Things to do in Adelaide

There’s so much to explore and endless things to do in Adelaide. From upbeat shopping precincts to an exciting art scene, the city easily plays host to weekend getaways, extended holidays, and everything in between. Deciding exactly what to see in Adelaide, from the extensive list of options, is the only hard part of planning a trip to this vibrant city!

Admire Adelaide Oval

A stunning venue that melds historic features with modern sporting iconography, Adelaide Oval is a jewel in the centre of the city. Positioned on the River Torrens, overlooking both the city and North Adelaide, the oval remains an Adelaide landmark worth touring. The stadium, which was redeveloped in 2014, hosts entertainment and sporting events including football and cricket.
River Torrens and Adelaide Oval at Dusk

Explore the Adelaide Hills

Part of the Mount Lofty Ranges, the beauty of the Adelaide Hills makes any holiday photo memorable. Home to numerous wineries and food experiences, the region also has an exciting pub scene that feels relaxed and cosy. Mount Lofty Summit overlooks the lights of the city, while gorgeous villages such as Hahndorf and Stirling feel like delightful discoveries tucked away from the tourist track.
One of the many vineyards dotted around the Adelaide Hills

Take a quick dip at Glenelg

The beachside suburb of Glenelg is a popular spot for soaking up some sun, no matter what the season. In summer, the beach is perfect for a quick dip, or you may just want to wander along the esplanade. Grab a bite to eat or something sweet from the many cafes. Just a short tram ride from the city, a stop in Glenelg is essential for your Adelaide sightseeing itinerary.
Glenelg Beach

Visit the charming village of Hahndorf

Officially recognised in 1988 as Australia's oldest surviving German settlement, Hahndorf has retained its quaint village charm. Just 28km from Adelaide's centre, Hahndorf mixes handmade goods with modern dining and craft beers among the beauty of historical architecture. Providing the perfect daytrip, be sure to include this town on your list of must-do Adelaide attractions.
St Paul's Church in Hahndorf

Hop over to Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island is a haven of native bushland and wildlife located southwest of Adelaide. Large parts of the island are protected nature reserves, providing a safe home for sea lions, penguin colonies, and numerous bird species. Kangaroo Island is a rugged escape from the mainland and you'll soon understand why it's one of South Australia's most precious treasures.
One of the many gorgeous shorelines of Kangaroo Island

Sip Shiraz in the Clare Valley

The natural beauty of the Clare Valley is the perfect backdrop to one of the state's best wine regions. There are more than 30 wineries located in this area, which has gained a reputation for producing world-class Shiraz and Cabernet. A two-hour drive from Adelaide, sightseeing in this area wouldn't be complete without a wine tasting or cellar door visit.
Afternoon glow of the Clare Valley

South Australian Museum

A natural history museum founded in 1856, the South Australian Museum stretches across five floors. With displays including Australian Aboriginal artefacts, fauna, mammals, fossils and much more, a visit to this museum is exciting and educational. The permanent exhibitions are an amazing reflection of the world. Once you've finished exploring, refuel with a quick bite or a coffee in the museum cafe.
Exterior of the South Australian Museum. Credit: South Australian Tourism Commission

Migration Museum Adelaide

A world first when it opened in 1986, the Migration Museum Adelaide is a social museum dedicated to the culture of South Australian people. Focusing on the stories and experiences of migration, the museum displays exhibitions on the many cultures that make up this diverse state. The museum is located just a few minutes' walk from Rundle Street.
Exterior of the Adelaide Migration Museum. Credit: South Australian Tourism Commission

South Australian Maritime Museum

Half an hour from the city centre you'll find an Adelaide museum boasting Australia's oldest collection of maritime items. Located in Port Adelaide, the South Australian Maritime Museum pays tribute to sea voyages that explored the coastline. There are more than 20,000 objects to explore, and the museum regularly has new exhibitions, tours and events to highlight their offering.

More Art and Culture

There are some amazing inner-city galleries that add unique contributions to the local cultural and arts scene. A great way to explore these Adelaide art galleries is following the walking trail, which takes in retail and public galleries. The Art Gallery of South Australia is worth checking out to see emerging artists and local favourites.