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How to Spend 2 Days in Adelaide

How to Spend 2 Days in Adelaide

Two days in Adelaide enables you to see the best of the city, journey into the wine country, look for dolphins, and admire the spectacular wildlife of Kangaroo Island, home to native creatures from sea lions to koalas. You can also discover South Australia’s spectacular cuisine, including game, seafood, and artisan cheeses. Here’s how.

Day 1: City, Wine, and Dolphins

**Morning:**During summer, start the day with a trip to the dolphin sanctuary, whether by boat, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard. At cooler times, spend the morning orienting yourself in Adelaide’s historic center, soaking up sights like St. Peter’s Cathedral, North Terrace, and the Torrens River.

**Afternoon:**South Australia is home to two of the nation’s top wine regions—the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale—so a tasting session is a must. With a history dating to 1844 and just a 15-minute drive from the city, Penfolds is a solid choice, although the Barossa Valley’s fine shiraz is worth the trip.

**Night:**If you’re in town on a summer Sunday, don’t miss the foodie extravaganza on offer at the Adelaide Night Market, home to more than 100 stalls. Alternatively, catch a night game at the iconic Adelaide Oval or simply discover the global cuisine on offer along vibrant Gouger Street.

Day 2: Kangaroo Island Adventure

**Morning:**Australia’s 3rd-largest island, Kangaroo Island is home to startling natural rock formations, unspoiled beaches, and abundant wildlife—from koalas and kangaroos to echidnas and emus—as well as gardens, farms, and craft stores. You can reach it by plane or ferry from Adelaide.

**Afternoon:**It’s worth spending a full day exploring Kangaroo Island. Walk among sea lions at Seal Bay, capture timeless photos of the Remarkable Rocks, get up close and personal with native critters at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, and soak up some sunshine on an unspoiled beach.

**Night:**For your last night in Adelaide, take the opportunity to discover the distinctive flavors of Australia’s indigenous ingredients. Taste game such as emu, kangaroo, or crocodile; native herbs, including mountain pepper and lemon myrtle; and curiosities such as green ants. Close the evening with a cocktail in a laneway bar.

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Kangaroo Island in a Day Tour from Adelaide

Kangaroo Island in a Day Tour from Adelaide

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Travel from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island, one of Australia’s most popular wildlife destinations, on this activity-filled day trip by ferry and coach. On the island, discover its natural attractions and local animals, from Vivonne Bay and Seal Bay Conservation Park to the Remarkable Rocks, Flinders Chase National Park, Admirals Arch and more. Spot wallabies, echidnas, fur seals, koalas and, of course, kangaroos.
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McLaren Vale Winery Small Group Tour with Wine Tasting and Lunch

McLaren Vale Winery Small Group Tour with Wine Tasting and Lunch

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Taste local wine at the best wineries in McLaren Vale on this small-group tour from Adelaide, with all transportation provided. Appreciate the wine samples without the worry of having to drive. Experience the scenery of your sojourn through the Fleurieu Peninsula. Lunch is included with a glass of wine. Groups are limited to 10 for an intimate experience.
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Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Adelaide Airport

Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Adelaide Airport

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Ensure a smooth and stress-free end to your Australian vacation with this pre-paid private departure transfer to Adelaide Airport. Your driver will pick you up from your Adelaide CBD hotel, help with your luggage and drive you directly to the airport in a spacious luxury vehicle. There’s no need to worry about late-night or early-morning flight departures, either – transfers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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Dolphin Cruise from Adelaide with Optional Dolphin Swim

Dolphin Cruise from Adelaide with Optional Dolphin Swim

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Look for dolphins off the coast of Adelaide on a dolphin-spotting cruise from Glenelg, a seaside town just south of the city. As you glide across Holdfast Bay by catamaran, keep your eyes peeled for some of the thousands of dolphins who live in these waters. To enhance your encounter with these lovable creatures, upgrade your tour to include a dolphin-swimming experience from the boat.
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Mount Lofty Descent Bike Tour from Adelaide

Mount Lofty Descent Bike Tour from Adelaide

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Experience the natural beauty of the Adelaide region on a downhill bike tour from the summit of Mount Lofty. With a guide, you’ll start your bike ride at the highest point of the Mt Lofty Ranges, where you can marvel at the panoramic vista before hopping on your mountain bike and taking off down the hill. Make a stop at Cleland Wildlife Park to spot kangaroos and koalas, and stay energized with morning tea. Round-trip transportation by comfortable 4WD vehicle from Adelaide to Mount Lofty is included. This tour is limited to nine people to provide a small-group experience with personalized attention.
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Ultimate Penfolds Magill Estate Experience

Ultimate Penfolds Magill Estate Experience

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There are several first-rate wine growing regions near Adelaide—Barossa and Grace valleys and McLaren Vale come to mind—but none are as close to the city as the Adelaide Hills. This winery tour of the historic Magill Estate, located in the hills minutes from central Adelaide, is ideal for travelers who don’t want to spend time traveling to wineries farther away.
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Small-Group Kangaroo Island 4WD Tour from Adelaide

Small-Group Kangaroo Island 4WD Tour from Adelaide

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Discover one of South Australia’s wildlife hotspots on this full-day 4WD tour of Kangaroo Island, including round-trip transport from Adelaide by ferry or plane. Spot playful Australian sea lions at the Seal Bay Conservation Park; see echidnas, wallabies and koalas in their natural habitats; and get up close to cockatoos, Tamar wallabies and kangaroos on a guided bushwalk. This small-group tour has a maximum of 8 participants and includes a gourmet picnic lunch.
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Private Arrival Transfer: Adelaide Airport to Hotel

Private Arrival Transfer: Adelaide Airport to Hotel

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Enjoy a hassle-free arrival in Adelaide with this private transfer service. Meet your driver at Adelaide Airport, and relax on the journey to your hotel in the city’s central business district. These private vehicles can accommodate up to three passengers.
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