Adelaide is home to long summers, stunning beaches and award-winning wine, events and festivals. It’s the gateway to unique National Landscapes of the Flinders Ranges and Kangaroo Island.
The capital city, Adelaide, offers physical and emotional space to breathe. With a diverse and eclectic array of accessible experiences, it’s a city that allows time for immersion, paired with a sense of space and freedom that actively encourages true indulgence.
Adelaide weather is moderate. Year-round big blue skies mean average winter temperature of 16 degrees Celsius (°C) and 28°C in summer. Hot days can be real sizzlers and easily reach 40°C.
Due to its strategic location, Adelaide is accessible to various places of attraction in South Australia. With just an hour’s drive north, you will be able to flow seamlessly into world-famous wine regions such as Barossa or coastal escapes in the Fleurieu of Yorke Peninsula. Continue another hour north, you will reach the Clare Valley which is famous for its Rieslings.
The Adelaide Hills has some stunning whites and there’s McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek on the Fleurieu Peninsula which is about an hour’s drive south of Adelaide. You can arrive at Kangaroo Island by taking a short ferry ride south of Adelaide or in two hours’ drive on the road!
– Nature and Wildlife – Get close to unique Australian animals
On the Eyre Peninsula you can join a tour that will allow you to be a sea lion for a day. Jump on a chartered boat and join your new best friends in the ocean. Swim, summersault, backflip and dive – just don’t expect to be the star of the show. Tours include snorkels, wetsuits and fins, and operate most days of the week.
– Food and Wine – Taste the best South Australia has to offer
The Epicurean Way seamlessly links together the four iconic wine regions of McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, Barossa and Clare Valley in a self-drive journey unique to South Australia. Sumptuous local produce and a superb array of wines, set against a backdrop of spectacular scenery, all come together as you discover the Epicurean Way.
– City Life – Shop, dine and drink
Adelaide is a shopper’s delight.
Rundle Mall has all the shops you need in one place. Paved and pedestrian friendly, you’ll love exploring this bustling shopping precinct with over 500 shops to choose from.
– Hit the Roads – Explore South Australia by car
The Southern Ocean Drive takes you on a unique and unforgettable ride through South Australia’s landscapes. Meet locals along the way, drive at your own pace, and immerse yourself in South Australia’s ever-changing, yet always spectacular scenery.
Stunning cliff faces, roaring waves and untouched beaches are just some of the highlights of the Southern Ocean Drive.
The Southern Ocean Drive also takes in Kangaroo Island, one of the world’s most pristine natural environments, where native wildlife is intertwined with dramatic scenery. Marvel at South Australia’s most spectacular coastal views on Kangaroo Island.
Top 5 Must Dos :
- Adelaide Central Market – The oldest fresh produce market in Australia with 250 food shops and stalls under one roof. Take a sensory and interactive gourmet walking tour with a local food expert for an even richer experience.
- Shopping At Rundle Mall – Shopaholics can find retail therapy at Rundle Mall with more than 600 shops, located in the heart of Adelaide city. A great place to pick up iconic South Australian products like Haigh’s Chocolates, Jurlique or RM Williams.
- Temptation Dolphin Cruise – Temptation Sailing gives you the only opportunity to swim with wild dolphins in a city setting in Glenelg, only 20 minutes from the Adelaide central business district. Temptation Sailing operates three and a half hour dolphin swim or dolphin watch cruises.
- Dining Streets – The real pleasures of dining could only be found at Adelaide as street after street beckons you with delicious aromas of local produce. You’ll find entire streets devoted to dining, such as Rundle Street, Gouger Street, Hutt Street, O’Connell Street and Leigh Street. Leigh Street has recently turned into a bustling “eat street” that offers exciting dining experience, and contemporary pubs and bars.
- North Terrace Culture Boulevard – Walk along North Terrace and stop at the South Australian Museum, renowned for its world-class natural history and cultural collections. It is also home to the world’s largest collection of Australian Aboriginal cultural material. Don’t forget to visit the Art Gallery of South Australia and Adelaide Festival Centre that put on an array of world class exhibitions and entertainment shows.