Adelaide

Adelaide

Overview

With its festivals, city beaches, a thriving small bar scene and attractions like Barossa and Kangaroo Island on its doorstep, there’s plenty to love about Adelaide.

Known as the ‘20-minute city’ because of its size and the close proximity of its major attractions, Adelaide has a wealth of things to do and see. From grand 19th century squares to funky retail outlets, sporting icons to indigenous art, Adelaide has it covered.

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The secret is out. Nestled between a lush coast and fertile wine country, Adelaide is not only home to diverse landscapes but also to a thriving city that has recently taken renewed pride in the beauty of being small. Read '10 of the Best Things To Do Around Adelaide'.

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Flights to Adelaide

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Things to see in 2018

Adelaide Fringe

16 February – 18 March 2018

The Adelaide FringeOpens external site in a new window is the second biggest Fringe Festival in the world, the largest open access arts festival in the Southern Hemisphere, and is Australia’s biggest ticket selling arts festival! For 31 incredible days and nights, 'the Fringe' completely takes over Adelaide and its surrounds - from alleyways to pop-ups and bigger venues, you'll find thousands of local and international artists from all disciplines sharing their work. Put simply, it's an amazing time of year to be in Adelaide.

Colours of Impressionism

29 March - 29 July 2018

A visit to the Art Gallery of South Australia is a must, as it hosts a major exhibition with more than 65 Impressionist masterpieces from the renowned collection of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. Colours of ImpressionismOpens external site in a new window: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay charts the revolution of colour that lies at the very heart of Impressionism and includes master works by Monet, Renoir, Manet, Morisot, Pissarro and Cézanne, among many others.

Adelaide Festival

2 – 18 March 2018

Host to an outstanding mix of internationally acclaimed theatre productions, an eclectic array of world-class musicians, breathtaking dance pieces, renowned writers and striking visual arts displays, the Adelaide FestivalOpens external site in a new window is not one to be missed. 2018's program includes 4 world premieres, 14 Australian premieres and 13 events exclusive to Adelaide - enjoyed amid warm March days and starry nights, the festival’s celebration of creative excellence makes for an event of epic proportions. 

Tasting Australia

13 - 22 April 2018

Don't miss this 10 day journey of South Australia’s produce from paddock to plate. Tasting AustraliaOpens external site in a new window is where foodies come to discover what’s new on the menu, with dining and drinking experiences only South Australia can offer. Be it a collaboration among world-class chefs, an inimitable tasting of beer, wine or spirits, or an evening soaking up the charred flavours and aromas of Town Square, Tasting Australia is an unique and moreish food and beverage experience.

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Where to go

Get the lowdown on the different areas of Adelaide and popular destinations in South Australia.

Adelaide city and beaches

Adelaide city

It's easy to get around Adelaide city's one square mile grid layout. The pedestrian mall of Rundle StreetOpens external site in a new window offers a collection of department and chain stores to wander through, while the wide boulevard of North Terrace is home to the University, State Library and the South Australian MuseumOpens external site in a new window in their historic sandstone buildings.

Adelaide's beaches

Just a 20 to 30 minute drive from Adelaide's city centre are a number of attractive beachside suburbs. Glenelg has breathtaking views and functions like a beachy satellite city to the CBD. There are shops, good restaurants and bars along Jetty Road and at the Holdfast MarinaOpens external site in a new window. It's also a lovely spot to enjoy sunset at the end of a day of sightseeing.

The northern beaches of Semaphore and Henley are nearby: Henley Beach has a cluster of good cafes and an appealing long jetty, while Semaphore has white sand, dunes and a green foreshore. There’s also a 1920s bathing pavilion and the oldest working carousel to admire.

There's also West Beach which is close by Glenelg and Henley beaches.

Adelaide hills and valleys

Adelaide Hills

A 30 minute drive from the City Centre, but with a distinctly European ambience, are the towns of HahndorfOpens external site in a new window, Stirling and Mount Barker. Here it's both a cool climate wine area and a fruit growing district with strawberry fields, apple groves, cherries and figs. There are spectacular views of the city from here as well as stately homes and manicured gardens.

Clare Valley

Sample more than 40 cellar doors with highlights such as lunch at SkillogaleeOpens external site in a new window, a picnic at Annie’s LaneOpens external site in a new window or a visit to the 1851 Sevenhills CellarOpens external site in a new window which was established by the Jesuits. You can also cycle along the Riesling and Rattler trails around Riverton.

Flinders Ranges

Keep travelling north from the Clare Valley and you’ll discover the stark beauty of the Australian outback. See the ghost towns along Goyder’s Line and then move into the dreamlike landscape formations of Wilpena Pound and the magnificent Lake EyreOpens external site in a new window.

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Barossa

The Barossa is considered Australia's largest wine growing area and wins accolades for its superb wines year after year. Here are just a few of the great wineries you can visit:

But it's not all about wine. This charming region also has great markets, expansive national parks and is littered with art galleries.

Kangaroo Island and Fleurieu Peninsula

Kangaroo Island

A gourmet food destination, the location of the luxurious Southern Ocean Lodge and other luxury accommodation amongst populations of native Australian animals... it's no wonder that the 155 kilometre long Kangaroo Island has become one of Australia’s hottest tourist icons. 

Qantas flies new year round flights from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island as well as direct seasonal flights from Melbourne, find flights. Or take a ferry from Cape Jervis and enjoy a world class holiday amidst untouched wilderness and pristine beaches.

Fleurieu Peninsula

Host to one of Australia’s richest landscape art competitions, it is little wonder the rolling hills around the coastline to Adelaide’s south attracts artists in droves. Enjoy beautiful produce, a gorgeous landscape and plenty of wildlife in this laidback weekend destination.

Quick facts

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Currency

Australian Dollar (AU$)

Electricity

Electricity

220-240V / 50Hz

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Population

1,251,000

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Seasons

 

The weather in Adelaide is moderate year round with typically blue skies and low humidity. Summer (December to February) averages are around 28°C but it can get extremely hot, reaching 40°C and higher. Winters (June to August) can be cold but average approximately 15°C. Autumn and spring are great times to visit and enjoy mild conditions.

 

Getting around

From the airport

Just seven kilometres from the city centre, a taxi ride from Adelaide Airport takes about 10 minutes.

Adelaide MetroOpens external site in a new window offers an express bus service called JetExpress between the airport and the city and also offers a convenient JetBus service direct to Glenelg, West Beach and the City, servicing all stops en route.

In and around the city

Adelaide has a small and picturesque city centre which is easy to walk or cycle around. The city has an integrated transport system of trains and buses with a range of ticket options. Glenelg is just a 30 minute ride away. Taxis are also an easy way to get around.

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Take off on a road trip around the Clare Valley, Fleurieu Peninsula or Kangaroo Island after you fly to Adelaide.

Getting you there

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