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An August 2010 trip to Adelaide by MagdaDH_AlexH

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Port Adelaide River

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Attraction | "Urban dolphins, and so cheap!"

Port Adelaide River Photo, Adelaide, Australia
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Considering how expensive many "dolphin watching cruises" can be, the excursion in the Port of Adelaide that pretty much guarantees seeing those playful marine mammals must be one of the best value dolphin-watching trips in the world. The trip, offered on the Port River by several operators, cost us 5 AUD per person for an hour-and-half cruise on Port Princess (they charge lower prices on Sundays and Public Holiday Mondays). There are longer trips by them and other operators that take the visitors further out towards the sea and cost 8 or 10 AUD respectively for a two and two-and-a-half hour cruise. We went on a winter Sunday, and it was a pretty local affair, clearly a popular...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 18, 2010

Port Adelaide River
Port Adelaide
Adelaide, Australia 5015
+61 (0)8 8447 4788 (

Art Gallery Of South Australia

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Attraction | "Great collection, pity about the closed wing"

Art Gallery Of South Australia Photo, Adelaide, Australia
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The Art Gallery of South Australia is located on the North Terrace, Adelaide's cultural district, within a short walking distance of the state's library, South Australia Museum, Migration Museum and the University of Adelaide. The Gallery lives in a purpose-built, nineteenth century neo-classical building, and houses South Australia's considerable permanent state collection of international (i.e. European) and Australian art, both old and modern, as well as temporary exhibitions. We visited in July 2010, The highlights of the International collection include, like in many Australian state galleries, it seems, good British pieces with Holbein, Turner, Blake, Gainsborough and a g...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 5, 2010

Art Gallery Of South Australia
North Terrace
Adelaide, Australia 5000
+61 (0)8 8207 7000

Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum of Art

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Attraction | "Cutting Edge"

Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum of Art Photo, Adelaide, Australia
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Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art is technically part of the University of South Australia, and is located at the edge of the City West campus, in the western part of Adelaide's cultural precinct, the North Terrace, within a minute's walk from the arts and craft centre of the JamFactory and about fifteen minutes walk from the South Australia Museum and Art Gallery. The "museum" name is a bit of a misnomer, as the Sansom Museum is an art gallery par excellence, and is devoted to changing temporary exhibitions of contemporary art. The Hawke Building itself is quite impressive, an unashamedly modern (and modernist) face of the University of South Australia. We visited the Mu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 1, 2010

Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum of Art
Univ. of South Australia, Hawke Building, North Terrace
Adelaide, Australia
(08) 8302 0870

Jam Factory Contemporary Craft And Design Centre

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Attraction | "Great crafts centre and galleries"

Jam Factory Contemporary Craft And Design Centre Photo, Adelaide, Australia
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JamFactory is a craft and design centre showcasing the work of emerging and well established Australian artisans and designers. It has been operating for over thirty years now and has four studios used by artists in metal, glass, wood and pottery work. The centre has a shop and a gallery space where various items can be viewed as parts of exhibitions as well as purchased. They also offer training for budding crafts and design artists. JamFactory is located in a purpose built facility, a separate part of the Lion Arts Centre complex, at the west end of Adelaide's cultural precinct of North Terrace. We visited in the winter (Australian winter, that is) of 2010 and at the time of...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 30, 2010

Jam Factory Contemporary Craft And Design Centre
Lion Arts Centre 19 Morphett Street
Adelaide, Australia 5000
+61 (0)8 8410 0727

Migration Museum

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Attraction | "Good insight into migration to Australia"

Migration Museum Photo, Adelaide, Australia
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The Migration Museum in Adelaide is devoted to charting the story of the colonial (and post colonial) settlement of South Australia in particular (but to large degree Australia as a whole). The museum is located on Kintore Ave street, just off the North Terrace in the vicinity of other Adelaide's cultural institution, within a short walking distance of the state's library, South Australia Museum, Art Gallery of South Australia and the cenotaph.The old buildings in which the museum is located (a former workhouse!) enhance the impression of stepping into the history, and even before entering the building the visitor encounters a statue of an immigrant couple with a child, suitca...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 28, 2010

Migration Museum
82 Kintore Ave
Adelaide, South Australia 5000
08 8207 7570

South Australian Museum

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Attraction | "Good, manageable collection"

South Australian Museum Photo, Adelaide, Australia
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South Australian Museum is located in Adelaide on the North Terrace, near other Adelaide's cultural institution, within a short walking distance of the state's library, Migration Museum, Art Gallery of South Australia and the cenotaph.The Museum's collection covers a mixture of areas, as is typical of smaller national and regional (state, provincial etc.) institutions, with galleries devoted to natural history, anthropology and ethnography, history and specific local interests.It's not a huge collection, but an enjoyable one and worth at least a stroll (or a more detailed exploration if you have time). The natural history galleries are full of taxidermy, fossil and ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 28, 2010

South Australian Museum
North Terrace
Adelaide, Australia 5000
+61 (0)8 8207 7500

Gumeracha Toy Factory

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Attraction | "Nice detour for kids with free kanagaroos"

Gumeracha Toy Factory Photo, South Australia, Australia
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Gumeracha is a small village located approximately 45 km from the centre of Adelaide, on the way to Mannum and possible to incorporate into a loop while touring the Barossa Valley or driving the scenic Torrens Gorge route. It's main (if not only) visitors' attraction is the Toy Factory, which produces a good selection of decent quality, old-fashioned wooden toys, available for purchase in the adjacent shop, as well as boasts a giant rocking horse and an animal park. The rocking horse, alas, doesn't rock but is pretty big and can be climbed (the stairs are inside) for the sheer fun of it and for a bit of a view. This costs 1 AUD per person and can be fun for smaller children (but the stair...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 28, 2010

Gumeracha Toy Factory
Main Road
Gumeracha, South Australia
(08) 8389 1085

Best Western Adelaide Riviera Motel & Function Centre

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Hotel | "Now in the Comfort Hotel network, "

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Adelaide Comfort Hotel Rivera is one of those large, middling hotels that pass for "budget" among the hoteliers, but has some rather polyester pretences to, ummm, "class". We found hotels in Australia extraordinarily expensive for families (it's possible we didn't know where and how to look, and the fact that we had no car and thus didn't want to stay in out-of-town holiday parks or motels didn't help), and when we located this one in Adelaide, we were happy enough with what it offered (especially in comparison with prices of other city-centre places) that we stayed here four nights, one night in what was called a "spa suite" and three nights in a standard family room.The hotel is located ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 25, 2010

Best Western Adelaide Riviera Motel & Function Centre
31-34 North Terrace
Adelaide, Australia 5000
+61 (8) 82318000

Bollywood Indian Restaurant

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Restaurant | "The worst excuse for an Indian we had, ever"

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We stayed in a hotel in central Adelaide for a few days (waiting for a train, believe it or not!) and one of those days, tired after long hours of sightseeing, we ordered a take away from what we thought would be a good bet – an Indian restaurant. This showed British kind of thinking (I have been consistently disappointed in Indian food in Australia, New Zealand and, to lesser extent, Canada too), as IMHO it's hard to completely mis-cook a curry, and as the few reviews on Google were good, we thought we would be fine with Bollywood. We should have ordered a pizza: we have never, ever, in our whole, long lives of curry eating (and that included some really not-that-great British take away...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on October 14, 2010

Bollywood Indian Restaurant
17 Leigh Street
Adelaide, Australia
(08) 8212 9599