Adelaide - worth a holiday?

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  1. Skexis

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    I live in Adelaide. Wouldn't recommend it as a holiday destination. also a winery is a winery regardless of where it is so nothing special there either unless you want to spend your holiday getting pissed.
     
  2. theSeekerr

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    That one is a tiny bit unfair. Taronga is a properly world-class zoo which is clearly head and shoulders above, say, Melbourne zoo, let alone Adelaide's modestly amusing but absurdly expensive afternoon diversion.

    I don't disagree with your general thrust - Adelaide itself is a terrible tourist city. But personally I don't like cities very much - if someone asked me what to do in Sydney, I'd tell them "get the hell out, go to the North Shore or Royal National Park or the Blue Mountains", just like I would for Adelaide, and in this regard Adelaide's general smallness is an asset. Just enough city to be useful, not so much as to be grating.
     
  3. PabloEscobar

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    This is true, Taronga is as much above Melbourne Zoo, as Melbourne Zoo is above Adelaide Zoo. Monarto is a far better experience, but again, its not really in the City :).

    I'm not a City person either, but I've spent 5 days in Melbourne with the Family (wife, 2 young kids) and were never short of things to do, without leaving the City once... Plan to do the same with Sydney.

    Adelaide's "Equivalents" just pale in comparison.

    If the Riverbank precinct/Casino redevelopment ends up anything like Southbank in Melbourne, or the Rocks in Sydney, I'll eat my hat.
     
  4. MR CHILLED

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    Have you thought that maybe it doesn't want to be an over developed shopping/amusement/wallet draining, latte sipping douche precinct shitehole like some of the other over subscribed cities around the eastern seaboard of Australia. Adelaide has a quaintness, not for everyone naturally but if you want that sort of superficial experience then stick to eastern seaboard. Maybe there is no comparison because what is offered here is a different offering and should not really even be compared.
     
  5. sanjay

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    I feel like i did pretty well avoiding this thread until now.

    In short, having lived in Melbourne for just over 18 months now, I really miss Adelaide, but not because of any particular tourist attraction - because all my friends and family live there (including a number who moved interstate/overseas in the past, but moved back).

    Would I recommend it as a tourist destination - absolutely not, unless you knew people who lived there, in which case it is a wonderful place to go, catch up with old friends, and unwind. I have grown an appreciation for Adelaide that I never thought I would before moving away.
     
  6. broccoli

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    I would recommend it as a nice place to visit, there just isn't a lot to "do" to stay there a long visit unless, as you say, you've got people there.
    I would say to "do" Adelaide en route to doing all those quaint little country towns and driving around the countryside. That's what I'd say. (I've only ever been to Adelaide a couple of times.)
     
  7. Tinian

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    If a doctor gave you the bad news that you have terminal cancer with only 12 months to live, you'd move to Adelaide to live in a caravan with a VN Commodre so it felt like you had 30 years...

    South Australia on the other hand is great, riding Strzelecki, Kati Thanda, Gawler Ranges etc.
     
  8. JustHarry

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    I don't understand why people aren't recommending it for a holiday?

    Adelaide has the best beaches i have ever seen; Nothing in VIC compares. Fleurieu peninsula is just stunning. Did 2 weeks camping on the FP and loved it. Eyre is nice to check out too. Beaches alone are worth the trip. Lots of park lands so lots of walking (we had out dog with us so made sense). Lots of good food... I highly recommend it for a holiday.
     
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    Depends where you are coming from, I suppose. We've got nice beaches, I wouldn't feel compelled to go somewhere because of beaches, but I can imagine that being more attractive for people in Melbourne.
     
  10. Copie

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    Have you guys had a stroke or something? Holiday in Adelaide? Gee whiz.

    And lol at the guy saying the beaches in Adelaide are the best in the world, hasn’t seen any of the beaches in SE qld or northern NSW.
     
  11. Diode

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    Mate I think you need to get out more. Adelaide is a nice city for living, but coming as tourist there really isn't that much to see and do. As a tourist in a city you're wanting to feel the 'city' vibe and that's something Adelaide doesn't have too often. There are many other places you can have quaintness and you don't have to be in a city to have that. Hence why other parts of SA are better for that.


    Just wow. lol. The one difference I noticed when moving to Melbourne is that SA people really do trash talk Victoria/Melbourne a fair bit. Despite what people in SA think, nobody in Vic feels the need to talk shit about SA all the time. There really isn't any great SA/Vic rivalry, it's usually just noise from SA. Outsiders just think its bizzare.
     
  12. MR CHILLED

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    Mate, I already do, I would know more about my own state that would about the combination of the two you've lived in. As a tourist it depends on what you want to do, we have a world recognised wine region amongst quite a few other attractions. I'd suggest people stop measuring cities based on stupid theme parks and other assorted rubbish. But hey, of course, it depends what you're into.

    Rofl, such a strange and funny viewpoint, not in the least shared by the many interstate friends I have, nor locally. And Melbourne isn't exactly eastern seaboard, in my books at least. And besides, looking at your last post it looks like you're doing plenty of trashtalk, or shit talking, I can't work out which.
     
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  13. JustHarry

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    If your referring to me, I didn't say "in the world". I said in Australia as the OP was asking if Adelaide is worth a holiday. FYI: Ive travelled America, All over south east asia, Oceania... And I still rank some a couple of Adelaides beaches after spending a lot of my holidaying life on beaches. I have spent months on end in New South Wales and Queensland for work and short stay holidays and do rate them; But again, If you can read, The OP is asking about holidaying in Adelaide, Not QLD/NSW....


    Bloody Crows supporters..... :p
     
  14. PabloEscobar

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    "Quaintness" is bullshit, we stayed in Glenelg after the Wife's Christmas do, ended up having to drive to Henley Beach to find somewhere that served a decent breakfast on a Sunday morning... it wasn't "quaint" it was fucking annoying.

    Fleurieu is an Hour out of Adelaide, Eyre is 6. I can list of tonnes of great things to see in SA, however, you'll want a car, and some time to do them, because none of them are in the City of Adelaide.

    SA Great - Adelaide... Not so much.
     
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    Your experience isn't the same as mine nor any friends that I know who visit Glenelg. Been there many many times on weekend morning to have breakfast as I live just around the corner, never had a problem. Mate of mine also occasionally has breakfast down there and he lives in Henley Beach.

    Adelaide isn't for the "omg give me a theme park or a big tall building to get my nuts off!" crowd. We are a little more sophisticated and certainly don't have the stupid crowds and $70/hr parking of the oh-so-glorious larger capitals.
     
  16. JustHarry

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    FP for instance may be an hour, but you drive at least an hour in Melbourne to go to "nice" beaches. Anything within a 50km radius of melbourne is shit, Beach wise that is.

    Not sure why you couldn't find anything at Glenelg; There are dozens of places to catch a good breakfast; The Marina for instance and even Jetty road has a few options. Don't think you were looking hard enough tbh.
     
  17. insular

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    i wouldn't call glenelg 'quaint'. not sure which dick travel guide told you that. it's pretty much a hole at anytime. for me it's the douchebag surfie pretenious wanks, but also the worst beach in adelaide.
     
  18. Diode

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    It's called fair and balanced criticism.

    This is exactly the type of attitude that shits me. You want east coast visitors and at the same time want to bark at them and say how amazing Adelaide is and how you're not pretentious big city coffee snobs. Yet in the same sentence want to say how "more sophisticated" you all are. I'm from Adelaide, I still visit regularly, I've talked with plenty people who've paid a visit and I can tell you the stories are not about their super amazing time in the city. It would be good if fair folk of Adelaide would take on the criticisms and do something constructive, rather than barking about how you're not one of those eastern cities.
     
  19. MR CHILLED

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    :lol:

    What I find incredibly interesting and funny is how the levels of jealousy increase as things gets shitier and shitier for Australia's bigger cities. They want what Adelaide provides in terms of lifestyle and affordibility, but it's just not going to happen.
     
  20. Copie

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    Adelaide provides nothing of value for Aus. Never has and never will.
     
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