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AdelaideAustralia

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.


Adelaide Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Adelaide

Glenelg showing a park and heritage architecture

Glenelg

Travelers to Glenelg praise its stunning beaches. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to make a stop by Glenelg Beach and Glenelg Jetty.

Glenelg
Adelaide Central Business District, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Adelaide Central Business District

4.5/5Wonderful!(174 area reviews)

Travelers to Adelaide Central Business District praise its popular shops. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to make a stop by Rundle Mall and Victoria Square.

Adelaide Central Business District
McLaren Vale as well as a small group of people

McLaren Vale

Wineries, coffeehouses, and spas highlight some of the noteworthy features of McLaren Vale. Make a stop by d'Arenberg Wines or Coriole Vineyards while you're exploring the neighborhood.

McLaren Vale
Hahndorf

Hahndorf

Spas and bars are notable features of Hahndorf. You might consider a stop by Yantaringa Reserve while you're exploring the neighborhood.

Hahndorf
St Peter\'s Cathedral showing religious aspects, heritage architecture and heritage elements

North Adelaide

North Adelaide is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Adelaide Oval and Adelaide Zoo while you're in town.

North Adelaide
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Aldinga Beach

Travelers like the beaches in Aldinga Beach, and Aldinga Beach is a top attraction you might want to visit.

Aldinga Beach

Top Hotels in Adelaide

Oaks Glenelg Plaza Pier Suites
Oaks Glenelg Plaza Pier Suites
4.5 out of 5
16 Holdfast Promenade Glenelg, Glenelg, SA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $96 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Located in Glenelg, this beachfront aparthotel is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of Glenelg Beach and Glenelg Jetty. Brighton Beach and West ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,262 reviews)

"Very well appointed with comfortable furnishings and very comfortable bed."…"

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2020

Oaks Glenelg Plaza Pier Suites
iStay Precinct Adelaide
iStay Precinct Adelaide
4.5 out of 5
185 Morphett Street, Adelaide, SA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $80 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Lion Arts Centre, Adelaide Central Market, and Victoria ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,289 reviews)

"Loved staying here. Has all the amenities you need and great views!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2020

iStay Precinct Adelaide
InterContinental Adelaide
InterContinental Adelaide
5 out of 5
North Terrace, Adelaide, SA
Free Cancellation
The price is $107 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps from Adelaide Casino, Parliament House, and Adelaide Convention Centre. Adelaide Festival ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (952 reviews)

"Location perfect and staff highly professional. Many eateries within walking distance and Adelaide Oval so close."…"

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2020

InterContinental Adelaide
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.

Vacation Rentals in Adelaide

Oaks Glenelg Plaza Pier Suites
Oaks Glenelg Plaza Pier Suites
4.5 out of 5
16 Holdfast Promenade Glenelg, Glenelg, SA
The price is $96 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Located in Glenelg, this beachfront aparthotel is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of Glenelg Beach and Glenelg Jetty. Brighton Beach and West ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,262 reviews)

"Very well appointed with comfortable furnishings and very comfortable bed."…"

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2020

Oaks Glenelg Plaza Pier Suites
iStay Precinct Adelaide
iStay Precinct Adelaide
4.5 out of 5
185 Morphett Street, Adelaide, SA
The price is $80 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Lion Arts Centre, Adelaide Central Market, and Victoria ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,289 reviews)

"Loved staying here. Has all the amenities you need and great views!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2020

iStay Precinct Adelaide
Oaks Adelaide Horizons Suites
Oaks Adelaide Horizons Suites
4.5 out of 5
104 North Terrace, Adelaide, SA
The price is $79 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 17

Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Adelaide Convention Centre and Adelaide Casino. Rundle ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,343 reviews)

"Excellent location with generous sized apartments."…"

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2020

Oaks Adelaide Horizons 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.

Popular places to visit in Adelaide

Glenelg Beach
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Glenelg Beach

4.5/5(45 reviews)

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

Rundle Mall
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Rundle Mall

4.5/5(85 reviews)

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

Brighton Beach
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Brighton Beach

4.5/5(17 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Brighton Beach, a popular beach in Adelaide. You can enjoy the restaurants while in the area.

Henley Beach
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Henley Beach

4.5/5(13 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Henley Beach, a popular beach in Adelaide.

Adelaide Oval
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Adelaide Oval

4.5/5(43 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

4.5/5(43 reviews)

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

Top things to do in Adelaide

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

$99
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Kangaroo Island Full-Day Tour from Adelaide with Return Ferry
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Kangaroo Island Full-Day Tour from Adelaide with Return Ferry

$220
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Barossa Valley Highlights Wine & Food Tour
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Barossa Valley Highlights Wine & Food Tour

$110
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Cleland Wildlife Park Excursion including Mount Lofty Summit
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Cleland Wildlife Park Excursion including Mount Lofty Summit

$70
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Adelaide City Highlights Half Day Tour
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Adelaide City Highlights Half Day Tour

$50
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Kayak Tour in Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary
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Kayak Tour in Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary

$53
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Adelaide

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
73
5 - Excellent 66.97247706422019%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 27.522935779816514%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 4.587155963302752%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.9174311926605505%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 25, 2020

Much was closed because of Corona but it is an easy city to see. The indigenous exhibits at the museum are great.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 29, 2020

Cleland wildlife center is a great place to see koalas and kangaroos. It is possible to hold a koala, but you need to be there when it opens, as the day we were there they only allowed 7 "holds".

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 26, 2020

Bloody good place to visut

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 24, 2020

Calm and quiet environment, helpfull and frendly people, easy and comfortable travelling, clean and beautiful city.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Feb 24, 2020

I'm a bug city person but have family here so it's nice to visit for a couple of days. Come during Festival season and it's much more exciting.

5/5 - Excellent

Penny

Feb 21, 2020

After visiting Sydney and Cairns on this Aussie trip, we like Adelaide the best. It’s a city but still laid back. Tons of free things to explore and enjoy. And the weather is milder.

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