Interesting Facts You Might Not Know About Adelaide, South Australia – Know Before You Go!

Adelaide is quite famous for its rich heritage, multi-ethnic community, and endless opportunities for entertainment. Keep reading to discover some unheard facts about this city.

It’s called the 20 Minute City

Adelaide is a small city. But did you know it takes only or less than 20 minutes to go from point A to point B in the city? Try getting to the South Australia museum from accommodation Adelaide CBD has to offer such as Oaks Adelaide Horizons Suites – it only takes a five-minute drive!

City of Churches

Adelaide is known by many names, one of which is the “City of Churches”. You just have to look around the city to understand this nickname – and you’ll see a church just about on every corner of the city!

Adelaide Has the Third Most Expensive Building

It has cost a whopping AUD 2.7 billion to construct the Royal Adelaide Hospital. And this makes it the third most expensive building in the whole world!

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Adelaide Is a City of Firsts

Throughout history, Adelaide has been a city of forward-thinking. It was the first-ever city to grant women access to vote, criminalise racial and sexual discrimination, and also recognise indigenous land rights.

Backpacking Adelaide Travel Guide

Backpacking is a fun and exciting thing to do, especially as you learn a lot of skills and knowledge as time goes by. Here are some tips when you backpack in Adelaide!


Adelaide is known to be one of the easily affordable cities in Australia so you won’t have to fret too much! For the first few days, those who are looking for the best hotel in Adelaide can consider staying at places such as Avani Adelaide Residences before you start on your adventures.

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Once you get started on your backpacking, the best way to save money is to buy your own groceries and cook at home. You can even improve your cooking skills as you do this!

Bargain shopping

In need of something? Then you can always go bargain shopping. There’s always a sale in Adelaide, so you’re in luck.

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Free things to do

There are plenty of fun and free things to do in Adelaide. Do your research first so that you can experience these and save some money.


Adelaide City Guide

Gorgeous scenery, plenty of natural beauty and an abundance of things on offer, Adelaide is quite the enchanting stop. Here are a few spots you can stop by during your time there!

Rundle Mall

Adelaide’s main shopping mall, Rundle Mall was also Australia’s very first pedestrian-only mall. You’re bound to find a number of international and local retailers here, making it quite a well-rounded shopping experience.

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Adelaide Central Market

This spot gives you an insight into the local life on Adelaide, known as “Adelaide’s food hub”. You’ll find 80 different stalls, all under one roof, selling some of Australia’s freshest produce such as an excellent range of fruits and vegetables. You can also enjoy live music every Friday!

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Adelaide Botanic Garden

Having first opened in 1857, this botanic garden spans 51 hectares. Less than 10 minutes from Avani Adelaide Residences and many other Adelaide hotels, some of the structures you find in the garden date back to the 19th century. The largest single-span conservatory in the southern hemisphere is also housed here, the bicentennial conservatory – which safeguards endangered plants from several cities and countries.

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Backpacking through Adelaide

Adelaide isn’t considered when planning a vacation to Australia as people wrongly assume there is nothing to see there but churches and provincial life.

Adelaide does not have any vast natural wonders or man-made wonders that are as iconic as the Sydney Harbour bridge or Uluru, but if you are planning to backpack in Australia, Adelaide is the place to be.

Backpacking Tips

Just because you are backpacking you don’t have to sleep out in the boonies. You could save up on the other things and not spend a lot of time looking for places to stay in Melbourne. If you are looking for a central location stay at a hotel like Avani Adelaide Residences.

Go Cheap When You Can

Go cheap when you can and carry the minimal with you when you are travelling to make the most of a backpacking trip in Adelaide. This doesn’t mean you need to spend the whole holiday on a budget. You could get a work visa instead of a holiday visa when you visit and that would enable you to work during your holiday and earn as you spend.

You could also shop from bargain shops, drink during happy hours and do a little research into what sort of offers are available for the duration of your stay in the city.


Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+