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Welcome to Adelaide

Adelaide, the laid-back capital of South Australia, is a world away from the urban powerhouses of Melbourne and Sydney. The only one of Australia’s state capitals to be founded by free settlers, Adelaide retains its independent spirit to this day, and it feels more like an oversized village than the country’s fifth most populated city. With its Victorian architecture, picturesque waterfront, burgeoning art scene, and myriad other things to do, Adelaide is a city-break destination in its own right—but for many travelers it's also home base for day trips to the vineyards of the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale, Murray River, Kangaroo Island, and Fleurieu Peninsula.

Top attractions in Adelaide for Fall

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Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island

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With its unmistakably Aussie name, it’s little surprise that Kangaroo Island is one of the best places to spot native Australian wildlife. Australia's third-largest island, this unspoiled haven is a trove of natural wonders, from red rock cliffs to sandy beaches, sweeping dunes, and wild bushlands.More
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Adelaide Oval

Adelaide Oval

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One of the world’s most scenic arenas, the Adelaide Oval dates back to 1871. Best known for cricket, the defining sport of British colonies, it also hosts concerts, rugby, Australian rules football, and more. Besides a cafe, fine dining restaurant, and corporate events spaces, it offers a museum devoted to cricket legend Donald Bradman.More
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Wirra Wirra Vineyards

Wirra Wirra Vineyards

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In the world of wine, the Adelaide region is known for producing some of Australia’s best vintages. Such is the case at Wirra Wirra Vineyards, where talented winemakers have mastered the craft since 1894, enticing visitors from around the globe to sip on the fruits of their labor. One of South Australia's most iconic wineries, Wirra Wirra Vineyards is known for quirky, eccentric environment and affable, fun-loving staff, as well as for its fine Shiraz wines and array of reds and whites.Take a part in a Wirra Wirra wines master class to learn the technique behind the award-winning wines of the world-renowned McClaren Vale region, and to explore the vineyard, tour the winery, and sample some of Wirra Wirra winery's best. To get in the celebratory spirit without imbibing, visitors can ring the winery's nearly one-ton church bell, the Angelus Bell, which is used during special occasions and also completely at random.More
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Mt. Lofty

Mt. Lofty

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Despite its name, Mt. Lofty is far from lofty, standing just 2,385 feet (727 meters) high in the Mt. Lofty Ranges, part of the Adelaide Hills. The summit offers views across Adelaide and the ocean, with a café, an information center and shop, and hiking trail access. Mt. Lofty Botanic Garden and Cleland Wildlife Park are on its slopes.More
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McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale

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McLaren Vale is second only to Barossa Valley as South Australia’s top wine region. The region's wineries are spread out around the town of McLaren Vale, about 25 miles (41 kilometers) south of Adelaide. Soft, luscious Shiraz is the signature style, and more than 70 wineries offer tastings. Don't miss the vibrant local food scene.More
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Hahndorf

Hahndorf

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Tucked away in the Adelaide Hills, the tree-lined lanes and historic taverns of Hahndorf have a distinctly Bavarian feel; so much so that the village has dubbed itself “Australia’s oldest German town.” Founded by German settlers in the early 19th century, Hahndorf displays its heritage in its culture, architecture, and cuisine.More
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Adelaide Central Market

Adelaide Central Market

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With a history dating back more than 150 years, Adelaide Central Market has long been at the center of Adelaide’s foodie scene. It remains one of Australia’s largest covered food markets, with about 80 stalls stacked with fresh, seasonal produce.More
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Adelaide Zoo

Adelaide Zoo

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Adelaide Zoo is home to almost 2,500 animals, with around 250 different species from all around the world. Along with Aussie favorites like kangaroos, koalas, and Tasmanian devils, the zoo is famous for its pair of Giant Pandas, Wang Wang and Funi, the only animals of their kind in Australia.More
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North Terrace

North Terrace

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Grand 19th-century architecture laid out on a classically elegant street plan fringed with green parkland makes Adelaide perhaps Australia’s most beautiful city center—and North Terrace is at the heart of it. From galleries and museums to the state parliament, state library, and Adelaide University, the landmarks are all here.More
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Adelaide Gaol

Adelaide Gaol

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One of the oldest buildings in South Australia, Adelaide Gaol is remarkable for its architecture, its history, and—allegedly—its ghosts. During its years of operation, 1841–1988, the jail housed over 300,000 prisoners, 45 of whom were executed on-site. Today it offers an interactive exhibition, a range of food options, and a shop.More

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Top activities in Adelaide

Barossa Valley Wineries Tour with Tastings and Lunch from Adelaide
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Barossa Valley Full-Day Tour from Adelaide with Maggie Beer Farm
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Wild Dolphin Watch Cruise
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Wild Dolphin Watch Cruise

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RoofClimb Adelaide Oval Experience
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McLaren Vale Wine Tour by Bike
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McLaren Vale Wine Tour by Bike

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Adelaide Hills Tour with River Murray 3 Hour Lunch Cruise
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McLaren Vale and Glenelg Wine Tasting and Sightseeing (Half-day Afternoon)
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McLaren Vale Winery Small Group Tour with Wine Tasting and Lunch
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Kayak Tour in Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary
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Hop-On Hop-Off Barossa Valley Wine Region Tour from Adelaide
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Full-Day Tour in South Australia Highlights
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Adelaide City Highlights Tour

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3-Day Adelaide to Melbourne Tour Including the Great Ocean Road
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Barossa Valley Via Hahndorf ( Historical German Village ) Inc Maggie Beers Farm
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Recent reviews from experiences in Adelaide

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An excellent tour with a...
Martin, May 2022
Small-Group Adelaide Central Market Early Breakfast Tour
Our guide (Cheryl) was very good and very helpful on both the market and other things to see in Adelaide (National Wine Centre was a great tip for lunch)
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Fun
Jeremy_S, Apr 2022
Mount Lofty Descent Bike Tour from Adelaide
Good way to see Adelaide, the view from the top shows the whole city.
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My Torrens eye opener
Helen_C, Apr 2022
Torrens River Cruise in Adelaide
The river was beautiful and we were able to see much of Adelaide.
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Bob was very...
Elzabeth_R, Jan 2022
Adelaide Hills and Hahndorf - Half Day Private Tour
Bob was very knowledgeable and we had a chat what we wanted to see in Adelaide and he customised the tour for us, because of the children.
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Wow!
Christine_E, Dec 2021
Adelaide 90-Minute Pedicab Tour: Street Art Experience
What a fantastic way to see Adelaide.
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Great snapshots of the areas surrounding Adelaide
Tully_G, May 2022
Victor Harbor and Southern Highlights from Adelaide
It was a nice and relaxing opportunity to see more of what the area around Adelaide has to offer.
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A great day out!
Candice_R, Nov 2021
Barossa Valley Wineries Tour with Tastings and Lunch from Adelaide
We went to some great wineries and got to see the sights of the beautiful Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills.
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River Cruise
Maureen_H, Apr 2021
Torrens River Cruise in Adelaide
Overall,a relaxing way to see Adelaide,,and hear about some of the history in an affordable way .
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Adelaide, Mt Lofty and Hahndorf
Steven_D, Apr 2021
A taste of Adelaide and Hahndorf by car private tour.
A great way to see the sites of Adelaide with a trip up to Mt Lofty and Hahndorf for lunch all from the comfort of a car.
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Beyond the city
Jane, Feb 2020
McLaren Vale and Glenelg Wine Tasting and Sightseeing (Half-day Afternoon)
It is a fantastic way to see a bit more of the Adelaide area and to taste some lovely wines along the way.
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Day trip
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Kangaroo Island in a Day Tour from Adelaide
Long day but worth it to see the island even though some attractions were off limits due to recent fires.
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McLaren Vale Wine Tour by Bike
Best way so far to see the sights of Adelaide and enjoy the McLaren Valley wine country.
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Kangaroo Island in a Day Tour from Adelaide
Stunning place to visit.
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Terence R, Jun 2017
Small Group Adelaide Hills and Hahndorf Hideaway Tour from Adelaide
Great tour to see the highlights of the Adelaide surrounds.
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Absolutely wonderful tour. Tour...
Caroline B, Oct 2016
Barossa Valley Wineries Tour with Tastings and Lunch from Adelaide
Highly recommend to anyone in the Adelaide area looking to see some of the wonderful vineyards in the Barossa Valley!
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an excellent start for a visit of...
Greg B, Apr 2016
Cultural Caper Adelaide Walking Tour
an excellent start for a visit of Adelaide gave us a good background of what to see further after the tour the guide was very knowledgeable thumbs up
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SengJone_G, Sep 2016
Mount Lofty Descent Bike Tour from Adelaide
I had only a few days to see Adelaide and this was the highlight.
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Adelaide Central Market Walking Tour
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Adelaide Central Market Discovery Tour
The Adelaide Central Market is a must to visit for anyone visiting the City.
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Wonderful tour of North Adelaide
Karena_L, Sep 2020
Adelaide Walking Tour: Grand Mansions and Sub-Divisions
Had a wonderful tour with Graeme, I was born and have lived in Adelaide all my life and did not know the history of some our beautiful buildings and homes, I especially liked the stories regarding the mansions and then to see where the workers lived with their families, such a contrast from the rich to the not so rich.
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Amanda M, Sep 2017
McLaren Vale and Glenelg Wine Tasting and Sightseeing (Half-day Afternoon)
We only had a limited time in Adelaide, so this tour was a great way to see beyond the city.
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