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By Rose Abello
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Port of Adelaide

Adelaide (population 1.3 million) is the capital of the state of South Australia, located in the southern central part of the country. Historically, it prospered as the center of a region dedicated to mining and agriculture endeavors. The city was laid out by Colonel William Light in 1836, and locals are quite proud of the fact that the community was the only early Australian capital funded by land sales and not built by convicts.

Today, it is an elegant, vibrant city and is home to world-renowned special events and festivals, such as the Adelaide Fringe. The city is also a culinary mecca with the greatest number of restaurants per capita of any Australian city.

The commercial center of Adelaide is a lovely, compact area surrounded by parks. It is well laid out, with museums and attractions easily accessible -- many between the Torrens River and North Terrace. Nearby, Rundle Street boasts the pedestrian Rundle Mall, which is the city's main shopping area. Four blocks south of Rundle Street is Victoria Square, the city's geographic center.

South Australia is the wine industry's powerhouse state, producing most of the nation's wine and boasting some of the oldest individual vines in the world. Within easy reach of Adelaide are some of Australia's most renowned wine regions: The Barossa and Adelaide Hills. The Barossa, home to Jacob's Creek, among others, has been producing wines for more than 150 years and is especially known for Shiraz. Adelaide Hills is renowned for pinot noirs, and another wine region in this area, Eden Valley, is famous for its Rieslings.

About Adelaide


Good food can be found at Adelaide Central Market or take a day trip to the Barossa Valley


Main attractions require organized transport

Bottom Line

Diverse food, wine and coastal regions not far from this sophisticated city

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Where You're Docked

Port Adelaide is located approximately eight miles (13 kilometers) northwest of the city center. The passenger terminal is on Oliver Rogers Road, Outer Harbor.

Good to Know

If you plan to go wine-tasting, be sure to have a designated driver, or, better yet, hire a car and driver. Australia has very strict drinking and driving laws. In addition, the police regularly set up random breathalyzer checks in the wine regions.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money

The local currency is the Australian dollar; check for the latest exchange rates. ATMs and foreign exchange offices are abundant, especially around Rundle Mall.


English is the official language.


Adelaide is home to Haigh's Chocolates, Australia's oldest chocolate maker. This South Australian treasure has several shops throughout the city and a Visitor's Centre (154 Greenhill Road, Monday through Saturday, free tours at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.; bookings essential -- call +61 (08)-8372-7077.

Another delectable souvenir is wine from the Adelaide Hills and Barossa. Be sure to check with your cruise line and airline for policies, as you'll be required to check any wine purchases, rather than carry the bottles onboard.