I want to live here one day soon -- it's safer than the bigger cities and has lovely scenery. The museum and library are free and there is a free city tram and city circuit bus. The people may not be as outgoing and talkative as in Melbourne, but the backpacking is great as everyone is so laid back. The travelers you meet come to Adelaide to relax and chill out so you make heaps of friends there too.
I highly recommend Adelaide Zoo! It isn't that far a walk. Plus the gardens are beautiful! The Circle Bus lines come in handy and make traveling around the city affordable (since it's free), especially if your feet are sore. The tram to Glenelg is right in the centre of the city and worth a ride. There is plenty to see and do if you put in an effort and there is a great information centre in the city so you can plan your trips.
When you're in Adelaide, do visit the Adelaide Hills -- really nice scenery and free wine tasting.
Adelaide was originally designed to be the capital city of Australia before they decided to change it to Canberra. As such, the city is largely open plan, as they didn't get the influx of population they expected, and with just over a million people, this gives the city a calm, relaxed, and spacious feel. It has all of the hustle and bustle of a major city, with tons of hostels, without all of the overwhelming crowds. Also known as the city of churches, Adelaide has many older buildings and parks scattered throughout newer and more modern architectural designs.
There are two major areas where your Adelaide hostel will be located -- the first major area is in the CBD close to all of the amenities, shopping in the Rundell Mall, and public transport. The other area is the more hip and touristy Glenelg, situated by the beach and with a raging nightlife. No matter which area you pick, public transport in Adelaide is good and there are frequent trams running services between these two areas so that you can visit both. A public transport bus also runs from the airport -- take this to the downtown region as a cheap alternative to a shuttle bus and stops down on Waymouth Street near many of the Adelaide hostels in that region.
The Adelaide region is renowned for its award-winning wines from the Barossa Valley. Head down to Gouger Street for a large selection of restaurants from which to try the different local produce and wines that Adelaide and the surrounding hills have to offer.
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