Adelaide, SA: Destination Guide

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Surpising and charming, Adelaide is so much more than just a food and wine lovers haven.

Read on to discover the best things to see and do in Adelaide or find and book accommodation in Adelaide today.

About Adelaide

Adelaide, also known as The City of Churches, has maintained its quiet and tranquil charms despite being a major capital city in Australia. The South Australian city is the most populous in the state and is characterised by wide streets, city squares and lush green spaces. Adelaide is famous for its vino and is often referred to as the wine capital of Australia. It is also Australia’s most liveable city for the past three years as voted by Australians (2011-13). If that isn't enough to make you want to book accommodation in Adelaide, there is more: within 30 minutes of town you can access a myriad of wineries and white sandy beaches making it pretty clear why more and more tourists are flocking to Adelaide for a relaxing city break.

Things to do in Adelaide

The Haigh’s Chocolate Visitor’s Centre offers free tours through the iconic chocolate factory and your chance to sample their famous cocoa treats. A short drive from Adelaide is 70kms of pristine coast line, Semaphore Beach offers a family-friendly atmosphere while Glenelg is the most popular of the beaches. Stroll through the Adelaide Botanic Gardens or take a free guided tour to learn more about the beautifully manicured central grassy patch. You could easily spend an entire day exploring the permanent collections at the Art Gallery of South Australia which is free to enter and also one of Adelaide’s most beautiful buildings. Or check out the South Australian Museum to learn more about Australia’s natural history; the museum provides free tours daily. The kids will love an outing on Captain Jolleys paddle boats, or you can hire a boat on the weekend and take in the spectacular views along the River Torrens.

Attractions in Adelaide

Wine Country

Adelaide is famous for its wines. The state offers everything from rich red wines to stunning whites boasting over 200 cellar doors. For brilliant reds, head north-east of Adelaide to the Barossa Valley or check out the Coonawarra region on the Limestone Coast of South Australia. Fans of Australian Riesling should make their way to Clare Valley. Adelaide Hills is one of the largest wine regions in Australia and is located just 20 minutes from the city. Sample everything from sparkling whites to winter reds at the vineyards which are perched on small and steep pockets of land. While fans of white wines should head to McLaren Vale or Langhorne Creek on the Fleurieu Peninsula, about an hour’s drive from Adelaide CBD.

Kangaroo Island

Make a day trip to Kangaroo Island, the third largest island in Australia and a popular tourist destination. The island offers pristine beaches, native Australian fauna and flora and idyllic settings to take in remarkable sunsets.

Central Market

Foodies should make sure they head to Central Market; snack on gourmet sausages, aromatic cheeses or organic fruit at Adelaide’s principal food hub.

Getting to Adelaide

Located on SA's south east coast, Adelaide is about 726km from Melbourne, the closest capital city to itself.

By air

Direct flights operate between Adelaide and Australia's other capital cities.

When to visit Adelaide

Adelaide is generally hot and dry in summer and cool and wet in winter. The city nestled in The Great Australian Bight is rarely humid. For hot hot heat visit Adelaide in January and February however for slightly cooler temperatures March and April prove good months to visit. Famous for its wine country, Adelaide is also a popular with visitors in the winter months for the chance to cuddle up by the fire with a glass of vino.

Where to stay in Adelaide

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