Get closer to Adelaide and beyond
Not only is Adelaide the gateway to some of Australia's best wine country, but the city centre itself is surrounded by parklands and is a blend of historic buildings, wide streets, parklands, cafes and restaurants. Join the café culture lifestyle. Adelaide has a diverse cultural mix that guarantees sensational food.
Rundle Street in Adelaide's east end includes a mix of historic pubs, family-run cafes and eclectic restaurants. Explore the laneways off Rundle Street for trendy wine bars and boutique shops. In the heart of the city, Gouger Street and Chinatown are crammed with Asian restaurants and a stone’s throw from the Adelaide Central Market – the largest produce market in the southern hemisphere. Wander the market for local cheese, dips, artisan breads and fresh goodies.
Adelaide is proud to be Australia’s wine capital, with numerous regions on its doorstep. You’ll be spoilt for choice. There are reds from the Coonawarra on the Limestone Coast and the renowned famous Barossa, only an hour's drive from Adelaide. Travel another hour north and you'll reach the Clare Valley, famous for its crisp Rieslings. If it’s more white varietals that you’re after, then the Adelaide Hills has some delicious sparklings and Sauvignon Blancs. South there’s McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Drive yourself or join a guided tour of Adelaide and its surrounds - the choice is yours.
Things to do
Need a shot of Deutsch culture? Take a day trip to Hahndorf, one of the most famous towns in the Adelaide Hills. It’s actually the oldest surviving settlement in Australia and boasts a strong German heritage. Nearby, Cleland Wildlife Park offers the opportunity to feed kangaroos and hold a koala! Don’t forget to indulge in copious chocolate and wine samples.
In good taste
Immerse yourself in all things gastronomic by joining a food and wine tour. You’ll meet chefs, winemakers, producers and other food experts as part of the experience. There are various tours to choose from all departing Adelaide so the hardest part of the day is having to decide which one.
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Long Sandy Beaches
Other states may hog the beach tag, but Adelaide is no slouch. Catch a tram from Adelaide to Glenelg and get those swimming togs on. Immerse yourself in an al fresco dining experience on Holdfast Marina or Jetty Road. Keep going and dive into the Port Noarlunga reef. Say goodbye to the day by watching a sunset from Port Willunga.
Something for the whole family
The Adelaide Botanic Garden is one of the 29 parks that make up Adelaide’s famous parklands. Next to it is the Adelaide Zoo (where Wang Wang and Funi live: the southern hemisphere’s only giant pandas!). The Adelaide Botanic Garden is an oasis in the middle of the city: a 16ha space filled with native Australian, exotic and ornamental plants. You can also join a free guided walking tour provided by the Friends of the Botanic Garden. Tours leave from the Schomburgk Pavilion at 10.30am daily. Adelaide Zoo’ Zookeepers provide daily animal feeds and keeper talks. You can join an Adelaide Zoo free walkabout tour throughout the day - tours depart from various locations every half hour between 9.45am and 3.30pm.
Victor Harbor and more
Discover the seaside town of Victor Harbor on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Ever been on a horse-drawn tram? Take a ride across the causeway and see penguins on Granite Island. Or why not board the SteamRanger train or visit the South Australian Whale Centre? Experience the Murray River on a houseboat and don’t miss Coorong National Park on the way. Try the famous Coonawarra red rock lobsters at Limestone Coast.
Travel time 15 minutes
Taxi Approx AUD $18
Bus Route J1 or J2 every 30 minutes; journey takes 30 minutes and tickets from AUD $3.Back to top
When to go
Adelaide has hot, dry summers and mild winters, thanks to its coastal location on the southern edge of Australia.
Rainfall, and sometimes hail, usually happens in the winter months. Snow in the metro area is not common (bar light falls at Mount Lofty and in the Adelaide Hills). It’s a year-round destination, unless you prefer your weather a little warmer.
The months of February and March are widely considered to offer the best weather due to pleasant temperatures and little rainfall. June tends to be the wettest month of the year. The winter months (June - August) can get a little chilly, so bring winter threads.Back to top
There’s the Adelaide Airport Flyer offering door-to-door minibus transfers to and from Adelaide outer suburbs and surrounding areas. You can also pick up a free bike from one of 14 bike depots around the city centre and North Adelaide. The City-Loop bus runs seven days a week. You can also hop on the shuttle tram, which operates between South Terrace and the City West Campus of the University of South Australia on North Terrace – travel in either direction is free. Tindo, the solar-powered bus, takes you between the city and North Adelaide for free.Back to top