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Top 5 Attractions in Adelaide – a treasure trove tucked safely away

This tidal capital of South Australia has it all- a welcome vibe, a laid-back atmosphere inviting a visit, countless stories of heritage, magnificent buildings proposing nothing but grandeur, a symphony of culinary delights and best of all the refreshing sense of an uncrowded city. Here are our top 5 recommended attractions to visit in Adelaide.

1

North Terrace

With the perfect tree-lined boulevard featuring an abundance of historic and cultural treasures, this is a perfect location to get a city tour started from. The Parliament Tower is one of the most prominent buildings in Adelaide infamous for its oversized colonnade. Further down the street, the State Library of South Australia, the South Australian Museum and the Art Gallery of South Australia stand to offer you an incredible all-rounded experience of art and culture. Known for their idyllic architecture, some of the other interesting buildings that are located within an ears-shot are the University of Adelaide Mitchell Building, the Migration Museum, Ayer's Historic House and known as 'a green thumb's dream' the legendary Adelaide Botanic Garden.

2

Adelaide Botanic Garden

This wonderland of botanical treasures was founded in the year 1855 and sports educational themed plantings like medical plants, a Mediterranean garden, Australian native creatures and also a brilliantly designed wetland which could gather ample water to eventually irrigate the whole ground. The Santos Museum of Economic Botany does a brilliant job of communicating an integral part that plants play in life on the daily with its series of permanent collections. Some of the other free delights that you have the luxury of enjoying when in Adelaide are the palm house, the Bicentennial Conservatory with lowland rainforest plants and the gorgeous night-flowering Amazonica water lilies and last but not least, Australia's oldest avenue of Moreton Bay.

3

Art Gallery of South Australia

Situated in the heart of Adelaide's cultural district, one of Australia's finest art collections are housed here. The building itself is a marvel to begin with given its elegant Victorian architecture that relates and unsaid story of valance and eminence. From sculpture to paintings to textiles and metalworks to photographs and jewels to ceramics and jewellery, the collection is truly diverse and precious.

4

Adelaide Oval

If you know well enough about the Aussies, you probably already heard that they are big into sports and hence of course, unlike in most other cities in the world, stadiums in Australia make the cut for best attractions to visit. Established in 1871, this stadium has hosted a vivacious lot of activities the likes of AFL, archery, cycling, hockey, lacrosse and tennis, and needless to say, of course, a fair share of musical concerts and major events. Being able to witness a game at this iconic stadium would be the dream for any of you sports fanatics or if you are pressed for time, we would recommend a 90-minute guided tour of the premises to take in as much as you can. Finding accommodation within an earshot of the stadium is a no-brainer with a variety of options like hotels, rentals and apartment hotels in Adelaide has on offer, some such as Oaks Embassy, which is merely 1.3 km away.

5

Glenelg

Tucked away in the sheltered and surf-free Gulf St. Vincent, this seaside village is your best beet of getting away from the hustle-and-bustle of the main city. A 25-minute ride on Adelaide's single surviving tram will take you away to this peaceful haven for some much-needed downtime. Not only does the beach have some killer views, but it also serves up some truly interesting history so make sure to fish for some stories among the locals.

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