48 Hours: Adelaide
By Mary Beth LaRue Photo by Graciela Cattarossi
||Adelaideans stroll the city's wide boulevards lined with shops and restaurants.|
South Australia's seaside capital boasts a cosmopolitan center surrounded by serene parkland.
nce known as the "City of Churches," this coastal capital city is now the home of over one million Australians drawn to the city's premier art scene, lush parkland, and charming Victorian architecture. In the November/December issue of National Geographic Traveler, writer Roff Smith explores the city "down under." Sink your teeth into Australia's cultural capital before taking flight with Traveler's recommendations for the best resources available in Adelaide.
Be a Part of the Arts
"Be a Part of the Arts" is less of a blog, and more of an arts calendar, but it provides great spur-of-the-moment ideas for art-related happenings in Adelaide, like showings of the London play "The Woman in Black" or English pianist Paul Lewis' upcoming performance. Keep in mind that this site is not indexed, and what you see posted today may not be there tomorrow. Be sure to keep a pencil and a calendar handy.
The Adelaide Bookshelf
What are Australians reading? The staff at downtown bookstore Dymocks Books offers up their own picks from political commentary to contemporary fiction, as well as children's book recommendations. Check out the bookstore's website for store events, new releases, and more.
Sample one of The Backyard's many podcasts covering every aspect of Australian culturefrom cricket to cooking to Aboriginal music. Download the "Overnights" podcasta lively radio show with author interviews, album reviews, and fun tidbits.
Tune in to ABC Adelaide's "891 Podcasts and Audio" for up-to-the-minute programs on local and national news, Adelaide culture and events, and more. Check out "Our Backyard Universe," a podcast featuring experts who "help to explore the wonder of life beyond our doorsteps."
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Catch up on Adelaide's local news as well as downtown events, food and wine reviews, and local and international travel. Search for upcoming events by genre, region, or date in the "Gigs and Events" section.
Australia's Independent Weekly's daily online newspaper Indaily is a one-stop shop for current news, weather, and events. For more articles, check out the parent newspaper, Independent Weekly.
The country's only national broadsheet newspaper since1964, the Australian is an in-depth look at happenings all over Australia. The newspaper's website is highly interactive with streaming video, audio, and even animation.
This local magazine covers the hot political, social, and cultural topics that affect daily life for locals in Southern Australia. While not all of the magazine's content is posted on its website, the "Specialised Features" section highlights investigative news reports from hard-hitting Adelaide reporters. Check out the "Lifestyle" section for wine reviews (prices and websites included).
Food-Fun-Wine Australian E-Zine
The self-proclaimed "quintessential South Australian food and wine e-zine." From restaurant guides to wine picks of the month, the magazine does its fieldwork to find the best restaurants and wines to try on your visit.
South Australia's "street press" magazine is a free, independent weekly covering the best of Adelaide's local band, art, and theatre scene. Though geared at a young "hipster" demographic, dBMagazine provides insider leads to some of the best performances in the city.
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Maps of Adelaide Tourism Region
This easy-to-use map shows several views of Southern Australia and the city of Adelaide. Click by click, the map will zoom closer to your destination, starting with a birds-eye view of the country and zeroing in on specific city streets.
Much like MapQuest, Whereis.com is a directory input tool that helps users with specific directions to their destination. Just input the address, business, or place, and a map of your destination will appear.
Australia Map Directory
With this comprehensive map of Adelaide and surrounding areas, the user can zoom in on a city or country view, and search by street or business names.
In a Sunburned Country, by Bill Bryson (Random House 2000)
Travel humorist and National Geographic Traveler contributor Bill Bryson explores the immense continent of Australia while encountering all sorts of mishaps—from toxic caterpillars to a lost prime minister. The New York Times called this book "Vastly entertaining .... If there is one book with which to get oriented before departure or en route to Australia, this is it."
Australia: A Sense of Place, by Nick Rains (Viking Australia 2005)
Australian photographer Nick Rains captures the deep beauty of the continent's landscape in this 132-page book, which is full of images depicting the canyons of Western Australia to coastal panoramics.
Keep Australia on Your Left: A True Story of an Attempt to Circumnavigate Australia by Kayak, by Eric Stiller (Forge 2000).
Professional fitness trainer Eric Stiller and Australian fashion model Tony Brown embark on an exciting, and surprising, adventure kayaking around the continent of Australia. There is never a shortage of surprises, from jellyfish to crocodiles.
Check out our Travel Library for more Australia picks!
Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)
In this true story, a young Aboriginal Australian girl named Molly Craig helps her younger sister and cousin escape from an official government camp in Australia. Molly guides the girls over 1,500 miles (2,414 kilometers) of Australian terrain to find the rabbit-proof fence that divides the continent and will lead them home.
The Timeless Land (2006)
This film spans the early days of British settlement in Australia from 1788-1811, following the lives of both convicts and settlers. They are confronted by Governor Phillip's attempts to understand the Aborigines and his conflicts with the military, the Rum Rebellion, crossing the Blue Mountains, and many other hardships.
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