Adelaide is a city that offers the physical and emotional space to breathe. There is a sense of freedom here – of expression, of movement, of thought. It is not only the gateway to some of Australia's best wine country, the city centre is surrounded by parklands and is a blend of historic buildings, wide streets, parklands, cafes and restaurants.
Adelaide has rolling hills to the east and beaches to the west. With a population of slightly more than one million, Adelaide is the “20-minute city”. The airport is only seven kilometres from Adelaide city and the Adelaide Hills and major beaches are less than half an hour away by car. That’s what we call liveable.
Adelaide experiences mild winters and a warm, dry summer. In June, average temperatures range from 8°C to 16°C with the city being known as the driest of all the Australian capitals.Book your discounted Adelaide & South Australia tour
Top 10 Things Do in Adelaide
Drink and Dine in Adelaide’s Laneway Bars
Stroll through Adelaide’s laneways where warehouses and shops are being transformed into bars serving everything from tapas to Serbian cuisine. Hit the Peel-Leigh Street precinct, kicking off with a wine at Clever Little Tailor before dropping in BarBushka for a cocktail. Don’t miss Proof, a buzzy little joint.
Sample Fresh Produce at Adelaide’s Central Market
Marvel at South Australia’s rich bounty of produce – from farm-fresh fruit and vegetables to hormone-free meats, artisan cheeses, smoked meats and seafood. It’s all at the Central Market, where you can stop for an espresso or a bite. Better still, join Mark Gleeson’s early morning tour, sample the produce and chat to the people behind the market stalls.
Take a Walk-Through Historic Port Adelaide
Discover Port Adelaide’s wealth of 19th-century buildings, classic Australian pubs and atmospheric old wharves. Pick up a self-guided walking map from the tourist office, kayak along Port River (home to a dolphin colony) or drop into the Maritime Museum on Lipson Street. Afterwards, visit the Port Dock Brewery Hotel for a craft beer or two.
Stroll the Galleries of Elegant North Terrace
Visit Adelaide’s most elegant boulevard, North Terrace, home to the city’s most important cultural institutions. Apart from State Parliament, Adelaide Casino and the Convention Centre, this tree-lined street hosts the Art Gallery of South Australia, the South Australian Museum and The University of Adelaide. Round off your walk by visiting the Botanic Gardens, a legacy of Adelaide’s past with historic buildings and three striking glasshouses on site.
Go Shopping in the East End
Searching for something quirky? Explore Adelaide’s East End at Rundle Street. Once the site of the Central Market, the area is undergoing a retail renaissance. Check out Bauhaus for gifts, Bimbo for homewares and Sooki for designer labels. Refuel after a long day of shopping at Nano Café.
Relax at Adelaide’s Best Beaches
When the mercury rises, head to one of Adelaide’s many popular ocean beaches. Enjoy the hustle and bustle of Glenelg, or the laid-back vibe of Henley and Grange with wooden piers, beachside cafes and old-school pubs. For the ultimate retro beach experience, drive down to Semaphore. There’s an esplanade, fish’n’chip shops, safe swimming and a park for the kids.
Get Up Close to the Local Wildlife in Adelaide
Get a wildlife fix at Adelaide Zoo, a 10-minute walk from the city centre, home to more than 1800 animals, including kangaroos, koalas and other native species. For something more interactive, Temptation Sailing offers dolphin-watching and swimming cruises from the nearby marina.
Hop on your Bike and Explore Adelaide
Hop on one of the free bikes available for daytime hire at a number of depots in the CBD, including Bicycle SA in Franklin Street and a number of local council offices. They are a fun way to explore the city, which is mostly flat, but there’s also a lovely ride to Henley Beach along Linear Park. The trip takes 40 minutes each way.
Tour the New Adelaide Oval
Long regarded as the prettiest cricket stadium in the world, Adelaide Oval has recently undergone an AUD $610 million make-over. The result is pretty spectacular. Join a guided tour which takes you behind the scenes of this iconic ground. Visit the Bradman Collection, featuring objects and photographs from the private archives of Sir Donald Bradman, the world’s greatest batsman.
Head for the (Adelaide) Hills
Head to the Adelaide Hills — a tranquil place to recharge the batteries. The hills are much more than a geographic backdrop for the city; they provide much of its food and is a major wine-growing district with some 50 cellar doors. Stop for lunch at The Lane Vineyard or Bird in Hand.
Welcome to nature’s playground. South Australia.
South Australia boasts a seemingly endless coastline dotted with white sandy beaches, rippling swells and massive, rugged cliffs. Driving through the Flinders Ranges and Outback, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were navigating the unexplored face of Mars. Set foot on rich red earth bordered by towering cliffs and deep craters.
There's a world of new experiences and things to do in South Australia, from the aquamarine rock pools of Greenly Beach to the ancient red earth of Bunyeroo Valley. Get up-close to iconic Australian wildlife only minutes away from Adelaide’s CBD or swim with sea lions and sharks on the Eyre Peninsula. Adelaide is a culinary playground with a delicious mix of fine dining restaurants, award-winning cafes, bustling food markets and booming boutique bars. Home to world-famous culinary heroes, producing game-changing dishes and drinks in Adelaide restaurants and our bountiful regions. The Barossa, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills are food and wine meccas, offering some of the most exclusive, unique and boutique drinking and dining experiences in the world.
South Australia is home to 18 wine regions and has officially been named a Great Wine Capital of the World. Beach lovers will be in heaven at the stunning beaches, while those with an adventurous spirit can try their luck at some of the country’s most epic surf spots.