What to do in Adelaide – and pre/post touring options

Adelaide is a vibrant hub of culture, cuisine, entertainment, and activities. The lively city offers an abundance of events to pique your interest, restaurants to ignite your taste buds, and beaches to help you unwind. Be sure to allocate ample time during your visit to fully immerse yourself in the city’s offerings and venture out to discover its breathtaking surroundings.

(Photo: Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, Credit: South Australian Tourism Commission)

Adelaide central market

For a quintessential Adelaide experience, step into a thriving hub of food and culture at the Adelaide Central Market. Here, countless authentic eateries offer a gastronomic gateway to Asia, while produce from all over South Australia including fruits, vegetables, cheeses, small goods, chocolate, honey and breads pack stalls manned by local producers. Embark on a guided tour, taking you through the market’s rich history, much-loved characters and tastes from all corners of the globe.

Adelaide Botanic Gardens

Spend a day exploring South Australia’s inner-city oasis, the Adelaide Botanic Garden. The sprawling Botanic Garden spans 50 hectares, featuring stunning architecture, majestic avenues and, of course, the famous wisteria arbour. Stop for lunch at the multi-award-winning, where you’ll dine on produce sourced from the surrounding gardens, under a heritage rotunda, overlooking ponds and lush greenery. Next door, you’ll find the National Wine Centre of Australia, home to more than 120 wines, and Adelaide Zoo.

Art gallery of South Australia

Art Gallery of South Australia is home to one of Australia’s great art collections. The collection comprises of over 45,000 works of art spanning from Australia, Europe, North America and Asia and includes one of the most important collections of Indigenous art as well as the only dedicated Islamic gallery space in Australia.

Sunset at Glenelg Beach

Hop on the tram in downtown Adelaide to the quaint beachside community of Glenelg. Just a short 30-minute ride away, Glenelg is a popular destination in South Australia because of its beautiful white sandy beaches and Jetty Road where the South Australian skies put on a show come sundown when collages of blazing red, yellow and orange paint the sky in a sunset spectacular best appreciated beachside.

Eat & Drink

Adelaide has an assortment of places to eat and drink. Whether you’re looking for a bite to eat, a celebratory meal or bar-hopping with your colleagues, you’ll find something to keep you satisfied in Adelaide. View the links below for the best food and drink options Adelaide has to offer.

South Australia

South Australia is divided into 12 distinct tourism regions, each offering its own unique experiences and attractions for visitors.
Adelaide, the state’s capital city, is surrounded by the Adelaide Hills, where visitors can enjoy wine tasting and scenic drives. The Fleurieu Peninsula boasts beautiful beaches and rugged coastline, while Kangaroo Island is a wildlife lover’s paradise, home to seals, sea lions, kangaroos, and koalas.
The Limestone Coast features natural wonders such as sinkholes and caves, as well as historic towns like Robe and Mount Gambier. The Murray River region is a popular spot for houseboat holidays and watersports, while the Barossa Valley is famous for its wine and food offerings.
Other regions include the Eyre Peninsula, known for its seafood and outdoor adventures, the Yorke Peninsula with its stunning coastal scenery and fishing villages, and the Flinders Ranges, offering hiking trails and stunning landscapes.
No matter which region visitors choose to explore, South Australia offers a diverse range of experiences for travelers of all ages and interests.
Read more about the 12 regions here.