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Adelaide
Travel Guide

Adelaide

Nestled between the ocean and the Adelaide Hills, the South Australian capital is a hive of creativity, historical wonder and culinary delights.


Adelaide has a distinctly European flair, with locals who are passionate about their food, wine, art and music. The city has long been a destination for immigrants. Today, Adelaide has a population of just over 1.2 million people. The surrounding regions are among Australia’s finest producers of food and wine, and the city is the home of many international arts and sporting events.

Adelaide’s climate is similar to the Mediterranean, so it’s no wonder that there are a bounty of outdoor activities. Lush gardens and parkland surround the city grid. Enjoy a picnic at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens or jump on a tram to one of Adelaide’s city beaches. Take a trip down a water slide at The Beachhouse or swim with the dolphins in Glenelg, one of Adelaide’s must-see neighbourhoods.


The small German settlement villages of Hahndorf and Lobethal are nestled in the Adelaide Hills, just a short drive from the city. Many German immigrants still live in the hills, and the architecture, customs and food reflect their influence. Head to the region to sample offerings from some of Australia’s finest wine producers. McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley are among the areas that have led South Australia to be recognized as an internationally renowned wine region.


Watch one of Adelaide’s two Australian Football League teams compete, a must for any sports fan. In the summer, take in the first race of the international cycling season at the Tour Down Under. If visiting during February and March check out the Adelaide Fringe Festival and WOMADelaide, Australia’s biggest festival of world music. Loved by musicians around the world, the city has been the subject of songs by Australian favorite, Paul Kelly, and American piano-rocker Ben Folds, both of whom have called Adelaide home.


Get some retail therapy at Rundle Mall, Adelaide’s main shopping precinct. From here the city of Adelaide is easy to navigate; most major tourist attractions are within walking distance. North Terrace is just blocks away and houses the Art Gallery of South Australia, the Migration Museum and the Museum of South Australia. Public transport is affordable and will allow you to reach all of Adelaide’s neighborhoods within 20 minutes.


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Where to stay in Adelaide

InterContinental Adelaide, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Adelaide, an IHG Hotel
5 out of 5
North Terrace, Adelaide, SA
The price is £103 per night from 9 May to 9 May
Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps away from Adelaide Casino, Parliament House and Adelaide Convention Centre. Adelaide ...
4.4/5Excellent! (929 reviews)
"Nice hotel. Very nice staff. Good location."

Reviewed on 2 May 2021

InterContinental Adelaide, an IHG Hotel
Oaks Glenelg Plaza Pier Suites
Oaks Glenelg Plaza Pier Suites
4.5 out of 5
16 Holdfast Promenade Glenelg, Glenelg, SA
The price is £77 per night from 23 May to 23 May
Located in Glenelg, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of Glenelg Beach and Glenelg Jetty. Brighton Beach and West Beach ...
4.2/5Very Good! (948 reviews)
"We selected an ocean view room and it was the best decision we made. The sunsets every day were amazing and beautiful. The location is also perfect and enabled us to spend a morning meditating on the beach during sunrise. It's a very convenient location with a beautiful walk along the beach and boardwalk ..."

Reviewed on 4 May 2021

Oaks Glenelg Plaza Pier Suites
Atura Adelaide Airport
Atura Adelaide Airport
1 Atura Circuit, Adelaide Airport, SA
The price is £94 per night from 3 Jun to 3 Jun
Located in Adelaide Airport, this hotel is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Harbour Town Adelaide and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Henley Beach. Glenelg Beach and Rundle Mall are ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (1,060 reviews)
"it was spacious, quiet and decor was great. Bed comfy and so convenient for us"

Reviewed on 24 Apr 2021

Atura Adelaide Airport
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
The Retreat at West Beach Parks
The Retreat at West Beach Parks
3.5 out of 5
Military Road, West Beach, SA
The price is £89 per night from 9 May to 9 May
With direct access to the beach, this West Beach apartment building is next to a golf course and within a 10-minute walk of West Beach Mini Golf, West Beach ...
4.4/5Excellent! (742 reviews)
"Loved the peaceful surroundings. Of course the kids loved water slides and everything else. Was the best stay we have had. Beautiful"

Reviewed on 26 Apr 2021

The Retreat at West Beach Parks
Majestic M Suites
Majestic M Suites
4.5 out of 5
202 TYNTE STREET, North Adelaide, SA
The price is £138 per night from 8 May to 8 May
Located in North Adelaide, this luxury apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of St Peter's Cathedral, The David Roche Foundation and Adelaide Oval. Adelaide ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
"Brand new suites perfectly located for o'connell street cafes and restaurants. Extremely clean and comfortable."

Reviewed on 30 Apr 2021

Majestic M Suites
Franklin Apartments
Franklin Apartments
4 out of 5
36 Franklin Street, Adelaide, SA
The price is £66 per night from 9 May to 9 May
Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Victoria Square, Adelaide Central Market and Adelaide Casino. Rundle ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,059 reviews)
"Good value, 3Bedrooms & very central to everything. Top floor was noisy due to the Aircon systems on the rooftop."

Reviewed on 3 Apr 2021

Franklin Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Adelaide

4.5

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4/5 - Good

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10 Mar 2020

Some areas really lovely, surroundings well worth a visit. Great museum.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

15 Feb 2020

Recommend Food Tour of Central Market to learn about this important institution and better understand food culture.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

6 Feb 2020

Central market is a must.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

4 Feb 2020

Lovely city, good location and facilities

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Jun 2019

Would prefer if a microwave could be provided to guests as they can heat their eatables/sandwiches when dining in room.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

6 May 2019

If you like chocolates and wine you are in haven. Great restaurants and shoppers experiences.

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