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Welcome to Adelaide! We know settling into a new city can be a little daunting and confusing. The Insider is here to help. We have collected articles and recommendations from local and international students who know the city inside out. These students know how to enjoy the city! They know where to find the best nightclubs, cafés, restaurants, markets, shops and everything in between. They have either lived here for a long time or been forced to discover Adelaide by themselves! Throughout the next 100 pages, you will get the ‘inside word’ on how to enjoy Adelaide and its surroundings from those who have done it before. Learn where to go to find the best Aussie beers, incredible outback adventures, wildlife experiences or maybe just a place to see some live music. This is not a survival guide... This is a guide to help you make the most of your time in Adelaide. The Insider Team Remember: Join our Facebook group!


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32 Eating Out Nightlife


60 Explore Events

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Getting Around

Understanding the public transport system is a confusing experience. Depending on where you live in Adelaide, public transportation may be a big or a small part of your daily routine. The good news is that the transport system in Adelaide is very simple. There are trains, trams and buses, and you can use the same ticket on all three. The tram line from Glenelg to the City used to finish at Victoria Square in the CBD, but it has recently been extended down to the UniSA City West campus on North Terrace, past the Adelaide Train Station. This makes it easy for uni students to head to the beach at Glenelg when they have a few free hours.

safety There has been a lot of coverage in the media over the past year about international students choosing cheap accommodation in the outer suburbs of some major cities, which happen to be in some of the worst areas in terms of crime. If you have chosen to live in these areas to save money, you have to be careful and try to avoid going home late at night. The number for emergency services (police, ambulance and fire brigade) is 000. There are also safety devices that can be bought, such as a personal alarm. These can be bought from most major electronics stores like Dick Smith Electronics (

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On Foot Walking from place to place has both advantages and disadvantages. It keeps you fit and will help you gain a natural sense of direction within the city. You will come across new places and things that you never would have seen on a bus, train or tram. In addition, it’s cheaper than constantly paying for public transport and is much cheaper than paying for parking, which can be extremely expensive. If you want a free map, go to the Adelaide City Visitors Centre on King William Street or in Rundle Mall. If you want to buy a more high quality and comprehensive map, try your local post office or petrol station.

Trains, Trams & Buses Timetables Trains, trams and buses are by far the most convenient ways to travel within the central districts. Before attempting to catch a train or tram, find yourself a timetable and station map or see the online journey planner at the Adelaide Metro website (w w au). Timetables are available online, from the metro store and at the Adelaide Train Station. If you are looking to get information via the phone, you can call the Metro hotline on 8210 1000.


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There are some late night services provided over the weekend for those who like to go out and party. However, as a general rule, public transport stops at about midnight.

Go Online! Check out for online timetables and journey planners.

Tickets Tickets can be purchased at many train and tram stations via ticket machines or customer service desks. Tickets can also be bought on-board buses and from a number of retail outlets including news agencies, petrol stations and post offices. There are a number of different ticket options to be considered when using public transport. The general rule is that the more trips you purchase on a ticket the better value for money. A standard ticket, after being stamped once, can be used as many times as you like within 2 hours. You can also purchase multi-trip tickets that include 10 standard trips. Daily tickets can be used multiple times a day and the two-hour rule does not apply. There are also on-peak and off-peak ticket options. Travelling off peak is cheaper, so consider this option if you travel consistently when it isn’t busy (between 9am and 3pm). In Adelaide, full-time students

receive concession tickets, so remember to present your student card upon purchase. However, being caught with no ticket or the wrong ticket comes with an expensive fine. Travelling Always remember to read the signs at both the station and on-board. If you are sitting and someone standing is elderly or disabled, it is polite to give them your seat. In priority seating sections, this is enforced by law. Also, It is not a strange practice in Australia to thank the driver as you leave the bus.

Taxis Finding a Taxi Taxis (cabs) can often be found in their designated ranks. These spots are usually clearly signposted near major hotels, busy streets and shopping centres. There is a major taxi rank outside the Casino on North Terrace, which is very handy to know when you are strolling around the streets late at night desperately trying to find a taxi. There are a number of other taxi bays around Adelaide and standing at these will help taxis to notice you. If the light on the top of a taxi is on, this means that this taxi can be hailed by raising your arms and waving to it. If it is not on, it has a passenger inside already and will not stop for you.

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Fares Taxis are not always cheap. Make sure you watch the meter. Some late night taxi trips will be asked to be paid for in advance. There may also be additional charges for late night services and phone bookings. However, this is not as common in Adelaide as it is in other major Australian cities. Taxi Companies Put these numbers in your phone now:

Independent Taxis 13 22 11 Yellow Cabs 13 22 27 Suburban 13 10 08 Access Taxis 1300 360 940 You can find more information regarding how to get a taxi in Adelaide and where to catch them @ www.adelaidemetro.

Buying a Car Elyse Lloyd Have a think about what is the best car for you. Big engines have the power, but they cost more to run. Small cars are cheap to run and they’re easier to park, but older models may struggle to get up to high speeds. It’s best to do some research before you go out looking. The Trading Post (a newspaper for secondhand buying and selling) runs a comprehensive section on cars. Other classifieds are available in other newspapers too. On the Internet you’ll be able to compare many cars from car yards in one place, i.e. on This will give you a good idea of the average price you’ll pay for the car you want. Once you’ve been looking for a few weeks, then you should know what kind of car you want and can afford. Private sellers and dealers have their advantages and disadvantages. Private sellers are good because they know the history of the car, and you can sometimes get great deals. However, don’t expect a refund if the car breaks down. They have no obligation to do that. A dealer does offer some guarantee of quality, with warranties offered with cars. However, you can expect to pay 30% more for a second-hand car from a dealer compared to a private seller. Here’s a tip - If you go to car yards, then only look at the car once before going back to buy. If a salesperson knows that you are really keen, they may try to get more money out of you. At the same time, don’t act careless and don’t offer too little for a car, otherwise they may not take you seriously as a buyer. Offer less than what you are willing to pay on the first offer and work up. Always test drive the car and remember the RAA, Adelaide’s trusted motor authority! You can also get any car you are interested in checked by an RAA approved mechanic to make sure it is in good condition. Joining the RAA is also good because they provide 24-hour roadside assistance, in case your car breaks down.

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Bikes BikeRental


Adelaide City Bikes A great way to see the city, and it’s FREE! This city council service will lend you a bike between 9am and 4:30pm daily. All you need to do is head to one of the locations listed below and deposit a current passport or drivers license (you get it back when you return the bike). Helmets and bike locks are provided too. They won’t lend bikes on really hot days (38 degrees and above) but who wants to be riding around in that kind of heat anyway?

Here are a couple of bike stores with passionate and expert staff. They both pride themselves on being obsessed with bikes. They cater to the serious biker (bmx, mountain bike, road bike etc) as well as those who just want anything that will get them around town.

Here is where you can pick them up, but remember you have to return them to the place of hire.

JT Cycles

Bicycle SA 111 Franklin St, Adelaide Rundle Street Market Open Sundays only 9am-4pm Adelaide Travellers Inn 220 Hutt St, Adelaide Backpack Oz 144 Wakefield St (cnr Pulteney St) Adelaide Zoo Frome St, Adelaide Adelaide Meridien Hotel 21-39 Melbourne St, North Adelaide Golf Links Par 3 War Memorial Drive, North Adelaide

Mega Bike 102 King William Rd, Hyde Park (see website for other locations)

266 -274 Pulteney St, Adelaide (see website for other locations)

Tracks The State Government has actually put together a bunch of maps so riders know where they can ride safely in Adelaide. You can find them at (search for “cycling maps”). If you want to discover some real bike tracks from the riders themselves, head to and navigate your way to the Adelaide section.

Adelaide City Map

Map courtesy of Adelaide City Council


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There’s nothing better than spending your hard-earned cash on things you probably don’t need. Adelaide has a vast array of shopping areas, ranging from the CBD where you will find almost anything, to high end fashion strips like King William Road.

and tracking seasonal dates is difficult. Saying that, if you shop just after Christmas, at the end of summer and at the end of winter, you can be pretty sure to find a bargain somewhere.

The following section will provide you with a brief overview of the best places in and around Adelaide to satisfy all your commercial needs. So whether it’s keeping up with the latest fashion, or hunting through the $2 bin at a secondhand bookshop, let The Insider show you where to go.

The city is the central place to be, and caters for everyone. It is very easy to find your way there, with many buses running to and from the city regularly. The main shops to see generally run in a line, from Rundle St, through Rundle Mall to Hindley St. There is something for everyone here. For those looking for something a little different, check out some of the stores in town such as the Market Bazaar, Synagogue Place (off Rundle St).

Serious shoppers know that prices change all year round, and the best time to buy is during the sales. Unfortunately, while there used to be clearly defined times when the sales started and finished, shops are now promoting sales at different times all through the year




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Westfield Marion A great place to explore is Adelaide’s biggest shopping centre, Westfield Marion. There is generally something for everybody here. With over 300 stores, including sports stores, surf shops, department stores, gaming, fashion, and electrical, you are guaranteed to pick up numerous bargain ‘buys’.

Glenelg Glenelg is an excellent place to shop whilst being a mere few steps away from the beachfront. Grab a tasty feast for lunch at one of the many cafés, whilst you browse along the groovy shops lining the local hot spot, Jetty Road. Some classics include the Zero store and Krypton Discs. Glenelg offers a very diverse range of styles, prices and creative input. You’ll find designer, ethnic, crafty and vintage clothing here. During the summer, on Saturdays and Sundays, head to the craft market across from the beach. It’s a great place to find a unique gift for a friends or for yourself.

Norwood Parade Norwood Parade has become the street to satisfy any shopping craving. Complemented by the various gourmet cafés and restaurants, Norwood is well known for its gorgeous boutiques as well as its large range of reasonably priced shops. If



you like Norwood, also check out the shops lining Unley Road and King William Road.

sandwich meat is also available in the cold goods section (mostly next to the cheeses).

Harbour Town


Harbour Town is Adelaide’s answer to cheap factory outlet shopping. Newly extended, it is situated right next to the airport, and has over 90 shops with greatly reduced lines. Definitely not to be missed if you are serious about your bargain hunting.

Central Markets Gouger St, Adelaide

supermarkets The quality of food is high in Australia. Most meats come from local sources, and almost all our fruit and vegetables are also grown here rather than imported. You can buy this produce in any supermarket, besides other specialised stores and markets. If you want high quality meat, we recommend choosing Australian. The labels will generally say where it’s from. You can freeze most red meats for a few months and most white meats for a few weeks at least. The beef is quite good here, and you can even buy some of our native animals to try. There is a delicatessen section in supermarkets as well, and they sell meats, cheeses and other items. The quality is generally good. Fresh fish is available here. While sandwich meat can be bought here too, packaged

Situated in the CBD, the Central Market is a brilliant blend of culture and food. Visitors and locals swarm through this area of the city to shop, browse, eat and socialise. One of Australia’s best known markets, many international students love China Town and the diverse range of food shopping available from around the world. A great place to stock up on interesting ingredients for your cooking. Tue: 7am-5:30pm; Wed-Thu: 9am-5:30pm; Fri: 7am-9pm; Sat: 7pm-3pm.

Fishermans Wharf Market Lighthouse Sq, Port Adelaide This wharf operates normally during the week, but on Sunday morning it turns into one of Adelaide’s most popular arts and crafts markets. Hundreds of people are found here browsing through funky vintage clothes, toys, vinyls and so much more. With over 150 stalls over two levels, this market is the place to pick up the cool additions for your room, a present for your family back home. Sun: 9am-5pm & Public Holiday Mondays

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Moving in and stocking up your new home. We know that when moving in to your new home, finding the right furniture, kitchenware and other basic supplies can be a real headache. If you are only here for a short time, your apartment is probably already furnished. But this doesn’t mean that this section is irrelevant, as who can really say no to a bargain? Big Furniture Outlets We recommend these as the first stop for furniture hunters, as they have massive showrooms full of decent furniture at relatively cheap prices. The problem will be getting the goods back to your house as a lot of these outlets are located a little bit out of town, and you can’t really bring a new bed on the bus! The majority of the following places offer some kind of delivery service, but be sure to check for extra costs! IKEA Renowned for being the kings of value-for-money furniture, but don’t forget that you have to make it yourself when you get home! You don’t need an engineering degree though, and it is usually pretty fun. Ikea doesn’t just offer furniture, but a wide range of household wares, including things for the kitchen, living room and bathroom. If all this shopping has

made you hungry, sit down for a Swedish meatball breakfast in the in-house restaurant. Freedom Although a little more expensive than Ikea, Freedom has a solid range of good quality furniture, mostly all pre-assembled, and usually very high quality. If you’re looking a comfortable sofa or a new bed, we recommend Freedom. Department Stores If you are looking for home wares and electronics, you might want to check out the big department stores in Australia. The ones that offer some of the more affordable products include Target and Big W. If you’re looking for mid-range pricing but decent quality, Harris Scarfe is excellent for a wide range of products and always have big sales. For those that will not sacrifice quality for price or are simply interested in the higher end of home wares, we recommend David Jones and Myer. Mile End Homemaker Centre Located five minutes out of the CBD, you will find the Homemaker Centre. This is truly a one-stop shop for decking out your new home, with 12 of the 15 stores selling home wares (three are for food). Everything is available here including bedding, indoor and outdoor furniture, carpets, electronics and much more. You have to enter from Railway Tce or James Congdon Drive, Mile End

Budget Tips Second-hand stores While there are some things you need to buy brand new, there are loads of items that are worth buying second hand! Keep your eye out for second hand stores and you will save a fortune! Some of these are mentioned in this section!


Bargain hunting


Watch out for the sales, or let someone else do it for you. The

website www.ozbargain. is where bargain

hunters come to tell you where to save money. They have a massive network of members who know when and where the sales are on, and how you can take advantage of them.

Factory outlets Buying direct from the manufacturer means the savings they make by avoiding a retailer are passed on to you. These shops are called factory outlets and some of them happen to be located in awesome shopping areas, there is a collection of these in Harbour Town.


Trading Post There is a newspaper entirely dedicated to buying and selling second-hand goods called The Trading Post. Pick it up from your local news agency and you might just find what you’re looking for!


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Farmers Market Adelaide Showgrounds, Goodwood Rd, Wayville The Farmers Market doesn’t sell farming equipment or farmers, but it does sell some of Adelaide’s freshest and finest fruit, vegetables, plants, flowers and homemade foods. Get in early and have a nice Australian breakfast with fresh orange juice, bacon, eggs and fried tomatoes. Farmers come here and sell produce direct to the public, so you get great quality goodies for cheap! The train from the city stops at Goodwood station, about 100 metres from the entrance. Sun: 9am-1pm.

Brickworks Markets 36 South Rd, Torrensville This market is great for gift hunting and selling a wide variety of interesting items for a good price. With leather goods, prints, vinyls and CDs, clothing, food, flowers and even hardware, this place is great for curious shoppers wanting to fill their house with a bit of vintage charm. This market is famous in South Australia so be sure to check it out during your stay here. Sat-Sun: Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays: 9am-5pm.

Gilles Street Market 91 Gilles St, Gilles St Primary School, Adelaide For the serious clothes shoppers and for those just craving a bit more life in the wardrobe, The Gilles St Market is Adelaide’s best fashion and design market. Held on the third Sunday of



each month, stall holders offer a wide array of the new and the old when it comes to fashion. With many designers using this market to showcase their goodies, you are bound to find something unique and funky here. Stalls change every month so you will find something fresh each time. Third Sunday of every month: 10am-4pm.

Hahndorf Markets Hahndorf Located in the beautiful German town of Hahndorf, this market is a great excuse to experience the drive up to this part of the Adelaide Hills. Every Sunday from 8:30am to 1pm, you can shop and browse the locally made art, clothing, jewellery and other fashion accessories. You can also sample tasty gourmet foods and purchase organic produce. The market is free to enter and is definitely a nice addition to a day driving through the Mount Lofty Ranges. Last Sunday of every month: 8:30am-1pm.

Rundle Street Markets Rundle St, Adelaide Every Sunday from 9am to 4pm, Rundle Street transforms into a vibrant cosmopolitan street market. Grab a freshly brewed coffee, enjoy the live entertainment and enjoy what is fast becoming one of Adelaide’s premier street markets. A fantastic way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Sun: 9am-4pm.

Books Imprints 107 Hindley St, Adelaide One of Adelaide’s great independent bookstores, Imprints houses a wide selection of interesting and unique reads, including an extensive range in travel philosophy and gay and lesbian genres. The Imprints catalogue is a trusted source of the seasons best books. The shop sits in close proximity to the UniSA City West campus on Hindley Street. The manager is great and will help you with advice or ordering those rare titles. Also, he offers a 10% student discount with your student card. 8231 4454 Wed-Fri: 9am-9pm; Sat: 9am-6pm; Sun: 11am-6pm.

Dymocks 135 Rundle Mall, Adelaide Dymocks is a high quality chain book store stocking a wide variety of titles. If what your looking for is relatively mainstream this is probably your best place to start. Dymocks also have a comprehensive range of guide books and manuals for students. 8223 5380 Mon-Thu: 9am-6pm; Fri: 9am-9pm; Sat: 9am-5:30pm; Sun: 11am-5pm.

UniBooks All major university campuses With stores at all the major university campuses around Australia, UniBooks will help you find all the course related material you need for your time at university. They also stock an extensive range of novels,

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True History

nonfiction, magazines and stationary. The staff are extremely helpful and are always willing to spend an extra few minutes helping you track down that hard-to-find textbook.

pocket or an SLR that could take a photo of a kangaroo hopping from 100 meters away, this place can sort you out. Camera House also stocks a wide range of accessories.


See advertisement opposite for store locations, contact details & opening hours.

8223 1050 Mon-Fri: 9am-5:30pm; Sat: 10am-4pm.


AUSSIE READS 1. of the Kelly Peter Carey A stunning exploration of the life of the infamous Australian criminal/folk-hero Ned Kelly.

Tomorrow 2. When the War Began John Marsden An easy-to-read but hardto-put-down novel about a group of friends who find themselves trying to survive an unexpected invasion of their home town.

Cloud 3. Street Tim Winton An award-winning, brilliant story of the life of two rural families who come to live together in Perth.

The Chant

4. of Jimmie

Blacksmith Thomas Keneally

An account of an Aboriginal man who expresses his rage in a way that will stun the reader and keep the pages turning.

Deadly 5. Unna Phillip Gwynne A heart wrenching story of an Aboriginal teenager living in a country town who is forced to confront the difficult issues of racism and family life.



music & dvds Allans Music 58 Gawler place, Adelaide City Feel like you’ve left something behind? Luckily Allans offers both the sale and rental of a large range of instruments. Depending on what institution you’re from the store may also offer you a discount. This may be useful to mention upon making your purchase. Allans also offers music lessons and workshops to the public. This could be a great way to meet other musos and keep up your skills at the same time. To add to this, Allans has a huge range of sheet music, instrument accessories and recording equipment. For more information check out the Allans website @ 8223 5533 Mon-Thu: 9am5:30pm; Fri: 9am-7pm; Sat: 9am-5pm; Sun: 11am-4pm.

Camera House 120 Grenfell St, Adelaide I bet your friends and family back home are dying for you to send some photos. For anything to do with cameras, the Camera House can probably help you out. Whether you’re looking for a handy cam to fit in your

Shin Tokyo Lower Ground Floor, Rundle Mall Plaza, Adelaide Shin Tokyo is Adelaide’s premier dealer in all things Anime. Stocking DVDs, clothing, models, books and video games, there isn’t much the staff can’t track down from around the world. These guys travel around the country attending different Anime conventions. If you’re into Anime, you have to check this store out! 8212 0072 Mon-Thu: 9:30am5:30pm; Fri: 9:30am-8:30pm; Sat: 9:30am-5pm; Sun: 10am-5pm.

JB Hifi Rundle Mall Plaza, Shop LG7a, Adelaide Home of some of the best bargains out there when it comes to CDs and DVDs, it is easy to walk into JBs looking for a birthday present for your Mum and leave with five CDs and three DVDs for yourself. To add to this, JB can also take care of the majority of your digital needs, as they stock cameras, printer inks, games, consoles, televisions DVD players and much more. Check out their web site for a better overview of what they

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have to offer and for the location of the closest store to you @ 8231 9399 Mon-Thu: 9am5:30pm; Fri: 9am-9pm;Sat: 9am-5pm; Sun: 11am-5pm.

Ezy DVD Basement, 81 Rundle Mall, Adelaide Popular with the student movie lovers, this store either has the movie or shows you’re looking for, or could most probably order it in. Its online store is very impressive, stocking a large array of titles that you can order to your door within days. 8223 1877 Mon-Thu: 9am-5:30am; Fri: 9am-9pm; Sat: 9am-5pm; Sun: 11am-5pm.

Big Star Records 197 Rundle St, Adelaide This iconic Adelaide music store is one for the true music lovers. It stocks some of the best international and local music on offer. Browse through hardto-find quality music from the last five decades. Check out some of the best indie, rock, electronic, roots, hip-hop, jazz, reggae, dub, funk and world music out there. Big Star pride themselves on the quality of their unique new and second hand CD and vinyl range. 8232 1284 Mon-Thu, 9am–6pm; Fri: 9am-10pm; Sat: 9am-6pm; Sun: 11am-6pm.


counterparts, they’re still a great place to find a pre-loved item – and the search is all part of the fun! Op shopping requires more of an investment in time than it does in money and we at The Insider recommend setting aside an afternoon for searching through the racks. One person’s unneeded clothing is another person’s pre-loved treasure, and with prices so cheap you can afford to customise items to suit your own style! Not to mention you’ll be helping out some of Australia’s biggest charities. Irving Baby 83 Hindley St, Adelaide At Irving Baby the fashion is always fun, with pre-loved items from the 1950s to the present available alongside new clothing from contemporary brands such as French Kitty, Purr, Paul Frank and Mooks. With new items arriving daily and a price range to suit every budget this store is a great starting point for vintage fashion. 8410 0519 Mon-Fri: Noon-5:30pm; Sat: Noon-4:30pm.

Nadia’s House of Serendipity Shop 2, No. 4 Partridge St, Glenelg Shoes, boots, handbags, jewellery, accessories, records and more can be found at this vintage lover’s paradise. Just like the store’s owner, every item oozes personality. With a range of fun and designer cloth-

ing at quality dependent prices, this brightly coloured shop is vintage heaven. 8294 3121 Mon–Fri: 10am5:30pm; Sat: 10am-5pm; Sun: Noon-4pm.

Hero Vintage Designs 2 Ebenezer Place, Adelaide Local students in search of quirky and quality vintage fashion will always scour this boutique. Owned and operated by a mother and daughter team, this store stocks mainly cocktail wear and accessories from the 1950s to 1970s. Friendly assistance is given to those customers seeking advice on how to style their special garment. 8223 1626 Mon-Thu: 10:30am– 5pm; Fri: Noon–Midnight; Sat: Noon–5pm; Sun: 9am–5pm.

Rewind Recycled Fashion 142 Jetty Rd, Glenelg This newly opened boutique stocks unique vintage pieces in styles from retro to grunge. Recycled designer labels from overseas line the walls and represent the best of vintage styles. With looks inspired by icons from Twiggy to Drew Barrymore, have fun foraging through the accessories and pretty frocks. 8350 9553 Mon–Wed: 10am-5:30pm; Thu: 10am-8pm; Fri: 10am-5:30pm; Sat: 10am-5pm; Sun: Noon-5pm.

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Getting Connected

load per month. The more you pay per month, the higher your download limit.

Do you need Internet but have no idea how it all works in Australia? Maybe we can help you get started.

Speeds depend on whereabouts you live and vary between dialup (56kbps), ADSL (8Mbit max) and ADSL2+ (24Mbit). Dialup is the cheapest while the two ADSL varieties are around the same cost as each other.

If you have wireless technology on your mobile device, you’ll be glad to know that there is free wireless available throughout the CBD. You’ll also find free wireless at your uni campus, McDonalds and some cafés. If you can’t get it for free, check out what the mobile phone companies are offering. Three Mobile and Optus occasionally have specials on their wireless broadband plans.

If you’re moving into a new house you may need to connect your landline before you can use the Internet (this is done by calling Telstra on 13 2200). If you don’t need a house phone, consider looking for a service called Naked ADSL. This allows you to have the Internet but you don’t pay the line rental cost because you don’t have a telephone.

Home Internet If you end up getting your own place you’ll need to get online. Here are some tips about finding the right ISP (Internet Service Provider) for you. Contracts generally vary from 1 month up to 24 months. The longer you sign up for, the lower the cost of the initial installation. Look for contracts that include a free wireless modem/ router, alternatively you can buy your own for around $100. Due to the fact that Australia hasn’t quite entered the 21st century, download limits are very common. ISPs often restrict the amount you down-

Phoning Home Are your friends and relatives wondering why you haven’t called? We understand it can be a bit expensive to call home, so we have a few options for you to save some cash. Prepaid Sim Cards If you already have an unlocked mobile phone, then getting a SIM card is a great option for you. It means instead of getting locked into a contract with an Australian phone provider, you just buy the SIM card, put it in your phone and buy prepaid credit whenever you need it from supermarkets, petrol stations, convenience stores etc. It is a very good option for those who are only here for a short time. There are plenty of phone

stores that sell SIM cards in many of the shopping districts around the city. Some of the biggest and cheapest SIM card providers are Virgin Mobile, Vodafone, Three, Telstra and Optus. Skype If you have a computer with the Internet, microphone and speakers or headphones, Skype is the ultimate way to call anywhere in the world. If you haven’t heard of Skype, it’s a communication program that allows text, video and voice chat. If your friends and relatives have Skype too, then you can call them for free for as long as you want! A great feature of this program is that you can actually call landline and mobile phones all over the world for ridiculously cheap rates. It uses Voice Over IP (VOIP) technology, which runs over the Internet so it saves you a lot of money! Phone Cards Using phone cards to call overseas is around 80% cheaper than calling normally from your home phone, so don’t waste your money calling from your home phone without a phone card! Walk into any newsagency and selected convenience stores to find an assortment of different phone cards. They differ by offering cheap calls to different countries. Another benefit of using phone cards is that there are no contracts, so you are not locked into any dodgy (this is Australian for bad quality and unreliable) deals.

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Record Hunting By Kultar Ahluwalia Local Uni Student & Musician We live in an age where you can get your favourite song at the click of a button (either by legal or illegal means). In spite of this, I still love the feeling of going down to a local record store and buying an album that I had been after for months, coming home and playing that record at full volume. If you’re like me, having an album on my computer isn’t as satisfying as owning the original vinyl or CD copy of an album. There are several places in Adelaide where you can get your music fix. Big Star Records 197 Rundle St, Adelaide Big Star has been an Adelaide music staple for the last 20 years. They have stores in the City, Norwood and Marion. Market Bazaar 17 Synagogue Place, Off Rundle St, Adelaide Located at Synagogue Place off Rundle Street in the City, Market Bazaar has a massive collection of second-hand records and CDs.



Porthole Records 85 Commercial Rd, Port Adelaide This place is in the heart of Port Adelaide and has the largest collection of vinyl in the State. Well worth checking out. Rock Therapy CDs & Records 536 Goodwood Rd, Daw Park Down on Goodwood Road, this joint has a tidy collection of CDs and records, especially if you are into rock music. Clinic 116 Shop 7, 22-24 Twin St, Adelaide One step into Clinic 116 will make hip-hop and drum & bass fans weak at the knees. Alive with culture, it stocks the latest beats and keeps our local street artists in good supply. B Sharp 240 Rundle St, Adelaide Located on Rundle Street in the City, B Sharp has a nice collection of hip-hop, electronica, jazz, funk and soul.

Da Klinic 20 Currie St, Adelaide Da Klinic on Currie Street in the City is a great store for hip-hop music, and they also have some fresh clothing. Record fairs and Op shops Fairs and op-shops are also great to check out if you want to pick up some cheap records. For around the $1 or $2 mark you can grab a bargain and support charities at the same time. These places only just scrape the surface of music in Adelaide. There are many other independent records stores that are worth investigating depending on your music tastes.

Happy Listening!

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Claire Incorruptible (aka Claire Inc) 9/11 Bailey St, Adelaide This is a vintage store with attitude. Stocking premier designer labels (think Chanel, Chloe, Gucci) each piece is vintage gold. While the price tag is higher for high end labels, rest assured every purchase will be a lifelong investment. Visit the stores website for a peek at new stock and start making a wish list!

STREET WEAR General Pants Co. Shop 2028, Westfield Marion, 297 Diagonal Rd, Oaklands Park Opening in Adelaide just last year this store has built quite a reputation. Boasting some of the best Aussie brands, including Sass & Bide and One Teaspoon, students can also find a range of premier international brands. 8375 8956 Mon-Wed: 9am-5:30pm; Thu: 9am-9pm; Fri: 9am-5:30pm; Sat: 9am-5pm; Sun: 11am-5pm.

Dangerfield 242 Rundle St, Adelaide For everyone that has a little bit of an alternative side this place is worth having a look at. Being one of Australia’s most loved funky urban clothing companies, the store is filled with pants, jackets, tees and accessories that cater to people with mainstream tastes and those who are looking to stand out in the crowd. If you’re looking for interesting T-shirt designs particularly this is your one stop



shop. Prices are generally quite moderate and the staff are very useful.

by their shoes”, so head on in and find a pair that tell a story about you.

8232 7766 Sat-Wed: 10am-6pm; Thu: 10am-7pm; Fri: 10am-10pm.

8231 3809 Mon-Thu: 9am-6pm; Fri: 9am-9pm; Sat-Sun: 10am-5pm.

American Apparel 211 Rundle St, Adelaide

Globalize 10 Rundle Mall, Adelaide

American Apparel is the USA’s largest clothing manufacturer. In recent years, this store has travelled, just like you, to Australia and set up fresh retail outlets providing a range of the most hip and youthful items around. This store sells a huge range of outfits from plain outfits to the those reserved for trend setters. Anything from shorts to dresses to hats to socks, you can find it here for great prices. A very popular shop among many students in Adelaide.

A great venue for fans of popular and high fashion, stocking all the seasonal hits in all the most popular brands. If you’re looking for something nice to wear out on a Saturday night or just something casual to wear to your uni classes, Globalize can help you out. The top selling brands include G-Star Raw, Zanerobe, Freshjive, Diesel and Wrangler.

8223 2239 Mon-Thu: 10am-6pm; Fri: 10am-9pm; Sat: 10am-6pm; Sun: 11am-5pm.

Hype Shoes 21-23 Rundle Mall, Adelaide Shoe fan? If you are this is a place worth walking into. Stocking the latest in trendy street and casual footwear, this shop has one of the largest selections of the latest hip street brands under one roof. To list a few favourites, they stock Nike, Onitsuka, Adidas, Lacoste, Converse, Vans and Creative Recreation. These are all available in the most up-to-date styles and sold for competitive prices. In the words of Forest Gump’s Mum, “There’s an awful lot you could tell about a person

8377 0680 Mon-Thu: 9:30am5:30pm; Fri: 9:30am-9pm; Sat: 9:30am-5:30pm; Sun: 11am-5pm.

Forever New Shop 138 Rundle Mall, Adelaide Taking the lead from celebrity trends and international designers, Forever New aims to bring fashion from the catwalk to you as fast as possible. Styles are updated weekly and for a reasonable price you can mirror your favourite celebrities’ hottest looks. 8227 1812 Mon-Thu: 9am5:30pm; Fri: 9am-9pm; Sat: 9am-5pm; Sun: 11am-5pm.

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Clothing Size Chart Men’s Shoe Sizes AUS 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

EU 37 38 39.5 40.5 42 43 44.5 46 47

JAP 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

UK 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

There’s nothing worse than buying clothes in a foreign country and realising you got the sizes wrong because you weren’t used to the size conversion. Have a look at the this table to work out your size in Australia.

Women’s Shoe Sizes

US/CA 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13

Bra Sizes

AUS 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14

EU 37 38 39.5 40.5 42 43 44.5 46 47

JAP 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

UK 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

US/CA 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14

Dress Sizes

AUS/NZ 10AA 10A 10B 10C 10D

EU 70A 70B 70C 70D 70DD

US/CA 32AA 32A 32B 32C 32D

UK 32A 32B 32C 32D 32DD

F 85A 85B 85C 85D 85DD

12AA 12A 12B 12C 12D 12DD

75A 75B 75C 75D 75DD 75E

34AA 34A 34B 34C 34D 34DD

34A 34B 34C 34D 34DD 34E

90A 90B 90C 90D 90DD 90E

14AA 14A 14B

80A 80B 80C

36AA 36A 36B

36A 36B 36C

95A 95B 95C

AUS 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22

EU 30 32 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48

US/CA 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20

UK 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 28 20 22

B/E/F/P* 32 34 36 38 40 42 44 49 48 50

I 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 50 52 54

*B = Belgium, E = Spain, F = France, P = Portugal

Sports Daily Grind Shop 13, Level 2 Myer Centre, Rundle Mall, Adelaide A hotspot for skaters, Daily Grind is known by locals as the one-stop shop for skate gear. Boasting a massive range of street wear, including the big comfy hoodies you will need for winter, Daily Grind also stocks long boards and can help you if your deck is need of serious maintenance. The staff are passionate experts, which has helped to gain this little shop a great reputation among skaters. 8231 2499 Mon-Thu: 9am5:30pm; Fri: 9am-9pm; Sat: 9am-5pm; Sun: 11am-5pm.

Rebel Sports Shop R40 The Myer Centre, Rundle Mall, Adelaide If you can kick it, throw it, swing it or punch it, you can probably find it here. Sport is a great way to meet new people and stay in shape. So, if you’re missing the sports you used to play at home or are looking to try something new, Rebel Sports can probably help you out with the equipment. They also stock a large range of popular sports clothing and shoes. Popular brands include Adidas, Nike, Lonsdale, Asics, Puma and Everlast. Not all of the fashion is sports related either. Some of the stocked apparel is in modern street and urban styles. 8212 8844 Mon-Thu: 9am5:30pm; Fri: 9am-9pm; Sat: 9am-5pm; Sun: 11am-5pm.



Da Klinic 20-22 Currie St, Adelaide City Da Klinic is a hip-hop, skate and urban store with a great reputation here in Adelaide. Specialising in Aussie hip-hop, they also offer all kinds of urban accessories, including CDs, skate decks, turntables, sneakers, clothing and backpacks. They also sell some concert tickets, magazines and hold workshops for street art and turntablism. 8212 8844 Mon-Thu: 9am5:30pm; Fri: 9am-9pm; Sat: 9am-5pm; Sun: 11am-5pm.

Kathmandu 199-203 Rundle St, Adelaide Whether you’re heading for the snow or the desert make sure you stop by Kathmandu for adventure-proof clothing and accessories. Staff can recommend what products you need to make sure you stay safe and protected when exploring Australian terrain. Footwear, clothing, luggage and cook wear is all sold here. If purchasing as part of a group, enquire about the group or bulk discounts. 8232 6455 Mon–Thu: 9am-5:30pm; Fri: 9am-9pm; Sat: 9am-5pm; Sun: 11am-5pm.

Girly Stores Kookai 5 Adelaide Central Plaza, Rundle Mall, Adelaide Founded in 1983, this French fashion label adds a dash of sophistication to the Adelaide streets. Boasting elegance and style, Kookai’s range will be sure to make heads turn as you

strut down Rundle Mall. With a store at Marion Shopping Centre too, Kookai has proven to be a highly popular addition to the shopping experience for the ladies out there. This shop is very much influenced by European styles, and is a must during your next shopping trip. 8232 9736 Mon-Thu: 9am5:30pm; Fri: 9am-9pm; Sat: 9am-5pm; Sun: 11am-5pm

Bardot 39 Rundle Mall, Adelaide This Australian brand has its finger firm on the fashion pulse. Fresh, funky, and fun, Bardot has grown from a single store in Melbourne in 1996 to 35 locations today. Worth a look if you’re after colourful styles with class and elegance. Very popular when their summer range launches, this is a great store to stock up on some unique Australian summer dresses to take home with you. They also have a comprehensive online store at 8211 6948 Thu: 9am-5:30pm; Fri: 9am-9pm; Sat: 9am-5pm; Sun: 11am-5pm.

Wild Child Style Lab 169-171 King William Rd, Hyde Park Need an amazing party dress? Look no further than Wild Child. Found along one of Adelaide’s most exclusive shopping streets, this shop stocks a range of Australian designer names and unique international labels, including Wayne Cooper, Nicola Finetti, Natasha and Miss Sixty. With wild styles on offer

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like velvet dresses all the way to hot little colourful items, you will be sure to turn heads. 8299 9435 Mon-Wed: 10am-5:30pm; Thu: 10am-9pm; Fri: 10am-5:30pm; Sat: 9:30pm-5pm; Sun: Noon-5pm.

Sports Girl Shop G1 40-60 Rundle Mall, Adelaide Sportsgirl has been one of Australia’s biggest players in the fashion industry since the 1960s. With items straight off the catwalk, girls who shop at Sportsgirl are not afraid to stand out from the crowd. Showcasing the hottest and funkiest clothes from their constantly changing stock in conjunction with the pumping new tunes, this is one for the girls who are ready make a bold addition to their wardrobe. 8232 8273 Mon-Thu: 9am5:30pm; Fri: 9am-9pm; Sat: 9am-5pm; Sun: 11am-5pm.

Valleygirl 146 Rundle Mall, Adelaide The ‘V’ in Valleygirl surely stands for value, or not. All we know is that this shop offers a wide range of ladies styles at pretty good prices, making it a favourite of many local and international students. You can even find that pretty Sunday dress for as little as $30! With modern, eclectic styles brought to you straight from the magazines and catwalks around the world, this is a great shop to find something a little different, but not too crazy.

The Body Shop Shop LG, G07 Adelaide Central Plaza, Rundle Mall, Adelaide If you want to look, smell and feel great then check out the Body Shop’s range of body products and cosmetics. Rest assured that these products have NOT been animal tested. Selling skin care, make up, body butters, fragrances, hair care, essential oils and a range of gift hampers to choose from, the body shop also prides itself on pursuing an agenda of environmental justice. 8232 9713 Mon-Thu: 9am5:30pm; Fri: 9am-9pm; Sat: 9am-5pm; Sun: 11am-5pm.

Miscellaneous BIMBO 279 Rundle St, Adelaide Never enter this shop if you have a bus to catch. You will spend ages giggling as you explore a room full of fun, and sometimes cheeky items. When you finally leave, holding a shopping bag full of things you never realised you needed, you’re sure to feel in touch with the lighter side of life. This shop is perfect if you are afraid of giving someone something they may already have, or giving the same gift as someone else.

Australian Geographic Shop R2, Myer Centre, Rundle Mall. Hugely popular with travellers and international students, The Australian Geographic Shop stocks a wide variety of gifts, souvenirs and objects designed to help you understand the natural world a little bit better. Selling telescopes, globes, magnifying glasses and much, much more. Australian Geographic also sells a range of beautiful Australian gifts, such as plush toys and photographic calendars. A great store if you’re looking to take a part of Australia home with you. 8211 7700 Mon-Wed: 9am-5:30pm; Fri 9am-9pm; Sat: 9am-5pm; Sun: 9am-5pm.

Endota Spa 253 Rundle St, Adelaide Relax in the city centre by visiting this special day spa. Treatments offered include facials and massages using all-Australian organic body products. The in-house lounge allows you to relax before your treatment and prepare for full on pampering! Shorter sessions are affordable for students wanting to treat themselves with a special men’s menu to include everyone. 8359 3304 Mon:10am–6pm; Tue-Fri:10am–9pm; Sat:9am-5pm;Sun: 11am-4pm.

8223 4481 Mon-Thu: 11am6:30pm; Fri: 10am-10pm; Sat: 10am-6pm; Sun: Noon-4pm.

8232 8273 Mon-Thu: 9am6:30pm; Fri: 9am-9pm; Sat: 9am-5pm; Sun: 11am-5pm.



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Urban Cow Studio 11 Frome St, Adelaide Stocking a range of unique ceramics, glassware, jewellery, paintings, sculptures, textiles and even clothing, you can be sure no one back home will have what you’ve got. With everything handmade and designed by Adelaide’s best artists and designers, we recommend checking out the awesome range of South Australian themed T-shirts. Located near the corner of Frome Rd and North Terrace, this hidden gem of a store is an important part of the South Australian arts community. 8232 6126 Mon-Thu: 10am-6pm; Fri: 10am-9pm; Sat: 10am-5pm; Sun: Noon-5pm.

Eating Out

Adelaide offers a wide range of restaurants for the students with a bit of spare money and for those who are on a tight budget. Eating out in the city is the best place to start, with Rundle St being as central as you can get and offering interesting meals from around the world at varied prices. Take your pick from the array of different and delicious meals like mouth watering-pizzas from the famous Amalfi Pizzeria (just around the corner at 29 Frome Rd and succulent Thai food from Lemongrass Thai Bistro (289 Rundle St). We also recommend trying Gouger St, the home of multicultural food in Adelaide. Norwood Parade is the perfect place for an alfresco dining experience, with the street lined with different restaurants that have outside tables. There are



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plenty of coffee houses on the Parade, which are a great place to finish your night after a meal. Melbourne St and O’Connell St, located just outside the CBD in North Adelaide, offer some of the biggest and best pub meals as well as some high class Mexican food among other cool restaurants. Hutt St, on the eastern edge of the CBD, has a selection of Mediterranean, Australian, European, Chinese, Japanese, Malaysian and Italian restaurants that are all very popular with locals. This street is a very nice lunch spot, as it has the city buzz without the city chaos. Holdfast Shores, located in Glenelg on the marina, has a selection of slightly more expensive restaurants. However, you get an amazing view of the ocean and the marina which is worth paying a bit for. It is

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always nice to have a stroll on the beach after you finish your meal. Talk to local students and international students and discover for yourself the best meal in the city! We have recommended a few of the best, but there are plenty more great ones to find. Here is a list of good websites to help you make your choice: A highly recommended website with online menus, restaurant locator and a review database. An easy-to-navigate guide to finding your style of eatery in the city. A website designed for the people of Adelaide, it will help you find the hottest places to check out in Adelaide. The Advertiser Newspaper also has a Lifestyle section, which always recommends new places to try.

Budget Eats & Lunch Spots Charlies Shack 85 Grote St, Adelaide Located at the entrance to the Central Markets in Adelaide, Charlie’s Shack is one of the best value-for-money eateries in town. Serving up a famous Beef Noodle Soup (Pho) for about $8.00, it is well known as a student favourite. Although there aren’t that many seats


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inside, and some say it can be a little crammed, we think it just adds to the character of this place. The spicy noodle soups will go a long way to help any hangover. 8410 0018 Mon-Thu: 10:30am7pm; Fri: 10:30am-9pm; Sat: 10:30am-7pm.

Lemongrass Thai 289 Rundle St, Adelaide Don’t be put off by the noisy nature of this hustle and bustle city restaurant, it just adds to the atmosphere. Great service and consistently tasty food makes Lemongrass the perfect start to a night out on the town. Portions are large and well priced. Student recommendation: Roast duck fillet with pad king ginger 8223 6627 Mon-Fri: 11:30am3:30pm, 5pm-11pm; Sat-Sun: 5pm-11pm.

NANO READY 2 GO 23 Ebenezer Pl, Adelaide If you are a fan of authentic Italian style pastas and pizzas, you cannot go past Nano’s. The atmosphere is always lively and fun, and the prices are very good for the quality of the meal served. The family who run this restaurant have been serving up high quality Italian food in Adelaide for a long time, and their reputation has only improved. Expect mouth watering pizzas cooked with only the freshest tomatoes and an array of delicious, fresh pasta dishes (we recommend taking a risk with one on the specials board).

Raj on Taj 12-13/23 Unley Rd, Parkside Raj on Taj is probably the most popular Indian restaurant on Unley Road. It is well known as ‘the place’ that offers traditionally cooked tasty curries for a low price. With individual meals starting at around $7.50 and unlimited curry banquets from $35, this place has quite a reputation. Student recommendation: Tandoori raan 8272 3377 Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am-3:30pm.

BURP Burritos 16-20 Hindley St, Adelaide Good quality fast food is hard to find. This is traditional Mexican food at it’s best, served fast. Fresh, tasty burritos, nachos, tacos as well as Mexican style salads, they offer a large range of toppings for your wraps and salads including mango salsas and bean relish. They also sell Mexican beers and donuts. A good value for money place with the option of eating in if you just have to sit down while eating tasty food. 8410 3034

Daily: 10am-late

Ying Chow 114 Gouger St, Adelaide One of Adelaide’s premier student hangouts. Great prices, good service and cheap tasty meals make this place a must try for the international student newcomer. They stay open till late, which makes it a

8227 0468 Mon-Fri: 7:30am-4pm; Sat-Sun: 8:30am-4pm

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great addition to a night out on Gouger St after some karaoke down the road. Student recommendation: Red vinegar ribs 8211 7998

Daily: 5pm–12:45am.

Jerusalem Sheshkabab House 131 Hindley St, Adelaide This one has been around for decades and for good reason - they serve some of the best Middle Eastern food in Adelaide. Located centrally on Hindley St, if you can look over the decor (plastic seats) and the table setting (plastic cups) of the place you are in for a real treat. Serving up a large range of dishes like delicious lamb kofta, mouth-watering babaganoush and smooth Turkish coffee to wash it all down, we recommend joining the lunchtime crowd that this busy restaurant pulls. 8212 6185 Tue-Sat: Noon-3pm, 5:30pm-11pm; Sun: 4pm-11pm.

breakfast & coffee Brown Dog Café 143 Goodwood Rd, Goodwood Located just out of the city, this is a gem of a coffee shop. A very friendly atmosphere and perfect for a lazy Sunday brunch. With rustic funky interior, Browndog also serves excellent quality meals and desserts that are

decently priced. Students come here for the coffee and stay for the meals. 8172 1752

Wed-Sun : 9am-4pm.

Lucias Shop 16, Central Markets, Gouger St, Adelaide Come for the coffee and leave with a basket full of fantastic gourmet goods. Whether you live in the area or you’re just visiting the markets, be sure to drop in for a meal and a smooth, strong coffee. It’s owned and run by an Italian family who have been serving the city since the 1920s. They do great pastas, pizzas and also sell a variety of home made foods and sauces. 8231 2303 Mon-Thu: 7am- 5pm; Fri: 7am-9pm; Sat: 7am-3pm.

Bar 9 91 Glen Osmond Rd, Eastwood Owned by one of the biggest coffee fanatics around town, Ian’s passion for coffee means you always get a high quality, delicious cup. With many different international brewing methods on offer (pour over, Turkish, Japanese siphon, cold ice brew and more), Bar 9 is the answer for those students missing the way their coffees were made back home. Situated on the outskirts of the CBD, the busy city vibe doesn’t spread to this café, making it the perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy. Offering a 10% discount for international students, on presentation of

a valid student card, Bar 9 is a must try for anyone on a quest for the perfect cup. 8373 1108 Mon-Fri: 7:30am5:30pm; Sat: 9am-2pm.

Taylor Blend 34 Hallett Rd, Stonyfell A long way from the busy city cafés that can be a bit much for some students, this one is a cool, calm and relaxing place to enjoy a “real” coffee. With retro decor which sets the vibe, it is the quality of the coffee which makes it so popular. These guys are experts, and serve up a delicious house blend (single origins are available). A café which makes the customer feel completely comfortable, we highly recommend making your way up here, and maybe checking out Stonyfell Winery for a wine tasting afterward! 8431 7716 Mon: 8am-5pm; Wed-Sat: 8am-5pm; Sun: 8am-5pm.

Home Cooked Meal It may seem obvious, but many students don’t bother cooking at home and eat way too much expensive take away. Buying cheap ingredients from fresh food markets or supermarkets then making up your own meals can be a great way to save money, stay healthy and eat with friends in a comfortable setting.

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Queen St Cafe 12 Elizabeth St, Croydon

Simply Coffee 43A Rundle St, Kent Town

If you live just off Port Road, in or around Croydon, this is the ideal breakfast and coffee spot. With rustic interior and a very relaxed atmosphere, Queen St Cafe make some of the best scrambled eggs in Adelaide. There is also a delicious selection of bakery goods on offer, like fresh muffins and Portuguese tarts. The coffee is renowned by locals as being very high quality. It’s perfect for the students who live northwest of the city and who are searching for a local spot to laze around on their Saturday mornings.

Another one for the coffee connoisseur, Simply Coffee has been labelled by many Adelaideans as simply the best coffee in town. With coffee roasted on site and many different origins available, Simply Coffee is like a cellar door for coffee. We highly recommend trying the Kenya roast, which will be sure to make the tiredest of students buzz with energy. Selling a range of coffees to take home as well as all the equipment you need to make your own delicious brew, this is a one-stop shop for anyone interested stocking up their house with the right stuff.

8340 0708 8am-4:30pm.


The Coffee Barun 221 Main North Rd, Sefton Park If you think you know the taste of a good coffee, think again. The Coffee Barun will blow you away! Owned by a family passionate about everything to do with coffee, Mark (one of the owners) brews one of the best cups in Adelaide. If you ask the staff a question about the coffee process, they actually take the time to explain to you the ins and outs of what makes a good cup of coffee. Selling everything you need to make your own coffee at home too, we highly recommend sitting down and trying their house blend, which is simply superb. 8342 2428 Mon-Fri: 7am-5pm; Sat: 8am-5pm; Sun: 9am-2pm.


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8363 9017 Sat: 9am-2pm.

Mon-Fri: 8:30am-5pm;

Jones the Grocer 123 King William Rd, Unley A feast for the senses, Jones the Grocer not only sells coffee and a diverse range of breakfast and lunch treats, it is also a gourmet food emporium. With a walk in cheese room and gourmet sauces, dips and everything in between on offer, it is hard for food lovers to walk out of here empty handed. For those that want to hang around though, pull up a seat at the communal dining table and enjoy the company of hungry foodenthusiasts. 8357 0200 Sun: 9am-5pm.

Mon-Sat: 8am-5pm;

How would you like your eggs? There are several ways to have your eggs served. If you have a preference be sure to let the waiter know.


Pan fired, often with oil.


Boiled in water, with no oil or salt.

Scrambled. Mixed and beaten in a pan, usually with some herbs and cheese.

casual restaurants Vietnam 73 Addison Rd, Pennington Although a fair way out of town, in an unsuspecting location, this is one of Adelaide’s best kept secrets. Bustling with locals almost every night, Vietnam restaurant serves up some of the highest quality Vietnamese food around. With plenty of staff to cater for the large crowd, the service is usually fast and helpful. We recommend trying the various cold rolls and the Quails, mari-

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nated in lemongrass and chilli, which makes for one big flavour hit that you will never forget!

student favourite and there’s a good chance it will become of yours.

8447 3395 5pm-10pm.

8223 6433 Lunch, Tue-Fri: Noon-3pm Dinner, Mon-Sat. 6pm-9pm

Tue-Sun 11am-3pm,

Mesa Lunga 140 Gouger St, Adelaide

Spices 278 Rundle St, Adelaide

One of the most relaxing yet stylish dining experiences anyone will have, Mesa Lunga give patrons a Tapas experience like no other. With the name actually fitting the decor quite nicely (translating to ‘long table’), big long tables give customers a welcoming, communal feel. We highly recommend the Chorizos here. However, The Insider recommend going in the early evening, grabbing a table outside, get some drinks flowing, and letting time drift by as you let your taste buds experience what everyone has been talking about.

This is The Insider’s favourite Thai restaurant in Adelaide. Huge servings and friendly service make Spices a great place for newcomers to feel comfortable and fulfilled. We recommend trying the cold rolls. Students get a 10% discount on presentation of their student card (not valid with any other offer). The wine and beer list is quite large, ensuring you and your friends will enjoy your meal with the right beverage.

8410 7617 Tue: 6pm-10pm; Wed-Thu: Noon-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10pm; Fri: Noon-11pm; Sat 6pm-11pm; Sun 6pm-10pm.

Coopers Ale House 316 Pulteney St, Adelaide If you have never had a traditional Australian pub meal before, this place is a must. Offering one of the biggest chicken parmigianas in the state, many students enjoy competing to see who can actually clear their plate. We highly recommend the Ale House’s massive pub meal for a great price (big meals starting at around $17.00). Vegetarian burgers are available and mouth-watering seafood alternatives like the Barramundi burgers. The AleHouse is a local

8232 9288 Mon-Fri 11:30am3pm, 5pm-10pm; Sat-Sun 11:30am10pm.

The Argentinian 46 Port Rd, Hindmarsh One for the hungry carnivores, the Argentinian Bar & Grill is the place to head if you are looking for a mouthwatering massive meal with your friends. The steaks are succulent, the wine list is local and very high quality, and the atmosphere is lively. Although we haven’t tried it, the chicken is said to be amazing too. If you hate feeling unsatisfied after eating at a restaurant, it is unlikely you’ll feel this way here. 8340 9331 Mon-Fri 11:30am-3pm, daily 5:30pm-11:30pm.


PUB MEALS 1. Chicken


Also known as Chicken Parmigiana, it’s a chicken schnitzel with a layer of tomato-based sauce and grated cheese.


Beer Battered Fish & Chips

The name says it all, the fish is deep fried in a batter made of beer!

3. Beef Burger (with the lot)

“The Lot” can really mean a lot! Sometimes comes with beetroot, egg & bacon.

4. Wedges Comes with sour cream & sweet chili sauce. Usually shared with mates but can quite easily turn into a substitute dinner.

5. Caesar


Comes with or without chicken, it’s a great alternative to some of the more filling pub meals.

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Mapo 113 Gouger St, Adelaide Korean food doesn’t get much better than this. Set among the collection of busy Gouger Street restaurants, the tranquillity of Mapo is felt instantly upon entry. The menu may cause a little confusion though, so just ask the waiting staff who are always more than happy to go through it with you. The Caramelised Beef Stew is highly recommended. With stunning decor and mouth watering traditional Korean food, this popular little restaurant is well worth a visit. 8211 6042 Tue-Sun: 5:30pm10pm; Fri: Noon-3pm.

Zapatas 42 Melbourne St, North Adelaide Adelaide’s oldest Mexican restaurant, Zapatas is known as one of the best in town. It has Mexican favourites like tacos, nachos, burritos and compliments them with old western styles. The night to come is Wednesday as people from everywhere head here for the halfpriced nachos (Thursday nights are half-priced marguerites). 8267 4653

Daily: 6pm-10:15pm.

Amalfi 29 Frome St, Adelaide Amalfis is a true Adelaide institution. A few years ago it was considered by many as the best pizzeria in town, and while they now have some new tough competition, they still serve some of the highest quality pizzas you will ever taste. With the authentic Italian pizzas and pastas bringing in a constant

stream of food lovers, the bustling atmosphere is something you have to experience yourself. It’s worth calling to book in advance. We highly recommend the Marinara Pizza and Puttanesca Pasta - just awesome. 8223 1948 Mon-Thu: Noon2:30pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm; Fri: Noon-2:30pm, 5:30pm-11pm; Sat: 5:30pm-11pm.

Urban Spoon Urban Spoon is a great little app for the iPhone that lets you search for restaurants in your area by type, location and price. It also has user reviews and even a cool feature called The Scope which displays the names of restaurants overlaid on the camera.

Upmarket Restaurants These listings are a little more pricey. However, these might be nice places to go with your parents when they visit.

wine from a large cellar, which is quite unusual practice here in Australia. For those looking for a traditional Swiss dish to sample, we recommend trying the Rocshti, which is a delicious potato dish that serves four. Fans of steak will be pleased to see Briand on the menu, which is such high quality that you don’t even need a steak knife to cut it. Established in the higher end of the restaurant market, Lenzerheide is the perfect place for that special dinner. 8373 3711 Tue-Fri: Noon-2pm; Tue-Sat: 6pm-9pm.

Windy Point Windy Point Lookout, Belair Rd, Belair Situated at Windy Point Lookout, this restaurant boasts the most spectacular view of any Adelaide restaurant. It is definitely the place to take your parents to show off your new home when they come to visit. The wine list is excellent, and showcases some of the best the State has to offer. The Roasted Lamb Rack served with tahini yoghurt and pineapple chutney is highly recommended. Service is the best in the business. 8278 8255

Mon-Sat: 6pm-10pm.

Lenzerheide 146 Belair Rd, Hawthorn This restaurant has been gaining quite the reputation here in Adelaide, and for good reason. Serving traditional and modern Swiss-inspired dishes, guests are invited to choose their own

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Vegetarian & Speciality

Beer me! Confused with beer sizes in this country? ...So are we! It seems like everywhere you go in Australia the glasses have a different name, it’s one of the most common frustrations for overseas & interstate visitors. Here’s what we call them in Adelaide:

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Good Life Organic Pizza 170 Hutt St, Adelaide This is a restaurant that surprises newcomers every time, offering very healthy pizzas that taste so good, customers are left wondering how they made it so delicious. Located at Glenelg, North Adelaide and in the city, the Glenelg store allows customers to sit outside on the balcony, which is really nice on a warm summer night. Sourcing all their ingredients from local suppliers, they also offer a high quality Australian wine list, hot fresh breads and home-made dips. We recommend the Spencer Gulf Prawns Pizza 8332 2618 Mon-Fri :Noon2:30pm, 6pm-10:45pm; Sat-Sun: 6pm-10:45pm

Thea Tea Shop 110 Gawler Pl, Adelaide

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Let all your stress melt away at Thea, with a tea house so relaxing and peaceful, many customers just never want to leave. Offering a delicious range of Thai-influenced vegetarian dishes, Theas also brew some of the best teas in Adelaide, served up by passionate and informative staff. Dishes like ‘Sweet and Sour Thing’, which is a seaweed and bean curd wrap may sound strange, but once you’ve tasted it you will realise why this tea house is classed as one of the best lunch spots in Adelaide. 8232 7988 Fri: 10am-8pm.


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Zen House Tea 17 Bent St, Adelaide This little relaxing shop somehow creates a quiet tranquil atmosphere in the heart of the city. With its mellow music and oriental interior, it’s a great place to go and chill out. Try some of their tea range as they stock over 200 different kinds for you to buy and take home or for drinking in-store. The vegan and vegetarian food available is also very well received. The Insider’s favourite combination is the famous ‘Not-Chicken’ and a cup of iced Piña Colada tea. 8223 2058 Mon-Thu: 11:30am-5pm; Fri-Sat: 11:30am-9pm.

Vego & Lovin’ It 240 Rundle St, Adelaide A popular student lunch spot for hungry vegetarians and meat eaters alike. Located upstairs on Rundle St, Vego and Lovin’ It cooks up some of the best vegetarian burgers in town like the Mexican Burger, served with corn chips and salsa. The soup is delicious and comes with sourdough and rye bread. Try the vegan ice cream if you can fit it in. A charming little restaurant and definitely worth a try! 8223 7411

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Australian Cuisine Schnitzel & Steak Toppings Australians are notorious for adding condiments and extra ingredients to the top of schnitzels and steaks. Two common examples of this are the ‘Surf and Turf’ or ‘Beef and Reef’ option available at many restaurants. This is basically prawns placed on top of either a schnitzel or a steak then covered in a sauce. The list of these topping options are endless. Some other popular examples include Kilpatrick (worstechir, barbeque sauce and bacon), Mexican (salsa, mozzarella and jalapenos) and Parmigiana (mozzarella, bacon and a fresh tomato sauce) Meat Pie & Sausage Rolls Australian lunch time meals are often sourced from the bakery or deli. Many of these bakery style foods usually involve some kind of meat or poultry wrapped in pastry. Some common examples include the meat pie, sausage roll and pasty. We highly recommend adding tomato sauce to all of these during consumption. If you ever get the chance to try a Ned Kelly pie (eggs, bacon and tomato in a pie), grab it!

Seafood Since the majority of Australian cities are coastal, seafood has always been a popular choice for meals. Some particularly nice seafood that we recommend trying while you are here include King George Whiting, Morton Bay Bugs and Barramundi. Seafood is often brought out on special occasions. If you tried some seafood back at home and didn’t like it, we advise giving it another shot here in Australia as it might surprise you. Aussie Breakfast Breakfast in Australia may, in some situations, be as simple as a couple of slices of toast or a bowl of cereal. Many cafés and restaurants serve a traditional style Australian breakfast, this usually includes eggs, bacon, fried tomatoes, baked beans and sometimes hash browns.

The Barbeque You’re in Australia, barbecues happen! The staple BBQ ingredients: beer, beef sausages, sliced bread, onion and tomato sauce. But don’t be disheartened if you don’t eat meat and drink beer like many of the local students do! Why not try cooking up some veggie burgers, falafels or tofu kebabs? Or, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous grab a recipe for stuffed tomato or zucchini. (google ‘vegetarian bbq’ for some great ideas) It’s a good idea to bring something to contribute too. Potato, pasta & green salads are common side dishes. You might find yourself in a game of cricket, don’t panic! Just hit the ball and run! Remember the Aussie bbq hierarchy! Only one person should be flipping the meat, one person should be poking the sausages and 4-5 men should be standing around watching the bbq with a drink in their hand, not helping at all.

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Adelaide may be a small city compared to where you’re from, but the students of our city know where to party, and soon so will you! The nightlife culture has grown from strength to strength. Most locals will tell you that having a local guide is the best way to find the hidden secrets that this vibrant city has to offer. However, as an international student in a new city, finding a local friend isn’t always that easy. We’re here to help! Unlike in many countries, light beer in Australia means low alcohol content, not low fat! So if you don’t feel like a big night, stick to light drinks. A popular one for girls is white moscato wine. Virgin cocktails (no alcohol) are also very popular for the non-drinkers.




Different City, Different Laws In some countries, driving while under the influence of alcohol isn’t harshly prosecuted. NOT HERE! If you get caught with a prescribed blood alcohol level over .05%, you can lose your licence, get handed a substantial fine and may even lose your student visa! It’s not worth it. Remember, if you are on your Learners or Provisional plates, you cannot have any alcohol in your system. Drinking outside of licensed venues or a private property is also illegal. This is a new city for you and there are new laws you need to abide by. If you are a music fan, you can expect some fantastic live music on show in Adelaide pubs and bars. We recommend keeping some online gig guides saved on your web browser, as you never know when your favourite band might be coming to town. We recommend the website:

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If seeing music isn’t enough, and you need to sing in front of your friends, then you need a good Karaoke lounge. Adelaide has you covered here too. For the real party goers who are in need of a cranking pub or nightclub on the weekend, you will find them scattered throughout the city and beyond. Let The Insider show you how to make the most of Adelaide nightlife, and you can buy us a beer to say thank you! Before we get started, here are some areas you should know about.

The city You’ll soon find out that the streets of Adelaide have been designed in squares but thankfully great pubs and clubs can crop up anywhere. From Hindley Street to Gouger Street, you can find smooth cocktail bars like Lotus Lounge to hidden gems like the Jade Monkey tucked away on Twin Street. Grab your beer goggles, explore and have fun!

The Bay Glenelg is Adelaide’s most well known beach-side suburb, and while it is popular with beach lovers during the day, at night the numerous bars scattered around the area come to life. On Sunday nights, The Grand (located on the beach front) packs out with party goers to finish their weekend with a bang!



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North Adelaide will make any visitor a king of convenience with a vast offering of restaurants, bars and live music venues. The Royal Oak Hotel is very popular with university students with a keen ear for jazz and an even keener taster for great Australian beers. Make sure to count how many musical instruments you can see hanging on the walls!

Open Air Cinemas In Australia, due to our warm climate, watching films outdoors is not considered strange at all. In fact, watching a movie under the stars is an experience we are sure you will write home about. You can bring along your own food and drink, sit back and enjoy! Running over the summer months, the most popular is the one in Botanic Park in the city. One we recommend checking out is the free one at Pt Adelaide. The screen there is attached to a lighthouse and shows classic movies.

Outer Areas You don’t always have to go to the city to have a quiet drink or to party on. All over Adelaide, there are a range of pubs and clubs in the outer suburbs for locals to enjoy. Some we recommend are the Maid and Magpie (1 Magill Rd, Stepney) and the Stirling Hotel (52 Mt Barker Rd, Stirling).

Now Playing Now Playing is the perfect companion for a night at the movies. This free app gives you access to reviews and session times at most cinemas in Adelaide. It will even tell you how far you are away from the closest cinema. Very handy!

Events Cinemas Westfield Marion, 297 Diagonal Rd With 26 cinema screens, students are rarely left with nothing to see here. Try and see films in a V-max, which is a huge cinema with a massive screen, high quality surround sound and very comfortable spacious seats. There is also a video game arcade next door, plenty of restaurants, cafés and shops to keep you occupied while the previews are running. Gold Class tickets are also available for special occasions. Gold class cinemas include dining service and spacious recliner seating. 8296 7788

Palace/Nova East End Cinemas Palace: 250 Rundle St Nova: 251 Rundle St The only city cinema with 10 screens, these centrally located, stylish cinemas are a great

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addition to a night out in the city. Renowned for hosting different film festivals all year round and live acts during the Fringe Festival, these cinemas are well established as Adelaide icons. Student tickets are $12, but if you join the Movie Club for a once-off fee of $13ish, you only pay $10 to see movies all year round. A bonus of these places is the fact that they are fully licensed, so you can buy a beer in the foyer and bring it in with you to watch the movie! 8232 3434

Hoyts 185 The Parade, Norwood Located on The Parade, this large cinema is surrounded by great cafés and restaurants, perfect for those friendly film debates. Inside the complex, there is a licensed bar and a video game arcade, so if you have 20 minutes before the movie starts, challenge your friend to a game of air hockey! There are a few other Hoyts cinemas around Adelaide so be sure to check the website for further details. 8332 5555

Mercury Cinema 13 Morphett St, Adelaide There isn’t anything else quite like it in Adelaide. Boasting an incredible program of cult, classics, premieres and new Chinese language films every month, this isn’t a cinema you can just walk in to when you’re bored. To get a ticket to one of these films, you will need to call ahead or rock up just before the film starts. We recommend checking out the program on

their website ( as they will be hosting a range of film festivals throughout 2010.



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Cocktails & Wine Cocktail bars and lounges provide you with a personal environment, away from loud music and raving drunkards. Get to know a new friend or that special someone a little more intimately. Cocktail culture is an art and a science in this city. This little experience can however be an expensive one. Most cocktail bars do have specials offered daily so be sure to check these out before you order. La Boheme 34 Grote St, Adelaide A Parisian style wine and cocktail bar, this cosey little place is a welcome addition to Adelaide’s nightlife. Offering an extensive cocktail list with all the classics, its real selling point is the intimate vibe (it only holds about 80 people!). The wine list has obviously had a lot of time and effort spent in its creation, which has paid off, as many of the patrons take up the wine option late at night. We recommend La Boheme as a chilled out way to spend an evening. 8212 8884

Wed-Sun: 5pm-late

The Botanic 309 North Terrace, Adelaide Elegance and class without the hefty price tag! The Botanic’s décor resembles a millionaire’s


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The original Australian underdog story. A family living near Melbourne Airport fight eviction. Many have tried and failed to capture the essence of this movie. Straight to the pool room.


Gallipoli (1981)

Set during WW1, this film tells the story of the ANZACs from the perspective of two young Australians sent to Turkey. Worth watching if you’re interested in Australia’s involvement in The Great War.

3. Two Hands (1999) Set in the world of underground crime in Sydney, Heath Ledger plays a 19-year-old in serious trouble with a local gangster.

4. Mad Max (1979) Mel Gibson stars as Max, a desperate man with nothing to lose in a post-apocalyptic vision of Australia. It’s got guns, gangs and lots of modified cars.

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5. a Felafel in

His Hand(2001)

Based on the novel by John Birmingham, this film follows the east coast share house adventures of Danny.

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TOP5.COCKTAILS By Sarah Luttrell

1. Gossip Girl Sangria @ 140 Gouger Street, Adelaide Served in an elegant orange and sugar crusted tall stem glass, the smooth blend of Vanilla Galliono, pomegranate liqueur and freshly squeezed lemon juice can be enjoyed round after round. Blissfully light and refreshing.

2. Zepher

The Tivoli @ 265 Pirie St, Adelaide

Based on the popular Bison grass flavoured vodka, The Zepher combines muddled mint, cucumber, lime and apple to compliment the textures of the vodka. Shaken with cloudy apple juice and poured over long ice, it’s the perfect summer thirst quencher.

3. Gaga

Sugar @ 274 Rundle St, Adelaide

For those who want a kick out of their drink, try the daring Gaga. The tangy mix of Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, Glayva liqueur and freshly squeezed orange juice will leave you with sweet after-tones of cinnamon and honey. Delicious.

4. KI Iced Tea

The Kings @ 357 King William Road, Adelaide

Priding themselves on their dedication to South Australian products, The Kings mix Kangaroo Island made liqueurs which prove top of the line. With pear, passion fruit and strawberry liqueurs shaken with cranberry juice and topped with a dash of fizz, it’s definitely one for ladies night.

5. Plum Pisco Sour Botanic Bar @ 309 North Terrace, Adelaide Never be disappointed with the high quality cocktails to come out of Botanic, classics with a twist and innovative new recipes. The deliciously exclusive Plum Pisco liqueur has to be experienced, a strong plum flavour complemented simply with fresh lemon juice, Cointreau and a hint of vanilla.

loft with crazy paintings and antique furniture that is comfortable to sit on. Complete with pool tables, this bar truly is the leader of the pack when it comes style, service and range of alcohol. Try the Mojito cocktail, the international student favourite! Cushdy 279a Hindley St, Adelaide Providing a necessary escape from the mayhem that Hindley St can sometimes bring, Cushdy has established itself as one of the best lounge bars our city has to offer. Showcasing an extensive cocktail list, Cushdy offers patrons the chance to drink and socialise in style, elegance and comfort. With live jazz on some evenings, it is the perfect place to enjoy the fine concoctions of Adelaide’s best mixologists. Bath Hotel 232 The Parade, Norwood Located on The Parade, a busy shopping and dining strip in eastern Adelaide, Bath has excelled to become a top-ofthe-range bar and restaurant. Sometimes frequented by a more mature crowd, it is a great place to share a glass of SA’s best wine with friends before you hit the town. With glistening marble surfaces, polished wooden floors and a smart, stylish layout, this newly renovated bar looks to become more and more popular in 2010, so check it out before it packs out! Elysium 182 Hindley St, Adelaide Cocktails, cocktails and more cocktails! This elegant lounge is intimate yet charming. So why



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not take a short break from dancing and sit in comfort, sipping one of their many cocktails. Elysium has a fresh and exciting atmosphere, catering to a crowd that loves to have fun. You will feel more than welcome.

Party Pubs & Student Bars The Oxford Hotel 101 O’Connell St, North Adelaide Offering a range of drinks specials for students who show their student ID, this bar is definitely one for the uni crowd. With the surrounding colleges ensuring this place is packed out on Wednesday and Thursday nights, the crowd is slightly older on Friday and Saturday nights. Nevertheless, the party vibe remains strong most nights, with live DJs playing tunes to keep everyone having a good time. If you happen to be in North Adelaide about lunch time, The Ox (as the locals call it) serves up one of the best value-for-money pub lunches around. The Edinburgh Hotel (The Ed) 1-7 High St, Mitcham Located south-east of the city (a 15-minute drive from the CBD) in Mitcham, The Ed became the Tuesday night hangout for all the year 12 students studying nearby. However, the good reputation has extended in all directions, attracting students from all over town to let their hair down mid-week. With



pints of Coopers Pale Ale and vodka on special on Tuesday nights, we recommend pulling up a stall in one of the best beer gardens in Adelaide, and enjoying the summer evenings here. Ed Castle 233 Currie St, Adelaide One of The Insider’s favourite pubs in Adelaide, The Ed Castle is just getting more and more popular. With a brilliantly laid out beer garden, stylish and newly renovated interior and a fantastic live band room, this is a venue you immediately feel comfortable in as you enter. There is plenty of food and drink specials ($10 food menu) for the uni crowd and some high class live music pumped through the awesome PA system on weekends. It is never a dull night at the Ed Castle. Electric Light Hotel 235 Grenfell St, Adelaide A two minute walk from Rundle St, Electric Light draws a large number of students most nights of the week! Comprised of a front bar, lounge and a courtyard (with a bar outside), you can feel like a king sitting in some of the furniture lying around. The Producers Bar, attached to The Electric Light, is one of Adelaide’s best live music venues. Keep an eye on their gig list as there are always some cool acts about to play there. On the weekend, local

and international DJs make this bar a pumping Adelaide student favourite. Duke of York 82 Currie St, Adelaide Probably Adelaide’s most popular uni students pub on a Thursday night, The Duke knows how to make the students happy. With $3 beer and bubbly from 8pm-10pm and $5 base spirits from 10pmMidnight on Thursday nights, it is the perfect way to unwind mid-week. There are also pizzas available from only $3.50. Definitely give this place a go!. The Stag 299 Rundle St, Adelaide Located on the corner of Rundle St and East Tce, this pub attracts a massive following seven days a week. On Friday and Saturday nights, The Stag is a highlight of the East End. Seating is available outside on both the of the two levels, so there is room for those who want to chill out while the dance floor heats up! It is always a big night when you head here on the weekend. The UniBar Victoria Drive, Adelaide The UniBar, located in the Adelaide University campus, is the perfect place to have a beer with your newly found friends. Offering cheap jugs of beer and live music on Friday nights, the Uni Bar is the perfect place to

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Visit any Hoyts Cinema in SA, buy a full price student ticket and pick up the new

2010 Hoyts Student Discount Card and start $AVING!* Hoyts Norwood 185 The Parade, Norwood Hoyts Salisbury Cnr James & Gawler Sts, Salisbury Hoyts Tea Tree Plaza 976 North East Rd, Modbury * Hoyts Student Discount cardholders pay only $10 for student tickets Mon – Thurs & before 5pm Fri. Terms & Conditions apply, Excludes 3D, Xtremescreen and Special Events. Visit a Hoyts location for more details. While stocks last – get in quick!

get away from the books for a night. They also hold lots of events for the uni crowd.

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play here and the crowd love hearing them! The dance floor is big enough to let loose and the bar is long enough to get a drink without having to wait an age! A very popular nightspot with the ‘cool’ kids of Adelaide.

Buddha Bar 31-39 Gouger St, Adelaide

Dance Clubs

The Buddha Bar is a bright and fun karaoke lounge where you and your friends can choose from thousands of song titles and thirteen differently themed lounges. They even have an Elvis-themed lounge! All are fitted with the latest technology and leather couches, creating a memorable evening of entertainment. Complete with a bar and supper lounge, Buddha Bar is the ultimate venue for Karaoke and making a fool of yourself!

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Grace Emily Hotel 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide The establishment here is a very warm and loving place to sit down and relax for a couple of hours. The crowd that hangs here and the staff that serve you will make you feel at home. The outdoor area is decked out like some kind of Texan ranch and the interior closely resembles a rockabillys clubhouse. The Grace also often has live music and other entertainment. Rocket Bar 31-39 Gouger St, Adelaide When it comes to live bands, comfy seats and a good crowd, head no further than Rocket Bar, located upstairs on Hindley Street. Local bands love to



Adelaide’s super club. Housing several different rooms and bars in the same club, this place is hugely popular for students who are looking to party all night! HQ regularly hosts awesome international artists, DJs and bands on weekends. On Wednesdays, HQ hosts Flashdance, a popular student night where DJs play 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s music with a blend of top 40. Casa Bla Bla 12 Leigh St, Adelaide After bursting into the West End nightlife scene pretty recently, this club is now one of the hottest in town. Whether it’s Salsa on the weekends, or the occasional African drumming providing the beat, this world-music inspired lounge/ dance club has definitely proven to be just what Adelaide has been looking for. Don’t despair if you just want to relax, Casa Bla Bla caters for those looking for a chilled out night too, with plenty of lounge areas available and an outdoor courtyard. With long queues on the weekend,

be sure to get there early to experience Casa Bla Bla for yourself! Electric Circus 17-19 Crippen Place Adelaide A trendy underground nightclub that has one of the best reputations around town, students come to dance the night away to some of the world’s best electro and house music. A favourite stop for world-renowned DJs, keep an eye on Rip It Up and Onion street press magazines to stay updated on events here. Always a great night at Electric!. Mars Bar 120 Gouger St, Adelaide Adelaide’s premier gay bar, the Mars Bar will ensure anyone who ventures in will have a fun night, regardless of their sexual preference. With drag shows on the weekends, the place itself is a spectacular mix of the contemporary and the classic nightclub look, with antique theatre chairs and exposed red brick walls. Promising a fabulous vibe, the staff always make everyone feel comfortable. Check out the always entertaining stage shows!

Late Night CaFEs Spats Café 108 King William Rd, Goodwood The dim lighting and plush interior of Spats Café provides the perfect atmosphere for romantic rendezvous and intimate gettogethers. Split into two levels,

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The next morning •

More water. Water is what we are made of.

Deep fried or oil cooked breakfast. We aren’t sure scientifically what this does, but at the least you will have something to occupy your mind.

Hang Over Cures •

Amino acid tablets. These are scientifically proven to work.

Eat foods that are high in Vitamin B. It just so happens that Australia’s favourite breakfast spread Vegemite is surprisingly effective after a big night.

While we don’t really recommend this one, some people believe the best hangover cure is to ‘get up and get back on it’. This means having a drink in the morning (many Australians call this event ‘hair of the dogs back’). Although temporarily effective, it is basically prolonging the inevitable. Everyone knows you don’t get a hangover until you stop drinking.

Prevention •

Only drink on a full stomach, eat before and during drinking. If it comes back up, it’s probably better that way anyway. Don’t fight it.

Dehydration makes your brain hurt. Drink water or a sports drink before you go to sleep to regain some electrolytes and glucose.

Drink less, order drinks with less alcohol in them or drink alcohol that is not good to be consumed with speed, like stouts.

Pain killers. This is a common quick-fix, but it simply combats the after effects of one drug (alcohol) with another. While it may help you, it isn’t good for your liver. A last resort cure!

Get outside and go for a jog followed by a cold shower. This might sound like a terrible idea given your potentially fragile state, but it is an effective way to get alcohol out of your system.

If all else fails... These “cures” might be worth a shot, but probably not. NOTE: the following cures have only been tested by The Insider team: •

Blended radish and lemon juice shot

Mexican food

Rubbing your armpits with citrus fruits - yes you read correctly.

Place fourteen black pins into the cork of the last bottle you drank

Remember: There’s no better cure than simply knowing your limits.

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cleverly placed partitions and curtains divide the space into cosy nooks with comfortable couches. The rich dessert menu is a real treat, with goodies like baklava with pistachio nuts and chocolate cream gateau. The Pancake Kitchen 13 Gilbert Place, Adelaide The Pancake House is an Adelaide icon that looks like it came straight out of the 1950s. Tucked away in a side street just off Hindley Street, the warm atmosphere is the perfect place to munch on some pancakes and slurp down a milkshake. Remember it is open 24 hours, and pancakes are the ultimate addition to a night out. It is extremely funny heading here in the early morning on a weekend, as you will likely see a hilarious young drunk

crowd struggling to decide if they should go home or continue eating. If you’re not in the pancake mood, try one of the fried potatoes with bacon and sour cream. The Elephant Walk 76 Melbourne St, North Adelaide A cosy little café for the romantics. With bamboo booths and red dim-lit lamps, this is a great place to take your girl or guy after a dinner date or night at the cinema. The couches are super comfy, so you can really sit back and enjoy the food and drink. The coffee on offer is from all over the world and are a delicious accompaniment to some of the mouth-watering desserts on offer.

Cocolat 283 Rundle St, Adelaide One look into this famous chocolate café/shop on a night out will have you instantly craving to get comfy inside with a hot chocolate while nibbling on some delicious cakes. A favourite for many students, this relaxing little place is perfect for those who need a break on those late study nights. Also, Cocolat on Rundle Street is licensed, which means it can sell a delicious alcoholic beverage that will make you never want to leave, chocolate martinis. A great place to stop in before or after going to one of the East End Cinemas, the combination of a romantic film and a nice slice of chocolate cake will be sure to please the student in need of a bit of pampering.

Language of the Night

the next drinks for the group? If the next one is on you, then get your wallet out!

“Down the hatch!” Simply means: “drink up!”

“Line em up!”

“Are you having a big “Picking up” one?”

Usually refers to drinking shots (30ml of spirits) as a group.

Or sometimes: “Are you going hard tonight?”. These are questions related to the length and stamina of your evening. It is asking if you will be out late. It may also be asking if you plan to do this in a fun and perhaps drunken manner.

“Taxi!!!” If someone drops a glass or falls over in a bar, locals yell taxi. This means that it’s probably time to go home, this is usually just a joke.

“Whose round is it?” Or “The next one is on me!”. Australians tend to buy drinks as a group. This could be for efficiency or simply because some people don’t like to pay for their own drinks. So when someone asks “Whose round is it?”, this means: who is buying

Or: “hooking up”, refers to finding love out on the town.

“Pissed” Or: hammered, gone, poleaxed, messy, smashed, tanked, maggot, out of it, trashed - all refer having too much to drink. Enjoy responsibly!

“I’m bailing” Or: bolting, jetting, scooting, heading off, piss bolting, cruising, buggering off, piking - all refer to someone leaving at the end of the night, or during (piker!)

“What’s your poison?” What kind of drink would you like?

Aussie Slang Dictionary. Bloody oath! - I certainly agree Cark it - to sleep or expire Cranky - in a bad mood Crook - to be unwell or not right Crow eater - a person from S.A Dag - to be dressed poorly Dero - to be uncouth Duffer - idiot Dunny - toilet Durry - cigarette (often rolled) Esky - portable ice box Fair go - be fair now Galah - idiot or fool Gobsmacked - lost for words Going off - it is going well Heaps - a large amount Franger - condom Hoon - a person who drives fast Longneck - a 750ml beer bottle Pash - a kiss with some tongue Perve - to sexually admire visually Piece of piss - quite simple Pig’s arse - highly unlikely Piker - leaves prior to the climax Rock up - arrive at a destination She’ll be right - all will be ok Slab - a 24 pack of beer Snag - a sausage Spewin’ - oh my gosh Squizz - a small look Stella - very good Stoked - to be quite happy with Stubby - apr. a 350 ml beer Sunnies - sunglasses Whinge - to complain Wuss - to act like a baby Yobbo - rude male

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Live Music BARS

Live on Light Square Light Square, Adelaide

Jive 181 Hindley St, Adelaide

Conveniently located in the heart of the West End, Live on Light Square is one of the most diverse live music venues around. They host everything from hip hop, jazz (Tuesday nights), funk, rock, RnB and much more. Live also hosts a range of comedians throughout the year, although during the Fringe Festival in March is when you will see many of them. With a range of events on offer (and almost every night of the week) for 2010, we highly recommend dropping in after uni for a drink and to see what events are coming up.

A student hangout on weekday afternoons, this legendary live music venue plays host to a range of high quality local and international acts. With the acoustics sounding just awesome, the decor has transformed several times over the last few decades (from a bar, to a nightclub, to a strip club, to a comedy club!). There is no doubt that Jive has character, and it is one of the best places to see live music in Adelaide. With balconies and a sunken dance floor, it is easy to get a good view of the acts on stage from anywhere in the room too! Highly recommended. Rhino Room 13 Frome St, Adelaide A great way to kick start a party, this is one place you simply can’t miss during your stay. It is the best venue in Adelaide to see some high class international and local comedians, guaranteeing a night to remember. Comedians can be seen here on selected nights so make sure you keep an eye on the website (w w w.rh inoroom .com .au). Check it out during The Fringe Festival as some of the biggest names in comedy come here late at night to please the late night comedy fans. Transmission nights have also taken off in the last year. These combine local DJs, indie music and cheap drinks. Visit their Facebook page for more details.



The Jade Monkey 29a Twin St, Adelaide As you walk into the Jade Monkey you will realise instantly that this bar is designed with one purpose in mind, live music. Showcasing a lot of local talent from a diverse range of music genres, this alleyway bar always attracts a cool crowd with rarely any annoying, stumbling drunks. Despite the small bar, drink service is surprisingly quick, which means you can get back to enjoying the shows faster. Look them up if you are keen to see some high quality local music.



Triple J 105.5 FM

Triple J is Australia’s leading youth radio station. It has a great selection of new Australian music and best of all, no ads! Check out the Hottest 100 on Australia Day (Jan 26)


2. Radio


Broadcasting in 68 different languages, SBS is a great way to keep in touch with what is happening at home, as well as staying informed on current affairs.




The best dance music station in SA, Fresh can often be heard at the start of parties to get everyone up and shaking their hips!




Slightly less ads than other commercial stations, and more of a focus on new music.


TripleM 104.7FM

Aimed at the 30-50 age group, TripleM mostly plays classic rock and a few ads.

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The Exeter 246 Rundle St, Adelaide The Exeter Hotel is the essential Australian pub. It was built in the 19th century and the décor hasn’t changed much since. Why fix what isn’t broken? The Exeter is a lively and comfortable pub where everyone is welcome. So get your taste buds ready as Wednesday and Thursday are Curry Nights! This is a popular tradition, especially amongst university students as tasty curry is served best with great Australian beer!.

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If you’re interested in venturing out of the house and exploring what Adelaide and the rest of South Australia has to offer, knowing where to start can be difficult. For a start, local attractions include galleries, museums, breweries, chocolate factories and so much more. If you are feeling a little more adventurous and want to get out of Adelaide for some action, South Australia has some of Australia’s best paintball parks, rock climbing, bush walking tracks and bike riding trails. For those that want to explore the stunning coastal towns and Australia’s famous beaches, the Great Ocean Road is world famous for its beautiful scenery, camping spots, cliff side drives and much more. If you need to hire a car, contact Europcar and quote The Insider reference number of 50383341 for some big savings on hire charges.

For the international student who wants to ‘go bush’, there are numerous camping spots such as the famous Flinders Ranges, where you can sleep under the stars, stay up late with friends and enjoy the peace and quiet. Be careful though, the Australian wilderness can be dangerous if you aren’t prepared so it is worth taking a few precautions which we will mention. So if you have a few days free, or even just one day, we highly recommend getting out of the city and exploring the parts that make South Australia one of the most beautiful states in Australia.

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activities Adelaide caters for the curious and adventurous student with a range of different options. Compiled by: Brenton Schoemaker Rock Climbing Adelaide has a number of excellent climbing areas for those looking for a bit of adventure. As it is important you only go climbing with the right gear and with experienced climbers, we recommend joining rock climbing clubs at the different universities. If you have never been rock climbing before head to the Gym at Holden Hill (560 North East Rd). If you’re more experienced, get some rock climbing gear together and head out to Morialta Gorge or Onkaparinga Gorge which has climbing at all levels (get The Adelaide Hills - A Rock Climber’s Guide by Nick Neagle for complete coverage of the climbing around Adelaide). For the more hard-core and dedicated, head to Mt Arapiles near Horsham in Western Victoria. It takes about 5 hours to get there and you will need camping equipment. There is a good quality gear shop and many climbing instructors there to help you get started. It is popular due to the quality and quantity of fantastic climbs. We recommend this for those who are very experienced climbers or are going with a qualified guide.



Surfing There are some stunning surf beaches in and around Adelaide, but what happens if you can’t surf? It’s OK, you can learn how to do it down at Middleton, one of SA’s best surf beaches. Surfboards and wet suits are supplied and the instructors make the session really enjoyable by ensuring you catch some great waves! With lessons running everyday, it is a great way to start your day out on the Fleurieu Peninsula! See web site for more information Kayaking A pretty unique experience you will likely write home about, get in a kayak and paddle through sea caves near Rapid Bay. Paddle up to ship wrecks and learn about how they got there. It is also common for dolphins to swim by while you’re in the kayak. A very special experience for international students who want to do something different! Book a week in advance. au Paintballing Shooting your friends with paint balls is a satisfying feeling! Spend a few hours ducking and dodging paint as you work your way through the rugged forest terrain. It stings a little when you get shot from close up, but the adrenalin rush takes care of that! It is one of the funnest activities The Insider team can advise and we highly recommend trying it. Prices vary as

you pay for the paintballs you need. The best one in SA is at Kuitpo Forest.

GETTING OUT OF TOWN Wildlife Sanctuaries I can hear you asking yourself, “where do I go near Adelaide to see all the wildlife?” Answer, Cleland Wildlife Park. This place is the ultimate for any international student wanting a wildlife experience that you will never forget. This vast expanse of bushland is the home to emus, koalas, dingoes, Tasmanian Devils and many more of our native animals. The wetland area is also thriving with tortoises, platypuses and birdlife. Entry is free between 9am-4pm, with guided night walks requiring a booking and a small fee. Kangaroo Island 45 minute ferry from Cape Jervis (2 hours from CBD) Kangaroo Island is the perfect weekend escape from Adelaide. With much of the island undisturbed by man, natural wildlife thrives here. Visitors can see seals, kangaroos, koalas and more in their natural environment while enjoying the island’s brilliant and varied beaches, delicious seafood and great hospitality. A sensational place to take your parents when they come to visit as luxury wildlife adventure tours are available. With a world-renowned reputa-

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tion, this island is worth checking out!. au Eyre Peninsula Approximately 8 hours out of Adelaide A fishing paradise, this is one for the students who are curious to see if Australian beaches are really as beautiful as people say they are. This area is full of secluded beaches with incredible cliff faces. If you’re up for a trek, go bush walking through the national parks such as Lincoln National Park and Coffin Bay National Park. Whale watching is common in this area, which is a very unique and memorable experience. Great Ocean Road If you want to see some amazing beaches on a worldrenowned coastline, this drive is a must. The Great Ocean Road will take you along the coast of south-west Victoria, weaving through rainforests and cliff-side roads. Go see the world-famous Twelve Apostles and Bells Beach. Stop off at little resort towns like Lorne and Torquay, which will make the surfing fans weak at the knees. This really is a magical drive, with cottages and bed and breakfasts (B&Bs) scattered along the way, making it the perfect little holiday. Adelaide Hills 45 Minutes by car from Adelaide CBD

Bushwalking By: Brenton Schoemaker Local Geology Student Adelaide has many beautiful places for bushwalking, from short walks to multi-day hikes. Of course, as the length of the bushwalk increases you will need a greater degree of experience and equipment in the Australian bush. A great short walk begins at Waterfall Gully and up to the summit of Mt Lofty. The track is very well worn and maintained, and the top offers magnificent views of Adelaide. If you have the equipment and are in search of a multi-day hike head to the Flinders Rangers (about 5-6 hours drive). However, make sure you have a map and have spoken to a few people about where you are heading, contact Bushwalking Australia for more information.

By: David Reed President of Bushwalking Victoria Compared to other places in the world, the Australian bush is relatively safe. However there are some dangers and you need to be prepared. The best way to safely experience and learn about our wonderful natural areas is to join one of the many bushwalking clubs. There is a network of clubs across Australia including some attached to universities and other tertiary colleges. To find the clubs go to and click the relevant state on the home page map which will take you to the state Bushwalking website. In addition, you will find lots of useful information about preparation, where to go, equipment and safety. Joining a club and going with experienced people is another way to learn about the different areas, and it also helps you meet like-minded people and form new friendships. As we say in Australia: ‘Why not give it a go?’

The hills are full of attractive walking trails and unique wildlife parks that the international

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Days to Relax By Elyse Lloyd In Australia we love public holidays. Most of us spend them with friends and family, relaxing and talking. And having a barbeque, of course!

Australia Day January 26th Commemorates the arrival of the first fleet of ships from England and celebrates the nation we’ve become. There’s an awesome celebration of music from the past year on Triple J, called the Hottest 100. Relaxing with friends and listening to music is a must.

Queen’s Birthday June 14th This isn’t the Queen’s exact birthday, but it’s a great excuse for a day off and one of the best things about being in the Commonwealth. It’s probably why Australia isn’t a republic yet! The weather is still mild, so it’s good to head outside and have fun.

Anzac Day April 25th This day is a remembrance of all the soldiers who’ve fought and died for this country. While it’s a serious occasion and there are marches held all over the country that you can attend, this is also a great day to be with friends.

Adelaide Cup Day March 8th It’s not as big as the Melbourne cup but it’s a day off so enjoy it! If you feel like checking out the races, get yourself down to Morphettville Racecourse. It’s a day of responsible gambling, eccentric hats and flowing champagne.

Labour Day October 4th

Limestone Coast Approximately 4 hours south of Adelaide Named after its huge limestone deposits created in an era when it was underwater (as recently as 2 million years ago!), this is one of the more spectacular areas on offer in South Australia. Check out some incredible caves at Naracoorte, little port towns such as Robe and Beachport and some beautiful wine regions such as the Padthaway and Coonawarra. We recommend, if you have the cash, to stay in one of the gorgeous cottages scattered around this area. You won’t regret it!


This day celebrates Labour Unions and the rights for workers that they have achieved. Of course, most young Aussies don’t know that, but they know it’s a great day for a barbeque and to go on holiday.

In some of the above areas, camping is allowed. However, it’s important you go prepared!

Good Friday & Easter Monday April 2nd - 5th

Mountain Designs Basement 187 Rundle St, Adelaide

People take advantage of the long weekend to go on holiday. If you are planning on taking a trip at this time of year, then book accommodation early! It’s also a great time to get together with friends and have some fun, as the weather is generally mild. The other major holidays are Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, which are all from December 25th to January 1st. Many businesses are shut for the whole period, and others have different opening hours, so you’ll need to check them as the holidays arrive.


student must see. If you are interested in seeing some Australian fauna and flora as well as some native wildlife, the Adelaide Hills is worth the drive (or bus trip). There are also a myriad of old fashioned, traditional little towns full of cute coffee shops and historical buildings that are worth a visit.


If you’re in search of some high quality outdoor gear and need some quality advice before making a purchase, these guys and girls really know their stuff. Mountain designs stock only the best quality gear. If you’re going camping you will probably need

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Outback Tips

a tent, sleeping bag, torch and whole range of other things. Get your questions answered and get some great advice. Get out there! 8232 1351

Plan Make sure the roads you plan to use are OK to drive on. Sometimes after rain the roads can become impassable.

Service Make sure your vehicle is in good condition, get it serviced before leaving!

Prepare Bring enough food and at least 2 litres of water per person per day (more if you plan on doing anything strenuous).

Alert If you plan on walking difficult or lengthy tracks in a national park, make sure you inform the rangers in the park office. Let them know your intended route and estimated time of arrival.



TOMS TOURS We at The Insider support businesses that help international students have a great time in Australia. When Tom invited us to experience how he planned to show them the outback, we had to check it out. Unlike most of the tours you can do in Australia where you stay in expensive caravan parks, hotels and motels (with the cost being passed on to you), Tom took us to his old family home in Hornsdale, about 20km north-west of Jamestown. He worked hard to make us all feel at home, and he succeeded. After waking early from a deep sleep (there is something about the country which makes everyone sleep so well!) we went bush walking in Wilpena Pound, the most famous landmark of the Flinders Ranges. I have lived in Australia my whole life and I am still amazed at how beautiful it is in the Flinders. You can see wild kangaroos, goats, koalas, emus and a many different birds, including massive eagles flying overhead!

happened to be some of the friendliest people I have ever met. Many tour companies do not take their tours to country pubs, but I thought it was a fantastic addition as we got to learn about how important this was as a social meeting place for all the farmers who spend the majority of their day in isolation. We arrived home tired and hungry, and we were treated to a delicious pumpkin soup before bed. The tour also includes wine tasting in the Clare Valley on the way home! The Insider highly recommends this tour for international students interested in making new friends, saving money (almost half the cost of a similar tour!) and having a more personalised, intimate experience in one of the most incredible outback areas of Australia. By: James Martin Editor

On the way back to the house we stopped at two different, traditional outback pubs where we met some local farmers who

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Local Sites Adelaide Zoo Frome St, Adelaide Since the arrival of Giant Pandas Wang Wang and Funi late last year - the only two of their species in the southern hemisphere - Adelaide Zoo has been extremely popular. While these huge fluffy animals are indeed amazing to see, there are so many more reasons to take a trip to the zoo. Specialising in endangered and rare species from Australia and beyond, the zoo allows you to get close to the fluffy and ferocious. The zoo also doubles as a botanic garden so don’t forget to take note of the rare exotic plants. Student entry prices are $18 with a concession card and adults are $26. Viewing of the Giant Pandas is included in the price but check the website for viewing times. 8267 3255

Daily 9.30am–5pm.

Coopers Brewery 461 Regency Rd, Regency Park With beer sales expected to exceed 60 million litres in 2010 its no wonder Coopers Beer continues to be one of Adelaide’s iconic products. To get a better look at how this ‘liquid gold’ is made, people over 18 can book a tour of the brewery. After learning about the brewing process and the history of Coopers you’ll be rewarded with your very own taste of the famous brew. Experience why this beer is so popular in SA and increasingly



in other states! It’s hard to come up with a good excuse not to go! 8440 1800

Tours: 1pm Tue-Fri.

Art Gallery of South Australia North Tce, Adelaide Here you’ll find over 38,000 works from Australia, Asia, Europe and North America – and that’s just the permanent collection. The art gallery is renowned nationwide for its quality, and is the cultural hub of Adelaide. The ever-changing display of international and Australian artists of different styles ensures you’ll never get bored in this building! The permanent collection is free to view but check the website for the price of special or touring exhibitions. 8207 7000 Daily 10am–5pm. *Guided tours 11.00 and 2.00pm daily

Migration Museum 82 Kintore Ave, Adelaide Want to know how Adelaide became such a multicultural city? How has immigration affected the local indigenous population? There’s nothing like looking into the past to understand the present, and the Migration Museum is a great way to get to know Adelaide’s origins. Interactive exhibitions and thought-provoking displays will give a deeper insight into your adopted study home.

Haighs Chocolates 154 Greenhill Rd, Parkside Since the introduction of the art of European fine chocolate making to Adelaide in 1915, South Australians have never looked back! The quality and range of chocolate is exquisite and well loved by locals, whose taste for Haighs chocolates has ensured it is one of Adelaide’s most popular attractions. New students prepare to have your senses transfixed as you tour the factory and taste the legendary chocolates. Bookings are essential. 8372 7077 Mon-Fri: 8.30am5.30pm Sat: 9am-5pm*20 minute tours Mon-Sat 11.00am,1.00pm and 2.00pm

Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute 253 Grenfell St, Adelaide International visitors should not miss the opportunity to engage with these artistic works. Learn about the diversity of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures through their amazing artistic works. Entry into the Gallery is free with cultural performances at Noon Tuesday to Sunday costing $3 for concession card holders. 8372 7077

Daily 10am–5pm

8207 7580 Daily Mon-Fri: 10am–5pm Sat–Sun: 1pm–5pm

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Beaches By Brenton Schoemaker When you were sitting at home deciding if Australia was the right choice to study in, I bet one of the things that pushed you towards Australia was our golden sands and crystal waters that make our beaches some of the best in the world. The beach is a big part of Australian culture. Sitting in the sun with your mates before slipping into the ocean to cool off on a warm day is one of the most Australian experiences you can have. You might just want to sit back, read a book and soak in some sun. Alternatively, you might be a little more adventurous and are looking to catch some waves on your surfboard. Whatever you want to do, there is a beach somewhere near Adelaide waiting for you. These listings will give you a bit of an idea of which beach is worth checking out. Port Willunga Regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches in Australia, this one is truly a hidden treasure of the Fleurieu Peninsula. With the quaint Star of Greece Café perched on the cliff top overlooking the beach and the famous Star of Greece ship wreck, this is a beach that you have to experience for yourself - just magical.



Semaphore A great beach for those of you who are living north of the city. The sandy beach provides a great place for sunbathing and swimming. This beach also provides a great launching place for windsurfing and kite-surfing. The local sailing club also has racing during the summer months. Semaphore beach is also the location of the annual Kite Festival which showcases an amazing array of kites, big and small. This is usually held in March. Glenelg & Brighton Glenelg is just a short tram ride from the city. Situated southwest of the city, both the beach, esplanade and main street have a lot to offer for beach goers. You can head out onto the sand for a few hours, go for a swim and after have some dinner at one of the beach-side cafés. Although this may not be the most secluded beach, it is easily accessed and offers many activities for those people who are interested in shopping and dining as well as sun-bathing and swimming. Victor Harbor Victor Harbor can either be a day trip or a weekend away. Either way, it is a beautiful place to visit. Victor Harbor is located about 1.5 hours south of the CBD but is well worth the effort

for a number of reasons. The restaurants and cafés are very good and the scenery is great. The spectacular Granite Island Loop Walk is well worth the time but in winter make sure you have a warm jacket. Little penguins nest on the island and can be seen at dusk. Middleton Middleton is close by to Victor Harbor and is particularly good for surfing whether you are a beginner or an expert. This is also the location for a great surf school, Surf & Sun. Port Noarlunga Port Noarlunga is a friendly area located further south of the city. The jetty here provides great scenic views of the coast and the perfect fishing spot for beginners. Port Noarlunga offers great fresh food, from top restaurants to the local corner shop, which often serves fresh and tasty fish and chips. If you have just bought yourself a surfboard then South Port Beach, a few hundred metres south of Port Noarlunga, is the place to practice your surfing skills. Port Noarlunga, like Glenelg, is a beach that is perfect for settling in for a full day.

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Beach Safety tips


Swim between theflags

At most popular beaches you will see surf lifesavers who have worked out the safest part of the beach to swim. They communicate this to you by putting up big flags on the beach. Swim in between them! This will ensure you don’t put yourself at risk by swimming in dangerous areas. Also, if you do struggle in the water, you have a much better chance of being seen by the rescuers if you are swimming in the area that they are patrolling.




Don’tfight theripor current

If you get pulled out to sea by a rip, do not try and fight it. It will just make you tired and you will really struggle. The smartest thing to do is to let yourself get pulled out to sea, then when the rip dies down, swim to the side and swim back into shore.


Swimwith friends

Make sure you swim while your friends watch you. If you struggle, they can help you out or find someone nearby that can help you!

Don’teat 4. immediately beforeyou swim Wait at least half an hour before you go for a swim if you have just had a meal. You could get cramps and this could make swimming very difficult. If you want more information regarding safety on the beaches, check out: Also, many popular beaches have surf life saving offices present, with lifesavers patrolling the beaches at busy times.

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Wine Tasting By: Thomas White

Clare Valley Paulett Wines Polish Hill River Rd, Seven Hill via Clare If you want to taste the best Australian Riesling then you need go no further than this winery. The Clare Valley is renowned for this variety, and at Paulett’s, the Reserve and Standard wine are praised by wine writers all over the globe. 8843 4328

Neagles Rock Directions on website Complemented by a stunning restaurant, this is the perfect place to mix great food with interesting wine varieties like Sangiovese. A must try is the Cabernet Sauvignon. 8843 4020

Tim Adam’s Wines Directions on website This place has one of the highest quality wine lists you’ll find in any cellar door. The twenty-year-old Tawney Port is brilliant when available.

Barossa Valley Henschke Wines Henschke Rd, Keyneton This winery is located in the Eden Valley and is the home of the most famous single vineyard wine from Australia, Hill of Grace Shiraz. It is a little challenging to get to on the weekend, as they’re only open from 9am to 12noon on Saturdays and closed Sundays. However, they’re open Monday to Friday 9am to 4.30pm. 8564 8223

Rockford Wines Krondorf Rd, Tanunda A classic style winery, this one has so much history even the cellar door looks like a museum. Although not all wines are available to try, this is a unique opportunity to see and taste what the best dirt in the Barossa can produce. Try the Basket Press Shiraz (very limited). The Cabernet and the Frontignac are great too. 8563 2720

Two Hands Wines Neldner Road, Marananga This producer sources from all over the State and across Australia to find the best grapes to create some very interesting wines for all types of wine lovers. The different blends of Shiraz are very famous from

here. Try the Moscato, Lily’s Garden Shiraz, Angels Share Shiraz and Gnarly Dudes Shiraz. 8562 4566

McLaren Vale D’Arenberg Osborne Rd, McLaren Vale This is one of the biggest and most beautiful wineries in the South. The superb quality restaurant has a breathtaking view south into the valley towards Willunga and the southern Mt Lofty Ranges. The cellar door set-up is very approachable, with the entire quirkily named range up for tasting. The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier (Vee-Yon-Yah) is The Insider’s choice. 8329 4888

Coriole Chaffeys Rd, McLaren Vale Renowned as the kings of the Italian grape variety Sangiovese in SA, this winery has a wide selection of bold, robust reds. However, their whites are very nice and worth trying. We recommend the Fiano (Italian white) and the Chenin Blanc, which we think is one of the best in Australia. 8323 8305

8843 4020

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There is no better way to get to know your new culture and make some new friends than going to events. Adelaide offers everything from car racing to film festivals to arts fairs. There certainly must be something out there for you. The following listings are just an idea of the events that are coming up over the next year. Keep your ear to the ground, talk to people and read local press to stay up-todate with what’s going on near you.

Music Festivals By: Alex Doudy WOMADelaide Botanic Park Step into Botanic Park during WOMADelaide and immerse yourself in a world of arts, dance and music. The festival celebrates the cultural diversity of our planet by focusing on traditional music from Australia to Africa to Japan to




anywhere! The decorated trees and light displays create the perfect atmosphere to take in the show and indulge in the unique foods on offer. So get your heart thumping and your feet moving to the infectious sounds of WOMADelaide. 11–13 March 2011

Big Day Out Wayville Showgrounds Music lovers will be in heaven as the cream of local and international music acts head to Adelaide for this day-long festival. Rock out to your favourite bands on the main stages or discover Adelaide’s own talents at the local produce stage. If dance music is more your thing, head to the Boiler Room and be blown away by the infectious beats. Consistently pulling over 10,000 people each year

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Photo: Marcus Ă–sterberg

the Big Day Out is Adelaide’s largest rock music festival. Jan-Feb 2011

Falls Festival Lorne (& Tasmania) One of the most popular festivals in Australia, you have to be quite lucky to get a ticket to this one. Situated on a farm in the middle of a rainforest in the stunning beach-side town of Lorne, patrons have to camp on-site, meaning the festival vibe doesn’t stop when the acts stop playing. This festival always manages to attract big name acts like the Black Keys, De La Soul, Franz Ferdinand, Kings of Leon and the Dandy Warhols just to name a few. Camping with your friends and making friends with strangers is a massive selling point for this festival, as it always delivers a good time for festival lovers. 29 Dec 2010 - 1 January 2011

Adelaide International Guitar Festival The fourth annual Adelaide International Guitar Festival will be held from late November and will once again present a fabulous line-up of international guitar greats. The festival is a celebration of the world’s most popular and accessible instrument and will feature performances across a wide variety of genres, as well as artist forums, talks, visual arts and free events. www.adelaidefestivalcentre.

Future Music Festival Rundle Park With an incredible line up in 2010 headed by Empire of the Sun, Franz Ferdinand and The Prodigy, this is a festival that is always a massive day out for music lovers, and more specifically dance music lovers. Located in Rundle Park, the sounds of some of the hottest bands in the world can be heard echoing all down Rundle St when the speakers start pumping. It can still be very hot at this time of year so make sure you drink lots of water and wear a hat! www.futuremusicfestival. Early March 2010 & 2011

Summadayze Rymill Park The ultimate cure for that New Years Day hangover, this is a festival with some of the best dance music and hip hop around. Walking around the Summadayze Festival in the mid-afternoon is a highlight, as you watch the sleepless party goers try and fight their tiredness. It is truly a great day out though with all your friends, as you have a drink, sit in the shade and plan your new years resolution over the head nodding tunes. 1st January 2011

St Jeromes Laneway Festival Fowlers Live courtyard In 2004, a couple of guys in Melbourne thought that the Melbourne live music scene needed a bit of a shake up. They organised for some great bands to perform in an alleyway behind St Jeromes Bar. It proved to be hugely popular and started a cult following of this uniquely intimate festival. The philosophy of this event to showcase a range bands in unique settings. It has proven to be so contagious that the festival has spread to other cities, including Adelaide! It is truly worth checking out for the world class acts and awesome local bands in an incredible setting. Late Jan-early Feb 2011 au

ARTS FESTIVALS Adelaide Film Festival The best of world cinema makes its way to Adelaide for this festival which is full of special events, forums and art installations. Offering over 130 films from 49 countries, many Australian works are also screened. So if you want to broaden your cinematic experiences, we recommend you indulge yourself at some of Adelaide’s best galleries and cinemas. February–March 2011

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Plan A: Don’t get burnt!

By: Elyse Lloyd


The sun is fun, but take regular breaks in the shade.


Australia is a hot country with a million great things to do outdoors. Getting sunburnt is not one of them! Here’s how to avoid sunburn:


Wear sunscreen Look at the label for the SPF (Sun Protection Factor) rating. SPF 30+ is the minimum rating you should go for. If you possibly can, then get SPF 40+, or even 60+, which is supposed to protect from all types of ultra-violet light (also known as UV Rays).



Wear lightcoloured clothing Make sure to cover your arms and legs. No one wants to look like a cricketer, unless they’re actually playing cricket of course, but the idea behind this is simple. Light colours reflect the sun’s rays and the more you cover up, the less skin that is exposed to burning.

Wear sunglasses Apart from just being way more comfortable in the sun, it is good for your eyes to not be exposed to sun all day long.

Plan B:

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Take a cold shower Not too cold, but a quick shower can really help. Just like any other burn, sunburn can be treated with running water.

Wear a hat Trying to sleep with burnt shoulders and neck is not a pleasant experience. The more of your face and neck you can cover, the better.

Seek shade


Aloe Vera Gel Banana Boat is one company that produces the gel and it’s available from pharmacies and some supermarkets. Apply it as often as you need to.


Ice packs Ice packs can be used to cool the burn as well, after the area has been cooled by something else. If something too cold goes straight on to the burn, the contact could cause the skin to peel away when you remove it! Always wrap ice packs in a towel for the same reason.

OzAsia Festival Adelaide Festival Centre This festival explores the links through both traditional and contemporary work between Australia and the diverse and rich cultures of Asia. It involves both Australian and Asian artists in theatre, dance, music, visual arts, film and forums and kicks off with the Moon Lantern Festival along the banks of the River Torrens. au/ozasia 17 September - 2 October 2010

Sala Arts Festival South Australian visual artists are the focus of this festival. Rather than simply viewing the works, audiences are encouraged to become part of them by being involved in workshops. Interacting with the artists is a great way to discover and learn about our own local talent. The South Australian Living Arts Festival has exhibitions and activities in Adelaide, the Barossa Valley, Clare Valley and Murraylands. 30 July – 22 August 2010

Fringe Festival Adelaide City Centre Second only to the Edinburgh Fringe in scale, this arts festival attracts performers and artists from all walks of life whose sole ambition is to entertain. Comedians, artists, actors, street performers and musicians converge in Adelaide to transform the city centre into their own stage. The Garden of Unearthly Delights is the heart of the fringe where

you can meet your friends for a drink and be treated by impromptu performances from Fringe artists. 19 February – 14 March 2010

Adelaide Caberet Festival Adelaide Festival Centre Entertainment is guaranteed as the best local and international cabaret acts take to the stage to tell moving tales through song and dance. Performers connect with their audiences as they convey the personal, funny, sad and intimate. Plenty of cafés, restaurants and cosy alcoves are set up around the festival centre so students can kick back and absorb the artistic atmosphere.

Parade Food, Wine and Music Festival is a great day of fine cuisine and entertainment. Late February – early March 2011

Mela Indian Festival 2010 Elder Park The sights, sounds and tastes of India come alive as the Indian Australian Association of South Australia hosts the Mela Indian Festival. Experience the best of Indian cuisine and music entertainment or have a beautiful henna tattoo painted on your body. Tickets to the event are around $7 so its great value for money too! 27 March 2010 au/adelaidecabaret 11-26 June 2010

Food WINE & Culture FESTIVALS The Parade Food, Wine & Music Festival The Parade, Norwood With its great range of gourmet foods, wine and upcoming jazz and blues musicians it’s easy to see why this is one of South Australia’s most popular street events. The hottest new fashion styles are on show on the catwalk while the street’s restaurateurs compete to serve you the tastiest dish. Just a quick bus ride from the city, the

Royal Aelaide Show Wayville Showgrounds Running for one week each year the show is South Australia’s biggest annual event. Set aside a whole day to take in the animal shows, carnival rides and sideshows, art exhibitions and food tastings. At the end of the day head to the massive showbag hall to choose from hundreds of bags filled with novelty items and sweets. 3 – 11 September 2010

Schutzenfest 2011 Ellis Park, West Tce, Adelaide For one weekend each year German fever hits Adelaide as locals head to Bonython Park for their annual hit of German culture. A popular event for students, Schutzenfest offers

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Festival Tips Music festivals are a great way to check out your favourite bands and to get to know new bands. There is nothing better than enjoying a few days with your friends out of town and listening to great music. Most sell out quickly, so decide whether to go before the tickets go on sale. Some sell out within a day, e.g. Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival. Others sell within a couple of weeks, e.g. Big Day Out and Future Music.

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If you’re camping, find a spot on a hill. You’ll appreciate it when it starts raining.


But remember to take the essentials: torch, toilet paper, duct tape, string, tissues, tent, medical kit, plastic bags, padlocks for your tent, etc.

Wear Sunscreen Apply some SPF30+ sun cream every couple of hours.


FindaPlace toMeet Plan a place to meet up with friends. Chances are you won’t have phone reception.

The most annoying thing you can forget after hitting the road.

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BringEnough Cash Check the tickets to see what you can take. You’ll probably have to buy overpriced food and water. Most festivals have ATM facilities but expect to line up.

a fine selection of beers. Stalls serve traditional German food while oompah music and slap dancing bring the atmosphere alive. Early January 2011

Sporting events International Rugby Seven Adelaide Oval 16 of the worlds best rugby teams descend on Adelaide to compete for points towards the International Rugby Board Sevens series. Running over three days the fierce world-class competition sees spectators on the edge of their seats as they scream and shout for their favourite team. Sporting fans simply cannot miss out on the chance to attend the biggest carnival in Australian Rugby. 19 – 21 March 2010

Clipsal 500 Adelaide City The awesome power of V8 supercars is put to the test as they race around Adelaide’s own temporary race track. Described as the ‘best touring car event in the world’, Clipsal 500 pulls crowds of around 300,000 over the four days of competition. When you’re not marvelling at the speed and power of the supercars head along to many of the concerts and other activities that are part of the this event. 19 – 21 March 2010

Classic Adelaide Fans of vintage cars will love this classic car rally. Beginning each day in the city centre, the course winds its way through the Adelaide Hills and some of South Australia’s best wine districts. Each day thousands of spectators come out to cheer on the antique cars and enjoy the race.

the event. The trackside festivities provide the perfect party setting.

Feast Festival

17 – 21 November 2010

City-Bay Fun Run This event is extremely popular with over 25,000 entrants last year. While some participants are very competitive, for most it truly is a fun run. You can choose whether to walk or run a 3, 6 or 12km distance with many entrants dressing up in crazy costumes and enjoying the en-route entertainment. For those reluctant sports people, this is a great opportunity to have fun whilst exercising! 19 September 2010

Adelaide Cup Allan Scott Park, Morphettville As one of the few races in Australia to have its own public holiday, Adelaide Cup is a day of high excitement. Jockeys, trainers, owners and spectators travel from all over the country to take part in this annual tradition. Adelaide Cup Day is also renowned for high fashion, socialising with celebrity guests, live music and fashion parades, which adds to the glamour of 8 March 2010

Gay FRIENDLY Contributions by: Dexter Mejia

The biggest gay event in Adelaide that runs almost the whole month of November. Featuring local artists, the festival includes theatre performances, writing contests, paintings, and sculptures. Tickets are very reasonable and students are usually given discounts. 13 - 28 November 2010

Picnic in the Park Veale Gardens, Corner of South Tce + Sir Lewis Cohen Ave, Adelaide Part of the Feast Festival, this event should be mentioned separately as it is a popular gay event in Adelaide. You will see lots of gay and straight people in one place spending one whole day of fun. Not only reserved for eating, this picnic has dog shows, body painting and live music.

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We know it’s hard to settle in to a new city. When you first arrive, everything is new and every little task is difficult. We’re here to help! Past and present international and local students have helped us assemble this section for you, the student in need of a helping hand. Here you will find help with problems like finding a job, finding a car, study help and more. If you would like to get more involved in extra curricular activities and meet some people, we recommend heading to your student office or student union at your institution. It is their job to make sure your experience there is enjoyable and memorable.

STUDY TIPS You know study is important, that’s why you’re paying so much to be here! So we thought we would give you a bit of help with handling all the stress. Make a schedule It is important to allocate your time. It will immediately calm you down and you will feel more in control of your workload. Relax Only study when you are relaxed, alert and ready to work. Last minute study is not really effective. Review Review your lecture notes. Many students don’t bother doing this but you will thank us when exam time comes.

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Help! Don’t be shy asking for help from other students, including local students. The teachers understand that you may not be as good at English as the local students, so talk to them about your study problems and they will help you! Location, location, location Choose a good place to study! As comfortable as it may be pumping the speakers and having the TV on while you study, it isn’t a good idea. You will get a lot more work done in a shorter amount of time if you work privately, in a quiet area.

Banking in Australia Opening a bank account Unless you plan to store your money in your mattress, you might want to get yourself an Australian bank account. Dealing with the banks is rarely a straightforward process, so we’ve put together some tips for you. Choosing a bank There are a number of banks to choose from in Australia, and we recommend doing your research online before choosing a bank. NAB, Commonwealth Bank and Westpac have quite comprehensive international student sections on their websites. When comparing the banks, make sure you take note of the fees on the account. Fees and charges are all too common with Australian bank accounts,


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so it is wise to understand what you will be charged for and when. Once you’ve selected one, it’s time to visit the bank. Some banks require you make an appointment, but if you avoid the lunch time rush you should be able to get it done on the spot.

What to bring:

Drivers License (If you have one)

Passport/ Visa Proof of Address A bill that has been sent to your house is usually good enough.

ATMs (Also known as cashpoint, cash machine or ‘hole-inthe-wall’) Always try to use the ATM that belongs to your bank as there will likely be no charge. If you can’t get to your bank’s ATM, use one from another bank (this charge is usually about $2 per transaction). Avoid using the smaller machines you find in bars, clubs and petrol stations. Some of these will make you pay a lot for the convenience.

Credit cards Before getting a credit card, take a look at ‘debit’ cards. These enable you to use VISA or Mastercard services (like online shopping), but it uses the money in your account not credit. If you decide you need a credit card make sure you do your research and ask about fees. Eftpos Eftpos is a way to use your bank card to buy products and services without using cash. All you need to do is swipe your bank card and enter your PIN. You might be asked if you want “cash out”- this is just a convenient way to withdraw money from your account without going to an ATM. Transferring money overseas If you’re heading home and you’ve still got money in your account, you obviously haven’t been making the most of your time! Check out the rest of this guidebook for helpful tips about where to spend your money. If you must take it with you, head into your local bank branch with the details of your overseas account. They will ask for: Bank account name and account number The overseas bank ‘sort’ code International Bank Account Number (IBAN) (Europe only) SWIFT code of the overseas bank

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You may need to contact your overseas bank, but usually the above information can be found on their website. Transferring money to Australia Need a top up from a relative back home? Here’s the information you’ll need to give them: Australian bank account name Australian bank account number and BSB Address of the bank your account is with Australian bank SWIFT Code Currency conversion Travelex outlets are basically a one stop shop for currency conversion. These outlets can be found in a number of locations. These include airports, major travel agents and tourist areas. Most banks also offer conversion facilities.

Weblinks Department of Immigration Australian Tax Office Workplace Authority Online Job Sites


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Looking for Work Florence Wong Working while studying has many great benefits, not only in terms of earning a bit more spending money, but is a great way to make new friends outside university and gain work experience and skills in Australia. As an international student, the first thing to check is whether you have working rights before starting your search for a job. Usually, you will be permitted to work for 20 hours during term time, and unlimited hours when your course is not in session (such as over semester breaks, or, if you are a postgraduate research student, after you have handed in your thesis). However, you should check your documentation to make sure. Additionally, before you start looking for work, you will also need to apply for a Tax File Number, a straightforward process through the Australian Tax Office. Once you’ve got that out of the way, prepare a good resume and start looking! Good sources of work include job notice boards at your university, or through online job sites (see left). Local newspapers are also a good source for casual and part-time jobs in the area where you live (particularly important if you need to rely on public transport). Many larger organisations, such as supermarkets or department stores recruit through their websites, so it’s also worth going there to have a look. Smaller shops and cafes will sometimes post vacancies on their windows, so keep your eye out when you’re wandering around. If there’s a particular place that you’d like to work, don’t be afraid to walk in and talk to the manager or hand over your resume. Even if they don’t have an opening then, they can keep you in mind when they are looking to hire.

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All students have goals when they start their overseas education. However, it is relatively easy for international students to lose sight of their goals because either they are struggling to adapt to the Australian environment or their lives have become a routine. Therefore, many graduates (including myself) have many regrets because we cannot achieve these initial goals – and it is often too late for us to realise and make any efforts to rectify these regrets. Hopefully, this article will give new students a head start in achieving their goals and a positive student experience in Australia.

Article by: Danny Ong Author of ‘The International Student Handbook’


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“I did not know anything about 1. Australia.” Many international students aim for excellent grades because they believe that this will guarantee future employment. However, this is not true. As indicated by the CEO of a multinational company: “A degree is just a hygiene factor – it will help you to apply for the job but your experience and personality are the most important factors that will help you to secure it” During the first year of my Australian education, I was aiming for excellent grades. Although, I did manage to achieve an average of 80 marks as a result

of my intensive studies, I did not have the opportunity to explore Melbourne and learn more about the local culture. When I applied for a job at Hewlett Packard (HP) in Singapore during my semester break, I was asked a simple question: “Danny, since you have studied in Australia for a year, could you please describe your Australian experience?” Frankly speaking, I could not answer the question – because I did not put in any effort to do so in the first place! Luckily, with the help of my quick wits, I managed to come up with some answer and I managed to secure the position. Later, my supervisor told me that she decided to hire me because I was able to survive overseas and learn about the country’s culture (which she felt were two essential traits of a

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good employee). Therefore, after returning to Australia, I decided to better engage with the Australian community and learn more about the local culture – and I believe that this knowledge is a critical element of my current success. Many companies and professional bodies do concur with my above experience – good grades do not equate to future employment. Look at it this way - if you are studying accounting, a balance sheet will always have assets and liabilities, regardless which university or country you are studying in. This can be applied to any degree – science, engineering and IT. Therefore the only difference is your on- and off-campus experience. Based on your experiences, you will be able to better address any relevant theories and allow more suitable applications in your future employment. Remember, companies are looking for people who can apply theories, not people who can recite/ memorise them. This is also why international students are more highly sought after in their home countries (as compared to students who studied in local universities) because they offer an international dimension based on their overseas experience; not just because they have an overseas degree. Some international students may have the expectations of meeting and befriending Australians and students from other countries. They believe that this will expand their networks, which will assist them in future endeavours. However, many

international students, including myself, try to look for other students from their own home countries.

some of them used to be international students (now they are permanent residents), they offered me various insights to Australia and its unique culture.

“I did not make friends with any 2. locals.”

Making friends is like clapping your hands – it takes two hands to clap. Some international students feel that they have nothing to contribute in a discussion and sometimes feel inferior to their local counterparts. However, they forget that some Australian students may not have the opportunity to travel overseas in the first place – thus international students can enlighten them about their own culture and the beauty of their countries. Remember, you will never know who you can befriend if you don’t take the first step!

For example, most of my friends are either from Singapore and Malaysia. This is human nature as we seek to find familiarity in a foreign environment. However, students often become fixated within their comfort zones and refused to take the initial step of making friends with local students (or students from other countries). They only recognise this when it is too late – they have already graduated from their courses. Fortunately, I have local friends whom I met during my volunteer days as the international student representative. Having a common goal and passion (i.e. helping students within the university) does facilitate the development of new friendships. I vividly remember the days we spent debating about student policies and making suggestions to the University for enhancing the student experience. However, surprisingly, most of my local friends are from my workplace. When I was working part-time at Officeworks during my degree, I had the opportunity to meet locals from all walks of life and engage with my local colleagues. Although

My book, titled “The International Student’s Handbook – Living and Studying in Australia”, addresses many of these issues that an international student may face during their education. Personally, I think the book is a “cheat guide” for international students to have a head start and address many potential problems that everyone may face during their Australian education. Using this book, you can make informed decisions to achieve the necessary experiences and graduate attributes to realise your goals. The book is available at most university bookstores. Alternatively, you can find more information or buy the book at the following website: w w w.u n s w pre s s .c om .au / isbn/9781921410758.htm

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Couch Surfer became an obstacle whenever I wanted to approach them. Besides, I couldn’t understand the lectures well in the first semester at university, which reduced my confidence in communicating with local classmates. Article by: Dan Wei International Student I was a high school graduate when I first came to Australia to study. Like most international students, I felt unfamiliar with the new environment. I was shy and didn’t know how to socialise with people. The main problems were that I was different from Aussies and my English was not good. It could make people tease me and it really


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However, my attitude changed significantly after I became a ‘couch surfer’. One of my Australian housemates introduced me to this amazing networking site called Couch Surfing, which enables travellers to stay with locals rather than in hotels. We hosted some travellers from all over the world. Then when I travelled alone in Australia, I started using it, which gave me the opportunity to meet many inspiring and interesting people

who broadened my horizons. The idea of couch surfing is to swap different cultures and experiences, thus, when I talked with these people I found they were interested in talking and listening to me no matter how bad I thought my English was. It was this experience that built my confidence, cultivated my social skills, and encouraged me to communicate and make friends with different people. The couch surfing experience has given me the idea that what matters most is who you are instead of your language skills. Later on, I found making friends became much easier. People meet unintentionally in the library, through attending various activities during Orien-

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tation, uni clubs and sometimes classmates turn out to be friends after learning more about each other. Facebook is another very good way to connect people and let you know the new things going on with your friends.

making friends with native English speakers, living in English-speaking accommodation and reading are the ways I find helpful with my English. My English teacher became my friend after teaching me for 3 months. We have kept in contact since then and this is definitely a good resource for an overseas student’s future stay in Australia.

It was this “experience

that built my confidence, cultivated my social skills

English is a problem most Asian students are afraid of when they initially come to Australia. However, once it improves, life in this foreign country becomes easier and learning English can be fun as well. Intensive English courses,


For some international students who are seeking local friends, I would like to say feel free to

join any uni activities that interest you and talk with people whenever you want to. Making friends with foreigners who are interested in your language or cultural background through language and cultural exchange programs could be a good kickoff. Overall, I believe studying abroad is not only a good opportunity to acquire knowledge, but also to have fun, make friends and improve your social skills, which are very important as well. As an international student, remember that your uniqueness is an advantage and keep confident even under difficulties. I wish all international students an enjoyable and rewarding overseas experience.

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Finding a House Finding a place to live in Adelaide can be a long and scary process. You want to find somewhere quickly but you don’t want to choose a place that is going to cause you problems. Most problems arise between international students and their landlords because the students have not paid enough attention to the contract they have entered into. Some landlords will try and take advantage of you! You must be careful and know what your rights are. It will help to download the ‘Renting a Home - a Guide for Tenants and Landlords’ from the Consumer Affairs Resource Centre website: Here are a few tips that will help you stay out of trouble:

Read the fine print Make sure you know if you have entered under a fixed term or a periodic tenancy. If you sign an agreement, you should receive a copy straight away. Make sure you keep this in a safe place so you can refer to it if a problem arises.

Bond, house bond. A bond payment is usually requested by landlords. If you are renting for $350 or less a week, the bond cannot be more than one month’s rent.

Rent in advance A landlord can ask for 2 weeks rent in advance at the start of your tenancy, but no more.

Do your own inspection Make sure you write down any pre-existing problems when you first receive your inspection sheet. This will help when you have to dispute any repairs with the landlord at the end of your stay.

Water usage Make sure you agree with your landlord about water use. How much are you responsible for? You need to know this.

End of days Pay attention to the details regarding the ending of your tenancy agreement. If you leave without giving notice, you can get in real trouble!

Services As there a lot of essential service providers out there (i.e. gas, electricity, telephone, Internet...), choosing the right one can be hard. Check out the website It lets you compare providers to get the best deal. Remember, it’s not essential to have a home phone, simply having a mobile phone may be adequate. For more information or if you run into trouble with your landlord, call the Tenants Branch on 8204 9544. To keep up to date with the latest news on real estate, be sure to read the real estate section of The Advertiser. There is lots of information out there about the living spaces that are available in Adelaide. Have a look at the pin up boards on campus and in other popular student places. You may be able to rent with other students to minimise costs, so keep your ear to the ground as there may be others in the same situation as you.

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Globe Medical The Insider found out about Globe Medical by speaking to students about where they go to see a doctor. We asked the staff at Globe Medical why they’re the preferred choice in Student Health. This is what they said… Our expertise We specialise in providing medical care for international students living in Adelaide. Our expert team of male and female doctors is here to help you, all year round. We know how Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) works and if the need arises, we will coordinate with medical specialists to minimise any out of pocket expenses you could incur. We have access to interpreters, should an interpreter be required.

A caring team Our team understands the challenges associated with adjusting to a new environment, while studying, working and coping with the pressures of living away from home. This is made all the more difficult if you become unwell or are presently living with an ongoing health condition. Our doctors take the time to understand your situation and help resolve or manage your health issues. Affordable fees Our direct billing OSHC partners are OSHC Worldcare, AHM, BUPA Australia and Medibank Private. If you have a valid OSHC member card, please bring this to your appointment. This means you will only be asked to pay the co-payment amount (“the gap”). This means the most you will pay on the day will never be more than $15, for any length of consultation.

Phone 8232 7372 for an appointment

Convenience Our doctors consult Monday to Friday and for added convenience, we operate extended sessions on selective weeknights and are also open on Saturdays. For further details including doctor session times, please visit our website. Centrally located Our clinic is only a short walk from the University of Adelaide, Uni SA and student accommodation. We are in the northwest corner of Hindmarsh Square, next to Sylvia’s Café and overlooking the playspace with the white sculptures. We can be accessed from Rundle Mall via the Citi Centre Arcade. Easy Appointments Simply phone us, jump onto our website or visit the clinic. We are able to provide either a same day or next day appointment. Remember to bring your valid OSHC member card to the appointment, so that “the gap” is all you pay.

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Medical Advice By: Dr Maggie Phillips General Practitioner at Globe Medical Diet and Nutrition Your diet can change dramatically when you arrive in a new country. Familiar foods are not so easy to find and you may be living away from home for the first time. The big mistake many students make is to cave in and eat often at familiar fast food outlets or food courts. This will result in obesity, constipation and tears. (You may think you are saving time by grabbing a take away the night before an exam, but the medical deferrals for gastro tell us otherwise). Simple cooking is not rocket science. The Adelaide Central

Markets have a world class array of meat, fish, fruit and vegetables. A healthy stir fry of lean meat and colourful veggies takes ten minutes to prepare. EAT A HEALTHY BREAKFAST... you DO have time. If not, you have twice the chance of getting fat. Are you unable to cope with muesli, nuts and grains? Then at least get fibre supplement capsules from the supermarket. Climate Adelaide has extremely dry air and harsh (mineralised) water. People from East and South East Asia often get Dermatitis when they come here. Do not over wash, once a day is plenty and avoid really hot water. Use gentle, “soap-free� wash products... available from chemists

for those with sensitive skin. Use lots of moisturizer such as sorbolene after your shower. Australians know about the dangers of our strong sunshine. An episode of severe sun burn is not easily forgotten. On the other hand, some daily sunshine and outdoor light is essential for both physical (Vitamin D) and mental health. The trick is to get our daily dose of twenty minutes (35 in winter) before 9.30am or after 5.30pm in summer. If you are out in the more dangerous part of the day in summer, cover up, wear a hat and good sun block, seek out the shade and keep up your fluids.

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Sex Away from home, new rules, new experiences, new friends... sex happens. Don’t let it be a disaster. It is a common myth that you’d have to be unlucky to get pregnant from one off unprotected sex. It’s easy. Our public hospitals are being inundated with requests for pregnancy terminations by international students. There really isn’t any excuse to not get educated about avoiding unwanted pregnancy. While termination is legal in SA, it is by no means instant, as may be the case in some countries. Condoms will protect against unwanted pregnancy as well as serious sexually transmitted infections. They are easy to buy at the supermarket. If you didn’t use one you can ask the chemist to help you with emergency contraception (Postinor 1) within 72 hours. For a full discussion about long term choices in contraception go to and to be informed about sexually transmitted infections go to Be Active People who are moderately fit have more energy than couch potatoes. They achieve more in their day, sleep better and can focus and study more effectively. There is an enormous amount of evidence that exercise prevents many chronic diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. In the short term, it simply makes you feel better about yourself and, paradoxically, less tired. You do not need to join an expensive gym to be mod-


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erately fit. Take the stairs, walk more and take up a social sport with friends.

St at the stadium. There is also a tram from the city scheduled for completion this year.

Mental Health It is really easy to become bewildered in a strange country away from friends and family and trying to study in your second language. On top of this you may be having problems with your accommodation or finances. Give yourself a break. Don’t let it overwhelm you. Take small steps and pay attention to the physical health aspects discussed above. Try to make new local as well as international friends. Speak to others in your tutorial groups, or maybe get a part time job. Join a club if you have any special interests. Have a mental break from study. If none of this is working for you and you feel yourself sliding into a sea of hopelessness...TELL SOMEONE.

Where do I get tickets?

Local Sport By: Craig Riddell Local Sports Fan

A-League Soccer Team: Adelaide United Football Club (Nickname: The Reds)

Tickets are available at the gate or through Venuetix. Venuetix have outlets at Adelaide University and Flinders University as well as various locations throughout the city and suburbs.

(08) 8225 8888

When do they play? Games take place on Friday nights, Saturday afternoons and nights, and Sunday afternoons. The season runs from August until February, with finals in February and March. Instant fan United won the minor premiership in 2006 and have reached the grand final twice. In addition they have qualified for the Asian Champion’s League in 2007, 2008 and 2010, reaching the final in 2008. This led to United playing in the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup. For more information, visit

Where do they play? Hindmarsh Stadium - Holden St, Hindmarsh (most general admission fans enter from Manton St) How do I get there? Buses 115, 117 and 118 run from stop V1 on Currie St to Hindmarsh. Get off on Manton

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Thank You! Basketball Team: Adelaide 36ers Where do they play? Distinctive Homes Dome 44a Crittenden Rd, Findon How do I get there? Buses 115, 117 and 118 run from stop V1 on Currie St to the stadium. Get off at stop 18, Crittendon Rd. When do they play? Games take place on Friday, Saturday & Wednesday nights. The season runs from September until March, with finals in February/March. Where do I get tickets? Tickets are available at the Dome or through Proticket: 1300 SIXERS (1300 749 377) Instant Fan The 36ers have won the NBL Championship on 4 occasions, 1986, 1998, 1999 and 2002. The name ‘36ers’ is a reference to the settlement of Adelaide in 1836. The Dome’s main court is named ‘Brett Maher court’ after retired 36ers legend Brett Maher. For more information, visit

Australian Rules Football (AFL) Teams: Adelaide Football Club & Port Adelaide Football Club Nicknames: Adelaide Crows & Port Power


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Where do they play? Both teams play at AAMI Stadium, West Lakes Boulevard, West Lakes. How do I get there? On match day the ‘Footy Express’ bus runs from the city and many suburbs direct to the stadium. This bus is free if you have a ticket to the game. More information available at www. When do they play? Games take place on Friday nights, Saturday afternoons and nights, and Sunday afternoons The season runs from March until August, with a pre-season tournament in February and finals running in September. Where do I get tickets? Tickets are available through Ticketmaster at Venuetix outlets. Venuetix have outlets at Adelaide University and Flinders University as well as various locations throughout the city and suburbs 136 100 Instant Fan The Crows won the premiership in 1997 and 1998; along with the minor premiership in 2005. The Power won the premiership in 2004; along with minor premierships in 2002, 2003 and 2004. For more information, visit: or

This publication is only made possible because of the businesses who chose to participate within it. Thank you for your support. The Insider team would also like to thank everyone else who contributed in any way, shape or form. Special thanks to the team at We Make Stuff Good, Tony Pierrakos (who let us use lots of photos and who has a great stall at the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne), Alex Doudy, Elyse Lloyd, Kultar Ahluwalia, Brenton Schoemaker, Thomas White, Dexter Mejia, Maggie Phillips, Sarah Luttrell, Jesse Kemelfield, Dan Wei, Peter Martin, Madeleine Martin, Lynne Trezise, Greg Trezise, Josh Trezise, Craig Riddell, Kathrine Heinrich, Mia Bratovic, Florence Wong and Danny Ong.

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