Adelaide is the capital city of South Australia and is one of the biggest planned cities in the world. Adelaide is the site of many governmental and financial institutions as well as historic buildings such as Ayers House, Beehive Corner, Edmund Wright House and Light Square. Adelaide is globally known for its many festivals and sporting events. It is also well known for its beautiful sandy beaches and other natural attractions. Muslim travelers will feel quite at home in Adelaide. The city has a sizeable Muslim population and hence has quite a few mosques and Halal restaurants in and around the city, making it relatively Muslim friendly.
One of the attractions popular with tourists is the Morialta Conservation Park. It is a public reserve north-east of Adelaide, known for its beautiful scenery, seasonal waterfalls and for the fact that it is set in a rugged bush environment. It offers a wide variety of activities for visitors; bushwalking, bird watching and rock climbing, to name a few. There are also several different trails that visitors can take, some of which are perfect for picnics, jogging and so on. In addition to that, visitors, if lucky, are likely to see a koala or two wandering around. It is an ideal place to spend the day at with the family.
The Adelaide Central Market is unique and is the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere. It houses hundreds of specialty shops as well as shops that sell fresh fruits, meats and vegetables, straight from the farm. Muslim visitors are sure to find something truly unique and memorable. Tours are also available, visitors can learn about the history of the market and much more.
Another place that is a must-see is the oldest surviving German settlement in Australia, Hahndorf. Hahndorf is another popular destination where tourists can get caught up by the unique and rustic sights of the area. It is only 20minutes from the CBD and is the perfect place for a day trip. Visitors can go berry picking and pick ripe, delicious berries at Beerenberg farm, all the while enjoying the fresh air and taking in the beautiful countryside.
Visitors can get a serious dose of retail therapy while in Adelaide. There are several malls, shops and boutiques all around the city. If one is looking for an outlet mall, Harbour Town is the place to go. Harbour Town houses a variety of outlet stores and brands as well as supermarkets, cafes and homeware stores. Adelaide Arcade, Rundle Mall, Rundle Street, The Central Market, Chinatown and Tea Tree Plaza are some of the other shopping malls and areas popular with locals and tourists.
The airport that serves Adelaide is the Adelaide Airport. It is the aviation gateway to South Australia and is the fourth-largest domestic airport and sixth-largest international airport in Australia. It is conveniently located approximately 6 km west of the city-centre and is easily accessible by private as well as public transport.
Because of its diverse Muslim culture, there are several Halal restaurants in Adelaide. Bollywood Indian Restaurant, Kamlas Kitchen India, Voshi Bay are just a few of them. However, because of the free availability of pork and alcohol in Adelaide, it is best to double check before dining at any restaurant.
There are several mosques in Adelaide city and its suburbs. Central Adelaide Mosque, Adelaide City Masjid, Masjid Omar Bin Al Khattab, Elizabeth Masjid and Masjid Al-Khalil & Islamic Arabic Centre are just a few of them. Central Adelaide Mosque is one of the main mosques in Adelaide. It has been around for over a 120 years and is thus the oldest major city mosque in Australia.