Things to Do

So many choices

Get a taste of things at the Adelaide Central Market, Coopers Brewery and Bottega Rotolo cooking school. Indulge in Haigh's Chocolates. Cruise on the Popeye riverboat through the heart of the city of Adelaide - one of Lonely Planet's must-visit destinations.

Attend an event - there are so many throughout the year in both the city of Adelaide and in the regions. The Santos Tour Down Under is in January. The Adelaide Fringe festival, WOMADelaide and Clipsal 500 V8 supercar race are in March. Watch cricket and AFL at the newly redeveloped Adelaide Oval.

Pandas at the Adelaide Zoo

Visit the giant pandas at Adelaide Zoo. Their names are Wang Wang (male) and Funi (female), the only giant pandas in the southern hemisphere. You can even take a behind the scenes tour and help prepare their bamboo breakfast.

Head for the hills

Take a day trip to Hahndorf, one of the most famous towns in the Adelaide Hills. It’s Australia’s oldest surviving settlement and has a strong German heritage. Stop at nearby Cleland Wildlife Park to feed kangaroos and hold a koala.

Visit one of the many cellar doors in the region and enjoy a long lunch. Take your tastebuds on a ride with a wine and chocolate tasting experience like no other.

Hit the beach

Relax on a beautiful beach. Catch a tram from Adelaide to Glenelg for some fun in the sun. Enjoy al fresco dining on Jetty Road or Holdfast Marina.

Drive down to Adelaide's southern beaches and dive along the Port Noarlunga reef. Watch the sun set from the amazing Star of Greece restaurant at Port Willunga.

Visit our National Landscapes

Admire nature on Kangaroo Island. Visit Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch – these rock formations are incredible! See native animals thriving in the wild, like seals at Seal Bay. Explore stunning beaches and desert dunes.

See rock art, fossils and spectacular landscapes in the Flinders Ranges and Outback. Get a bird’s eye view of Wilpena Pound on a scenic flight. Marvel at Lake Eyre from the air or the glorious Painted Desert.

Head down the coast

Stop by the seaside town of Victor Harbor on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Cross the causeway on a horse-drawn tram and see little penguins on Granite Island. Visit the South Australian Whale Centre or board the Cockle Train for a steam train ride.

Holiday on the Murray River, an Australian icon. Hire a houseboat in the Riverland and see the water up close. Drop a line and go fishing.

Visit Coorong National Park at the Murray River’s mouth. It’s a sanctuary for birds and fish.

Further down is the Limestone Coast - home to the world famous Coonawarra reds and rock lobsters.

Go fishing on the Yorke Peninsula or Eyre Peninsula. Feast on oysters, lobsters and abalone. Dive in and swim with wildlife. Enjoy the antics of sea lions and the thrill of great white sharks.

Taste South Australia

Try some wine. Adelaide has more than 200 cellar doors on its doorstep. Explore the Barossa, Australia's most famous wine region. Drink the world’s best Riesling in the Clare Valley.

Catch your breath in our beautiful parks and gardens. Adelaide Botanic Garden is a haven in the heart of the city.

Visit the Regions pages to discover more things to see and do in South Australia.

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