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Adelaide

The South Australian capital is a real fusion of culture, architecture, natural wonders, and a vibrant foodie scene.

Our most recommended things to do in Adelaide

The Barossa Valley: Small-Group Premium Wine Tour with Lunch

1. The Barossa Valley: Small-Group Premium Wine Tour with Lunch

Spend the day touring the wineries of the Barossa Valley with a small group and an expert guide. Enjoy landscapes covered in grapes and greenery and taste the best wines of the region. Start your day with a convenient pick-up from your accommodation in Glenelg or Adelaide. Make your way through the Adelaide Hills to your first stop at the famous Whispering Wall and listen to its famous acoustic qualities. Your first winery is the beautiful and historic Château Yaldara, home to not only some of the finest Shirazes in the region but to some of the best-preserved period architecture in the state.  Continue through the picturesque surroundings of the Barossa Valley, and cross the iconic Jacobs Creek. Enjoy time to explore the shops and attractions of the historic township of Tanunda. Indulge with some of the Barossa’s most internationally acclaimed wines at the beautiful Peter Lehmann Winery with a platter of the best meats, cheeses, and freshly baked bread. The next stop is a real hidden gem of the Barossa and is exclusive to tour guests: Rosenvale Wines. This small but top-quality cellar welcomes guests to try their high-quality selection of wines as they guide you through a passionate and personal tasting experience. Enjoy the exquisite quality of their products. It's then time to depart for the final winery for the day, as you visit the iconic Wolf Blass with its state-of-the-art Visitor Centre. Try wines you may recognize, or enjoy tasting cellar tour exclusives. Complete your day with a trip through the beautiful Seppeltsfield region, where you will have the perfect photo opportunity before heading back to Adelaide at approximately 5:30 PM. 

From Adelaide: Hahndorf and Barossa Valley with Winery Lunch

2. From Adelaide: Hahndorf and Barossa Valley with Winery Lunch

After morning pickup from Adelaide and Glenelg, head towards the Barossa Valley to discover the region’s charming villages, vineyards, and German heritage. Stop in the historic village of Hahndorf, one of the most important German settlements in the region. Wander through the town and be charmed by its quaint 19th-century architecture. Afterward, take a scenic drive through the Barossa Valley, where you’ll stop in Lyndoch at the Kies Winery. Famed for its prolific production, enjoy a wine tasting alongside lunch at this family-run vineyard. With your palate piqued, head to more wineries and a chocolate factory, capping things off at Maggie Beer's Farm Shop. Return to your accommodation in Adelaide around 5:15 PM, just in time to reflect on the sights and tastes of the day over dinner.

Adelaide Oval 2-Hour Rooftop Climb Experience

3. Adelaide Oval 2-Hour Rooftop Climb Experience

On this exhilarating 2-hour experience, you will climb along the impressive roofline of Adelaide Oval. Your guide will provide commentary covering a mix of local history, quirky facts and point out significant landmarks around Adelaide and surroundings. The tour begins on an open viewing deck, where you can take in the impressive vista. If you're more adventurous, you can try out the lean out point at 164-feet (50 meters) above the ground. Next you will visit the City View area, where you can take in amazing views of the city below. This tour runs throughout the day, including the early evening when you can take in the gorgeous setting sun and twinkling city lights below. After your rooftop tour, you will be gifted a group photo, a souvenir cap and an achievement certificate.

Kangaroo Island Full Day Experience by Ferry Including Lunch

4. Kangaroo Island Full Day Experience by Ferry Including Lunch

Explore the highlights of Kangaroo Island on this full-day tour by return ferry and coach from Adelaide. See playful fur seals, the Remarkable Rocks, and Admirals Arch, as well as other native Australian wildlife.  Depart Adelaide and enjoy a scenic coach ride towards the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula south of the city. Admire views of the vineyards, coast, and rolling hills along the way. Upon arrival at Cape Jervis, board the SeaLink ferry for the 45-minute crossing to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island, where, a local driver/guide will take you on a tour of South Australia’s premier nature-based tourism destination. Go to Seal Bay Conservation Park for a beach walk with an experienced guide. Spend time amongst a colony of rare Australian sea lions. Get up close to the wild creatures as they frolic and laze about. Then, enjoy a delicious 2-course lunch.  Spend the afternoon at Flinders Chase National Park, renowned as a sanctuary for native Australian animals such as kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, and echidnas. Admire the rugged coastline on walks around Admirals Arch and Remarkable Rocks. Stroll down the Admirals Arch boardwalk to a rugged cliff face that reveals the spectacular rock arch formation, a safe haven for playful long-nosed fur seals. Keep a lookout for more kangaroos and wallabies on your return to Penneshaw or your return ferry back to Adelaide. Arrive at approximately 22:40 and be dropped off at your selected Adelaide CBD accommodation.

Adelaide: 3.5-Hour Swimming with Dolphins Experience

5. Adelaide: 3.5-Hour Swimming with Dolphins Experience

Spend your vacation doing something unique and unforgettable on an excursion that takes you out into the waters, and swim alongside wild dolphins. On this 3.5-hour tour, you are guaranteed to see dolphins, which are one of the Earth’s most fascinating and curious creatures. Meet at the Holdfast Shores Marina in Glenelg, a mere 15 minutes outside of Adelaide. From there, board the 'Temptation', a 58-foot colossal sailing catamaran. As the boat cruises, experience the beauty of Australia's southern coastline. Eventually, come to rest in the waters where the wild dolphins will come to greet you and play in the waters. Don your wetsuit, mask, and snorkel, and take the plunge into the waters. Experience the breathtaking moment when you see dolphins underwater for the first time. Watch and listen; their grace and playfulness is stunning and the sounds of their whistles and echo location noises are mesmerizing. Once your adventure comes to an end, you will be taken back to the marina. Spend some time checking out the many restaurants and shops that grace the shoreline.

Adelaide: River Torrens Sightseeing Cruise on Iconic Boat

6. Adelaide: River Torrens Sightseeing Cruise on Iconic Boat

After boarding at Elder Park Landing there will be an opportunity to purchase food and beverages from the deckhand. The captain will take time to deliver a safety talk and introduce the crew before beginning commentary of the local area and wider South Australia.   Once seated, the cruise will commence by heading toward the Torrens River Weir Gate while passing the Adelaide Festival Centre, SAHMRI, and Adelaide Gaol. Enjoy 30 minutes of commentary before arriving at Adelaide Zoo where you will have the option to disembark and explore the zoo, Botanic Garden its and surrounds. The last 15 minutes of the tour will be relaxed, allowing you a great chance to ask questions, take photos with the crew, and get some advice on what to see and do once you disembark.

Adelaide: Barossa Tour with Boutique Wineries, Gourmet Lunch

7. Adelaide: Barossa Tour with Boutique Wineries, Gourmet Lunch

Travel from Adelaide into the world-renowned Barossa wine region by coach on this day trip. Head to destinations Pindarie, the Lambert Estate at Angaston, and Barossa Valley Chocolate for a range of food and wine tastings.  Be picked up from select hotels in central Adelaide and ride aboard a climate-controlled coach. Enjoy the change of scenery as you make your way into the vineyards of South Australia’s premium wine region. Stop at Pindarie, which feels more like an Australian homestead than a cellar door. Hear the stories behind the wines as you sample their famous blends in heritage stables. Admire stunning vineyard views while you enjoy some morning tea. The next stop is a visit to Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop which was founded by Maggie Beer, a cook and writer. Taste and have the chance to purchase her full product range including limited edition seasonal produce.  Browse her personally selected regional specialty goods, purchase one of her signed books, or simply sit back and take in the view. Make your way to the Lambert Estate at Angaston for a structured wine tasting paired with seasonal produce. Feast for the senses on signature dishes, salad, and vegetables. Have the option to purchase a glass of wine from the impressive wine selection, or enjoy a coffee accompanied with their popular Chocolatier (chocolate port). Leaving Lambert Estate, travel to Mengler Hill Lookout for sweeping views over the valley. Disembark at the Barossa Valley Chocolate Company your final stop for the day. Taste homemade chocolates paired with Vineyard Road’s handcrafted wines. Take in the scenic countryside on drive back to your accommodation in Adelaide by coach. 

Adelaide: Glenelg Sunset Catamaran Cruise with Drink

8. Adelaide: Glenelg Sunset Catamaran Cruise with Drink

Head down to Glenelg’s Marina Pier where your catamaran for the evening awaits. Enjoy a warm welcome from the friendly crew, then take your seats as you set sail onto the open water. Out on the gulf, admire the picturesque view of Adelaide as night creeps in and the city comes to life with glistening lights. Then soak up the last of the day’s rays and enjoy a refreshing beverage while you watch an unforgettable Australian sunset.  Finally, return to Marina Pier, home to some of Adelaide’s best outdoor dining destinations. 

Adelaide: McLaren Vale & The Cube Day Trip

9. Adelaide: McLaren Vale & The Cube Day Trip

Leave Adelaide and head out along the metropolitan coastline. Enjoy coastal views as you head to McLaren Vale Information Centre for morning tea. There is an opportunity to sample wines from some of the regions smaller wineries that do not have cellar doors at an additional cost. Then, head to d’Arenberg Cube. Nestled amongst vineyards, this 5-level “Rubiks cube” has been carefully designed to entice and excite the senses. See the Alternate Realities Museum and art installations and enjoy a formal wine tasting before heading to Polly’s Restaurant for your 2-course lunch. Visit Beresford Wines and choose from one of 3 tastings. Select from wine, craft beer, or spirit and gin tastings dependent on your mood. Finally, head for Wirra Wirra Vineyards, located amongst the gum trees in the historic ironstone cellars. Enjoy a tour of the cellars and a structured tasting of their range of quality wines. Finish the day with some spare time in the main street of McLaren Vale. Pop into the Menz Chocolate Store for some sweet treats, wander up the road to Blessed Cheese, or explore the Fleurieu Arthouse house, before settling back on the coach for your return trip to Adelaide.

Adelaide: Dolphin Sanctuary Eco Kayaking Tour

10. Adelaide: Dolphin Sanctuary Eco Kayaking Tour

Go kayaking through Adelaide's Dolphin Sanctuary on this guided tour. Get up close and personal with one of the ocean's most playful and friendly creatures. Upon arrival, demonstrations and all equipment will be provided. Travel at a comfortable pace since you don't need any prior kayaking experience. Start your tour by kayaking your way through 10,000-year-old mangrove-lined creeks, which are the ultimate feeding grounds for dolphins due to the seagrass, saltmarsh, tidal flats, and creeks. See the sanctuary's abundant birdlife and intricate ecosystem. You can also paddle close to shipwrecks that have been abandoned from a bygone era. It's a special experience that simply can't be replicated.

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What people are saying about Adelaide

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,951 reviews

It was wonderful to go to Hahndorf. A lovely place. Great food, great people and lovely shops. Bus driver very knowledgeable.

The Captain was very informative and pleasant teaching my wife and I about South Australian history. The views were amazing.

Excellent tour guide and excellent selection of wines. go with friends. the more the merrier

Wonderful insight provided by a friendly and competent tour guide

Fantastic wineries, comfortable travel and great guide.