Welcome to Adelaide
Adelaide is bursting with culture, flavours, events and entertainment. Taste your way through world-famous wine regions only minutes away from the city, soak up the sun at one of our picture-perfect metropolitan beaches, join the party at our immersive festivals and events, or spend the night exploring our thriving restaurant and bar scene. There’s a world of experiences right at your fingertips – experience it all in Adelaide.
There’s more to see and do in South Australia
Soak up Our City Culture
Since 1870, Adelaide Central Market has been at the epicentre of South Australia’s foodie culture. It’s a vibrant, busy place filled with cafés, cheese shops, bakeries, patisseries, fruit and vegetable stalls, meat and seafood outlets, and dozens of artisan food producers selling everything from local olive oil to old-fashioned lollies.
Experience the best of Adelaide’s arts scene at the Art Gallery of South Australia, and South Australian Museum, located on Adelaide’s cultural boulevard, North Terrace. Then head to the Adelaide Zoo to meet Wang Wang and Fu Ni – the South Hemisphere’s only breeding pair of Giant Pandas.
Take a backstage tour of the famous Adelaide Oval with highlights including the changing rooms, the manual scoreboard and heading out on to the pitch. On non-match days, you can even climb 50m above the playing field in a roof climb like no other with the Commonwealth Bank RoofClimb.
Iconic Wildlife Experiences
From Swimming with sea lions to cuddling koalas, you can get up close with iconic Australian wildlife just minutes from Adelaide. Cleland Wildlife Park is located in the Adelaide Hills, only 20 minutes from the city. Cleland has 35 hectares of open bushland habitat, where you can wander among Australian wildlife. The animals are used to visitors, so you can feed, pat and have a photograph with them.
Visit Victor Harbor and take a penguin tour at the Granite Island Recreation and Nature Park. Learn more about the penguins at the island’s Penguin, Marine and Environmental Centre.
Bite into a Smorgasbord of Fine Food and Wine
Lose yourself in Adelaide’s network of laneways that wind their way from the busy eateries in Chinatown to the pubs and clubs of the West End. Our city streets are overflowing with boutique bars and world-class restaurants.
Some of the best places to grab a bite can be found on Gouger Street, Rundle Street and King William Road. Leigh Street, Peel Street and Ebenezer Place are small bar hotspots. Thirsty? South Australia is home to 18 wine regions and has officially been named a Great Wine Capital of the World.
Soak up the Sun at Our Beautiful Beaches
South Australia’s sand and surf are virtually inescapable with beach babes of both genders in heaven at our stunning city beaches.
Want to get away from it all? Eyre Peninsula, Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island are top holiday spots, home to some of Australia’s most beautiful stretches of coast. The Yorke Peninsula’s coastline stretches on for a whopping 700 kilometres, while the Limestone Coast’s Robe is one of our most popular (and picturesque) summer holiday towns.
Party in Adelaide, Australia’s Best Event State
When we say we’re the country’s events capital, we mean it! South Australia was named Australia’s Best Event State for the second year running at the 2016 Australian Event Awards.
Here’s a snapshot of our upcoming events in April:
- Floatfest – Murray River
- Blenheim Music and Camping Festival
- Unearth Fringe in Whyalla – Eyre Peninsula
- Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival – Adelaide Hills
- Barossa Vintage Festival – Barossa
- South Australian Wooden Boat Festival – Fleurieu Peninsula
- Tasting Australia – Adelaide
Explore our regions – from the outback to the hills and the sea
South Australia is a region of stark but stunning contrasts. From the world’s best wineries and sumptuous food of the Barossa, to the rolling landscapes of the Clare Valley, to the isolated and rugged beauty of Kangaroo Island, our State is a melting pot of Australia’s most beautiful landscapes. Keep exploring our regions here!
Chill out on the coast
We may be slightly biased, but South Australia boasts some of the best stretches of coast in the world. From the impossibly clear waters and pure white sands of the Fleurieu Peninsula, to the wild waves and rugged cliffs of the Eyre Peninsula, nothing else comes close.
Yorke Peninsula is the perfect place for a weekend away, with charming towns just metres away from safe family swimming spots. The Limestone Coast is known for its combination of beautiful beaches, gourmet food and fine wine, while Kangaroo Island is home to kilometres of uninterrupted coast. Back in Adelaide, Brighton’s meandering Esplanade and Glenelg’s beachside café culture are irresistible.
Escape to the Outback
Driving through the Flinders Ranges and Outback, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were navigating the unexplored face of Mars. You’ll find silent, dusty red roads bordered by towering ancient cliffs and deep craters. Dawns are grey-blue, and dusks, deep red.
Watch Coober Pedy change colour as the sun bakes the land; sleep under the stars, surrounded by ancient mountain ranges, spectacular gorges and sheltered creeks.
Savour our hills and wine regions
South Australia is synonymous with fine wine. Our State is home to some of the world’s most famous wine labels, and proud of it. In the Barossa you’ll find five-star retreats, opulent self-contained accommodation and some of the world’s best wineries. Escape to the leafy Clare Valley – the heart of Australian Riesling – or hire a car and explore the lush, green Adelaide Hills.
Take it easy on the Murray River
Bypass the hustle and bustle of everyday life by floating down the Murray River. Paddle, sail or water ski past shimmering pink salt lakes, wildflowers and sandy cliffs rising out of low-lying scrub. Step ashore and enjoy some Riverland hospitality in charming country towns.