I never expected this to become an adelaide-bash.
I have lived all my life there, so I am admittedly a little partial to the place.
My opinion on it is: what is boring to YOU? If you want nightclubs, go to SYD, if you want beaches and women in bikinis, go to Queensland.
However if you want a quieter holiday, visiting vineyards and seeing a great variety of different Australian landscapes, there is no better place than Adelaide.
Indeed tourism there, though starting from a low base, is eclipsing all other Australian states in growth, particularly in the areas of wine tourism, eco tourism and adventure holidays.
You have the wildlife paradise of Kangaroo island close by, huge cliffs with whalewatching a couple of hours away, "european" valleys filled with wineries, then it is the gateway to the outback (unless you make the effort to fly into Alice Springs) with the flinders ranges and the desert to the north.
Indeed a recent SR RTW charter mentioned recently on this board had ADL as its ONLY stop in Australia. Even I think that's a little unusual but it shows that ADL alone can give these passengers a great overall Australian experience.
So maybe you're after a place to dance the night away, Brissie lions, or some theme park. If so, you're right, ADL is dead boring - FOR YOU! And please stay away, we like our city as it is (and I am young too, i'm not some old folkie just saying that) And might I say that such things as nightclubs and themêparks are to be found in any large world city, while many of Adelaide and surrounds attractions are quite different.
You're right about the stagnant population - it is a problem. However there IS demand for international flights to Adelaide. Surveys have been done showing that there is at least a market for daily flights to SIN. It's just easier for airlines to route passengers through MEL and SYD (sometimes now PER) and they do it to hundreds of passengers daily (especially Qantas).
Look at Perth, it is a similar size to ADL and although the population is growing and also there are closer links to Asia, the fact that SQ has THREE daily flights and Qantas at least TWO, is a little astonishing when you compare the total flights to SIN from adelaide number six per week both airlines put together. It's just that airlines can't justify flying PER passengers to SYD before flying them to SIN.
To be honest I think it is more of a fleet management/yield problem but not being an expert I can't comment on this.
So Brissie_Lions, I respect your opinions, but being so rude is a little excessive. If I thought the same about Qld, and there are some things about that state that I don't like, I don't mention them, at least not in such a harsh manner! I won't recommend your comments be removed, for reasons of free speech, but please consider the fact that you have one opinion and many others have another!! And that maybe you aren't the only person in this universe!!!!!!!!