South Australia’s cosmopolitan capital, Adelaide is an attractive destination for visitors from across the globe. Appreciate the beauty in our own backyard, with a city escape to Adelaide. Whether you catch a game of cricket at the Adelaide Oval, swim with the dolphins at Glenelg or munch on sweet treats from Haigh’s Chocolates, you will be captivated by this vivacious city. Here are ten things to do in Adelaide that everyone needs to tick off their bucket list.
Wander the pretty Adelaide Botanic Gardens
One of the city’s best attractions is the beautiful Adelaide Botanic Gardens. Covering over 125 acres, the open green space is filled with natural wonders and offers a captivating Victorian atmosphere. Don’t miss the international rose garden, consisting of over 5,000 roses. Free guided tours operate daily from the Visitor Information Centre at 10.30am.
Go shopping at Rundle Mall
Centrally located, Rundle Mall is the premier shopping district in Adelaide. Welcoming over 23 million visitors annually, the mall is home to over 700 fantastic retailers, including four top department stores. Spend the day wandering the bustling strip and explore the many arcades and shopping centres at your fingertips.
Explore the beaches of Glenelg
Just 10 kilometres from the city, the relaxed seaside village Glenelg is a local favourite. Set along the white sandy shores of Holdfast Bay, Glenelg is a bustling hub of beachfront restaurants, accommodation and shopping. Swim with wild dolphins, go diving or snorkelling, join a fishing charter or simply enjoy the local seafood at one of the restaurants and soak in the ocean views.
Enjoy a pint at Hahndorf
Did you know that Hahndorf is Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement? The German influences can still be felt and the lively neighbourhood is famed for its food, culture and rich heritage. Take a stroll down the main street and sample traditional German fare or drink a German stout at the Hahndorf Inn.
Take a cruise on the River Torrens
Every day, the Popeye sets sail on a 40 minute round trip cruise departing from Elder Park. Enjoy a leisurely cruise along River Torrens and appreciate the city views. The cruise will include informative commentary, highlighting many of the city’s notable landmarks. You can even choose to stop halfway and enjoy an afternoon at the Adelaide Zoo.
Take a tour of the Haigh’s Chocolate Factory
Australia’s oldest chocolate factory, Haigh’s Chocolates has become a popular haven for those with a sweet tooth. The family-owned South Australian company offers an incredible collection of chocolate treats, from gourmet truffles to rocky road and toffee brittle. You can enjoy a free guided tour of the Haigh’s Chocolate Factory in Parkside and see firsthand the art of chocolate-making.
Spend an afternoon at the Adelaide Zoo
One of the top attractions in the city, the Adelaide Zoo is home to nearly 2,000 animals, including many rare and endangered species. Across 8 hectares, you can find a variety of creatures all amidst lovely botanic gardens. The zoo’s biggest drawcard is the giant pandas, Wang Wang and Funi. You can also enjoy free 30 minute guided walkabout tours throughout the day.
Appreciate the views from Mount Lofty
Mount Lofty is the highest peak in the Mount Lofty Ranges and offers sweeping panoramic views of Adelaide city and beyond. Situated just 15 kilometres from the city, you can easily drive to the summit in under half an hour. For the best photos, try visiting Mount Lofty at dusk and stick around for a romantic evening meal at the mountain’s local restaurant.
Stay a night or two at the Barossa Valley
Situated about 60 kilometres northeast of the city, the Barossa Valley boasts more than 80 cellar doors and 150 wineries. Renowned for its world class food and wine experiences, you can dine at award-winning restaurants and take a guided tour through the many wineries. To truly experience all the region has to offer, plan to spend a few nights in the rolling hills of the Barossa Valley.
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