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Weather in Adelaide

Find information on temperature, rainfall and seasonal activities to help you plan your holiday in Adelaide.

South Australia's climate varies from hot and dry in the interior, to mild and wet in the south and coastal regions. Adelaide generally has mild, wet winters and warm, dry summers. It is the driest of all the Australian capital cities. The average annual rainfall is 553 mm. June is the wettest month, averaging around 80 mm. The average rainfall in summer is around 20 mm. The average maximum temperature is 29 °C in summer and 15-16°C in winter. Here you will find some information on temperature, rainfall and seasonal activities to help you plan your holiday in Adelaide.

Autumn (March to May) is a great time to visit Adelaide. There's plenty of sunshine and the weather is warm and pleasant. Daily autumn temperatures in Adelaide range from a minimum of 12.5°C to a maximum of 22.4°C.

The biennial Tasting Australia festival (April-May) is held in Adelaide and various locations across South Australia in autumn. It is one of the best times to enjoy South Australia's bounty of fresh local produce.

South Australia gets most of its rainfall during the winter months (June, July and August). It rains more around Adelaide and the Mount Lofty Ranges than it does in the outback. Average daily winter temperatures in Adelaide range from a minimum of 8°C to a maximum of 15.9°C.

In spring (September to November) South Australia is awash with colour and wildlife flourishes. Average daily spring temperatures in Adelaide range from a minimum of 11.6°C to a maximum of 21.7°C. The best time to walk the Arkaba Walk in the Flinders Ranges is from October to April.

During summer (December to February) people head to the beaches, so coastal towns are popular and can be quite busy. Locals also take advantage of the warmer weather to dine outdoors in Adelaide's many fine restaurants and cafes. Catch a tram to the seaside town of Glenelg, which has a warm year-round Mediterranean climate.

In the Barossa Valley, summer means sunshine and warm days. The nights are ideal for outdoor dining. Spring offers sunny days and a great time for nature walks. Pack lighter clothing for the day and some warm clothing for the cool evenings. In Autumn, the autumn leaves on the vines are a sight to behold. The Winter months bring colder days and some rain, and cold nights which are perfect for sitting with a glass of wine in front of a cosy log fire.

Kangaroo Island is a destination for all seasons. In summer, the landscape is a contrast of golden pastures against summer wild flowers. Koalas, wallabies, kangaroos and Australian Sea-lion give birth to tiny young. In Autumn, rare Glossy Black Cockatoos and Little Penguins begin nesting. Winter is spectacular with lush green countryside, flowing rivers and abundant wildlife. Southern right whales pass the shores on their migration to the Great Australian Bight to calve. Spring is the season of rebirth. It is a wonderful time to see the spectacular array of wild flowers, birds and mammals.

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Soak up Adelaide's colonial elegance in the spacious green parklands, bustling Adelaide Central Markets and the museums and libraries of North Terrace. Swim with dolphins in Glenelg, explore Hahndorf and other picturesque villages in the Adelaide Hills, and wind between world-class wineries in the nearby Barossa and Clare Valley. Visit for international events such as the Santos Tour Down Under.

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Adelaide Central Market

Adelaide Central Market

Adelaide Central Market

Soak up the sights, smells and sounds of Adelaide Central Market, a much loved attraction in the heart of the city. . Growers from across the state come here to sell a mouth-watering array of ingredients, from oysters to olive oils to cheeses. These stallholders fuel Adelaide's kitchens as well as its friendships and daily rituals. Load your basket alongside local foodies and chefs or join a tour for an intimate, behind-the-stalls look at life in South Australia's gourmet headquarters.

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Three Great Days in Adelaide

Three Great Days in Adelaide

Three Great Days in Adelaide

Skip from cultural attractions to the coast in Adelaide, where restaurants, parklands and wine regions are also within easy reach. Explore the city's past in the grand stone buildings along North Terrace. Discover the youthful energy humming beneath the city's elegant exterior along Rundle Street and Gouger Street's popular dining strip. Lose yourself in parklands, which sprawl around more than half the city. Swim with dolphins in Glenelg and enjoy summer festivities in beachside Henley. Do a day trip to the Fleurieu Peninsula, stopping to see wineries, play on white beaches, trek the rugged coastline and get up close to wildlife.

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South Australian Loop

South Australian Loop

South Australian Loop

Take in fine food and wine in the Barossa and Clare Valleys, explore the rugged Flinders Ranges and meet wildlife galore on Kangaroo Island. Taste wine made by Jesuit priests in Sevenhill, climb the huge natural amphitheatre of Wilpena Pound and visit the historic copper-mining town of Burra. Swim, surf, snorkel and bushwalk along the Fleurieu Peninsula before getting up close to penguins in Penneshaw and a colony of sea lion at Seal Rocks on Kangaroo Island. This scenic drive takes in South Australia's most famous attractions on two smaller loops through the elegant capital of Adelaide.

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