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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- Time Zone
- UTC (+09:30)
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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
Fantastic!!!! Ashleigh had an encyclopaedic memory of all the wineries plus Adelaide and places en route. As a freelance writer I wish I’d taken notes - next time definitely. The wineries were all very interesting with some great wines and lunch - best vegetarian lunch I’ve had really delish and we had plenty of time to enjoy same All round I had a wonderful trip and will definitely be booking a trip or two (or more) Hanforf is the first when it’s safe i,e. no wildfires around. Thank you very much Ashleigh and everyone for a marvellous birthday Can Highly recommend
I did the Roof Top walk with my grandson. A great experience and interesting commentary by the guide. Not a demanding walk for older people and my 11 yo grandson said "it was his best present ever." I would recommend this tour.
Fantastic tour of the wineries and Handorf. Paul (driver) was friendly and very knowledgeable. Really worth the money includes lunch too. Chocolate shop was nice too. Overall great experience. I’m so glad I went.
Overall, a good day exploring Hahndorf and the two wineries. Great wine tasting at Kies by an exceptional staff member there. We also squeezed in a visit to a nearby chocolate factory.
Great tour guide, very personable and good knowledge of the areas. Went out his way to show us a few extra places. Excellent variety of wines tasted and very hospitable hosts.