Fabulous food and wine, festivals and galleries, beaches and nature
South Australia’s capital is famous for its excellent food and wine, fabulous festivals, innovative galleries and museums, elegant parks and nearby beaches.
Gourmet getaway? Adelaide is your city. Dine at award-winning city restaurants, sip cocktails in laneway bars and snack-stroll local markets. Allow for wine time in the surrounding wine regions: the nearby Adelaide Hills and famous Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Clare Valley.
Stretch your legs at elegant parks, the Botanic Garden and the city’s surrounding bushland reserves. Day trippers, head to the Adelaide Hills to climb the Mount Lofty summit and wander charming towns. Immerse yourself in German heritage in Hahndorf, wine and dine in Stirling.
Beach ready? Hop on a tram to local favourite Glenelg Beach, dive or snorkel the reef at Port Noarlunga, and stick around for sunset at Port Willunga.
Explore the city’s galleries and museums on North Terrace and the West End, even historic Adelaide Oval, home of the Bradman Collection. And time your visit with one of Adelaide’s many fabulous festivals, Adelaide Fringe, Adelaide Festival, WOMADelaide, Adelaide Cabaret Festival among the most popular.
Wine time, quiet time, beach time or show time, Adelaide has you covered.
Things to do
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.
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.
In good taste
Immerse yourself in all things gastronomic by signing up for a food tour led by A Taste of South Australia. Meet chefs, winemakers, producers and other food experts as part of the experience. There are various tours to choose from and you can also request for an itinerary tailored to incorporate one of the many colourful festivals South Australia is renowned for.
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.
Coast with the most
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 to 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