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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

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People come to America to watch baseball and they go to Australia to watch cricket. The Adelaide Oval, located in the parklands between city center and North Adelaide, has been home to two teams, as well as the South Australian Cricket Association. Built in 1871, lights were not added to this 54,500-seat stadium until 1997. The Adelaide Oval is an ideal spot for catching both international and domestic cricket, as well as Australian rules football games, rugby and soccer. The stadium has also proved a successful music venue, with acts like Paul McCartney, Madonna and Michael Jackson taking the stage.More
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McLaren Vale

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McLaren Vale is an area just outside Adelaide towards the coast which is renowned for the wine it produces. With 76 cellar doors to visit, it's worth spending at least a day exploring, if not a weekend. And it's not just wine, the local foodies are passionate about what their kitchens produce. When you've eaten and sipped your fill, there are many other things to do including bushwalking, heading to the surf beach, following the Art Trail, going fishing, horse-riding, cycling or just sitting on a cliff watching the sunset.More
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Kangaroo Island

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Kangaroo Island is a bit of paradise off the coast of South Australia. 96 miles (155 km) in length with a population of just 4,400 people, it is an unspoiled haven for Australia's native birds and animals. Kangaroos and koalas abound, and on the beaches sealions bask while pelicans fly overhead. From sand dunes to rugged cliffs, golden beaches to dense forests, the island really has it all. As well as natural beauty, Kangaroo Island is known for its good eating. Wines, fresh fish, local honey and goats' cheese are just some of the specialties. A popular but unspoiled holiday destination, the island also has art galleries, massage and spa retreats and swimming with dolphins . Kangaroo Island is surprisingly large and though the island can be visited in one day trip from Adelaide, spending at least two days will allow to further discover the beauty and wildlife diversity the place has to offer.More
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Mt. Lofty

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The highest point in the aptly named Mt Lofty Ranges, Mt Lofty is a luxurious place to get sweeping views of Adelaide and out onto the Indian Ocean. The views aren’t all there is to Mt Lofty. A comprehensive visitors centre, shop, and fully licensed café are situated on the mountain’s summit, giving visitors information on the area, a place to shop for souvenirs and a beautiful place to eat lunch. Mt Lofty isn’t just about views – even if you can see all the way out to Kangaroo Island on a clear day. Though only a short drive from the CBD, the area around Mt Lofty is covered by bushland. Mt Lofty is surrounded by the Cleland Conservation Park on one side, and hosts its own botanic garden in which visitors can see a host of native Australian plants and the wide variety of birdlife that is drawn to them. Getting off the summit, hiking and mountain biking are popular ways to take advantage of the mountain’s relative wilderness.More
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Adelaide Central Market

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Remember the days of buying your fresh fruit and vegetables direct from the people who grow it? The thrill of bargaining, and buying according to what's in season, with a recommendation of what's best tasting at the moment and how you should eat it? You can still experience that at Adelaide Central Market. For 140 years this market in the heart of the city has been providing residents with fresh produce. Over 80 stalls selling direct from the producers, include fruit and vegetables, meats and seafood, bakeries, cheeses, small goods and plants and flowers. There are cafes to rest in with a coffee or snack after an invigorating session of bargaining.More
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Adelaide Zoo

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Around 1,800 exotic and native mammals, birds, reptiles and fish reside at the 8-hectare Adelaide Zoo, comprising 300 species. Major attractions include the Southeast Asian rainforest exhibit, Immersion, a walkthrough jungle environment where tigers and orangatuns feel within reach. Also the giant pandas Wang Wang and Funi! Opened in 1883, it is Australia's second-oldest zoo and the only not-for-pro fit zoo in the country. Many of the structures are National Trust registered although these, such as the elephant house, these days are used for educational exhibits while the animals have moved to more natural environments. There is a Children's Zoo where you can pet animals including kangaroos and koalas, and the Envirodome, an education/interactive center.More
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Penfolds Magill Estate

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Nestled in the foothills of the Adelaide Hills, yet only a 15-minute drive from the city, the Penfolds Magill Estate is home to some of Australia’s best-loved wines, including the legendary Grange. Visitors can explore this heritage-listed winery on a paid tour, taking in the underground tunnels, the bluestone cellars, and Still House. You can also taste Penfold’s wines and dine at the estate’s award-winning restaurant, plus see the vineyard where the Grange story all began. The Penfolds Magill Estate is 100 years old and has attracted a strong global following, winning regular awards at Australian and international wine shows. As well as accolades for its famous Grange wine, the Penfolds Chardonnay portfolio has also garnered some notable wine show success.More
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Adelaide Gaol

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This now defunct prison in the heart of Thebarton was the first home of criminals in South Australia. While it serves as a museum today, Adelaide Gaol held lawbreakers and convicts between 1841 and 1988. Life was hard here and executions and torture were a part of daily life. Travelers who journey to this top attraction will find plenty to do and see on a tour of this historical icon, and visitors say the guided day and evening tours are an ideal way to not only learn about the history of Adelaide Gaol, but those who once called its walls home, too. Travelers who opt for a self-guided tour will still find impressive displays with well-marked information and plenty of historical context.More
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Hahndorf

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As Australia’s oldest German settlement, Hahndorf is a unique tourist destination. Hahndorf is nestled in the Adelaide Hills just 20 minutes’ drive from the Adelaide City CBD. German influences are the key to Hahndorf’s charm – architecture, stores, bakeries, restaurants and wineries all owe their style to the German heritage of the town. The first residents of Hahndorf arrived in Adelaide in 1838 – the name of the town coming from the captain of the ship on which they arrived. When war broke out in 1914, the South Australian Government at the time decided to change the very German name of the town. Hahndorf became Ambleside until the late 1930s, when the name was reverted to its original German. For visitors, Hahndorf offers the experience of Europe just outside an Australian metropolis. Day-trippers can indulge in tours of the local wineries which produce some of the world’s finest cold weather wines and eat at gourmet restaurants.More
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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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