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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

InterContinental Adelaide, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Adelaide, an IHG Hotel
5 out of 5
North Terrace, Adelaide, SA
The price is AU$190 per night from 23 May to 23 May
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! (915 reviews)
"We've stayed at the Intercontinental Adelaide a number of times, and have always enjoyed it. Rooms are very nice, well presented. Beds are very comfortable and pillows amazing. Only thing that has let it down the past two stays has been the breakfast. Great service, however the food has been cold ..."

Reviewed on 16 May 2021

InterContinental Adelaide, an IHG Hotel
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$139 per night from 23 May to 23 May
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! (956 reviews)
"Heated pool was cold, too cold for comfort."

Reviewed on 15 May 2021

Oaks Glenelg Plaza Pier Suites
Majestic Roof Garden Hotel
Majestic Roof Garden Hotel
4.5 out of 5
55 Frome Street, Adelaide, SA
The price is AU$149 per night from 6 Jun. to 6 Jun.
Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of University of Adelaide and Tandanya (National Aboriginal Cultural ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (950 reviews)
"Stay here all the time. Close to restaurants, shopping. Friendly and accomodating staff."

Reviewed on 14 May 2021

Majestic Roof Garden Hotel
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Hahndorf Resort
Hahndorf Resort
4.5 out of 5
145A Mt Barker Road, Hahndorf, SA
The price is AU$169 per night from 26 May to 26 May
This family-friendly Adelaide campsite is located in Hahndorf, within 3 mi (5 km) of Yantaringa Reserve, Mylor Conservation Park and Engelbrook Reserve. Platform ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,049 reviews)
"We loved our accommodation, it was nice and new. The staff were friendly and it was great that they put on movies some nights for the kids. Maybe more play equipment for younger kids but otherwise a great stay."

Reviewed on 6 Apr. 2021

Hahndorf Resort
Birdwood Motel
Birdwood Motel
4 out of 5
17 Shannon Street, Birdwood, SA
The price is AU$156 per night from 1 Jun. to 1 Jun.
Located in the heart of Birdwood, this aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from National Motor Museum, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Big Rocking Horse and Barrister ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (81 reviews)
"Typically for myself the spa was my favourite attraction. Overall it was an amazing stay! Just some more utensils may of been good as I am gluten intolerant and I have to cook. Kind Regards from myself and my partner!"

Reviewed on 27 Dec. 2020

Birdwood Motel
Peace and Serenity in the Hills
Peace and Serenity in the Hills
258 Mawson Rd, Adelaide, SA
Located in Forest Range, this apartment building is within 12 miles (20 km) of Barrister Block, Cleland Conservation Park and Morialta Conservation Park. Mount ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Peacful weekend away from the world.
"The property was amazing and cosy. Deane had the fire going and plenty of goodies for us when we arrived. The grounds were beautiful and definitely worth the walk. Thanks you."

Reviewed on 18 Apr. 2021

Peace and Serenity in the Hills
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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Reviews of Adelaide

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6 May 2020

Very friendly city.

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17 Apr. 2020

Very good will stay again soon

5/5 - Excellent

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27 Mar. 2020

Adelaide is liveable, lovable and quite a beautiful city. The mobility around the city is very much enjoyable and easy.

5/5 - Excellent

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23 Mar. 2020

Shopping's a bit sucky compared to Sydney and Melbourne, but great for a change of pace from Sydney and Melbourne!

5/5 - Excellent

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16 Mar. 2020

loved womeadelaide.

5/5 - Excellent

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12 Mar. 2020

Great vibe in the city at this time of year. Thoroughly enjoyed attending the writers' festival, the Fringe and WOMADelaide. Great food options throughout the city, although Adelaide is not the cheapest place to eat.

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