Discover the cooler side of the land down under – Adelaide! Nestled in the heart of South Australia, this charming city offers a brilliant amalgam of handsome historic buildings, picturesque coastal scenery and wide urban streets with splashes of colourful culture and genuine smiles. Get your food fix at this quaint town’s main precincts such as Hindley Street, Rundle Street East, Gouger Street (Chinatown) and Hutt Street; or embark on a wine tasting rendezvous at Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills. Go about this city with pedals and wheels as you drop by some of the major hotspots like North Terrace, Rundle Mall, Hahndorf, Glenelg Beach, and Kangaroo Island. Whether it’s the adventure or a peace of mind that you’re after, this beautiful city will always have something to charm!
Best of Adelaide
1. Rundle Mall
Shop till you drop at over 600 shops in Rundle Mall. A retail backbone of Adelaide CBD, this impressive complex boasts an array of international and national flagship stores, boutiques, local institutions, specialty shops, cafés, well-designed arcades and many more.
2. Adelaide Central Market
Opens every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, this market has been the heart of this city for over 120 years and still provides the most dazzling array of fresh foods, yummy homemade desserts and little cafés for all to enjoy. The market is located next to Adelaide’s Chinatown, where you can find a variety of restaurants to wine and dine.
3. North Terrace – A Cultural Boulevard
Explore the free attractions along the boulevard. Begin your journey from Adelaide University, then head west past The South Australian Museum (home to the Aboriginal Cultures Gallery), Art Gallery of South Australia, Migration Museum, State Library, war memorials and statues.
4. Adelaide Hills
From beautiful rolling hills to flourishing fruit orchards, take your family for a fun day out in nature’s best! Feed the kangaroos and hug the koala bears at Cleland Wildlife Park, take a wondrous tour at Jurlique Herb Farm and pluck fresh strawberries straight from the bush at Beerenberg Strawberry Farm. Don’t forget to explore the shops and restaurants at the historic German village Hahndorf too!
5. Glenelg Beach
Hop on the city’s only tram to the beach. Walk on the sugary sands as you visit the many shops and cafés along Jetty Road and Holdfast Shores Marina, or enjoy family fun activities at The Beachouse, which features water slides, a Ferris wheel, dodgem cars, bumper boats and many more.
6. Adelaide Fringe Festival
The largest art event in the Southern Hemisphere, Adelaide Fringe literally takes over the entire city with more than 900 events staged in pop-up venues. Think parks, warehouses, lane-ways anddisused buildings as well as established venues such as theatres, hotels, art galleries and cafes turned into an art takeover!
7. Barossa Valley
Sip fine vino and go for a romantic dining experience at one of Australia’s foremost wine regions, just within an hour’s reach from the city. You can also enjoy the fresh produce at the markets, farm gates and restaurants that are available within the valley.
8. Kangaroo Island
An iconic spot for Australian landscapes and friendly wildlife, take a peaceful stroll at the beach with the wild sea lions at Seal Bay. Go for a thrilling quad bike tour to meet with the kangaroos, then later sandboard your way down the sand dunes or join a marine tour to swim with friendly dolphins!
9. Eyre Peninsula
Come face to face with great white sharks from the safety of a diving cage! Swim close to the lovely sea lions, and grab the rare opportunity to swim with the Southern Bluefin Tunas. Later on, indulge in the region’s famed seafood including the 1kg King Oyster!
They say it’s the journey that matters, not the destination. So make your trip worthwhile by having a few quick stops along a drive over to Victoria and enjoy the beautiful coastal roads, vineyards, antique towns, sand dunes, beaches, forests and not to forget, the remarkable 12 Apostles and Great Ocean Road!