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AdelaideAustralia

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

Top hotels in Adelaide

Sage Hotel Adelaide
Sage Hotel Adelaide
4 out of 5
208 South Terrace, Adelaide, SA
The price is AU$99 per night from 6 Dec. to 7 Dec.

Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Himeji Gardens and Adelaide Central Market. Rundle Mall and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (974 reviews)

"Staff friendly. However, housekeeping need to check dates on milk in room fridge. Use by 8/20 on one = 2 months out of date. Great breakfast options and service."…"

Reviewed on 1 Nov. 2020

Sage Hotel Adelaide
InterContinental Adelaide
InterContinental Adelaide
5 out of 5
North Terrace, Adelaide, SA
The price is AU$142 per night from 24 Dec. to 25 Dec.

Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps away from Adelaide Casino, Parliament House and Adelaide Convention Centre. Adelaide ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (962 reviews)

"Truly superb. The very best from start to finish. Friendly welcome .amazing service. Spectacular views and food"…"

Reviewed on 29 Oct. 2020

InterContinental Adelaide
Adelaide Rockford
Adelaide Rockford
4 out of 5
164 Hindley Street, Adelaide, SA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$99 per night from 5 Dec. to 6 Dec.

Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide Casino and Rundle Mall. Adelaide ...

4.2/5Excellent! (992 reviews)

"room spa was a bit old with powerless jets otherwise all good."…"

Reviewed on 19 Jul. 2020

Adelaide Rockford
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.

Holiday Rentals in 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$139 per night from 29 Nov. to 30 Nov.

Located in Glenelg, this beachfront aparthotel is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of Glenelg Beach and Glenelg Jetty. Brighton Beach and West ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,275 reviews)

"Very well appointed with comfortable furnishings and very comfortable bed."…"

Reviewed on 10 Oct. 2020

Oaks Glenelg Plaza Pier Suites
iStay Precinct Adelaide
iStay Precinct Adelaide
4.5 out of 5
185 Morphett Street, Adelaide, SA
The price is AU$99 per night from 29 Nov. to 30 Nov.

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! (2,297 reviews)

"Neat and tidy and welcoming comfortable bed very happy with the view"…"

Reviewed on 6 Nov. 2020

iStay Precinct Adelaide
Oaks Adelaide Horizons Suites
Oaks Adelaide Horizons Suites
4.5 out of 5
104 North Terrace, Adelaide, SA
The price is AU$107 per night from 13 Dec. to 14 Dec.

Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Adelaide Convention Centre and Adelaide Casino. Rundle ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,353 reviews)

"Had all the comforts of home and just as described. Great location to bars and restaurants plus a tram stop pretty much at the front door"…"

Reviewed on 25 Oct. 2020

Oaks Adelaide Horizons Suites
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.

Popular places to visit in Adelaide

Top activities in Adelaide

Reviews of Adelaide

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6 May 2020

Very friendly city.

5/5 - Excellent

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17 Apr. 2020

Very good will stay again soon

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

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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