National Reconciliation Week (NRW) has been held in Australia every year between May 27 and June 3 since 1996. It provides the opportunity for all Australians to reflect on the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.
You may have been born overseas, but now that you’re here we consider you an Adelaidian. Welcome! Life is fairly laid back in Adelaide, but if you dig a little deeper in this peaceful city you’ll unearth all sorts of interesting secrets. We want to let you in on them.
These days the city is in the midst of a new cultural explosion. Edgy bars and eateries are springing up all over the place - head over to the Peel Street district off Hindley for example and explore the laneways. Long time favourites, the Central Market and Chinatown district are always buzzing. And all sorts of new markets and pop-up shops are showcasing the talents and wares of young creative entrepreneurs (wander through the ‘Renew Adelaide’ shops in Regent Arcade or the Flinders Street Market, for example). It’s no wonder Lonely Planet recently recognised Adelaide as one of the world's top 10 cities to visit.
You’ll find that Adelaide offers a whole lot of major arts and sporting events throughout the year, including WOMAD, the Festival of Arts, The Clipsal 500 and the Tour Down Under, plus much more. For more information on places to see in South Australia, see South Australian Tourism.
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Getting around Adelaide is easy whether on foot, by tram, bus, train, bike or car. For more information about how to get to uni, check out Parking and Transport.
Adelaide has a wide range of shopping options, from the city centre, to large suburban shopping mall complexes and local area shopping strips. All will offer you a variety of choices, whether you’re looking for groceries, fashion, household goods or entertainment.
Food and groceries
Your local supermarket will offer a wide range of foods and general household groceries. Markets are a great way to buy fresh, seasonal produce at bargain prices: the Adelaide Central Market is an institution (and located next to Chinatown), or you might like to the try the Farmers Market at Wayville. For super cheap veggies head over to the Gepps Cross Markets early on a Sunday.
Adelaide also offers a wide range of specialty grocers. Head to Chinatown in the city for Asian foods. Prospect Road in Kilburn has Afghan supermarkets and fantastic kebabs. Mercato in Campbelltown stocks all things Italian.
A list of halal food suppliers, restaurants and eateries in the Adelaide metropolitan area can be found in Study Adelaide's Muslim students' guide to Adelaide (PDF 800kb). For further information contact the Halal Helpline on 1300 307 337.
You can buy clothes just about anywhere (with K-mart and Target being a good source for basics), but when locals are looking for a bargain they head to Harbourtown, where many different brands have low cost outlet shops. Otherwise, Rundle Mall in the city, or one of the many suburban Westfield malls, each have a big range of fashion retailers for you to browse through.
You can always find an open restaurant somewhere in the city, and 24-hour convenience stores are located all over the place, including in suburban petrol stations. However, most retailers and grocers keep to standardised shopping hours.
City centre shopping hours
|Monday to Thursday||9.00am to 7.00pm|
|Friday||9.00am to 9.00pm|
|Saturday||9.00am to 5.00pm|
|Sunday||11.00am to 5.00pm|
Suburban shopping hours
In the suburbs shops usually close at 5.00pm except on Thursdays when they are open until 9.00pm.
Most supermarkets in the suburbs are open until 9.00pm on week nights and 5.00pm Saturdays, and from 11.00am till 5.00pm on Sundays. Check with your local supermarket for hours.
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Here are some must-dos during your time in Adelaide - including a few South Aussie secrets.