Downtown Adelaide is a bustling business and shopping precinct adjacent to the River Torrens.

City by the Torrens

City by the Torrens (photo by Erwin Groen, CC license)

Rundle Mall is the main shopping strip in the heart of Adelaide. With arcades, food halls, department stores and street entertainment, Rundle Mall is a popular place for locals and visitors alike.

Rundle Mall

Rundle Mall (photo by Cimexus, CC license)

Notable landmarks are the Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide Oval and the University of Adelaide. The Adelaide Festival Centre is home of Performing Arts in South Australia, and hosts the annual Adelaide Cabaret Festival in June,the biennial Adelaide International Guitar Festival in July and the OzAsia Festival in September.

Adelaide Festival Centre

Adelaide Festival Centre (photo by Xaragmata, CC license)

The South Australian art gallery and museum feature wonderful collections that are of international significance. They have free entry to all visitors, although special exhibitions may have an entry fee. For example, an opal exhibition is currently running in the museum (until 14 February 2016) that features the spectacular Rainbow opal, valued at over $1 million.

Art Gallery of South Australia. Photo by Adam Jenkins available under a Creative Commons license.

Art Gallery of South Australia (photo by Adam Jenkins, CC license)

Adelaide Oval is South Australia’s home of cricket and Australian Rules football. Adelaide’s famous cricketer, Sir Don Bradman, swatted the English bowlers on its famous pitch. During the winter months, the oval is host to games featuring Adelaide’s AFL teams, the Adelaide Crows and Port Power.

Adelaide Oval

Adelaide Oval (photo by eosdude, CC license)

There are a number of tours of the city available, or just catch a train, tram or cab into the city and get lost in the city’s centrally located museums, art gallery and shopping precinct.