Adelaide City and Adelaide Hills Attractions

Stroll the 'Cultural Boulevard' of North Terrace, tour the Adelaide Central Markets and sample fresh produce or visit the giant pandas at Adelaide Zoo.

Top 10 attractions in Adelaide City

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1. Adelaide Central Market, Grote Street, Adelaide
The largest undercover fresh produce market in the southern hemisphere, Adelaide Central Market is always buzzing. Some of the produce on offer includes gourmet cheeses, bakery products and local olives. Market tours are the perfect way to delve more into the history and excitement of the market. Tuesday - Saturday.

2. Adelaide Oval, War Memorial Drive, Adelaide
The internationally-renowned, world-class venue is not only home to major sporting events and entertainment from around the world but offers various experiences whenever you visit. The Bradman Collection is a world class exhibition dedicated to an Australian legend and international hero who made Adelaide his home. View behind the scenes on an Adelaide Oval tour or look down from the Roof Climb as you meander across the top of the stadium.

3. Gilles Street Market, 91 Gilles Street, Adelaide
Adelaide’s premier design and fashion market, Gilles Street Market is home to more than 90 stalls covering vintage, designer samples and up-and-coming designers plus DJs and food stalls. Third Sunday of each month plus first Sunday from October - April.

4. North Terrace ‘Cultural Boulevard’, Adelaide 
One mile long, North Terrace’s beautiful and historic buildings stretch predominantly from the Adelaide Railway Station in the west, to the National Wine Centre of Australia in the east. Between these buildings visitors can admire Parliament House, State Library of South Australia, South Australian Museum, Art Gallery of South Australia and University of Adelaide. A visit to The Aboriginal Cultures Gallery in the museum and Mortlock Chamber in the State Library are a must. 

5. Rundle Street and Rundle Mall, Adelaide 
Rundle Street is the heart of the cosmopolitan east end. Its social scene features boutique shops, alfresco dining and cool pubs. The laneways off Rundle Street also feature some hidden gems. You'll find three department stores along Rundle Mall surrounded by all your favourite brands. 

6. Penfolds Magill Estate, 78 Penfold Road, Magill
Explore the beautifully restored winery and cellar door of Penfolds Magill Estate, home to Penfolds Grange.  15 minutes east of the CBD, sample award winning wines in the cellar door, take a tour of the winey or dine at the café or restaurant. Open seven days a week, 10am-5pm.

7. Adelaide Zoo, Frome Road, Adelaide 
Adelaide Zoo is home to more than 1,800 animals and almost 300 species of exotic and native mammals, reptiles, birds, and fish. Its most well-known and loved inhabitants are Wang Wang and Funi, two giant pandas from China – the only pandas in the southern hemisphere. Open seven days a week.

8. Temptation Sailing, Holdfast Promenade, Glenelg
Glenelg is a 20 minute drive west from the city and the departure point for Temptation Sailing. Temptation is a 58-foot catamaran which offers twilight sails and dolphin swim or watch tours.

9. Festivals 
South Australia isn’t called the Festival State for nothing! There are a wide variety of festivals throughout the year however the peak time is March or ‘Mad March’ as it’s known. March brings the Adelaide Fringe Festival (the largest Fringe after Edinburgh), Adelaide Festival of Arts, WOMADelaide music and dance festival and also the Clipsal500 V8 Adelaide car race. Phew!

10. Haighs Chocolates Visitor Centre, 154 Greenhill Road, Parkside
Australia’s oldest chocolate manufacturer grew from humble beginnings in Adelaide to stores now found across Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne. See the heart of Haigh’s at their Visitor Centre and factory just five minutes south of the city. Tours are available of the factory and a sample may even be offered at the end! Tours three times a day, Monday - Friday.

Top 10 attractions in the Adelaide Hills

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1. The Cedars, Heysen Road, Hahndorf
Walk in the steps of world-famous artist Sir Hans Heysen. The Cedars - his historic property, home, gardens and studio - remain much the same as when the great artist died in 1969. Tours held Tuesday - Sunday.

2. Mount Lofty Summit, Mount Lofty Summit Road, Crafers
Mount Lofty Summit is often the first stop for visitors to the Adelaide Hills, where Adelaide and the surrounding regions can be seen on the plains below. It's also home to the Summit Restaurant, a Visitor Information Centre, souvenir shop and cafe. On a fine day Kangaroo Island can be spotted in the distance.  Open seven days a week.

3. National Motor Museum, Shannon Street, Birdwood
Pick your dream vehicle at the National Motor Museum at Birdwood – the FJ, the Monaro, an Italian beauty, a Norton or Triumph? The museum is much more than a fantastic collection of vehicles – it tells the stories about Australia’s love of cars, and how motoring changed who we are and where we went. Open seven days a week.

4. Fresh produce, various locations
The Adelaide Hills offer plentiful pickings.  Fresh from the tree or plant, strawberries, cherries, figs and apples are plentiful.  If you don't pick your own, stop by one of the road-side stalls to make a quick purchase.

5. Sticky Rice Cooking School, 96 Old Mt Barker Road, Stirling
A hands-on cooking class, Sticky Rice features top guest chefs from around Australia. Classes range from Middle Eastern Mezze to Siam Adventure and include a meal.

6. Udder Delights Cheese Cellar, 91a Main Road, Hahndorf
The Udder Delights Cheese Cellar is a cheese cellar door for the cheese factory, offering cheese tastings and sales seven days a week - that’s a lot of cheese going on! It incorporates a cheese and produce shop, café and cheese-making school.

7. Beerenberg Farm, Mount Barker Road, Hahndorf
South Australia’s strawberry season runs from October - May, during which time visitors can pick their own strawberries. Year round, the farm shop sells Beerenberg products and the original barn is on show, which dates back from the 1840s. Open seven days a week.

8. Cellar doors, various locations
Known for its cool climate wines, the Adelaide Hills wine region  is home to 60 wineries. Explore numerous experiences at cellar doors including, Shaw & Smith with their cheese and wine flight (local cheese paired with latest wine releases) or simply enjoy your favourite drop over a local produce platter.   

9. Escapegoat Adventures, Adelaide
Experience a unique adventure with Escapegoat! Ride from the summit of Mount Lofty on mountain bikes all the way down to Adelaide, though stunning native bush, and enjoy a visit to Cleland wildlife park along the way. Spot Koalas in their native environment, and see kangaroo’s and emus along the way. We will also explore trails by bike which have only just been opened to cyclists. It’s downhill all the way!

10. Hahndorf
Just 30 minutes from the Adelaide CBD but seemingly a world away, Hahndorf is Australia’s oldest German settlement. Stroll the main street lined with bakeries, stores, pubs and cellar doors and soak it all up!

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