If you're planning a holiday in Adelaide, here's a way of making your stay more convenient, as well as saving some money.
The Discover Adelaide card costs $48. For that you get eight passes which can be used at 12 of the city's top attractions.
The Adelaide Explorer bus looks like a tram and has 26 stops around the city and out to the beach suburb of Glenelg, which has plenty of tourist spots and accommodation. It has full commentary throughout the tour and works on a hop on/hop off basis. A day pass usually costs $30, so using four of the Discover Adelaide passes instead is great value.
The Adelaide Festival Theatre has been the cultural centre of the city since 1973 and is the state's major arts complex. It hosts all sorts of theatre, including dance, drama and musicals.
With the card you can enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour run by a volunteer. You start in the main foyer, go backstage, see the sound and lighting towers, go into the wings and actually onto the stage itself. Even without an audience, most visitors find that overwhelming. You will visit the stars' dressing rooms, where there are plenty of pictures of actors who have trodden the boards. You may even see some rehearsals going on.
You go on to see the Dunstan Playhouse, the Art Space Upstairs and the Amphitheatre.
JamFactory is an organisation dedicated to the design, production, exhibition and sale of original works through the employment and encouragement of local artists and craftspeople. It helps develop and train emerging artists and the resulting works have gained much kudos at home and internationally.
This year, JamFactory celebrates its 30th birthday. In the beginning most of its funding came from the state government, but now just 28 percent comes from that source. The remainder comes from wholesale and retail sales.
The four workshops you will see use glass, metal and ceramics and make furniture. Tourists can wander in, but only as far as the public viewing platform. To have a full, guided, official tour, you must have the Discover Adelaide Card.
Artlab is a state government artistic conservation project. On clinic days, people can take along treasures for an expert opinion regarding conservation or restoration. Card holders can see inside the five specialist laboratories where there are sculptures, rare books, maps, watercolours, ceramics, costumes, tapestries whatever is there on the day.