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Tourism

If you have some time as a visitor in Adelaide you may want to consider some of the great places Adelaide has to offer. We have put together a few of our favourites below, but you may also like to look at the detailed Adelaide Visitor Guide


North Terrace

First of all you can take a stroll down North Terrace where (starting from West Terrace) you will see the new Royal Adelaide Hospital in construction (the City’s new signature building), UniSA’s City West campus, the Lions Arts Centre (in the old Fowler’s Lion Flour Factory building), the Convention Centre, Adelaide Railway Station and inside the historic station building the Casino, Parliament House (and behind it the Adelaide Festival Centre, Government House (where the Jubilee 150 Walkway begins so look out for the statues and the plaques), the National War Memorial, the State Library of South Australia, the South Australian Museum, the Art Gallery of South Australia, the University of Adelaide’s main campus, the University of South Australia City East campus, the exclusive, historic and unlabelled Queen Adelaide Club (for ladies), the historic Freemasons’ building, the historic Ayers House (where participants have a chance to visit outside museum hours and enjoy a wonderful dinner (Thursday, 5 December, see the programme), and the Botanic Gardens. Of course this is peppered with churches (after all this is the City of Churches), 19th century Terrace houses, assorted businesses and hotels.

 

Rundle Mall

If you are tired or want a bite to eat or feel like doing some shopping walk over to the Rundle Mall shopping precinct Adelaide’s premier retail destination and meeting place. Make sure you spot the Mall’s Balls, the Fountain, the Rundle Lantern (from dusk to midnight), the Rundle Mall Pigs and the Beehive Corner.

 

Glenelg

Do remember that in town the tram is free so just get on and off to give your feet a rest. The tram will also take you to the charming seaside resort of Glenelg (10km from the heart of Adelaide City). Set on the long sandy shores of Holdfast Bay and site of South Australia’s original mainland settlement in 1836. You can shop, have a bite to eat, take a heritage walk or see the dolphins – if you wish to swim with them visit Temptation Sailing

 

Adelaide Hills

If you prefer the hills then take a 30 minute ride up to the Adelaide Hills - and if nothing else, enjoy some food, wine, shopping and a little bit of South Australian history in Hahndorf

 

Adelaide Zoo

If you have kids Adelaide Zoo is home to over 1,800 animals and almost 300 species of exotic and native mammals, birds, reptiles and fish exhibited in 8 hectares of magnificent botanic surroundings and home to Australia’s only giant pandas, Wang Wang and Funi.

 

Adelaide Gaol

If you want to spook your kids visit Adelaide Gaol a major part of Adelaide’s heritage and one of the oldest buildings in Adelaide.

 

National Parks

We also have some gorgeous national parks in Adelaide and Belair National Park is one of our favourites.

 

Wineries

Adelaide is famous for its food and wines so a trip to a winery or wineries of your choice is a must. Choosing a wine region may be difficult as we are surrounded by many beautiful wineries in South Australia. Here are a few suggestions:

Serafino Wines in McLaren Vale.

Clare Valley is not short of great wineries. Perhaps you may like to join a tour  
If you are a film buff on your way to the Clare Valley do not forget to visit (and stay if you wish) at Martindale Hall the beautiful Georgian mansion that featured in Peter Weir’s 1975 film “Picnic at Hanging Rock”.

Penfolds Winery in the Barossa Valley.

Bird in the Hand Winery. 

Yalumba Winery.

 

Kangaroo Island

If you have a couple or more days to spare then do not hesitate to go and experience the most beautiful place in South Australia: Kangaroo Island. This island will bewitch you with its strange mixture; its Remarkable Rocks, Little Sahara, beaches, coves and lighthouses, with its wildlife (kangaroos and wallabies, little penguins, sea lions and seals, koalas and goannas, and more). They also have the not-so-wild Ligurian bees (once from Italy and now a pure breed only in this corner of the world). Visit Kingscote and its artisans but make sure you drive around the island’s nooks and crannies discovering your favourite eateries and wineries.


Whatever you decide to do, enjoy!