Things to do in Adelaide

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

Our most recommended things to do in Adelaide

Adelaide: The Barossa Valley Premium Wine Tour with Lunch

1. Adelaide: The Barossa Valley Premium Wine Tour with Lunch

Spend the day touring the wineries of the Barossa Valley with an expert guide. Enjoy landscapes covered in grapes and greenery and taste the best wines of the region. Start your day with a convenient pick-up from your accommodation in Glenelg or Adelaide. Make your way through the Adelaide Hills to your first stop at the famous Whispering Wall and listen to its famous acoustic qualities. Your first winery is the beautiful and historic Château Yaldara, home to not only some of the finest Shirazes in the region but to some of the best-preserved period architecture in the state.  Continue through the picturesque surroundings of the Barossa Valley, and cross the iconic Jacobs Creek. Enjoy time to explore the shops and attractions of the historic township of Tanunda. Indulge with some of the Barossa’s most internationally acclaimed wines at the beautiful Peter Lehmann Winery with a platter of the best meats, cheeses, and freshly baked bread. The next stop is a real hidden gem of the Barossa and is exclusive to tour guests: Rosenvale Wines. This small but top-quality cellar welcomes guests to try their high-quality selection of wines as they guide you through a passionate and personal tasting experience. Enjoy the exquisite quality of their products. It's then time to depart for the final winery for the day, as you visit the iconic Wolf Blass with its state-of-the-art Visitor Centre. Try wines you may recognize, or enjoy tasting cellar tour exclusives. Complete your day with a trip through the beautiful Seppeltsfield region, where you will have the perfect photo opportunity before heading back to Adelaide at approximately 5:30 PM. 

Adelaide Oval 2-Hour Rooftop Climb Experience

2. Adelaide Oval 2-Hour Rooftop Climb Experience

On this exhilarating 2-hour experience, you will climb along the impressive roofline of Adelaide Oval. Your guide will provide commentary covering a mix of local history, quirky facts and point out significant landmarks around Adelaide and surroundings. The tour begins on an open viewing deck, where you can take in the impressive vista. If you're more adventurous, you can try out the lean out point at 164-feet (50 meters) above the ground. Next you will visit the City View area, where you can take in amazing views of the city below. This tour runs throughout the day, including the early evening when you can take in the gorgeous setting sun and twinkling city lights below. After your rooftop tour, you will be gifted a group photo, a souvenir cap and an achievement certificate.

Adelaide: River Torrens Sightseeing Cruise on Iconic Boat

3. Adelaide: River Torrens Sightseeing Cruise on Iconic Boat

After boarding at Elder Park Landing there will be an opportunity to purchase food and beverages from the deckhand. The captain will take time to deliver a safety talk and introduce the crew before beginning commentary of the local area and wider South Australia.   Once seated, the cruise will commence by heading toward the Torrens River Weir Gate while passing the Adelaide Festival Centre, SAHMRI, and Adelaide Gaol. Enjoy 30 minutes of commentary before arriving at Adelaide Zoo where you will have the option to disembark and explore the zoo, Botanic Garden its and surrounds. The last 15 minutes of the tour will be relaxed, allowing you a great chance to ask questions, take photos with the crew, and get some advice on what to see and do once you disembark.

Adelaide: 3.5-Hour Swimming with Dolphins Experience

4. Adelaide: 3.5-Hour Swimming with Dolphins Experience

Spend your vacation doing something unique and unforgettable on an excursion that takes you out into the waters, and swim alongside wild dolphins. On this 3.5-hour tour, you are guaranteed to see dolphins, which are one of the Earth’s most fascinating and curious creatures. Meet at the Holdfast Shores Marina in Glenelg, a mere 15 minutes outside of Adelaide. From there, board the 'Temptation', a 58-foot colossal sailing catamaran. As the boat cruises, experience the beauty of Australia's southern coastline. Eventually, come to rest in the waters where the wild dolphins will come to greet you and play in the waters. Don your wetsuit, mask, and snorkel, and take the plunge into the waters. Experience the breathtaking moment when you see dolphins underwater for the first time. Watch and listen; their grace and playfulness is stunning and the sounds of their whistles and echo location noises are mesmerizing. Once your adventure comes to an end, you will be taken back to the marina. Spend some time checking out the many restaurants and shops that grace the shoreline.

From Adelaide: Hahndorf and Barossa Valley with Winery Lunch

5. From Adelaide: Hahndorf and Barossa Valley with Winery Lunch

Embark on a guided tour to the historic village of Hahndorf and Barossa valley from Adelaide. Immerse yourself into the culture of the area with guided winery visits, wine tastings, and lunch. After morning pickup from Adelaide and Glenelg, head towards the Barossa Valley to discover the region’s charming villages, vineyards, and German heritage. Your first stop will be at Hahndorf, one of the most important German settlements in the region. Wander through the town and be charmed by its quaint 19th-century architecture. Up next, take a scenic drive through the Barossa Valley, where you’ll stop in Lyndoch at the Kies Winery. Famed for its prolific production, enjoy a wine tasting alongside lunch at this family-run vineyard. With your palate piqued, head to more wineries and a chocolate factory, capping things off at Maggie Beer's Farm Shop. Return to your accommodation in Adelaide just in time to reflect on the sights and tastes of the day over dinner.

Adelaide: Dolphin Sanctuary Eco Kayaking Tour

6. Adelaide: Dolphin Sanctuary Eco Kayaking Tour

Go kayaking through Adelaide's Dolphin Sanctuary on this guided tour. Get up close and personal with one of the ocean's most playful and friendly creatures. Upon arrival, demonstrations and all equipment will be provided. Travel at a comfortable pace since you don't need any prior kayaking experience. Start your tour by kayaking your way through 10,000-year-old mangrove-lined creeks, which are the ultimate feeding grounds for dolphins due to the seagrass, saltmarsh, tidal flats, and creeks. See the sanctuary's abundant birdlife and intricate ecosystem. You can also paddle close to shipwrecks that have been abandoned from a bygone era. It's a special experience that simply can't be replicated.

Kangaroo Island Full Day Experience by Ferry Including Lunch

7. Kangaroo Island Full Day Experience by Ferry Including Lunch

Explore the highlights of Kangaroo Island on this full-day tour by return ferry and coach from Adelaide. See playful fur seals, the Remarkable Rocks, and Admirals Arch, as well as other native Australian wildlife.  Depart Adelaide and enjoy a scenic coach ride towards the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula south of the city. Admire views of the vineyards, coast, and rolling hills along the way. Upon arrival at Cape Jervis, board the SeaLink ferry for the 45-minute crossing to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island, where, a local driver/guide will take you on a tour of South Australia’s premier nature-based tourism destination. Go to Seal Bay Conservation Park for a beach walk with an experienced guide. Spend time amongst a colony of rare Australian sea lions. Get up close to the wild creatures as they frolic and laze about. Then, enjoy a delicious 2-course lunch.  Spend the afternoon at Flinders Chase National Park, renowned as a sanctuary for native Australian animals such as kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, and echidnas. Admire the rugged coastline on walks around Admirals Arch and Remarkable Rocks. Stroll down the Admirals Arch boardwalk to a rugged cliff face that reveals the spectacular rock arch formation, a safe haven for playful long-nosed fur seals. Keep a lookout for more kangaroos and wallabies on your return to Penneshaw or your return ferry back to Adelaide. Arrive at approximately 22:40 and be dropped off at your selected Adelaide CBD accommodation.

Adelaide: 3.5-Hour Guaranteed Wild Dolphin Watching Cruise

8. Adelaide: 3.5-Hour Guaranteed Wild Dolphin Watching Cruise

Enjoy a half-day cruise looking for some of the world’s most delightful creatures, departing from Marina Pier, Holdfast Shores, Glenelg. Dolphins are among the earth’s most curious mammals and you will get up-close-and-personal with the beautiful beasts from the decks of the Temptation catamaran. You will be welcomed on board the 58-foot sailing vessel by an enthusiastic crew. Sometimes you will see your first dolphins within minutes of cruising. They seem to come out of nowhere to play around Temptation’s hulls. But be assured they are not coaxed in any way. These are wild dolphins that simply know the vessel, and know that they are not in any danger. As the gulf is home to over 1,000 common and bottlenose dolphins, the cruise comes with a money-back guarantee of sightings. The dolphins are only just out of reaching distance from the deck, enabling you to capture their playful displays on film. Back on dry land, you can spend the rest of the day exploring the faculties at Holdfast Shores Marina, or wander down Jetty Road in Glenelg, enjoying the dozens of restaurants and shops.

From Adelaide: Barossa Valley Food and Wine Tour

9. From Adelaide: Barossa Valley Food and Wine Tour

Get picked up from your Glenelg or Adelaide hotel and begin following the River Torrens through the spectacular Torrens Gorge. Learn about local wineries and sample their wines along the way. Enjoy your choice of six delicious lunch options. Discover the beauty of the Adelaide Hills as you travel along the River Torrens up past Kangaroo Creek Dam and past a chain of ponds to your first stop, Kersbrook Hill Wines & Cider. Travel onwards over Barossa Reservoir to Williamstown in Southern Barossa and stop at Kies Family Wines for more tastings and a beautiful lunch. "Time permitting & subject to closures on some days, Please notify the driver on first meet any requests?" In the afternoon, travel to the The Barossa Chocolate Factory, Maggie Beer's Farm Shop, and further wineries before returning to Adelaide at approximately 5:15 PM.

Adelaide Oval Stadium Guided Tour

10. Adelaide Oval Stadium Guided Tour

Enjoy a guided tour of the iconic Adelaide Oval. Take a behind-the-scenes look at this famous sporting venue. Your knowledgeable guide will share with you hidden secrets and you can relive celebrated moments in sporting, musical and civic history. Visit a number of areas that are usually inaccessible, including the Bradman Collection, learning all about the heritage and significance of Adelaide Oval. Hear stories of legends and characters who have contributed to the story of the Oval, making this a fascinating cultural tourism experience.

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What people are saying about Adelaide

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Thomas is great! He is fun, knowledgeable and talkative - everything you want in a tour guide. Many times he veered off the well beaten path to show us something special that would just be missed usually. He also had tons of fun stories that make the day fly by. Thanks Thomas!

Our guide was great. Good knowledge of the markets and history as well as a good rapport with the stall holders. Lots of yummy samples. We ended up staying longer having lunch and making a few yummy purchases. Highly recommended

Great trip and loved Hahndorf although shame about the rain. Lunch was lovely and the wine tasting enjoyable. Guide gave good information and jokes got better as day went on.

Lovely driver JR very informative and funny terrific vineyards .

Good trip although over too quick. Good information from guide.