The city of Adelaide is tucked away in a less populated part of the country, on the scenic coastline of South Australia.
Cities are not usually at the top of our list of places to visit. After a few days in Adelaide, we were impressed with what it offered. It’s rich history, beautiful architecture, stunning parklands and coastline were enough to get our tick of approval, topped off with great food and a modern, trendy vibe – we definitely can recommend spending some time in Adelaide.
The best way to get around Adelaide is with a Folding bike and public transport. The bike tracks are excellent, and show a side of the city we would not have seen by car. Adelaide Metro offer a 3-day Visitors Travel Pass, which will give you unlimited travel on all buses, trains, and trams.
Make sure you don’t miss a visit to Mt Lofty, the view will not disappoint.
You can view our video of our time in Adelaide here.
Things to do in Adelaide
There are heaps of things to do and see in Adelaide. Below are some of the things we can recommend.
The Port played an important role in the formative years of Adelaide and South Australia. Many of its impressive 19th-century buildings have been preserved, and the town’s rich history can be experienced through a historical walk or a visit to the many different museums on offer. From the docks, you can take a boat cruise or a kayak with the local dolphins.
Tips: Port Adelaide is probably best suited to those with an appreciation for history.
South Australian Aviation Museum
Covering all things aviation, including vintage, military, commercial, recreational, sports and everything in between. They are continually expanding and growing their impressive collection. A highlight for us was seeing Jon Johanson’s homebuilt RV-4, which he flew around the world several times and set more than 50 world records.
Where: 66 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide
Tips: Make sure you take the guided tour through their workshop to see some of the interesting projects they are restoring.
More Info: http://www.saam.org.au
A short distance from the city is the beach side suburb of Glenelg. The bustling shops, top-notch restaurants, and sandy white beaches make it a hot spot for locals and tourists. It was our favorite spot to go for dinner, and sit and watch the sunset over the ocean. If you’re feeling energetic the cycle way along the coastline is a nice way to spend an afternoon.
The many bike tracks around Adelaide were impressive. Free bike hire is available throughout the city and it’s a great way to get around. We think folding bikes are the best way to see the city as you can take them on all buses, trams, and trains. Normal bikes can only go on the trains. Our favourite spot to ride was along the coast between Seacliff and Semaphore.
Adelaide Botanical Gardens
Located right in the heart of the city is 50 hectares of beautifully maintained gardens filled with plants from all over Australia and around the world. After a walk around the entire park, we spent an afternoon relaxing with a picnic lunch in one of the many shady grassed areas.
Tips: Entry to the park is free. For the gardening enthusiast, make sure to pay a visit to the Diggers Gift shop
More Info: http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/
A friend recommended we visit the lookout at Mt Lofty. The view from the top is AMAZING! We would have liked to have more time to do some of the walks that start from the summit. You can follow some of the many tracks all the way back down to the city. For the thrill seeker, there are companies that can take you on a guided mountain bike ride from the summit back to Adelaide.
Tips: If you want to walk or ride any of the tracks from the summit, allow a full day.
More Info: https://www.environment.sa.gov.au
Haigh’s Chocolate Factory
Adelaide is the home of the famous Haigh’s Chocolate, Australia’s oldest producer of premium chocolate. We ran out of time to visit the factory, it is at the top of our list of things to do next time. They offer a free tour of their factory where you can learn how their famous chocolate is made.
Where: 154 Greenhill Road, Parkside
Tip: Their factory tours are very popular, bookings are recommended.
More Info: http://www.haighschocolates.com.au
Adelaide Central Markets
The Central Markets are Adelaide’s hub of food and culture, showcasing the very best produce from growers and local artisans from across the state. This is one place you don’t want to miss. They are open from Tuesday to Saturday.
Set in the Adelaide Hills, the picturesque Hahndorf Village is Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement. The strong German flavour is evident in the boutique shops and cafés. The Village is only a 25-minute drive from Adelaide and makes a great day trip destination.
Tip: The popular Hahndorf Markets are on the 4th Saturday of the Month
More Info: http://hahndorfsa.org.au
Their are 2 airports in Adelaide; Adelaide Airport which is used by the commercial airlines, and Parafield Airport which is predominately used for training and GA operations. We chose to use Parafield Airport, which is a complex metropolitan Class D airport and provides close access to the train network.
There is no shortage of accommodation options available.
We camped at the Semaphore Beachfront Discovery Holiday Park. It offers well-equipped facilities and was only a few minutes ride from the nearest train station. Being a city there is limited camping option available. This venue had everything we needed.
The food options available in Adelaide are endless. This city is a foodies paradise and takes pride in using the freshest locally grown produce.
The stand-out venues for us were Vego & Lovin It, Good Life Pizza and the Adelaide Central Markets.
Vego & Lovin It
You’ve never had a Veggie Burger until you’ve had a Vego & Lovin it Veggie Burger. Listed as one of the top 10 Burgers in Australia, their burgers come served on a fresh artisan Rye bread roll, jam-packed with the tastiest fresh local ingredients.
Where: 240 Rundle Street, Adelaide
Good Life Pizza
Made using organic fresh seasonal produce – their pizza’s are AMAZING! With a jam-packed restaurant, they offered exceptional customer service. They run that restaurant like an extremely well-oiled machine. If you plan to eat here you might want to book a table as it’s super popular.
Where: 42 Jetty Rd, Glenelg
Have you visited Adelaide?
Let us know what things you enjoy doing in Adelaide.