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Welcome to Adelaide

Adelaide, the laid-back capital of South Australia, is a world away from the urban powerhouses of Melbourne and Sydney. The only one of Australia’s state capitals to be founded by free settlers, Adelaide retains its independent spirit to this day, and it feels more like an oversized village than the country’s fifth most populated city. With its Victorian architecture, picturesque waterfront, burgeoning art scene, and myriad other things to do, Adelaide is a city-break destination in its own right—but for many travelers it's also home base for day trips to the vineyards of the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale, Murray River, Kangaroo Island, and Fleurieu Peninsula.

Top 10 attractions in Adelaide

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Adelaide Zoo

Adelaide Zoo

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Adelaide Zoo is home to almost 2,500 animals, with around 250 different species from all around the world. Along with Aussie favorites like kangaroos, koalas, and Tasmanian devils, the zoo is famous for its pair of Giant Pandas, Wang Wang and Funi, the only animals of their kind in Australia.More
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McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale

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McLaren Vale is second only to Barossa Valley as South Australia’s top wine region. The region's wineries are spread out around the town of McLaren Vale, about 25 miles (41 kilometers) south of Adelaide. Soft, luscious Shiraz is the signature style, and more than 70 wineries offer tastings. Don't miss the vibrant local food scene.More
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Adelaide Oval

Adelaide Oval

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One of the world’s most scenic arenas, the Adelaide Oval dates back to 1871. Best known for cricket, the defining sport of British colonies, it also hosts concerts, rugby, Australian rules football, and more. Besides a cafe, fine dining restaurant, and corporate events spaces, it offers a museum devoted to cricket legend Donald Bradman.More
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Adelaide Gaol

Adelaide Gaol

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One of the oldest buildings in South Australia, Adelaide Gaol is remarkable for its architecture, its history, and—allegedly—its ghosts. During its years of operation, 1841–1988, the jail housed over 300,000 prisoners, 45 of whom were executed on-site. Today it offers an interactive exhibition, a range of food options, and a shop.More
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Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island

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With its unmistakably Aussie name, it’s little surprise that Kangaroo Island is one of the best places to spot native Australian wildlife. Australia's third-largest island, this unspoiled haven is a trove of natural wonders, from red rock cliffs to sandy beaches, sweeping dunes, and wild bushlands.More
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Hahndorf

Hahndorf

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Tucked away in the Adelaide Hills, the tree-lined lanes and historic taverns of Hahndorf have a distinctly Bavarian feel; so much so that the village has dubbed itself “Australia’s oldest German town.” Founded by German settlers in the early 19th century, Hahndorf displays its heritage in its culture, architecture, and cuisine.More
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Mt. Lofty

Mt. Lofty

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Despite its name, Mt. Lofty is far from lofty, standing just 2,385 feet (727 meters) high in the Mt. Lofty Ranges, part of the Adelaide Hills. The summit offers views across Adelaide and the ocean, with a café, an information center and shop, and hiking trail access. Mt. Lofty Botanic Garden and Cleland Wildlife Park are on its slopes.More
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Art Gallery of South Australia

Art Gallery of South Australia

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The Art Gallery of South Australia showcases around 45,000 works of art spanning 2,000 years. Expect to see works by Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and a diverse array of art from around the world, including Rodin bronzes and contemporary pieces. The museum occupies a landmark neoclassical building in the heart of Adelaide.More
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Penfolds Barossa Valley Cellar Door

Penfolds Barossa Valley Cellar Door

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Since 1844, Penfolds Barossa Valley winery has been offering travelers access to a wide variety of wines, luscious tastings and idyllic vineyard views. And while strong pours of favorite vintages are a treat for visitors, it’s the Make Your Own Blend Tour that gives Penfolds Barossa Valley Cellar Door the air of something new. After touring the grounds and exploring the Cellar Door, travelers enter the winemakers’ laboratory and use popular grapes, like Grenache and Shiraz, to blend their own wines to bottle and take home.More
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Adelaide Botanic Garden

Adelaide Botanic Garden

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Covering more than 124 acres (50 hectares) between the North Terrace and Botanic Park, the Adelaide Botanic Garden are among the city’s most stunning green spaces. With tree-lined walkways, water lily and lotus ponds, and flower gardens blooming with roses and dahlias, this is an idyllic place for a walking tour.More

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Top activities in Adelaide

Barossa Valley Full-Day Tour from Adelaide with Maggie Beer Farm
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Barossa Valley Wineries Tour with Tastings and Lunch from Adelaide
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RoofClimb Adelaide Oval Experience
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Seal Island Boat Tour from Victor Harbor
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Kayak Tour in Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary
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McLaren Vale Winery Small Group Tour with Wine Tasting and Lunch
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Adelaide Hills Tour with River Murray 3 Hour Lunch Cruise
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Small Group Adelaide Hills and Hahndorf Hideaway Tour from Adelaide
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Hop-On Hop-Off Barossa Valley Wine Region Tour from Adelaide
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Coorong 6-Hour Adventure Cruise
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Adelaide Oval Stadium Tour
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Adelaide Oval Stadium Tour

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Small Tour Barossa Valley Voyager Tour from Adelaide or Glenelg
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Full-Day Tour in South Australia Highlights
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Recent reviews from experiences in Adelaide

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Bob was very...
Elzabeth_R, Jan 2022
Adelaide Hills and Hahndorf - Half Day Private Tour
Bob was very knowledgeable and we had a chat what we wanted to see in Adelaide and he customised the tour for us, because of the children.
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Wow!
Christine_E, Dec 2021
Adelaide 90-Minute Pedicab Tour: Street Art Experience
What a fantastic way to see Adelaide.
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A great day out!
Candice_R, Nov 2021
Barossa Valley Wineries Tour with Tastings and Lunch from Adelaide
We went to some great wineries and got to see the sights of the beautiful Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills.
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River Cruise
Maureen_H, Apr 2021
Torrens River Cruise in Adelaide
Overall,a relaxing way to see Adelaide,,and hear about some of the history in an affordable way .
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Adelaide, Mt Lofty and Hahndorf
Steven_D, Apr 2021
A taste of Adelaide and Hahndorf by car private tour.
A great way to see the sites of Adelaide with a trip up to Mt Lofty and Hahndorf for lunch all from the comfort of a car.
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Beyond the city
Jane, Feb 2020
McLaren Vale and Glenelg Wine Tasting and Sightseeing (Half-day Afternoon)
It is a fantastic way to see a bit more of the Adelaide area and to taste some lovely wines along the way.
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Day trip
clivetuckr, Feb 2020
Kangaroo Island in a Day Tour from Adelaide
Long day but worth it to see the island even though some attractions were off limits due to recent fires.
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DIAHANN C, Nov 2013
McLaren Vale Wine Tour by Bike
Best way so far to see the sights of Adelaide and enjoy the McLaren Valley wine country.
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anjalibhatt, Jan 2018
Kangaroo Island in a Day Tour from Adelaide
Stunning place to visit.
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Great tour to see the highlights of...
Terence R, Jun 2017
Small Group Adelaide Hills and Hahndorf Hideaway Tour from Adelaide
Great tour to see the highlights of the Adelaide surrounds.
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Absolutely wonderful tour. Tour...
Caroline B, Oct 2016
Barossa Valley Wineries Tour with Tastings and Lunch from Adelaide
Highly recommend to anyone in the Adelaide area looking to see some of the wonderful vineyards in the Barossa Valley!
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an excellent start for a visit of...
Greg B, Apr 2016
Cultural Caper Adelaide Walking Tour
an excellent start for a visit of Adelaide gave us a good background of what to see further after the tour the guide was very knowledgeable thumbs up
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JUST GO FOR IT! I had only a few...
SengJone_G, Sep 2016
Mount Lofty Descent Bike Tour from Adelaide
I had only a few days to see Adelaide and this was the highlight.
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Fantastic time on this bike tour. We...
Paul J, Jan 2016
Mount Lofty Descent Bike Tour from Adelaide
The bike tour is a great way to see parts of Adelaide that are off the beaten track and suitable for all abilities.
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Adelaide Central Market Walking Tour
Chris_O, Mar 2021
Adelaide Central Market Discovery Tour
The Adelaide Central Market is a must to visit for anyone visiting the City.
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Relaxing way to cruise the sights
Rhonda_M, Feb 2021
Torrens River Cruise in Adelaide
From ringing to see where we were (oops waiting in the wrong place), very hearty welcome when we got to where we should have been and boarding the boat, the very friendly, informative and entertaining commentary and the river cruise it self, we couldn’t have enjoyed it anymore than we did.
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Wonderful tour of North Adelaide
Karena_L, Sep 2020
Adelaide Walking Tour: Grand Mansions and Sub-Divisions
Had a wonderful tour with Graeme, I was born and have lived in Adelaide all my life and did not know the history of some our beautiful buildings and homes, I especially liked the stories regarding the mansions and then to see where the workers lived with their families, such a contrast from the rich to the not so rich.
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We only had a limited time in Adelaide...
Amanda M, Sep 2017
McLaren Vale and Glenelg Wine Tasting and Sightseeing (Half-day Afternoon)
We only had a limited time in Adelaide, so this tour was a great way to see beyond the city.
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The Cultural Caper Adelaide Walking...
Tracey L, Sep 2017
Cultural Caper Adelaide Walking Tour
The Cultural Caper Adelaide Walking tour was a great way to see some of the history of Adelaide that you might otherwise miss.
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This was an interesting day. With 3...
Mark_Z, Nov 2016
Small-Group Kangaroo Island 4WD Tour from Adelaide
We went to a beach area to see sea lions, The day seemed to end a tad too soon.
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