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How to Spend 3 Days in Adelaide

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How to Spend 3 Days in Adelaide
With three days in Adelaide, you can admire the city’s historic architecture, cruise the water in search of dolphins, get up close to Kangaroo Island’s abundant wildlife, and enjoy a full day on the wine trail in McLaren Vale or the Barossa Valley. That even leaves time to savor gourmet cuisine and experience a haunted jail. Here’s how.

Day 1: Dolphins and the City
When weather permits, start day one in Adelaide on the ocean in search of the dolphins that frequent the sanctuary off Glenelg Beach—in summer, you can even get in the water with them. Next, discover the city’s historic center, designed in the 18th century by Francis Light. Stroll along the Torrens River, wander the Botanic Garden, check out architecture from St. Peter’s Cathedral to Government House, and enjoy a shopping session at Rundle Mall. On a summer Sunday, finish with a visit to the bustling Adelaide Night Market; alternatively, get into the sporting spirit at the Adelaide Oval or slurp down international foods on Gouger Street.

Day 2: Kangaroo Island Explorer
No trip to South Australia would be complete without a visit to the nation’s third-largest island, Kangaroo Island—and many visitors choose to spend the night on this stunning wildlife reserve. Don’t miss the chance to walk on the beach among sea lions; meet native species such as wallabies, koalas, kangaroos, and echidnas; and capture dramatic rocky landscapes such as Admirals Arch and Remarkable Rocks. Perhaps opt for a 4WD adventure that takes you off the beaten track. Once you’re back in the city, enjoy a ghost tour—and a window into Australia’s turbulent past—at Adelaide Gaol, which dates back to 1841. Finish the night with a trip to one of the city’s new wave of craft beer bars such as Lady Burra, which majors on Portuguese food.

Day 3: Wining and Dining
South Australia’s wine country is known around the world, and three days in Adelaide gives you the chance to properly explore either McLaren Vale or the Barossa Valley—with plenty of tastings too. On a typical wine tour, you visit as many as five different wineries and taste varietals from shiraz to chardonnay, enjoy a gourmet lunch at a winery restaurant, and perhaps stop at an artisan food store such as Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop, run by the eponymous Australian celebrity chef. Once you return to the city, discover a different style of Australian original as you dine on indigenous ingredients such as lemon myrtle, quandong, plum pine, emu, and kangaroo at restaurants such as fine diner Orana or Red Ochre Grill. Wrap up your stay over a cocktail in a laneway bar.
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Kangaroo Island in a Day Tour from AdelaideDay Trips

Kangaroo Island in a Day Tour from Adelaide

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Travel from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island, one of Australia’s most popular wildlife destinations, on this activity-filled day trip by ferry, flight or both—your choice. On the island, discover its natural attractions and local animals, from Vivonne Bay and Seal Bay Conservation Park to the Remarkable Rocks, Flinders Chase National Park, Admirals Arch and more. Spot wallabies, echidnas, fur seals, koalas and, of course, kangaroos. Lunch is included, and you may select from four transportation options from Adelaide when booking. Please note: Due to recent bushfires, a modified itinerary is in effect until Flinders Chase reopens.
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Adelaide City Tour with optional River Cruise and Adelaide Zoo AdmissionDay Cruises

Adelaide City Tour with optional River Cruise and Adelaide Zoo Admission

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See the highlights of Adelaide, and customize your sightseeing experience with optional upgrades for a River Torrens cruise and admission to the Adelaide Zoo. The city coach tour introduces you to Adelaide’s blend of historical structures, contemporary architecture, and pretty parks as you see sights like St. Peter’s Cathedral and the North Terrace. Plus, visit Haigh’s Chocolates for tastings and a cup of coffee. If you select an upgrade, enjoy leisurely sightseeing from the water on a river cruise and/or check out the beloved pandas at the Adelaide Zoo.
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Barossa Valley with Hahndorf Tour from AdelaideDay Trips

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Barossa Valley with Hahndorf Tour from Adelaide

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Visit the Barossa Valley, one of South Australia’s most popular wine regions, on this day trip from Adelaide. With a guide, enjoy wine tastings at Seppeltsfield Winery and Wolf Blass. Learn about the region’s winemaking history, admire the picturesque scenery of the Adelaide Hills and the Torrens River, and enjoy a 2-course lunch. To end your tour, stop in the historic German settlement of Hahndorf.
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McLaren Vale Winery Small Group Tour from Adelaide, Wine Tasting and LunchDay Trips

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McLaren Vale Winery Small Group Tour from Adelaide, Wine Tasting and Lunch

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Visit McLaren Vale for a day of fine wine and food on a small-group tour from Adelaide. Located just south of Adelaide after a stunning drive along the Fleurieu Peninsula, McLaren Vale offers a refreshing change from the city. Enjoy wine tasting at renowned wineries and a leisurely lunch at a winery restaurant. Throughout the day, your knowledgeable guide shares details about the winemaking process and highlights of the region with your small group, which is limited to 10 people for a more intimate experience.
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McLaren Vale Wine Tour by BikeDay Trips

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McLaren Vale Wine Tour by Bike

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Enjoy McLaren Vale on two wheels on an easy-paced bike tour that highlights the bucolic beauty of this renowned South Australian wine region. Cycle through Kuitpo Forest and past pretty vineyards as you make your way to at least two wineries for wine tastings of regional varietals like shiraz. A lunch of fresh produce from local farms is included, as is round-trip transport from Adelaide to McLaren Vale, where you start biking. This tour is limited to nine people to provide a small-group experience with personalized attention from a guide.
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Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Adelaide AirportAirport & Ground Transfers

Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Adelaide Airport

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Ensure a smooth and stress-free end to your Australian vacation with this pre-paid private departure transfer to Adelaide Airport. Your driver will pick you up from your Adelaide CBD hotel, help with your luggage and drive you directly to the airport in a spacious luxury vehicle. There’s no need to worry about late-night or early-morning flight departures, either – transfers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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Dolphin Cruise from Adelaide with Optional Dolphin SwimOther Water Sports

Dolphin Cruise from Adelaide with Optional Dolphin Swim

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Look for dolphins off the coast of Adelaide on a dolphin-spotting cruise from Glenelg, a seaside town just south of the city. As you glide across Holdfast Bay by catamaran, keep your eyes peeled for some of the thousands of dolphins who live in these waters. To enhance your encounter with these lovable creatures, upgrade your tour to include a dolphin-swimming experience from the boat.
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Adelaide Gaol Ghost Tour and Paranormal InvestigationHistorical & Heritage Tours

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Adelaide Gaol Ghost Tour and Paranormal Investigation

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Discover the supernatural side of the Adelaide Gaol on a 2-hour ghost tour of the historic prison. Rumored to be one of Australia’s most haunted locations, the Adelaide Gaol is also one of the oldest buildings in the city. Hear spooky stories of prisoners from the past and their ghosts who are rumored to still haunt the building. Learn about Adelaide’s history and its most notorious criminals as your guide shares informative and entertaining commentary on this spine-tingling evening tour.
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2-Day Kangaroo Island Tour from AdelaideNature & Wildlife

2-Day Kangaroo Island Tour from Adelaide

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Kangaroo Island tours are often day trips, but with this 2-day adventure that includes overnight accommodation, you’ll have twice the time to discover South Australia’s wildlife paradise. Visit natural attractions like Seal Bay, ogle Australian animals at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and check out local operations like Clifford’s Honey Farm. Some meals are provided, and you’ll spend the night in a sea-view hotel room. When booking, select from four transportation options from Adelaide to customize your tour with ferry rides and flights. Please note: Effective from May 3, 2018, due to roadworks on Frome Street, the temporary pick-up location for guests staying at the Majestic Roof Garden Hotel and Mantra on Frome will be 16, Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide.
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Small-Group Barossa Valley Food and Wine TourDay Trips

Small-Group Barossa Valley Food and Wine Tour

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Spend a day in Barossa on this wine and food tour from Adelaide. Home to some of South Australia’s most renowned wineries, the region also produces countryside culinary delights like cider, baked goods and jam. You’ll visit both big and small wineries, including TeAro Estate, for tastings of varietals like shiraz, plus check out local businesses like Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop and enjoy a 2-course lunch with wine at Lambert Estate. This tour is limited to 20 people with a guide, who shares information about winemaking in the region.
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Small-Group Kangaroo Island 4WD Tour from AdelaideDay Trips

Small-Group Kangaroo Island 4WD Tour from Adelaide

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Discover one of South Australia’s wildlife hotspots on this full-day 4WD tour of Kangaroo Island, including round-trip transport from Adelaide by ferry or plane. Spot playful Australian sea lions at the Seal Bay Conservation Park; see echidnas, wallabies and koalas in their natural habitats; and get up close to cockatoos, Tamar wallabies and kangaroos on a guided bushwalk. This small-group tour has a maximum of 8 participants and includes a gourmet picnic lunch.
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Private Arrival Transfer: Adelaide Airport to HotelAirport & Ground Transfers

Private Arrival Transfer: Adelaide Airport to Hotel

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Enjoy a hassle-free arrival in Adelaide with this private transfer service. Meet your driver at Adelaide Airport, and relax on the journey to your hotel in the city’s central business district. These private vehicles can accommodate up to three passengers.
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Fleurieu Peninsula Craft Beer and Brewery 4WD Tour Including 2-Course LunchDay Trips

Fleurieu Peninsula Craft Beer and Brewery 4WD Tour Including 2-Course Lunch

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If you’re more into craft beer than high-end wine, skip South Australia’s many wineries in favor of a 4WD day trip that highlights the hopping beer scene of the McLaren Vale region and Fleurieu Peninsula. With an insider guide, you’ll travel across rugged landscapes and into the Australian bush to visit four microbreweries, where you’ll taste the goods and learn about the beer-making process. Enjoy views of the coastal scenery of Gulf St Vincent, and stop for a hearty lunch on this small-group tour limited to 10 people.
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