Explore Adelaide

South Australia’s vibrant hub Adelaide City is waiting to surprise you.  Adelaide is a beautiful family friendly destination, which suits all types of visitors. Morning, noon and night there is an array of indulgent experiences to relish - epicurean places to dine, boutique and designer places to shop, and a redeveloped riverbank precinct to discover.

Adelaide food and wine

Enjoy lunch in any one of Adelaide’s ‘eat streets’, streets dedicated entirely to a melting pot of modern cuisine, international flavours, local favourites and alfresco dining. Gouger, Rundle and Leigh Streets provide vibrant atmospheres with first class food and wine, while Adelaide’s laneways and side-streets like Peel Street provide hidden gems waiting to be devoured.

Adelaide Central Market

The Adelaide Central Market buzzes with life and colour all year round and is a special place for the regulars, who won’t shop anywhere else. You will find a huge range of fresh food, all under one roof - fruit and vegetables, meat and poultry, seafood, gourmet cheeses, bakery products, sweets, nuts and health foods. Shoppers can also take a break in some of the hippest cafes in Adelaide. It's the experience of shopping here that keeps people coming back for more- the noise, the fresh food smells, the variety, the colour and the atmosphere of an international melting pot of food and cultures. Stroll the aisles of fresh, South Australian produce with a Central Markets Tour at the southern hemisphere’s largest undercover food market.

Adelaide’s Cultural Precinct

If you appreciate contemporary art and design, have a love for galleries, collections and exhibitions, or an interest in migration and social history then Adelaide’s North Terrace is a must visit. A few hours along North Terrace and you will get a glimpse of our cultural past and our exciting, creative future. This cultural hub boasts Australia’s only dedicated Islamic gallery; one of Australia’s finest collections of Australian and International art; the world’s largest collection of Australian Aboriginal cultural material; and the finest museum collection of South East Asian ceramics of their kind.

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

Temptation Sailing

If you fancy swimming with dolphins, then Temptation Sailing is a must do. This cruise, close to the city, offers visitors the special experience of viewing wild dolphins in their natural habitat. Temptation is the first vessel in South Australia to be given a dolphin swim license & has been conducting successful wild dolphin swims in Glenelg, South Australia since January 2002. Experience the unique experience of swimming with the dolphins in their natural habitat off the shores of Adelaide. Guests also have the option to watch from onboard the majestic catamaran.

Cleland Wildlife Park

Visit Cleland Wildlife Park and cuddle a koala or feed kangaroos as they laze, wander wetlands, and surround yourself with over 130 species of Australian wildlife, all just 20 minutes from Adelaide. The award-winning Cleland Wildlife Park is one of South Australia's must-see attractions. Located in a beautiful natural bush land setting, Cleland offers visitor's many memorable opportunities to discover a large number of South Australia's captivating wildlife. Many animals are free-roaming in the 35-hectare park, creating wonderful impromptu opportunities to touch and interact with our native wildlife. You can even hold a koala and have this special experience captured with a souvenir photo (fees apply).

Adelaide Zoo

Adelaide Zoo is just a 15 minute walk from the central business district and is home to more than 1,800 animals and almost 300 species of exotic and native mammals, birds, reptiles and fish exhibited in over eight hectares of magnificent botanic surroundings. Adelaide Zoo is home to Wang Wang and Funi, the only Giant Pandas in the Southern Hemisphere. The zoo's other major exhibits include the Immersion South East Asian Rainforest, Seal Bay, Australian Rainforest Wetlands walk-through aviary, Nocturnal House, Reptile House, Bug Barn, Children's Zoo the Westpac Envirodome, and environmental education centre.

Hahndorf

One of the Adelaide Hills' most famous towns, Hahndorf is Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement located about a half an hour drive from Adelaide. There is still a strong German flavour in Hahndorf, most evident in the smallgoods outlets, German bakeries and pubs that line the bustling main street. Several boutique cellar doors have recently opened in the main street, and trendy eateries serve the freshest and best local produce. Visit the former home and studio of one of Australia’s most famous artists, Sir Hans Heysen - The Cedars. Hahndorf has plenty of souvenir shops, craft outlets and galleries, including the Hahndorf Academy - a regional centre for the arts and heritage based in a charming 150-year-old building. Walk through its four galleries, migration museum, artist studios, and retail gallery. Near Hahndorf, you can pick your own strawberries at Beerenberg Farm and take the children to the Hahndorf Farm Barn, a combination of a children's farmyard and a nature wildlife park.

Must Do

  • Try out Adelaide’s new small bars and pubs and indulge in the relaxed pace and ambience of the city’s emerging eclectic bar and café culture.
  • Take in the Adelaide Fringe Festival Shows that are played in venues throughout the city or soak in the atmosphere of the Garden of Unearthly Delights, a unique festival playground including multiple performance venues, bars, carnival rides, an array of world foods, market stalls, and the most unexpected sideshow surprises.
  • Get  around for free on our free guided city tours, Adelaide City Council’s free unlimited daily bike hire  or on the Terrace to Terrace’ tram service or the Adelaide Connector bus 
  • Visit the home of Penfolds Grange at Penfolds Magill Estate where contemporary food, an extensive collection of Penfolds wines, and stunning views create one of Australia’s finest food and wine experiences.
  • Tour Coopers Brewery, Australia’s largest family run brewery. Go through virtually every step of the production process finishing off with tastings of Coopers ales, stouts and lagers. 
  • Imagine the sheer romance of a scenic Adelaide Biplanes joy flight along the scenic Adelaide south coast where the sea meets the vines of the beautiful McLarenVale. 
  • Be Consumed in the Barossa home to some of the world’s most famous vineyards and unique food and wine experiences such as ‘taste your birth year’ and ‘make your own blend on wine’.
  • Jump on a bike and cruise the Reisling Trail in the Clare Valley stopping at the many cellar doors and restaurants along the way.
  • Dive with sharks or swim with tuna or sea lions on the Eyre Peninsula, which is a little bit scary but a whole lot of fun.
  • See the rugged terrain below as you take in the vast beauty of Wilpena Pound by the air in the Flinders Ranges, choose from Rawnsley Park Station or Air Wilpena scenic flights.
  • Escape to Kangaroo Island and experience a sanctuary of wild, rugged, coastal beauty. Kangaroo Island is full of stunning wildlife, pristine beaches, fresh produce, gourmet food and wine.

For more information visit the Adelaide Visitor Information Centre in James Place, Adelaide or Phone (within Australia): 1300 588 140