The City of Marion
Flinders is situated in the City of Marion, a 20-minute drive southwest of Adelaide. Marion offers easy access to a mix of ecological, cultural, sporting, leisure and shopping experiences.
Marion's coastline consists of rugged cliff tops, small coves and important geological sites (including the world-renowned Hallett Cove Conservation Park and Marino Conservation Park). This coastline also features prominently in Kaurna Aboriginal legend, and is home to symbolic art depicting Dreamtime characters.
Other features of the Marion community are listed below.
- Cultural Centre . This stunning landmark is home to a ‘library of the future', an A Class arts gallery, cafe and visitors centre.
- Morphettville Racecourse. Each May the Racecourse hosts the festive 5-day Adelaide Cup Carnival.
- Marion Golf Park .
- Sturt River Linear Park .
- Marion Shopping Centre . The shopping centre is the state's largest, and has become a hub of nightlife in the southwest with its pubs, restaurants and a mega-cinema complex.
- Culinary delights such as Charlesworth Nuts, Pattriti Wine and the Marino Rocks Cafe (featuring stunning coastal views and delicious, fresh seafood).
For more information about the City of Marion, refer to the City of Marion website.
Adelaide is the capital city of the state of South Australia. Several public transport services run from Flinders to the city.
Adelaide is a city of great visual harmony and classical elegant style, superbly set beside the River Torrens between the Adelaide Hills and the waters of Gulf St Vincent.
The wine and festival capital of Australia, Adelaide is a place to experience the buzz, culture and convenience of a big city without the frustrations. The city centre, surrounded by parklands, is a charming blend of historic buildings, wide streets, groovy shops, street cafes and restaurants.
Adelaide enjoys a Mediterranean climate with a 15°C average daily temperature in winter and a 29°C average over the summer period.
Some of the highlights of the city are listed below.
- Adelaide is known as a centre for fine food and wine . The Adelaide Central Market, National Wine Centre of Australia, vibrant cafes and restaurants and events such as Tasting Australia do much to maintain this reputation.
- Heart of the arts . The Adelaide Bank Festival of Arts is one of the most innovative arts festivals in the world, and the Adelaide Fringe is now the second biggest fringe festival in the world.
- Hub for events . The Clipsal 500 Adelaide V8 race has been named Australia's best major event. WOMADelaide is Adelaide's acclaimed international music festival, and the Tour Down Under is the biggest road cycling event in Australia.
- Wonderful beaches. Glenelg is Adelaide's premier beach district and is a short distance from Flinders and the City. See Glenelg's significant historic sites, lively shops, cafes and restaurants, and beautiful coastline, which is abuzz with activities in the summer months. Head further south to Port Willunga and Sellicks beach or further north to the picturesque Henley beach.
- The Adelaide Botanic Gardens , 16-hectares of greenery in the heart of the city, is home to exotic flora displays, including 5000 roses. Take a stroll through the lush tropical rainforest, housed in the biggest glasshouse in the southern hemisphere.
- At the South Australian Museum you can explore the world's largest collection of indigenous artefacts, delve into the life of Antarctic explorer Sir Douglas Mawson, or examine the opalised skeleton of a 6-metre long plesiosaur.
- The Art Gallery of South Australia houses one of the best Australian colonial art collections in the world, renowned dot paintings of the Western Desert, landscapes by Sir Hans Heysen, and the works of Australian impressionists including Tom Roberts and Frederick McCubbin.
For more information, refer to the South Australian Tourism website.