10 great things to see and do in Adelaide
1. First Steps in Adelaide is a free walking tour that takes you through the city centre. The tour departs each weekday at 9.30am from the Rundle Mall Visitor Information Centre.
2. The SA Museum features a wide range of permanent exhibitions including the Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery – the largest Aboriginal cultural display in existence. Other exhibitions include the Footsteps of Mawson exhibition, which pays tribute to one of Adelaide's greatest explorers and scientists, Sir Douglas Mawson. North Terrace, entry is free.
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Art Gallery of South Australia , home to one of Australia's finest art collections, housed in one of Adelaide's most beautiful historic buildings and presents a yearly program of special exhibitions. Art collections are divided geographically into three main areas European, Australian and Asian. Admission is free and there are free tours every day.
4. Migration Museum: an award-winning museum housed in what was once the city’s destitute asylum. The first gallery, the forum, is given to community groups to tell their own migration stories, and subsequent galleries trace the history of Adelaide’s migration history, right up to the current situation dealing with asylum seekers and deportation camps. 82 Kintore Ave. Open Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm; Sat, Sun and public holidays 1pm-5pm. Entry is by donation.
5. Adelaide Botanic Garden: the Garden Guides conduct free guided walks of the Adelaide Botanic Garden leaving from under the plane trees outside the Botanic Garden Restaurant, daily at 10:30am (except Christmas and Good Friday). Highlights include several grand avenues and arched walkways crowned in wisteria, the ornate 1868 glass house and the new Bicentennial Conservatory, the largest single span conservatory in the southern hemisphere. North Terrace. Open Mon to Fri 8am-sunset; Sat, Sun and public holidays 9am-sunset.
6. The Adelaide City Council conducts free guided tours of the Adelaide Town Hall on King William Street, detailing the interesting architecture and history of the building. The hour-long tour takes you through the Town Hall's public spaces and civic rooms, including the Queen Adelaide Room and the Colonel Light Room. The tours are led by volunteer guides, who have a wealth of information, and are conducted each Monday morning at 10am but you will need to book. Tel: (08) 8203 7203 or email:email@example.com
7. Jam Factory Contemporary Craft & Design: collection of modern art and craft studios and workshops. 19 Morphett Street. Open Mon-Fri, 9am-5.30pm; Sat 10am-4pm. Closed Sundays and public holidays.www.jamfactory.com.au
8. South Australian Maritime Museum: historic Bond Stores housing exhibition galleries, lighthouse and floating vessels. 126 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide. Open daily, 10am-5pm. Adults: $8.50, kids $3.50.
9. National Motor Museum: one of the largest collections of cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles in the world, with more than 300 vehicles dating from the turn of the century to the present day. Shannon St, Birdwood. Open daily, 9am-5pm. Adults: $9, kids $4.
10. The Cedars: home and studio of renowned Australian artist Sir Hans Heysen and his artist daughter Nora Heysen. The homestead has virtually remained unchanged since the 1930s and is furnished with original artefacts. Heysen Road, Hahndorf. Open Sun-Fri, 10am-4pm. Adults: $10, kids under 14 free.
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