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Adelaide Travel Guide
Adelaide Travel Guide

Adelaide travel, what to see and do — guide & itinerary

Museums, art galleries and funky shops,  Adelaide is a cultural binge destination often overshadowed by its bigger neighbours, Sydney and Melbourne.   Adelaide with its city sophistication yet small town vibe is walkable, a weekend destination or a detour from your planned itinerary.  Rural Australia, the great outdoors is immediate and permeates Adelaide spaces.  Adelaide is where town and country meld together.  And then, there are world class vineyards to wander among, Barossa and the Clare valley are must do destinations for lovers of wine tours.

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Getting there

Adelaide International Airport and Domestic Terminal are only 6 km away from the city centre. The Skylink Airport Shuttle bus links the airport to Adelaide Parklands Rail Terminal and the city centre, while local buses also link the airport to the Adelaide suburbs. There are taxi services as well as car rental available, and travelling to town by car is approximately 10 mins.

Highlights

What is the best time to visit?

The best season is late summer between February and May, as the average temperatures of around 24 degrees allow for every outdoor (and must-do) activity and also attending interesting events such as the Adelaide Fringe Festival.  While early February, in particular, can experience heat waves the cooler temperatures set in early March through to May.

Weather

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Awesome journeys and day trips from Adelaide

Culture & Art

museums and galleries

National Motor Museum, Birdwood

Shannon St, Birdwood SA 5234, Australia

South Australian Museum

North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia

Migration museum

82 Kintore Ave, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia

National Wine Centre of Australia

Corner of Hackney Rd &, Botanic Rd, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia

Tandanya, the National Aboriginal Cultural Institute

253 Grenfell St, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia

The Festival Centre

King William St, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia

ACE Open

Lion Arts Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia

Art Gallery of South Australia

North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia

SA Maritime Museum

126 Lipson St, Port Adelaide SA 5015, Australia

National Railway Museum

76 Lipson St, Port Adelaide SA 5015, Australia

Adelaide Oval

War Memorial Dr, North Adelaide SA 5006, Australia

festivals

  • Adelaide Festival of Arts.  A visual arts feast, layered with theatre, music and dance acts from around the world converge on the Adelaide Festival.  Booking is essential.  TIP:  Festive highlights will need to be pre-booked due to popular demand. 
  • WOMADelaide Colour, costume and music in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens.  Bookings are essential.
  • Adelaide Fringe More colour, more costumes, music and drama in various locations and street venues.    Pop up venues in laneways, warehouses and parks stimulate the senses with the ad hoc nature of staging and events.  Bookings are essential.
GARDENS & PARKS

Adelaide Botanic Gardens

North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia

Adelaide Hills Gardens

68 Mount Barker Rd, Hahndorf SA 5245, Australia

Adelaide-Himeji Garden

South Terrace &, Glen Osmond Rd, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia

North Park Lands

5006, North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia

Adelaide dog parks

Robe Terrace, North Adelaide SA 5006, Australia

Shopping & retail therapy

There are two areas for your Adelaide shopping experience, and the first is around Rundle Mall and down to Grenfell Street where you will find a mix of high-end and local shops. The second area is focused on food, artisan goods and individual pop up stalls.  This area is to the southwest of the central grid of streets, between Grote and Gouger Streets, where you will find the iconic Adelaide Central Market, known as one of the oldest food markets in Australia. This area is reflects the melting pot of cultures that make up Adelaide today, with the sights and smells of Italian, Vietnamese spices, Lebanese, Greek, Chinese and Japanese specialities  to savour

  • Let’s start with breakfast at the iconic Adelaide markets. Home – Adelaide Central Market: The City of Adelaide’s premier food destination. Over 70 traders under one roof. is a must see food market.  If you want to choose just one market then Adelaide Central Market will tick the boxes for food, produce, locally produced artisan products, quirky and funky objects for sale.
  • Fisherman’s Wharf Market for early morning risers.   
  • There are numerous pop up weekend markets.  Check with the visitor information centre for the latest advice around opening hours. 
  • Adelaide Arcade  Adjacent to Rundle Mall, is the heritage-listed Adelaide Arcade and the Regent Arcade.   The Arcades offer boutique shopping, aboriginal crafts and jewellery stores specialising in opals.
  • The Treasury is a trendy, boutique market eatery. Located in a beautifully restored South Australian Treasury building, the bar caters to a finance and government clientele but also serves breakfast and lunch, being open nearly all day long.
Family friendly things to do

Cleland Wildlife Park

365 Mount Lofty Summit Rd, Crafers SA 5152, Australia

Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary

66 Commercial Rd, Port Adelaide SA 5015, Australia

Adelaide Zoo

Frome Rd, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia

Adelaide Tramway Museum

St Kilda SA 5110, Australia

Getting around

The Adelaide Metro runs extensive bus services across the city with various tickets including multi-trip passes. These bus services link with the TransAdelaide train and tram services.  Tram to Glenelg is a great way to access the lovely seaside suburbs

The Adelaide Parklands Rail Terminal links rail destinations across Australia with airport buses and suburban trains to Adelaide Train Station on North Terrace.

 A map of cycle tracks Adelaide, in the cooler months is an ideal location for biking due to its lack of hills. The City of Adelaide has produced a popular city cycle map. The maps show bike lanes, local streets and shared use paths.

Adelaide day trips

Unwind in the Adelaide Hills – combine a weekend exploration with your festival agenda.  Adelaide Hills 30 minutes drive from central Adelaide.

  • Adelaide Hills with Mount Lofty, provide panoramic views of Adelaide.  In the Adelaide Hills is Hahndorf, with its German heritage.  The town is a hive of German style produce, galleries and gift shops.  If you were hankering after a cuckoo clock Hahndorf has one in stock.  Hahndorf does have numerous tourist bus loads all vying for space on the pavement.  This can be off putting for some people.  Vineyards thrive in the cool climate of the Adelaide Hills with classic established brands such as Penfolds Grange.   Adelaide Hills,  being 30 minutes drive from central Adelaide makes a vineyard tasting at Penfolds an option. 
  • Barossa Valley is an ideal location for a weekend getaway with a plethora of choices to relax on a vineyard tour, indulge in a spa resort or enjoy the brisk activity of a cycling weekend
  • Clare Valley offers the opportunity to explore South Australia’s heritage and history with a few days exploring historic towns such as Burra and Minato. 
  • York Peninsula is a great place to escape and explore South Australia’s coast and mining heritage. 

For more information check out our articles and South Australian itineraries.

Travel pack information

Oficial websites:

Adelaide focus official South Australia visitor website.

The journey is worth it.

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