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10 Best Things To Do When You Are In Adelaide

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Adelaide is one of the most beautiful cities in Australia. Seeing its beauty with your own eyes is worth the trip, but making it 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

Learn the history and culture of Adelaide at North Terrace
View on North Terrace | Credit: Anthony Kernich

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

Feast your eyes on gorgeous botanics at Adelaide Botanic Garden
Rose Garden at Adelaide Botanic Garden | Credit: John Dalkin

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

Looking to city from weir on Torrens River at west end of city, Adelaide
The scenery along Torrens Lake | Credit: Graham Watson

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 the city.

Explore Adelaide Hills

Enjoy great sceneries and multiple views at Adelaide Hills
The greenery at Adelaide Hills | Credit: Kirrihil Wines

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

Kangaroo Island off the coast of Adelaide promises remarkable sceneries and amazing wildlife
Remarkable rocks of Kangaroo Island | Credit: Kevin Anderson

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. Not forgetting its wildlife viewing opportunities.

Go on a cruise on the Murray River

Murray River is for the nature lovers
Picnic point landing at Murray River | Credit: Alex Passmore

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 on a food trip

Adelaide offers many types of food and halal ones too
You can enjoy your delicious food in a takeaway too | Credit: @adelaideeateryblog

Adelaide is a top foodie destination. Wherever you go, you’re bound to enjoy a meal made up of fresh, choice ingredients. It’s all thanks to the presence of lush farmlands surrounding the city, not to mention Adelaide’s location on the coast. You can go restaurant hopping or simply tuck in the myriad of offerings at Adelaide Central Markets.

Enjoy a cup of coffee

Coffee culture is big in Adelaide and one of the best things to do there
Le Petit Cafe at Rundle Mall

This city 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

Many beaches are easy to find in Adelaide
People soaking in the warmth of the sun at Glenelg Beach | Credit: Snifter1970

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 as well as the secluded Maslin Beach, among many others.

Participate in the “Mad March” events

Adelaide Festival of Arts is one of the world's major celebration of arts
Unique artistry at Adelaide Festival

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. Australia has so much to offer and you can find out all about it in the articles we’ve listed here!

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