School of Electrical and Information Engineering
Department of Computer Science
24-28 June, 2002
City West Campus
University of South Australia
School of Electrical and Information Engineering
Department of Computer Science
University Accommodation
• Lincoln College (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/Lincoln/)
• St. Mark's College Inc.
Adelaide Accommodation
• Adelaide Paringa Motel (http://www.macbitz.net.au/paringa/)
Gov’t Rate: $AUS80 single and $AUD95 double/twin (including GST)
• Adelaide Regent Apartments (http://www.AdelaideRegent.com.au/)
81-91 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide 4 Days + $AUS67.50 (1br/night)) and $AUD 87.50 (2br/night)
• The Grosvenor Vista Hotel
$AUS95 (Standard)) and $AUD115 (Twin/double)
• Hilton International Adelaide (http://www.hilton.com/)
• Hotel Adelaide International (http://www.hoteladelaide.com.au/)
Superior Room Rack rate - single, double or twin $AUD199
• Hyatt Regency Adelaide (http://www.adelaide.hyatt.com/)
$AUD250 (1br/night) and $AUD450 (2br/night)
Adelaide Accommodation
• Novotel Adelaide on Hindley (http://www.accorhotel.com)
$AUD192 (1br and 2br per night)
• Raddison Playford (http://www.radisson.com/adelaide.au)
• Saville Park Suites Adelaide (http://www.savillesuites.com.au)
$AUD138 pn (2 people) and $AUD182 pn (4 people)
• Stamford Plaza Adelaide (http://www.stamford.com.au)
$AUD 180 (1br only)
• The Townhouse on Hindley (http://www.barrontownhouse.com.au)
Conference Venue
Conference Venue
The Conferences will be held on the University campus, which is located in
the North Terrace, Adelaide.
City West - located at the western end of the North Terrace educational and
cultural precinct. Reflecting its location in Adelaide's central business
district next to the community arts facilities of the Lion Arts Centre and the
Roma Mitchell Arts Centre, the campus houses the University's
undergraduate and postgraduate programs and research activities in the
disciplines of art, architecture, design, accounting, commerce, economics,
finance, business, international business, property, commercial law,
administrative management, marketing, management information systems,
e-business, management, tourism and hospitality, justice administration and
wine marketing, as well as Australian and Indigenous studies. The
University's Chancellery, International Relations Office, the Bob Hawke
Prime Ministerial Library, the University's Art Museum and Learning
Connection are also located at City West.
Conference Venue
Conference Venue
The Conferences will be held on the University campus, which is located in
the North Terrace, Adelaide.
Lecture Theatres and Seminar Rooms
Adelaide City Council website
The Adelaide City Council has produced seven walking
trails which encourage both residents and visitors to
explore the wonders of the City. Each of these selfguided walks has its own handy brochure which
contains historical and cultural information.
The seven walks have been designed to capture some of
the great sites and stories of Adelaide. Three historic
walks commence in beautiful Wellington Square North
Adelaide, with another two embracing the splendour of
lower North Adelaide.
A separate walk highlights the transformation of the
paddocks in the South Park Lands into the manicured
and picturesque Veale Gardens of today. Finally a
cultural walking trail reveals the stories behind some of
the magnificent statues and monuments found along
North Terrace and in nearby Park Lands.
Map of the World
• Adelaide
To Get to Adelaide
There are daily international and interstate flights to an airport complex no
more than 15 minutes from the city centre. Daily coach services link
Adelaide with regional cities and interstate destinations. Adelaide is the hub
on the Australian rail system and is on National Highway One.
Adelaide Domestic and Adelaide International Airports
The Adelaide Domestic and Adelaide International Airports are located just
5 kilometres west of the city centre. Both airports provide a city bus
service, public car parking, valet car parking, taxi ranks, car rental, bureau
de change and the International Airport also has duty free shopping.
Getting Around in Adelaide
Buses from out of town, including the airport bus, will drop you off at the
Central Bus Station, 101–111 Franklin St, which, compared to bus terminals
in other major cities, is very basic. The international airport, 7km southwest
from the centre, is small, modern and easy to handle; there’s a currency
exchange and information booth. The domestic terminal is about half a
kilometre southwest. Both are serviced by the airport bus (Transit Regency
Coaches depart hourly between 6.20am & 9.20pm and every 30min at busier
times; to book a return trip call 08/8381 5311; $6), which will drop you off
at most city accommodation on request; its set route stops at Victoria Square
and North Terrace, as well as the bus station. A taxi costs around $15 to
either the city or the beachside suburb of Glenelg, 11km from the centre.
Arriving by train at the Keswick Interstate Terminal, you can also take the
airport bus, which stops here en route ($3 to city or airport), or walk to the
suburban platform and catch a train into Adelaide Train Station on North
Terrace. Taxis to the city from the Interstate Terminal charge about $8.
Getting Around in Adelaide
Public Transport
The city of Adelaide and its environs are serviced by a public transport network operated by a
variety of operators using a ticketing system called Metroticket. The network includes
metropolitan buses, trains, the O-Bahn busway, and a tram line to Glenelg.
Ticket Purchase
Metrotickets are valid on and for transfers between all services, Single Trip and Daytrip
Metrotickets can be purchased on board buses, trams and some trains (train vending machines
are coin operated - no notes). The entire range of Metrotickets is available from bus depots,
staffed railway stations, and from many post offices, newsagents, delis and service stations as
well as the Passenger Transport Information Centre.
Timetable and Ticket Information
The Passenger Transport Information Centre is located on the corner of King William and
Currie Streets in the city centre. The centre provides tickets, information and free timetables
about public transport services, as well as the sale of Metrotickets and Public Transport Maps.
There is also a Passenger Transport InfoLine for telephone enquiries on (08) 8210 1000,
operating daily from 7am to 8pm.
Getting Around in Adelaide
Adelaide Metro
Adelaide Metro is the largest public transport provider of bus, train, tram and O-Bahn services in
Adelaide, South Australia. Adelaide Metro invite you to come aboard...and take a journey with
them on their Internet site and discover timetable and customer information. Adelaide Metro
Internet site. (http://www.adelaidemetro.com.au)
Special Features
The Adelaide O'Bahn is the fastest and longest suburban guided busway in the world. Specially
adapted buses run at speeds of up to 100km/h along a concrete track from the city centre following
the picturesque Linear Park to the north eastern suburbs, stopping along the way at Paradise,
Klemzig and Modbury Interchanges. Take the O-Bahn for a day trip to the Tea Tree Plaza Shopping
Centre and cinemas.
Getting Around
in Adelaide
Special Features
The beautiful wood-panelled Glenelg tram built in 1929 links Victoria Square in the city centre with
the seaside resort of Glenelg and is the only survivor from the hey-day when Adelaide had 25
electric trams. The trip to Glenelg takes around 25 minutes.
Adelaide city centre has two free bus services, the BeeLine and the City Loop. Every five minutes
during shopping hours, the BeeLine travels the 1km length of King William Street between Victoria
Square and the Railway Station and the Casino and North Terrace. The City Loop links the city's
major cultural, entertainment, retail, educational centres and Rundle Street restaurants. Both
services stop at Victoria Square, near the Central Market.
Adelaide and South Australia has the largest fleet of fully accessible buses in Australia. The low
floor buses feature a ramp that extends from beneath the centre doors to allow easier access for
people with wheelchairs, pushers, trolleys and small children. Trains are also wheelchair accessible
- ask the driver to use the ramp. CityFree buses are fully accessible.
Getting Around in Adelaide
There are taxi ranks at strategic points throughout the city centre, or you can call a cab by ringing
any of the major taxi companies:Yellow Cabs - 13 2227
Suburban - 13 1008
Car Hire
Adelaide has all major car rental car companies, as well as a wide selection of smaller, locally based
companies, all providing a range of vehicles for hire. Car rental firms require a current driver's
license and a deposit or credit card imprint. The minimum age requirement is 25 years of age,
however many local companies have a minimum age requirement of 21.
Some local companies include:
Thrifty Car Rental (Adelaide Airport) (08) 8234 4554
Avis Australia 1800 225 533
Smart Car (chauffeur driven) (08) 8285 8555
General Information
Please feel free to visit the Australian Tourist Commission's web site:
Australian Currency
• The Australian Dollar ($AUD) is a decimal currency with units in
dollars and cents.
• Notes: Denominations $100, $50, $20, $10, $5
Coins: Denominations $2, $1, 50¢, 20¢, 10¢, 5¢
• The Australian electricity supply operates on 240 volts AC at 50 Hertz.
All 110V require transformers. Most hotels have 110V AC sockets.
• Visas are required from many countries. Please check with your travel
agent. Application can be made via Australian Government
representatives in major cities around the world.
General Information
Duty Free
• Arrival passengers are allowed $400 per adult ($200 per child) of duty
free items, plus one litre of alcohol and 250 cigarettes or tobacco
equivalent. Group allowances may be combined.
• Banking hours are usually 9:30am to 4:00pm Monday to Thursday and
9:30am to 5:00pm Friday. A few are open Saturday mornings. Most
international banks or their agents can be found in Adelaide. Automatic
Teller Machines (ATMs) are open 24 hours. Most branches are not
open Sundays or Public Holidays.
Time Zone
• Australian Central Standard Time is GMT plus 9 1/2 hours.
General Information
Credit/Charge Cards
• MasterCard, VISA, American Express, ITB, Diners Club and
Bankcard are widely accepted.
Mobile Phones
• Australia's mobile phone network operates on GSM. Coverage is
available in all cities and most regional areas.
Tipping & Gratuities
• Not required or expected in Australia. This includes taxis. However, if
you feel you have been given superior service, a gratuity would be
Goods & Services Tax (GST)
• A GST of 10% applies across Australia.
General Information
Car Rental
• Rental cars are available across Australia with pick-up
points at all domestic and international terminals. You may
wish to visit the following major car rental companies.
 Avis
 Budget
 Hertz
 Thrify
South Australia - Tourism
• South Australia's population of 1.4 million live mostly
along the coast and in the capital city, Adelaide.
• With its Mediterranean climate, fine food and wines,
numerous festivals and events, kilometres of clean, sandy
beaches and more sunshine than is decently allowed, South
Australia is a great holiday destination.
• South Australia boasts most of the world's opals. Coober
Pedy, the main opal mining town, produces 90 per cent of
Australia's opals.
South Australia - Tourism
• Adelaide is set on a narrow coastal plain between between the rolling
hills of the Mt Lofty Ranges and the blue waters of Gulf St Vincent.
• Surrounded by parkland, Adelaide combines the vitality of a large
modern city with an easygoing Australian lifestyle.
• The city centre is completely surrounded by parklands, with beautiful
flower-beds, playgrounds and sportsfields. There are barbecues with
tables and chairs under shady trees.
• The beautiful formal Botanic Gardens have 16 hectares of Australian
and imported plants with lakes where children can feed ducks and
South Australia - Tourism
Wine regions
• South Australia provides about 65 per cent of the wines and 83 per
cent of the brandy made in Australia. Kilometres of vineyards stretch
over valleys, plains and hillsides of the southern and eastern regions of
the state.
• The state has six distinct grape growing regions: the Barossa Valley,
the Fleurieu Peninsula, the Murray River, the Clare Valley, the
Adelaide Hills and the Coonawarra area of the south-east.
• The vineyards of the Clare Valley are about 130 kilometres north of
Adelaide, and produce fine, light table wines.
South Australia - Tourism
Flinders Ranges
The Flinders Ranges are part of a mountain chain which extends almost 800
kilometres from its seaward end at Gulf St Vincent.
There is something unique in the contrast of the dry, stony land and the richly lines
rock faces - the characteristics of a desert range - with the rich vegetation of the river
red gums. In spring, after rain, the display of wildflowers is breathtaking, carpeting
the whole region with masses of reds, pinks, yellows, purples and white. The
wildflowers, together with the natural beauty of the rock shapes, pools and caves and
twisted trees which abound in the Flinders Ranges, make them a favourite haunt of
photographers and artists.
The best known feature of the Flinders Ranges is the Wilpena Pound, an immense
elevated basin covering about 50 square kilometres and encircles by sheer cliffs which
are set in a foundation of purple shale and rise through red stone to white-topped
peaks. Within the pound are low, rounded hills and folded ridges, grasslands and pineclad slopes which run down to gums along Wilpena Creek.
There is a well organised resort at Wilpena, catering for levels of accommodation
from camping to modern motel.
Adelaide Weather Chart :
Average temperature (Celcius).
Apr May
Nov Dec
Adelaide is free from sleet and snow, and even during the wettest mid-year winter months, an overcoat and umbrella, is the only
protection you will need from the elements. In fact, Adelaide's weather is refreshingly mild with a cool 15 degrees Celsius (59F)
average in July, mid winter, and a comfortable 29 degrees C (84F) average over the summer period.
South Australia
Did You Know That... some of the first European visitors to South Australia
were Dutchmen Peter Nuyts and Francois Thijssen in 1627.
That Kangaroo Island was settled long before the official proclamation of
South Australia by Captain John Hindmarsh.
That many students are convinced that Matthew Flinders, after charting the
coast of South Australia in 1802, circumcised Australia !!!!
Still the Chairman of the Colonization Commission for South Australia,
Robert Torrens, said in 1835 that South Australia was washed by the waters of
the Pacific.
This same Chairman was very much in favour of the establishment of South
Australia. Living there he said was far preferable to rambling over the back
settlements of America or mixing with Catholics in the bleak unhealthy wilds
of Canada or to enduring the depraved society of New South Wales.
South Australia
Torrens hoped that South Australia would become the great rice and wool
growing country of the world and that its climate would make it possible to
produce opium for the China trade. Last but not least he predicted that New
South Wales would lose its supremacy and probably become a provincial
appendage to South Australia.
That South Australia was not settled by convicts but that is was a convict,
E.G. Wakefield, whose efforts finally led to the birth of South Australia.
That The Buffalo, which brought the first Governor and free settlers to South
Australia, was later used to transport Canadian convicts to New South Wales
and Tasmania.
That the first Lutheran College and Seminary in the Southern Hemisphere was
opened at Lobethal in the Adelaide Hills in 1845.
That South Australia was the first to appoint an Archivist. In 1919 George
Henry Pitt was appointed to that position by the South Australian Public
Library Board.
Kangaroo Island
Captain Matthew Flinders, and his hungry crew
members, discovered Kangaroo Island on 2
March 1802. They found no inhabitants but
were compensated for this by the discovery of
what they needed most of all - fresh food! In his
journal Flinders recorded, 'the whole ship's
company was employed this afternoon in the
skinning and cleaning of kangaroos. After four
months' privation they stewed half a
hundredweight of heads, forequarters and tails
down into soup for dinner, on this and the
succeeding days, and as much steak given,
moreover to both officers and men as they
could consume by day and night. In gratitude
for so seasonable a supply, I named this south
Kangaroo Island
The human history of the island, which started many thousands of
years ago, is rich and colourful. At the same time it is also full of
suffering, endurance, privation, success, failure, courage and bravery.
Its Aboriginal occupation ended about five thousand years ago and was
not renewed until the early 1800's when escaped convicts, from New
South Wales and Tasmania, whalers and sealers kidnapped Aboriginal
women from the mainland and forced them to live with them on the
Map of Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island
No sooner had Flinders left the island or it was visited, circumnavigated and
mapped, by the French Captain Nicholas Baudin who named it L'Isle
Decres. Kangaroo Island only just escaped being a French colony!! A year
later a group of American sealers, under command of Captain Pemberton,
arrived aboard the brig Union and established themselves at what is now
known as American River. They stayed for four months to build their new
ship and kill as many seals, for their skins, as possible. The sailors sawed
timber from the local pine trees near Pelican Lagoon and carried out the first
ship building enterprise in South Australia. The first official settler at
American River was Frank Potts. This boat builder arrived in 1842 but
eventually returned to the mainland and established vineyards at Langhorne
Kangaroo Island
When the Americans left in their 35 ton schooner Independence, Kangaroo Island
remained a favourite hunting ground for this commodity and between 1806 and
1836 it was not only occupied by whalers and sealers for short periods but also
permanently by runaway convicts, ship deserters, farmers and other settlers. They
made their living by hunting, fishing, skin and salt trading and even growing some
vegetables. A report of 1819 described the islanders as 'complete savages, living in
bark huts, clothed in kangaroo skins and smelling like foxes'.
A similar report was written by Major Lockyer in 1827. He wrote, 'The lawless
manner in which these sealing gangs are ranging about requires some immediate
measures to control them. From what I have learnt and witnessed, they are a
complete set of pirates going from island to island along the southern coast,
making occasional descents on the mainland and carrying off by force females.
The great scene of villainy is at Kangaroo Island, where, to use the terms of one of
them, a great number of graves are to be seen, and where some desperate
characters are, many of them runaways from Sydney and Van Dieman's Land'.
Kangaroo Island
For many years the island's white beaches were stained with the blood
of tens of thousands of whales, seals, kangaroos, wallabies and
possums. For a few years there was a whaling station at Point Tinline.
Both the seals and kangaroos were almost hunted to extinction. During
Captain George Sutherland's short stay on the island in 1819, more
than 4500 seals and 1500 kangaroos were killed for their skins or meat.
As late as the 1950s seals were killed for shark bait. The Kangaroo
Island Emu was wiped out by the 1830s.
In his report to the South Australian Company Sutherland wrote, 'This
large island containing the finest pastures, with timber suited for ship
and house building, will afford secure protection'. It was probably,
among the whaling and sealing prospects, a contributory factor in the
settlement of the island by the company.
Kangaroo Island
The Rapid
When Colonel William Light arrived on the brig Rapid in August 1836, Dr
John Woodforde recorded in his diary 'There must have been a great
mortality among the kangaroos on this Isle since Flinder's time or he must
have mistaken the wallaby for them as we have not seen one and the
sealers say there are none'.
One of the island's most famous and colourful charactors was Henry
Wallen, better known as 'The Governor'. He settled near Cygnet River in
1816 and was the first farmer in South Australia to raise a crop. With the
arrival of Captain Morgan on the barque Duke of York on 27 July 1836 at
Kingscote, Wallen's governorship came to an end. It was replaced by
Samuel Stephens, manager of the South Australian Company.
Woodforde reported that Wallen had a farm about thirteen kilometres up
the river which 'does him great credit as he has several acres of flourishing
wheat and most of the English vegetables. He has also two native wives'.
Kangaroo Island
The South Australian Company had its money printed
before arriving on Kangaroo Island.
When the Duke of York anchored at Nepean Bay, the Beare family of six
where among its migrants. Within hours of arrival, Lucy Beare gave birth to a
girl. Sadly she died after only two days. When Lucy had another daughter a
year later, the daughter survived but Lucy died. The first settlement at Reeves
Point lasted for nearly four years when it was abandoned by the South
Australian Company in favour of Adelaide. However Kingscote survived, as
did one of the Mulberry trees planted in 1836 in the Company's garden.
The first school in South Australia was established on Kangoroo Island by
Captain Bromley who lived on the island until 19 May 1839. During this time
he instructed some twenty children under a tree until he had built a hut for
them. When appointed Protector of Aborigines he moved to the mainland.
Among Kangaroo Island's earliest industries, apart from the whaling and
sealing, were shipbuilding, salt harvesting, quarrying and the production of
eucalyptus oil.
Kangaroo Island
The first of many shipwrecks, after official occupation of the island,
was at Hog Bay Reef where the locally built William sank in 1847. The
first lighthouse in South Australia, at Cape Willoughby, started
operating in 1852. This was followed in 1858 by one at Cape Borda,
155 metres above sea level and manually operated until 1989. The
Lighthouse at Cape Du Couedic was not started until 1909. The
materials for the building, and later the goods for the keepers, were
supplied from nearby Weirs Cove. At first they were carried 90 metres
up the cliffs until 1907 when a flying fox was used.
Since the sinking of the William, more than fifty shipwrecks have been
recorded around the island. The largest was the 5,800 ton Portland
Maru in 1935. It began taking water near Cape Du Couedic before
finally sinking at Cape Torrens.
Views of Kangaroo Island
Victor Harbour
Named in 1838 by Governor Gawler after HMS Victor,
commanded by Captain Richard Crozier, who surveyed the
area in 1837. That same year a whaling station was
established on Granite Island, managed by Captain
Blenkinsopp. The first ship to load at Victor Harbor was the
Goshawk taking on a cargo of whale oil in 1838. Although
one of the very first harbours in South Australia, the town
did not come into being until 1863 when it was surveyed as a
private town by L.J. Hyndman.
Warrawong Earth Sancturary
Ecotourism at its best! Warrawong is totally unique
and offers the ultimate wildlife experience! See
endangered animals thriving in their natural habitat
as it was 200 years ago with experienced,
professional guides. Tours are 90 minutes in
duration. Dawn tours take you on a journey into the
misty rainforest with honeyeaters and lorikeets
trailing along in the canopy. Day tours depart at 2.00
pm on weekends and public holidays to explore
special wildlife habitats. Dusk tours departures vary
according to sunset times to experience the famous
Australian nocturnal wildlife waking up. All walks
meander along walking trails, and follow
boardwalks around the Platypus lakes. Bookings are
essential for all guided tours, just contact
Warrawong Earth Sanctuary for costs, times and any
other details. (http://www.warrawong.com)
Map of Victor Harbor
Victor Harbour
During the early days of settlement, Victor Harbour was
considered as the site for the colony's capital by several of its
influential citizens, including Governor Hindmarsh. As an ex
navy man Hindmarsh was anxious that sailors should report
any parts of the coastline which might offer protection for
In 1838 it was reported that the land was extremely rich, and
the site most picturesque, and well calculated for a town. It
was bounded by two rivers from seventeen to thirty metres
wide, and navigable for boats three to five kilometres. We
consider this site the most eligible that we have seen so far in
the colony for the first town. However six months later
another report stated that the plan for a proposed town was
utterly useless and absurd.
Victor Harbour
The first thirty-four settlers arrived with the Rev Ridgeway
W. Newland in 1839 and settled at Yelki, near the Bluff.
Newland was regarded as a man of good standing and
character. Life was very hard for these early pioneers and
they had to overcome many problems. They were forced to
live in tents for nearly two years before the first houses were
built. Land for farming, covered with giant blue gums, was
hard to clear. As early as 1840 Lutheran Missionary H.
Meyer had established a school for the local Aborigines, to
give them some European Education'. He was later
transferred to Bethany in the Barossa Valley.
Victor Harbour
During the early 1840s, Newland cultivated
his land with the help of his family and
some Aborigines. They ploughed, sowed
and reaped and had made enough progress
for the Adelaide Observer to conclude that
the Aboriginal race was capable of a high
degree of civilised life.
From its early days the town had close
connections with Goolwa and the River
Murray. After 1850 river steamers carried
wool and wheat up and down the river to
Goolwa but could not make it through the
river mouth to the sea. Instead goods had to
be transported to the nearest sea port which
was Victor Harbor.
Victor Harbour
Port facilities created employment with many workers needed to load
and unload the cargo from ships, trains or bullock wagons. Once there
was a small community other services followed rapidly. Soon there were
the usual churches, hotel, school, post office and police station. In
August 1863 two bridges, one over the Hindmarsh and the other across
the Inman River, were opened making it much easier for people to visit
the town.
During that year several stone houses
were built and a year later a telegraph
station and large railway sheds to cater
for the traffic on the original horse
drawn railway. With increasing traffic a
new jetty and a breakwater were built
but when the town of Morgan was
connected by rail to Adelaide in 1880,
Victor Harbor ceased to be a port.
Victor Harbour
Even so, Victor Harbor continued to grow despite the loss of
the river trade. With the hinterland now well established,
farmers and graziers came to Victor to buy or sell their
goods. When connected by rail to Adelaide the town and
harbour became a tourist attraction which has kept on
growing to such an extent that today Victor Harbor is one of
the major tourist destinations in South Australia.
Getting Around Adelaide
An airport bus runs from the airport to city hotels and hostels
- the bus also calls in at the interstate train station. Adelaide
has an integrated local transport system that includes
metropolitan buses and trains, as well as the tram which
operates between the city centre and Glenelg, and the OBahn busway which runs on concrete tracks between the city
centre and the Tea Tree Plaza shopping centre. The airport is
8km (5mi) west of the city and is serviced by an airport bus.
Adelaide is a relatively cyclist-friendly city, with good
cycling tracks and bicycle lanes on many city streets.
Getting to Adelaide
Virtually all visitors to Australia arrive by air. The main international airports
are Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, followed by Perth, Adelaide, Hobart,
Darwin and Cairns. There are plenty of connections to Asia, Europe and the
USA, but Australia's remoteness makes flights relatively expensive and long.
Australia's current international popularity also means that many flights are
heavily booked. Make plans well in advance. Departure tax on international
flights is US$19. This tax is collected by travel agents and entered on your
airline ticket.
Getting to Adelaide
International flights arrive in Adelaide from all over the world, many of them
flying directly to the city. Australia's two airlines fly into Adelaide from
every other capital city, although you may have to make a stopover if you're
coming from Brisbane or Sydney - Adelaide is a long way from Australia's
other capitals, so flying is often the best option.
Bus travel is cheaper than flying, but be prepared for a long haul. Services
run to all major cities - you can go with one of the major lines and do the
quick-but-dull trip, or take a smaller bus and meander around a bit. Buses
also run to Alice Springs and to regional centres in South Australia. Interstate
trains run from Adelaide to Alice Springs, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.
Adelaide Orientation
Adelaide sits on the eastern shore of Gulf St Vincent, in the far south of South
Australia. The streets of Adelaide's central business district follow a grid pattern,
which makes it very easy for visitors to find their way around. Victoria Square sits in
the centre of the grid, and the main street, King William, runs through it. Although
not the geographical centre of town, Rundle Mall is the shopping centre of the city,
with the big department stores - Rundle St's eastern end has some of the city centre's
best dining and boutique shopping. North Terrace, running parallel to Rundle St, is
the city's cultural centre, a grand boulevard lined with a gallery, museum, state
library and university. The River Torrens separates the city centre from North
Adelaide, and a green belt of parkland surrounds both areas.
The Adelaide airport is about 6km (3.7mi) west of the city centre, the interstate train
terminal is just south-west of the city centre in the suburb of Keswick, and interstate
buses arrive at Central, almost smack in the middle of town. Most hostels are in the
south-eastern corner of the city centre; Hindley St in the city has mid-range options,
North Terrace has the top-end hotels. Rundle St, Hindley St and North Terrace are the
main food centres.
There are several bushwalking clubs in the Adelaide area
which organise weekend walks in the Mt Lofty Ranges.
There is good sailing all along the Adelaide shoreline of the
Gulf of St Vincent. Beaches close to the city, such as
Seacliff, Brighton, Somerton and Glenelg offer excellent
swimming, though you have to go a litte further afield for
surfing. There's an artificial reef designed for divers off
Glenelg beach. You can go ice-skating or skiing year-round
at the indoor rink and slope in Thebarton.
South Australian Museum
This museum, which has a huge whale skeleton in the front
window, is one of Adelaide's landmarks. Although its
primarily a natural history museum, with the usual array of
stuffed, glassy-eyed critters, it also has a good collection of
Aboriginal artefacts, including an Aboriginal Dreamtime
exhibition. You'll find the museum on North Terrace.
Other museums nearby include the excellent Migration
Museum, which tells the story of groups from over 100
nationalities who've migrated to South Australia, and the
University's Museum of Classical Archaeology, which has
a fascinating collection of antiquities dating from the third
millennium BC.
Art Gallery of SA
The free Art Gallery, next to the South
Australian Museum, contains one of
the nation's most comprehensive
collections of Australian, Asian and
European art. It boasts the largest
display of Australian art, including a
fine selection of paintings by great
colonial and contemporary Australian
artists. There's a magnificent collection
of South-East Asian ceramics, and a
lovely display of decorative arts.The
gallery also has the second-largest
collection of Rodin sculptures in the
Festival Centre
Looking uncannily like a squared-off version of the Sydney
Opera House, the Festival Centre is the home of the
Adelaide Festival. Inside, there is a variety of performance
spaces and galleries, and there are free rock concerts in the
outside amphitheatre on Sundays during summer. One of the
most pleasant aspects of the Festival Centre is its riverside
setting; people picnic on the grass out the front and
paddleboats can be hired nearby.
The magnificent white, sandy beach here is the most popular in Adelaide,
despite the occasional rumour of giant white pointer sharks. There's not
much in the way of surf, but the swimming is certainly pleasant. If sand
holds no interest for you, head for the shooting games, scary rides and
test-your-luck machines of Glenelg's old-style amusement park. Just
east of the ferris wheels you find the more modern fun of Magic
Mountain, with its waterslides, mini-golf and arcade games.
For the more seriously minded, Glenelg holds a number of
relics from Adelaide's early days. The Old Gum Tree marks
the spot where the proclamation of South Australia was read
in 1836. A replica of the HMS Buffalo, the ship which
brought the first settlers, is moored in Glenelg's boat
harbour. On board you'll find one of the city's best seafood
restaurants, and a museum telling the story of the ship's
voyage from England to South Australia. A vintage tram runs
from the city centre right to Glenelg beach.
Off the Beaten Track
The oldest surviving German settlement in Australia, Hahndorf, 29km
(18mi) south-east of Adelaide, is a popular day trip. Settled in 1839 by
Lutherans who left Prussia to escape religious persecution, Hahndorf still
has an honorary burgermeister (mayor). These days it's a major tourist
attraction, with more stuffed koalas than you can shake a eucalyptus leaf at.
There are many old German-style buildings in town. The German Arms
Hotel dates from 1839 and is one of the best pubs in the Adelaide hills. The
Hahndorf Academy was established in 1857 and houses an art gallery,
craft shop and museum, with several paintings by Sir Hans Heysen, the
famous landscape artist who lived in the town for many years. If you're
keen to indulge in a stein or seven, visit the town on Founders Day, held
over a weekend in March. Buses run to Hahndorf from Adelaide several
times a day.
Off the Beaten Track
McLaren Vale
Although the Barossa Valley is the best-known of South Australia's
winery destinations, McLaren Vale is much more accessible from
Adelaide. The area is particularly well-suited to red wines, but a trend
towards white wine consumption in the tasteful 70s prompted growers to
stick in a few of the paler grapes. There are around two dozen wineries
with cellar-door sales in the McLaren Vale area and about 50 in the
surrounding countryside. The first winery was established here in 1838,
and plenty of plonk-sellers still reside in fine old buildings.
The McLaren Vale Wine Bushing Festival goes on in late October, with
wine tastings and tours, finished off with a grand feast. During the
festival a bus runs between the wineries, so you can tipple to your heart's
content without worrying about driving. Around three buses a day do the
30km (19mi) trip south to McLaren Vale.
Map of Australia
Australian Culture
Australia is a multicultural society. Until WWII, Australians
were predominantly of British and Irish descent, but that has
changed dramatically. Large immigrations from Greece, Italy,
Yugoslavia, Lebanon and Turkey followed the war and have
been supplemented by more recent influxes of immigrants
from Asia. There are also about 230,000 Aborigines and Torres
Strait Islanders. Many Australians speak Italian, Greek,
Lebanese, Vietnamese or Turkish as a first language. Englishspeaking Australians are liable to use a hotchpotch of
indigenous slang and shortened words that often makes their
speech impenetrable.
Australian Culture
Australia has a rich artistic heritage and a vibrant contemporary art
scene. Aboriginal rock carvings and paintings date back at least
30,000 years. European settlers began to produce distinctively
Australian art forms towards the end of the 19th century. Australia's
mid-20th century artists were world figures (Sidney Nolan, Arthur
Boyd, Patrick White) and its modern practitioners have excelled in
painting (Brett Whiteley, Fred Williams), literature (Peter Carey,
Thomas Keneally), opera (Joan Sutherland), film (Peter Weir, Bruce
Beresford, George Miller, Gillian Armstrong), acting (Mel Gibson,
Nicole Kidman) comedy (Barry Humphries), dance (Graeme
Murphy, Paul Mercurio) and popular music (Nick Cave, INXS,
Midnight Oil, silverchair). Modern Aboriginal art has undergone a
revival in the last decade as Aboriginal artists have explored ways to
both preserve their ancient values and share them with a wider
Australian Culture
Sport is the Australian religion and Aussies are worldbeaters in
cricket, rugby league, rugby union, swimming and cycling.
Other popular sports are basketball, yachting, soccer and
Aussie Rules - a unique Australian sport, similar to Gaelic
football. The Olympic Games were held in Sydney in 2000,
and were declared by IOC head Juan Antonio Samaranch the
best Games ever.
Australian Environment
Australia is a vast island continent situated south of Indonesia and
Papua New Guinea between the Pacific and Indian oceans. The world's
sixth largest country, Australia measures some 4000km (2500mi) east
to west and 3200km (2000mi) north to south. Much of the interior of
the country is flat, barren and extremely sparsely populated. The bulk
of the population lives on the narrow, fertile eastern coastal plain and
on the south-eastern coast. The continent-long Great Dividing Range
runs north-south down the eastern seaboard, separating the coastal
plain from the drier inland areas. The Great Barrier Reef lies between
50-300km (30-185mi) offshore and extends 2000km (1240mi) from
the Torres Strait to Gladstone.
Australian Environment
Australia is blessed with a fascinating mix of native flora and fauna. Its
distinctive plants include the ubiquitous gum tree or eucalypt, of which
there are some 700 species. Other common plants are wattle, banksia,
waratahs, bottlebrushes, paperbarks and tea trees. Endemic animals
include the iconic kangaroo, koala and emu, and the platypus, echidna,
possum, wombat and dingo. There are also a number of interesting
birds, such as parrots, cockatoos and kookaburras. Fauna to be wary of
include Australian spiders (especially the redback and funnel-web),
snakes (notably the venomous brown, tiger, death adder, copperhead
and red-bellied black varieties) and both salt and freshwater
crocodiles. There are more than 500 national parks, incorporating
rainforests, deserts, mountain ranges and coastal dunes.
Australian Environment
Australian seasons are the antithesis of those in Europe and North
America: summer starts in December, autumn in March, winter in June
and spring in September. Seasonal variations are not extreme and it's
rare for temperatures to drop below zero on the mainland except in the
mountains. As you head north, the seasonal variations become even
less distinct. Darwin, in the far north, is in the monsoon belt, where
there are just two seasons: hot and wet, and hot and dry.
The southern states are popular during the summer months, but the
best time to visit is probably the shoulder seasons of spring or autumn
when the weather in the south is mild, Queensland is still warm, the
humidity is not too draining in the north and there are less flies in the
bush. Spring in the outback can be spectacular if rains encourage
Facts for Travellers
Visas: Every nationality except New Zealanders need visas.
Tourists visas are generally valid for six months and cost
US$22. Visas for less than three months are free.
Health risks: Sunburn, spider bites, snake bites
Time: There are three time zones: Eastern Standard Time is
UTC plus 10 hours; Central Time is UTC plus 9.5 hours; and
Western Time UTC plus eight hours.
Electricity: 220-240V
Weights & measures: metric
Money & Costs
Currency: Australian dollar
Relative Costs: Meals
Budget: US$3-5 Mid-range: US$5-15 Top-end: US$15 and upwards
Budget: US$6-15 Mid-range: US$15-60 Top-end: US$60 and upwards
If you're coming from Europe or the USA, Australia is going to look pretty
cheap. Food, in particular, is great value. Accommodation is also reasonably
priced, and if you're staying in hostels or on-site caravans or camping, and
mostly making your own meals you could conceivably get by on about US$18 a
day. Travel will be your biggest expense - distances are long, so if you're
moving around a bit, eating out once or twice a day and staying in low-end
hotels, budget around US$50 a day. If you're only coming for a couple of weeks
and plan to take a few internal flights, you'll be looking at more like US$100 a
Money & Costs
You'll have no problems changing foreign currencies or cash at almost any
bank or exchange agent. Travellers cheques generally get a better rate than
cash. Credit cards are widely accepted (and pretty much compulsory if
you're going to rent a car), and ATMs all over the country accept credit and
Cirrus cards.
Tipping is getting a foothold in Australia, particularly in cafes and
restaurants in the bigger cities - 10-15% is the usual. However, you won't
be looked down upon if you don't tip. Taxi drivers are always grateful if
you leave the change.
Belair National Park
If you're interested in early South Australian History, why not visit Old
Government House, the summer residence of our states early
Governor's. This living piece of history, with it's magnificent gardens, is
open between 12:30 pm and 4:00 pm on Sundays and Public Holidays.
A small entrance fee is charged. Special bookings can be made for
weddings, school group and bus tours.
Fancy a game of tennis, cricket or football? We've got a ground to suit
and 54 courts available in a variety of natural settings. Belair has always
been Adelaide's favourite bushland playground so bring the family soon
and enjoy getting back to nature.
Belair National Park
Belair National Park is open every day from 8:00 am and closes just
before sunset. There is an admission fee per vehicle of $6.00 (price
includes GST) and there are not too many places where you can
experience so much for such a small cost. For further information and
enquiries please call:
The Information Officer on (08) 8278 5477.
For bookings please contact the booking office on (08) 8278 8279.
Belair National Park
Cleland Wildlife Park
Cleland Wildlife Park is nestled in the
beautiful natural bushland of the Adelaide
Hills, only 25 minutes drive from the
Adelaide city centre.
Cleland is about getting close to nature and
enjoying the opportunity to interact with
Australian animals such as Kangaroos,
Koalas and emus and see favourites like the
wombats, dingos and many reptile species.
The park also has a variety of rare and
endangered species such as the Yellowfooted Rock Wallaby, Southern Stone
Curlew and Brush-tailed Bettong.
Cleland Wildlife Park
While at Cleland, why not join an Aboriginal guide on a Cultural Tour of the
Yurridla Aboriginal Trail, bringing to life Dreaming stories of dingoes, emus,
koalas and Yurrabilla, the creation ancestor, or even a nightwalk, uncovering
the secrets of the bush (bookings are essential for both tours).
You can pack a picnic, have a BBQ, or enjoy the view of the Rainbow
Lorikeets feeding as you dine in the Cleland Café.
Opening times are from 9.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. daily, no admission after 4.30
p.m. We are open 7 days per week but do close on Christmas day.
Contact Us
Visit Us: at Summit Road, Mt Lofty, in the Adelaide Hills Region of South
Australia (Via the South Eastern Freeway, take the Crafers exit or Via
Snail Mail Us:PO Box 245, STIRLING, South Australia 5152
Phone Us: 61(0)8 8339 2444
On the web: www.cleland.sa.gov.au
Southern Right Wales
The Head of Bight was visited in 1998 by over 100 southern right
whales. The whales are usually present from late May to early
October and can be viewed from the spectacular cliffs. Victor Harbor
is also a favoured spot for the whales and is usually visited by
several whales each season.
The Whale Trail
The southern right
whale trail is a trail of
interactive signs dotted
around the South
Australian coast. Each
sign has a different
theme and features a
"rubbing panel". By
placing a piece of paper
over the panel and
rubbing with a soft
pencil you can collect
an image. There are ten
to collect at the
locations shown on the
Is a beautiful heritage
garden with many fine
trees and historic
buildings located at the
eastern end of North
Terrace, within easy
walking distance of the
Adelaide City centre.
•Restored C19 Palm House - thought to
be the only one of its kind in the world.
•Formal rose garden.
•Australian native plants and
the Australian Forest
•Wisteria arbors
•Restaurant and Kiosk open
every day
Free guided walks with the
Garden Guides leave from under
the Plane trees outside the
Restaurant at 10.30am.
Tropical rainforest in the world
renowned Bicentennial Conservatory.
Jam Factory
JamFactory Contemporary Craft and
Design is Australia's unique, integrated
organisation for the design, production,
exhibition and sale of work by both
leading and emerging Australian
designer / makers. In 1998 it celebrated
25 years of successful operation.
A career development and professional
training organisation, the
accomplishments of JamFactory's
artists and designers have gained an
international reputation for quality and
creativity. The emphasis is on fostering
the best in South Australian craft and
Festival Theatre
The Centre comprise four theatre venues the Festival Theatre, The Playhouse, The
Space and the Amphitheatre - and we also
manage Her Majesty's Theatre, a heritagelisted building in the centre of the city. We
present about half of all the performances in
these venues with the rest being presented
by other arts organisations, private
promoters and community groups who hire
the theatres.
The Festival Theatre is the largest proscenium arch theatre in Adelaide,
seating close to 2000 people. It was designed as both a lyric theatre and
concert hall, and is used not only for theatrical productions and large
concerts, but also for graduation ceremonies, seminars and many other
functions. Its huge backstage area makes the stage area one of the
largest in the southern hemisphere and a hot favourite of companies with
large sets.
Central Market
Central Market, buzzing with sounds, colours and wonderous smells is truly
the destination for foodies.
Offering not only fresh fruit and vegetables, most of which are grown within
1 hours drive of the Market, you will also find one of the largest ranges of
meat and fish along with gourmet specialities introduced by the waves of
immigrants and their families who call Adelaide home. Every stall has its
own special story making your visit to the Adelaide Central Market a
fantastic journey.
It's more than a market, it's unique to South Australia!
Contact Details
For more information on the Market and its activities, please contact the
City of Adelaide Customer Centre. Phone: (+61) 8 8203 7203.
After Customer Centre Hours (8.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday),
please contact the Adelaide Central Market on (+61) 8 8203 7494.
Email: centmkt@camtech.nete.au
Adelaide City Walk
Enjoy Adelaide on foot with this 3 hour city walk - follow the route
indicated via Rundle Mall and North Terrace starting at:
1. HOLY TRINITY CHURCH - The State's oldest church, features a
fully restored clock.
Australian design and manufacture: jewellery, furniture, ceramics
and glass on exhibition and for sale.
3. ADELLA GALLERY - Authentic aboriginal art and craft.
4. TATTERSALLS HOTEL Est. 1882 - Kelly's Heritage Bar-with
original period decor.
5. THE BEEHIVE CORNER - Adelaide's historic retail and social
icon, now under-going restoration until September '98.
7. RUTHVEN MANSIONS - Adelaide's oldest apartment block, built
in 1911.
8. SCOTS CHURCH - Built in 1850.
9. TANDANYA - Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Museum and Gallery.
10.AYERS HOUSE - A stately house open to the public, formerly the
home of Sir Henry & Lady Ayers (State Premier for 7 terms)
Adelaide City Walk
18.NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL. Erected in 1931.
19.GOVERNMENT HOUSE. The oldest part dates back to
21.PARLIAMENT HOUSE - The first part, the western
portion opened in 1889. The remainder was completed in
22.OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE - South Australia's original
Parliament House.
23.ADELAIDE CASINO - in the Adelaide Railway Building
built in 1928.
Conference Information
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Look forward to seeing you Adelaide in 2002
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