One of Australia’s most popular cities, Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, is a must-visit for tourists who are looking to have well-rounded travel experiences. Adelaide and its surrounds are brimming with attractions that promise fun and adventure. Offering mouthwatering cuisine, delicious wine, iconic landmarks, and natural wonders to explore, days of seemingly limitless excitement await you in the city.
Truth be told, any serious traveller would probably spend weeks exploring Adelaide, with so many hidden gems to discover and off-the-beaten track destinations to visit. But if you are pressed for time and would love to cover the best attractions Adelaide and its surrounds boast of, below are the ones you must add in your travel itinerary.
The top 10 attractions you must visit when in Adelaide are:
A very popular beachside suburb just a short tram ride from the South Austalian capital, Glenelg is the centre of Adelaide’s vibrant beach culture. A destination for those seeking unadulterated leisure and recreation, Glenelg has an easy-going charm and features many offerings, whether you are interested in shopping, dining, or marine life sightings. If you’re visiting the suburb, do not forget to check out the Haigh’s Chocolate Store on Jetty Road to sample authentic Australian chocolates.
One of the world’s longest passable rivers, surpassed only by the Amazon and the Nile, Murray River is a must-see attraction waiting to be explored. Starting as a small stream from the Australian Alps, it stretches 2,700 kilometres in length, passing through Victoria and all the way to near Adelaide. Embark on an unforgettable day by exploring some of the attractions surrounding the river either by car or on foot. You can also cruise along the Murray River to immerse yourself in the relaxing ambiance and discover the beautiful sights and contrasting landscapes of the region.
Barossa Valley is identified as one of South Australia’s premier wine regions and offering access to some of the world’s best doors, it promises unparalleled wine tasting experiences.
For those who want to explore the wine region in depth, Barossa Valley offers plenty of opportunities for adventure in addition to great food and wine. It is home to a fine collection of shopping places, art galleries, golf courses, picturesque towns, parks, and wildlife conservation areas.
Located east of Adelaide, Adelaide Hills is a rugged region that hosts several noteworthy towns and attractions. Popular for its cool climate, the region plays features must-visit destinations like Cleland National Park, the Big Rocking Horse, and the Wooden Toy Factory. It is also home to the towns of Hahndorf and Lobethal, two of the very early German settlements in South Australia, and known for their distinct European cultural influences and architecture.
Located within the Cleland Conservation Park, Waterfall Gully is home to First Falls, the largest of the seven waterfalls in the park. The attraction also boasts a restaurant and picnic facilities in addition to a challenging hiking trail that will take you to Mount Lofty Summit where you can enjoy awe-inspiring views of Adelaide.
Cleland Wildlife Park
A short drive from the Adelaide city centre, Cleland Wildlife Park is famous for providing unsurpassed animal encounters, making it popular among foreign and interstate tourists, especially those with children in tow.
A day in Cleland Wildlife Park is a day packed with activity. You can cuddle with koalas, hold reptiles and feed the park’s wildlife inhabitants like Tasmanian devils, snakes, and lorikeets, to name a few.
Adelaide Botanic Garden
One of Adelaide’s formal gardens, the Adelaide Botanic Garden is a 125-acre green space located near the city centre. With its greenhouses, outdoor gardens, and spectacular historical buildings, it is the perfect attraction to visit for those who want to relax among some of the most diverse and finest collection of plants from all over Australia and different parts of the globe.
Established in the late 1800s, the Adelaide Zoo is Australia’s second oldest zoo. Housing more than 300 animal species and an expansive botanic garden, the zoo is popular among plant and animal lovers. Spend a few relaxing hours exploring the Adelaide Zoo and be sure to take time to see its main attraction, Wang Wang and Funi, two giant pandas from China.
If you’re looking to enjoy beautiful scenery and experience exotic Australian plant and animal life, Kangaroo Island is the place to be. Home to more than 800 species of native plants and a large population of koalas, seals, kangaroos, wallabies, and goannas, it is a must-visit for every nature and wildlife enthusiast visiting South Australia.
Hallett Cove, a coastal suburb south of Adelaide, is another must-see attraction in the region. It boasts of scenic boardwalks, rocky cliffs, and a ruggedly beautiful coastline. But more than that, it is also a world-famous archaeological attraction, where close to two thousand ancient artefacts were discovered in the last three decades indicating Aboriginal occupation during the ice age. It is also home to rock formations that date back hundreds of millions of years ago, making it a geological site of international significance.
Do you want to experience the best of Australia? Visit Adelaide and other top-rated destinations in South Australia!
By: Brendelyn Balaga