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  • Location:Adelaide, Australia
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Adelaide City Tour with Optional River Cruise and Adelaide Zoo Admission

Take a 3-hour city tour with optional activities afterward to get to know Adelaide, a wonderful blend of old and new where historical buildings stand next to modern architecture, and where picturesque parks and the region’s finest food and wine provide something for everyone. See top attractions like the North Terrace, St Peter's Cathedral, Colonel Light’s Lookout, and visit Haigh’s Chocolates. Continue your day of sightseeing with optional upgrades — a Torrens River cruise and entrance to the Adelaide Zoo to see its beloved pandas.


  • Morning sightseeing tour of Adelaide by coach
  • Visit the North Terrace to admire its abundance of historical buildings
  • See Colonel Light’s Lookout, and enjoy chocolate samples at Haigh’s Chocolates
  • Upgrade to include a Torrens River cruise on the Popeye
  • Upgrade to include entrance to the Adelaide Zoo
  • Meet Wang Wang and Funi, the only giant pandas in Australia, if option selected
  • Hotel pickup included

What You Can Expect

Adelaide City Tour with Optional River Cruise and Adelaide Zoo Admission

Pandas at Adelaide Zoo

Morning City Tour:
Your 3-hour tour of Adelaide begins with hotel pickup by coach. Meet your guide, grab a seat and enjoy your introduction to this city that combines old-world charm, heritage buildings and abundant green space with modern architecture and culture.

Visit the North Terrace with its wealth of historical sites, memorials and statues. Take a walk along Rundle Mall, the first shopping street in Australia. See Colonel Light’s Lookout, named after the founder of Adelaide and rumored to be where he mapped out his plans for the city. Enjoy a stop at the very popular St Peter's Cathedral and visit Haigh’s Chocolates, a must-do for any chocolate addict. Relax over a cup of provided tea or coffee while you sample the region’s finest sweet treats.

Other sights you may see include Victoria Square, Gouger Street, King William Street, the Terraces (South, East and West), the Torrens River, Parliament House, the State Library, Trinity Church (Adelaide’s oldest), Hutt Street, the Adelaide Oval, O’Connell Street, St Peter’s Cathedral, Montefiore Hill and the charming suburbs of North Adelaide.

The city tour ends on King William Street.

Optional Torrens River Cruise:
Board the Popeye at Elder Park for a 40-minute cruise on the city’s much-loved Torrens River. As you enjoy a leisurely ride along the river on this ferry service that dates back to 1935, admire views of the city center and look for the various types of birds that frequent the waterfront.

The cruise ends with return to Elder Park.

Optional Torrens River Cruise and Entrance to the Adelaide Zoo:
If you choose the Adelaide Zoo option, hop off the river cruise at a jetty located a short stroll from the zoo entrance.

Before your allocated time to view the pandas, enjoy free time to explore the zoo at your leisure. Check out the 300 species of animals, from flamingos to lions to giraffes. Grab a snack or drink at one of the zoo’s cafes, if you wish (own expense), and then head to the panda exhibit when it’s time for your viewing.

The only giant pandas in the southern hemisphere, Wang Wang (born in 2005) and Funi (born in 2006) are the first pandas to live permanently in Australia. During your time in their state-of-the-art exhibit, learn about the research center in China where they were born, and watch them munch lazily on bamboo.

After the zoo, return to the river for the ride back to the city center; you’ll dock at Elder Park, where your tour ends.

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Customer Reviews

Wendy R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Adelaide tour was fantastic. Terrific coach driver who was able to tell us all we needed to know. We had travelled to Adelaide by train and as we didn't want to hire a car this was a great way to see the city and get our bearings of where things were.

Maxine G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The city tour gave us a good introduction to the main sites of interest in the city and the driver was full of interest facts. Worth doing on your first day in Adelaide.

Liz G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

I was picked up promptly from my hotel. Phil, the driver who also conducted the bus tour, was very informative and helpful. We got caught up by the Adelaide Marathon which made it hard for him to keep to time since some roads were closed, but Phil showed us everything. We didn't feel at all rushed at any point. The river cruise was pleasant, and the boat stopped right next to the Zoo for those who were going on there afterwards. I would thoroughly recommend this tour as a good introduction to Adelaide.

Susan U

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Comfortable coaches, informative commentary, efficient service, easy to deal with. A most enjoyable day. Thanks.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

At the end of the tour You can stay at the Zoo as much as you want,. I enjoy My day in Adelaide with Viator


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Well organised, interesting tour. Guide was very friendly and informative.

Janine T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

I really enjoyed this tour! The driver was very informative and funny. He explained everything in detail. We visited an Trinity Church which was fascinating. Oh, and the trip to Haigh's chocolates.....what bliss. Unlike other tours (Cadbury Chocolate Factory in Hobart), you get to see into the factory complex and the tour guide from Haighs was very informative. You get to have a coffee/tea while there and, of course, try and buy chocolates. I then travelled on the 'popeye' and loved the commentary on board. It was a great tour overall and I'd go again. Just one word of warning though - it is important to phone and check the tour the day before. When I did so, my booking - although confirmed - wasn't showing.

Lis M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Excellent four.

Peter S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

Dennis was a super guide

Leonie L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2012

I absolutely thoroughly enjoyed my morning tour of Adelaide City highlights, our coach driver, Dave was very funny, entertaining and knowledgeable. My most favourite section of the morning was a visit to the Haigh's chocolate factory.

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