G’day Travelers! Traveling to events is kind of my specialty at the moment, working as a photographer, a lot of my travel at the moment is to cover events, hence the short 24 and 48 hour style travel blogs I’ve been producing recently. So I thought I’d draw upon all that experience to create a series of guides for people planning their travels to these specific events. To kick off these guides I thought I’d start with the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide.
Drawing a crowd over 100,000 people this year, Adelaide really comes alive for the V8 Supercars first event of the year the Clipsal 500. While there are a portion of the crowd that are die-hard motorsport fans at the event, the family friendly environment and almost carnival like atmosphere, creates an event that caters for all sorts of live event fans to enjoy.
So as you might have gathered from my previous blog posts, I was in Adelaide for the Clipsal 500 earlier this year, so here are my tips for traveling to Adelaide for the Clipsal 500.
Where is the Clipsal 500 held?
The Clipsal 500 is held in the Adelaide Parklands on the eastern edge of the CBD. In fact Wakefield Rd and Bartels Rd, which are two of the city’s access roads through the parklands, form part of the track for the weekend. The East Terrace which lines eastern edge of the cities CBD is the main access road to the track. It’s about a 20 minute walk from Victoria Square in the center of the city to the Adelaide Parklands track.
Where To Stay?
I stayed in a serviced apartment right in the center of the city, a short stroll from Victoria Square and Gouger Street. The serviced apartment was ideal as I was sharing with a few other photographers, but you wont be short of a variety of accommodation options around the Victoria Square area in the center of town.
Here’s a selection of some of the accommodation options in Adelaide.
Getting To and From the Clipsal 500?
Staying in the center of Adelaide, I chose to walk to and from the track, but I was getting there really early, before the crowds. I found that following Halifax Street from the center of the city led all the way to the main gate, which was really convenient. If walking 20 mins is too much, then Taxis were easy enough to find, as parking options near the track were limited. I also found that there was a queue of Taxis waiting at the main gate and the end of the day when we were leaving, so if walking back seemed too difficult, it was easy enough to grab a taxi back to the center of the city.
What To Do In The Evenings?
There are plenty of pubs and cafes near the track. On Saturday night Hutt Street was closed off to traffic to allow the restaurants, pubs and cafes to expand with extra tables onto the street. This allowed them to cater for the extra patrons, creating a street party vibe in the area which was interesting to see.
Also the Adelaide Fringe Festival is on at the same time as the Clipsal 500, so there are a series of festival events setup around the center of town, adding to the carnival atmosphere of Clipsal 500. Victoria Square was transformed with stages with bands playing in the evenings and there was a variety of food vendors setup as well.
For a quieter night, grabbing food in any restaurants on Gouger Street is a good option. Alternatively there are a number of pubs around town is easy enough find that offer good fashion old pub grub. As long as you get in before the kitchen closes.
Spending Time In Adelaide Before or After?
There’s not much point flying in the day of the event and leaving the night it finishes, for two reasons. Firstly everyone else is trying to do the same thing and the airports going to be a nightmare. Secondly Adelaide has a lot to offer, so why not check out my top 5 things to do in Adelaide. For more information about the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide including maps and where to buy tickets head over to the Clipsal 500 website – www.clipsal500.com.au
Traveling to Adelaide for the first time? You may also like to check out my tips for first time travels to Adelaide.
If you’d like to see my photos from the 2015 V8 Supercars Clipsal 500, head on over to – http://vandersyde.com/2015/03/07/v8-supercars-clipsal-500-2015/
Have you been to the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide before? Feel I should have mentioned something else? Let me know comment below.
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