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Planning a short break to Adelaide? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Adelaide. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Adelaide. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

South Australian Museum

On North Terrace between the State Library and the Art Gallery. This is one of the most interesting museums in Adelaide, and it's main attraction is the newly added Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery. Exhibits display a wide collection of utensils; spears; tools; bush medicine; food samples; and photographs. The museum also has a good collection of Papua New Guinea artifacts.

The museum is open everyday from 10h00 - 17h00. Admission is free.

Adelaide Zoo

Frome Rd, take bus 272 or 273. The Adelaide zoo is a great place to take the children for a fun time out, learning about all the different animals from Australia. The zoo is home to the only pygmy blue-tongue lizard in captivity in Australia, which was thought to be extinct since 1940. The zoo also has beautiful landscaped gardens, which makes it the perfect place to relax and take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. The zoo is open everyday from 09h30 - 17h00. Admission is $9.75 for adults; $5.20 for children.

Art Gallery of South Australia

North Terrace. This is Adelaide's top public art gallery, and it houses an excellent collection of local and international works of art. It also has a beautiful collection of Asian ceramics. Some of the top Australian painters who's works are on display include Sidney Nolan; Albert Tucker; and Arthur Boyd. The gallery is open everyday from 10h00 - 17h00; guided tours are offered Monday to Friday at 11h00 and 14h00, weekends at 11h00 and 15h00. Admission is free.

Botanic Gardens

North Terrace. These beautiful gardens are located in the centre of Adelaide and is a very popular spot for office workers to relax and take a break during lunch time. Some of the most beautiful features of the gardens include: Moreton Bay figs; duck ponds; giant water lilies; an Italianate garden; a palm house; and the Bicentennial Conservatory. In the centre of the park, there is the Botanic Gardens Restaurant, which is a great place to have lunch. The gardens are open Monday to Friday from 08h00 - sunset; and weekends from 09h00 - sunset. Admission is free.

Glenelg

This beautiful white sand beach is the best beach in Adelaide, and is the most popular beach eventhough there has been the occasional rumour of white pointer sharks swimming in the waters. This is a great place ot have some fun in the sun or take a swim, if you're looking for something a little more entertaining you can play shooting games; go on scary rides; or try the test-your-luck machines found at Glenelg's old-style amusement park. Near the amusement park is Magic Mountain, with its waterslides; mini-golf; and arcade games.

Tandanya Aboriginal Cultural Institute

253 Grenfell St. This is one of th emost interesting places to visit in Adelaide, and it offers the visitor to experience Aboriginal life through Aboriginal eyes. The exhibits on display change regularly, but all display Aboriginal art and cultural activities. There's an excellent didgeridoo performance at 12h00 everyday. There is also a restaurant that serves bush tucker, and a shop that sells Aboriginal art and books. The centre is open everyday from 10h00 - 17h00. Admission is $2.60 for adults; $1.95 for children 13 and under; and $6.50 for families.

Golf

The City of Adelaide Golf Course is located just out of the centre of Adelaide, and two short 18 hole courses as well as a full size championship course. This is a great place for anyone to go and have some fun and get some exercise, taking a break from sightseeing. The greens fees are $9 - $11 during the week and $11 - $12 on weekends, depending on the course. Clubs are available for rent if you don't have your own. Enquire about cheaper fees after 16h00.

The Migration Museum

82 Kintore Ave, take the bus to North Terrace. This small museum is one of the most interesting and important in Australia, and it is to immigration and multiculturalism. Exhibits of personal displays tell the story of immigrants who have helped shape this multicultural society, from the 1788 convicts to the different ethnic groups who have been arriving for the past two centuries. The museum is open Monday to Friday from 10h00 - 17h00; and weekends from 13h00 - 17h00. Admission is a donation.

North Adelaide Heritage Group

109 Glen Osmond Rd, North Adelaide. This is the best accomodation in Adelaide, and you can choose to stay in either apartments; cottages; or suites. The best choice is the former Friendly Meeting Chapel Hall. There are a wide range of facilities on offer, including Golf/tennis courts nearby; Jacuzzi; concierge; car-rental desk; free bus to city center; room service; massage; and dry cleaning service. Each of the comfortable and spacious accomodations have air-conditioning; TV; fridge; kitchenette; coffeemaker; iron; hair dryer and a full bathroom.

For further information visit: www.adelaideheritage.com

The National Wine Centre of Australia

Hackney Rd, take the Adelaide free bus to Botanic Gardens. This amazing example of architecture concentrateson the 53 wine regions of Australia. There are interactive exhibits and displays, which give you the opportunity to blend your own virtual wine.

There is also a Tasting Gallery, which displays a wide range of Australian wines, and the wine tasting packages offer the opportunity to taste some of the rarest wines.

The centre is open Monday to Friday from 09h00 - 17h30. Amission is $7.15 for adults; $3.90 for children under 18; $19 for families; and wine tasting packages $3.25 - $13.

For more information visit: wineaustralia.com.au

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The Grind @ Adelaide Central Market

The Grind sell coffee and tea that is exceptional. You may, like me be attracted to espresso, or a latte, no matter your preference you will be surprised by the unequalled quality. So if you want to buy a cup or perhaps freshly ground beans, or fabulous tea by weight you will be a fan like me. I've had coffee in Paris, London, New York, Seattle all finish behind The Grind in taste, quality and service. Nothing at this stall can be faulted. Do yourself a favour go for the flavour. Even Frasier would be impressed.

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