Top 10 things to do in Adelaide



Here is a taste, a snippet and a tease of what you can experience in Adelaide, not only one of the world’s most liveable cities but also a destination that shouldn’t be missed. Adelaide has many monikers, but is best described as a city of charm and elegance with vitality and passion flowing from laneways, institutions, residents and entrepreneurs creating a city that surprises and delights.


  1. Pick up a Velo-City bike and explore the City of Adelaide. There are many trails that you can follow to discover the delights of the city, such as the Park Lands Trail, River Torrens Linear Park Trail as well as the Adelaide City Bike Art Trail.
  2. Visit Adelaide’s pantry of the city, Adelaide Central Market and take in the sights, tastes and smells of this bustling inner-city market. To get the most out of your market visit take a tour to gain inside knowledge of the goings on and some exclusive tastings (booking is required).
  3. Play a round of golf at the picturesque North Adelaide Golf Course. Set in the northern Park Lands with sweeping views of the city, this public golf course has a championship style course for the experienced golfers and Par 3 option for those new to the game.
  4. Visit the Adelaide Zoo home to Wang Wang and Funi, the only Giant Pandas in the southern hemisphere. The zoo is home to over 1,800 animals and almost 300 species of exotic and native mammals, birds, reptiles and fish.
  5. Travel on the tram to the seaside suburb of Glenelg, only a 30 minute ride from the centre of the city. Here you can take a cruise to swim with dolphins with Temptation Sailing.
  6. Stroll along North Terrace, considered to be Adelaide’s ‘Cultural Boulevard’, housing many cultural institutions including the Art Gallery of SA, SA Museum, the State Library Mortlock Wing, Migration Museum, Parliament and Government House.
  7. Go on a journey from grape to bottle at the National Wine Centre of Australia. The Wine Discovery Journey is an interactive wine experience showcasing the importance of the industry to Australia and the enjoyment of drinking Australian wine.
  8. Experience the richness of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures at Tandanya – National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Australia’s oldest Aboriginal-owned and managed multi-arts centre. Or explore over 3,000 artefacts, the largest collection in the Southern Hemisphere, at the Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery located in the SA Museum.
  9. Enjoy chocolate? Why not take a free tour of the Haigh’s Chocolate Factory, Australia’s oldest family-owned chocolate manufacturer (booking is required). Or visit the famous Beehive Corner, their flagship store in Rundle Mall that opened in 1922.
  10. Visit Light’s Vision, a lookout on Montefiore Hill in North Adelaide with views of the city and Park Lands. Here you will also find a statue of Colonel William Light, South Australia’s fist Surveyor General and Founder of Adelaide.

Contact the Australian Holiday Centre to book your travel via email

or free call within Australia on 1300 799 342 or from outside Australia +61 8 8221 5044



Shopping in AdelaideShopping

Adelaide is the ultimate in stress-free shopping. Rundle Mall has more than 700 boutiques and specialty shops set amongst elegant arcades, streets and laneways, or drop into Australia’s famous department stores, Myers and David Jones.


For something a little edgy and unique explore Rundle Street and Ebenezer Place. A must is Urban Cow Studio showcasing South Australian artists and designers.

For outlet shopping, head to Harbour Town – 15 minutes west of the city near the airport.

Arts and Culture in Adelaide


Arts and Culture

It has been said that Adelaide is THE centre for arts and culture and why wouldn’t we be given the sheer number of galleries, theatres, cinemas, performance venues and museums located in the city.


If you are staying on in Adelaide after the conference be sure to check out the Adelaide Cabaret Festival starting 6th June.

For more information on what is happening please visit What’s on in the City and BASS Adelaide’s leading ticketing agency.

BeachesBeaches in Adelaide

Most of Adelaide’s fantastic beaches are less than 30 minutes from the city centre and the Mediterranean climate means you can enjoy them practically all year round.


Catch the tram or cycle to Glenelg, one of Adelaide’s favourite beaches, and enjoy a picnic on the grass or a stroll on the jetty. The art deco suburb of Brighton Beach is right next door and nearby Henley Beach is a great place to soak up the atmosphere while eating your fish and chips.

Cafes in Adelaide


Adelaide is a gourmet paradise offering some of Australia’s best dining experiences and its warm climate is perfect for al fresco dining.


Stroll down one of the City’s bustling ‘eat streets’ - Gouger, Waymouth, Hutt, O’Connell, Leigh, Rundle, to name just a few!


Or head to the beach and enjoy the sights at a beachfront café at Glenelg or Henley Beach.

Parks and Gardens in Adelaide


Parks and Gardens

The City of Adelaide is not only encircled by a green belt, known as the Adelaide Park Lands, but also has stunning rose gardens, squares and parklets to explore.


The Adelaide Botanic Gardens is home to the stunning Palm House and the Bicentennial Conservatory, one of the largest single span conservatories in the world.

Public Art in Adelaide


What else is on the move in Adelaide other than bicycles?


Public Art is constantly moving and changing in Adelaide.


Whether its stencils on the ground, spray paint on the walls, yarn bombing, chewing gum portraits or pasted images of a bygone era, there is always something to discover when exploring the city streets and laneways.

Nightlife in Adelaide



Whether you’re into pubs, clubs, wine bars or cocktails, there is something to suit everyone in Adelaide.


Small bars are popping up all around the city, Little Miss Mexico, Proof, Cantina Sociale, Clever Little Tailor and Udaberri to name just a few.


To find out more visit Yelp - Adelaide



Contact the Australian Holiday Centre to book your travel via email

or free call within Australia on 1300 799 342 or from outside Australia +61 8 8221 5044


Images: South Australian Tourism Commission




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