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Adelaide summers (December to February) are always sunny, but when the desert heat swoops down from the north the temp can top 40°C for days. Time your visit with spring or autumn when it’s clear skies, pleasantly warm days and plain sailing. The marvellous arts-centric Adelaide Festival (www.adelaidefestival.com.au), Adelaide Fringe (www.adelaidefringe.com.au) and WOMADelaide (www.womadelaide.com.au) festivals all happen in February to March. Unfortunately, so does the Clipsal 500 (www.clipsal500.com.au) car race – a four-day fuel-fest whipping local rev-heads into a salivatory frenzy.
PlanesAdelaide is Australia’s fifth-biggest city with a slick international airport (www.aal.com.au). Qantas, Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific (among others) service Adelaide from overseas, with domestic flights (Qantas, Virgin Blue, Tiger and Jetstar) winging-in from around Australia. The airport is six kilometres west of the city centre.
TrainsInterstate trains (the Ghan from Darwin, the Overland from Melbourne and the Indian Pacific from Sydney and Perth) chug into the Adelaide Parklands Terminal (13 21 47; www.gsr.com.au), just south west of the centre. Adelaide’s local train network (+61 (0)8 8218 2362; www.transadelaide.com.au) comprises five suburban lines – useful if you’re staying a while. There’s also a tram running from the city to beachside Glenelg.
AutomobilesAdelaide’s park-fringed downtown area is compact and walkable, but to access the more spread out beaches ‘burbs and hills a rent-a-car is the way to go. Hire wheels at Adelaide Airport (try Avis; www.avis.com.au) or in Adelaide itself. Parking is cheap and easy by Australian standards (which are cheap and easy by world standards).
TaxisThere are licensed taxi ranks across the city or you can easily flag one down in the street. Reliable operators include Adelaide Independent Taxis (13 22 11), Suburban Taxis (13 10 08) and Yellow Cabs (13 22 27).
CheeseFest was founded by Kris Lloyd, of award-winning Woodside Cheese Wrights. Now in its 10th year, it’s inspired by the British Cheese Awards, as well as festivals in Italy and France that Kris encountered on her travels. This year, 25,000 people flocked to Adelaide’s Rymill Park to toast 30 top-notch Australian cheesemakers.
Don’t just take our word for it. We’ve spoken to some super-talented locals – chef Jock Zonfrillo; winemakers Chester Osborn and Natasha Mooney; cheesemaker Kris Lloyd – about what they do, why they do it and what it tastes like. See what they had to say.
Don’t go it alone. Pick from one of South Australia’s famous festivals and meet top producers, chefs, winemakers and locals. Tasting Australia celebrates the state’s bountiful produce, and its journey from paddock to plate. This week-long festival is held every May in Adelaide and surrounding regions.
Fork on the Road, held monthly in Adelaide, champions the city’s food trucks, vans, carts and bikes. It encourages new businesses to try out their recipes on an appreciative public, fostering a community feel and a shared food culture that bodes well for future feasting.