9 Things to Add to Your Adelaide Itinerary
Adelaide may be one of Australia’s smaller capital cities, but don’t be fooled by its size – this vibrant city certainly packs an exciting punch! From beautiful coastlines and world-class wines, to foodie delights, footy madness and far-out festivals, Adelaide is a veritable treasure trove of things to do, see, eat and drink.
Here are nine things you cannot miss on your next trip to Adelaide.
▼ 1. Savor a local drop (or two)
Any self-respecting wine lover knows you cannot visit Adelaide without spending a day sampling the goods at one of its famed wine regions. Located just 30 minutes from the CBD, McLaren Vale deserves a top spot on your Adelaide itinerary. There are more than 70 cellar doors to explore, but some of our favourites include Samuel’s Gorge (a red lover’s heaven), d’Arenberg Cube (like Willy Wonka but with wine), Mollydooker (one of the most generous and delicious wine tastings), Alpha Box & Dice (great wines, quirky vibes) and Down The Rabbit Hole (most Insta-worthy).
▼ 2. Eat your way through the Adelaide Central Market
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Three words: bring your appetite. Located in the heart of Adelaide CBD, the Adelaide Central Market is a South Australian institution. This undercover market is home to over 70 traders peddling everything from cheeses, baked goods, fresh produce, seafood, meat and poultry, small goods, coffee, sweets, health foods and so much more. There are also a number of cafes and small restaurants open for dine-in.
▼ 3. Watch the sunset over the ocean
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Golden sunset. Glittering ocean. Drink in hand. Sounds like bliss, right? Now, for West coasters this may not be such a special sight, but for East coasters, watching the setting sun as its dips into the ocean is pretty awesome – even more so when you’re at Adelaide’s only beach bar, The Moseley Beach Club.
Open during the warmer months, from late November to early March, the beach club is undoubtedly the city’s best spot for sunset drinks. If it’s not open when you’re here, don’t worry! In Glenelg, the Surf Club or The Grand Bar offer the next best thing, or you could head to Henley Beach and take in the ocean views from SeaSalt or Seamores.
▼ 4. Catch an AFL game
A quintessential Adelaide experience. There’s nothing quite like the electricity of watching the mighty Adelaide Crows or Port Adelaide Power hit the Adelaide Oval – and if you’re from interstate, you might even be able to cheer on your home team.
Be sure to have a pre-game drink at the Adelaide Casino beforehand and then join the flood of avid fans as you cross the bridge over the River Torrens to the stadium. Adelaide folk are crazy about their footy, so be sure to book your tickets in advance.
▼ 5. Visit historic Victor Harbor
Located about an hour’s drive from the CBD, Victor Harbor makes for a great day trip from Adelaide. This charming seaside town is home to rich history, cute cafes, boutique shops and the beautiful Horseshoe Bay. During the warmer months, this sandy beach offers perfect spot for swimming and sunbaking. Be sure to head up to Freeman Lookout and continue on around the headland cliff walk – you may even catch a glimpse of the migrating Southern Right Whales if you’re visiting during May-October.
▼ 6. Take a hike to Morialta Falls
Escape the bustle of the city and get back to nature at Morialta Conservation Park. Located just 20 minutes from the CBD, Morialta boasts an extensive network of walking trails, sweeping gullies, rugged quartzite cliffs and three seasonal waterfalls. Visit the park during spring or winter to see the falls at their best.
▼ 7. Enjoy a taste of Europe in charming Hahndorf
Say hallo to Hahndorf – a picturesque traditional European village just 30 minute’s drive from Adelaide CBD. Hahndorf is Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement, and here you can stroll the quaint main street, browse quirky shops and sample some local artisan delights. Enjoy lunch at a traditional German brauhaus, where bratwurst and apple strudel are always on the menu. On your way back to Adelaide, stop in at Beerenberg Farm for some strawberry picking (November to April).
▼ 8. Sample some local brews
Beer lovers will be happy to know Adelaide is not just all about great wine – there are also some very tasty local brews waiting to be discovered. Head to Port Adelaide and check out local favourites Pirate Life Brewery and Big Shed Brewing Co. After a long afternoon of beer tasting and brewery hopping, you’re bound to have worked up an appetite. Fortunately, the nearby Low ‘n’ Slow American BBQ has some finger-lickin’-good slow cooked meats and Southern style fare to cure what ails ya. This place is extremely popular so book ahead to avoid disappointment.
▼ 9. Have a laugh at the Adelaide Fringe
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Over 4 epic weeks in February and March, the city comes alive with the Adelaide Fringe. Spread across two sprawling areas, the Garden of Unearthly Delights and Gluttony, as well as an array of other locations throughout the city, the Fringe features international and local comedians, cabaret acts, live music, pop-up bars and insanely good food. If you’re travelling to Adelaide during Fringe season, you are in for one hell of a treat!