Adelaide Travel Guide
A funny story for you: while we were at the Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) in Adelaide last week, we had a chance to talk with Qantas CEO Alan Joyce regarding the airline's decision to invest in so many new A380’s, along with what new services Qantas passengers can look forward to soon. We also didn't neglect to inquire about just what makes those first class “suites” (don’t call them seats) so darn expensive!
Though he runs an airline that is practically synonymous with Australia, Joyce is actually an Irishman, and he appeared at ATE, Australia’s major annual travel convention, to make two major announcements in his charming native brogue. Here there are:
The sometimes-forgotten Aussie state of South Australia is getting excited. It's not really because the Tour Down Under cycling event is due to begin on January 18 but more because mega-cyclist Lance Armstrong is flying in to take part.
So far the publicity machine is keeping Armstrong's arrival time in Adelaide a secret to prevent any dramatic scenes. But it's no secret that he's staying at the Adelaide Hilton with all the other competitors, so hanging out there might be the common choice for fans.
The Tour Down Under will start out in Adelaide and continue by visiting a bunch of cute South Australian towns, like the German-influenced Hahndorf out in the vineyard region. Since we can't make it down to South Oz next week we're hoping their YouTube channel will serve up a few snippets of Lance-time for us.
Something must be in the water Down Under (and we don't mean too much pee) because every city's suddenly in a struggle to get their own ferris wheel. Melbourne's Southern Star is due to start turning next month and a ferris wheel in Sydney could start spinning any day too.
But it's the tourists and locals of Adelaide who are most obsessed with the ferris wheel thing. And fair enough, since they've been waiting over two years to see their colorful ferris wheel turn at beachside Glenelg.
Bankruptcy and tricky regulations are apparently to blame but nobody can really say for sure when the ferris wheel will start operating, although early December is the current rumor. Which will probably make it the last new Aussie ferris wheel to open, even though it got planned first. And the wheels keep on turnin'...
· Glenelg Wheel Still Waiting a Turn [Adelaide Now]
· Ferris Wheel Travel: Awaiting the Southern Star [Jaunted]
· Ferris Wheel Travel: Now Sydney Wants One Too [Jaunted]
· Please Tourists, Don't Pee in the Lake [Jaunted]
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We love getting stuff for free, but apparently the red-haired people of Adelaide, South Australia would rather pay to get into the Adelaide Zoo at the moment.
The zoo started a promotion using the Aussie slang term "ranga", a nickname for redheads that derives from the color of the average orangutan. The deal offered free entry to the zoo for all "rangas," but they've toned down the deal now after some complaints.
The good news is that despite the complaints, the zoo decided just to drop the "ranga" title. So red-haired visitors (including those with dyed red hair!) can still get into the zoo for free for the next week. Apparently less than 2 percent of people are redheads but if you're one of them then rush down to Adelaide now. And don't be offended--we're just jealous we can't get in for free.
Singapore Airlines budget offshoot Tiger Airways is defying world trends by continually expanding around the Australasian region, and this week all the news is in the land Down Under. And while it might be a bit exaggerated, it's not that far wrong to agree with Tiger when they say:
Before Tiger Airways came along, it was cheaper for travelers to go overseas than to get around their own country. It was a disgraceful situation but Tiger Airways' low fare revolution has changed that.
Tiger's just announced that they're starting regular Perth to Melbourne flights from October, with opening specials of A$99 ($90) for one-way flights including all taxes--less than half what other airlines would charge at their cheapest. Tiger's also decided to make the South Australian capital Adelaide into its second Aussie base and everyone's waiting to, uh, pounce on the new routes they'll start up there.
· Tiger to Fly Twice a Day Between Melbourne and Perth [Peanuts]
· More Cheap Flights With New Base: Tiger [The Age]
· Tiger Airways Coverage [Jaunted]
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Perhaps the future of green travel is worms. Down at the Adelaide Convention Centre in South Australia they certainly think worms are key: They've just bought an "organic digester" which includes 800,000 worms, who are going to chomp through the 750 pounds of organic waste put out weekly by visitors and travelers passing through the place.
We're not surprised to see this eco-friendly news coming out of Adelaide, home of the world's first solar-powered bus
There's just one catch to this plan, we think: Market yourself too green and nobody will want to unleash all those carbon emissions on the flight in. Instead you'll have to hop on your bike to check out Adelaide's worm farms.
What's cute, green and loves the sun? You probably won't guess that it's Tindo, the world's first fully solar-powered bus which has just started operating in Adelaide, South Australia.
The name Tindo comes from a local Aboriginal word meaning "sun," fairly appropriately as the electric bus gets it energy from solar panels on the roof of the bus station. It takes something like three hours to charge, but fully-powered the bus can travel about 200km (125 miles).
If you want a ride on Tindo, it won't cost you anything all--apart from the fare to fly to Australia, if you're not already there. The bus belongs to the Adelaide Connector bus fleet which provides free shuttle services between the city center and North Adelaide. Apparently the Tindo runs really quietly, but we think it looks so much like a green tree frog that we expect to hear a croak.