Adelaide is not only the gateway to some of Australia's best wine country, 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.
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 vibrant 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.
The Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival and WOMADelaide, are held then. But Adelaide has a feast of great events throughout the year. Sports fans will love the award-winning Santos Tour Down Under and Clipsal 500 Adelaide V8 car race.
From International events to pop-up parties, there is always something happening in Adelaide.
A Brilliant Blend
We’re proud to be Australia’s wine capital, with numerous regions on our doorstep. You’ll be spoilt for choice. There are 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!
Heading to Adelaide? Plan your holiday with the Adelaide Visitor Guide. It’s full of information on things to see and do, shopping, beaches and more and check out the new interactive elements including image slideshows, Twitter feed & videos.
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.
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Here are some great ideas and useful links for your visit to Adelaide.