Adelaide Travel Guide
Adelaide has a sophisticated, cultured self-image. This “City of Churches” was once a pious, introspective enclave of stuffy, affluent origins. The modern Adelaide, however, is a multi-cultural haven of restaurants, a hot music and arts scene, pubs, hip bars and an overflowing festival calendar.
Here we walk you through some of the tops places to visit on your stay:
The Adelaide Oval is admired as the “world’s prettiest cricket ground”. Cricket matches are held here in the summer and football games in the winter. Tours are led by volunteer guides daily, except on event days and public holidays.
The Adelaide Central Market has been a hub of food and culture for over 145 years. Established in 1869, it is one of the largest under cover markets in the Southern Hemisphere. The Market attracts over 8.5million visitors a year and offers an extensive variety of fresh food including fruit and vegetables, meat and poultry, seafood, cheeses, baked goods and health foods, along with some of Adelaide’s most popular cafes and eateries.
Art Gallery of South Australia
Plan to spend a few hours in the gallery that houses the big names in Australian art. The Art Gallery of South Australia’s permanent exhibitions also include Aboriginal, European and North American art – 20 bronze Rodins – and there are progressive visiting exhibitions. Free, guided tours and lunchtime talks are offered daily.
Adelaide Botanic Gardens
In the heart of the city lies an oasis of beauty and diversity. Plants from across Australia and the world grace the 55 hectares of the Adelaide Botanical Gardens.
First opened to the public in 1857, the Gardens are comprised of wetlands, medicinal plants, rose gardens, cacti and succulents, native Australian plants and forest and more. Pavilions are architecturally interesting. Free guided tours depart daily and private or special interest walks can be arranged.
The Adelaide Zoo is home to more than 2,500 animals and 250 species. Visitors can see African lions, Bolivian squirrel monkeys, Chilean flamingoes, wombats, giraffes, pandas and much more. The Zoo is open daily, year-round.
South Australian Museum
The South Australian Museum has been making Australia’s natural and cultural heritage available to visitors for over 150 years. It is one of Australia’s most visited museums and is a leader in Australian Aboriginal heritage and scientific research. Five floors of captivating displays and regularly changing special exhibitions appeal to all ages. Admission is free, with the exception of some special exhibitions and the museum is open daily, except for Good Friday and Christmas Day.
Penfolds Magill Estate Winery
Penfolds has had a major role in shaping the evolution of winemaking in Australia. Established in 1844, the winery has a history that reflects the country’s journey from colonial settlement to the modern era. Their collection of benchmark wines were produced with a spirit of innovation and the pursuit of quality as is evident in Grange, Australia’s most iconic wine. The Magill Estate Cellar Door offers tastings daily and self-guided as well as guided tours. The Magill Estate Restaurant, adjacent to the winery, offers extraordinary views, modern food, contemporary design and outstanding service with Penfold’s collection of wines to round out the dining experience.
Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute
Tandanya is Australia’s oldest Aboriginal-owned and managed multi-arts center. It’s name, which means “place of the red kangaroo”, reflects the commitment to honor and respect the country’s original custodians. There are selling and non-selling shows and original, authentic art is available for sale at the Gallery Shop and online. Tandanya is open Monday – Saturday.
Eats & Drinks
There is certainly no lack of restaurants, pubs and hip bars in Adelaide. Tour Cooper’s Brewery and see the brewhouse, bottling hall and history museum and taste samples of stouts, ales and lagers. Reservations are required. Top picks for Australian food include Press and for Asian food, Peel Street an ultra-cool, urban café/bistro/wine bar on a street of the same name and the Gin Long Canteen.
Adelaide has an extensive calendar of events that run throughout the year. They run the gamut from holiday festivals, sports, food and drink, fine art and photography, local and culture and music. The Adelaide Festival features top dance, drama, opera, literature and theatre productions. WOMADelaide is one of the world’s best live-music events with musicians and performers from around the world.
To find out what’s happening during your visit, check out the events calendar.
It’s safe to say that Adelaide has something for everyone whether you’re a sports buff, foodie or museum goer. With plenty of options for indoor and outdoor activities, offerings for families and travelers young and old, Adelaide is sure not to disappoint and should be included on any trip to South Australia.