Adelaide Journals

2 wks in Adelaide, South Australia

A January 2003 trip to Adelaide by noelle_1

Quote: I spent two weeks in Adelaide, partially to work, but I had three days off per week to explore as well. This is an undervisited city with much to offer tourists - see what I did and learn from me!
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This is the best kept secret in Adelaide for backpackers! They are old nurses quarters, behind the hospital, which is two blocks from Rundle (the main pedestrian mall and shopping district) and next door to the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia. The rooms are bare bones - single beds, co-ed showers and bathrooms, no a/c, communal kitchens, and TV rooms. But CHEAP - we are students and paid AUS $26/night, which works out to about US $15 a night! You get access to the internet for US $3 an hour on the main floor. There is a pay phone on every floor (no phones in rooms). The room comes with two towels, pillow, and linens. There are laundry facilities on every floor an...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 3, 2003

Royal Adelaide Hospital Residential Wing
North Terrace and Frome Street, behind the hospita
Adelaide, Australia
(08) 8222 5169

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As hostels go, this was about middle of the road. A very proper bed, though. There are single beds, double beds, and even an apartment for up to four. The rates start at $14 AUS per person, up to AUS $35 for the apt. There is a $1 discount for Hostel Int'l members.

Our room had a double bed and a bunk bed, along with a kitchenette and a bathroom with shower. Linens are included and towels can be rented for AUS $1 (about US 60 cents). A breakfast of cereal, toast, and instant coffee or tea is included. There is a TV room. It is within walking distance from the beach and the penguin tour. The tour with KI Ferry Connections leaves from the parking lot.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 3, 2003

Kangaroo Island YHA
P.O. Box 497
Adelaide, Australia
1(800) 018 484

Al Fresco

Restaurant

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Another gelateria and pasta joint that is very clean and not at all crowded on the two occasions I have eaten there. Food is cheap and reasonably fast. They have foccacia, pizza, subs, juice blends, gelato, coffee, and beer. Nice clean toilets, too, if you need that. Lots of young people sitting at the tables on the street, soaking in the scene. Close to shopping, movies, IMAX, and the botanic gardens.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 3, 2003

Al Fresco
260 Rundle Street
Adelaide, Australia
8223-4589

GorVindas

Restaurant | "Gor Vindas"

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This is a Hare Krishna restaurant with a cafeteria system. You pay AUS $7 for students and backpackers (AUS $8.50 for others) for all you can eat vegetarian Indian food. It is all very good and filling. This includes dessert, which for us was the best part - banana and fig halavah with cream over the top. Lots of students mill through the place, which makes it a good place to swap tips. Cheap, cheap, cheap. Again, it''s within easy walking distance of the shopping district.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 3, 2003

GorVindas
79 Hindley Street
Adelaide, Australia
8231-5258

Five Star Bakery

Restaurant | "5 star bakery"

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This is a little bakery and cafe with traditional offerings, including pastries, cookies, sandwiches, and breads. I bought some takeaway sandwiches and pastries that were stale and tasteless, and I thought a bit pricey given the quality. They advertise as being made fresh, but these were at least a day old. Don't bother with this place - there are many other similar within two or three blocks that must be much better.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on February 3, 2003

Five Star Bakery
112-114 Flinders Street
Adelaide, Australia
61 8 8223 2877

Mekong Thai

Restaurant

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Moderate portions of authentic Thai food. We had lunch there and the place was relatively barren. There are wooden tables and chairs, some out in the sun. No a/c when we were there. Drinks were served without ice despite asking. The food was good though - I had curry and my husband had chicken pad thai. They were able to make any dish into vegetarian, though they charged me the same price as if there was meat in it. It is a halal restaurant as well, if you need that.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 3, 2003

Mekong Thai
68 Hindley Street
Adelaide, Australia
8231-2914

Amalfi Pizzeria Restaurante

Restaurant | "Amalfi"

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A small Italian restuarant that serves pastas, gourmet pizzas, risottos, and has an extensive wine list. The pasta was excellent and authentic. The wines were not cheap, but good, and they have a large selection by the glass if you can't put away a whole bottle. It is quite crowded at dinner time, so reservations would not be a bad idea.They serve entrees in smaller portions or full-sized. I found the entree size to be quite filling. You get bread and oil with all meals. There were lots of families there when I ate. It is a LOUD environment just so you know if you are hoping for an intimate conversation. The servers were very kind, and are used to tourists. They also serve lunch. And, nee...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 3, 2003

Amalfi Pizzeria Restaurante
29 Frome Street
Adelaide, Australia 5000
+61 (0)8 8223 1948

Lamb Spit

Restaurant

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A large Greek "take away" or dine in restaurant about 200 feet from the beach. It specializes in gyros ("Yiros") as well as mediterranean salads like tabouli. I had the vegetarian gyro (AUS $6) and my husband had the lamb gyro (AUS $7.50), which were substantial and filling. There is a full bar in back, as well as a juice bar. There is a separate sea food area, but no one was eating there when we had lunch. Reasonably clean facilities. A few tables with umbrellas outside, where you can watch the tram come and go.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 3, 2003

Lamb Spit
22 Jetty Road
Adelaide, Australia
8294-6005

Cafe Cibo

Restaurant

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There are several Cafe Cibos around Adelaide. It is an Italian type of cafe - lots of espresso drinks, yummy gelatos, and good, filling pastries. It is a bit on the pricey side for backpackers, but a great coffee if you get tired of all the Nescafe that is so ubiquitous everywhere else and just need a strong cup of joe.

I had a latte and chocolate croissant, which cost about US $6. Their definition of drinks are different than I am used to at Starbucks, so it pays to ask before you order (for example, an Americano is only a shot of espresso and an Iced Coffee has about two scoops of ice cream in it!). Lots of locals there, and many papers about to read for free.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 3, 2003

Cafe Cibo
Rundle and Frome streets
Adelaide, Australia

Everest Cafe & Restaurant

Restaurant | "Everest"

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Everest is like a lot of restaurants on Rundle. It serves foccacias, pizzas, and sandwiches made fresh. There is also gelato, fresh blended juices, and coffee avaialable. I found the service to be quick at lunch time, and the food was good and reasonably priced. I had a foccacia and a fruit smoothie that cost about US $10. It has some outdoor seating and a/c on the inside if you need to escape the heat. Solid, quick lunch food.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 3, 2003

Everest Cafe & Restaurant
Shop C
Adelaide, Australia 5000
(08) 8223 2243

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South Australia (the state that Adelaide is in) is the home to a large opal mining business. Mostly white opals, but they sell black ones as well. The black opals are very brilliant in color and unique looking, so they catch a higher price. There are 3 basic ways that opals are sold - as a thin strip attached to a dark backing (aka 2 layer or 3 layer) which is the cheapest, still stuck to a bit of ore, or as a pure stone which can be rough or smoothed. You can buy the stone preset or take home a loose stone to have set by your preferred jeweler. I found that the quality of the metal the opals were set in was poor. It is extremely difficult to find any platinum or high carat gold settings. They p...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 23, 2003

Shopping for Opals in Adelaide
several shops on Rundle St and Mall
Adelaide, Australia

Kangaroo Island

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

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Kangaroo Island (KI) is a medium sized island about 75 miles from Adelaide. There are busses that take you from Adelaide to Cape Jervis, where you board a ferry to KI (whole trip about three hours). There are also flights from Adelaide to KI directly (one hour). KI is known for its wildlife and is an excellent family activity. We chose to use a organized tour to see the island (we used Kangaroo Island Ferry Transfer Tours) - see my separate entry for them. KI is loaded with koalas, kangaroos, and wallabies. We also saw many native birds.There are a few major cities, and we stayed in Penneshaw, the biggest and where the ferry lands. From Penneshaw, every night you can go on a tour to watch the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 3, 2003

Kangaroo Island
Entrance to Gulf St. Vincent
Cape Jervis, Fleurieu Peninsula

Kangaroo Island

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "Kangaroo Island Ferry Connections"

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This is much cheaper than the other main tour on KI, SeaLink. The price includes your transportation from Adelaide (bus to Cape Jervis, then ferry to Penneshaw). They pick you up at the ferry drop and take you to the hostel. From there you can go on a one or two day excursion in a conversion van. The max # of people is 21 (our day was full), which is much less than the 80 that Sea Link accommodates. The first day is of central KI and includes the amazing wildlife park where you pet and feed roos and koalas. We also saw two beaches, Prospect Hill (where the Europeans first staked out KI), a jaunt through Kingscote (a nothing touristy town where you can buy kibble for your family at home), and t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 3, 2003

Kangaroo Island
Entrance to Gulf St. Vincent
Cape Jervis, Fleurieu Peninsula

Glenelg Beach

Attraction

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Glenelg is a highly developed beach. You take the tram there, and are deposited right beside the beach. There are many shops lining the road leading up to the beach (Jetty St). There are boats, loungers, and umbrellas for rent. The water is warm. There are very few waves, though, so surfing and boogie boarding is not a big activity - mostly swimming, wading, and sunning. There are hotels and rental units right along the beach and the Stamford Grand, which is just aside the tram stop and is well known for its large, scrumptious breakfasts.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 3, 2003

Glenelg Beach
Glenelg, SA - a 30min tram ride from Adelaide
Adelaide, Australia

Rundle Mall

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A pedestrian only mall with hundreds of shops. This is the heart of Adelaide ahopping I am told. There are a few large department stores (Myer, Woolworths, David Jones, Target) and many small boutiques and shops. The wares include clothes, records, jewelry, books, candy, souvenirs, etc.Notably there is RM Williams, which is known as an authentic outback outfitter; Haigh's chocolates - a pricey but delicious chocolatier and the oldest in Adelaide; the Opal Underground Mine, where you can learn about the opals mined in South Australia, which are much different than the pearly white ones we have in the states (it'll cost you to bring a nice one home however).There are also brochure stands at...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 3, 2003

Rundle Mall
Rundle Mall
Adelaide, Australia 5000
+61 (0)8 8359 3577

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Open on Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30 am to 5 pm, Adelaide central market is a good place to stock up on FRESH fruit and veggies. There is also local meats and seafood as well as flowers. This is where the locals go too, so you know there are some good deals to be had. It is reminiscent of Seattle's Pike Place Market. There are some restaurants as well, if you need a break. I also enjoyed the "T Bar", where you can buy a large variety of loose leaf teas.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 3, 2003

Adelaide Central Market
Gouger Street
Adelaide, Australia 5000
+61 (0)8 8203 7494