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Cruise Port: Adelaide, Australia

Cruise ships arrive at the Adelaide container terminal about eight miles from Adelaide’s CBD.

Volunteers, including a musical ensemble, greet you with cheers, waves and the singing of Australian folk songs.

Inside the terminal are shops and greeters to welcome and help you.

A Tourist Information booth stands in a prominent place.

Greeters help you with finding the materials you might need including a map of Adelaide, guide books, and brochures on attractions.

Rest rooms, a waiting room, and wifi are available.

The city map shows the main sites and provides information on transportation in the city including free bus rides around the CBD.

The port is about a 45-60 minutes by bus from the CBD. The cruise line may provide a shuttle service there but a train station near the terminal, Outer Harbor Train Terminal, is located adjacent to the harbor and provides frequent and fast transportation there. Taxis are also available, usually take credit cards, and are metered.

The ride into to town is unexciting and unmemorable.

Sites

Walking Tour of City
Printed guides for self guided tours are available at the Visitors’s Information Center in the CBD. Notable buildings include the Old Treasury Building, General Post Office, Government House, and the Ayers House (19th century former home of the seven times Premier of South Australia). The Rundle Mall is a pedestrian zone and main shopping area of the CBD. It includes cafes, restaurants, and street performers. The Festival Center complex is the leading center of performing arts in South Australia.

National Wine Centre
Housed in a stunning building, the center showcases Australia’s wine industry from”vine to bottle”. You can sample 120 wines at the wine bar. Daily, 8:30am-5pm; www.wineaustralia.com.au

Adelaid Botanic Garden
Enjoy exotic and native plants as you visit the Amazon Water lily Pavilion, Victorian Palm House, First Creek Wetland and the International Rose Garden.www.botanicgardens.sa.gov.au

Adelaid-Himeji Garden
A blend of two Japanese styles, the dry garden and the lake and mountain garden is the result of Adelaide’s relationship with sister-city, Himeji, Japan.

Art Gallery of South Australia
Houses a collection of Australian colonial art as well as European and British art from the 16th century to the present.

The Southern Australian Museum
A natural history museum, it also includes Aboriginal artifacts. Daily 10am-5pm. Free

Migration Museum
Present information on the migrants to Australia from their hopes to their lives in their new homes. Monday-Friday 10am-5pm; weekend and holidays 1pm-5pm; Free

Winery Visit
The Barossa Valley, 28 miles northeast of Adelaide, is one of the best wine producing areas in Australia. Both large wineries like Jacob’s Creek and small wineries that you have probably never heard of can be visited. Smaller wineries like Chateau Yaldara are likely to be more interesting and serve better wines. Half or whole day visits can be booked with tour companies or done on your own with taxis or rental cars.

Hahndorf
Located 15 miles from Adelaide, this small town is said to be more German than towns in Germany with buildings in the old German village style.

Background

Adelaide was founded in 1836 by the British and named after Queen Adelaide, the German born consort of King William IV. It was located and designed by Colonel William Light and thrived as a result of agriculture and mining (silver, lead and copper) as British and Europeans came to settle in the area. Germans immigrants arriving in the 1860s were especially important in the development of the wine industry in the Barossa Valley. Today Adelaide is the capital of the state of South Australia and the fifth largest city in the country with a population of 1. 28 million. It is known for its festivals and sporting events.

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