• On the globe, the city of Adelaide, Australia, is at latitude (south) of Santiago de Chile and in length (east) of Kayama, Japan. The distance between Adelaide and Los Angeles is 13155 miles, 9150 from Hawaii and 6841 from Hong Kong. From Mexico City, your first stopover will be at either Los Angeles or San Francisco, then at Brisbane or Sydney (Australia). The trip takes at least a day and 4 hours. To return, one day and minutes. The difference is due to the rotation of the planet. The wait at the airport to make connecting flights can increase a full day for the first leg, and the return about 18 hours (with local dates and times).
• Upon arrival at Adelaide, set your clock 14 hours ahead of central Mexico time. If you rent a car, remember that in Australia they drive on the left. At the airport you will find windows for foreign exchange, in the city, banks and most shopping centers, gas stations and convenience stores. Most hotels, restaurants and shops accept credit cards. ATMs are another way to convert foreign currency into Australian Dollars (AD), with a charge. Upon your return, you may change local dollars into U.S. dollars at the airport, departures level T1.
• Downtown meets the city’s main tourist attractions consisting of monuments, shows, casino, parks, shops, malls, restaurants and hotels. You can enjoy a satisfying journey without leaving this area. The museums exhibit very respectable examples of Aboriginal art, which must be seen. Very close to this area are number of places worth visiting, such as the Barossa wine region, which has given world fame to Australian wine-, beaches, marinas, tours and more.
• The Adelaide Zoo is quite a jungle and is well equipped. More than 1,800 animals of 300 species, amphibians, birds, fish, invertebrates, reptiles and mammals are displayed. Fascinating particulars are enclosed in video, photo collections, records zookeepers and a database. It offers various tours: Close Encounters with animals, Behind the scenes, Walking Tour and Wildlife, among others. Santos Conservation Centre was funded by the Australia energy company with the same name, to sensitize the community about the relationship between human activity and nature conservation.
• A magnificent example of good food, great wine and reasonable prices is found at The Village Indian Restaurant. But it’s their great service, elegant decor and exclusive atmosphere that makes it stand out. It offers gluten free, vegetarian dishes, and outdoor seating. It is located at 125 Gouger Street at city center. It is open daily for dinner, but only Thursday and Friday for lunch.
• The state of South Australia has 238 registered vineyards and wineries. Highlights include, in alphabetical order, Adelaide Hills, Adelaide Plains, Barossa Valley (much awarded), Clare Valley, Connawarra, Currency Creek, Eden Valley, Langhome Creek, McLaren Vale, Mount Benson, Padthaway, Riverland, Robe, Southern Fleurieu, Southern Flinders Ranges and Wrattonbully. The two best outlined are Barossa Valley and Southern Fleurieu, of world’s finest quality . They are worth a visit. Since they are very close to Adelaide, like many others.
Text: AMURA ± Photo: Tourism of Australia