Port Adelaide is one of Australia’s most historic areas, with fine examples of colonial architecture telling the story of its development over the years. The old Port itself has a unique ambience that make it an enjoyable place to spend time and relax, whilst the collection of inland parks and beautiful coast make it an ideal destination for those who enjoy the outdoors. The rejuvenated port has also received huge amounts of investment in recent years, thoroughly modernising the district with a range of shopping facilities, restaurants and plush new residential estates.
Port Adelaide is a fashionable and desirable location, so there are numerous options for accommodation. Many visitors to Australian cities will inevitably be looking to stay for an extended period, so serviced apartments are often the best option. These properties marry the perks of a hotel - such as room cleaning and concierge, whilst affording an enhanced level of privacy and flexibility - guest are free to come and go via private, secure access, and have the option of complete self-catering with modern kitchen facilities included. Choosing a serviced apartment also gives you more flexibility to find a venue that is the right size and format for your particular requirements.
Visitors to this exciting district will find that it has plenty of attractions to keep even the most discerning traveller entertained. Port Adelaide is of course a busy transport hub, so there are plenty of amenities catering the the numerous visitors that come and go throughout the year. Whether you enjoy relaxing in the open air, socialising in fashionable bars, or taking in some history in museums and galleries, Port Adelaide will have something to offer everyone.
It’s coastal location means there are plenty of beaches to enjoy nearby, many of which are lined with bars and cafes, as well as offering adventure sports - some visitors may even be lucky enough to do a little dolphin spotting. Closer to the city centre, there are numerous inland parks for visitors to enjoy, with plenty of wildlife trails and recreation areas. The plethora of beaches and parks make Port Adelaide a great place to explore by bicycle and there are many routes marked out by local government.
For the more adventurous, there are plenty of sports facilities, such as indoor rock climbing, kart racing and various field sports. Alternatively, those looking for a little more culutre will find a wealth of historic sites, exhibiting the areas colonial history, as well as museums charting the port’s development through the years.
Port Adelaide has plenty of world class an fashionable places to eat. There are plenty of artisan cafes which serve a range of dishes, such as Drummer Boy Cafe on Vincent Street, or nearby Red Lime Shack, with its selection of contemporary grilled dishes. For something a little more upmarket, there’s the 1918 Bistro & Grill on Murray Street, which serves fine Australian cuisine with a great selection of locally produced wines.
Port Adelaide is chock-full of fantastic shopping locations. Port Canal Shopping Centre is a relaxed and modern complex, with around 40 stores, including several supermarkets and grocery stores. Port Mall Shopping Centre on Vincent street is another one-stop-shop for all your retail needs, also with around 40 stores. Finally, The Port Adelaide Emporium is a great place for more quirky and independent retailers. Both Commercial Street and Vincent street also have rows of individual retailers.
Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary is a major tourists draw - with many people flocking to the centre to see their favourite marine animals in an ethical and positive environment. Animal lovers may also wish to check out Adelaide Zoo, which also doubles as a conservation institution. For those interested in learning about the history and development of Port Adelaide, then the South Australian Maritime Museum has numerous interactive exhibits charting the area’s history.
Like most urban areas in Australia, Port Adelaide has excellent public transport links. The transport system, run by Adelaide Metro is extensive and includes buses, trains and trams throughout the greater metropolitan area. Bus services run frequently and are often the best means of making journeys in the centre of town. All local transport can be paid for using the MetroCARD contactless system, which offers discounted rates. Connect SA is another operator in the areas, which offers regional bus services to other nearby towns and cities.
Port Adelaide is Adelaide's primary port and just 14km away from the city's central business district - therefore it is home to numerous businesses and organisations. Baker Advertising & Marketing, Flinders Port Holdings Pty Limited, and Adelaide Community Healthcare Alliance Incorporated are some of the biggest firms in the country, and represent the diverse economy of Port Adelaide.
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