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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.

Adelaide Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Adelaide

Glenelg which includes heritage architecture and a park

Glenelg

Glenelg is known for its stunning beaches, and with sights like Glenelg Beach and Glenelg Jetty, you won't get bored spending a day wandering around this part of Adelaide.

Glenelg
Adelaide Central Business District, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Adelaide Central Business District

4/5Very Good!(3,920 area reviews)

Travellers to Adelaide Central Business District praise its popular shops. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to stop by Rundle Mall and Victoria Square.

Adelaide Central Business District
McLaren Vale as well as a small group of people

McLaren Vale

Wineries, coffee shops and spas are some highlights of McLaren Vale. Make a stop by d'Arenberg Wines or Coriole Vineyards while you're exploring.

McLaren Vale
Hahndorf

Hahndorf

Spas and bars are notable features of Hahndorf. You might consider stopping by Yantaringa Reserve while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

Hahndorf
Aldinga Beach, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Aldinga Beach

Travellers like the beaches in Aldinga Beach, and Aldinga Beach is a top attraction you might want to visit.

Aldinga Beach
Port Adelaide showing a bay or harbour

Port Adelaide

You'll enjoy the beaches and bars in Port Adelaide. You might want to make time for a stop at South Australian Maritime Museum or Australian Museum of Childhood.

Port Adelaide

Top hotels 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$149 per night from 18 Oct. to 19 Oct.

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! (2,250 reviews)

"Great location, close to shops and restaurants. Close to the beach"…"

Reviewed on 21 Sep. 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$119 per night from 5 Oct. to 6 Oct.

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! (2,284 reviews)

"Friendly helpful staff, nice clean modern rooms. Unable to use some of the facilities due to current Covid situation which was a bit disappointing but not the fault of iStay"…"

Reviewed on 29 Jun. 2020

iStay Precinct Adelaide
InterContinental Adelaide
InterContinental Adelaide
5 out of 5
North Terrace, Adelaide, SA
The price is AU$166 per night from 11 Oct. to 12 Oct.

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! (955 reviews)

"Location perfect and staff highly professional. Many eateries within walking distance and Adelaide Oval so close."…"

Reviewed on 21 Sep. 2020

InterContinental 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.

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$149 per night from 18 Oct. to 19 Oct.

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! (2,250 reviews)

"Great location, close to shops and restaurants. Close to the beach"…"

Reviewed on 21 Sep. 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$119 per night from 5 Oct. to 6 Oct.

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! (2,284 reviews)

"Friendly helpful staff, nice clean modern rooms. Unable to use some of the facilities due to current Covid situation which was a bit disappointing but not the fault of iStay"…"

Reviewed on 29 Jun. 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$114 per night from 18 Oct. to 19 Oct.

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! (1,337 reviews)

"Excellent location with generous sized apartments."…"

Reviewed on 13 Aug. 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

Glenelg Beach
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Glenelg Beach

4.5/5(1,579 reviews)

This historic settlement is a thriving cultural destination, right on the beach.

Rundle Mall
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Rundle Mall

4/5(1,839 reviews)

World-class shopping at over 700 stores, farm animals and even a few ghosts make this much more than a typical shopping mall.

Brighton Beach
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Brighton Beach

4.5/5(391 reviews)

Check out one of South Australia’s best urban beaches with crazy surf sessions and quirky art. Follow it up with a movie or sunset drinks at the “Espy”.

Henley Beach
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Henley Beach

4.5/5(404 reviews)

Enjoy the buzz of its seaside square, soak up the views from its jetty or just relax on the warm sands of this beautiful stretch of coastline near Adelaide.

Adelaide Oval
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Adelaide Oval

4.5/5(681 reviews)

Tour the stadium, witness an AFL showdown, see a game of rugby or cricket, browse the Bradman Collection, dine in style or rock out at a concert.

University of Adelaide
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University of Adelaide

4.5/5(319 reviews)

Wander the halls, gardens and boulevards of one of Australia’s oldest universities and find plenty of fascinating stories on your educational visit.

Top activities in Adelaide

Barossa Valley Premium Wine Tour with Lunch from Adelaide
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Barossa Valley Premium Wine Tour with Lunch from Adelaide

AU$139
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Kangaroo Island Full-Day Tour from Adelaide with Return Ferry
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Kangaroo Island Full-Day Tour from Adelaide with Return Ferry

AU$310
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Barossa Valley Highlights Wine & Food Tour
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Barossa Valley Highlights Wine & Food Tour

AU$155
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Adelaide Zoo Admission
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Adelaide Zoo Admission

AU$32
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Barossa Valley Hop-On Hop-Off Winery Tour
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Barossa Valley Hop-On Hop-Off Winery Tour

AU$60
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Dolphin Sanctuary Kayak Tours
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Dolphin Sanctuary Kayak Tours

AU$74
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Adelaide

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
1301
5 - Excellent 50.84017194216491%
4 - Good
1118
4 - Good 43.688940992575226%
3 - Okay
124
3 - Okay 4.845642829230168%
2 - Disappointing
12
2 - Disappointing 0.46893317702227433%
1 - Terrible
4
1 - Terrible 0.15631105900742479%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

6 May 2020

Very friendly city.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

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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