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Welcome to Adelaide

Adelaide, the laid-back capital of South Australia, is a world away from the urban powerhouses of Melbourne and Sydney. The only one of Australia’s state capitals to be founded by free settlers, Adelaide retains its independent spirit to this day, and it feels more like an oversized village than the country’s fifth most populated city. With its Victorian architecture, picturesque waterfront, burgeoning art scene, and myriad other things to do, Adelaide is a city-break destination in its own right—but for many travelers it's also home base for day trips to the vineyards of the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale, Murray River, Kangaroo Island, and Fleurieu Peninsula.

Top 10 attractions in Adelaide

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Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island

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With its unmistakably Aussie name, it’s little surprise that Kangaroo Island is one of the best places to spot native Australian wildlife. Australia's third-largest island, this unspoiled haven is a trove of natural wonders, from red rock cliffs to sandy beaches, sweeping dunes, and wild bushlands.More
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Adelaide Oval

Adelaide Oval

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One of the world’s most scenic arenas, the Adelaide Oval dates back to 1871. Best known for cricket, the defining sport of British colonies, it also hosts concerts, rugby, Australian rules football, and more. Besides a cafe, fine dining restaurant, and corporate events spaces, it offers a museum devoted to cricket legend Donald Bradman.More
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Wirra Wirra Vineyards

Wirra Wirra Vineyards

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In the world of wine, the Adelaide region is known for producing some of Australia’s best vintages. Such is the case at Wirra Wirra Vineyards, where talented winemakers have mastered the craft since 1894, enticing visitors from around the globe to sip on the fruits of their labor. One of South Australia's most iconic wineries, Wirra Wirra Vineyards is known for quirky, eccentric environment and affable, fun-loving staff, as well as for its fine Shiraz wines and array of reds and whites.Take a part in a Wirra Wirra wines master class to learn the technique behind the award-winning wines of the world-renowned McClaren Vale region, and to explore the vineyard, tour the winery, and sample some of Wirra Wirra winery's best. To get in the celebratory spirit without imbibing, visitors can ring the winery's nearly one-ton church bell, the Angelus Bell, which is used during special occasions and also completely at random.More
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Mt. Lofty

Mt. Lofty

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Despite its name, Mt. Lofty is far from lofty, standing just 2,385 feet (727 meters) high in the Mt. Lofty Ranges, part of the Adelaide Hills. The summit offers views across Adelaide and the ocean, with a café, an information center and shop, and hiking trail access. Mt. Lofty Botanic Garden and Cleland Wildlife Park are on its slopes.More
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Hahndorf

Hahndorf

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Tucked away in the Adelaide Hills, the tree-lined lanes and historic taverns of Hahndorf have a distinctly Bavarian feel; so much so that the village has dubbed itself “Australia’s oldest German town.” Founded by German settlers in the early 19th century, Hahndorf displays its heritage in its culture, architecture, and cuisine.More
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North Terrace

North Terrace

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Grand 19th-century architecture laid out on a classically elegant street plan fringed with green parkland makes Adelaide perhaps Australia’s most beautiful city center—and North Terrace is at the heart of it. From galleries and museums to the state parliament, state library, and Adelaide University, the landmarks are all here.More
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Adelaide Central Market

Adelaide Central Market

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With a history dating back more than 150 years, Adelaide Central Market has long been at the center of Adelaide’s foodie scene. It remains one of Australia’s largest covered food markets, with about 80 stalls stacked with fresh, seasonal produce.More
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Adelaide Gaol

Adelaide Gaol

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One of the oldest buildings in South Australia, Adelaide Gaol is remarkable for its architecture, its history, and—allegedly—its ghosts. During its years of operation, 1841–1988, the jail housed over 300,000 prisoners, 45 of whom were executed on-site. Today it offers an interactive exhibition, a range of food options, and a shop.More
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Adelaide Botanic Garden

Adelaide Botanic Garden

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Covering more than 124 acres (50 hectares) between the North Terrace and Botanic Park, the Adelaide Botanic Garden are among the city’s most stunning green spaces. With tree-lined walkways, water lily and lotus ponds, and flower gardens blooming with roses and dahlias, this is an idyllic place for a walking tour.More
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Mengler Hill Lookout

Mengler Hill Lookout

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One of the most popular scenic overlooks in the Barossa Valley, visitors to Mengler Hill Lookout can take in bird's-eye views of the region’s expansive vineyards and rolling hills. The nearby sculpture park, which sits at the foot of Mengler Hill (formerly known as Mengler's Hill), offers travelers a whimsical, playful look at the works of nine artists who visited the area in 1988. Visitors say this picturesque peak is the perfect place for snapping scenic photos or escaping into the quiet and quaint rural countryside on a trip to Barossa.More

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Top activities in Adelaide

Barossa Valley Wineries Tour with Tastings and Lunch from Adelaide
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Barossa Valley Full-Day Tour from Adelaide with Maggie Beer Farm
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Wild Dolphin Watch Cruise

Wild Dolphin Watch Cruise

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RoofClimb Adelaide Oval Experience
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McLaren Vale Wine Tour by Bike
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Adelaide Hills Tour with River Murray 3 Hour Lunch Cruise
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Small Group Adelaide Hills and Hahndorf Hideaway Tour from Adelaide
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Full-Day Tour in South Australia Highlights
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McLaren Vale and Glenelg Wine Tasting and Sightseeing (Half-day Afternoon)
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Barossa Valley Via Hahndorf ( Historical German Village ) Inc Maggie Beers Farm
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Kayak Tour in Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary
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Barossa Valley Cellar Doors Luxury Wine Tour
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Recent reviews from experiences in Adelaide

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Beautiful sites and a...
Robyn_W, Jun 2022
Ultimate Adelaide City and Hahndorf Tour
A great way to see Adelaide and its surrounds - an easy way to see Adelaide!
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Would recommend!
Courtney_I, Jun 2022
Adelaide Hills and Hahndorf Half-Day Tour from Adelaide
As a solo traveller visiting Adelaide, this was a perfect tour to see Hahndorf.
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Worth it!
Mareena_H, Jun 2022
Barossa Valley Wineries Tour with Tastings and Lunch from Adelaide
Great tour guide, comfortable mini-bus and good momentum to see all the sights in the allotted time.
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A Great Walk
Doreen_B, May 2022
Around the Square Adelaide Walking Tour
What I enjoyed most was being taken inside the buildings (where possible) to see surviving features.
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An excellent tour with a...
Martin, May 2022
Small-Group Adelaide Central Market Early Breakfast Tour
Our guide (Cheryl) was very good and very helpful on both the market and other things to see in Adelaide (National Wine Centre was a great tip for lunch)
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Fun
Jeremy_S, Apr 2022
Mount Lofty Descent Bike Tour from Adelaide
Good way to see Adelaide, the view from the top shows the whole city.
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My Torrens eye opener
Helen_C, Apr 2022
Torrens River Cruise in Adelaide
The river was beautiful and we were able to see much of Adelaide.
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Bob was very...
Elzabeth_R, Jan 2022
Adelaide Hills and Hahndorf - Half Day Private Tour
Bob was very knowledgeable and we had a chat what we wanted to see in Adelaide and he customised the tour for us, because of the children.
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Great snapshots of the areas surrounding Adelaide
Tully_G, May 2022
Victor Harbor and Southern Highlights from Adelaide
It was a nice and relaxing opportunity to see more of what the area around Adelaide has to offer.
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Christine_E, Dec 2021
Adelaide 90-Minute Pedicab Tour: Street Art Experience
What a fantastic way to see Adelaide.
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A great day out!
Candice_R, Nov 2021
Barossa Valley Wineries Tour with Tastings and Lunch from Adelaide
We went to some great wineries and got to see the sights of the beautiful Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills.
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River Cruise
Maureen_H, Apr 2021
Torrens River Cruise in Adelaide
Overall,a relaxing way to see Adelaide,,and hear about some of the history in an affordable way .
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Adelaide, Mt Lofty and Hahndorf
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A taste of Adelaide and Hahndorf by car private tour.
A great way to see the sites of Adelaide with a trip up to Mt Lofty and Hahndorf for lunch all from the comfort of a car.
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Beyond the city
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McLaren Vale and Glenelg Wine Tasting and Sightseeing (Half-day Afternoon)
It is a fantastic way to see a bit more of the Adelaide area and to taste some lovely wines along the way.
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Day trip
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Kangaroo Island in a Day Tour from Adelaide
Long day but worth it to see the island even though some attractions were off limits due to recent fires.
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DIAHANN C, Nov 2013
McLaren Vale Wine Tour by Bike
Best way so far to see the sights of Adelaide and enjoy the McLaren Valley wine country.
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anjalibhatt, Jan 2018
Kangaroo Island in a Day Tour from Adelaide
Stunning place to visit.
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Great tour to see the highlights of...
Terence R, Jun 2017
Small Group Adelaide Hills and Hahndorf Hideaway Tour from Adelaide
Great tour to see the highlights of the Adelaide surrounds.
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SengJone_G, Sep 2016
Mount Lofty Descent Bike Tour from Adelaide
I had only a few days to see Adelaide and this was the highlight.
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an excellent start for a visit of...
Greg B, Apr 2016
Cultural Caper Adelaide Walking Tour
an excellent start for a visit of Adelaide gave us a good background of what to see further after the tour the guide was very knowledgeable thumbs up
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What is Adelaide famous for?

The South Australian capital is known for its diverse foodie scene, the Art Gallery of South Australia, and its annual international arts festival—the Adelaide Festival. The city is also surrounded by renowned wine regions, including the Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley, and McLaren Vale, and wine tasting tours are hugely popular.

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How do I spend a day in Adelaide?

Enjoy a walking tour of the atmospheric laneways, browse the shops at Rundle Mall, and dive into Adelaide’s foodie scene at the Central Market. After lunch, visit the Art Gallery of South Australia, enjoy wine tasting at a local winery, then soak up the nightlife in the West End.

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Where should I stay in Adelaide?

Adelaide’s Central Business District is the most popular place to stay for visitors, with a range of budget to luxury accommodation within walking distance of all the sights. Alternatively, stay by the beach in Glenelg, West Beach, or Semaphore, or near the wineries of the Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley, or McLaren Vale.

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What is the most popular attraction in Adelaide?

Adelaide’s most popular event is the Adelaide Festival and Adelaide Fringe Festival, which draws huge crowds to the city each March. Other popular attractions include Adelaide Central Market, Adelaide Botanic Garden, and the Art Gallery of South Australia, as well as the nearby wine regions of Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale.

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What can you do in Adelaide for free?

Many of Adelaide’s museums offer free admission, including the South Australian Museum, Migration Museum, and Art Gallery of South Australia. You can also admire the city’s street art, stroll around Adelaide Botanic Gardens and the Central Market, hit the beach, or enjoy a walk in the Adelaide Hills.

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What activities are popular in Adelaide?

Adelaide lies between the countryside and the coast, so it’s easy to spend a day at the beach, enjoy a coastal walk or bike ride, or join a wine tasting tour in the Barossa Valley or Adelaide Hills. There are also sightseeing cruises on the Torrens River and dolphin-watching cruises from Glenelg.

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