Things to do in

Adelaide

The South Australian capital is a real fusion of culture, architecture, natural wonders, and a vibrant foodie scene.

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Top 10 things to do in Adelaide

Australia's food and wine capital is steadily becoming one of the country's most exciting places to live, thanks to the recent emergence of its nightlife scene and festivals, all topped-off by a gorgeous landscape! Here's what to do on your trip to Adelaide.

  • Victoria Square

    1. Victoria Square

    Adelaide's central square is home to many of the city's most famous landmarks, including the St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Torrens Building, and Supreme Court of South Australia.

  • Adelaide Hills

    2. Adelaide Hills

    The hills are world-renowned for the quality of the region's wines, but book a day trip as much for the spectacular landscape and historic towns as the tasty local tipple!

  • Adelaide Zoo

    3. Adelaide Zoo

    The city's beautiful zoo on the River Torrens is home to around 1800 native and exotic creatures, including Australia's only giant pandas, Wang Wang and Funi!

  • Cleland Wildlife Park

    4. Cleland Wildlife Park

    If you'd prefer to spend a day solely among Australia's endemic animals – kangaroos, koalas, emus, etc – then don't miss this beloved wildlife park in the Adelaide Hills!

  • Haigh's Chocolate Factory

    5. Haigh's Chocolate Factory

    Don't expect snozzberries and Oompa Loompas, but Haigh's HQ offers chocoholics an insight into the creation of Australia's most luxurious confectionary. The best part? It's free!

  • Barossa Valley

    6. Barossa Valley

    Adelaide has no shortage of scenic vineyards to tour, but visiting wine buffs shouldn't miss the biannual Barossa Vintage Festival – Australia's longest-running wine festival!

  • River Torrens

    7. River Torrens

    Boat tours of Adelaide's river provide effortless sightseeing trips through the city. Impress the locals by calling it "Karra wirra-parri," its native Kaurna name!

  • Hahndorf

    8. Hahndorf

    Take the South Eastern Freeway to South Australia's oldest surviving German settlement. Its Lutheran churches and lush surrounding scenery make for a quaint and peaceful day-trip!

  • Adelaide Oval

    9. Adelaide Oval

    Considered the world's prettiest cricket ground, there are few better places for the intrepid sports fan to enjoy a taste of Australia's favorite past-time!

  • Art Gallery of South Australia

    10. Art Gallery of South Australia

    Beloved for its collections of Australian and Aboriginal art, this museum is one of Adelaide's leading cultural attractions. Guided tours are free between 11:00AM and 2:00PM!

Frequently asked questions about Adelaide

What top attractions are a must-see in Adelaide?

Planning Your Visit

  • How many days?

    Four or five days should be enough to see the sights while still allowing for a day-trip or two.

  • How to get around?

    If you're planning on covering a lot of ground, then it might be wise to rent a car. However, if you have no desire to stray far from the city center, you can ride for free on the Free City tram and City-Loop bus (99C), which cover most of the inner-city attractions. Adelaide also boasts the bright green Tindo – the world's first solar-powered bus!

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    AUD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+09:30)
  • Country Code
    61
  • Best time to visit
    The temperatures in Adelaide are pleasant throughout the year, but can get warm from November through March. June is the wettest month, but March is considered to have the best festivals!

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What people are saying about Adelaide

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,480 reviews

The climb at Adelaide oval was so much better than expected. The views are stunning, the climb itself relatively easy with plenty of stops along the way to soak up the views in all directions. The guide was great and full of knowledge about not just the oval but all of Adelaide and the history. I felt very safe in the harness and the staff gave clear instructions about the safely. Overall it was a great experience that I’ll be recommending to friends and family. The only down side was that on top of the price which is high but expected you then had to pay extra for the photos taken on the climb. It is not permitted to take you own phone/camera (which is great for safety but also to enjoy it without looking through a screen) but the prices of the photo packages are way to expensive for the quality of photo. I just think ALL photos could be included in ticket price.

It was great to “go behind the scenes” into areas like the ground staff machinery etc and into the footballers warm up and locker rooms as well as the cricket players areas. Also around to the old scoreboard and inside to witness how everything works with very basic techniques available. The cricket history room with old photos and information was impressive and interesting. Up into the media and corporate facilities was interesting, but to actually stand inside the fence and take in the whole stadium was great. Richard, our guide was excellent with loads of information and history.

A great day, not rushed but very enjoyable. The cube was the highlight. The driver was really good.

Very interesting and a lovely tour guide. Will recommend him whenever asked

Tour guide Russel was excellent and very informative and good fun