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Adelaide is undergoing a rapid transformation with a burgeoning small-bar scene, world-class art and music, and a festival calendar to rival that of any other Australian city. Discover its laneway secrets, take in the stunning flora at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, and find delicious treats around every bend.
How to get to there
International and domestic flights arrive at Adelaide Airport.
9km to the city
Approx $25 by taxi
By bus $3.20-$5.10
The main terminal, along with car parks and pathways, have been designed and constructed to the latest Australian Standards and accessible building codes. Find useful information on the Adelaide Airport website, if you need assistance call 08 8308 9380 or 0438 890 024 (7 days between 04:30am and 11:00pm) prior to your visit to the airport.
Adelaide is a great city to get around as it is mostly flat and the weather is usually mild. The tram is easy to use, accessible and free between South Terrace and the Entertainment Centre. Which is the perfect way to see so many of Adelaide’s top attractions. It gets pretty busy, avoid peak hours if you want to avoid a crowd and look for the wheelchair symbol on the platform and wait on the spot to board next to the accessible seating area. The City South platform has been redeveloped to improve access.
For South Australians organise a UPark pass ahead of time, giving you 2 hours free parking, 52 weeks of the year.
For those that can walk limited distances, try EcoCaddy, a for purpose South Australian company providing eco-friendly passenger (bike & caddy) transportation. They also run a range of tours throughout the city.
There are quite a few bathrooms dotted around the city and many of the major tourist spots also have facilities. Make sure to check out the National Public Toilet Map when you’re planning your day.
Our tip – most large shopping centres, museums and galleries will have accessible bathrooms.
There are now multiple Changing Places options in the city, next to the Gawler Place, Adelaide Visitor Information Centre. Here you can also hire a wheelchair. And at the brand new purpose built U City on Franklin st. The North Adelaide Aquatic Centre also has a great facilities.
Adelaide experiences mild winters and a warm, dry summer. It has an average maximum temperature of 29°C in summer and 15 – 16°C in winter. Plan ahead with our information on temperature and rainfall. See more detailed info here.
All year-round there are lots of great events happening in Adelaide and South Australia, from music gigs and concerts to sports events, festivals, feasts, markets, theatre shows and exhibitions. Early in the year things kick off with The Tour Down Under. ‘Mad March’ is particularly busy with The Adelaide Fringe Festival, The Adelaide Festival, WOMAD and The SuperLoop 500 all happening across a six week period! You can expect plenty of things happening in the regions too but make sure to check out Whats On In Adelaide for a guide to major events and Glam Adelaide Guides for all that’s on!
Check out our our blog on Access the Fringe for more great information.
Good to know
BLUE BAYS APP
The BlueBays app displays the location of disability parking spaces in South Australia. Anyone can collect, map and share the locations of spaces and additional information such as nearby facilities or physical barriers. You can download BlueBays on iTunes.
Adelaide is the wine capital of Australia with more than 200 cellar doors. We’re sure you’ve heard of the Barossa (head to the famous Jacob’s Creek) and McLaren Vale (check out the new D’arenberg Cube), but there is so much to explore, so close to home. Check out the top Wine Regions in SA.
Home to over 80 traders under one roof, you don’t want to miss the delicious and buzzing activity that takes place in the Adelaide Central Markets, get off the tram at Victoria Square and shop and eat to your hearts delight. Plus they have just added a new accessible bathroom.
NORTH TERRACE PRECINCT
There is a weeks worth of museums, parks and galleries and eateries to visit along North Terrace alone. And then there is Adelaide Oval, not only is this a world class sporting and entertainment venue, its a world class example of providing accurate and information information for all visitors to plan their visit. Put a tour on your to do list. Just note that the walk back up from the Oval can be deceiving.
A VISIT TO THE BEACH
If you’re visiting in summer and are looking to hit the beach, there are great facilities at Seacliff with an accessible beach mat rolled out in front of the Seacliff Hotel every weekend during patrol hours. There is a beach chair you can borrow too! The closest accessible bathroom is in the Seacliff surf club.
Enjoy a walk to the First Falls in Morialta Conservation Park. Drive through to the last car parking area and follow the compacted path to the lookout area of the First Falls.
You can learn more about the region and things to do at www.southaustralia.com
Plus, you’ll find plenty of local destination info on the City of Adelaide website