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Have it all in Adelaide

The holiday to sunny Adelaide has it all. The capital of South Australia ticks off beaches, culture, festivals and more. Take a stroll along North Terrace, see the grand Victorian buildings and explore one of Australia’s most historic cities. You can wander round atmospheric laneways and find heritage spots repurposed as quirky bars, delicious restaurants and intriguing shops. Or really get to know the city – past and present – on an early morning walking tour around Adelaide Central Market. It’s almost 150 years old and the largest covered food market in the Southern Hemisphere. Shopaholics will be happy too. Adelaide offers everything from colourful beach markets to grand department stores. Stay at the Majestic Roof Garden Hotel to be in the heart of the city’s shopping district, minutes from glossy Rundle Mall and elegant Magill Road.

Book your Adelaide holiday for February or March and to see the city at its most vibrant, during Adelaide Fringe. This is the second largest festival of its kind in the world, after Edinburgh Fringe. For year-round culture, don’t miss the Art Gallery of South Australia and the South Australian Museum. The city’s glorious Botanic Gardens are famous for graceful Victorian and Art Deco glasshouses. The test cricket season starts in October, but you’re welcome to take a tour of Adelaide Oval and see the Bradman Collection any time. 

But a holiday to Adelaide goes way beyond the city. This place is one of the world’s great wine capitals. You might recognise names like Jacob’s Creek, Barossa Valley, Penfolds Magill and McLaren Vale? Well, you’ll find them all in the rolling vineyards around Adelaide. Take a day trip and try some of Australia’s most famous wines.

The rich, green wine country contrasts with miles of white sand beaches on Adelaide’s Indian Ocean coast. Join the locals by the sea in spring, summer and autumn. The weather is hot and sunny, but comfortable, thanks to Adelaide’s low humidity levels. You’ll find all kinds of beaches, offering everything from safe swimming and watersports, to vintage carousels and fish and chips. 

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Beaches

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Best time to go

Things to do in Adelaide

Adelaide is a great all-rounder. The weather is wonderful, so you can choose coast or countryside for sunny days out. The city itself mixes a fresh, bright atmosphere with fascinating heritage, rich culture and a very original approach to eating, drinking and shopping. 

Must-do museums like the Art Gallery of South Australia and the South Australian Museum are near each other in the city centre. The historic Botanic Gardens are central, too. And, if you want browsing of a different sort, the main shopping district is right in the heart of Adelaide. In the evenings, head to laneways like Peel Street and Anster Street for the city’s brightest bars and restaurants.

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If you're a cricket fan, don't miss the opportunity to do the RoofClimb at the Adelaide Oval. Offering unparalleled 360 degree views of Adelaide and beyond, you'll be guided across the rooftop of the Oval’s Western Stand before navigating to the Riverbank platform, perched 50 metres over the hallowed turf. 

Down on the coast, make your way to Semaphore Beach and stroll along the old-style promenade. You can find markets and music at Henley Beach, or take the tram to Glenelg for white sands and heritage seaside architecture. 

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Beaches in Adelaide

Adelaide’s Indian Ocean coast stretches for 30 kilometres, and has beaches for every mood. Sands vary from sugary white to golden, and the activities are just as varied. There are safe beaches for swimming, beaches with a retro-seaside vibe, vibrant beach communities and – if you go a little further afield – you’ll even find one of Australia’s top 10 beaches. The ethereal Second Valley Beach on the Fleurieu Peninsula really is picture-perfect.

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Hop on a tram to Henley Beach to discover the city’s best seafood restaurants. Meanwhile, Grange is the one for gentle seas, peaceful sands and good waterfront cafés. Dramatic cliffs and pretty pines are just a couple of attractions at Christies Beach, while Maslin Beach has famous sunsets. If you want to try snorkelling in the clearest of waters, do as Adelaide locals do all summer and set out for Aldinga Beach near Port Willunga.

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Days trips from Adelaide

In Adelaide there is so much, so close. You have the beaches, 20 mins to the west but 20 mins east of the city lies the lush, green Adelaide Hills. The hills are filled with wineries, eateries, quaint little townships and wildlife parks – plus unrivalled views from the summit of Mount Lofty.

Drive one hour north of the city, and you’ll soon see why Adelaide is known as one of the world’s great wine capitals as you reach the world-famous Barossa Valley. Even if you just have a passing interest, you’ll be fascinated by wineries like Penfolds or Jacob’s Creek. If you’re a wine enthusiast, you can join tours to get in behind the scenes, meet the wine-makers and learn all about the puzzle that is wine making.

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Speaking of puzzles, just a 45-minute drive south of Adelaide, lies the incredible d’Arenberg Cube, a 5-storey high Rubik’s cube. Half winery cellar door/half art museum, the has to be seen to be believed and can be found in the beautiful wine region of McLaren Vale. This exciting region sits in the wildlife-rich Fleurieu Peninsula – a natural wonderland also famed for its green rolling hills, leading to white-sand beaches.

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Best time to go to Adelaide

Adelaide has the lowest humidity levels of any Australian capital. This means the weather is warm and sunny most of the year, but remains comfortable for exploring the city and sunbathing on the beach. 

The summer seasons runs from December to February, and this is a great time to go to Adelaide. The days are dry and sunny. Temperatures have been known to reach 40°C on occasion, but an average of about 28°C is more common. The ocean is deliciously warm too, so this is very much beach season. 

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For cooler temperatures, go to Adelaide during autumn. March to May sees highs of 22°C, plenty of sunshine and glorious autumn colours in Adelaide and the surrounding countryside.

Winter – which runs June to August – is the wettest season, though that seldom means torrential rain. Temperatures can drop below 10°C and it’s not unusual to see frost in the Adelaide Hills. Once winter’s over, Adelaide warms up fast. Spring evenings can be cool early on, but from September the thermometer climbs steadily and daytime highs of 22°C are the norm. 

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Things to do

Things to do in Adelaide

Adelaide is a great all-rounder. The weather is wonderful, so you can choose coast or countryside for sunny days out. The city itself mixes a fresh, bright atmosphere with fascinating heritage, rich culture and a very original approach to eating, drinking and shopping. 

Must-do museums like the Art Gallery of South Australia and the South Australian Museum are near each other in the city centre. The historic Botanic Gardens are central, too. And, if you want browsing of a different sort, the main shopping district is right in the heart of Adelaide. In the evenings, head to laneways like Peel Street and Anster Street for the city’s brightest bars and restaurants.

Show More
Show Less

If you're a cricket fan, don't miss the opportunity to do the RoofClimb at the Adelaide Oval. Offering unparalleled 360 degree views of Adelaide and beyond, you'll be guided across the rooftop of the Oval’s Western Stand before navigating to the Riverbank platform, perched 50 metres over the hallowed turf. 

Down on the coast, make your way to Semaphore Beach and stroll along the old-style promenade. You can find markets and music at Henley Beach, or take the tram to Glenelg for white sands and heritage seaside architecture. 

Show More
Show Less

Beaches

Beaches in Adelaide

Adelaide’s Indian Ocean coast stretches for 30 kilometres, and has beaches for every mood. Sands vary from sugary white to golden, and the activities are just as varied. There are safe beaches for swimming, beaches with a retro-seaside vibe, vibrant beach communities and – if you go a little further afield – you’ll even find one of Australia’s top 10 beaches. The ethereal Second Valley Beach on the Fleurieu Peninsula really is picture-perfect.

Show More
Show Less

Hop on a tram to Henley Beach to discover the city’s best seafood restaurants. Meanwhile, Grange is the one for gentle seas, peaceful sands and good waterfront cafés. Dramatic cliffs and pretty pines are just a couple of attractions at Christies Beach, while Maslin Beach has famous sunsets. If you want to try snorkelling in the clearest of waters, do as Adelaide locals do all summer and set out for Aldinga Beach near Port Willunga.

Show More
Show Less

Day trips

Days trips from Adelaide

In Adelaide there is so much, so close. You have the beaches, 20 mins to the west but 20 mins east of the city lies the lush, green Adelaide Hills. The hills are filled with wineries, eateries, quaint little townships and wildlife parks – plus unrivalled views from the summit of Mount Lofty.

Drive one hour north of the city, and you’ll soon see why Adelaide is known as one of the world’s great wine capitals as you reach the world-famous Barossa Valley. Even if you just have a passing interest, you’ll be fascinated by wineries like Penfolds or Jacob’s Creek. If you’re a wine enthusiast, you can join tours to get in behind the scenes, meet the wine-makers and learn all about the puzzle that is wine making.

Show More
Show Less

Speaking of puzzles, just a 45-minute drive south of Adelaide, lies the incredible d’Arenberg Cube, a 5-storey high Rubik’s cube. Half winery cellar door/half art museum, the has to be seen to be believed and can be found in the beautiful wine region of McLaren Vale. This exciting region sits in the wildlife-rich Fleurieu Peninsula – a natural wonderland also famed for its green rolling hills, leading to white-sand beaches.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to go to Adelaide

Adelaide has the lowest humidity levels of any Australian capital. This means the weather is warm and sunny most of the year, but remains comfortable for exploring the city and sunbathing on the beach. 

The summer seasons runs from December to February, and this is a great time to go to Adelaide. The days are dry and sunny. Temperatures have been known to reach 40°C on occasion, but an average of about 28°C is more common. The ocean is deliciously warm too, so this is very much beach season. 

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For cooler temperatures, go to Adelaide during autumn. March to May sees highs of 22°C, plenty of sunshine and glorious autumn colours in Adelaide and the surrounding countryside.

Winter – which runs June to August – is the wettest season, though that seldom means torrential rain. Temperatures can drop below 10°C and it’s not unusual to see frost in the Adelaide Hills. Once winter’s over, Adelaide warms up fast. Spring evenings can be cool early on, but from September the thermometer climbs steadily and daytime highs of 22°C are the norm. 

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