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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.

Victoria Square
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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.

Adelaide Hills

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!

Adelaide Zoo

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!

Cleland Wildlife Park

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!

Haigh's Chocolate Factory
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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!

Barossa Valley

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!

River Torrens

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!

Hahndorf
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Hahndorf

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!

Adelaide Oval
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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!

Art Gallery of South Australia
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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 Adelaide 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

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    AUD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+09:30)
  • Country Code
    61
  • 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

Carmel and the tour content were excellent

Carmel is so knowledgeable about so much and very good at her job. The market is large and fascinating which combined with some great tastings, made for a very enjoyable experience. If we lived in Melbourne we would shop on the market regularly. It’s great.

Adelaide: Central Market Morning Tour Reviewed by Robert, 03/27/2019

Gary our guide and driver was amazing 200% recommend

Gary our guide was very knowledgeable and a really nice person. He took us to the best spots to see animals on the wild and show us around the beautiful island that is his home. Thanks a lot Gary.

Adelaide: Kangaroo Island 2-Day Highlights Tour Reviewed by André, 03/21/2019

Excellent value with detailed knowledge - good choice!

We visited was lead by an excellent guide (Philip). Pick up was spot on. We visited a sensible number and range of interesting vineyards. The lunch platter was outstanding (better than we had anticipated). Philip's knowledge of the industry was an added bonus (as was the weather) and we would thoroughly recommend the tour.

This tour provides a wonderful outback experience, not to be missed.

Mick was an excellent guide. We were the only two and he made great use of the added flexibility that enabled. The stay in Arkaroola village and the ridge-top tour were highlights and a flight over the ranges was magnificent. We had a wonderful time with a great variety of experiences all enhanced by Mick's detailed knowledge.

One of the best tours,Highly recommend it .

What an experience. 2 full packed days highlighted by our brilliantly knowledgable guide Hamish .He was brilliant and made the trip 100% more enjoyable .The two days were full of different stops and attractions. An experience for us which was insurmountably brilliant. I would recommend this to anyone. We were treated like royalty .The food was of very high standard as well .A fantastic memory of our visit .This was food and wine and natural wonders tour.