Festivals and food. Arts and culture. Shopping and sports. This is Adelaide – the Australian city where there’s always something on. With spacious boulevards and vibrant inner-city districts, sophisticated architecture and lush gardens, plenty of accommodation to choose from, Adelaide is a great venue for all sorts of holiday activities – big or small.
Within an hour drive of Adelaide, enjoy a day trip to over 200 cellar doors! Some of the most famous wine regions in the world are dotted across South Australia. From Shiraz in the Barossa, Riesling in the Clare Valley, to the big reds of the Coonawarra, your wine holiday will be as rich and seamless as the wines.
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.
Hit the eat streets
Sample everything from Asian fusion to Argentine cuisine in the exotic, bustling food halls of Chinatown. Embrace the alfresco ambience of Rundle Street in Adelaide’s East End or live it up in one of the city’s many elegant wine bars and fashionable restaurants. Enjoy a beach sunset with your meal in the coastal suburbs of Glenelg and Henley Beach or wind down with a wine at the National Wine Centre. If you’re a fresh food addict, Adelaide Central Markets offer premium produce from growers across the state.
Feel Green and Serene in Adelaide’s Parks
Hire paddleboats and bikes in Elder Park or row past formal rose gardens in Rymill Park. Picnic in the local’s beloved Botanic Park or cycle from the hills to the coast in River Torrens Linear Park. For serious tranquillity, head to the classic Japanese oasis of Adelaide-Himeji Garden. Adelaide’s 29 parks take up almost half of the city and come with walking trails, quiet spaces and sporting fields for everything from football to archery.
Head for the Coast
Swim with dolphins or learn to sail in Glenelg, which bustles with sidewalk cafes, alfresco dining and summer entertainment. In the beach suburb of Henley, you can fish from the jetty or go on a culinary world tour at the ethnic food stores and eateries. Explore the museums, markets and historic harbour of Port Adelaide, the city’s maritime heart. Or see heritage buildings and colourful summer sideshows in family-friendly Semaphore. Further along the spectacular Le Fevre Peninsula, you can swim on protected beaches and walk one of the state’s few heritage-listed jetties at Largs Bay.
Soak up Aboriginal and European Heritage
Do a cultural tour of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens with traditional custodians the Kaurna people. You’ll learn how native plants have been used for sustenance, shelter, ceremonies and medicines for thousands of years. Browse the world’s largest collection of Aboriginal antiquities at the Aboriginal Cultures Gallery at the South Australian Museum and visit Tandanya, the National Aboriginal Cultural Institute. Adelaide also has a proud European heritage for you to explore -in the museums and libraries of North Terrace, in Adelaide Town Hall and in Port Adelaide, the state’s first declared heritage area.
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Escape to the Hills
Drive to the Adelaide Hills, where the picturesque farmlands and charming villages have inspired many generations of artists. Stay in Bavarian-inspired chalets and browse the bakeries, craft shops and galleries of Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest surviving German village. Visit The Cedars, once the gracious old home and studio of famous landscape artists Sir Hans Heysen. Then hit the markets of Lobethal, a fairytale town which celebrates Christmas with metres and metres of colourful lights.
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