Things to do in Adelaide
Adelaide is known as the city of churches and has the River Torrens flowing through its heart. Her heritage buildings have been preserved, with architecture old and new, side by side.
Adelaide has always been one of Australia’s most progressive cities. It was the first city to give women the right to stand for Parliament, the year was 1895. Adelaide had its inaugural “Adelaide Festival” in 1960, it is a world renowned arts and cultural festival held every March.
Adelaide has much to offer, her heritage, the arts, beautiful gardens, Adelaide Zoo, great food and wine industry, parks, beaches and lots more. It is an easy city to navigate and explore.
North Terrace is where you will find all the grand State Buildings. Art Gallery of SA, State Library and Parliament House. Glenelg Beach is a must for every visitor, step back in time. It is so easy to get to, just hop on a tram in the city centre and in 25 minutes you will be in Glenelg.
There are wonderful day trips that can be taken from Adelaide. Handorf, a charming German Village, is only 25 minutes from Adelaide and included on many half and full day trips. Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Murray River, and Kangaroo Island.
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If you have the time be sure to check the extended tours. There are tours from Adelaide to Alice Springs. These are fantastic and you get to see some beautiful scenery. An unusual highlight will be Coober Pedy, an opal mining town where people live underground in “dugouts” where the temperature remains cool and constant. No need for air conditioning!
Another great tour to take is to Lake Eyre, Australia’s largest salt lake. It is made up of 2 lakes and a channel, when full is 144 kms long and 77kms wide.
Adelaide is beautiful, the CBD is surrounded by parklands. Adelaide has 29 parks, the beautiful Botanical Gardens are located minutes from Rundle Mall, I suggest you take time out from shopping. There are free tours of the gardens.
In the heart of Adelaide, a block from North Terrace you will find Leigh and Peel Streets, locations for some of Adelaide’s great bars and restaurants. Leigh Street is traffic free so perfect for alfresco dining. Be sure to a have a look at Anister Street as well, it is not far away.
Adelaide’s Central Markets are not to be missed. 80 plus stalls will be showcasing their wonderful produce. The owners always love to tell you about their produce so be sure to stop and engage with them. I have no doubt you will discover your new favourite food here.
Another fun thing not to be missed is to see the 15,000 (I have read 50,000 somewhere so who would really know) matchbox cars glued to the wall of the Rosina Street Carpark. Street Art is wonderful.
Approximately 10 minutes walk from the centre you will find the Adelaide National Wine Centre. The wine bar here has 120 different wines for you to taste. This is possible as a result of state of the art Enomatic wine preservation and dispensing machines. Translated, it means a system capable of preserving wine for up to 4 weeks and to serve it perfectly, giving everyone the chance to taste premium wines by the glass. I’ve tried it, it works! Staff are friendly and love helping you to understand the complexities of wine.
Discover Adelaide's Top Tourist Attractions
This tour is a must for those who love their food. Starting with a light breakfast and ending with a tasting of some of Adelaide's finest chocolates. Learn about the history of the markets and sample some of the food Adelaide is famous for.
- Delicious light breakfast
- Learn the history
- Meet the wonderful characters
- Discover Adelaide’s best chocolate
This is great way to get to know Adelaide. It is a pretty city with well preserved buildings and an interesting history. At the end of the tour you will be rewarded with a tour of Haigh’s Chocolate factory (ex Sundays and Public Hols).
- See historical buildings
- North Adelaide
- Visit St Peter’s Cathedral
- Tour Haigh’s Chocolate Factory
Hahndorf is only 25 minutes from the center of Adelaide so this is a perfect tour for the time poor traveler. You get to see and hear all about Adelaide and not miss out on the fabulous Hahndorf.
- My Lofty Summit Lookout
- Explore Hahndorf
- See historical villages
- Scenic Drive
I hope you are ready for this tour! Start with a trip to the largest undercover market in the Southern Hemisphere, be careful not to indulge too much, you have a lot more treats coming. Next you are off on the chocolate & coffee trail!
- Adelaide Central Markets
- Sample lots of product
- Learn about chocolate
- Tastes of chocolate & coffee
Discover Barossa Valley
The Baroosa Valley is located 60 kilometres from Adelaide and is famous for its red wine, especially its Shiraz. These vines are some of the oldest in the world. The vines were planted as early as 1847, and today Turkey Flat is still producing from these vines. Australia’s most famous wine, Penfold’s Grange is from this area.
Other grape types are grown here, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon are the red and Riesling and Semillon are the white. Fortified wines are traditionally produced in this region.
Mengler’s Hill Lookout and Sculpture Park is where you got to see the valley floor of this famous wine region and look out over miles and miles of spectacular scenery.
Be sure to stop at Whispering Wall in Williams Town. It is part of an old dam and your secrets will be heard up to 140 metres away!
Seppeltsfield Winery is one of the oldest wineries in Australia and will be visited on most tours. Chateau Yaldara is a stunning vineyard, its Chateau is majestic, situated on a river with beautiful grounds.
The Barossa is not all about wines, it is also about food. Maggie Beer is an Australian Icon, she not only grows the food but she cooks, bottles and sells it worldwide. If you start with great produce you end up with a great product. Be sure to visit Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop, you may run into Maggie if she is not travelling around Australia teaching people how to eat great wholesome food.
You are in for a treat if you are in the Barossa on a Saturday Morning between 7.30 and 11.30, The Barossa Farmers Market is on in Angaston. Fifty plus stallholders sell their produce. You have to make a stop!
Discover Barossa Valley's Top Tourist Attractions
A great day out in the country enhanced by great wine! Visit a beautiful Château, famous cellar doors, boutique cellar doors, and have lunch at Peter Lehmann Winery. Historic towns and lookouts are also on the itinerary. You will learn all about the region
- Magical Wispering Wall
- Explore Tanunda
- Lunch at Peter Lehmann's Winery
- Langmeil- the oldest Shiraz vineyard in the world
World famous Barossa Shiraz and Eden Valley Riesling are waiting for you to rate them! Learn all about the region, the wine and its European beginnings. Guaranteed you will come away from this tour with new knowledge and some great memories
- Flexible itinerary
- Lunch at Kies Wines (see itinerary)
- 405 cellar doors
- Visit historical vineyards
Great tour, showing you some of the regions best wineries, cellar doors and a brewery! Yes that is right, a wonderful brewery famous for its Indian Pale Ale. You will visit charming old towns and view some wonderful vistas overlooking vineyards.
- Visit Tanunda
- Lunch at Barossa Valley Brewing
- Scenic views
- Jacobs Creek Winery
This tour is chateau after chateau, 5 to be exact, and each chateau produces wine. Imagine living here! Learn all about their history and wander in their fabulous gardens. You will love this region, not only for its wine but also for its beauty
- Southern Barossa Valley Region
- Visit 5 Chateau wineries
- Beautiful lunch
- Visit the Whispering wall
Hahndorf is only 25 minutes from Adelaide yet you would swear you were a million miles away. It is the oldest German settlement in Australia. It is situated in the Adelaide Hills and attracts thousands of visitors each year. It is charming and has old fashion hospitality. At the same time, it has its eye on the future and has trendy wine and food venues. The main street is an attraction in its own right, the Elm and Plane Trees are over 100 years old and simply magnificent.
There are old German Pubs to be enjoyed, eateries specialising in German Foods, crafts from the past but there are also restaurants, galleries, artisan’s shops, beautiful food outlets and more.
Discover Hahndorf Tourist Attractions
This tour will give you the best there is to see. Adelaide is full of heritage buildings and modern architecture sit side by side. You also see some of the natural beauty with a visit to Glenelg and a drive through the Adelaide Hills to Hahndorf for the afternoon there!
- Mt Lofty Lookout
- St Peter's Cathedral
- Adelaide suburbs
- German beer tasting in Hahndorf
A day exploring the Barossa Valley, is a wonderful day out. Will you discover your new favorite wine? Will it be a Shiraz or a Riesling? You will drive through the beautiful Adelaide Hills and Mt Lofty Ranges. Hahndorf will delight you with its history.
- Explore charming Hahndorf
- Visit cellar doors in the Barossa
- Visit Mt Loft Lookout
- View Adelaide's architecture
Your drive will take you through beautiful countryside, vineyards to your left and to your right! A visit to 2 wineries before heading to Hanhdorf. This lovely town has kept its German past but has also embraced the future. Plenty to do here.
- Explore Hahndorf
- Jacobs Creek & Saltrum Wine
- Drive through the Barossa
- Mongrel Hill Lookout
You get to see a lot in this half day tour. You pass all the main sights of Adelaide before stopping at Adelaide Oval, a must for all sport fans. A drive up to Mt Loft Summit to look over Adelaide before heading to Hanhdorf. Time to explore this quant town.
- Visit Adelaide Oval
- Panorama view of Adelaide
- Mt Lofty Summit
- Visit Hahndorf
Discover McLaren Vale & Clare Valley
McLaren Vale produces wonderful Shiraz, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon as well as successfully embracing Spanish and Italian varieties as well. Some are Vermentino, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Fiano, Mouvedre, Nero d’Avola, Aglianico, Montepulciano and Zinfandel. With 74 cellar doors you will need more than one visit!
The Clare Valley is an hour and a half from Adelaide. It is a picturesque valley with loads of history. The region has over 40 wineries and most have wonderful charm. It is an area where wine, food, art and history go hand in hand.
Clare Valley is Australia’s “Riesling Capital” so it is not surprising they have a “Riesling Trail” which is 35 kilometers of walking and riding trails from Auburn to Clare. The Clare Valley Winemakers were the first in Australia to invent the screw cap for Riesling bottles!
Discover McLaren Vale & Clare Valley's Top Tourist Attractions
Today you will visit 4-5 wineries and the driver is flexible on which you choose. He knows the area so well and is very passionate about this beautiful region. You will love all the wonderful vineyards you pass but. Good food, good wine, is there anything else?
- Great wines
- Tasty local food
- 4-5 cellar doors
- Flexible tour
Victor Harbor is one of the most popular and scenic coastal towns. You will have fun here. A tour where the Murray River meets the ocean is also included. Lastly, it is McLaren Vale, where you will have time to explore and taste the local wines.
- Visit Victor Harbor
- Morning tea at Strathalbyn
- Explore McLaren Vale
- Scenic Drives
For the lovers of McLeod’s Daughters, a visit to the Gungellan Hotel will delight. Young at heart? Get lost in the Mintaro Maze! You will visit wineries to taste what the Clare Valley is famous for. You will see the beautiful Reisling Trail, very picturesque.
- Visit Gungellan Hotel
- Get lost in the Mintaro Maze
- Cellar Doors
- The Riesling Trail
This is a great day out in the beautiful Clare Valley. Time is spent in Mintaro, a charming historical town The tour is flexible with which wineries you will visit, majority rules! You will love the Clare with her beautiful wines and produce.
- Region of Mintaro
- Choose your wineries
- Delicious lunch
- Magnificent countryside
Discover Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island or KI to the locals, is Australia’s third biggest island. With bountiful seas and fertile lands KI produces lots of amazing products. Everything is so pure on the island it is easy to see why they produce some of Australia’s best gourmet foods.
KI is the home to lot of Australian wildlife, including Sea Lions, Penguins, Koalas and its own sub species of Kangaroos.
Some of the natural wonders you can visit include Flinders Chase National Park where you will see the Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. At Admirals Arch there is a colony of New Zealand Fur Seals.
Seal Bay Conservation Park is where you see the magnificent wild creatures called Australian Lions. Seal Bay is one of three places in Australia they can be found.
Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is where you will find Koalas. Remember they sleep 20 out of 24 hours a day so don’t expect them to be excited to see you!
Another attraction you wont want to miss is the Kelly Hill Caves (dry limestone caves). They are magical. You will learn all about the impressive helictites, stalagmites, stalactites, and straws.
There is still so much more to Kangaroo Island but you will have to go and explore for yourself.
Discover Kangaroo Island's Top Tourist Attractions
This one day tour, from Adelaide, will give you a great overview of Kangaroo Island. The day is full of variety, starting with a sea crossing, followed by getting to know Australian wildlife and seeing nature at its best. Did I mention the wonderful produce?
- A taste of Kangaroo Island
- Animal encounters
- Spectacular scenery
- Flinders Chase National Park
This tour is for the one who wants a little adventure and to explore a little further afield than the other tours. You will see all the wonderful sights and wildlife that Kangaroo Island has to offer. Your accommodation will be dormitory style.
- For the adventurous
- Exclusive accommodation at Vivonne Bay
- See Australian Native Wildlife
- Marvel at nature's gifts
This taste of Kangaroo Island will have you wanting to return. It will be a day you will remember. You visit all the main parks where nature is at its most amazing and the wildlife will have you mesmerized. You also get to explore the Kelly Hill Caves made from limestone.
- Seal Bay Lookout
- Flinders Chase National Park
- Kelly Hill Caves
- Australian Flora & Fauna
On this tour you will have the time to be active and try kayaking, sandboarding, bushwalking and at the end of the day camp under the stars! Of course you will visit all the sites to see the unspoiled beauty of the island. The wildlife won’t disappoint either.
- Camping under the stars
- Climbing Prospect Hill
- Flinders Chase National Park
- Sand boarding & lots more
Discover the Murray River
The beautiful old Murray River, it is the third longest navigable river in the world, behind the Amazon and the Nile. It is 2520 kilometres long, flowing through 3 States.
To experience the Murray River you need to be on it. It will be so peaceful, listening to the birds chatting to themselves, the hypnotic sounds of the paddles going round and round, and the slow pace will make your “real life” seem so far way!
As you travel along the Murray River you will see some stunning scenery, orange cliffs, weeping willows (one of my favourite trees) and big red river gums.
If time is not on your side, be sure to take a day tour but if you have a spare few days then there are some great extended tours along the Murray. She won't disappoint with her dramatic backdrop, Australian flora and fauna, and a look into indigenous culture.
Discover Murray River Top Tourist Attractions
Are you ready for a relaxing day? A drive through the Adelaide Hills, a cruise on the beautiful Murray River on the 'Proud Mary', and listening to the sounds of the bush and birds are what you can expect. You will wish this cruise and lunch would be a lot longer!
- 2 hour cruise on the Murray
- Stunning natural scenery
- Drive through the Adelaide Hills
- Chocolate & cheese making
You will not want to leave this tour and return to your normal life. A very relaxing few days cruising along the fabulous Murray. You learn how life use to be, the culture that survived along its banks and the food & wine industry that has developed.
- Extended tour
- Paddle Wheeler
- Experience the peace & quite
- Learn about the flora & fauna
Want to leave the busy city behind and have a lunch you won’t forget? Count me in! Imagine saying to friends “ I popped off and had lunch on a paddle steamer on the beautiful Murray River”. They will not have missed you for those short few hours!
- 3 hour lunch cruise
- Paddle boat experience
- History of the area
- Beautiful scenery
This is a week’s holiday with a difference. Step back in time for a week on a paddle steamer. The slow pace, the peace and quiet, the soothing sounds of the paddles going round and round and the sounds of life on the river. Take the time out.
- Cruise on Paddle Steamer
- Relax with the peace & quite
- 320 kms of nature
- Visit the Barossa
The Weather in Adelaide
Summer (Dec - Feb): Min 16°C Max 29°C
Avg monthly rainfall 20mm Avg rain days per month 5
Autumn (Mar - May): Min 13°C Max 23°C
Avg monthly rainfall 42mm Avg rain days per month 7
Winter (Jun - Aug): Min 8°C Max 16°C
Avg monthly rainfall 75mm Avg rain days per month 16
Spring (Sep - Nov): Min 12°C Max 22°C
Avg monthly rainfall 44mm Avg rain days per month 11
Adelaide is famous for its wine regions and although our top 10 places to visit include some of the best wine regions there is a wide variety of interesting places to visit in and around Adelaide.
Adelaide Top 10 Things to Do
The South Australian Capital is loaded with interesting and exciting things to do. It's Mediterranean climate and European influence has seen the area evolve into Australia's Food and Wine capital. Add to this the cities rich architectural heritage and a strong sporting culture and you have a fascinating city to visit with something special to appeal to all ages.
Breathe in the Barossa
When people think of South Australia’s wine industry one of the first areas they think about is the Barossa Valley. Very different types of wines are produced in the Barossa and Eden Valleys. In such a small area there are numerous changes in climate, soils and topography which all have very significant affects on the growing of the grapes and later the wines.
- Abseiling & Rock Climbing
- Boating and Water Activities
- Kayaking (Open Water to Dolphin Sanctuary)
- Chocolate Tasting
- Dolphin Watching
- Extended Tours
- Food & Wine
- Four Wheel Drive Tours
- Four Wheel Driving
- Head to the Outback
- Hiking & Bushwalking
- Mountain Biking
- National Parks
- Scenic cruise
- Sea Kayaking
- Shark & Cage Diving
- Shopping and Fashion
Adelaide's Beer & BBQ Festival
28th to 30th July, 2017
Three days of Beer, Ciders and BBQs at the Adelaide Showgrounds. This years venue has been expanded making sure there is heaps of room for everyone that attends. Enjoy craft beers and ciders while standing around a BBQ or fire pit to keep you warm.
More information Beer & BBQ's
Kangaroo Island Marathon
26th August, 2017
With only 500 entries allowed and just a full or half marathon event this is an event suitable for a select group. Maybe not everyone's way to see the Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch or Snake Lagoon but certainly a unique experience.
More information: Run the Roo
Royal Adelaide Show
1st to 10th September, 2017
The Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society of South Australia claims a world record for running over 239 shows in its 175 years. True or not, this event is the premier show in South Australia with 26 hectares of showgrounds and nearly a third of the state’s population expected to attend.
More information: The Show
24 Hour Australian International Pedal Prix
23rd to 24th September, 2017
This is an Annual event in the HPV (Human Powered Vehicle) series around a street circuit at Murray Bridge. This is the world’s leading HPV event and attracts over 200 teams and more than 3,000 riders.
More information Pedal Prix
Bridgestone World Solar Challenge
8th to 15th October, 2017
A 3,000 klm race from Darwin to Adelaide relying only on the power of the sun. Teams from all over the world come to try their luck in conquering the Australian Outback in their solar powered vehicles.
More information Solar Challenge
Tour Down Under 2018 (TBA)
January, 2018 -to be confirmed
This is the inaugural event of the UCI World ranking Calendar and Australia’s only Protour event. Nine days of world class cycling accompanied by special events throughout South Australia
More information Tour Down Under
2018 Adelaide V8 Supercars -TBA
March, 2018 - to be confirmed
Featuring the notorious turn 8 onto Brabham Straight, where the concrete barriers claim cars every year. As the first race on the calendar it is a challenging test for the teams after the summer break.
More information: Clipsal 500
March, 2018 to be confirmed
This festival has run for over 50 years and is a combination of events to be Australia’s pre-eminent cultural event. Featuring Adelaide’s writer’s week, WOMAdelaide and the Adelaide festival Ideas. As well as bi-annual events Adelaide International and Artist’s week.
More information Adelaide Festival
Bay to City Fun Run 2018 -TBA
March, 2018 - to be confirmed
With 3, 6 and 12 klm events this event is suitable for serious runners down to those who want to join the event for some fun, raise some money for charity or enter the fancy dress competition.
More information: Fun Run
The Coober Pedy Opal Festival 2018
April, 2018 To be Confirmed
How more Australian can you get? Live music at the pub (actually the desert Cave Hotel), a street festival and Drive-in Movies. The Opal festival ends with fireworks on the Saturday night, a great family event.
More information Opal Festival
Tasting Australia 2018
April / May, 2018 - To be Confirmed
Take a journey from the Paddock to the Plate in what will be the last appearance of Maggie Beer as patron of the event (2017). Eight days of eating drinking and celebrating local produce and the diverse cultures that make up Adelaide's food scene.
More information: Tasting Australia
Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend 2018
May, 2018 ~ To be Confirmed
An end of vintage celebration where the local wineries and produce suppliers tempt you with their season's best products.
More information Clare Valley
Adelaide Airport (ADL) is South Australia’s primary airport, with both domestic and limited international flights. The airport is situated approximately just 6 kilometres from the CBD. (Adelaide Airport)
Adelaide Metro Bus
Adelaide metro offer a Jetexpress between the Airport and the city and a Jetbus to Glenelg, West Beach and the city. Tickets can be purchased on board, or from the vending machines at the airport, and the buses depart from the bus stop in the plaza. (Adelaide Metro)
Adelaide Shuttle Bus
Adelaide City Shuttle operates between the airport and selected Adelaide and Suburbs, if booked in advanced. The driver meets passengers at the Information and tourist Bookings Booth on the ground floor. (Airport Shuttle)
This is a convenient way to get to and from the airport directly connecting with your destination. The Taxi rank is located at the front of the terminal in the pedestrian plaza on your left. Pre-booked taxis are advised if you have special needs. In most parts of Australia dialling 131008 will put you in touch with the local taxi service.
As an alternate to a taxi a pre-booked limousine service is available and will normal meet passengers in the baggage collection area.
Most of the major car rental companies have outlets located at Adelaide Airport, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty and Redspot. (Vroom Vroom Vroom) There are rental car counters in the arrivals area at the terminal.
There is a Bicycle service station at the old international terminal less than 100M from the ground floor exit. Here you can assemble and service bikes, recycle your bike box and park your bike if required. There are additional bike racks within the car parks. To plan your cycle path to and from the airport use the SA government ride planner. (Cycle Instead)
The main parking station is located directly opposite the terminal, and premium parking a short undercover walk from the terminals. There is also a long term parking station less than 10 minutes walk from the terminal with regular bus terminal service. (Terminal Parking)
Adelaide Public Transport
There is no dedicated Adelaide Metro app although the site is mobile friendly and there are a number of third party apps available. (https://www.adelaidemetro.com.au/Timetables-Maps/Mobile-Apps)
Buses run throughout Adelaide with major connection hubs at train stations and near most shopping areas. Many feature park and ride services and storage for bikes. (Bus Timetable)
The tram service runs from the Entertainment centre to Glenelg. The service is free between the Entertainment centre and South terrace in the CBD. (https://www.adelaidemetro.com.au/timetables/trams)
Taxis are a convenient method for point to point travel in Adelaide. Throughout Australia dialling 13CABS (132227), or 131008 will put you in touch with the nearest Taxi service. Taxis can also be pre-booked.
Paper tickets (Metroticket) are available for infrequent public transport trips and can be purchased on board buses and from ticket machines on trams and trains. Please note limited change is available, so make sure you have almost the exact money. On-board ticket machines do not accept notes.
If you intend to travel regularly on Adelaide’s public transport then a metrocard is your best option. These must be pre-bought and are available from Info centres and most newsagents.
For visitors there is a three day visitors card which allows unlimited travel for three consecutive days. (https://www.adelaidemetro.com.au/Visitor-Pass-Campaign/Home)
The train network runs from around 6am to 1.00 am weekdays and 7.00 am to midnight on weekends, although check the website for more details (https://www.adelaidemetro.com.au/timetables/trains). There are more frequent services during peak times. As with any public transport network there can be congestion during peak periods.
There is so much to see and do in Adelaide as well as so many wonderful places to stay. As we discover interesting, unique or suitable accommodation options we will place them here so you can also research them and decide if they are suitable for you.
Austiny Bed and Breakfast is just on the outskirts of Victor Harbor, minutes from the seaside and shopping facilities, set on 6 acres with stunning Inman Valley views, just over an hours drive from Adelaide