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Adelaide
Travel Guide

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

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$154 per night from 30 Mar. to 31 Mar.

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! (2,319 reviews)

"Close to beach front and plenty of restaurants to choose from"…"

Reviewed on 21 Feb. 2021

Oaks Glenelg Plaza Pier Suites
Crowne Plaza Adelaide
Crowne Plaza Adelaide
4.5 out of 5
27 FROME STREET, Adelaide, SA
The price is AU$195 per night from 4 Mar. to 5 Mar.

Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps away from East End Cafe Precinct and University of Adelaide. Rundle Mall and Adelaide ...

4/5Very Good! (26 reviews)

"New hotel was a great design and clean. We checked in and our bathroom hadn’t been re-stocked with soaps. Gave us an upgrade to a higher floor. Room service staff didn’t no what’s drinks the bar had an said they don’t have it, when they actually did."…"

Reviewed on 1 Feb. 2021

Crowne Plaza Adelaide
iStay Precinct Adelaide
iStay Precinct Adelaide
4.5 out of 5
185 Morphett Street, Adelaide, SA
The price is AU$124 per night from 15 Mar. to 16 Mar.

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! (2,325 reviews)

"Everything we needed and wanted to have a comfortable stay"…"

Reviewed on 4 Feb. 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.

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$154 per night from 30 Mar. to 31 Mar.

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! (2,319 reviews)

"Close to beach front and plenty of restaurants to choose from"…"

Reviewed on 21 Feb. 2021

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$124 per night from 15 Mar. to 16 Mar.

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! (2,325 reviews)

"Everything we needed and wanted to have a comfortable stay"…"

Reviewed on 4 Feb. 2021

iStay Precinct Adelaide
Oaks Adelaide Embassy Suites
Oaks Adelaide Embassy Suites
4.5 out of 5
96 North Terrace, Adelaide, SA
The price is AU$121 per night from 28 Mar. to 29 Mar.

Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is steps away from Lion Arts Centre and Adelaide Convention Centre. Rundle Mall and Adelaide ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,664 reviews)

"This property is in a great location and we couldn’t argue with the value for money however the apartments are getting a little tired. The arms of the couches/chairs were stained and cupboard handles/drawers were coming off. Ironing board was broken too. Probably just lacking a little maintenance. ..."…"

Reviewed on 10 Jan. 2021

Oaks Adelaide Embassy 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.

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