Things to do in Adelaide

Adelaide combines exceptional food and wine, world-class events, and immersive wildlife experiences.

Here’s some of the top things to do in Adelaide:

  • Beaches:

With so many exceptional beaches so close to the city centre, Adelaide’s sand and surf are virtually inescapable. Chuck on your bathers and jump on a tram and soak up the sun at one of many picture-perfect metropolitan beaches. So many options to choose from, and easily accessible from the CBD!

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  • Adelaide Central Markets:

Step into the thriving hub of food and culture. A favourite spot with the locals, here, countless authentic eateries offer a gastronomic gateway to Asia, while produce from all over South Australia including fruits, vegetables, cheeses, small goods, chocolate, honey and bread pack stalls manned by local producers.

  • Restaurants:

Adelaide dishes up unique, mouth-watering flavours from all types of cuisines around the world. Taste your way around the city’s best places to eat and drink, or even satisfy your sweet tooth at one of the best dessert bars.

  • Day Trips:

With more than 200 cellar doors on its doorstep, Adelaide is the wine capital of Australia. Head 20 minutes down the road to the magical Adelaide Hills, and unearth world-class restaurants, award-winning wineries and incredible local food producers. For the ultimate blend of sea and vines, venture 45 minutes from the city to world-famous McLaren Vale where prime wine country borders spectacular coastal vistas. Explore more than 70 cellar doors, sipping your way around award-winning wineries like d’Arenberg CubeDown The Rabbit Hole and Alpha Box and Dice or dine on farm-fresh, sustainable produce. Or head to the Barossa and drink the official world’s best wine and be back in the afternoon in time for an early dinner in the city.

  • Art Galleries and Museums:

Go gallery hopping along Adelaide’s cultural boulevard, North Terrace, home to a myriad of unique and impressive art galleries and museums. Kick-off at the Art Gallery of South Australia, housing one of Australia’s best art collections and exhibitions. Then, head next door to the South Australian Museum, renowned for its world-class natural history and cultural collections. Or head across the road and step into the future at the University of South Australia’s MOD, an innovative science and technology museum with quirky, ever-changing exhibitions displayed over two floors.

  • Adelaide Botanic Gardens:

Step off the city streets and into a veritable garden of Eden home to a blooming rose gardens, tropical sanctuaries, rambling yet manicured gardens and lush lawns perfect for picnicking. Adelaide Botanic Garden spans 50 hectares, featuring stunning architecture, majestic avenues of ancient trees and, of course, the famous wisteria arbour. Explore the garden then stop for lunch at the multi-award-winning Botanic Gardens Restaurant, where you’ll dine on produce sourced from the surrounding gardens, under a heritage rotunda, overlooking ponds and lush greenery.