Adelaide | The Ultimate Travel Guide

Churches, parklands, culture and wineries.

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Glenelg Pier, Adelaide at Sunset

Adelaide might be known as the “city of churches”, but it offers so much more than a steeple-speckled landscape.

Fringed by parklands and brought to life by a rich music and arts scene, its lively atmosphere is marked with an exceptional number of cultural events and celebrated with world-class wines. Naturally, a day trip to the Barossa Valley to visit the area’s award winning wineries is a must.

For families and beachcombers, the must-see destination is Kangaroo Island. It’s a short bus and ferry ride from Adelaide, though it feels miles away. The island boasts a unique coastal landscape of native birds, sea lions, penguins and rock formations. Stick around for the sunset. You won’t regret it.

What's there to do in Adelaide?

Surrounded by a handful of wine regions, pristine beaches and within easy reach of some of Australia's most picturesque natural wonders, there's plenty to do within Adelaide's CBD with out.

Take in the best of Adelaide's food and wine scene on a food tour, explore the city's galleries and museums or hit the beach at Glenelg.

For something a little bit different, take in the views of Adelaide's surrounding wine regions on a bucket-list worthy hot air balloon ride or helicopter ride.

Where is Adelaide Oval?

Adelaide Oval is on War Memorial Drive in the Parklands between North Adelaide and the city centre.

The famed stadium is used mostly for cricket and AFL but it also plays host to other events such as rugby league, rugby union, soccer and concerts.

Where is Adelaide casino?

Adelaide casino is on the northern edge of the city centre. SKYCITY has about 90 gaming tables, 950 gambling machines as well as a multitude of bars and restaurants.

It's located within the heritage-listed railway station on the North Terrace.

Does Adelaide have an aquarium?

Although talks are in the pipeline, Adelaide does not have an aquarium.

However, visitors looking to get up close with sea creatures aren't completely out of luck. There are some interesting aquarium displays to be enjoyed at Adelaide Zoo. Here you can visit penguins, sea lions and alligators.

Where is Adelaide Hills?

You'll find these east of the city centre and depending on where you're going, public transport from the city is available. However, if you're planning on visiting vineyards or making multiple stops, it may be easiest with your own transportation.

The picturesque Adelaide Hills are part of the Mount Lofty Ranges and a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. Tagged "The Land of the Long Lunch", it's the ideal place to indulge in some Aussie-cultivated cuisine.

Getting around Adelaide

Stretching only about 3km across, Adelaide's city centre is compact and packs in attractions like Rundle Mall, the South Australian Museum and the Art Gallery of South Australia into it's borders. If you're staying central, most of the CBD's attractions should be no more than a 20-30-minute walk.

If you're hoping to go further afield, or can use a bit of assistance getting around, Adelaide offers a range of public transport options plus its serviced by cabs and ride share programs. To help get you there, we've detailed everything you need to know about transport in Adelaide, so you can focus on your new experiences (and not stress about how to get to them).


Adelaide public transport

Types of transport. Adelaide Metro will get you around town with trains, trams and buses. If you're hoping to go out of the CBD to Glenelg, you can hop on a tram from the city centre. While wine regions are close by, touring the vineyards by public transport may be difficult, but not impossible. Public buses do service Adelaide Hills, but stops will be intermittent.

Paying for transport. For $25.50, the metroCARD Visitor Pass is loaded with three days' worth of travel with the option to top up if you're staying longer. You can purchase single- or day-trip tickets on buses, trams and trains. You can buy MetroCARDs from info centres, metroCARD agents or ticket vending and recharge machines. A day-trip tickets and single fares are also available.

Best apps for getting around. For real-time transit information, to see transport options and for information on when to leave your destination to catch your transit option, download the metroMATE app.


Taxis and Uber

Taxi. You can book a taxi in advance by phone, hail one from the street or find one at taxi ranks around the city.

Ride share. Ola and Uber are both available throughout Adelaide.

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