Top 10 Things to Do in Adelaide

couple walking along the beach of Adelaide

Getting to Adelaide is an easy feat! The city is accessible to almost all mode of transportation there is. Taking your family and friends with you for a holiday weekend in Adelaide will be a great opportunity to bond and create fun memories together. The city is a bustling capital full of wonders that everyone will enjoy. Beautiful and parks, great tasting food and a whole lot of exciting activities waits for you in Adelaide. There are also a lot of hotels where you can stay if you want to spend the night. So what are you waiting for? Explore Adelaide now!

Adelaide is well known for its foodie scene but it's quickly gaining a reputation for great bars, eco adventures and interesting festivals. If you’re looking for inspiration for exciting things to do in Adelaide, here’s our Top 10:

Hang out with wildlife

Adelaide Zoo, close to the city centre is a great attraction for seeing all of Australia’s iconic animals including koalas and kangaroos. Stop by for a visit, or join a dolphin watching cruise at a nearby marina.

Market day

Join a market tour of Central Market and meet the stall vendors, or do your own thing and fill your shopping tote with the crème de la crème of South Australian produce including artisan cheeses, farm fresh fruit and vegetables, seafood or fresh or cured meats.

Port Adelaide walking tour

Grab your sturdy footwear and pick up a self-guided walking map from the tourist office, before heading off on a walking tour around historic Port Adelaide. Amble past old wharves, visit the Maritime Museum, stroll past 19th-century buildings or stop for a pint at the Port Dock Brewery Hotel.

Go surfing at Adelaide’s beaches

Adelaide’s beaches are extremely popular when the weather gets warm, so it’s understandable that learning surf lessons in Adelaide is one of the best things to do in Adelaide. Afterwards, head to one of the beachside cafes for fish and chips or an ice cream.

Wine and dine in the Laneway Bars

Adelaide’s laneways are a funky place to enjoy a night out with warehouses and shops offering uber cool options for cuisine and cocktails. Try the Peel-Leigh Street precinct but be warned, you may find the selection difficult!

Get a culture hit on North Terrace

Elegant North Terrace is the place to go for an Adelaide culture hit – the South Australian Museum, the University of Adelaide, the Art Gallery of South Australia, State Parliament and the Casino and Convention Centre ensure you’ll have plenty of options to kill time.

Go crazy over cricket

Join a guided tour of the revamped Adelaide Oval where you can get the inside scoop on this famous cricket ground. You’ll even get a peek at objects and photos from the private collection of Sir Donald Bradman, the legendary batsman.

Go cycling

Adelaide is mostly flat so discovering the city is easy by bike. Jump on one of the bikes for hire at a number of council offices or city depots and follow one of the many city bike trails. We recommend the pleasant 40-minute pedal to Henley Beach along Linear Park.

Recharge with retail therapy

Adelaide’s East End at Rundle Street is becoming a rejuvenated shopping destination. Whether you need designer fashion, homewares or gifts you’ll find it here and all close by to good cafes for the necessary post-shopping refreshment stop.

From grape to glass

Head to Adelaide Hills where you can park up for lunch at one of the many food producers or vineyards and taste divine drops of South Australian nectar.

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