Adelaide City Attractions
So much to do, so close at hand
Want to learn more about our world-class wines? Adelaide is the place to do it.
Lonely Planet, which named Adelaide as a must-visit city for 2014, writes: "A gateway to some of Australia’s most accessible wine country, Adelaide is effortlessly chic – and like a perfectly cellared red, it’s ready to be uncorked and sampled."
The stunning National Wine Centre of Australia is the place to start with its interactive Wine Discovery Journey and Exhibition.
The Adelaide Botanic Garden is a “popped cork” away and is one of the 29 parks that make up Adelaide’s famous parklands. Next door is the Adelaide Zoo, home to Wang Wang and Funi, the southern hemisphere’s only giant pandas.
Stroll along North Terrace, a cultural boulevard
The Art Gallery of South Australia, Migration Museum, South Australian Museum and the State Library of South Australia are along North Terrace - the hub of Adelaide's gallery and museum collections. Statues, war memorials and significant buildings like Ayers House line the terrace. There’s plenty to admire. Start at the University of Adelaide and head west.
The Adelaide Festival Centre is Adelaide’s “arts’ heart”. The centre overlooks Elder Park on the banks of the picturesque River Torrens. It’s a perfect place to feed the ducks, row a boat, walk or cycle the Linear Park Trail.
Just a short walk away
The beautiful Adelaide Oval is across the river - and has recently undergone a significant makeover.
"The year 2014 beckons big changes for the city’s heart, with the completion of the multimillion-dollar refurbishment of the Adelaide Oval, which will link central Adelaide with the Oval and its beautiful surrounding parklands, and historic North Adelaide further on," writes Lonely Planet.
When sporting events are on, particularly the cricket in summer, you’ll hear the roar of the crowd from one of Australia’s most beautiful sporting venues.
Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute is our famous Aboriginal cultural centre. It’s dedicated to the visual and performing arts. Next, go to Rundle Mall for big brand shopping or Rundle Street for boutiques and high-end fashion.
See the city on two wheels
Give your feet a rest and see the city's attractions on two wheels.
There are more than 500 bikes available for hire in the Adelaide City Bikes fleet and you can hire one for free from 14 city locations.
To hire a bike, all you need to do is show some identification (driver’s
licence, passport or student card) and fill out a form. Then a bike, a helmet and lock
are yours for the day.
Bike hire spots include the Adelaide City Council office on Pirie Street, Peter Pan's Adventure Travel on
Waymouth Street, the Adelaide Zoo on Frome Road or the Adelaide Convention Centre on North Terrace. For a full list of bike hire locations and more information, visit BikeSA.
Markets and eat streets
The Adelaide Central Market is unique. There is so much fruit, meat, vegetables and gourmet produce. It’s undercover and simply sensational. If food and produce markets are your thing, you'll be well served in Adelaide.
Gouger Street is one of Adelaide’s bustling restaurant strips. The choice is enormous.There’s plenty more on offer in Rundle Street.There are many pubs and more than 100 restaurants in Adelaide city alone.
Beyond Adelaide city
A 30-minute tram ride to Glenelg, South Australia’s major beachside precinct, is an Adelaide institution. Check out the shops, cafes and restaurants on Jetty Road or stay in a seaside apartment, enjoy fine dining and meander around the fleet of yachts and boats at
Holdfast Shores marina - just to the north of Moseley Square.
The refurbished Adelaide Entertainment Centre is at the other end of the tram line. It’s located at Hindmarsh, about ten minutes north of Adelaide city.
Five minutes east from the city, The Parade at Norwood is bursting with cosmopolitan cafés and restaurants. Relive our colonial past on an Old Adelaide Gaol Ghost Tour or step back into the mid-twentieth century at Carrick Hill - one of the few period homes in Australia to survive with its original contents almost completely intact and its grounds undiminished.
Visit heritage Port Adelaide for museums, river cruises and to see the famous dolphin sanctuary. Long, sandy beaches and streets of bohemian cafés and old pubs are the perfect excuse to explore the metropolitan coast.
Adelaide - it’s well planned and well worth it.
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