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Visit Adelaide

Nestled between the ocean and the Adelaide Hills, the South Australian capital is a hive of creativity, historical wonder and culinary delights.

Adelaide has a distinctly European flair, with locals who are passionate about their food, wine, art and music. The city has long been a destination for immigrants. Today, Adelaide has a population of just over 1.2 million people. The surrounding regions are among Australia’s finest producers of food and wine, and the city is the home of many international arts and sporting events.

Adelaide’s climate is similar to the Mediterranean, so it’s no wonder that there are a bounty of outdoor activities. Lush gardens and parkland surround the city grid. Enjoy a picnic at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens or jump on a tram to one of Adelaide’s city beaches. Take a trip down a water slide at The Beachhouse or swim with the dolphins in Glenelg, one of Adelaide’s must-see neighbourhoods.

The small German settlement villages of Hahndorf and Lobethal are nestled in the Adelaide Hills, just a short drive from the city. Many German immigrants still live in the hills, and the architecture, customs and food reflect their influence. Head to the region to sample offerings from some of Australia’s finest wine producers. McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley are among the areas that have led South Australia to be recognised as an internationally renowned wine region.

Watch one of Adelaide’s two Australian Football League teams compete, a must for any sports fan. In the summer, take in the first race of the international cycling season at the Tour Down Under. If visiting during February and March check out the Adelaide Fringe Festival and WOMADelaide, Australia’s biggest festival of world music. Loved by musicians around the world, the city has been the subject of songs by Australian favourite, Paul Kelly, and American piano-rocker Ben Folds, both of whom have called Adelaide home.

Get some retail therapy at Rundle Mall, Adelaide’s main shopping precinct. From here the city of Adelaide is easy to navigate; most major tourist attractions are within walking distance. North Terrace is just blocks away and houses the Art Gallery of South Australia, the Migration Museum and the Museum of South Australia. Public transport is affordable and will allow you to reach all of Adelaide’s neighbourhoods within 20 minutes.

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Top Hotels in Adelaide

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
ibis Adelaide
ibis Adelaide
4 out of 5
122 Grenfell Street, Adelaide, SA
CA $96
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rundle Mall, University of Adelaide and Victoria Square. Adelaide Casino ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,177 reviews)

"It was very well presented with friendly courteous reception team members who made the hotel a pleasant place to stay. Room was very clean and neat. Bed was comfortable."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 13, 2020

ibis Adelaide
Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide
Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide
4.5 out of 5
65 Hindley Street, Adelaide, SA
CA $144
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Beehive Corner Building and Adelaide Casino. Rundle Mall and Adelaide ...

4.2/5Excellent! (3,017 reviews)

"Enjoyed happy hour and in the in-house meals. Excellent."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 18, 2020

Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide
Oaks Plaza Pier
Oaks Plaza Pier
4.5 out of 5
16 Holdfast Promenade Glenelg, Glenelg, SA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
CA $142
per night
Jan 31 - Feb 1

Located in Glenelg, this beachfront apartment building is in the city centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of Holdfast Marina and Glenelg Beach. West Beach is 1.6 mi ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,144 reviews)

"Perfect location and wonderful ocean views. Daily housekeeping was also a bonus."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 13, 2020

Oaks Plaza Pier

Popular things to do in Adelaide

Glenelg Beach
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Glenelg Beach

4.5/5(17 reviews)

This historic settlement is a thriving cultural destination, right on the beach.

Rundle Mall
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Rundle Mall

4/5(34 reviews)

World-class shopping at over 700 stores, farm animals and even a few ghosts make this much more than a typical shopping mall.

Henley Beach
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Henley Beach

4.5/5(7 reviews)

Enjoy the buzz of its seaside square, soak up the views from its jetty or just relax on the warm sands of this beautiful stretch of coastline near Adelaide.

Adelaide Oval
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Adelaide Oval

4/5(6 reviews)

Tour the stadium, witness an AFL showdown, see a game of rugby or cricket, browse the Bradman Collection, dine in style or rock out at a concert.

University of Adelaide
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University of Adelaide

4/5(10 reviews)

Wander the halls, gardens and boulevards of one of Australia’s oldest universities and find plenty of fascinating stories on your educational visit.

Adelaide Botanic Gardens
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Adelaide Botanic Gardens

4.5/5(20 reviews)

See how roses are tested for Australia’s climate while you return to nature in these historic gardens.

Top activities in Adelaide

Barossa Valley Highlights Wine & Food Tour
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Barossa Valley Highlights Wine & Food Tour

CA $139

After collection from your hotel or other accommodation, your day starts with a visit to the boutique cellar door of Dell’Uva wines to sample from the wide selection of varietals on offer, one of the largest range of Europeans grape varietals in the country (44 different varietals) are planted over the 50-hectare property.

Barossa Valley Premium Wine Tour with Lunch from Adelaide
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Barossa Valley Premium Wine Tour with Lunch from Adelaide

CA $125

Spend a carefree day touring vineyards, sipping fine Barossa Valley varietals, and enjoying the scenery of Australia's famed wine country with a visit to 4 world-renowned vineyards. Taste exquisite vintages and savor a special lunch of local meats, produce, and cheeses at Peter Lehmann Wines.

Adelaide Hills Highlights Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Tour
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Adelaide Hills Highlights Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Tour

CA $139

Adelaide Hills Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Tours visit local sights, wineries and generally just have a whole bag of fun. Start the day with a drive up to Mt Lofty Lookout to get a wonderful aspect of Adelaide.

Barossa Valley Day Tour with Hahndorf from Adelaide
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Barossa Valley Day Tour with Hahndorf from Adelaide

CA $132

Travel to the Barossa Valley and marvel at its stunning vineyards and Bavarian influence. Breathe in the fresh air and the beauty of Adelaide Hills, dotted with peaceful villages wrapped in leafy greenness. Enjoy a local lunch and taste some of South Australia's best wines at Creek Wines.

Cultural Caper Walking Tour
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Cultural Caper Walking Tour

CA $27

Take an easy 2 hour stroll down North Terrace in Adelaide, known locally as our “Cultural Boulevard”. Hear about the unique way in which South Australia was colonised, as well as some of the stories behind some of our colonial characters who helped shape our society.

Food Tours Australia Cleland Wildlife Tour
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Food Tours Australia Cleland Wildlife Tour

CA $88

Cleland Wildlife Park and the award winning Food Tours Australia offer a unique opportunity to tour the Park with a fully trained animal enthusiast guide. Your tour guide will take you through the park - showcasing the animals as they nibble the food from your hands.

Reviews of Adelaide

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 28, 2019

Second visit this trip - Love it!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 25, 2019

Lovely city, a true Aussie gem.

5/5 - Excellent

Michael

Mar 6, 2019

Great City. Easy to get around. Lots of different food options. Fringe festival was on. Easy to tour wine districts. Easy access to glenelg beach on tram.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 1, 2019

Loved the old buildings, easy to get around, free bus and tram, Botanic Garden and Glenelg were lovely

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 3, 2019

It was lovely to walk along the side ofvthe river on both sides. The architecture of the Oval is amazing and so too the architecture of the heritage buildings

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 26, 2018

Beautiful city. Like the interspersed parks. Loved the Rundle outdoor shopping very close to the hotel

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