Top attractions in Adelaide
Top 10 things to do in Adelaide
Australia's food and wine capital is steadily becoming one of the country's most exciting places to live, thanks to the recent emergence of its nightlife scene and festivals, all topped-off by a gorgeous landscape! Here's what to do on your trip to Adelaide.
1. Victoria Square
Adelaide's central square is home to many of the city's most famous landmarks, including the St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Torrens Building, and Supreme Court of South Australia.
2. Adelaide Hills
The hills are world-renowned for the quality of the region's wines, but book a day trip as much for the spectacular landscape and historic towns as the tasty local tipple!
3. Adelaide Zoo
The city's beautiful zoo on the River Torrens is home to around 1800 native and exotic creatures, including Australia's only giant pandas, Wang Wang and Funi!
4. Cleland Wildlife Park
If you'd prefer to spend a day solely among Australia's endemic animals – kangaroos, koalas, emus, etc – then don't miss this beloved wildlife park in the Adelaide Hills!
5. Haigh's Chocolate Factory
Don't expect snozzberries and Oompa Loompas, but Haigh's HQ offers chocoholics an insight into the creation of Australia's most luxurious confectionary. The best part? It's free!
6. Barossa Valley
Adelaide has no shortage of scenic vineyards to tour, but visiting wine buffs shouldn't miss the biannual Barossa Vintage Festival – Australia's longest-running wine festival!
7. River Torrens
Boat tours of Adelaide's river provide effortless sightseeing trips through the city. Impress the locals by calling it "Karra wirra-parri," its native Kaurna name!
Take the South Eastern Freeway to South Australia's oldest surviving German settlement. Its Lutheran churches and lush surrounding scenery make for a quaint and peaceful day-trip!
9. Adelaide Oval
Considered the world's prettiest cricket ground, there are few better places for the intrepid sports fan to enjoy a taste of Australia's favorite past-time!
10. Art Gallery of South Australia
Beloved for its collections of Australian and Aboriginal art, this museum is one of Adelaide's leading cultural attractions. Guided tours are free between 11:00AM and 2:00PM!
Planning Your Visit
How many days?
Four or five days should be enough to see the sights while still allowing for a day-trip or two.
How to get around?
If you're planning on covering a lot of ground, then it might be wise to rent a car. However, if you have no desire to stray far from the city center, you can ride for free on the Free City tram and City-Loop bus (99C), which cover most of the inner-city attractions. Adelaide also boasts the bright green Tindo – the world's first solar-powered bus!
Good to know
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- Best time to visit
- The temperatures in Adelaide are pleasant throughout the year, but can get warm from November through March. June is the wettest month, but March is considered to have the best festivals!
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What people are saying about Adelaide
Loved the tour. The whole day was planned and timed well, the tour guide was funny and helpful and the wineries were lovely. The downside however that we wanted to share was that we didn't actually go to the wineries advertised or a visit to the whispering wall and we were told we would get go taste a $100 sparkling wine we unfortunately didn't get offered.
Had a fantastic guided kayak tour the information we received was informative and the whole tour was well worth doing. Great seeing the dolphins up close and the detours into the creeks was great finding out about the mangroves and manoeuvring round them and the other kayaks was a test of your paddling
Well organised, informative, great selection of wineries. Our driver Bronny was exceptional, funny & very conscientious of keeping everyone safe while not being too serious. Highly recommended Trail Hopper for your winery outings. Can't wait for our return visit. Big Thumbs Up.
Bob was an excellent tour guide, very informative of the area and made the tour fun for all! A smaller tour is definitely the way to go! The wineries we went to were great with a beautiful lunch included in the price! Great value for money and a fun filled day!
Great guide from a McLaren vale local. I've done many wine tours but this stands out for its very personal approach, quality transport and group sizes. Lunch was also exceptionally good and we visited many exceptional wineries.