Things to see and do
Above: Adelaide Oval Roof Climb [Pic: Che Chorley / South Australian Tourism Commission]
Step into inner-city life in the heart of South Australia.
Adelaide and South Australia is all yours to enjoy. Adelaide suits all types of visitors, whether you’re with mates, a partner, family or friends. Indulge at over 200 cellar doors, bustling markets, and a booming restaurant and small bar scene. Venture out to wine regions that are less than an hour’s drive from the city. Lose yourself on a beautiful walk or cycle in and around Adelaide. There’s so much, so close in South Australia.
We’ve listed some thought starters for you to experience the best of Adelaide while you’re here for the Santos Tour Down Under. For more ideas, visit SouthAustralia.com
Adelaide Botanic Garden
The Adelaide Botanic Garden is home to a diverse and beautiful selection of plans from across Australia and around the world. Spend an hour or a whole afternoon wander among the 50 hectares of gardens and explore the stunning architecture, including the Bicentennial Conservatory, the Palm House, Amazon Waterlily Pavilion and the Santos Museum of Economic Botany. Guided tours are available as well as activities for kids who love to get their hands dirty. Visit the Adelaide Botanic Garden website.
Adelaide Central Market
The historic Adelaide Central Market is filled with colour and diverse fresh produce all year round. Find a huge array of food all under one roof; fruit, vegetables, cheese, meats, seafood, breads, sweets, nuts, coffee and health foods. The challenge is to not eat it all at once! Take a seat at one of the many cafes and watch the world go by as you savour the flavours of the market. Visit the Adelaide Central Market website for more details.
The Adelaide Oval is an internationally renowned, world-class sporting and entertainment venue and home to The Bradman Collection, a set of priceless cricketing memorabilia donated by Sir Donald Bradman himself. Since 1871 the Adelaide Oval has played host to countless sporting matches and world-class events, from The Ashes cricket test series and AFL football, to international singing superstars and stadium spectacular events. For the best seats in the house, take on an adventurous roofclimb or walk in the footsteps of champions on a behind-the-scenes tour. Visit the Adelaide Oval website for more details.
One of Adelaide’s most iconic attractions, and the home of Pandas Fu Ni and Wang Wang, the Adelaide Zoo is just a short walk from the Adelaide Botanic Garden. More than 1,800 animals and almost 300 species of exotic and native mammals, birds, reptiles and fish call the Adelaide Zoo home, with special animal encounters available to get up close and personal with their favourite creatures and critters. Visit the Adelaide Zoo website for more details.
Gouger Street and Chinatown
Gouger Street is one of Adelaide’s most popular Eat Streets – and for good reason. The strip is jam-packed with a multitude of dining and drinking options, from boutique wine bars to family owned restaurants serving up homemade recipes. Gouger Street is also the gateway to Adelaide’s Chinatown, on Moonta Street. Walk under the magnificent Paifong (entrance) and enter a world of rich, spicy flavour and eclectic Asian culture. Visit SouthAustralia.com to plan your visit.
National Wine Centre
The National Wine Centre is the home of Australia’s wine industry, showcasing up to 120 wines for tasting at any one time in their tasting room, Wined Bar. They’ve got an on-site vineyard, growing some of the most important varieties to the Australian wine industry, as well as state-of-the-art Enomatic wine preservation and dispensing machines to ensure every drop is as fresh as the day the barrel was cracked open. Visit the National Wine Centre website to find out more.
Take a stroll along Adelaide’s cultural boulevard, North Terrace. The Art Gallery of South Australia, Migration Museum and South Australian Museum are all located on the northern side of North Terrace, along with the State Library and various statues, war memorials and commemorative plaques. On the eastern side of King William Street is Parliament House and the Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide’s heart of the arts overlooking the River Torrens and Elder Park. Visit SouthAustralia.com to find out more.
Adelaide’s shopping hub Rundle Mall has more than 700 retail stores, three major department stores and 15 arcades and centres. The Mall is paved and pedestrian-friendly, with street performers and buskers filling the walkways with their varied and delightful sounds. Take a seat at one of the many outdoor cafes or bars to rest your weary feet after a hard day of retail therapy. Visit the Rundle Mall website to find out more.