Things to do in

Adelaide

The South Australian capital is a real fusion of culture, architecture, natural wonders, and a vibrant foodie scene.

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Top 10 things to do in Adelaide

Australia's food and wine capital is steadily becoming one of the country's most exciting places to live, thanks to the recent emergence of its nightlife scene and festivals, all topped-off by a gorgeous landscape! Here's what to do on your trip to Adelaide.

  • Victoria Square

    1. Victoria Square

    Adelaide's central square is home to many of the city's most famous landmarks, including the St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Torrens Building, and Supreme Court of South Australia.

  • Adelaide Hills

    2. Adelaide Hills

    The hills are world-renowned for the quality of the region's wines, but book a day trip as much for the spectacular landscape and historic towns as the tasty local tipple!

  • Adelaide Zoo

    3. Adelaide Zoo

    The city's beautiful zoo on the River Torrens is home to around 1800 native and exotic creatures, including Australia's only giant pandas, Wang Wang and Funi!

  • Cleland Wildlife Park

    4. Cleland Wildlife Park

    If you'd prefer to spend a day solely among Australia's endemic animals – kangaroos, koalas, emus, etc – then don't miss this beloved wildlife park in the Adelaide Hills!

  • Haigh's Chocolate Factory

    5. Haigh's Chocolate Factory

    Don't expect snozzberries and Oompa Loompas, but Haigh's HQ offers chocoholics an insight into the creation of Australia's most luxurious confectionary. The best part? It's free!

  • Barossa Valley

    6. Barossa Valley

    Adelaide has no shortage of scenic vineyards to tour, but visiting wine buffs shouldn't miss the biannual Barossa Vintage Festival – Australia's longest-running wine festival!

  • River Torrens

    7. River Torrens

    Boat tours of Adelaide's river provide effortless sightseeing trips through the city. Impress the locals by calling it "Karra wirra-parri," its native Kaurna name!

  • Hahndorf

    8. Hahndorf

    Take the South Eastern Freeway to South Australia's oldest surviving German settlement. Its Lutheran churches and lush surrounding scenery make for a quaint and peaceful day-trip!

  • Adelaide Oval

    9. Adelaide Oval

    Considered the world's prettiest cricket ground, there are few better places for the intrepid sports fan to enjoy a taste of Australia's favorite past-time!

  • Art Gallery of South Australia

    10. Art Gallery of South Australia

    Beloved for its collections of Australian and Aboriginal art, this museum is one of Adelaide's leading cultural attractions. Guided tours are free between 11:00AM and 2:00PM!

Frequently asked questions about Adelaide

What top attractions are a must-see in Adelaide?

Planning Your Visit

  • How many days?

    Four or five days should be enough to see the sights while still allowing for a day-trip or two.

  • How to get around?

    If you're planning on covering a lot of ground, then it might be wise to rent a car. However, if you have no desire to stray far from the city center, you can ride for free on the Free City tram and City-Loop bus (99C), which cover most of the inner-city attractions. Adelaide also boasts the bright green Tindo – the world's first solar-powered bus!

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    AUD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+09:30)
  • Country Code
    61
  • Best time to visit
    The temperatures in Adelaide are pleasant throughout the year, but can get warm from November through March. June is the wettest month, but March is considered to have the best festivals!

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What people are saying about Adelaide

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,505 reviews

This was an amazing experience and such a beautiful time out on the water. The staff were so informative & true respect and gratitude for the dolphins that came out to play along side the boat. I would recommend this 100% and will definitely bring visiting family & friends.

Wonderful day from start to finish. Loved Hahndorf, very pretty and quirky place. Otto's bakery supplied a delicious pie for lunch. Was a surprise to see'The Cube'. Highly recommended.

Very interesting. Guide most knowledgeable took you to parts of the ground you wouldn’t normally see. Thoroughly enjoyed the tour and would recommend it highly

You have to be prepared to pay for your wine samples. Enjoy the tour, and finish with a visit to the Gin distillery

Excellent and informative tour. Highly recommended