Adelaide, Australia

Founded in 1836, this graceful city lies nestled on the coastal plain between Gulf St. Vincent and the Adelaide Hills. Adelaide was the vision of Colonel William Light, Australia's Surveyor General, who created a one-mile-square grid for the city's center and surrounded it with a belt of stunning parkland. Today, Adelaide is a metropolis of over one million people, boasting wide, tree-lined boulevards, superb Victorian and Edwardian architecture, tranquil parks, world-class shopping, and the highest number of restaurants per capita of any city in Australia.

Beyond the city and the rugged Adelaide Hills lie the Barossa and Eden Valleys. Here Australian vintners are winning international acclaim for their Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz.

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Points of Interest

  • Barossa Valley
  • McLaren Vale
  • Mount Lofty
  • Hahndorf
  • Botanic Gardens
  • Haigh's Chocolates
  • Glenelg
  • Cleland Wildlife Park

More about Adelaide, Australia Points of Interest

  • Barossa Valley

    Barossa's history of wine-making goes back to when European settlers arrived here 150 years ago. The most important wine-making region in Australia thanks to its Mediterranean climate, it is home to the internationally renowned Jacob's Creek winery.

  • McLaren Vale

    McLaren Vale is a beautiful wine-making region that boasts a balmy Mediterranean climate and many of Australia's finest vineyards, as well as picturesque estates that grow olives and almonds.

  • Mount Lofty

    At 2,100 feet above sea level, the summit of beautiful Mount Lofty offers dramatic views of Adelaide city sprawling below, and on a clear day, the breath-taking South Australia coast.

  • Hahndorf

    Founded by German Lutherans in 1839, this pretty town boasts leafy streets, quaint cottages, as well as the Hahndorf Academy, home to works of art from revered Australian painter, Sir Hans Heysen.

  • Botanic Gardens

    Founded in 1855, the 41-acre garden complex features a superb collection of ornamental plants including palms, bromeliads and cycads. The garden also boasts an excellent collection of mature trees and shrubs.

  • Haigh's Chocolates

    An Australian institution since 1915, the factory is world renowned for its superb chocolates. Visitors can watch the chocolate making process, and also indulge in a chocolate tasting.

  • Glenelg

    Founded in 1836, Adelaide's palindromic suburb is the oldest European settlement in South Australia. Glenelg is also one of the city's most popular destinations, famed for its beaches.

  • Cleland Wildlife Park

    Situated on the slopes of Mount Lofty in the Adelaide Hills, this award-winning wildlife reserve opened in 1967 and offers a real bush experience. Animals living here include koalas and kangaroos.

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Adelaide Highlights

4 hours | Adelaide | A D L - 1 9 0

This half-day excursion combines sightseeing, history and shopping. What more could you ask for while on vacation? After a city tour past sites such as St. Peter's Cathedral and Colonel Light's Lookout, you'll visit South Australia Museum for a look at Aboriginal artifacts and stop and shop at Rundle Mall.

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HANDORF WITH SCENIC VIEWS

6 hours | Adelaide | A D L - 2 1 5
  • Mount Lofty
  • Hahndorf

Explore Hahndorf, Australia's oldest surviving German settlement. Enjoy free time to explore the shops selling local pottery, jewelry, leather goods, and ironwork or just stroll down the charming streets. Then, head up to Mount Lofty whose summit offers dramatic views of the city and the breathtaking South Australia coast.

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Glenelg Heritage Walking tour

4 hours | Adelaide | A D L - 3 8 5
  • Glenelg

Walk in the footsteps of pioneers with a visit to Glenelg, the oldest European settlement on mainland South Australia. Led by a local historian, you'll see Gelnelg's past and present. Stroll past historic buildings, the Glenelg Jetty and Pioneer Memorial finishing at the Bay Discovery Centre.

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Cleland Wildlife Park

4 hours | Adelaide | A D L - 1 9 5
  • Cleland Wildlife Park

Heed the call of the wild with a visit to Cleland Wildlife Park, home to some of South Australia's most iconic critters. Walk through aviaries and enclosures for dingos, Tasmanian devils, small mammals, and reptiles and have your photo taken with a koala (at your own expense).

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Adelaide Gardens & Museums - Small Group

4 hours | Adelaide | A D L - 9 9 8
  • Botanic Gardens

Soak up Adelaide's colorful and historic sites on a comprehensive tour around the city. Marvel at the tropical plants in the Bicentennial Conservatory at the Botanic Garden, admire the Victorian good looks of the 145-year-old Palm House and get an in-depth look at Aboriginal culture at the South Australian Museum.

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Central Market Tasting

4 hours | Adelaide | A D L - 3 2 0

Nibble your way through the Central Market, the jewel in the crown of South Australian epicurean venues and a true foodie destination! Located in the heart of Adelaide, this melting pot of cultures is home to more than 80 food stalls. Enjoy a coffee and generous tastings and delicious samples.

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McLaren Vale Vineyards & Wine

8 hours | Adelaide | A D L - 3 3 5

Calling all gourmands and wine enthusiasts, venture into the breathtaking McLaren Vale wine growing region, home to many world class wineries. Meet the locals who are passionate about what they do and indulge in a tasty lunch accompanied by a glass of wine at a local restaurant.

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Fine Wines

5 hours | Adelaide | A D L - 3 2 5

Set out on a "grape" escape for a tour of the National Wine Centre, home to the country's largest selection of Australian wines. Learn the history and technology behind wine making then visit the cellar door for a tasting session and a bottle as a memento of your day.

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The Best of Adelaide

8 hours | Adelaide | A D L - 1 0 0
  • Botanic Gardens
  • Haigh's Chocolates
  • Mount Lofty
  • Cleland Wildlife Park

Explore fabulous Adelaide on a full-day guided sightseeing tour that includes shopping among the over 600 shops at Rundle Mall, lunch at a restaurant that boasts stunning views of the city, and a visit to Adelaide's popular Cleland Wildlife Park, where you will meet koalas and kangaroos.

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Barossa Valley & Wine Tasting

8 hours | Adelaide | A D L - 3 1 5
  • Barossa Valley

Sip and savor the flavors of the Barossa Valley, South Australia's best-known wine region. Explore the valley on a scenic drive and enjoy wine tasting at two wineries. Then, your taste buds will be treated to wine and gourmet delights at the South Australian Company Store restaurant.

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Local Connections: The Cube at d'Arendberg

6 hours | Adelaide | A D L - 9 8 0
  • McLaren Vale

Visit the innovative d'Arenberg cube, an origami-style structure overlooking magnificent McLaren Vale, and enjoy a guided tour by a local expert and hosted wine tasting of an exquisite selection of d'Arenberg wines. The spectacular grounds include the Alternate Realities Museum, where an interactive experience awaits, and the ARTPark sculpture exhibition.

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Port to Port Maritime & Heritage

8 hours | Adelaide | A D L - 2 2 0

Retrace the steps of Adelaide's earliest pioneers who travelled across the world to make a new home in a foreign land. Hear tales of survival as you visit the historic Torrens Island Quarantine Station, tour the world's oldest clipper ship and view Australia's oldest nautical collection at SA Maritime Museum.

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Spirit of the Coorong Cruise

9 hours | Adelaide | A D L - 1 1 0

Chart a course for adventure with an eco-cruise down the Murray River to the Coorong National Park, a protected wetland for significant and endangered flora and fauna. Disembark at Godfrey's Landing for a guided boardwalk through the sand dunes of the Younghusband Peninsula. Lunch and afternoon tea will be served.

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River Bike Ride with Wines & Picnic

4 hours | Adelaide | A D L - 4 4 0
  • Botanic Gardens

Show off your pedal powers with a bike ride along Adelaide's Torrens River. During your ride, you'll see sights such as the historic West End Brewery and picturesque Riverbank Precinct. Then, jump off at the National Wine Centre for a wine tasting and stroll to the Botanic Garden for a picnic.

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Seaside Segway

3.5 hours | Adelaide | A D L - 4 4 5
  • Glenelg

Hop onto a Segway® and sightsee around Glenelg in style. Turn heads as you glide past the many attractions such as Glenelg Beach, Moseley Square, Glenelg Jetty, Patawalonga Creek, the Boat Docks and the Boat Marina. Following the tour, you'll have time to yourself to explore on your own.

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Jacobs Creek Cooking Masterclass

7 hours | Adelaide | A D L - 3 3 0

Learn the secrets behind pairing Jacobs Creek wines and food with a hand's-on cooking class. Join a master chef, pick your own produce, and cook your own lunch. Once you've prepared your meal, you'll sit down and taste the fruit of your labors matched with Jacobs Creek wines.

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Local Connections: Celebrate! Cuisine Arts & Wine

7.5 hours | Adelaide | A D L - 9 9 0
  • McLaren Vale

Join your host and local expert, Mark Gleeson, on a celebration of cuisine, art and wine. Gleeson is the founder of Providore at Adelaide Central Market and a well-known food celebrity. He is passionate about showcasing everything that is exceptional about South Australian food.

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Adelaide by Private Vehicle - Car Class full Day (With Guide)

8 hours | Adelaide | A D L - 9 0 5

Vehicles with an English-speaking guides are generally offered on a full-day basis. A private vehicle is the perfect solution for passengers who wish to tour privately, or who want the flexibility of designing their own itinerary.

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Adelaide by Private Vehicle - Van Class Full Day (With Guide)

8 hours | Adelaide | A D L - 9 0 0

Vehicles with an English-speaking guides are generally offered on a full-day basis. A private vehicle is the perfect solution for passengers who wish to tour privately, or who want the flexibility of designing their own itinerary.

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