Trips to Adelaide

Culture and festivals in Adelaide

Adelaide, the state capital of South Australia, has around 1.3 million inhabitants and is known for its good food, wine and many festivals. In fact, Adelaide is known as Australia’s festival capital, with more events taking place here than in any other major Australian city. That’s why you should find out if there is a festival in town during your trip to Adelaide.

The city centre is small and easy to explore on foot. Stop by the city’s art galleries, or take the tram to one of the city’s sandy beaches. The coast is only about 20 minutes from the city centre, and to see the Adelaide hills, you only need to travel 20 minutes in the other direction.

Adelaide also serves as a gateway to Australia’s red centre, and it’s easy to make a trip to the South Australian outback – the highway north and The Ghan train to Darwin leave from Adelaide.

Just outside the city you will find numerous wine regions, a stunning coastline and beautiful nature. From Adelaide, it’s easy to take a day trip to wineries, the beach, a dolphin cruise or even a wildlife safari.

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Shopper’s Adelaide

Rundle Mall is a pedestrianised street with more than 700 shops, a variety of larger department stores and cosy cafés where you can stop for a browse. At the end of the promenade, Rundle Mall becomes Rundle Street, where you’ll find designer fashion and interior design shops.

You will also find several grocery stores in the central area. Coles and Woolworths are Australia’s largest grocery chains, and smaller Woolworths Metro stores are conveniently located around the city.

Grenfell Street, Adelaide, Australia
Adelaide, Australia

Local shops

For local food in Adelaide, head to Central Market, the largest covered market in the southern hemisphere. Fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese, seafood, meat and organic produce are always on offer. Located right in the city centre, Central Market is an easy place to pick up ingredients for a delicious picnic, or something more substantial.

Discover local history and nature from Adelaide

About half an hour’s drive from Adelaide’s city centre is the historic village of Hahndorf, known as Australia’s oldest German settlement, with a long Lutheran history. The village also has a museum of German settlers.

The Fleurieu Peninsula is famous for the McLaren Vale wine region, but there is much more to offer. The peninsula offers Adelaide travellers opportunities to see beautiful scenery, white sandy beaches, small coastal villages and wildlife; you can see kangaroos, dolphins, sea lions and pelicans, among others. It’s an easy day trip destination to visit by car, located about 40 km from Adelaide.

At Monarto Safari Park, you can experience the largest open-range safari experience outside Africa. For example, you can see African animals on safari, as the park is home to around 50 different species in over 1500 hectares. Monarto Safari Park is about an hour’s drive from Adelaide.

Cleland Wildlife Park is just 20 minutes from downtown Adelaide and offers a chance to see South Australian wildlife. The wildlife park also offers the chance to hold a koala on your lap and meet kangaroos, wombats, dingoes and other local animals.

Adelaide, Australia

From the top of Mount Lofty, you can see spectacular views of the city of Adelaide and the coastline. Mount Lofty is a popular hiking destination, and there are many walking trails to choose from. The Gully Waterfall is also a must-see attraction about 15 kilometres from Adelaide city centre.

Lake Bumbunga, South Australia

Excursions to Pink Lake..

If you like beautiful landscapes, you’ll love the Pink Lake, which turns a beautiful pink during the warmer months. Your trip to Adelaide will take you easily to places like Lochiel, which is about 1.5 hours away by car. A wide range of accommodation is available near Lake Bumbunga, from eco-accommodation to luxury cottages.

..and to Kangaroo Island

What could be more Australian than kangaroos? They’re easy to see on your trip to Adelaide, with Kangaroo Island just 100 kilometres away. It’s Australia’s third largest island, and as well as kangaroos, there are nature reserves that protect the local wildlife. You can also see beautiful rock formations and fossils.

Kangaroo Islands, Australia
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Discover the wines of South Australia

South Australia’s wine regions are known around the world, and Adelaide has been voted one of the Great Wine Capitals of the world – with up to 18 wine regions in the immediate vicinity of Adelaide. But if you don’t have time for a winery tour, you can also taste the region’s and Australia’s wines at the National Wine Centre of Australia in Adelaide.

The Barossa Valley is about an hour’s drive from the city centre and is known for its many wine producers such as Penfolds, Jacob’s Creek and Wolf Blass. The valley is home to 170 different wineries.

McLaren Vale is about 40 minutes drive from Adelaide and is one of South Australia’s most popular destinations. Enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Fleurieu Peninsula while visiting over 80 wineries.

Adelaide, Australia

The Adelaide Hills are easiest to get to from Adelaide, and are just a 30-60 minute drive from the city centre. There are around 60 wineries in the area, forty of which are open to the public.

If you’re a fan of fresh white wines, Clare Valley is the place to visit. It’s about a two-hour drive from Adelaide and is known for its Rieslings.

Adelaide has an extensive public transport network

Public transport in Adelaide is comprehensive. You can get around by bus, train and tram. The city also has free City Connector buses that run to popular attractions, shopping, schools and other services in the downtown area. Free buses do not require a MetroCARD or other ticket. Trams in the city centre are also free.

In the rest of the city, you can pay for public transport with a rechargeable MetroCARD, a paper ticket or your credit card.

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