10 Best Things to do in Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide is one of the most beautiful cities in Australia. Seeing its beauty with your own eyes is worth the trip, but making Adelaide more fascinating are its laid back atmosphere, its delicious food, and its proximity to so many opportunities for epic outdoor adventures. So, what should you do on your visit to Adelaide? Here’s our top ten picks:

Soak in Adelaide’s culture and heritage at North Terrace

View on North Terrace in Adelaide.View on North Terrace in Adelaide.

Adelaide’s central business district is laid out in such a way that the center is bordered by four terraces – North, South, East, and West. In North Terrace, you’ll find a collection of buildings and facilities that form the cultural heart of Adelaide. This collection includes the South Australian Museum, the Art Gallery of South Australia, the Holy Trinity Church, Adelaide Festival Center, and Parliament Building.

Smell the roses at the Adelaide Botanic Garden

Palm house at Adelaide Botanic Garden.Palm house at Adelaide Botanic Garden.

While you’re at North Terrace, make it a point to stop by the Adelaide Botanic Garden. While the garden is known for preserving specimens of Australia’s natural flora, it is particularly famous for its rose gardens. Here, in the National Trial Rose Garden, experts cultivate and test roses from other parts of the globe to see if they can survive the Australian climate.

Bike your way through the city

Cyclists with Adelaide skyline on the background.Cyclists with Adelaide skyline on the background.

Adelaide is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world. In fact, Adelaide’s city center is best toured while riding a bike. You can rent a bike at the Torrens Lake weir and then cycle down the lanes following the River Torrens, the river that cuts through Adelaide.

Explore Adelaide Hills

Nestling in the foothills of Mount Lofty is Adelaide Hills, a region known for its German villages, food, wines, and picturesque views. Aside from these villages and their vineyards, you’ll also find nature sanctuaries like Cleland Conservation Park in Adelaide Hills. A must-stop is Hahndorf, a town out of a European fairy tale and considered the oldest German settlement in Australia.

Tour Kangaroo Island

Remarkable rocks of Kangaroo island.Remarkable rocks of Kangaroo island.

It’s worth spending a day or two at Kangaroo Island, which lies just off the coast of Adelaide. Kangaroo Island is famous for its wines and its rare Ligurian honey. It’s also popular for its splendid rock formations, such as the Remarkable Rocks and Admiral’s Arch, as well as for its wildlife viewing opportunities.

Go on a cruise on the Murray River

Murray River is Australia’s great river, measuring more than 2,500 kilometers along the border of the states of Victoria and New South Wales. Adelaide is an hour drive away from Murraylands, the lower portion of the Murray River basin. If you’re up for a romantic cruise, you can hire a houseboat and spend a few days floating on the river, fishing for your meals, or exploring the riverbank towns.

Go for food trip

Adelaide is a top foodie destination. Wherever you go in Adelaide, you’re bound to enjoy a meal made up of fresh, choice ingredients. In Adelaide, you can go restaurant hopping or simply tuck in the myriad of offerings at Adelaide Central Markets.

Enjoy a cup of coffee

Dog and kangaroo statues at Adelaide's coffee shop.Dog and kangaroo statues at Adelaide’s coffee shop.

Adelaide has a serious coffee culture. If you’re into artisanal coffee, you’ve come to the right place. After a day of sightseeing, relax at a nearby coffee shop and enjoy a cup of the brew of your choice.

Frolic on the beach

Woman walking with her dogs along the beach.Woman walking with her dogs along the beach.

One of the best things about Adelaide is you don’t have to wander far away from the city center to hit the beach. Take your pick. You can go to the family-friendly beaches of Glenelg, Brighton with its trendy café scene, the secluded and nudist-friendly Maslin Beach, among many others.

Participate in the “Mad March” events

March is the busiest month in Adelaide’s social calendar. This month is when many of the city’s annual festivals and events are held. The most popular of these events are the Adelaide Festival, a celebration of art at its finest; Adelaide Fringe, a celebration of art at its weirdest; and Clipsal 500 Adelaide, the biggest super car racing event in the southern hemisphere.

You won’t ever be bored on your holiday to Adelaide. So, what are you waiting for? Book your trip to Adelaide today.

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