Moseley Beach Club, Glenelg Beach, Adelaide, South Australia © South Australia Tourism
Adelaide suburb guide
Beaches, laneway bars, sandstone architecture and street art: in Adelaide’s happening neighbourhoods, there’s something to discover around every corner.
By Ute Junker
Haven’t visited Adelaide yet? The time is now, as a fantastic destination awaits. Small in size but big in personality, this pretty city sits snugly between some of Australia’s most beautiful beaches (including ones where you can swim with dolphins), top wine regions (including the Barossa Valley and the Adelaide Hills for starters) and memorable nature experiences, such as wildlife-lovers’ favourites Kangaroo Island and the Eyre Peninsula.
But you don’t need to leave town to enjoy the best of Adelaide – its city centre is easy to navigate and packed with delights, including a lively laneway scene offering some of Australia’s best restaurants and bars, while its waterfront suburbs offer beaches, boutiques and gorgeous heritage buildings. Which neighbourhood will be your favourite?
Where: City centre, East End, West End, North Adelaide
All that elegant sandstone architecture in Adelaide’s central precincts might make you think it’s a rather formal place, but nothing could be further from the truth. Discover pocket-sized bars tucked underground or up amid the rooftops of the West End, strike up conversations with friendly locals while strolling through the riverfront parklands of North Adelaide, or dine at some of Australia’s best restaurants in the city centre and the East End. Close together and easily accessible on foot, these neighbourhoods give you a world of attractions to explore.Show more
By the water
Where: Glenelg Beach, Henley Beach, Port Adelaide
Swimming, kayaking, dolphin-spotting: there are all kinds of ways to get wet in Adelaide’s popular waterside suburbs of Glenelg Beach, Henley Beach and Port Adelaide. You can also have plenty of fun on dry land, from lively community markets and scenic coastal walks, to inviting heritage pubs and striking street art.Show more