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Known as the vibrant cultural capital of South Australia, Adelaide has something for everyone. Sports, beaches, wilderness, culture, fine food and wine, it is all within easy reach of this city. The best way to get to see all this bounty, is in your own hire car. Cover the distances easily, stopping where ever takes your fancy, on your own schedule.
Booking your car hire in Adelaide early secures the best prices and ensures that you have the largest range of vehicles to choose from, allowing you to travel around the city in comfort and style.
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Get the most from your South Australia road trip with our tipsAt some point you'll have to pull yourself away from behind the wheel of your hire car - no matter how comfy the seats may be!
While driving a hire car is the ultimate in convenience, taking a tour is a chance to get local insights. A city tour is often a good way to get your bearings before you start to navigate in your vehicle. Alternatively it's possible to go off road altogether with one of the Murray River Riverboat tours. These usually include lunch and conveniently leave from Adelaide.
For those that prefer to appreciate their ocean critters from a distance Point Labatt has nice views of sea lions playing in the shallows. If you're after some whale watching in your itinerary plan your trip between June and October. Don't forget in between these months there are school holidays, and rental cars can become very scarce, so book well in advance.
Adelaide's hot zones for night life are the clubs, bars and pubs of Rundle Street in the east and Hindley Street and Light Square in the west. Gouger Street is Adelaide's key dining location. It's the gateway to the Adelaide Central Market and the bustling mall and food halls of Chinatown.Wine lovers, of course, will have one destination clearly in mind: The Barossa Valley wine region. Many of the wineries are quite generous with their wine tasting sessions so if you're going to do this, booking a tour with a driver is highly recommended. Not only will your group not need to choose a designated driver for the hire car but there will be no chance of getting lost or difficulty locating quality wineries that cater to your tastes. On top of this, the locals know a thing or two about the region's history and are more than happy to tell you about it.
Any trip to Adelaide is incomplete without a tram ride to Glenelg. This picturesque little seaside spot is popular with locals, tourists and of course the ever present sea gulls. A walk down the pier is a pleasant way to appreciate the view of the gorgeous coastline and there are plenty of bars, restaurants and fast food choices. Tourists will often hop on a tram to Glenelg from the city and take in the seaside: a tradition which has endured for many years which also saves you finding a car park for the rental car. An ice cream on the beach is refreshing and relaxing and so too is a seaside pint or two.
There are two major motoring events definitely worth seeing. So if you feel the need for speed, don't use your rental car, that's illegal. Head to The Clipsal 500 for V8 Supercar racing which is held in March each years on a modified version of the old Australian Grand Prix Formula One street circuit. For the nostalgic there is also the Classic Adelaide, which is a rally of classic sporting vehicles, and is held in Adelaide and its surrounds. This year it will be on from the 17th to the 19th of November.
March is a great month to visit Adelaide if you are a lover of culture. There is both the acclaimed Adelaide Festival, and world music event Womadelaide.
Another must-see destination when you are in South Australia is the stunning Kangaroo Island, which is a 30 minute flight south from Adelaide, or less than two and a half hours by car and ferry. Normally, the flights leave from Adelaide Airport just 10-15 minutes from Glenelg. Explore Kangaroo Island and book a reliable car rental fast and easy with CarHire.Au.