Adelaide, called Radelaide by the locals, is a stunning hidden gem and the capital city of South Australia. It’s what I consider the most underrated capital city in Australia. With the removed Coronavirus restrictions, we’ll soon have a chance to visit Adelaide, but what are the best places that we can visit in Adelaide?
Located just 1 hour flight from Melbourne and Sydney and 2 and a half hours from Perth, a getaway to the beautiful city has to be on everyone's bucket list!
Most people know the city for its many churches and the world-famous Fringe Festival, which takes place during the summer months of February and March. However, there is so much more to it! A visit to Adelaide is not complete if you don't visit the free chocolate Heigh's Museum (tasting included), walk through the botanical gardens, ride one of the free bikes from The Oval Stadium to Glenelg Beach following the Torrens River, or visit the free Japanese Gardens and take part in one of the many free walking tours!
What is the best time of year to go to Adelaide?
It is always the perfect time to visit Adelaide, no matter the season! But get ready because the summers here are really hot!
February and March are two fantastic months to come because of the Fringe Festival, where artists, acrobats, and cabarets perform every single night at different locations in city.
Make sure you book your hotel or hostel well in advance as everything is always fully booked!
The winter months are as great as the summer and are perfect for a wine tour to either the world-famous Barossa Valley or smaller McLaren Vale.
When coming to Adelaide, I would highly suggest staying in the city, especially in areas like North Terrace or around King William Street as there are so many great restaurants and bars around and it’s just a short 20-30 minute ride from the airport.
No trip to Adelaide is complete without an Adelaide wine tasting tour!
There are so many options you can choose: half a day, full day, or even private luxury ones, based on your time and pocket!
The most popular location is the Barossa Valley, located in the heart of the Adelaide Hills, it is the perfect day trip for all the wine lovers out there and for those looking to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city for a day.
Another stunning location for wine tasting is the McLaren Vale, located just 33km south of the city. It’s smaller than the Barossa Valley, but equally as beautiful.
Also for this region, there is a vast variety of day trips from the city available to book, both private and as part of a group.
If wine tasting is not for you, a must is Kangaroo Island!
It is the 3rd largest island in Australia and known for the diverse landscapes, stunning beaches, and huge variety of animals.
Located a 2-hour drive and 30-minute ferry south of the city, I would highly recommend going for at least 2 days as you get to explore all of the island in depth.
The main highlights of the islands and something you can’t miss while you are there are: Flinders Chase National Park, Seal Bay, Vivonne Bay, Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arches, and Little Sahara.