This tour showcases Adelaide’s historic architecture and colorful flora as you travel the city’s grid pattern of wide streets and spacious squares surrounded by parkland.
Stop at Montefiore Hill to see Light’s Vision—the statue of the city’s founder, William Light. Admire the views across the parklands, the Torrens River and the Adelaide Hills.
Continue into the city center, passing the Festival Centre, the Adelaide Casino and many elegant mansions.
A highlight of your tour is a visit to the Bicentennial Conservatory at the Adelaide Botanic Garden. The conservatory is located in the tropical rain forest section of the garden, and is awash with waterfalls and rock pools. It was built to celebrate Australia’s bicentenary (1988) and is the largest single-span conservatory in the Southern Hemisphere, housing a display of lowland tropical rain forest plants from Northern Australia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and the nearby Pacific Islands. Many of these plants are at risk or are endangered in their natural habitats.
Visit the Palm House, established in 1875—the pre-cursor to the Conservatory. It fully restored in 1992 and is believed to be the only one still in existence today.
Enjoy a guided tour of the South Australian Museum to view the extensive gallery dedicated to the history of Aboriginal culture. The museum features six floors of exhibits that reveal fascinating stories and reflect the museum’s Australian Aboriginal and Pacific collections.