Adelaide, South Australia
Adelaide is South Australia’s cosmopolitan coastal capital. Its ring of parkland on the River Torrens is home to renowned museums such as the Art Gallery of South Australia, displaying expansive collections including noted Indigenous art, and the South Australian Museum, devoted to natural history. The city's famous Adelaide Festival is an annual international arts gathering with spin-offs including fringe and film events.
The recently renovated North Terrace precinct is home to the Art Gallery of South Australia, the South Australian Museum, Ayers House Museum, the Botanic Gardens of South Australia, or the National Wine Centre of Australia and Parliament House.
Adelaide combines historic buildings and lush parklands with exceptional food and wine, art, shopping, a bustling bar scene and world-class events. Adelaide has also been awarded as a great wine capital of the world. The city is a gateway to some of Australia’s best wine country and an entire coastline of some of the country’s best beaches.
Places of interest
Adelaide Oval 's rich history dates back to 1871, when the South Australian Cricket Association was formed. The first Test Cricket match was played at the oval in 1884 between Australia and England.
The oval has been called one of the most picturesque Test cricket grounds in the world, with the northern view featuring St Peter's Cathedral rising behind an elegant Edwardian scoreboard and giant Moreton Bay fig trees which were planted in the 1890s. The grassed mounds at each end, called ‘The Hills', were created in 1898 from earth carted from the banks of the Torrens River.
Adelaide Zoo, Australia's second oldest zoo, is operated on a non-profit basis and is home to more than 3,000 animals and 250 species of exotic and native mammals, birds, reptiles and fish exhibited over eight hectares of magnificent botanic surroundings.
Adelaide Zoo offers exciting opportunities for visitors to get even closer to some of their favourite animal friends. The zoo offers visitors the opportunity to take part in interactive behind the scenes experiences. Visitors can experience the thrill of hand feeding Giant Pandas, helping hippos with their daily mouth check or entering the Squirrel Monkey home to feed them… plus much more! The zoo’s keeper presentations are also a great free way to meet the animals and their carers.
The River Torrens runs from the Adelaide Hills to Henley Beach. The Torrens Lake in Adelaide city is a popular and picturesque spot for lazing in the sun or picnics as well as for walking or jogging. You can enjoy a leisurely boat ride along the river or if you prefer, you can steer your own course on a paddle boat.
The Art Gallery of South Australia, located on the cultural boulevard of North Terrace in Adelaide, is one of three significant visual arts museum in the Australian state of South Australia.
Adelaide’s rich arts and cultural heritage offers a must see collection of international, colonial, indigenous and modern artwork. With 38,000 pieces in its collection, from Australia, Europe, North America and Asia, there's sure to be a painting, sculpture, print, drawing, photo or piece of furniture that catches your eye.
The South Australian Museum has been committed to making Australia’s natural and cultural heritage accessible, engaging and fun for over 150 years. It is a place where families can learn and grow together.
Today the Museum is one of the most visited museums in Australia and holds collections of national and international significance. It is a leader in remote and regional community engagement, and in Australian Aboriginal heritage and scientific research.
Ayers House Museum presents the high Victorian era in one of Adelaide’s finest historic mansions. It stands today not only the last surviving mansion of its era on the southern side of North Terrace, but also interprets the life of an upper middle class family of the 19th Century. The National Trust of South Australia’s collection represents the best that money could buy and is displayed to focus on original Ayers Family pieces.
Using reflections on social history, visitors are taken back in time to hear the story of how life may have been for the Ayers Family and those ‘below stairs’.
The Botanic Gardens of South Australia are located in the heart of the city of Adelaide but visitors feel as though they are another world away. Explore the beauty and diversity of plants from across Australia and around the world. Spend an hour or spend the day among the 50 hectares of magnificently maintained gardens and stunning architecture. Relax in the shade or enjoy a coffee among some of Australia’s finest plant collections.
The National Wine Centre of Australia is a truly special place to experience for people visiting South Australia. Nestled in the heart of the city’s Botanic Gardens, the home of the nation’s wine collection offers wine lovers an unparalleled opportunity to learn more about winemaking, and enjoy the rich diversity of varieties produced in Australia.
‘New’ Parliament House is historically significant as the home of the South Australian House of Assembly since 1889 and the Legislative Council since 1939. The building was also the venue for the intercolonial Postal and Telegraph Conference of May 1890 and the Australasian Federal Convention of 1897, which was the first of three conventions working to finalise an Australian constitution for a federation of the colonies.
Burgeoning local pride and assertiveness are evident in its design and use of South Australian building materials. Construction commenced at the height of an era when substantial public buildings were being erected in dressed stone – in this case the stone was predominantly marble. Parliament House is striking on all four sides. Even the rear of the building, with its elegant balcony, rises impressively over the Adelaide Festival Centre below. Its architectural significance has been preserved by the absence of external alterations.
Wining and dining in Adelaide and South Australia
Indulge your tastebuds in some of the award-winning restaurants on offer in Adelaide – head to Rundle Street, Gouger Street and Chinatown in the city or venture out of the city square mile to O'Connell Street in North Adelaide, The Parade at Norwood, King William Road in Hyde Park or nearby Unley Road or Jetty Road at Glenelg.
Adelaide's new Leigh Street and Peel Street precinct is a haven for some fantastic little bars and restaurants offering drinks and tapas style dining.
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Discover South Australia's award winning wine region
See why Adelaide is the gateway to Australia's premier wine regions, with easy access to over 200 cellar doors. Experience wine tastings in one of South Australia’s many famous wine regions: the Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Coonawarra or McLaren Vale.
Go gourmet at the Adelaide Central Markets
Explore the Adelaide Central Markets and taste all sorts of delights from the many produce stalls. Buy some delicious gourmet goods for a picnic in one of Adelaide's picturesque parks or gardens such as the Adelaide Botanic Gardens.
Get up close to Australia’s unique landscape and wildlife
Explore the magical ancient natural wonders that South Australia has to offer.
Take a road trip in the Adelaide Hills
The Adelaide Hills, just a 20 minute drive from the city is a story-book pretty region. The drive itself is worth the time. Take a tour through the picturesque Adelaide Hills to the villages of Hahndorf, Stirling or Aldgate.
Cruise the mighty Murray River
Take in the majestic Murray River aboard a relaxing cruise on an historic paddle-wheeler. Marvel at the stunning rock formations and the abundant bird and wildlife and the lovely little port towns along the way.
Take a trip to the outback to witness the breathtaking Flinders Ranges
The Flinders Ranges are the largest mountain range in South Australia, starting about 200km north of Adelaide. The discontinuous ranges stretch for over 430km from Port Pirie to Lake Callabonna.
The attractions in the Flinders Ranges and Outback are as diverse as the landscape itself. The rugged, weathered peaks and rocky gorges of the Flinders Ranges in Outback South Australia form some of the most dramatic and beautiful landscapes in the country. It's a place rich in Aboriginal history and home to a vast array of wildlife. Following the scenic roads, 4WD tracks and walking trails that crisscross this wild countryside will take you on a remarkable adventure.
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Get up close to native Australian wildlife
Head to Cleland Conservation Park or Gorge Wildlife Park in the Adelaide Hills where you can cuddle koalas or feed kangaroos, wallabies, emus and many other native Australian animals from the palm of your hand!
If you’d like to see kangaroos, koalas, echidnas in the wild, you can visit Kangaroo Island, where visitors will see Australian wildlife in abundance. Kangaroo Island is Australia’s fourth national icon. Walk amongst Australian sea-lions at Seal Bay where you can also hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies or hold a koala. Explore the magnificent Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch, Kelly Hill Caves or Little Sahara sand dunes.