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Hiring a car from Adelaide airport

Adelaide Airport is one of few that offers something for everyone as soon as you leave the terminal. If you want an urban experience, head east out of the car park towards the centre of the city. If you want to keep it rural, head south for any of the national parks. For dudes and dudettes looking for the beach - head west.

Why pick up a car rental at Adelaide Airport?

That all important first mile - driving out of the airport:

60-second guide to Adelaide airport

in its own head

"As the capital of South Australia, we’ve got not just great arts, culture and historical sites for tourists to visit, but beautiful beaches too. Anyone who underestimates Adelaide is missing out.”

but more realistically

While it's fair to say Sydney and Melbourne are a little more cosmopolitan, Adelaide isn't far behind the big two when it comes to cultural attractions. From galleries showcasing Aboriginal artefacts to world-class sports facilities, this coastal hub offers plenty of inspiration.

the vibe

Long, lush beachfront areas are no doubt one of the reasons why Adelaide ranks in The Economist's top 10 most livable cities. Board shorts and barbecues are a way of life!

the natives

Adelaideans are a sporty bunch and the city has produced some of Australia's greatest athletes over the years - notable examples include cricket legends Ian Chappell and Jason Gillespie, US Open-champion Geoff Ogilvy and former world number-one tennis player, Lleyton Hewitt.

the weather

Winters are mild and occasionally drizzly, but during the summer months (December to February) temperatures frequently hit 35°C. Pack sunblock and rent a car with air conditioning.

the local speciality

There are a huge number of restaurants in Adelaide and you'll find just about every cuisine under the sun here - from Japanese and South East Asian to European. But of course, being by the sea you'd be foolish not to sample some freshly caught fish.

the celebrity

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch, a recipient of the City Keys, ran his first newspaper in Adelaide in the 1950s.

did you know?

The largest festive parade in the world takes place in Adelaide each year. During the Christmas Pageant, people line the streets to watch a procession of floats, bands and countless clowns, dancers and performers as they make their way through the city.

they say

"Festivals and food. Arts and culture. Shopping and sports. This is Adelaide - the Australian city where there's always something on." - South Australia Tourist Commission

Adelaide airport Q&A

Where are the car hire desks?

Once you've stretched your legs and picked up your luggage, turn around and the car hire desks are right behind you.

What should I buy at duty free?

In a hot climate where you can spend days on the road, you can never have too many smellies. For a great range of fragrances, pop to any of the duty free stores on the first or second floor.

Are there any cashpoints?

There are a number of cash machines located around the building as well as three Travelex stores for changing currency.

Where's the best place to eat?

For local flavour, visit 'icons of South Australia'. You just can't pass through this Airport without trying a smorgasboard of some of their gourmet delicacies.

The secret tip

Border Control in Australia take quarantine very seriously. That harmless looking apple, egg and cress sandwich or puppy you popped in your bag at home will get you in a lot of trouble at the airport. Fill in your customs declaration honestly and ask about anything you're unsure about before trying to get through the airport.

Adelaide airport the gateway to...

The City

Distance: 4 miles

Capital of Southern Australia, Adelaide has all that you'd expect from a world class city. It's a great place to refresh yourself from the flight and stock up on supplies for the open road. Pop to Central Market for tasty picnic foods, then head to the Botanic Garden to tuck in and watch the world go by.

Kangaroo Island

Distance: 65 MILES TO THE SEALINK CROSSING

Drive across to Kangaroo Island from Cape Jervis on the Sealink ferry. Kangaroos are cute, bouncy, high in protein and low in fat - what's not to like? It's not surprising to see kangaroo on the menu, but check them out in their unspoilt habitat here. This island is a haven for wildlife.

West Beach

Distance : 2.5 Miles

Wear your swimsuit on the plane and rub white sand between your toes within ten minutes of leaving the airport. Refresh yourself from the flight with a swim and snorkel in the Southern Ocean or grab a bite to eat at the beachsideZootz Kitchen Bar.

Adelaide airport the gateway to...

The City

Distance: 4 miles

Capital of Southern Australia, Adelaide has all that you'd expect from a world class city. It's a great place to refresh yourself from the flight and stock up on supplies for the open road. Pop to Central Market for tasty picnic foods, then head to the Botanic Garden to tuck in and watch the world go by.

Kangaroo Island

Distance: 65 MILES TO THE SEALINK CROSSING

Drive across to Kangaroo Island from Cape Jervis on the Sealink ferry. Kangaroos are cute, bouncy, high in protein and low in fat - what's not to like? It's not surprising to see kangaroo on the menu, but check them out in their unspoilt habitat here. This island is a haven for wildlife.

West Beach

Distance : 2.5 Miles

Wear your swimsuit on the plane and rub white sand between your toes within ten minutes of leaving the airport. Refresh yourself from the flight with a swim and snorkel in the Southern Ocean or grab a bite to eat at the beachsideZootz Kitchen Bar.