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Adelaide has had many nicknames over the years, from “the Athens of the south” (a nod to the Mediterranean climate and lifestyle) to “the 20-minute city” (because getting around just isn’t a problem). Adelaide is also known as Australia’s home to great food, the arts and new ideas.
It’s an easy city to enjoy, whether you prefer 5-star dining, quirky laneway bars, exploring the bustling Central Market, cycling in the parklands, strolling in the picturesque Adelaide Hills or relaxing on a stretch of white sandy beach just 20 minutes (that figure again) from the CBD.
Visitor information centres are staffed by friendly and professional people with extensive local knowledge and can assist with maps, brochures and planning to help you make the most of your time in Adelaide and South Australia. They can assist in person after your arrival or you can call or email them in advance for advice in planning your trip.
Check out things to do below, whilst you plan your stay in Adelaide:
Drink and dine in laneway bars
In the city centre, Adelaide’s laneways and side streets are being transformed with hidden bars and eateries. Along Peel Street enjoy a whisky at Clever Little Tailor or espresso martini at La Moka. One of Adelaide’s hottest bars, Proof, can be found on Anster Street, which pairs classic cocktails with tasty share plates and gourmet toasted sandwiches. Get your caffeine hit at Coffee Branch on Leigh Street, and dine on playful, modern Australian cuisine at Peel St.
Sample fresh produce at Adelaide Central Market.
Savour South Australia’s rich bounty of produce – farm-fresh fruit and vegetables, artisan cheeses, smoked meats and seafood – at Adelaide Central Market. Start with coffee at Fair Espresso and freshly baked pastries at Dough. Drop by Island Pure, which brings together more than 25 producers from Kangaroo Island, and stocks small-batch gin, flavoured oils, honey and sticky figs. To discover the best of the market, join Mark Gleeson’s early morning walking tour, during which you’ll enjoy generous tastings and meet the people behind the stalls.
Stroll along North Terrace
Adelaide’s North Terrace is home to the city’s most important cultural institutions. The Art Gallery of South Australia features a collection of more than 38,000 works spanning Australian, Australian Aboriginal, European, North American and Asian art. Delve into Australia’s cultural heritage at the neighbouring South Australian Museum, which has the world's largest collection of Australian Aboriginal cultural artefacts. Next, stroll to the Botanic Gardens to wander among thousands of species of roses, and if you love cricket, join a tour of Adelaide Oval.
Relax on the beach
When the mercury rises, head to one of Adelaide’s many popular ocean beaches. Catch the 25 minute tram from Rundle Mall to Glenelg, a bustling beachside neighbourhood with heritage hotels, alfresco cafés and a white sandy beach.
Head for the hills
Spend a day or two exploring the Adelaide Hills, one of Australia’s top cool-climate wine regions. Drop into some of the region’s 60 wineries such as Hahndorf Hill, which is pioneering the Austrian grape varieties of Bläufrankisch, Grüner Veltliner, Zweigelt and St Laurent, or Bird in Hand, renowned for its award-winning Shiraz. If you’re visiting on the weekend, don’t miss the Adelaide Hills Farmers’ Market for a taste of fresh, seasonal and local produce.