Adelaide is the captial city of the state of South Australia, with a population of just over 1 million. Adelaide is known for its relaxed lifestyle,
world-class restaurants and Mediterranean climate. December is summer in Adelaide with average maxima around 27 degrees C and minima around
16 C. However it is not uncommon for the maximum to exceed 40 C so please make sure to bring a hat and sunscreen!
Adelaide is situated between the scenic Adelaide Hills to the east and the Gulf of St. Vincent to the west.
The Gulf provides beautiful sandy beaches along much of Adelaide's 40km-long coastline. Adelaide is also the gateway to Australia's premier
wine-growing regions, the Barossa Valley and the McLaren Vale regions.
For those participants wishing to enjoy some time off during their stay, the following links are good starting points:
South Australian Tourism Comission,
The Australian Dollar (AUD or $A) varies in its value with respect to other currencies. As of 2 June 2006
1 AUD = 0.75 USD (US dollars)
1 AUD = 0.58 EUR (EURO).
1 AUD = 0.40 GBP (UK Pound). Checkout www.x-rates.com for the latest rates.
For air travellers, the city is served by the
Adelaide Airport. It is anticipated that many participants will also
travel to Australia for the XXIII Texas Symposium on Relativistic
Astrophysics (in Melbourne, 11-15 December 2006). Adelaide is a 1 hour domestic flight from Melbourne and flights can be
booked online from several airlines:
Jet Star (NOTE: Jet Star departs Melbourne's Avalon airport, ~60km south-west of Melbourne International Airport)
A reminder that all foreign citizens (New Zealand citizens excepted) are required to obtain a visa before travelling to Australia. Visas can be obained (in many cases) online through the Australian Department of Immigration. The online visa application is known as an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) and in this case it's appropriate to apply for a 'Short Validity Business ETA'. Visas should be obtained AT LEAST 3 WEEKS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE.
Adelaide Airport is about 7km west of the city centre and several transport options are available
to the city:
Taxis - 15 to 20 mins; AUD $20 - $30.
SkyLink Airport Shuttle Bus (stops at several city hotels) - 30 to 45 min; Return AUD $15, One way $7
Adelaide Metro JetBus Regular Buses to/from airport - 30 to 45 min; One ride AUD $3.50, $2.00 (off peak times)
Car hire through major companies such as AVIS, Hertz, and Budget etc. is also available.
For convenience we have pre-booked accomodation (5th to 9th December) at two locations: