Adelaide

Nestled between the ocean and the Adelaide Hills, the South Australian capital is a hive of creativity, historical wonder and culinary delights.

Adelaide has a distinctly European flair, with locals who are passionate about their food, wine, art and music. The city has long been a destination for immigrants. Today, Adelaide has a population of just over 1.2 million people. The surrounding regions are among Australia’s finest producers of food and wine, and the city is the home of many international arts and sporting events.

Adelaide’s climate is similar to the Mediterranean, so it’s no wonder that there are a bounty of outdoor activities. Lush gardens and parkland surround the city grid. Enjoy a picnic at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens or jump on a tram to one of Adelaide’s city beaches. Take a trip down a water slide at The Beachhouse or swim with the dolphins in Glenelg, one of Adelaide’s must-see neighbourhoods.

The small German settlement villages of Hahndorf and Lobethal are nestled in the Adelaide Hills, just a short drive from the city. Many German immigrants still live in the hills, and the architecture, customs and food reflect their influence. Head to the region to sample offerings from some of Australia’s finest wine producers. McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley are among the areas that have led South Australia to be recognised as an internationally renowned wine region.

Watch one of Adelaide’s two Australian Football League teams compete, a must for any sports fan. In the summer, take in the first race of the international cycling season at the Tour Down Under. If visiting during February and March check out the Adelaide Fringe Festival and WOMADelaide, Australia’s biggest festival of world music. Loved by musicians around the world, the city has been the subject of songs by Australian favourite, Paul Kelly, and American piano-rocker Ben Folds, both of whom have called Adelaide home.

Get some retail therapy at Rundle Mall, Adelaide’s main shopping precinct. From here the city of Adelaide is easy to navigate; most major tourist attractions are within walking distance. North Terrace is just blocks away and houses the Art Gallery of South Australia, the Migration Museum and the Museum of South Australia. Public transport is affordable and will allow you to reach all of Adelaide’s neighbourhoods within 20 minutes.

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Where to stay in Adelaide

Glenelg which includes heritage architecture and a garden

Glenelg

Glenelg is known for its stunning beaches, and with sights like Glenelg Beach and Glenelg Jetty, you won't get bored spending a day wandering around this part of Adelaide.

Glenelg
Rundle Mall featuring outdoor art, a city and street scenes

Adelaide Central Business District

4/5Very Good!(86 area reviews)

Travellers to Adelaide Central Business District praise its popular shops. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to stop by Rundle Mall and Victoria Square.

Adelaide Central Business District
McLaren Vale as well as a small group of people

McLaren Vale

Wineries, coffee shops and spas are some highlights of McLaren Vale. Make a stop by d'Arenberg Wines or Coriole Vineyards while you're exploring.

McLaren Vale
Hahndorf featuring a statue or sculpture and a garden

Hahndorf

Spas and bars are notable features of Hahndorf. You might consider stopping by Yantaringa Reserve while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

Hahndorf
Aldinga Beach which includes a sandy beach, tranquil scenes and general coastal views

Aldinga Beach

Travellers like the beaches in Aldinga Beach, and Aldinga Beach is a top attraction you might want to visit.

Aldinga Beach
South Australian Maritime Museum

Port Adelaide

You'll enjoy the beaches and bars in Port Adelaide. You might want to make time for a stop at South Australian Maritime Museum or Australian Museum of Childhood.

Port Adelaide

Top hotels in Adelaide

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Oaks Glenelg Plaza Pier Suites
Oaks Glenelg Plaza Pier Suites
4.5 out of 5
The price is RM397 per night

Located in Glenelg, this beachfront apartment building is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of Glenelg Beach and Glenelg Jetty. Brighton Beach and ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,223 reviews)

"Great location, friendly staff, easy access to the beach etc, great areas to walk"…"

Reviewed on 9 Jun 2020

Oaks Glenelg Plaza Pier Suites
iStay Precinct Adelaide
iStay Precinct Adelaide
4.5 out of 5
185 Morphett Street, Adelaide, SA
The price is RM368 per night

Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Lion Arts Centre, Adelaide Central Market, and Victoria ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,268 reviews)

"Balcony is private yet open with a great soundproof option"…"

Reviewed on 20 Jun 2020

iStay Precinct Adelaide
Oaks Adelaide Horizons Suites
Oaks Adelaide Horizons Suites
4.5 out of 5
104 North Terrace, Adelaide, SA
The price is RM338 per night

Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Adelaide Convention Centre and Adelaide Casino. Rundle ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,331 reviews)

"Despite the property being clean, friendly service and location, it was sorely let down by no internet despite it being advertised along with constant door banging from other rooms all night and unable to sleep"…"

Reviewed on 8 Jun 2020

Oaks Adelaide Horizons Suites

Popular places to visit in Adelaide

Glenelg Beach
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Glenelg Beach

4.5/5(40 reviews)

This historic settlement is a thriving cultural destination, right on the beach.

Rundle Mall
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Rundle Mall

4/5(44 reviews)

World-class shopping at over 700 stores, farm animals and even a few ghosts make this much more than a typical shopping mall.

Brighton Beach
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Brighton Beach

4.5/5(12 reviews)

Check out one of South Australia’s best urban beaches with crazy surf sessions and quirky art. Follow it up with a movie or sunset drinks at the “Espy”.

Henley Beach
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Henley Beach

4/5(9 reviews)

Enjoy the buzz of its seaside square, soak up the views from its jetty or just relax on the warm sands of this beautiful stretch of coastline near Adelaide.

Adelaide Oval
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Adelaide Oval

4.5/5(20 reviews)

Visit one of the largest stadiums in Australia to see an international test cricket match, a home-team AFL showdown or fascinating sporting exhibitions.

University of Adelaide
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University of Adelaide

4.5/5(8 reviews)

Wander the halls, gardens and boulevards of one of Australia’s oldest universities and find plenty of fascinating stories on your educational visit.

Top things to do in Adelaide

Barossa Valley Premium Wine Tour with Lunch from Adelaide
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Barossa Valley Premium Wine Tour with Lunch from Adelaide

RM408
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Kangaroo Island Full-Day Tour from Adelaide with Return Ferry
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Kangaroo Island Full-Day Tour from Adelaide with Return Ferry

RM919
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Barossa Valley Highlights Wine & Food Tour
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Barossa Valley Highlights Wine & Food Tour

RM460
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Adelaide Zoo Admission
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Adelaide Zoo Admission

RM93
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Cleland Wildlife Park Excursion including Mount Lofty Summit
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Cleland Wildlife Park Excursion including Mount Lofty Summit

RM287
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Australian Wine Discovery Tour with Tastings
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Australian Wine Discovery Tour with Tastings

RM119
Per adult

Reviews of Adelaide

4.5

Top Destination

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4 - Good 33.333333333333336%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

10 Mar 2020

Some areas really lovely, surroundings well worth a visit. Great museum.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

15 Feb 2020

Recommend Food Tour of Central Market to learn about this important institution and better understand food culture.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

6 Feb 2020

Central market is a must.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

4 Feb 2020

Lovely city, good location and facilities

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Jun 2019

Would prefer if a microwave could be provided to guests as they can heat their eatables/sandwiches when dining in room.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

6 May 2019

If you like chocolates and wine you are in haven. Great restaurants and shoppers experiences.

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