Green living, exceptional food and a torrent of fine wine
Even with a population of slightly more than a million, Adelaide is a city where the residents feel they’ve got all the breathing space in the world. It’s Australia’s most environmentally sustainable city, with free city bikes for hire, the world’s first solar-powered bus and ecologically constructed buildings and homes. It’s an impeccably accessible city, thanks to Colonel William Light, who gave Adelaidians its grid layout and wide boulevards, with large public arenas, entirely surrounded by beautiful parklands. Everything in Adelaide is said to be only 20 minutes’ away from everything else.
Adelaide is the gateway to Australia’s most lauded wine region, the Barossa Valley, which is only an hour from the city centre. Sample locally grown seasonal produce and some of the world's finest shiraz.
Things to do
Other states may hog the beach tag, but Adelaide is no slouch. Catch a tram from Adelaide to Glenelg opens in new window 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 opens in new window reef. Say goodbye to the day by watching a sunset from Port Willunga opens in new window.
Botanic garden and zoo
One of 29 parks in this green city, the Adelaide Botanic Garden is a mid-city oasis: 16ha of native Australian and exotic plants. Join a free guided walking tour, led each morning by the Friends of the Botanic Garden. Next door is the Adelaide Zoo, where you’ll find Wang Wang and Funi, the southern hemisphere’s only giant pandas. The zookeepers present daily animal feeds and keeper talks as well as close-up, behind-the-scenes animal experiences.
Food and wine
Immerse yourself in all things gastronomic by signing up for a food and wine tour. You'll meet chefs, winemakers, producers and local people passionate about their produce, whether you strike out for the Barossa Valley or stay close in the lovely Adelaide Hills. Or hire a care and put together your own tour of South Australia's stunning wine regions, from the Fleurieu Peninsula to McLaren Vale.
Hahndorf and Cleland Wildlife Park
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.
Victor Harbor and more
Discover the seaside town of Victor Harbor opens in new window 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 opens in new window.
Distance to city centre 8km
Taxi A taxi to the city centre will take around 10 minutes and cost about AUD $20-25.
Shuttle Airport City Shuttle runs about every 30 minutes into the city centre for around AUD $10. Pre-booking is not required – on arrival, go to the Information and Tourism Bookings booth on the ground floor of the terminal.
Bus Adelaide Metro opens in new window runs frequent JetExpress and JetBus services to the city centre plus Glenelg and West Beach. The journey to the city takes around 30 minutes and tickets cost about AUD $5.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. June tends to be the wettest month of the year. Snow in the metro area is not common (bar light falls at Mount Lofty and in the Adelaide Hills).
The months of March and April are widely considered to offer the best weather, with pleasant temperatures and little rainfall. The winter months (June–August) can get a little chilly, and there's likely to be a few killer hot days of over 40ºC in summer (December–Februrary).Back to top
The City Connector opens in new window 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. You can also pick up a free bike opens in new window from one of 14 bike depots around the city centre and North Adelaide.Back to top