Discover Adelaide, South Australia’s elegant and cultured capital.
Plan your Adelaide holiday using our three-day itinerary, which combines Adelaide’s attractions, parklands, beaches, the vineyards and coastal delights of the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Learn more about South Australia, the iconic destinations you can visit from Adelaide and the spectacular journeys which take you there. Get up close to kangaroos, koalas, seals, penguins and pelicans on the wildlife wonderland of Kangaroo Island. Fly over Wilpena Pound in the rugged, time-worn Flinders Ranges. See the Flinders Ranges and Kangaroo Island, as well as the Barossa Valley and Fleurieu Peninsula driving the South Australian Loop.
Learn about Australia’s other cities and get ideas for the rest of your Australian holiday. From Adelaide, you can take the Ghan train trip to tropical Darwin, taking in whistle stop tours of Alice Springs and Katherine. You can drive the same route along the historic Explorers Highway.
This elegant city is known for its colonial stone architecture, expansive parklands, lively festivals and incredible sense of space. Explore the museums and libraries of North Terrace, dine on dedicated ‘eat streets’ or picnic in gardens that sprawl over almost half the city. Go bike riding in Botanic Park or row past rose gardens in Rymill Park. Swim with dolphins or learn to sail in Glenelg or fish from the jetty in Henley. Just beyond the city centre you’ll find the picturesque Adelaide Hills and the world-class wineries of the Barossa Valley.
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.
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.
Enjoy crazy festival antics on Adelaide’s clean streets.
There’s a reason Adelaide is called Australia’s festival city. These spacious boulevards and lush gardens play host to a non-stop calendar of fun. All kinds of mayhem takes place on these clean streets, especially from late summer, at the end of February, when the largest fringe festival in the Southern Hemisphere hits town. The Adelaide Fringe is an exuberant month of outdoor theatre, art displays, street entertainers, dance performances, cabaret, film screenings and live music.
You’ll find all the delights of a seaside village and more in lively Glenelg, which sits in Holdfast Bay, a 25-minute tram ride from Adelaide’s centre. There is a sandy white beach, charming heritage hotels and bustling shops, sidewalks cafes and summer entertainment. You can also swim with wild dolphins, go diving or snorkelling or join a fishing charter. Trace Glenelg’s history in the galleries and museums, join in the fun of various festivals and meander along the coast to neighbouring beach towns.
Explore Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement in the heart of the Adelaide Hills. You half expect to spot men in lederhosen yodeling in Hahndorf, the picturesque German village just twenty minutes out of Adelaide. Settled in 1839 by Lutherans fleeing religious persecution in Prussia, Hahndorf was named after the ship’s captain. His name was Hahn, while dorf is German for village.
Start with South Australia’s spectacular natural attractions, then take the Ghan through Australia’s Red Centre to Darwin. From Adelaide, you can indulge in fine food and wine in the Barossa and Clare Valleys, hike the rugged Flinders Ranges and meet wildlife galore on Kangaroo Island. Swim, surf, snorkel and bushwalk along the Fleurieu Peninsula before getting up close to penguins in Penneshaw and a colony of sea lions at Seal Bay on Kangaroo Island.