Blend South Australia’s beautiful countryside with the vibrant, cosmopolitan culture of Adelaide. Explore diverse landscapes with rolling emerald valleys and thriving city streets, overflowing with shopping boutiques, lavish wine bars and al fresco dining options during your Adelaide holidays.
As the state capital of South Australia, Adelaide offers a unique combination of city, rugged coastlines and parched desertland. This multicultural destination is a melting pot of world cuisine, offering a new dining experience on almost every corner. If you are looking to delve into the city’s bustling food culture, Adelaide’s Central Market offers a street food extravaganza, with delicious dishes such as Spanish paella, grilled falafels or freshly-shucked oysters, prepared and served on the spot. Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of Adelaide with a visit to the South Australia Museum, or the Art Gallery of South Australia. If you love wildlife, why not get up close with some of the regions native wildlife. such as wombats, dingos and echidnas, at Cleland Wildlife Park?
Adelaide holidays: between beach and hills
Adelaide is sandwiched between white sandy beaches to the west and rolling green hills 20 minutes to the east. Spend warm days soaking up the sun by the calm, safe swimming waters, or enjoy a delicious brunch and admire the ocean views. The hills are a great place to discover some of South Australia’s rural attractions such as Barossa Valley in the wine region. Here you can indulge in an all-day wine tasting tour, paired with fabulous food, and basque in the natural beauty that surrounds you.
For a fascinating trip spent experiencing the true outback, pair your Adelaide holiday with Darwin and admire the views from the famous Ghan train, which runs from Darwin to Adelaide. Whether you’re in Adelaide for the city, beaches, desert or a combination of all three, our Destination Specialists will help you plan the ideal itinerary for your trip. Give us a call today to discuss the perfect tailor-made Adelaide holiday.
Great sample itineraries
Get inspired by our selection of popular itineraries for Adelaide holidays. With so many options for your Adelaide holiday package, we recommend you talk to one of our Destination Specialists to make the perfect tailor-made holiday just for you.
Adelaide Botanic Garden
Step into this beautiful oasis in Adelaide’s city centre and experience beautiful landscaped gardens, majestically towering trees and delicate flowers. Visit the iconic Palm House building, which dates back to 1877 and contains plants from Madagascar, as well as the Amazon Waterlily Pond. The Santos Museum of Economic Botany houses a collection dating back 130 years and provides stories and exhibits to demonstrate the importance of plant life.
Adelaide Central Market
Adelaide’s Central Market is a bustling hive of activity where you can try a delicious range of food and immerse yourself in the city’s diverse culture. It dates back over 150 years and features over 70 food stalls selling everything from fresh fish to seasonal fruits. Sample gourmet cuisine from the Paella stand and the Latvian Lunchroom or visit Lucia’s Pizza Bar and enjoy a warm slice as you wander through the market.
Glenelg is Adelaide’s most popular beach and is well known for its white sands fringed by palm trees. It’s ideal for a day out, with a regular tram running from the city centre. Wander along the promenade behind the sands and duck into buzzing restaurants and cafés where you can choose from fresh seafood and grilled meats. Make sure you stay until the evening for the magnificent sunsets.
Best time to visit Adelaide
Adelaide can be enjoyed all year round and the weather is dependent on the region. In general, Adelaide’s weather is quite hot and dry during the summer period between December to February. The best time to go to Adelaide is between March and May, the tail end of the city's dry summer months. Whalewatching season is between June and September.
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“Explore the city of Adelaide for free - hop on one of the two the 'city loop' bus services, or ride one of the 'Adelaide Free Bikes' for a great way to see the city without spending a penny.”
“Take to the sea on the Temptation, the first vessel in Adelaide to be given a dolphin swim license, and get up close with these friendly creatures.”
Events & Festivals
Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Adelaideholiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.The city of Adelaide offers a wide variety of events held throughout the year that can be enjoyed by everyone.
The Adelaide Fringe is the world's second-largest annual arts festival and the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. For one month, between February and March, over 5,000 artists from around Australia visit Adelaide to perform in cabaret, comedy, circus, dance, film, theatre, puppetry, music, visual art, magic, digital and interactive talks and shows across the city.
Get a flavour of the local culture through your palate during your Adelaide holiday.
When it comes to food and drink, Adelaide truly is the land of legends, offering a culinary playground with a plethora of cuisines on offer. Steeped in history and drenched in class, this Australian state has been named one of the Great Wine Capitals of the World, with award-winning chefs creating incredible dishes made with locally-sourced produce.
Here are a few of our favourite dishes.
An Adelaide favourite, a pie floater is a traditional Australian meat pie served in a thick pea soup that can be topped with tomato sauce.
The Kitchener bun is Adelaide’s version of a classic jam doughnut. It’s a large doughnut ball sliced and filled with jam and cream, then rolled in sugar.
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