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Things to do in Adelaide

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Welcome to Adelaide

Adelaide, the laid-back capital of South Australia, is a world away from the urban powerhouses of Melbourne and Sydney. The only one of Australia’s state capitals to be founded by free settlers, Adelaide retains its independent spirit to this day, and it feels more like an oversized village than the country’s fifth most populated city. With its Victorian architecture, picturesque waterfront, burgeoning art scene, and myriad other things to do, Adelaide is a city-break destination in its own right—but for many travelers it's also home base for day trips to the vineyards of the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale, Murray River, Kangaroo Island, and Fleurieu Peninsula.

Top 10 attractions in Adelaide

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Adelaide Oval

Adelaide Oval

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One of the world’s most scenic arenas, the Adelaide Oval dates back to 1871. Best known for cricket, the defining sport of British colonies, it also hosts concerts, rugby, Australian rules football, and more. Besides a cafe, fine dining restaurant, and corporate events spaces, it offers a museum devoted to cricket legend Donald Bradman.More
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McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale

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McLaren Vale is second only to Barossa Valley as South Australia’s top wine region. The region's wineries are spread out around the town of McLaren Vale, about 25 miles (41 kilometers) south of Adelaide. Soft, luscious Shiraz is the signature style, and more than 70 wineries offer tastings. Don't miss the vibrant local food scene.More
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Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island

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With its unmistakably Aussie name, it’s little surprise that Kangaroo Island is one of the best places to spot native Australian wildlife. Australia's third-largest island, this unspoiled haven is a trove of natural wonders, from red rock cliffs to sandy beaches, sweeping dunes, and wild bushlands.More
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Mt. Lofty

Mt. Lofty

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Despite its name, Mt. Lofty is far from lofty, standing just 2,385 feet (727 meters) high in the Mt. Lofty Ranges, part of the Adelaide Hills. The summit offers views across Adelaide and the ocean, with a café, an information center and shop, and hiking trail access. Mt. Lofty Botanic Garden and Cleland Wildlife Park are on its slopes.More
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Adelaide Central Market

Adelaide Central Market

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With a history dating back more than 150 years, Adelaide Central Market has long been at the center of Adelaide’s foodie scene. It remains one of Australia’s largest covered food markets, with about 80 stalls stacked with fresh, seasonal produce.More
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Adelaide Zoo

Adelaide Zoo

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Adelaide Zoo is home to almost 2,500 animals, with around 250 different species from all around the world. Along with Aussie favorites like kangaroos, koalas, and Tasmanian devils, the zoo is famous for its pair of Giant Pandas, Wang Wang and Funi, the only animals of their kind in Australia.More
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Adelaide Gaol

Adelaide Gaol

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One of the oldest buildings in South Australia, Adelaide Gaol is remarkable for its architecture, its history, and—allegedly—its ghosts. During its years of operation, 1841–1988, the jail housed over 300,000 prisoners, 45 of whom were executed on-site. Today it offers an interactive exhibition, a range of food options, and a shop.More
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Hahndorf

Hahndorf

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Tucked away in the Adelaide Hills, the tree-lined lanes and historic taverns of Hahndorf have a distinctly Bavarian feel; so much so that the village has dubbed itself “Australia’s oldest German town.” Founded by German settlers in the early 19th century, Hahndorf displays its heritage in its culture, architecture, and cuisine.More
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Penfolds Magill Estate

Penfolds Magill Estate

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Established in 1844, Penfolds is perhaps Australia’s defining wine brand, and these Adelaide Hills vineyards are where it all began. Besides cellars, wine-making operations, and tasting rooms, the site is home to the original Grange cottage where the founders lived, an award-winning fine-dining restaurant, and an informal eatery.More
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North Terrace

North Terrace

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For a taste of new-world Adelaide, travelers make a stop at Rundle Mall. But for a look at the city’s historic past and contemporary culture there is no place better than North Terrace. The mile-long avenue passes by the art center, parliament house, national library, university and Botanical Gardens, as well as an iconic church from 1838 and a restored 1920s railway station. Large grassy fields and tall shade trees provide the perfect resting place for an afternoon picnic, while a number of pubs mean travelers are always within reach of a cold, refreshing drink.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Adelaide

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Wonderful tour of North Adelaide
Karena, Sep 2020
Adelaide Walking Tour: Grand Mansions and Sub-Divisions
Had a wonderful tour with Graeme, I was born and have lived in Adelaide all my life and did not know the history of some our beautiful buildings and homes, I especially liked the stories regarding the mansions and then to see where the workers lived
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Beyond the city
Jane, Feb 2020
McLaren Vale and Glenelg Wine Tasting and Sightseeing (Half-day Afternoon)
It is a fantastic way to see a bit more of the Adelaide area and to taste some lovely wines along the way.
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Day trip
clivetuckr, Feb 2020
Kangaroo Island in a Day Tour from Adelaide
Long day but worth it to see the island even though some attractions were off limits due to recent fires.
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Best way so far to see the sights of...
DIAHANN C, Nov 2013
McLaren Vale Wine Tour by Bike
Best way so far to see the sights of Adelaide and enjoy the McLaren Valley wine country.
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Whether you do any tour in Adelaide...
anjalibhatt, Jan 2018
Kangaroo Island in a Day Tour from Adelaide
Stunning place to visit.
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Great tour to see the highlights of...
Terence R, Jun 2017
Small Group Adelaide Hills and Hahndorf Hideaway Tour from Adelaide
Great tour to see the highlights of the Adelaide surrounds.
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Absolutely wonderful tour. Tour...
Caroline B, Oct 2016
Barossa Valley Wineries Tour with Tastings and Lunch from Adelaide
Highly recommend to anyone in the Adelaide area looking to see some of the wonderful vineyards in the Barossa Valley!
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JUST GO FOR IT! I had only a few...
junegsj, Sep 2016
Mount Lofty Descent Bike Tour from Adelaide
I had only a few days to see Adelaide and this was the highlight.
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an excellent start for a visit of...
Greg B, Apr 2016
Cultural Caper Adelaide Walking Tour
an excellent start for a visit of Adelaide gave us a good background of what to see further after the tour the guide was very knowledgeable thumbs up
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Fantastic time on this bike tour. We...
Paul J, Jan 2016
Mount Lofty Descent Bike Tour from Adelaide
The bike tour is a great way to see parts of Adelaide that are off the beaten track and suitable for all abilities.
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We only had a limited time in Adelaide...
Amanda M, Sep 2017
McLaren Vale and Glenelg Wine Tasting and Sightseeing (Half-day Afternoon)
We only had a limited time in Adelaide, so this tour was a great way to see beyond the city.
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The Cultural Caper Adelaide Walking...
Tracey L, Sep 2017
Cultural Caper Adelaide Walking Tour
The Cultural Caper Adelaide Walking tour was a great way to see some of the history of Adelaide that you might otherwise miss.
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This was an interesting day. With 3...
MARK Z, Nov 2016
Small-Group Kangaroo Island 4WD Tour from Adelaide
We went to a beach area to see sea lions, The day seemed to end a tad too soon.
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Thank you Gavin for a fantastic tour...
Sandro P, Nov 2015
Barossa Valley Highlights from Barossa Valley Including Wine and Cheese Tasting
We hope to see you again in the not too distant future and book a couple of days in the region.
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A good way to see a part of Adelaide...
Iain A, Aug 2014
Mount Lofty Descent Bike Tour from Adelaide
A good way to see a part of Adelaide you wouldn't normally see.
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A good way to see the highlights of...
sheilagrant11, Dec 2017
Kangaroo Island in a Day Tour from Adelaide
A good way to see the highlights of Kangaroo Island if you only have one day.
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If you're hoping to see a kangaroo...
David N, Jan 2015
Kangaroo Island in a Day Tour from Adelaide
If you're hoping to see a kangaroo on your visit to Kangaroo Island, don't get your hopes up.
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This was a great day out. It's an...
mpou8768, May 2013
Kangaroo Island in a Day Tour from Adelaide
There's so much to see it is a bit of a whirlwind tour in a day, so if we went back we'd like to spend a couple of days on the island rather than just a day.

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