With the bigger names of Sydney, Melbourne, and even Perth stealing the limelight, South Australia’s Adelaide is definitely not the most common destination amongst tourists. It is by no means less appealing.
The city is served by Adelaide Airport which lies just 15 minutes away in a hire car. Whilst it will only be a short journey to your accommodation, hiring your own vehicle is a great way to experience this incredible country. Take in the gorgeous countryside and get a good dose of culture whilst you explore down under.
Things to See and Do in Adelaide
Enjoy some of the activities on offer in the city, such as the Art Gallery of South Australia or the internationally acclaimed Migration Museum which provides a fascinating insight into Australia’s cultural heritage.
Adelaide’s coastline is positively teeming with marine life. It’s home to pods of dolphins and sea lions should you wish to take a swim with them. If you’d rather keep your distance, there are many boat tours to choose from.
Sellicks Beach lies around 50km away on the southern reach of Adelaide's coastal strip. Offering sparkling waters, sandy beaches and toffee coloured cliffs as a backdrop, this is a great place to get away from it all and relax.
Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary, which is best reached via car, makes for another great day trip. You can stay the night if you wish at one of the lodges and embark on a nocturnal walk. If you opt for a day trip, you can enter for free during the opening hours and experience the thrills of the Australian bush and its wildlife in a protected habitat.
Adelaide's Food and Drink Scene
There are numerous vineyards all within easy reach of the city which will come as welcome news to wine lovers. McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, and Clare Valley are popular choices with many historic, boutique wineries to choose from. Wherever you end up, you’ll learn all about the process and get to buy a bottle or two as a delicious souvenir.
The suburb of Glenelg is well worth visiting if you can. Immersed in history and filled with plenty of restaurants, cafés, shops and attractive buildings, it’s by the beach and is a lovely place to spend a day. When darkness falls, be sure to climb to the top of Montefiore Hill. Located in the north of Adelaide, it offers fantastic views over the city’s twinkling lights below.