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Adelaide Attractions

Adelaide is the capital of South Australia and the fifth largest city in the country. It is known as Australia’s “festival state” and one of the wine capitals of the world with Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale being popular tourist regions. Museum, galleries and gardens are some of the city’s finest attractions.

Most Popular Attractions in Adelaide

1. Rundle Mall

  • The major shopping centre of Adelaide, Rundle Mall hosts about 400,000 customers every week and more than 80% of visitors to the city end up here at some
  • Free
  • +61 8 8203 7200
  • Rundle Mall, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  • Daily 9am-7pm; Weekends 9am-5pm
  • Website
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2. Kangaroo Island

  • Australia’s third largest island after Tasmania and Melville Island, Kangaroo Island is located 112 kilometres south-west of Adelaide. The island
  • Return Ferry: Adult $98; Child $50
  • +61 8 8553 1185
  • Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia
  • Daily
  • Website
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3. Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve

    The Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve is a significant and sacred Indigenous site located on the banks of the Murray River. The ancestral home of the Nganguraku
  • $20
  • +6185701202
  • Wongulla, South Australia, Australia
  • By Appointment

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4. South Australian Museum

  • Founded in 1856, the South Australian Museum has become an important part of the cultural landscape of Adelaide for both visitors and residents. With
  • Free
  • +61 8 8207 7500
  • South Australian Museum, North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  • Daily 10am-5pm
  • Website
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5. Adelaide Zoo

  • Australia’s second-oldest zoo, Adelaide Zoo is the only metropolitan zoo in the country to be owned and operated on a not-for-profit business model.
  • Adult $32.50, Child $18
  • +61 8 8267 3255
  • Adelaide Zoo, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  • Daily 9:30am-5pm
  • Website
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6. Cleland Wildlife Park

    The Cleland Wildlife Park, located 20 minutes from Adelaide’s city centre, is a wildlife sanctuary home to South Australia’s most iconic animals.
  • Adult $22, Child $11
  • +61 8 8339 2444
  • Cleland Wildlife Park, Mount Lofty Summit Road, Crafers, South Australia, Australia
  • Daily 9:30am-5pm
  • Website

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7. Mount Lofty

  • Located 20 minutes from Adelaide’s city centre, Mt Lofty is the highest point in the southern Mt Lofty Ranges and a popular location for travellers
  • Free
  • +61 8 8370 1054
  • Mount Lofty, Cleland, South Australia, Australia
  • Visitors Centre - 9am-5pm
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8. Adelaide Oval

  • Adelaide Oval is a stadium located in the city of Adelaide, between the parklands and city centre. This historic oval, which first opened in 1871, has
  • Tours- Adults: $20; Child $10
  • +61 8 8211 1100
  • Adelaide Oval, North Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  • Daily 9am-5pm
  • Website
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9. Migration Museum

    Adelaide’s Migration Museum is a social history museum located in the heart of the city. It is one of three museums that History SA operates, but
  • Free
  • +61 8 8207 7580
  • Migration Museum, Kintore Avenue, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  • Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat-Sun 1pm-5pm
  • Website

10. Adelaide Central Market

  • For more than 140 years the Adelaide Central Market has been a place for locals and visitors to have their fill of shopping, farmers market produce and
  • Free
  • +61 8 8203 7494
  • Adelaide Central Market, Gouger Street, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  • Mon-Sat: 9am - 5:30pm
  • Website
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11. South Australian Aviation Museum

    The South Australian Aviation Museum is a museum dedicated to aviation in South Australia and Australia as a whole. Located in Port Adelaide, South Australia,
  • Adult $10, Child $5
  • +61 8 8240 1230
  • South Australian Aviation Museum, Lipson Street, Port Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  • Daily 10:30am-4:30pm
  • Website

12. National Railway Museum Port Adelaide

    The National Railway Museum, located in Port Adelaide, is the largest railway museum in Australia. With hundreds of exhibits on display, and a special
  • Adult $12, Child $6
  • +61 8 8341 1690
  • National Railway Museum, Lipson Street, Port Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  • Daily 10am-5pm
  • Website

14. Murray River

  • The Murray River has long been a place of great significance for Australia. This is both for Indigenous Australians, whose history is intricately linked
  • Free
  • Murray River, South Australia, Australia
  • Daily
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15. Barossa Valley

  • Renowned all over the world, the Barossa Valley is Adelaide’s famous wine producing region. Located just one hour from the Adelaide airport, the
  • Free
  • 61 8 8563 0600
  • Barossa Valley, Tanunda, South Australia, Australia
  • Daily
  • Website
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16. Wolf Blass

  • Depends on activity
  • 1300 651 650
  • Wolf Blass, Sturt Highway, Nuriootpa, South Australia, Australia
  • Mon to Fri 10am-4:30pm, Weekends & Public holidays 10am-4:30pm
  • Website

17. McLaren Vale Wineries

    Located around 35 kilometres south of Adelaide, the McLaren Vale wine region is renowned as an area of natural beauty, as well as one of the wine hubs
  • Free
  • +61 8 8323 9944
  • McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
  • Daily
  • Website

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18. Barossa Chateau

  • Depends on activity
  • 61 8 8524 4268
  • Barossa Chateau, Hermann Thumm Drive, Lyndoch, South Australia, Australia
  • Daily 10:00am-4:30pm
  • Website

19. Yalumba

  • Depends on activity
  • 61 8 8561 3200
  • Yalumba, Eden Valley Road, Angaston, South Australia, Australia
  • Daily 10am-5pm, Public Holidays 10am-5pm
  • Website

20. Adelaide Botanic Garden

  • The Adelaide Botanic Garden, located in the north-eastern corner of Adelaide’s city within the Adelaide parklands, is a 125-acre public garden. It
  • Free
  • +61 8 8222 9311
  • Adelaide Botanic Garden, Adelaide, Australia
  • Daily 9am-5:30pm
  • Website
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21. Art Gallery of South Australia

    From the time that it opened its doors in 1881, the Art Gallery of South Australia has been the centre of artistic creativity and inspiration in Adelaide.
  • Free Entry
  • +61 8 8207 7000
  • Art Gallery of South Australia, North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  • Daily 10am-5pm
  • Website

22. Seppeltsfield Mausoleum

  • Depends on activity
  • 61 (0)8 8568 6200
  • Seppeltsfield Mausoleum, Seppeltsfield Road, Seppeltsfield, South Australia, Australia
  • Daily 11.30am-3.30pm
  • Website

27. Whispering Wall

  • Free
  • Whispering Wall, Whispering Wall Road, Williamstown, South Australia, Australia
  • Daily
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30. TeAro Estate

  • Depends on activity
  • 61 8 8524 6860
  • TeAro Estate, Queen Street, Williamstown, South Australia, Australia
  • Thurs to Mon 11am–5pm
  • Website

What’s the weather like in Adelaide?

Summer – During the summer months December, January, and February the weather is warm and dry. The average maximum is about 29 degrees Celsius, but Adelaide can expect several days in which the maximum temperature is 40 degrees Celsius or slightly above.

Autumn – Weather is pleasant in autumn (March to May) with very little rainfall. There is a lot of sunshine, and the temperatures usually stay in the low to mid-20s.

Winter – (June to August) sees temperatures drop to between 8 and 16 degrees Celsius. Adelaide is the driest of all Australian capitals. However, June is the wettest of the winter months. Frosts are common in the valleys of the nearby Adelaide Hills, but rare elsewhere. Significant wind chill makes the temperature seem cooler.

Spring – Average temperatures in spring can go to 20 degrees Celsius. Days are generally sunny and pleasant. However, evenings can be brisk as temperatures quickly drop. Rainfall is fairly low.

 

When is the best time to visit Adelaide?

The best time to visit Adelaide is from March to May or September through November. In autumn and spring rainfall is rare, and the weather is pleasant.

You will also avoid tourist crowds and higher prices during the summer holidays. However, you’ll miss the festival season, too. Keep in mind that summer temperatures can be rather high.

Winter is a great time to visit Adelaide if you are on a budget, especially if you don’t mind colder temperatures and rain.

 

Are there annual events in Adelaide?

Adelaide is considered to be Australia’s most livable city. All year round there are lots of great events, but February to April is probably the best time to visit if you’re interested in festivities.

Adelaide Fringe is one of the most diverse arts festivals in the world. It’s held from mid-February to mid-March, and there is something for everyone.

The Adelaide’s Festival of Arts is a mix of theatre production, dance pieces, classical and contemporary music, literature, and striking visual art displays. Womadelaide, also held in March, became one of the nation’s favourite outdoor festival. It assembles hundreds of the world’s finest contemporary and traditional musicians, dancers and artist.

If you are into sports visit the Adelaide 500, the largest motorsports event in Australia, showcasing the best of the motoring world.

Food lovers should experience Tasting Australia. It is one of the country’s culinary festivals that includes over 100 events, lunches, dinners, tasting, and classes.

A detailed guide of other festivals is available on the official site of the South Australian Tourism Commission.

 

What happens on the New Year’s Eve in Adelaide?

The celebration of the New Year’s Eve kicks off early at some places. The Glenelg foreshore has lots of family-friendly activities during the day to keep everyone occupied. At 9.30pm, children and their parents can enjoy early fireworks.

The Elder Park is the most popular place and the centrepiece of the celebration. It’s a great choice for families too since it has the entertainment to suit the young with an early firework display at 9pm. However, this is also the heart of the action every year. Live music, amazing food, a range of beverages and front-row fireworks that light up the sky at midnight makes it the ultimate party in town.

Cricket fans can watch the New Year Eve’s Match at the Adelaide Oval stadium. Cricket Australia is hosting a Strikers home match on 31 December night every year against different oppositions.

You can toast to the New Year at some of the commercial events in Adelaide and surrounding suburbs.

 

What are the must-see attractions in Adelaide?

This vibrant capital of South Australia may surprise you with its number of must-see attractions.

North Terrace

North Terrace is a great place to kick off any city tour. This tree-lined boulevard passes by historic and cultural treasures. Parliament House, the State Library of South Australia, university, and an iconic church are just some of the things you can see walking down the avenue.

Adelaide Central Market

Explore the Adelaide Central Market, one of the oldest indoor markets in the world. Taste and buy some delicious gourmet food. Then, catch the Glenelg Tram to the beach Glenelg and enjoy a picnic or go to Henley Beach. Sailing, swimming and whale watching are also popular beach activities.

Adelaide Zoo

If you want to see the giant pandas, orangutans or birds, reptiles and exotic or native mammals, go to the Adelaide Zoo. Enjoy a walk through jungle environment and meet the tigers or see the Southeast Asian rainforest exhibition.

Attractions for the Kids

If you are travelling with children, take them to Railway Museum or the Aviation Museum. Also, make sure to visit the newest Adelaide attraction, Mega Adventure AdelaideGlen Forest Tourist Park is, also, popular since it is a 400-acre outdoor playground with activities for the entire family.

Ngaut Ngaut

Ngaut Ngaut is perfect for history lovers. A visit to this ancestral home of the Nganguraku people offers a glimpse into life, beliefs, and customs of the local Aboriginal people.

 

What attractions are a day trip away from Adelaide?

Cleland Wildlife Park

Enjoy a day away from Adelaide and visit Cleland Wildlife Park. You will discover more than 130 species of native animals. Snuggle up with a koala and feed kangaroos. You can also check out wallabies, potoroos, and emus, who roam freely in wide-open spaces.

Distance: 30 minute drive by car.

Murray River region

If you want to spend a day relaxing, head to the peaceful, picturesque Murray River region. Stark cliffs, Willow trees, and Red River Gums are just a small portion of Australia’s longest river. Make sure you don’t miss wildlife like galahs, cockatoos, and pelicans.

Duration: 8 hour day trips

Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island is South Australia’s wildlife heaven. Discover the island’s wild rugged beauty and see native animals including koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, sea lions and more. Many species are unique to the Kangaroo Island while they have become extinct on the mainland.

How to get there: by ferry or air

Mt Lofty

Climb Mt Lofty to admire the beautiful countryside, multiple waterfalls and get sweeping views of the Adelaide. Hiking and mountain biking are popular activities here. Visit the Cleland Conservation Park or Mount Lofty Botanic Garden to prolong enjoying the natural beauty of this region.

Distance: 30 minute drive by car

Book a Day Trip from Adelaide

In case you don’t want to bother navigating roads or arranging suitable itineraries, you can always book a day trip and follow professional tour guides. They will help you make the most of your visit to Adelaide.

 

What are the best Adelaide attractions and activities for couples?

In Adelaide, you can always find romantic adventures to conquer with your partner. Here are some of our suggestions.

Oval Roof experience

Do you like embarking on a new adventure with your partner? If so, experience the adventure along the roof of the Adelaide Oval. Whether you decide to do it during the day, or as the sun sets, it is definitely an unforgettable experience.

Make your own wine

Visit d’Arenberg winery in McLaren Vale and get to play winemaker using three barrel sample. Create a wine of your one and then treat a loved one with an 8-course degustation at the restaurant overlooking the hills of McLaren Vale.

Helicopter ride over Barossa Valley

Experience Barossa Valley from above on a helicopter flight. You can, also, visit wineries and enjoy cheese tasting plus indulge in a wine and chocolate pairing experience.

Ghost tour

This experience is sure to get you into an embrace with your loved one. Adelaide Gaol, one of the two oldest public buildings is said to be haunted. It promises scary but fun night, so keep your loved one close to you.

  Adelaide 90-Minute Pedicab Tour

Enjoy in a vast sea of green space called The Adelaide Parklands from the comfort of electric-assisted vehicle operated by a trained host. Escape urbanity and getaway into the natural surroundings with your loved one.

 

What Adelaide attractions can you see on a budget?

If you don’t have much money to spend it on attractions, that’s OK. There are plenty of things you can do in Adelaide for free. Here are some suggestions:

The Art Gallery of South Australia

Visit the Art Gallery of Australia and enjoy one of Australia’s finest art collection. The admission is free, except for special exhibitions. You can also visit South Australian Museum, one of Adelaide’s landmarks, renowned for its Aboriginal heritage collection.

Victoria Square

If you like the crowds, go to the Victoria Square. It is the place where Adelaide community gathers for outdoor events. Enjoy architecture of the surrounding buildings, or just relax by the fountain while watching outdoor yoga class or evening concert.

Linear Park Cycle Track

Head to the coast using free bicycle hire scheme. Linear Park stretches from the Adelaide Hills to the beach, which gives you the chance to discover the city in a different way.

Adelaide Botanic Gardens

Exploring Adelaide Botanic Gardens is a perfect way to spend your day. Stroll around a Mediterranean garden or the Australian Native Garden, and don’t miss all sorts of exotic plants such as Wollemi Pine and the Amazonica waterlily. Mount Lofty Botanic Garden is, also, worth a visit.

 

Are there any shore excursions for travellers on cruises?

Yes, there are interesting shore excursions available for travellers arriving from a cruise. However, it’s unlikely there will be tour companies waiting to sell you packages, so you’ll have to plan ahead if you want to experience Adelaide.

Cruises to Adelaide, dock at Port Adelaide which is about 14 kilometres away from the CBD. It would take you about 45 minutes to get to Victoria Square by train or by bus.

If you want to explore Adelaide on your own, purchase 3-Day Visitor Pass which is valid for three consecutive days, or 28-Day Pass for metroCARD, depending on the length of your stay. Explore the city using Adelaide Metro buses, trams and trains. You can buy them at Port Adelaide Paper Shop located at the Port Canal Shopping Centre.

You should book Adelaide shore excursions externally because cruise lines sometimes charge up to 50% more. This way you’ll save more money. Take a look at these shore excursions, tailored precisely for cruise passengers.

 

Is there reliable public transport in Adelaide?

Adelaide has a public transport system that consists of a bus system, railway lines and trams. It is easy to explore the city using them. Don’t forget to buy metroCARD, a ticket for the public transport network system.

 

How far is the airport from Adelaide?

The Adelaide Airport is located approximately 6 kilometres west of the city centre. JetExpress and JetBus can take you from the airport to the CBD or other parts of Adelaide such as Glenelg and West Beach in 20-30 minutes.

Public transport fares apply to these services, so make sure to buy metroCARD from the airport ticket vending machine, or buy metrotickets for a single ride on board.

There is also a shuttle bus that provides a Door to Door service, from Adelaide Airport to Adelaide’s hotels and businesses. Simply go to the Tourism Booking booth on the bottom floor to book your seat. The shuttle service generally runs every 30 minutes. Opening hours are:

  • Monday – Friday from 8am – 9pm.
  • Saturdays from 8am – 6pm.
  • Sundays from 8am – 5pm.
Adelaide Airport Transfer Services

Plan ahead and organise your airport transfer to or from the airport. Avoid waiting in line for public transportation or taxis. Enjoy the convenience and comfort of a personalised service.

 

Is there a Hop-On Hop-Off Bus?

Adelaide has Hop-On Hop-Off Bus running several routes. Explore Barossa Valley, Hahndorf and its surroundings and McLaren Vale. Visit best wineries in these areas and enjoy the rich natural beauty, history and wine. You are free to hop-on or off along the selected route as you please. With a bit of planning, you can create a unique and breathtaking tour.

 

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