Journey through lush greenery, encounter unique animals, and view spectacular coastlines all within easy reach of the city—here are some of the things we recommend doing while in Adelaide.
Adelaide Oval is one of the most storied cricket grounds in all of Australia.
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One of the greatest things to do in Adelaide is visit the Adelaide Oval; it’s a historic sporting and entertainment venue, and is located in the centre of the city. The Oval has a capacity of 53,000 and has hosted tons of sporting events such as Ashes cricket, AFL footie and A-league soccer. In addition to sports, it holds numerous other entertainment events each year. Take a roof climb tour and get epic panoramic views from the best seats in the stadium at a glorious 50 metres above the green playing field, or experience a game with the roar of the spectators under your feet. This vantage point gives you a chance to see St Peter’s Cathedral and the Hills towards the east and the lush trees of Glenelg toward the west.
If you need something to eat, the Hill of Grace Restaurant is a fine dining spot that’s located in the Adelaide Oval and serves exceptional dining experiences overlooking the iconic turf. The menu is inspired by the abundance of quality produce and ingredients that South Australia has to offer and each dish is carefully created to be in sync with the season. Whenever you’re in this city, a visit to the Adelaide Oval is a must, whether it’s to catch a match or catch a glimpse of the city from above the treetops.
For more than 148 years, the Adelaide Central Market has been an iconic centre for food and culture. More than 8.5 million people visit each year to purchase fresh goods and eat multicultural cuisines. An astonishing number of more than 70 traders operate under its roof, serving patrons a multitude fresh produce, specialty food, and other goods. Fruit and vegetables, seafood, meat and poultry, all kinds of cheeses, and more are available to be bought from friendly and very helpful sellers. For the sweet tooth, bakeries and patisseries sell their freshly baked goods like muffins, croissants, and a variety of whole loaves.
For nut lovers, check out Carousel Nut Bar, Charlesworth Nuts and The Adelaide Nut where you'll find a fabulous selection of fruit, nut and confectionery whilst the Old Lolly Shop has more than enough sugary treats and chocolates to satisfy your cravings. And to wash down all that sweet stuff, coffee, tea, and other hot drinks are available at The Coffee Bean Shop. Other goods such as tea making tools to make a soothing morning cup, as well as coffee beans, coffee pods, and exclusive bean blends are also available for purchase.
See pandas Wang Wang and Fu Ni at the Adelaide Zoo this season.
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Another great attraction to take in when visiting the capital of South Australia is Adelaide Zoo. It’s the only metropolitan zoo in of Australia that is a non-profit entity and is home to more than 3,000 animals and 250 species of mammals, fish, reptiles, and birds. Opened in 1883 the zoo has since captivated and educated hundreds of thousands of visitors ever since.
There is a wide variety of animal encounters to experience at the Adelaide Zoo, from feeding tall giraffes to getting up close to ring-tailed lemurs in their habitat. See how these delightful creatures interact with you and with each other on one of the many amazing sessions where you can touch and feed animals. You can also view red pandas and two giant pandas that are the only breeding pair of giant pandas in the southern hemisphere. The VIP Panda Tour will take you on a journey through a behind-the-scenes visit with the giant pandas named Fu Ni and Wang Wang that can create lasting memories of furry fun.
Filled with awesome wildlife experiences and shows, the zoo is right next to the Botanic Gardens and is just a 15 minute walk or a short 5 minute drive in your Adelaide car hire from the CBD. The zoo can be accessed from Frome Road where you can also park your car. Parking is also available on War Memorial Drive and Plane Tree Drive. The zoo is open from 9:30am to 5pm daily throughout the year, even on public holidays.
And if you want to experience wildlife in its natural habitat, don’t forget that Kangaroo Island is only a couple hours’ drive (and a short ferry ride) away! You can even hire a car straight on the island.
Not everybody knows that the City of Churches is home to some great Australian beaches. Take your rental car for a for short drive out of Adelaide for a chance to take a dip in some of the area’s best beaches and uncover many sea animals in the crystal clear aqua waters.
Glenelg Beach is a famous metropolitan beach that’s the easiest to access. It’s safe for swimming and it’s highly recommended for beach sports like cricket and volleyball. Green areas for picnicking are available, too. Street parking is available just off Brighton Road.
Similar to Glenelg and not as famous as the one in Melbourne of the same name, Brighton Beach has its own jetty road and chilled vibes. Fish and chips stores are plentiful with crowds coming in mostly during the warmer months. People also go fishing there on the weekend. Sunsets can be seen from the jetty and the view of the horizon is truly astounding. The beach is a 10 minute drive from Glenelg and has parking around the jetty road.
Third one on the list is Henley Beach; it’s a bustling stretch of seafood restaurants and has incredible views of the St Vincent Gulf. Space for lying on the sandy beach is aplenty as the shoreline extends far into the distance. Relax and sip on some coffee while you’re there and take in all the sights and sounds.
Encounter nature’s beauty and enchantment at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens.
Adelaide Botanic Gardens
Right in the heart of the city lays the Adelaide Botanic Garden. It’s a magnificent garden filled with beautiful and diverse plants from all around Australia and encompasses 50 hectares of green gardens. Spend your time exploring the stunning grounds of the gardens and wander around taking in the beauty mother-nature has to offer.
The Botanic Gardens comprises of many smaller gardens with different landscapes. These include First Creek Wetland, Garden of Health, International Rose Garden, Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden, National Rose Trial Garden, Australian Native Garden, Cactus and Succulent Garden, Economic Garden, Australian Forest, and Dahlia Garden. Each garden is carefully grown and maintained to reflect different terrains and plants. A variety of birds and animals are present in the area due to the lush greenery, including swans, pigeons, and ducks. They forage for food within its abundant natural habitat and are great to watch while walking through the greens.
There’s also the Bicentennial Conservatory which was built in 1989 and is the biggest single plan glasshouse in the Southern Hemisphere. Inside, you’ll find a rich array of lowland rainforest plants from Indonesia, Australia, Pacific Islands, and Papa New Guinea, many of which are endangered in their original habitats. Admission into the Bicentennial Conservatory is free and is open daily from 10am to 4pm.
Besides the Conservatory, there’s the Palm House which is an imported Victorian glasshouse from Europe. It features a flourishing array of Madagascan plants from a part of the world where the climate is dry and warm, perfect for cultivating these exotic specimens. You can then visit the Amazon Waterlily Pavilion which houses the Victoria Amazonica waterlily, a marvellous sight to behold with its large and unique leaves and beautiful flower.