From the Adelaide Convention & Tourism Authority (http://www.acta.com.au/adelaide.cfm):
Adelaide's magnificent white sand coastline stretches for 32 kilometres and just twenty minutes from the city centre is a picturesque landscape of fertile market gardens and dairy pastures. This is one of the country's premium wine-growing regions: the famous Adelaide Hills. Adelaide is an ideal destination for nature lovers with its carefully preserved habitats and sanctuaries for native animals, birds and flora.
Not only can Adelaide claim some of the world's finest wine and food, but also it is renowned as Australia's arts capital and is an experienced host city for many international events. Adelaide is also the hub of Australia's international wine industry and marketplace for Australia's national gemstone, opal.
This is a high-quality incentive and a convention planner's dream come true. As for the bottom line - Adelaide's venue prices, accommodation, dining and shopping add up to a very competitive and low cost structure.
In Adelaide's compact city centre, all facilities, from the convention centre and hotels to cafes and nightclubs, are conveniently clustered within walking distance of each other. With its pivotal location on the continent, and an international airport only 10 minutes from the CBD, Adelaide makes an ideal launchpad for flights north, south, east and west, to any other Australian city, or to regional South Australia.
Adelaide's reputation for the finer things in life - the arts, wine and food - is complemented by an economy that runs on brainpower.
South Australia has emerged as a multi-dimensional, leading-edge technology and advanced manufacturing centre with a focus on the information technology, communications, medical, defence and automotive sectors. It has complemented these key industries with a wider strategic goal of cultivating niche markets.
The city has a network of meeting industry professionals and government agencies able to supply support services and facilities catering to any theme or size. Adelaide shares its enviable lifestyle with visitors every year, who remark on its elegant buildings, galleries, excellent value shopping and dining - and the simple pleasures of exploring the gardens and grand boulevards on foot.
Another great advantage is the city's proximity to a host of special tour destinations - from the Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula to Kangaroo Island.
New Yorker magazine once described Adelaide as "possibly the last well-planned and contented metropolis on earth." It is truly a Great Provincial City.
Adelaide is the nucleus of Australia's wine industry. The iconic, eye-catching architecture of the brand new National Wine Centre of Australia, a showcase for the nation, has attracted critical acclaim. It is constructed using the materials and natural elements associated with the wine industry. Soil taken from all leading wine districts was used in the construction of the largest rammed-earth wall in Australia. Here, visitors can enjoy an interpretative, entertaining and educationally interactive journey through the Australian wine industry. The centre has its own vineyard, restaurants, winemaking exhibits and a wine-tasting gallery.
Visitors to Adelaide quickly discover that walking is a real pleasure in this city. Shopping is centred around Rundle Mall, the most concentrated retail shopping area in Australia. Boutiques, buskers, arcades and alfresco cafes each add to the atmosphere. Here visitors can see the magic of South Australian black opal, Aboriginal arts and crafts, the work of local artisans and the best of Australian and international fashion.
Adelaide is a unique combination of contrasts. The elegance of the European-styled Adelaide Casino blends perfectly with the neighbouring Convention Centre and every second year Adelaide is host to the world renowned Adelaide Arts Festival.
However the popularity of the city lies not so much in its specials events or attractions, but in its relaxed, easy-going lifestyle. The friendliness of the residents is infectious, and explains in part why so many visitors feel compelled to return, or never leave. Over the years many people have tried to put into words this intangible attraction which makes Adelaide a great city. Perhaps a visiting Japanese journalist came close as anyone to summing it up. "Adelaide" he wrote, "is a city where people live, as all people should live."
Travelling to Adelaide
Adelaide Airport is the principal gateway to Adelaide. Located just 7km (10 minutes) from Adelaide's central business district, and minutes from the city's famous beachside suburbs, it is the most conveniently located of all Australia's capital city airports.
- Approximate flying times:
Sydney to Adelaide - 1 hour 40 minutes
London to Adelaide - 22 hours
Singapore to Adelaide - 7 hours
Los Angeles to Adelaide -16 hours
Auckland to Adelaide - 5 hours
- Luxury coach services provide a convenient connection from Adelaide to regional centres.
- Adelaide is the central hub on the Australian National rail system and National Highway One, linking Western and Eastern Australia.
Weather in Adelaide in September
The mean daily maximum temperature for September in Adelaide is 18.8c (=65.8F) and the mean number of rain day for the month is 13. For more climate information see the Bureau of Meteorology web site, and for the latest Adelaide weather forecast information see the forecast page.