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Cheap and Cheerful Adelaide

Thursday, April 21, 2005

This week Adelaide is our cheap and cheerful destination, and Jules Lund set out to find some good places to check out.

Locals told him the Adelaide Central Market is a must-see. Established in 1869 and with a 1900 façade, it is Australia's oldest continuously operating market and is a Mecca for anyone who loves good food at bargain prices.

Originally named City Market, local growers and wholesalers have always gone there to sell their goods and there is a real multicultural influence to the place. It buzzes with life, colour and wonderful aromas year-round, and once shoppers have bought their fruit, vegetables, flowers, cheeses and meats, they like to take a break in one of the hip cafés. Breakfast is served for early-birds.

If you've overdone the delicious food at the markets, maybe a Linear Park bicycle ride is the thing to do! Adelaide has a terrific network of routes catering for all levels of rider from completely off-road such as the River Torrens Linear Park, through the network of routes on quiet back streets and dedicated bike lanes on larger roads.

It's pleasant to cycle to Henley or Glenelg Beach and stop along the way for a bite to eat. Beach villages, sailing clubs and surf lifesaving clubs are also there for refreshments and historic Port Adelaide is worth a look.

Another great way to get around and see the sights is by Adelaide Metro. Day passes are economical and allow you to travel on any bus, train or tram. The Glenelg Tram has been operating since 1929, and there are two free buses called the Beeline and City Loop which go around Adelaide's CBD.

The Discover Adelaide Card is an easy and affordable way to get around. With one of those you can receive 50 percent off the admission price of selected attractions, as well as bonus offers for shopping and dining. There are 14 experiences to choose from and the card provides eight passes to use at your choice of attraction.

If you enjoy beachside holidays, Glenelg is for you — within easy cycling distance or tram ride from town. Glenelg Beach Hostel is a quality backpacker, metres from the beach, bars, cafes, restaurants, cinema, museums and shops. It's a good base if you want to explore Adelaide's many wineries.

The 1878 Heritage building offers dorm style accommodation as well as private rooms. No bunk beds here but real beds with quilts throughout. Continental breakfast is included and there is a general kitchen if you want to prepare your own food. The lounge area has a flat-screen television and DVD player, and Happy Hour runs every night from 5:30. They have Guinness and Cooper's pale ale on tap and on Sunday nights they host a free barbecue.

For guests interested in travelling to AAMI Stadium to watch a game of Australian Rules football, there is a bus from door to door.

Caffe Primo has premises in Rundle Street, Victor Harbour, Brighton, Golden Grove, Semaphore and Salisbury and they serve good meals of steak, pasta, seafood and delicious desserts and their $9.90 special includes garlic bread. They offer free pancake and maple syrup as an after-dinner treat Monday and Thursday.

When you're looking for somewhere to enjoy a nightcap, Zootz Kitchen is a combination of café, restaurant and lounge bar, right in the heart of Henley Square overlooking the beach.

Tuesdays and Thursdays are oyster days — fresh from Coffin Bay there are 15 different ways to have them. Wednesday is cocktail special day and their fruit bomb is a real hit — a blend of apple, orange, lime, banana, blackcurrant and a hint of lavender. There are at least six soups to choose from every day and they even have a Soup Lovers' Club.

Location

Around South Australia's capital, Adelaide

Cost

Adelaide Central Market is open on Tuesday from 7am to 5.30pm, Thursday 9am to 5.30pm, Friday 7am to 9pm and Saturday 7am to 3pm.

Linear Park Bikes run every day, weather permitting. They cost $20 a day, $8 an hour, $12 for two hours or $15 for three hours.

Adelaide Metro day passes are $6.40 per person. On weekends, public holidays and during school holidays, two children between five to 14 years can travel free-of-charge with a parent or guardian on a
Daytrip ticket. Tickets are purchased on boarding.

Discover Adelaide Cards are $48 and can be purchased at the SA Visitor and Travel Centre or Bass South Australia. They can be used every day.

Glenelg Beach Hostel is open year round. Shared dormitories are $25 per person, private single rooms are $45 and queen rooms are $65. Buses to AAMI Stadium are $9.

Café Primo opens every day.

Please note that the prices listed are valid at the time of filming.

More information

Adelaide Central Market
Grote Street
Adelaide SA 5000
www.adelaide.sa.gov.au/centralmarket/

Linear Park Bikes
Elder Park
King William Road
Adelaide SA 5000
Ph: (08) 8223 6271
Mob: 0400 596 065
linearpkbikes@hotmail.com

Adelaide Metro Info Centre
King William and Currie Streets
Adelaide SA 5000
Ph: (08) 8303 0822
Fax: (08) 8410 4847
www.adelaidemetro.com.au

Discover Adelaide Card
SA Visitor and Travel Centre
18 King William Street
Adelaide SA 5000

Bass South Australia
Ph: (08) 8400 2222
Ph: (08) 8211 8620
www.adelaidecard,com.au
adelaidecard@bass.net.au

Glenelg Beach Hostel
1-7 Moseley Street
Glenelg SA 5045
Ph: (08) 8376 0007
Fax: (08) 8376 0677
www.glenelgbeachhostel.com.au
glenelgbeachhostel@bigpond.com

Caffe Primo
300 Rundle Street
Adelaide SA 5000
Ph: (08) 8232 4246

Zootz Kitchen Bar
257 Seaview Road
Henley SA 5022
Ph: (08) 8235 9990
www.zootz.com.au
bec@zootz.com.au

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