Top 10 things to do
1. Adelaide Hills:
This picture-perfect region is just 20-minutes from Adelaide’s CBD and provides a peaceful country retreat from the city. With no shortage of things to do, visitors can cuddle a koala, enjoy spectacular views from Mount Lofty’s summit, discover historic villages or just kick-back and relax at one of the many cellar doors or micro breweries.
2. Adelaide Festival Centre:
Opened in 1973, this is Australia’s first multi-purpose art centre and arguably Adelaide’s most iconic building. Beautifully situated on the banks of the River Torrens, the centre is home to festivals, theatre, dance, music and exhibitions and hosts more than 828,000 people annually at its various events.
3. Adelaide Zoo:
Opened in 1883, Australia’s second oldest zoo is set within beautifully manicured gardens and is home to more than 2,500 animals and 250 native and exotic species. The zoo’s Animal Encounters offers visitors some unique experiences ranging from hand feeding giant pandas to having a Wild Night sleepover.
4. South Australian Museum:
Set within the beautiful cultural precinct of the Adelaide Parklands, this is one of the finest natural history museums in the country and houses the largest collection of Aboriginal artefacts in the world with over 3,000 items on display.
This charming seaside resort on the shores of Holdfast Bay is just 10km from Adelaide’s city centre. Glenelg is the place to see and swim with wild dolphins. It is also the place to wine and dine with a huge array of restaurants, bars and cafes to tempt tastebuds.
6. Art Gallery of South Australia:
Built in 1900 the gallery itself is a work of art and considered to be one of the most beautiful buildings in Adelaide. Home of 38,000 works of art and is renowned for its indigenous and British colonial collections.
7. Adelaide Botanic Gardens:
These beautiful landscaped gardens have graced Adelaide since 1857 and continue to be a popular oasis in the heart of the city. With over 5,000 roses and heritage listed structures such as the beautiful glass Palm House, the gardens have a charming Victorian atmosphere.
8. Haigh's Chocolate Factory Tour:
Chocoholics will be in heaven on this free tour which includes special tastings of these tempting treats. See the confectioner's meticulous artisan skill as they create and hand finish arguably the best chocolates in the country, and don’t forget to purchase some fresh from the factory treats as a sweet memento.
This quaint European-style village is nestled in the beautiful Adelaide Hills and is Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement. Its origins are still very evident today as the town’s craft shops, bakery and pub all have a distinct German-flavour.
10. Elder Park:
Beautifully located on the banks of Torrens Lake, the park plays host to many the city’s key events including Symphony under the Stars and the Adelaide Festival, it is also home to paddleboats, walking tracks and a historic Rotunda.