So many amazing places to visit
Explore Our Amazing State
Adelaide is designed for exploring and home to some of the most vibrant and culturally diverse festivals in the country. With world-class vineyards at its doorstep, Adelaide has made eating and drinking a way of life. Come and visit the following:
Walk along North Terrace and visit the Art Gallery of South Australia, Migration Museum and South Australian Museum. A visit into the Mortlock Wing in the State Library is voted on of the most beautiful libraries in the world.
Hop onto the free tram and go up to Victoria Square where you can visit the Central Market for the ultimate foodie experience. This market is closed on Sunday and Monday but well worth a visit so fit it into your time schedule. Chinatown is also in the market area.
Shopping in Rundle Mall is a must and shops are mostly open from 9am to 5pm but on Sundays the opening hours are from 11am to 4pm.
In the evenings the city is a melting pot of cuisines from around the world so your choice of eating out is unlimited. The Original Pancake Kitchen on Gilbert Place and the Bakery on O’Connell St in North Adelaide are both open 24/7. Brave the cooler weather and eat outside in the many restaurant in Gouger Street or in North Adelaide.
Visit the Adelaide Zoo with over 500 animals and introduce yourself to Wang Wang and Funi our famous Giant Pandas. If you like to see the wild animals running free then visit Monarto Zoo about 45-minutes’ drive from Adelaide.
Board a tram and travel to the end of the line to Glenelg. This is where Governor Hindmarsh landed and became the first Governor of South Australia on the 28th December 1836. South Australia still celebrates this day and is known as Proclamation Day. A wander down the main street and shop till you drop is worth doing.
A visit to the beautiful Adelaide Botanic Gardens is a truly special experience and you can indulge yourself with lunch at the iconic Botanic Gardens restaurant and call into the National Wine Centre of Australia.
Discover the city on an exhilarating adventure atop South Australia’s icon – Adelaide Oval. Adelaide is very proud of the new Adelaide Oval and the history of football and cricket is well documented here.
Be sure to get in your car or grab a tour and visit the Adelaide Hills where a rich history can be found in Hahndorf and where a visit to the Beerenberg Family Farm is a must. As you wander through the streets of Hahndorf be sure you bring plenty of money as you won’t be able to resist shopping or eating in many of the fine German restaurants.
The Lofty Views as you visit the Mount Lofty Summit is well worth a visit and if you like a good walk go into the Botanical Gardens which starts near the Summit and as you walk down the hill to the lake at the bottom view the beautiful Rhododendrons, Heritage Rose Garden, Magnolia Gully, Fern Gully and Woodland Garden. Just remember that you have to walk back up the hill to get back to your car.
Port Adelaide is worth a visit particularly to the Maritime Museum and a stroll along the wharf area where you can also visit the Lighthouse or Aviation Museum. It’s like stepping past into what Adelaide used to be like a hundred or so years ago. A boat tour out into the harbor to see the dolphins is also worth your time.
Go for drive out to the Victor Harbor & Fleurieu Peninsula where you can take a Steam Ranger ride on the Heritage Railway which is known as the Cockle Train. Check operating times as these trains only operate on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday outside of School holidays.
For the more adventurers a Big Duck Boat tour is recommended to explore the more inaccessible areas of the coastline. Walk over the famous Causeway and around Granite Island where you can spend 45 minutes trying to spot the Sculptures dotted around the island. You will want to take a drive in the Horse Drawn Tram which leaves every 20 minutes or so and a one-way ticket will cost you only $7. The café on the island is also open for those who need a cup of tea.
Travel onwards through Port Elliot, Middleton and into Goolwa which is situated on one side by the River Murray and the other side the sea. This is only a 20-minute drive from Victor Harbor and its worth seeing all the sights on the way. Take a trip over the bridge to Hindmarsh Island and go onto the River Murray mouth and the start of the Coorong which is famous for it’s wild-life. Also, a visit to the Barrages is worth doing as you can view the Pelicans and Seals as they search the area for fish.
If you are staying longer, travel to Cape Jervois for a ferry ride over to Kangaroo Island where you can spend a day travelling the island and seeing the famous seals. The 45-minute journey across is expensive if you are taking your car but Sea-Link has accommodation and car travel option to help bring down the cost. Pick a good day for this trip as it can get rough going through the Backstairs passage for those prone to sea sickness.
As you wind your way back to Adelaide be sure to visit McLaren Vale and the wine areas. Sample the wines at the numerous wineries in the area and be sure to visit our latest tourist icon, the CUBE where you can eat in their restaurant or sample wines in this 4-story building. Walk outside on 2 levels and look over the stunning views of the Southern Wine Region. Visit the tourist bureau to get a map of all the area so you won’t get lost.
If you prefer to visit the famous Barossa Valley north of Adelaide also get a map of the area as although the wineries are worth a visit, they are spread out. Maggie Beard’s iconic café and farm is also worth a visit although can be hard to find. The Clare valley is also very pretty.
Later, we will list some of the events being held in Adelaide during April and May next year. Adelaide is known as the Event City and March is famous for its Mad March event time which incorporates such events as The Festival of Arts etc.
We hope you will enjoy our unique and beautiful city so be sure to add in your diary, time to see what is on offer and go home thinking that you must come again.