative atmosphere-controlled building where life thrives. Visitors can enjoy a glass of red or white at the garden’s Wine Centre and entry is free. The gardens are kept in meticulous conditions and a joy to see for those green-fingered visitors.

Sweet-toothed tourists will melt at the sight of the Melba Chocolate and Confectionery Factory which allows visitors a guided tour of the premises. It will surely whet the appetite of chocoholics as they enjoy talks and demonstrations on how their favourite sweet is prepared for the consumer. The sweet chocolate aroma is enough to drag tourists in from miles around.

For a staggering array of all forms of arts, culture buffs need look no further than the Art Gallery of South Australia. It contains the most impressive collection of art materials in Australia. It boasts some 35,000 artworks. It has an inspiring collection of indigenous Australian art and a vast collection of British and Japanese art.

The famous Oval cricket ground, The Happy Valley Reservoir, the National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Parliament House, The Adelaide Festival Centre and Seahorse Farm are also popular tourist hotspots worth a look if visit Adelaide.

There are 54 hotels in Adelaide and the majority of them are within walking distance of the city centre so everything is accessible from most hotels.