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Semaphore's white sands, family-friendly shallows and colourful foreshore make for a classic Adelaide beach escape.

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Zucca Greek Mezze Adelaide, Australia Restaurants › Other Spartan linen, marina views, super service and a contemporary menu of tapas-style meze plates – you wouldn’t find anything this classy on Santorini. The saganaki is sheer teeth-squeaking joy.

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17. Ride the Steamranger Cockle' train between Victor Harbor and Goolwa, kids and adults alike will love this trip.

M Australian Museum of Childhood Adelaide, Australia Sights › Museum The Australian Museum of Childhood is an overflowing toy box with toys from the 1890s through to Mouse Trap and today's faves. The best part? You can actually play with them.

Seahorse Farm Adelaide, Australia Sights › Other Kids adore the Seahorse Farm, with an educational DVD and walls of aquaria full of the squiggly little critters.

Thali Room Adelaide, Australia Restaurants › Indian Tacked onto the more upmarket British India restaurant, the moody Thali Room offers a selection of nine thalis (curry platters), all served with dhal, mango chutney, rice and naan. Try the Goan (hot beef) or the Malabar (prawns in mild coconut). reviewed

Art Gallery of South Australia Adelaide, Australia Sights › Art gallery Spend a few hushed hours in the vaulted, parquetry-floored gallery that represents the big names in Australian art. Permanent exhibitions include Australian, modern Australian, contemporary Aboriginal, Asian, Islamic and European art (with 20 bronze Rodins!). Temporary exhibitions occupy the basement. Free audio tours of the Australian collection are insightful, as are the free guided tours (11am and 2pm daily).

Adelaide Botanic Garden Adelaide, Australia Sights › Garden Meander, jog or chew through your trashy airport novel in these lush city-fringe gardens. Highlights include a restored 1877 palm house, the waterlily pavilion (housing the gigantic Victoria amazonica) and the fabulous steel-and-glass arc of the Bicentennial Conservatory, which recreates a tropical rainforest. Free 1½-hour guided walks depart the Schomburgk Pavilion at 10.30am daily.

Seahorse Farm Adelaide, Australia Sights › Other Kids adore the Seahorse Farm, with an educational DVD and walls of aquaria full of the squiggly little critters. reviewed