Things to do in Adelaide
Not in town for one of Adelaide's famous festivals? No problem. Loaded with attractions all year round, this cool little capital has plenty to offer no matter the season. Whether you soak up the sunshine on an inner-city beach or head to one of the nearby wine regions, you'll never find yourself short of things to do in South Australia's biggest city.
Spend the day in Glenelg
Located just 11 kilometres from Adelaide's CBD, this trendy beachside suburb makes it easy to enjoy the sun, surf and sand during your stay. And with plenty of waterside restaurants and bars, you'll have just as much to do once the sun goes down.
Visit cellar doors in Mclaren Vale
If you're willing to go a little further to enjoy the shore, McLaren Vale's combination of country and coast can't be beat. Make the 40-minute trip south of the city and you'll be met with more than 60 wineries and cellar doors, along with ample scenery every step of the way.
Explore the Adelaide Hills
For an equal selection of food and wine with forest views, head east of the city to the Adelaide Hills. A favourite in autumn for its colourful foliage, this collection of villages offers plenty of ways to spend an afternoon, from antique shops and markets to wineries, cafés and restaurants.
Have a German feast in Hahndorf
Located further south from the Adelaide Hills, the German settlement of Hahndorf offers a taste of Bavaria without the overseas flight. Home to traditional German architecture – and authentic pubs to match – you'll be able to get your fill of bratwurst, schnitzels and Bavarian beer on tap.
Sample local produce at the Central Markets
Home to one of the largest covered markets in the Southern Hemisphere, you don't have to go beyond the city limits to get a taste of South Australia's produce in Adelaide. Visit the 80+ stall holders at the Central Markets and you'll have your pick of everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to just-caught seafood under one roof.
Pack a picnic for the Adelaide Botanic Garden
Rather get your foodie fix in the great outdoors? Take your haul from the Central Markets to the Adelaide Botanic Garden. Spanning more than 51-hectares, you'll find plenty of space to set up for the day, along with an on-site restaurant if you run out of supplies.
Trek to the top of Mount Lofty
If you need to work off your long lunch, Mount Lofty is an easy 20-minute drive out of town. Start your hike at Waterfall Gully, then tackle the short but steep climb to the top. It's not exactly a walk in the park, but the panoramic views of the city and beyond are well worth breaking a sweat for.
Cuddle koalas at Cleland Wildlife Park
After you've taken in the views from the top of Mount Lofty, head to the nearby Cleland Wildlife Park. Only a short walk or drive from the summit, this conservation sanctuary lets visitors get up close to its native residents, including kangaroos, wallabies and koalas.
See a game from the sky at Adelaide Oval
Melbourne's MCG may be Australia's most famous sporting ground, but the newly built Adelaide Oval gives footy fans a whole new way to watch the game. Skip the typical seat in the stands and get a view of the green from the roof of the stadium, plus uninterrupted views of the skyline and beyond.