This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Adelaide. To help you make friends with Adelaide before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
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.
Written by local enthusiast for Adelaide hostelsGlobetrotter