The state of South Australia’s dynamic capital city is known as Adelaide. This unique city is situated on the River Torrens, a waterway which divides Adelaide City centre from the north side of Adelaide. If you’d like to explore the Torrens River up close, river cruises and sightseeing tours are available.
Adelaide is one of the best destinations in Australia for dining and nightlife. Its many laneways host hidden cafes, restaurants and art galleries worth exploring.
If you’re enthusiastic about sustainable travel, you’ll be interested to know that Adelaide is striving to become carbon neutral.
Adelaide City Highlights
Taking an Adelaide tour
is one of the best ways to discover the city’s charms. For visitors who enjoy viewing remarkable architecture, Adelaide’s many historic buildings are likely to be of interest. The city also offers a cultural precinct featuring botanic gardens, a botanic park and the National Wine Centre.
The Adelaide Zoo is an educational spot to bring your kids to view a diverse range of animals including red kangaroos, Australian sea lions, emus and some non-native species such as giant pandas. At times, zoo staff offers engaging koala encounters where visitors are able to feed gum leaf branches to the koalas.
If you’re in the mood for a sporting event, head to the Adelaide Oval stadium to catch a Cricket match, Australian rules football game or tennis match. This venue also hosts concerts, and stadium tours are available.
Best Adelaide Beaches
Glenelg is a coastal suburb of Adelaide offering a family-friendly beach with a metropolitan vibe. You can easily access this beach from Adelaide City by hopping aboard the Glenelg Tram.
If you’re looking for a beach with a jetty and spectacular sunsets, head to Brighton Beach. Brighton Beach’s lively Main street is a fantastic place to take your family for a stroll, a meal and some shopping.
Victor Harbor is surrounded by enchanting beaches and rocky, coastal cliffs.
Kangaroo Island Tours
Kangaroo Island occupies a secluded location off the coast of South Australia. It’s a quick flight to reach the island from Adelaide, requiring only about half an hour’s time. If you’re searching for a getaway where you can unplug and unwind, Kangaroo Island offers exactly the rejuvenating experience you’re looking for.
Rare Australian sea lions frolic and play in the waters surrounding Kangaroo Island. They congregate in sizable numbers to sunbathe on its lovely beaches.
You’ll find an impressive variety of terrain within the 155–kilometre span of the island. You’re sure to be awed and inspired by its majestic cliffs, thick forests, wildlife-rich wetlands, striking sand dunes and peaceful beaches.
Uluru and Alice Springs
Uluru is one of Australia’s most recognisable, celebrated and world-famous landmarks. It is located in a sparsely populated area. You’ll have to travel through nearly 500 kilometres of the outback to get from Alice Springs, the nearest town, to Uluru rock.
If you take the time to explore the surrounding Ulur
a National Park, you’re likely to encounter South Australian wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies and dingoes. Birders will enjoy searching for and spotting 200-some different species including western bowerbirds, black-breasted buzzards and splendid fairy-wrens.
This world-famous national park offers numerous interesting things to do including a cultural centre to explore and the option to take ranger-guided Mala walks.
Hahndorf is a small, artsy village that’s located southeast of Adelaide. It’s a unique destination brimming with folk art and culture. Prussian settlers founded Hahndorf in the year 1839, and its German heritage remains evident in many aspects of the area’s lifestyle. Hahndorf tours are available, and they’re a fantastic option for anyone who would be interested in exploring this fascinating German settlement.
The Great Ocean Road
The ultimate Australian road trip begins in Melbourne and ends up in Adelaide via the legendary Great Ocean Road. This expanse of highway offers spectacular ocean views. Along the way, you’ll see sights such as the remaining 8 of the original 12 Apostles. These eye-catching rocky limestone formations are some of the most noteworthy landmarks along the Victoria coastline.
Food & Wine in South Australia
Travel and Leisure magazine
has recently proclaimed that Adelaide is Australia’s most exciting food and wine destination. While Melbourne and Sydney might be better known for their food scenes, you’d be foolish to ignore Adelaide as one of the world’s ultimate havens for epicureans.
If you’re weary of the effects of globalised big-box-ification, Adelaide is a destination that will refresh your enthusiasm for unique culinary experiences. You’re sure to enjoy dining at Adelaide’s vibrant mix of independently-owned restaurants and trendy cafes. If you enjoy a happening nightlife scene, you’ll want to spend some pleasurable evenings carousing in the city’s unique bars.
South Australia Wine Tours
Adelaide is within easy driving distance of multiple world-class wine-producing regions including Eden Valley, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills and the Fleurieu Peninsula. If you’re a connoisseur of fine food and drink, winery tours to these regions make for some of the best day trips from Adelaide.
Barossa Valley Wine Tours
Barossa’s 150 wineries offer you an abundance of delightful choices for wine tasting experiences. If you want to savour uniquely regional wine varieties, consider putting the local Eden Valley Riesling and Barossa Shiraz at the top of your bucket list for sampling. Barossa wine companies also offer globally popular varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon, and others.
Private Guided Tours of Adelaide and the Surrounding Areas
If you want to maximise the time you spend travelling in Australia, private guided tours
can help you choose the direction your sightseeing will take. If you want to take a personalised custom tour of Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, the Fleurieu Peninsula or any other area in Australia, we hope you’ll book a tour for your small group of 1-30 people with the Road Trip Oz.
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