Adelaide is full of amazing places to see and things to do, from cultural attractions to picturesque regional day trips. A destination well known for both business and leisure travel, there are many of Australia’s landmark attractions in Adelaide just waiting to be discovered by you.
The city has a vibrant history and is famous for its bounty of annual events, specialising in the arts, food and wine, and distinguished film festivals. Here are just a few of the must-sees for your next trip to the South Australian capital!
Adelaide has so much to offer
Adelaide is home to beautiful architecture and gardens, which is why sight-seeing is on top of most visitors’ to-do lists. Thankfully the airport is only a 15-20 minute drive from the CBD.
Arrange to be met by a chauffeur when you land and ask them to take the scenic route! Adelaide is at its best during festival seasons, but this will also be a busy time for hotel bookings. February and March see the quirky Adelaide Fringe Festival, eclectic Adelaide Festival of Arts and multicultural Womadelaide Festival all bringing the city to life. Take note of these special events when planning your trip.
The Adelaide Botanical Gardens consist of 125 acres of public gardens.
It is a sanctuary of native and exotic flowers and rare plants, historic buildings and iconic national collections. Including guided walks, greenhouses and cafes, this is the perfect way to spend a relaxing afternoon.
Where: North Terrace, Adelaide 5000.
Adelaide Oval is arguably the world’s prettiest cricket ground!
It hosts a variety of sports and concert events throughout the year, including cricket in the summer and AFL in winter. If you’re not attending a major event, you can still enjoy the Oval’s memorabilia collection and a guided tour ‘behind the scenes’ of this famous attraction. The Oval has a capacity of over 53,000, which gives you an idea of the electric atmosphere during sporting events! It also has outstanding catering and conference facilities, as well as corporate boxes for hire, which makes it a great choice for business as well as leisure.
Where: War Memorial Dr, North Adelaide SA 5006.
Catch up on a little bit of history while you’re in the ‘City of Churches’. A walk around central Adelaide can take in a range of elegant churches and cathedrals, each with its own history and striking architectural features.
The National War Memorial is another monument to history. Located in the centre of Adelaide, it commemorates those who served in the First World War. Where: North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000 The Adelaide Gaol is one of the oldest public buildings in Adelaide and its dark history is revealed via entertaining guided tours.
Where: 18 Gaol Rd, Thebarton SA 5031.
This award winning convention centre has a renowned global reputation and features world class facilities.
As experienced hosts of conferences, launches and board meetings, they can work with you to meticulously plan your next event. Their expertise doesn’t end there; they are also the go-to venue for exhibitions, cocktail parties and outdoor events, making this the perfect place to enjoy anything from a celebration to a business meeting.
Where: 15 Leigh Street, Adelaide SA 5000.
Step into another world and experience one of Adelaide’s most iconic attractions.
The famous Adelaide Zoo houses over 250 different species of Australian native and exotic mammals, reptiles, fish and birds with a total population of over 2500! Take in the calming city retreat and vibrant sanctuary while exploring the vast selection of animals.
Where: Frome Road, Adelaide SA 5000.
Visit the largest under cover fresh produce market in the Southern Hemisphere and experience South Australia’s principal food hub.
Full of aromas and bustling with lively colours, this market is home to over 80 specialist stall holders. With frequent events taking place at the Central Market, including tastings, music, cooking classes and much more, you will be able to enjoy a freshly prepared meal and be entertained for the day.
Where: Gouger St, Adelaide, SA.
Adelaide ghost tours are not for everyone but for those who get a thrill out of ‘the experience’, this is for you.
Night tours and dark historical crime tours are the most frightening and ‘real’ experience you will find in South Australia. Yes it may be spooky but it is a fun night out! You will hear stories, go on ghost hunts and visit some of the most haunted locations in the region. What’s lurking in the shadows at the Adelaide Arcade, Tailem Town, Z Ward or the National Railway Museum? There are several companies who organise Adelaide ghost tours. Just ask at your hotel reception desk!
This beautiful building is home to some of Australia’s greatest art collections.
The art gallery’s collection includes over 38,000 works of art! See sculptures, paintings, jewellery and more that reflect cultures from around the world as well as South Australia’s most impressive local artists.
Where: North Terrace, Adelaide, SA 5000.
If you have time to get out of the CBD, consider catching a tram to funky Glenelg for waterfront dining, or visit renowned Henley Beach for a surf or swim. Looking for a day trip? Why not take a tour of the gorgeous Barossa Valley?
Appreciate the stunning scenery while you enjoy wine tasting, food testing and the dynamic culture of this amazing region. You’ll be surprised at the complex history of migration and industry to be found in this scenic location.
If you’re a wine lover, this is really an experience you won’t want to miss as many of Australia’s best-loved tipples are made in the Barossa. Adelaide is known by many as the City of Churches, but its features go beyond its historic buildings. With beautiful parks and gardens to admire and a wealth of cultural attractions, this is a city has plenty to offer locals, tourists and business travellers alike.