10 things to do in Adelaide

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Explore the attractions Adelaide has to offer

A scenic shot of nighttime Adelaide
A scenic shot of nighttime Adelaide

Nestled between the hills and the ocean, Adelaide is quickly becoming the lifestyle capital of Australia. Already celebrated for its wine and food culture, this elegant city is undergoing a rapid transformation with a burgeoning small-bar scene, world-class festivals and amazing eco-adventures.

1. Drink and Dine in Adelaide’s Laneway Bars

Stroll through Adelaide’s laneways where warehouses and shops are being transformed into bars serving everything from tapas to Serbian cuisine.

2. Sample Fresh Produce at Adelaide’s Central Market

Marvel at South Australia’s rich bounty of produce – from farm-fresh fruit and vegetables to hormone-free meats, artisan cheeses, smoked meats and seafood. It’s all at the Central market, where you can stop for an espresso or a bite.

3. Take a Walk through Historic Port Adelaide

Discover Port Adelaide’s wealth of 19th-century buildings, classic Australian pubs and atmospheric old wharves. Pick up a self-guided walking map from the tourist office, kayak along Port River (home to a dolphin colony) or drop into the Maritime Museum on Lipson Street.

4. Stroll the Galleries of Elegant North Terrace

Visit Adelaide’s most elegant boulevard, North Terrace, home to the city’s most important cultural institutions. Apart from State Parliament, Adelaide Casino and the Convention Centre, this tree-lined street hosts the Art Gallery of South Australia, the South Australian Museum and The University of Adelaide. Round off your walk by visiting the Botanic Gardens, a legacy of Adelaide’s past with historic buildings and three striking glasshouses on site.

Architecture at North Terrace
Architecture at North Terrace

5. Go Shopping in The East End

Searching for something quirky? Explore Adelaide’s East End at Rundle Street. Once the site of the Central Market, the area is undergoing a retail renaissance.

6. Relax at Adelaide’s Best Beaches

There many beaches to choose from, so when you’re in the mood head to one of Adelaide’s many popular ocean beaches. Enjoy the hustle and bustle of Glenelg, or the laid-back vibe of Henley and Grange with wooden piers, beachside cafes and old-school pubs.

Pier at one of Adelaide's many beaches
Pier at one of Adelaide’s many beaches

7. Get Up Close to the Local Wildlife in Adelaide

Get a wildlife fix at Adelaide Zoo, a 10-minute walk from the city centre, home to more than 1800 animals, including kangaroos, koalas and other native species. For something more interactive, head to the nearby marina for a spot of dolphin-watching and swimming cruises.

8. Hop On Your Bike and Explore Adelaide

Hop on one of the free bikes available for daytime hire at a number of depots in the CBD. They are a fun way to explore the city, which is mostly flat, but there’s also a lovely ride to Henley Beach along Linear Park. The trip takes 40 minutes each way.

9. Tour the New Adelaide Oval

Long regarded as the prettiest cricket stadium in the world, Adelaide Oval has recently undergone an AUD $610 million make-over. The result is pretty spectacular. Join a guided tour which takes you behind the scenes of this iconic ground.

10. Head For The (Adelaide) Hills

Head to the Adelaide Hills — a tranquil place to recharge the batteries. The hills are much more than a geographic backdrop for the city; they provide much of its food and they are major wine-growing district with some 50 cellar doors.

Amazing scene overlooking the Adelaide Hills
Amazing scene overlooking the Adelaide Hills


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