Adelaide City

Ready to be uncorked

Adelaide is the "perfect host city" and is "ready to be uncorked"...so says Lonely Planet which named the South Australian capital as one of the top 10 must visit cities for 2014.

"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," writes Lonely Planet.

The city centre is surrounded by parklands and is a blend of historic buildings, wide streets, parklands, cafes and restaurants. Adelaide is easy to get around with rolling hills to the east and beaches to the west.

Adelaide Central Market, Adelaide, South Australia

With a population of slightly more than one million, Adelaide is the “20 minute city”. The airport is only seven kilometres from Adelaide city. The Adelaide Hills and major beaches are less than half an hour away by car. That’s what we call liveable!

Adelaide - "a perfect host city" that loves to party

Adelaide loves to party - especially during Mad March which is right in the middle of event season and when the weather in Adelaide is at its best.

Adelaide, according to Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2014, has "transformed itself into the perfect host city....(with) some of Australia’s most popular sporting and arts events".

They are of course the Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival and WOMADelaide, just to name a few. Sports fans will love the award-winning Santos Tour Down Under and Clipsal 500 V8 car race.

"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.

"Like a perfectly cellared red"

"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," writes Lonely Planet.

We’re proud to be Australia’s wine capital, with numerous regions on our doorstep. You’ll be spoilt for choice. There’s reds from the Coonawarra on the Limestone Coast and the Barossa, which is just an hour's drive from Adelaide.

Travel another hour north and you'll reach the Clare Valley, which is famous for its Rieslings. The Adelaide Hills has some stunning whites and there’s McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek on the Fleurieu Peninsula - about an hour's drive south of the city. Drive yourself or join a guided tour of Adelaide and its surrounds - the choice is yours.

Kangaroo Island is the jewel in our tourism crown. It has pristine beaches, unique wildlife, awesome sunsets and a “drop” of wine. Don’t miss this iconic destination, just two hours’ drive and a short ferry ride south of Adelaide.

Urban cool - "effortlessly chic"

Join the café culture lifestyle. Adelaide has a diverse cultural mix that guarantees the food is sensational.

Rundle Street in Adelaide's east end includes a mix of historic pubs and family-run cafes and restaurants. Dine alfresco, morning, noon and night. Five minutes away, Norwood Parade is famously European influenced while Gouger Street, which is close to Chinatown and the Adelaide Central Market is crammed with Asian restaurants.

You'll find plenty of accommodation in Adelaide - boutique hotels, apartments, seaside resorts and heritage cottages. Most hotels are in the city centre, however there’s a number of hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts in nearby North Adelaide and along the coast.

A master plan

When Colonel Light founded Adelaide in 1836, he had a simple plan: a one square mile city centre and lots of open space. He laid out the streets in a grid, surrounded by a ring of what are now State Heritage Listed parklands.

Adelaide weather is moderate. Year-round big blue skies mean average winter temperatures of 16 degrees Celsius (°C) and 28°C in summer. Hot days can be real sizzlers and easily reach 40°C.

You'll love Adelaide - we do! 

Adelaide City Regional Visitor Guide cover 2013

Heading to Adelaide? Plan your holiday with the Adelaide City Visitor Guide. It's full of information about accommodation, festivals and events, indigenous experiences, shopping outlets, markets and more.

Download a map of Adelaide City

Download a map of Adelaide City to help navigate your way around in a car, on a bike or on foot. See North Terrace for museums and galleries, Rundle Mall for shopping and Rundle Street, Gouger Street and Chinatown for dining.

What's on

There are plenty of events on in Adelaide. Here are some ideas you might like.

Things to do

Here are some great ideas and useful links for your visit to Adelaide.

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