The best things to do in Adelaide
Arts and Culture in Adelaide
Located in Adelaide’s cultural precinct of North Terrace, the Art Gallery of South Australia houses over 42,000 works including the likes of Pablo Picasso as well as Asian and Indigenous art. The gallery offers free tours daily, children’s programs, workshops and more.
With photograph exhibitions, educational programs, a National Film and Sound Archive collection and beautiful heritage interiors, the State Library of South Australia is one Adelaide attraction that you won’t want to miss.
The South Australian Museum hosts some of the most unique exhibits – from pesky parasites to the ancient marine world. Visit the discovery centre, attend a free lecture series or explore the many galleries including Ancient Egypt and Megafauna.
Cabaret and comedy, music and magic, the Adelaide Fringe Festival is Australia’s biggest arts festival and will guarantee you a good time! Laugh, dance, sing and cheer at this colourful annual festival that takes place in various venues around Adelaide city.
Set in the stunning Botanic Park, WOMADelaide is an open-air celebration of the arts. The annual festival, held in March each year, features music and dance from around the world, a KidZone and art and sculpture displays.
Presented by Mercedes-Benz Adelaide & Unley, the Adelaide Fashion Festival is a show-stopping event, held in October each year. The five day festival celebrates contemporary fashion with runway shows, masterclasses, long lunches, parties and more.
Get amongst the wild and wondrous at Adelaide Zoo! Mischievous meerkats, cute koalas, and giant pandas are just a few of the animals that you can get up close and personal with. Take a walkabout tour, become a zoo keeper for a day or hand feed Sumatran tigers and African lions. The Adelaide Zoo is ideally located in the heart of the city.
Big Bash Cricket, Port Adelaide AFL games, music concerts and more, the Adelaide Oval is a destination in itself, and even if you can’t make it to an event, there’s so much more to explore. Embark on a stadium tour, see Adelaide from above on a roof climb or grab a bite to eat at the café.
Adelaide Botanic Gardens
Stop and smell the roses at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. With a beautiful international rose garden, Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden and cactus and succulent garden (just to name a few), you can spend all day wandering around and learning about native and foreign plants and flowers.
Keen to cool off? Glenelg Beach is the perfect spot for a dip, an ice-cream or a barbecue. Just hop on the tram from the city centre and you’ll be there in no time!
Brighton Beach is also a popular place, with a jetty, plenty of cafes and a large sandy beach, perfect for collecting shells or basking in the sun.
If you’re looking for a swim followed by a fresh seafood feast, Henley Beach is the place to be. The long shoreline provides ample space for a beach umbrella and the surrounding restaurants serve only the best seafood.
Just 50 minutes from Adelaide, the Barossa Valley is one of the world’s best known wine regions. With over 80 cellar doors and bursting with fresh produce, it’s well-worth spending a day here.
The world-renowned McLaren Vale wine region is situated on the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula, about 45 minutes from Adelaide city. Sip your way around cellar doors, indulge in a delicious degustation and enjoy the breathtaking scenery.
Venture into the Adelaide Hills for some of the region’s best wine. The lush rolling hills and cooler climate play an integral part in producing the perfect drop. Be sure to check out the farmers markets and Mount Lofty Botanic Garden.
Just a short voyage on board the Sealink Ferry and you’ll find yourself on Kangaroo Island. Take a tour, or explore the island at your own pace by bicycle, car or foot. Find a secluded beach, visit Seal Bay or discover the island’s natural wonders like Admirals Arch.
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Charming and understated, Adelaide is the reliable girl-next-door when it comes to local culture. But don’t be dissuaded by the less showy approach to city life; Adelaide can run with Melbourne and Sydney when it comes to food, wine and all things art. Here’s our picks for big and small kids alike.