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Adelaide Vacations

The top sights, highlights, tours & travel itinaries curated by our Travel Experts.

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    4. Adelaide

    Travel to Adelaide on Vacation

    During your Adelaide vacation, you’ll find a city that now competes with Melbourne and Sydney. A cosmopolitan renaissance has taken place in Australia’s southern capital of late—one you might consider a spillover from renowned wineries that invite worldly visitors year-round for a taste of the finer life. As far as beautiful cities go, whether it be the pinked tops of the Adelaide Hills or the bustle of chic backstreet bars that takes your fancy, a multitude of eye-catching sights are here for your taking.

    1. Rose garden in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, Australia.

      Adelaide Botanic Gardens

    2. Main entrance of the Central Market in Adelaide, Australia.

      Adelaide Central Market

    3.  Sunrise at the of Victoria Square in Adelaide, Australia.

      Victoria Square

    4. View of Morialta Conservation Park in Adelaide, South Australia.

      Morialta Conservation Park

    5. Glenelg Strand

      Glenelg Beach, Adelaide

    6. Aerial view of the Kangaroo Island, which lies southwest of Adelaide, Australia.

      Kangaroo Island

    7. Barossa Valley

      Barossa Valley

    8. The landscape of Clare Valley, near Adelaide in Australia.

      Clare Valley, Adelaide

    9. Old Parliament House building in Adelaide, South Australia, viewed from North Terrace.

      North Terrace, Adelaide

    Things to Do in Adelaide

    1. Adelaide Botanic Gardens

    When you travel to Adelaide, be sure to check out these 50 hectares of landscaped gardens found in the city center, which have become a popular retreat. Open 365 days a year, the gardens have seen plenty of development since their 1850’s growth spurt, which is reflected in the array of plant life and healthy foliage on offer. Join a tour and take a relaxing walk through this stunner-setting of historical buildings, and lively plantation.

    2. South Australian Museum

    The South Australian Museum is home to the world's largest collection of Aboriginal artefacts and is held in high regard for its world-class cultural collections. The South Australian Biodiversity Gallery brings in to focus the wildlife of the region. Buying a ticket to the South Australian Museum is one you’ll surely hold on to after your Adelaide vacation is over.

    3. Adelaide Central Market

    Adelaide Central Market is an exceptional undercover market that offers a wide range of fresh produce. The largest in South Australia, it’s also the most visited attraction in Adelaide—and for good reason. There are over 70 market stalls to be found here. Cooking demonstrations and barbecues occur throughout the year and are open to the public.

    4. Victoria Square

    Known dually as Victoria Square and Tarndanyangga, this square includes flourishing wetlands and a mosaic garden. Readily understood as the city center, Victoria Square offers a fine spot for a picnic on long summer days during your Adelaide trip. Unique lighting and an illuminated fountain give this calming space a special atmosphere.

    5. Morialta Conservation Park

    Morialta Conservation Park has been a preferred getaway for Adelaideans for over 100 years and is located six miles from the city. Craggy rock faces, gorges, forest and spiraling waters make you feel a world away from city life. Activities include bush walking and rock climbs, as well as an intimate wildlife viewing. To avoid a rush of crowds, plan your trip during the week.

    6. Glenelg Beach

    In the suburb of the same name is Glenelg Beach, Adelaide’s most popular beach. Pedal cars and bikes are available for hire, encouraging you to cruise the coastline path and look out to see if you can catch a glimpse of passing dolphins. Board a 58-foot catamaran and take a sailing tour along the St. Vincent Gulf, stretch out in a hammock, and watch as the sun sets over the horizon.

    7. Excursion to Kangaroo Island

    If you’re keen to connect with nature during your Adelaide trip, Kangaroo Island is home to an abundance of wildlife (kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, and more) and superb wineries. Each day presents an opportunity to deeper explore the unordinary plantation found here, as well as take part in supervised sessions that allow you to handle wildlife.

    8. Barossa Valley

    The Barossa Valley is one of the oldest wine regions in Australia and one of the most renowned in the world. Known for its Shiraz, the region includes the cities of Tanunda, Angaston, and Nuriootpa. Take the time to explore over 80 wine cellars and meet with winemakers while, of course, enjoying some of the finest grapes on earth.

    9. Clare Valley

    Take a moment to indulge in some of the good life on offer at Clare Valley. 30 wineries provide suitable amounts of tasting opportunities, and a chance to talk with locals at family run wineries. The first established winery in the region is Sevenhill Cellars, the only remaining Jesuit-owned in Australia. Smaller than the Barossa Valley, ultimate relaxation is a given when visiting this delightful community that’s spread across the valley.

    10. North Terrace

    When you travel to Adelaide, visit this charming cultural boulevard in the heart of the city. North Terrace features several attractions and institutions that ensure your time here will be worthwhile. Statues and war memorials line the street and lead to the Government House. The National Wine Center of Australia, Botanic Gardens, and South Australia Art Gallery and Museum can be experienced here. Allow a full afternoon to explore this cultured street. Less

    Other Places to Visit During Your Tour

    1. See Darwin and its waterfront at sunset on a Darwin vacation


    2. Oceania, Australia, city lights of the Perth skyline and harbor in the late evening.


    3. Oceania, Australia, Cairns seen from above surrounded by water and mountains in the background.


    4. Oceania, Australia, the city lights of the Brisbane skyline glowing in the late evening.


    5. Visit the beautiful city of Sydney, pictured here by the water, on a Sydney vacation


    6. Oceania, Australia, Melbourne, frontlit view of the finders street station with a rose-colored sunset in the background.