Things to do in Adelaide

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Adelaide

Adelaide Attractions

Known as the ‘City of Churches’, Adelaide has a wealth of stunning buildings, a beautiful centre and a rich culture. Explore the city’s vibrant live music scene, its lively nightlife and its great restaurants. Learn more about Adelaide’s past in the city’s many excellent museums and galleries or head to the local beach to enjoy Australian coastal life. For a true Adelaide experience, pick up some tickets for a game at the famous Oval and spend a relaxing day at the cricket.

Areas & Neighbourhoods in Adelaide

CBD – Surrounded by parkland and waterways, central Adelaide is one of Australia’s most picturesque CBDs. Shop for bargains in the city’s Central Markets or in the Rundle Mall, learn about local culture and history in the area’s museums or relax in one of the many parks that ring the CBD.

Glenelg Beach – One of the closest beaches to central Adelaide, Glenelg is a fantastic destination for anyone looking to escape the heat of the city. Go diving, snorkelling or swimming, walk along the pretty coastal promenade or enjoy an al fresco meal in one of Glenelg’s many eateries.

North Adelaide – Located to the north of the Adelaide Oval, North Adelaide is a leafy district with a great choice of green spaces and leisure facilities. As well as the Oval, North Adelaide boasts a golf course, acres of parkland and several play areas and walking routes. Many of the district’s pubs and restaurants are heritage listed, giving you a great excuse to explore as many as possible during your stay.

Cleland Conservation Park – Just a short drive from Adelaide’s CBD you’ll find the Cleland Conservation Park. Home to koalas, wombats, kangaroos and a selection of reptiles, the park is a great place to get close to nature and learn more about Adelaide’s habitat.

Things to See in Adelaide

One of the most famous sights in Adelaide is the city’s historic Oval. Established in 1871, the ground is an important part of city life and a must see during your stay in Adelaide. Another prominent cultural institution in the city is the Art Gallery of South Australia. Founded in 1881, the gallery is home to a huge collection of works from Australia and around the world. Other sights in Adelaide include Rundle Mall, the first pedestrianized mall in Australia, Adelaide Botanic Gardens, Victoria Square and Adelaide Gaol.

Things to Do in Adelaide

From shopping and dining to swimming and cycling, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy in and around Adelaide. Indulge in a little retail therapy in Rundle Mall or the Central Markets, learn about the city’s origins in the Migration Museum or Adelaide Gaol, take in a game at the Oval or relax in one of the picturesque parks that surround the city. Adelaide is also home to a number of zoos and conservation projects, giving you plenty of opportunities to get close to nature during your stay.

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Top places to visit

1. Glenelg Beach


The coastal town of Glenelg is a local favorite, ideal for swimming, dining and entertainment. When Europeans first settled in South Australia in 1836, they chose the sandy white shores of Holdfast Bay to build their homes. Almost 180 years later, the town they formed, Glenelg, remains one of the most popular coastal regions in the state.
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This historic settlement is a thriving cultural destination, right on the beach.

2. Rundle Mall

When a 1800 feet (550-meter) stretch of one of Adelaide’s main streets was closed off to cars in 1976, it created more than just a premier shopping precinct. It fused a century of history with contemporary cosmopolitan entertainment, making Rundle Mall the heart of the city.
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World-class shopping at over 700 stores, farm animals and even a few ghosts make this much more than a typical shopping mall.

3. Adelaide Oval

Come to the Adelaide Oval to watch sporting legends clash on the hallowed turf during a footy or cricket match. Boo or roar with the excited fans during a home game, or just sit back and enjoy the spectacle.
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Tour the stadium, witness an AFL showdown, see a game of rugby or cricket, browse the Bradman Collection, dine in style or rock out at a concert.

4. Adelaide Casino

Why not try your luck with a visit to Adelaide Casino where you can enjoy the games and entertainment of this top casino in Adelaide? Experience the lively festivals and fascinating museums in this walkable area.
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Why not try your luck with a visit to Adelaide Casino where you can enjoy the games and entertainment of this top casino in Adelaide? Experience the lively festivals and fascinating museums in this walkable area.

5. West Beach

West Beach has fine white sands that stretch out a long way, contrasting beautifully with the clear blue waters of the St. Vincent Gulf. The beach is overlooked by urban houses and gardens and by two family holiday parks. While not far from the Adelaide central business district (CBD), West Beach lacks the city-beach feel of the likes of Henley, Glenelg and Grange Beach, which makes it perfect for long beach walks and ocean swimming away from the crowds.
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Go on a leisurely beach walk, jump in for a swim or just laze in the sunshine at this white-sand stretch of coastline close to the Adelaide Airport.

6. Brighton Beach

Brighton Beach is a large, sandy beach with pretty deep water, making it great for ocean swimming and other summer activities. While usually quieter than Glenelg Beach to the north, there is always something to see and do around Brighton Beach’s old jetty. So, grab your togs and check it out.
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Check out one of South Australia’s best urban beaches with crazy surf sessions and quirky art. Follow it up with a movie or sunset drinks at the “Espy”.

7. Henley Beach

Henley Beach, just to the southwest of the Adelaide city centre, is both a beach and a suburb. As one of the closest beaches to Perth’s central business district, it has always been popular. Recent redevelopments of the seaside have further boosted its appeal.
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Enjoy the buzz of its seaside square, soak up the views from its jetty or just relax on the warm sands of this beautiful stretch of coastline near Adelaide.

8. Adelaide Central Market

You can search for that perfect souvenir with a trip to Adelaide Central Market, a favourite shopping spot in Adelaide. Visit the casinos and top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.
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You can search for that perfect souvenir with a trip to Adelaide Central Market, a favourite shopping spot in Adelaide. Visit the casinos and top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

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