Adelaide

Travel Guide
Adelaide Central Business District

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 recognized 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 favorite, 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 neighborhoods within 20 minutes.


Where to stay in Adelaide

Stamford Grand Adelaide
Stamford Grand Adelaide
5 out of 5
2 Jetty Road Moseley Square, Glenelg, SA, 5045
Fully refundable
The price is $84 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Adelaide. Enjoy 2 restaurants, 2 bars/lounges, and a nightclub. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (921 reviews)
"Stayed here again this year it’s a wonderful experience"

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

Stamford Grand Adelaide
Oaks Glenelg Plaza Pier Suites
Oaks Glenelg Plaza Pier Suites
4.5 out of 5
16 Holdfast Promenade Glenelg, Glenelg, SA, 5045
The price is $95 per night from Jun 14 to Jun 15
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Adelaide. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and room service. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (973 reviews)
"Ocean view"

Reviewed on May 10, 2022

Oaks Glenelg Plaza Pier Suites
Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide
Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide
4.5 out of 5
65 Hindley Street, Adelaide, SA, 5000
The price is $95 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Adelaide. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (946 reviews)
"great hotel very central to public transport cansino would definitely stay there again"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide
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iStay Precinct Adelaide
iStay Precinct Adelaide
4.5 out of 5
185 Morphett Street, Adelaide, SA, 5000
The price is $123 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 7
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Adelaide. Enjoy free WiFi, a sauna, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the WiFi and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (2,420 reviews)
"Good location."

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2022

iStay Precinct Adelaide
Quest on Franklin
Quest on Franklin
4.5 out of 5
74 Franklin Street, Adelaide, SA, 5000
The price is $127 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Adelaide. Enjoy free WiFi, room service, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (440 reviews)
"Convenient"

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2022

Quest on Franklin
Majestic M Suites
Majestic M Suites
4.5 out of 5
202 TYNTE STREET, North Adelaide, SA, 5006
The price is $128 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Adelaide. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Adelaide Oval and Adelaide Casino ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (108 reviews)
"Friendly staff. Very clean and well presented everywhere. Great location and very close to free bus loop to city. Will definitely be staying again."

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2022

Majestic M Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Adelaide

Adelaide has a good public transportation system that is used by locals and tourists alike. Called the Adelaide Metro, the system takes in buses, trains and trams. Buy a metroCARD for a single journey, or a three-day metro card for three days of unlimited travel. The train network runs to some destinations outside the city, although renting a car is the best option if you are planning lots of daytrips. Visit the State Transport Authority website.Browse Adelaide rental cars.

Best time to visit

Discover the quiet side to Adelaide, avoid crowds and make savings on accommodations by visiting in shoulder season. Shoulder season comes twice a year, between March and May (which is fall in Australia) and between September and November (spring). Expect temperatures to be in the 60s F to 70s F (15 to 20 C) during the day, but bring a sweater or a light jacket for the evenings, which are cooler.

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