If you are spending time in Adelaide City, then it doesn't have to be all the usual hustle and bustle of a big city. Adelaide offers a reprieve in its many gardens that surround the city as well as museums, art gallery and architecture that goes back to colonial days and you can see it all for free.
Start walking along North Terrace to see all that Adelaide has in wait for you.
There is a free tram service that runs from South Terrace to North Terrace. This makes it an easy option for visiting the Adelaide Central Markets, Adelaide Casino, and the Botanic Gardens.
The city is nearly surrounded by parklands to get away from it all. They can be accessed from West Terrace, South Terrace and North Terrace. There are also the bikeways along the River Torrens and more parkland.
Opened on the 23 April 2016, the ANZAC Centenary Walk commemorates the sacrifice that Australians has given to help keep peace in the world.
Walking down Kintore Avenue, you will find pavers of conflicts that Australia has been a part of as well as the artwork in the Granite panel wall.
Across the road from the ANZAC Centenary Memorial Walk is the Migrant Museum.
This free museum showcases the changes Australia has taken over the last 200 plus years through British, European and Asian migration.
The exhibit when I was there was on the British migration, from first white and convict settlement through to "£10 Poms" after World War 2.
Walking through the museum, you get to see and read lots of information on the migrants, how they travelled here and how it affected the Aboriginals who were here before them.
The State Library of Adelaide building was opened in 1884. It now houses art exhibits, collections and family history research.
There are two parts to the library, the old and the new glass extension at the back.
It is free to wander around seeing what is on offer when you visit.
The South Australian Museum is once again free and houses many exhibits showcasing life in mainly South Australia.
From the ecology to a famous Australian astronaut, dinosaurs and antarctic research, you will learn a lot about this fantastic state.
There is nearly an entire floor set aside for the Aboriginal exhibit showing you not only how they lived, but also artwork in a separate gallery. The Pacific Islands are also represented on the mezzanine level.
What all the kids want to see is the Giant Squid. You can view the Giant Squid over four floors also seeing the other wildlife that inhabits the depths of the Southern Ocean. Its tentacles are so long that they take three floors to show them.
The Museum is open every day from 10 am–5 pm, including weekends and all public holidays except Christmas Day and Good Friday.
The Museum Shop is open every day from 10 am-5 pm, the Museum Café is open from 10 am and the SAM Coffee Hut is open from 8 am-2 pm.
The Museum opens at 12 noon on ANZAC Day (25 April).
Whether you like old or modern art, the Art Gallery of South Australia is well worth the visit.
Admission is free to wander around the rooms packed with paintings and sculptures for you to admire.
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As you walk along North Terrace you will see many old buildings belonging to the University of Adelaide.
Just along this block of North Terrace, you will find many old styles of architecture.
There are also many statues along North Terrace, of notable South Australians for you to learn about.
Any time of the year is a great time to visit. Not only do you have sculptured and colourful outdoor gardens to visit, but also the indoor exhibits showcasing plant life from around the world.
If you are short on time, then a stroll through the gardens will restore your energy levels. Take a break on one of the benches or grassy areas and breathe in the fresh air.
All paths are well paved, and it is a pleasant flat walk exploring the many colours of the seasons.
The gardens are free to visit at any time of the year. You could either bring a picnic lunch or enjoy eating in one of the three cafes/restaurants in the park.
While you're in the area, you can walk back into the city centre following the River Torrens.
Admission is free.
Adelaide is known as the city of churches and there are many to explore as well as the above attractions.
While you are here there are many more things to do in and out of the city. Visit the Pandas at Adelaide Zoo located behind the Botanic Gardens, explore the Adelaide Oval and Old Adelaide Gaol or take guided tours of the city. There are also wine regions to check out.
Explore the outer coast of Pohatu Marine Reserve and marvel at its spectacular towering cliffs, rock stacks, reefs, and deep sea caves. Observe the diverse wildlife and marine species such as penguins, seals, various sea birds and possibly the world’s smallest dolphin!