The capital city of Southern Australia is a work of art and listed as a National Heritage Site. Designed as a grid of 5 squares within its centre and surrounded by picturesque parklands. The city centre covers 10.5km2, sits below the meandering River Torrens and is just 20km from the coast. Greater Adelaide’s coastline stretches for over 30km and faces west over the St Vincent Gulf offering magnificent sunsets on the water.
Inland of the city is wine country- the Adelaide Hills hold more than 60 wineries set in the stunning varying landscapes, romantic orchards and boasting astounding panoramic views of rolling hills meeting the coastline. Adelaide has a booming festival calendar celebrating sport, art, food, videogames, culture and comedy. To visit this city during a festival is a must, the calm and collected capital becomes a vibrant hub of celebrations!
In between the beaches, wineries and city centre, there are an impressive number of National Parks within an hour’s drive of Adelaide full of bushwalks, summits, gorges, and wildlife. For challenging, hikes, and breath-taking city views visit Cleland National Park or chase waterfalls and mountain bike through Belair National Park.
Thanks to rich soils and a hot-summer Mediterranean climate, Adelaide has put Australia on the map for producing world-class quality wines. Some of the vines in Barossa Valley date back to the 1840s and are known for producing full-bodied reds and robust whites. Barossa Valley started to receive international attention in the 1980s with the production of its now signature Shiraz, now many of Australia’s biggest wineries have vineyards here such as Penfolds, Orlando Wines, and Wolf Bass.
120km southwest of Adelaide you will find the wildlife haven of Kangaroo Island. Take a short 50-minute ferry from Cape Jervis to escape to the tranquility of the island’s sweeping white sandy beaches, turquoise waters and untouched bushland. Admire the endangered Australian sea lions at Seal Bay, spot kangaroos, wallabies and koalas in Flinders Chase National Park, and don’t forget to stop by the extraordinary Remarkable Rocks!
Adelaide travel itinerary and things to do:
- Duck into one of the many laneway bars for a top-quality cocktail.
- Taste local delights at the 140-year-old Adelaide Central Market.
- Take a tour of the Adelaide Oval.
- Hire a free bike for the day and cycle through the surrounding parklands.
- Try to spot dolphins off the coast of Port Adelaide
- Meander along the coastal clifftops of Hallet Cove Conservation Park
- Ride the iconic Ferris Wheel at Glenelg promenade
- Stand-up-paddleboard on the calm shores of Brighton Beach
- Dine on fresh catches of the day at Henley Beach
- Check out Australia’s first legal nude beach at Maslin Beach
Adelaide Tours Can be Tailored According to Your Needs
Do you want a 6 Day Alice Springs to Adelaide Tour option or maybe a 10 Day 4x4 Adelaide to Alice Springs Tour with all food and camping provisions included? With so many beautiful places to choose from, we know exploring Adelaide can be confusing for some, which is why we offer various tour options for travelling convenience. For example, one of our most popular tours is the 6 Day Adelaide to Alice Springs/Uluru tour where you will sample some of Australia’s finest Riesling in the vineyards of Clare Valley, fossick for opals in Coober Pedy, be awed by the vast gorges of Kings Canyon, the spirituality of Uluru and the true outback lifestyle of Alice Springs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Adelaide expensive to visit?
Adelaide is considered one of the least costly capital cities of Australia and there are many restaurants that offer great daily offers. We also recommend purchasing a metroCARD allowing you to use the public bus, train and tram systems at a cheaper rate than buying single fare tickets.
How long do you need to see Adelaide?
To allow enough time to enjoy the vineyards, city centre, beaches and surrounding parklands we recommend a minimum of three days in Adelaide.
What is the weather like in Adelaide?
Adelaide’s Summer is hot and clear, boasting the lowest humidity and rainfall amounts of any Australian capital city whilst its Spring and Autumn remain reasonably dry with temperatures staying between 12-22oC. Adelaide in Winter brings frost on the hills but the city temperature does not drop below 8oC.
When is the best time to visit?
February and March play host to Adelaide’s favourite festivals such as the Fringe Festival and WOMADelaide, you also get to experience some of the city’s glorious summer weather as it starts to cool.