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Adelaide

Travel Guide
Adelaide

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 recognised 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 favourite, 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 neighbourhoods within 20 minutes.

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Where to stay in Adelaide

Stamford Grand Adelaide
Stamford Grand Adelaide
5 out of 5
2 Jetty Road Moseley Square, Glenelg, SA
The price is AU$125 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
Located in Glenelg, this luxury hotel is steps away from Jetty Road and Glenelg Jetty. Glenelg Beach and West Beach are also within 2 miles (3 km).
4.2/5Very Good! (935 reviews)
"Only complaint was that the air conditioned didn't work and it took two days to fix."

Reviewed on 1 Aug. 2021

Stamford Grand 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 AU$134 per night from 15 Aug. to 15 Aug.
Located in Glenelg, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of Glenelg Beach and Glenelg Jetty. Brighton Beach and West Beach ...
4.2/5Excellent! (961 reviews)
"The views were spectacular, lovely staff, beautiful rooms"

Reviewed on 18 Jul. 2021

Oaks Glenelg Plaza Pier Suites
InterContinental Adelaide, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Adelaide, an IHG Hotel
5 out of 5
North Terrace, Adelaide, SA
The price is AU$171 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps away from Adelaide Casino, Parliament House and Adelaide Convention Centre. Adelaide ...
4.4/5Excellent! (935 reviews)
"Superb customer service"

Reviewed on 1 Jul. 2021

InterContinental Adelaide, an IHG Hotel
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.
Oaks Glenelg Liberty Suites
Oaks Glenelg Liberty Suites
4.5 out of 5
25 Colley Terrace, Glenelg, SA
The price is AU$134 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
Located in Glenelg, this luxury apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of The Beachhouse and Glenelg Beach. Glenelg Jetty and West Beach are also within ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,646 reviews)
"Comfortable room, convenient, easy to access."

Reviewed on 8 Jun. 2021

Oaks Glenelg Liberty Suites
Majestic M Suites
Majestic M Suites
4.5 out of 5
202 TYNTE STREET, North Adelaide, SA
The price is AU$250 per night from 6 Aug. to 6 Aug.
Located in North Adelaide, this luxury apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of St Peter's Cathedral, The David Roche Foundation and Adelaide Oval. Adelaide ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (49 reviews)
"Newly built property with smart tv’s in Bedroom and Living area. There is heaps of room in the suite. It’s clean and lives up to the mark. Would definitely be staying here again. Walking distance to restaurants on O’Connell street. Thank you to the Majestic suites staff for their amazing ..."

Reviewed on 23 Jul. 2021

Majestic M Suites
iStay Precinct Adelaide
iStay Precinct Adelaide
4.5 out of 5
185 Morphett Street, Adelaide, SA
The price is AU$139 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
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! (2,349 reviews)
"The pool was a nice touch and the ease of access to the carpark"

Reviewed on 27 Jun. 2021

iStay Precinct 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.

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