Explore South Australia’s vibrant city hub, Adelaide.
Adelaide is a city that offers the space to breathe and the room to really explore. There is a lifestyle here that most Australians can only dream about. Adelaide is the gateway to some of Australia’s best wine country, home to a bustling bar scene and world-class events, architecturally stunning streetscapes, lush parklands and an entire coastline of some of the country’s best beaches.
Adelaide loves to party, especially when the festival season springs into life in the second half of the year. Take the time and explore the city’s diverse cultural mix and be surprised by what you’ll find.
The southern hemisphere’s largest undercover market, The Adelaide Central Market buzzes with life and colour all year round. You will find a huge range of fresh produce, all under one roof – fruit and vegetables, meat and poultry, seafood, gourmet cheeses, bakery products, chocolates, nuts and health foods. Take a break in some of the hippest cafes in Adelaide and experience what brings back shoppers time and time again; the eclectic sounds, the fresh food smells, the variety, the colour and the atmosphere of an international melting pot of food and culture.
Adelaide’s Cultural Precinct
Adelaide’s rich arts and cultural heritage offers a must-see collection of international, local and indigenous artwork and historic museum exhibitions. Stroll along North Terrace and you will get a glimpse of our cultural past and our exciting, creative future.
Art Gallery of South Australia – With 38,000 pieces in its collection from around the world, there’s sure to be a painting, sculpture, print, drawing or photograph that catches your eye. Free guided tours are available daily.
South Australian Museum – With five intriguing floors to explore, the South Australian Museum is home to rare fossils, a four-storey giant squid, and the much-loved Ancient Egypt Gallery, among hundreds of other fascinating pieces. Visit the world’s biggest display of Australian Aboriginal artefacts in the Museum’s Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery.
State Library of South Australia – The State Library of South Australia is the oldest library in Australia, with atmospheric buildings and a grand piano available to play in the foyer. Step into a time gone by as you explore the famous Mortlock Wing; it’s considered one of the world’s most beautiful libraries.
Jam Factory – – In the city’s west end, the Jam Factory Contemporary Craft and Design Studio is a real centre of excellence for the arts. Watch the artists at work and take a tour of the unique pieces in the gallery.
Tandanya – Tandanya is Australia’s oldest Aboriginal-owned and managed multi-arts centre. It’s dedicated to visual and performing arts, featuring dance, theatre, tours and regularly rotating art exhibitions.
In the heart of the city lies this beautiful oasis, and a feeling of being a whole world away. Housing the National Rose Trial Garden as well as an Amazon Waterlily Pavilion, the Adelaide Botanic Garden offers lush lawns and secluded spaces to set up a picnic and laze away the day.
The National Wine Centre’s ‘Wined Bar’ is Australia’s largest tasting room, with over 120 wines available for you to try including the world famous Penfolds Grange. State-of-the-art Enomatic wine preservation and dispensing machines make it easy for you to choose, pour and taste every wine.
The small bar scene in Adelaide’s laneways has exploded in recent years. The Leigh St, Peel St and Gilbert Place precinct is a pocket rocket of inner-city personality and quirky décor. Industrial spaces, colourful facades and inner-city breweries – it’s all here. Check out our picks of the top Adelaide bars here.
The retail heart of Adelaide
Adelaide offers a wealth of shopping options, including the famous Rundle Mall shopping strip. Rundle Mall has over 700 retail stores, three major department stores and 15 arcades and centres, ready to explore. For something a little more boutique, head East along Rundle Mall to Rundle Street. Rundle Street East is home to some of Australia’s leading boutique fashion houses, as well as some of South Australia’s emerging designers and creators.