The Best 35 Things To Do In Adelaide With Some Untapped Gems!

The Best 35 Things To Do In Adelaide With Some Untapped Gems!

When it comes to exploring South Australia’s capital city, Adelaide, you’re in for a delightful journey filled with captivating experiences. When you visit Adelaide, you’ll find a city brimming with culture, natural beauty, and endless opportunities for adventure. No matter your interests, you’re sure to find something that captures your heart in this captivating South Australian gem.

From stunning tourist attractions to the picturesque Adelaide Hills, here are 35 things to do in Adelaide that will make your experience in South Australia unforgettable:

Adelaide Tourist Attractions

Begin your adventure by visiting Adelaide and the wide variety of tourist attractions. From the historic Adelaide Zoo to the vibrant Adelaide Oval, there’s something for everyone to enjoy, even if you are South Australian!

1. Adelaide Hills

Only a short drive out of the city centre, you’ll find yourself in the picturesque Adelaide Hills. You can head to places like German town, Hahndorf and to Mt Lofty that looks back over the city of Adelaide. You will find many beautiful and quaint villages on your drive through the Adelaide Hills that will make you fall in love with South Australia.

The Best 35 Things To Do In Adelaide With Some Untapped Gems!

2. Adelaide Zoo

At the heart of the city, you’ll find the ever popular Adelaide Zoo. This attraction is great for those travelling to South Australia with little kids or meeting up with family. Explore creatures big and small, native and international including giraffes, elephants and pandas! It’s a great glimpse into our Australian wildlife for all ages.

3. Adelaide Oval

One of the top things to do in Adelaide is visit the iconic Adelaide Oval. Host to major sporting events like AFL games and cricket matches, the Adelaide Oval is a proud sporting venue and attraction in the city centre. You can tour around the ground including going right up to the top of their new grandstand to look back over the venue and Adelaide city. We recommend visiting when there is a sporting event on – especially if you’re a fan!

4. Adelaide Botanic Gardens

Immerse yourself in the serene beauty of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. There is so much stunning flowers and plants to view at the botanic gardens that a plant lover will not be disappointed with their visit. Don’t forget to dine at the Botanic Gardens Restaurant for a delightful culinary experience amidst nature.

The Best 35 Things To Do In Adelaide With Some Untapped Gems!

5. Gallery of South Australia

Considering you’re here, we think you might be a fan of art galleries. Art enthusiasts will find their paradise at the Gallery of South Australia, where a world of creativity awaits. Explore the diverse collection of artworks in this renowned art gallery, showcasing homegrown talent and international exhibitions. The Art Gallery of South Australia is definitely a must visit in our eyes.

6. Street Art

Stroll through Adelaide’s streets adorned with captivating street art. Discover the city’s artistic soul as you admire the vibrant murals and graffiti. You can find online guides to take you through the city street art and to find all the best spots in Adelaide city, just so you don’t get lost looking!

7. Onkaparinga River National Park

Love the outdoors? This might be one of the things to do in Adelaide that you will thank us for. For nature lovers, a visit to the Onkaparinga River National Park is a must. Explore its lush landscapes, hiking trails, and picturesque river views. Whether you camp overnight, enjoy a day visit or explore the national park, this out-of-town wonder is worth the trek.

8. Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary

Only 30 minutes out of Adelaide city you’ll find fins – and not the scary kind! Experience the magic of nature at the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary. Watch these graceful creatures in their natural habitat, learn about marine conservation and enjoy watching the dolphins play amongst each other.

9. South Australian Museum

Delve into the rich history and culture of South Australia at the South Australian Museum. It’s a treasure trove of fascinating exhibits and artefacts both national and international. The museum has many amazing collections to discover and learn, and educational experiences for all ages.

The Best 35 Things To Do In Adelaide With Some Untapped Gems!

10. Granite Island

One of the more unique things to do in Adelaide is to explore Granite Island in Victor Harbor. Take a leisurely stroll or horse-drawn tram ride to Granite Island, known for its stunning coastal scenery. You can enjoy a day here whale watching, visiting markets, taking a tour, hike and bike or even camp. Don’t miss the chance to spot Little Penguins in their natural habitat.

11. St Peter’s Cathedral

Admire the architectural grandeur of St Peter’s Cathedral, a beautiful symbol of faith in the heart of Adelaide. Join for a service or admire the architecture.

12. Heritage Buildings

Wander through the city and discover Adelaide’s charming heritage buildings, each with its unique story to tell. It’s a great way to get to know more about the Adelaide city centre and we’re sure you’ll find some delicious stops along the way.

13. Cleland Wildlife Park

Get up close and personal with Australia’s unique wildlife at Cleland Wildlife Park. It’s a fantastic opportunity to interact with kangaroos and koalas. The kids will love this one!

14. Adelaide Gaol

Step back in time with a visit to the Adelaide Gaol, where you can explore the history of Australia’s early criminal justice system. There’s many events on here for the school holidays and the kids can even escape cells – a modern day jailbreak!

15. Adelaide Plains

Discover the scenic beauty of the Adelaide Plains, with its vast landscapes and charming rural towns.

The Best 35 Things To Do In Adelaide With Some Untapped Gems!

16. River Torrens

Take a relaxing walk along the banks of the River Torrens, a serene escape in the heart of the city. The River Torrens starts all the way up in the Adelaide Hills and flows down through the Adelaide city centre and ends between Henley Beach and West Beach.

Although we don’t recommend walking the distance (85kms!), there are plenty of spots to enjoy the River Torrens with stand up paddle boarding, river boats, paddle boats and more.

17. TreeClimb Adelaide

Adventure seekers can challenge themselves at TreeClimb Adelaide, an exhilarating treetop adventure course.

18. West Beach

Enjoy the sun and surf at West Beach, a popular destination for beach lovers. Located right near Adelaide Airport, you can even jump right off the plane and head to West Beach for a cool down.

19. Henley Beach

For a more laid-back beach experience, visit Henley Beach and savour the coastal atmosphere. With shops and experiences right near the beach, including Pinot & Picasso Henley Beach, it’s a great day out with the family, friends or solo.

20. Adelaide Central Markets

Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of Adelaide Central Markets, a food lover’s paradise. With over 70 traders in the Adelaide Central Market, you will find the most delicious treats and fresh produce in the Southern Hemisphere guaranteed.

The Best 35 Things To Do In Adelaide With Some Untapped Gems!

21. Victoria Square

Relax in the heart of the city at Victoria Square, a green oasis surrounded by historic architecture. With over five public squares for South Australians and tourists alike to relax and unwind in the city, Victoria Square is a nice rest stop while exploring the city attractions.

22. Rundle Mall

For those that love a little retail therapy, Rundle Mall is your number one stop. For the ultimate shopping and dining experiences, you’ll find the very best fashion, shoes and more stores in Rundle Mall.

23. National Wine Centre of Australia

For the more Pinots than Picassos, explore the art and science of winemaking at the National Wine Centre. From wine tasting to cellar doors, wine enthusiasts will enjoy a visit at the National Wine Centre sipping on reds and whites from varying wine regions.

24. Adelaide Fringe Festival

If you’re visiting during February and March, don’t miss the Adelaide Fringe Festival, a celebration of arts and culture. Celebrate our art and culture scene and applaud independent artists from Australian cities and from around the globe. Put this on your bucket list of things to do in Adelaide!

The Best 35 Things To Do In Adelaide With Some Untapped Gems!

25. Port Adelaide

Discover the maritime heritage of Port Adelaide, where historic buildings and a vibrant atmosphere await. Port Adelaide has many things for the whole family to enjoy!

26. Belair National Park

Escape the city and enjoy nature at Belair National Park, offering hiking trails and a tranquil setting. This national park is only a short trip away from Adelaide, but offers plenty of outdoor activities including horse riding, mountain biking, bush walking, orienteering and wildlife exploring.

27. Adelaide City Centre

Some of the best things to do in Adelaide can be found right at the city centre. Explore the bustling heart of Adelaide, where modernity meets tradition in a harmonious blend. From outstanding restaurants to fun experiences like Pinot & Picasso Norwood, you’ll find the best attractions right in this historic city.

28. Shopping

Indulge in some retail therapy, with Adelaide offering a variety of shopping districts to suit your style including Rundle Mall, Adelaide Central Plaza and Harbour Town.

The Best 35 Things To Do In Adelaide With Some Untapped Gems!

29. Adelaide Town Hall

Marvel at the architectural splendour of the Adelaide Town Hall, a historic landmark in the city. There’s plenty on at the Adelaide Town Hall including live music and concerts.

30. Walking Tour

Join a walking tour to gain insights into the city’s history and culture from knowledgeable guides.

31. Restaurants

Satisfy your culinary cravings at top-notch restaurants like APOTECA, OSTERIA OGGI, and Peel St. With some of the top chefs in the country hailing from Adelaide, you will not be disappointed with restaurants like APOTECA, OSTERIA OGGI and Peel St.

North Adelaide

Explore the charm of North Adelaide, with its tree-lined streets and historic North Adelaide Golf Course.

32. North Adelaide Golf Course

For the golf lovers reading this, you must take your clubs to the North Adelaide Golf Course for a game. With the city as a stunning backdrop, enjoy swinging through 18 holes with friends or on your own for a little break.

33. Adelaide Riverbank

Take a leisurely stroll along the Adelaide Riverbank, enjoying the scenic beauty and vibrant atmosphere. Along your walk, you’ll spot city attractions like Adelaide Oval, the Adelaide Zoo and even the Adelaide Botanic Gardens.

Day Trips

Venture beyond the city with day trips to the renowned Barossa Valley, a wine region filled with vineyards and cellar doors or hop on a boat to the picturesque Kangaroo Island.

The Best 35 Things To Do In Adelaide With Some Untapped Gems!

34. Barossa Valley

If you’re going to do a day trip in South Australia, make it a trip to the Barossa Valley. The Barossa Valley is one of the best wine regions in all of Australia – dare we say, the world! With vineyards galore, wine tastings at every cellar door and world-class dining experiences, a visit to the Barossa is perfect for couples, friends and family (it’s best if all the kids are over 18 years old!).

35. Kangaroo Island

Discover the natural wonders of Kangaroo Island, an idyllic retreat known for its wildlife and pristine landscapes. Make it longer than a day trip and stay overnight – there’s so much to explore! From cellar doors to quad biking, it’s great for adventure buffs and those who like to relax (hello massages).

Do a Paint and Sip Session with Pinot & Picasso

Unleash your inner artist with a fun-filled paint and sip session at Pinot & Picasso. Enjoy a creative experience like no other at one of our Adelaide paint and sip studios. You can find us in Glenelg, Henley Beach and Norwood to enjoy an arty experience where you can connect, create and sip on your BYO beverages. Book a session today!

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