Must See and Do

in Adelaide and South Australia

Here's our list of great things to do in Adelaide and surrounding regions.

Discover Adelaide’s stunning beaches

Take a tram ride to Glenelg or visit Henley Beach or Semaphore. Hire a car and drive to beachside hot spots on the Fleurieu Peninsula such as Port Willunga, Normanville, Goolwa or Victor Harbor or jump across to gorgeous Kangaroo Island where pretty much any beach is perfect.

Meander along the River Torrens Linear Trail

The River Torrens runs from the Adelaide Hills to Henley Beach. The Torrens Lake in Adelaide city is a popular and picturesque spot for lazing in the sun or picnics as well as for walking or jogging. Take a ride on Popeye or get your feet moving on a paddle boat.

Visit the picturesque Adelaide Hills

The Adelaide Hills, barely a 20 minute drive from the city is a story-book pretty region. The drive itself is worth the time. Take a tour through the picturesque Adelaide Hills to the villages of Hahndorf, Stirling or Aldgate.

Discover South Australian Wine

See why Adelaide is the gateway to Australia's premier wine regions, with easy access to over 200 cellar doors. Experience wine tastings in one of our many famous wine regions - Barossa, Clare Valley, Coonawarra or McLaren Vale.

Get up close to native Australian wildlife

Head to Cleland Conservation Park or Gorge Wildlife Park in the Adelaide Hills where you can cuddle koalas or feed kangaroos, wallabies, Emus and many other native Australian animals from the palm of your hand!

If you're more interested in seeing kangaroos, koalas, echidnas in the wild, visit Kangaroo Island.

seal bay kangaroo island

Tour Kangaroo Island

See Australian wildlife in abundance at Australia's fourth national icon, stunning Kangaroo Island. Walk amongst Australian Sea-lions at Seal Bay, hand feed kangaroos and wallabies or hold a koala. Explore the magnificent Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch, Kelly Hill Caves or Little Sahara sand dunes.

Cruise the majestic Murray River

Take a relaxing Murray River cruise aboard the historic paddle-wheeler PS Murray Princess. Marvel at the stunning rock formations and the abundant bird and wildlife and the lovely little port towns along the way.

Discover the unique Australian landscape

Explore the magical ancient natural wonders that South Australia has to offer. Marvel at magnificent famous natural formations in the Flinders Ranges, Murray River or Kangaroo Island tourist attractions Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch.

Visit the Adelaide Zoo or Monarto Open Range Zoo

See Giant Pandas Wang Wang and Funi™ among other fascinating animals at the Adelaide Zoo. The zoo is home to over 1800 animals and almost 300 species of exotic and native mammals, birds, reptiles and fish.

Monarto Zoo is Australia's largest open range zoo and just 50 minutes drive from Adelaide. View a range of animals from the spectacular viewing platforms - Cheetahs, White Rhino, Lions, Chimpanzees plus Giraffes, Antelopes & more. Also see native Australian wildlife.

Take a gastronomic tour of the Adelaide Central Markets

Explore the Adelaide Central Markets and taste many delights from many produce stalls. Buy some delicious gourmet goods for a picnic in one of Adelaide's picturesque parks or gardens such as the Adelaide Botanic Gardens.

Take a stroll along the North Terrace precinct

The recently renovated North Terrace precinct is home to the Art Gallery of South Australia, the South Australian Museum, Ayers House, the Botanic Gardens or the National Wine Centre of Australia and Parliament House.

Shop 'til you drop!

Adelaide is blessed with a myriad of diverse shopping experiences. Some of the best shopping precincts include Rundle Mall and the East End in Adelaide, King William Road in Hyde Park,The Parade in Norwood, Burnside Village, Harbour Town in West Beach for some great bargains, Jetty Road in Glenelg or Magill Road, Norwood for antiques.

Wine and Dine

Indulge in some of the fantastic and award-winning restaurants that Adelaide has to offer - head to Rundle Street, Gouger Street and Chinatown in the city or venture out of the city square mile to O'Connell Street in North Adelaide, The Parade at Norwood, King William Road in Hyde Park or nearby Unley Road or Jetty Road at Glenelg.

Adelaide's new Leigh Street and Peel Street precinct is a haven for fantastic little bars and restaurants. This is definitely the place to be for drinks and tapas style food or dinner.

Adelaide, South Australia has a lively annual calendar of events

Events include the Santos Tour Down Under in January, Coopers Kangaroo Island Cup in February and 'Mad March' that sees the Adelaide Fringe, WOMADelaide, Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Cup Races and Clipsal 500 come to town. From April to September experience the electric atmosphere of an AFL game at the stunning new Adelaide Oval. In June the best cabaret artists perform at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and in September get along to the Royal Adelaide Show, the longest running and largest community event in South Australia. In November see the Credit Union Christmas Pageant and Lights of Lobethal and Carols by Candlelight in December.

Can't decide what to do in South Australia?

Combine a few of our tours to enjoy a range of South Australian holiday experiences that include visits to the coastal town of Victor Harbor, cruising on the PS Murray Princess on the mighty Murray River, wine tasting in the famous Barossa and adventures in the Flinders Ranges.

You could take your car and drive away for a seaside holiday, visit wildlife and conservation parks then savour local food and wine. For more inspiration, head over to the SeaLink South Australia holidays website.