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Top 10 Things To Do In Adelaide

With stunning scenery, world famous wine regions, and a series of festivals throughout the year, here’s our list of the top 10 things to see and do in Adelaide.

Attend A Festival

South Australia is known as the Festival State with a number of festivals taking over the city of Adelaide between January and April. Theatre goers will love the Adelaide Festival and the Adelaide Fringe Festival, for foodies there’s Tasting Australia, and cyclists there’s the Tour Down Under (or the Festival Of Cycling as it’s known in 2021). Read our full round up of SA Festivals for 2021 here.

Visit A World Famous Wine Region

Adelaide is located amongst some of the best known wine regions in the world, all of which are an easy day trip from the city centre. Barossa Valley is an hour’s drive north of the city, McLaren Vale, an easy 45 minutes to the south, and The Adelaide Hills wine region to the east. Hire a car and self drive to your favourite wineries or discover a hidden secret cellar door. Day trip tours are also available in abundance, with plenty of options departing the city.

Watch A Game At Adelaide Oval

Adelaide Oval has been widely regarded as one of the most picturesque sporting grounds in the world. Adelaide oval was redeveloped in 2014 and is located in the heart of the Riverbank precinct. Catch a game of AFL or world class cricket at the oval or take part in the Adelaide Oval Roof Climb.

Accommodation tip: Stay at the new Eos By SkyCity for views over the Adelaide Oval

Paddle The River Torrens

The River Torrens runs through the heart of Adelaide and there are plenty of entertainment options both around and on the river. Take a trip on the icon Popeye which has been cruising the river since 1935, these days you can enjoy a scenic trip or join a Gin tasting event, high tea, or history tour. If you’d prefer to paddle yourself hire a 2 person paddle boat, or get a group together and enjoy an afternoon on the river completely with floating BBQ in a BBQ Buoys donut shaped boat.

Turn Back Time At An Historic Mansion

There are a number of historic mansions around Adelaide which you can visit to tour the buildings or gardens. Ayers house on North Terrace is easily accessible, and Carrick Hill has a range of events throughout the year. Join a public garden tour, or relax in Ursula’s Gin Bar on the beautifully preserved grounds.

Visit Historic Port Adelaide

Port Adelaide is one of the earliest settlements in South Australia, wander history soaked cobbled streets and marvel and the beautifully preserved 19th Century warehouses. Today the area is home to a thriving arts scene, the interactive maritime museum, markets, and even the Pirate Life Brewery.

Cruise With The Dolphins

Dolphins love the waterways of Adelaide. Take a Dolphin Cruise on the Port River with departures from Port Adelaide throughout the day. Alternatively for a fully immersive experience, join a morning departure from Glenelg onboard Temptation Sailing where you can swim with the dolphins in the ocean.

Get In Touch With Nature

Adelaide CBD is surrounded by parklands meaning there is plenty of opportunity to get in touch with nature. Walking distance from the city centre is the Adelaide Botanic Garden which has free entry and a myriad of plants and pathways to explore. It’s also home to the Adelaide Botanic Restaurant, the Bicentennial Conservatory housing a number of endangered rainforest plants, and the beautiful Palm House, built in 1877. In the Adelaide Hills, 30 minutes from the city, is the Mount Botanic Garden which is spectacular at any time of the year, but particularly in the autumn when the garden turns into beautiful amber hues.

Accommodation tip: Stay at Sequoia Lodge at Mount Lofty House for views over Mount Lofty Botanic Garden

Get Cultured

Take a stroll along North Terrace and you’ll find the South Australian Museum, The State Library of South Australia, and the Art Gallery of South Australia housed in historic buildings.A visit to the library isn’t complete without spending some time in the Harry Potter-esque Mortlock Wing. The museums are free to enter with a range of paid exhibitions along with kids activities and late night events for adults held at The Art Gallery on the first Friday of every month.

Watch The Sunset At The Beach

Adelaide is home to over 30kms of beach. Stretching along the west of the city the beautiful beaches provide a daily night show with stunning sunsets over the water. The coastline is dotted with pubs, bars and restaurants from where you can enjoy a meal or a drink, with Glenelg, Henley, and Brighton being the most popular spots to take in the sunset.

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