Adelaide is a city of hidden charms and attractions - here are just a few.

We hope you'll make the most of your stay in Adelaide - tack on a day or two, stay for the weekend, or take a side trip while you are here. There's (pretty much) something for everyone...

adelaide city

Adelaide's layout is true to the square mile designed by Colonel Light in 1837 - you can see from the air that it is a traditional grid surrounded by parklands. Once in the city, everything can be reached by foot and there is a free tram that will take you down King William street which cuts the city from north to south.

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Take a stroll down North Terrace, home to a succession of sandstone buildings and two universities. This is where you can visit the Art Gallery of South Australia, which punches above its weight with a compact but outstanding collection; the South Australian Museum and the State Library of South Australia and the charming and eclectic displays at its Mortlock Wing. (Each has a cafe where you can linger. Both the museum and cafe have a shop where you can treat yourself or pick up some gifts. We recommend the art gallery cafe with its aspect on the sunny gallery courtyard.)



Laneways Peel St and Leigh St, off the Hindley St entertainment strip, offer small bars and great food experiences. Read more about great places to eat and drink in Broadsheet Adelaide.



Rundle Mall, running parallel to North Terrace, is the main shopping precinct in the city. You'll find all the major department stores here and a large range of other shops. It's also a place to check out Beehive Corner, the first retail store of Adelaide's much loved chocolatiers Haigh's, which was established in 1915.


Sport and cricket lovers

Adelaide Oval's redevelopment in 2014 took the historic location to a new level. Established in 1871, it was here in his hometown where Sir Donald Bradman scored his highest ever score in test cricket. Sport lovers might want to wander over the river, to check out the spectacular stadium, take a tour, see the Donald Bradman Collection, or even have a go at the roofclimb for amazing views of Adelaide (make sure you book ahead).

Adelaide Oval website - tours, roofclimb, and more

Adelaide roofclimb: take a walk on the high side



Adelaide Zoo is home to the only Giant Pandas in the Southern Hemisphere. Wang Wang and Fu Ni are possibly the most adorable South Australians of all, and are part of the international Giant Panda research, conservation and breeding program designed to preserve this vulnerable species.

Adelaide Zoo


Make a trip of it - stunning DAY trips


Lonely Planet's 5th best region (2017)

South Australians know where the local charms are hidden and the world is just catching up... locals are quietly proud that travel bible Lonely Planet listed the state as the fifth best in the world's top ten regions to visit. Take a look at Lonely Planet's Lonely Planet's list of South Australia's best attractions.

How South Australia delivers (Lonely Planet)


World class wine regions

South Australia is home to the Barossa and McLaren Vale - two world class wine regions just a short drive from Adelaide city. Despite its relative youth, Adelaide is one of the network of Great Wine Capitals, linking visitors to no less than 18 wine regions. Read more on breadth and history of our wine culture.

Learn more about South Australia's wine regions


Head to the hills, scoot to the beach

Just 20-30 minutes by car, you can head to the hills, where you can sample local produce, visit cellar doors for wine tastings, and explore other rural sights. Buses from the city centre will also take you to the main towns in the hills. See the Adelaide Metro website for details.

Head in the other direction, and you're at the beach, a long stretch of coast and clean soft sand. Take a bus to Henley Beach, or the tram to Glenelg. Or pick up one of the free Adelaide city bikes and cycle to the beach on your own steam.

What to do in the Adelaide Hills

A local guide to Adelaide beaches