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Best things to do in Adelaide and event guide for 2022

Discover Adelaide from new heights with a skydiving adventure or explore the South Australian state with a relaxing wine tour.

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Whether you're looking for adventure activities, stunning views, nature and wildlife or scrumptious food, Adelaide has got you sorted with the lot. Taste local food at the Central Adelaide Market or hang out with pandas and koalas at Australia Zoo.

We share our favourite things for you to try – no matter what you're in Adelaide for.

Top 3 attractions and experiences in Adelaide


1. Wine tour

With free transportation departing from Adelaide, head to the wineries where you'll indulge in new flavours of wine and local food. If you want to relax and go at your own pace, the hop-on hop-off bus that travels to Adelaide Hills will make its way around the region, allowing you to choose which wineries you want to visit. If you want to visit the spots the locals rave about, head off on a day trip to Adelaide Hills where your stops include a lunch at a German pub and a visit to Beerenberg's Strawberry Farm.

Adelaide Oval

2. Tour iconic Adelaide sights

What's a trip to Adelaide without visiting some of its notorious sights? Relive celebrated moments in Australian sporting history with a tour of Adelaide Oval, where you'll hear old and new tales about the Oval and get a guided tour of the grounds. If the spookier side of Adelaide peaks your interest, a ghost tour at Australia's longest operating gaol is an experience you're unlikely to forget.

V8 car in Adelaide

3. V8 race experience

Hop in the front seat and experience the most powerful 450hp V8 race cars available in Australia. You'll be met with thrilling challenges as your driver navigates around the race circuit with bends and curves that must be executed at an intense pace.

Adelaide City, South Australia

4. Adelaide city tour

What better way to explore Adelaide than at your own pace by foot or bike. Learn about the city's history and culture on a relaxed walking tour that'll take you to the popular attractions or grab a free bike and ride around the city.

Best things to do in Adelaide at night

Adelaide Oval Climb

5. Roof climb at the Adelaide Oval

Explore Adelaide from new heights with this climb on top of one of Australia's most iconic sporting stadiums. You'll see breathtaking views of the stadium itself, the coastline and Adelaide Hills in the distance. Choose either a twilight climb to view the sunset or a night climb to see the city lit up after dark.

Adelaide food market

6. Cooking class

Treat yourself to an authentic Moroccan cooking class experience with a professional chef or learn how to make authentic Thai food at an award-winning cooking school in Adelaide. Either way, your eyes will be as big as your belly with an authentic food adventure in Adelaide.

Photography class, Adelaide

7. Photography class

What better way to explore Adelaide than to explore all of it angles through a lens. Learn how to take photos at night while getting to know the basics of composition, controlling aperture, shutter speed and ISO as well as understanding how to use light and shade to capture the best shots around the city.

Moonlight Cinema, Adelaide

8. Outdoor night adventures

You won't find yourself twiddling your thumbs wondering what to do at night in Adelaide. If you want to sit back and relax after a long day, head to Adelaide's Moonlight Cinema where you can watch the classics and latest blockbusters latest blockbusters at the Botanic Park. The Ebenezer Night Markets run during selected dates in summer and you can stroll around browsing the food, fashion, art and jewellery on offer.

Best things to do in Adelaide with kids

Animal encounter, Adelaide

9. Animal encounter

Get exclusive access to Australia Zoo and wander the grounds that house more than 2,500 animals. Australia Zoo give guests the opportunity to get up close and personal with koalas and pandas before roaming around the zoo to explore and see 250 species of mammals, birds, reptiles and fish.

Obstacle playground in Adelaide

10. Adrenaline-filled fun

If you love a challenge, visit Australia's largest aerial adventure park with over 70 unique challenges and South Australia's largest giant swing. For an indoor adrenaline-inducing experience, make your way through three real-life interactive escape rooms, all uniquely themed with different challenges to overcome and crimes to solve.

Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

11. Embrace local history and art

Get an understanding of South Australia's past with a trip to the South Australian Museum, State Library of South Australia and the Art Gallery of South Australia, both offering plenty of exhibitions and entertainment for the kids.

Fun things to do in Adelaide

Mount Lofty, Adelaide

12. Experience nature at Mount Lofty

Step out into the fresh air and explore what Adelaide's outdoors has to offer. A downhill bike tour from the top of Mount Lofty will provide you with breathtaking panoramic views before you descend down the mountain, spotting kangaroos and koalas along the way. If you're after something a little less structured, take a self-guided walking tour that takes you from the serenity of Waterfall Gully, through to Cleland Conservation Park and then onto the top of Mount Lofty.

Adelaide Central Market, South Australia

13. Adelaide Central Market

Adelaide Central Market offers a thriving food and wine culture, alongside some of Adelaide's favourite eateries. The market sees over 9 million visitors each year, a combination of locals and visitors, who get to discover the taste of international cuisines and local produce.

Tandem skydiving, Adelaide

14. Adventures from the sky

Whether you're an adrenaline junkie seeking the thrill of taking in the views of Adelaide while jumping out of a plane from 9,000 feet in the air or an equally thrilling, yet relaxing, hot air balloon ride at sunrise, the views from above are not to be missed.

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15. Abseiling and rock climbing

Abseiling and rock climbing are a must-do for all adventurers visiting Adelaide. Outdoor thrill seekers will get to test their endurance and strength while picking up new skills and techniques along the way.

Morialta Waterfall, South Australia

16. Chase waterfalls

Adelaide may have a dry climate, but this doesn't mean you won't find stellar waterfalls. Get out in nature and take in stunning views, explore rock pools and spot small reptiles before reaching the waterfalls where you can set up a picnic and enjoy your surroundings.

More things to do in Adelaide

High tea


Seasonal events in Adelaide

Things to do in Adelaide in summer

  • Adelaide Fringe Festival
  • Adelaide Festival
  • Clipsal 500
  • Laneway Festival
  • Adelaide Motorsport Festival

Things to do in Adelaide in winter

  • Winter Reds Festival
  • Adelaide Beer and BBQ Festival
  • Umbrella Winter City Sounds
  • SALA Festival

Things to do in Adelaide in autumn

  • WOMADelaide
  • Adelaide Festival
  • Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend
  • Tasting Australia

Things to do in Adelaide in spring

  • Credit Union Christmas Pageant
  • Adelaide Fashion Festival
  • OzAsia Festival
  • Vegan Festival Adelaide

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