What to See in Adelaide

There are many attractions and experiences on offer, so you might have a hard time choosing what to see in Adelaide and what to leave for next time. With the city positioned between the ocean and the ranges, there are majestic coastlines to see, food and wine experiences to savour, and natural beauty to photograph.

Adelaide tourist attractions such as Glenelg Beach, Adelaide Oval and Mount Lofty are just a few spots to include on your sightseeing itinerary. Head over to Kangaroo Island, cruise the Murray River, or take a walking tour in the city — the choice is yours.  

Adelaide Oval

A stunning venue that melds historic features with modern sporting iconography, Adelaide Oval is a jewel in the centre of the city. Positioned on the River Torrens, overlooking both the city and North Adelaide, the oval remains an Adelaide landmark worth touring. The stadium, which was redeveloped in 2014, hosts entertainment and sporting events including football and cricket.  

Adelaide Hills

Part of the Mount Lofty Ranges, the beauty of the Adelaide Hills makes any holiday photo memorable. Home to numerous wineries and food experiences, the region also has an exciting pub scene that feels relaxed and cosy. Mount Lofty Summit overlooks the lights of the city, while gorgeous villages such as Hahndorf and Stirling feel like delightful discoveries tucked away from the tourist track.

Glenelg

The beachside suburb of Glenelg is a popular spot for soaking up some sun, no matter what the season. In summer, the beach is perfect for a quick dip, or you may just want to wander along the esplanade. Grab a bite to eat or something sweet from the many cafes. Just a short tram ride from the city, a stop in Glenelg is essential for your Adelaide sightseeing itinerary.  

Hahndorf

Officially recognised in 1988 as Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement, Hahndorf has retained its quaint village charm. Just 28km from Adelaide’s centre, Hahndorf mixes handmade goods with modern dining and craft beers among the beauty of historical architecture. Providing the perfect daytrip, be sure to include this town on your list of must-do Adelaide attractions.

Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island is a haven of native bushland and wildlife located southwest of Adelaide. Large parts of the island are protected nature reserves, providing a safe home for sea lions, penguin colonies, and numerous bird species. Kangaroo Island is a rugged escape from the mainland and you’ll soon understand why it’s one of South Australia’s most precious treasures.

Clare Valley

The natural beauty of the Clare Valley is the perfect backdrop to one of the state’s best wine regions. There are more than 30 wineries located in this area, which has gained a reputation for producing world-class Shiraz and Cabernet. A two-hour drive from Adelaide, sightseeing in this area wouldn’t be complete without a wine tasting or cellar door visit.