Adelaide sits between the rugged south coast of Australia and the foothills of the Mount Lofty Ranges. European immigrants founded this tidy capital of South Australia, and its layout was carefully crafted around the River Torrens, imparting a welcome sense of order balanced by a laid-back vibe. Mining and agriculture brought riches to the city. Adelaide’s activities and attractions draw in a wide array of travelers. The city offers Adelaide sightseeing of superb shopping (Rundle Mall), abundant wildlife and nature sanctuaries (Adelaide Botanic Garden, Kangaroo Island and Waterfall Gully) and a plethora of cultural activities (the South Australian Museum and the Art Gallery of South Australia). But a trip to Adelaide is all about the top-notch cuisine and wine. For a free glimpse into Adelaide’s food culture, peruse the stalls found at the Adelaide Central Market.
Victoria Square Adelaide
Victoria Square is popularly well known Kaurna people as “tarntanyangga” (red kangaroo dreaming). A special-events space and popular places to visit in Adelaide for local workers, it’s home to statues, lawns, gum trees, and the 1960s Three Rivers Fountain. Nearby landmarks include St. Francis Xavier Cathedral. Victoria Square is the largest of the six squares and the centrepiece of Light’s plan, originally named ‘the Great Square’ by him. Covering eight acres, Light imagined that it would become the commercial hub for the settlement. In the Northern end of the square, the State Survey mark today commemorates the commencement of Light’s survey on 11 January 1837. The statue of Queen Victoriathat stands in the centre of the square was cast in bronze made from copper mined in the South Australian towns of Wallaroo and Moonta.
Adelaide Central Market
Adelaide Central Market is one of the world’s oldest indoor markets and has become South Australia’s most visited Adelaide tourist attractions among all. The 140-year-old market sells fresh produce and a range of other goods and offers inexpensive multilevel parking. At this “Heart of Adelaide,” as the locals call it, you can purchase fruit and vegetables, cheese, breads, flowers, candy, and a variety of delicacies from a number of cultures found across Australia. Be sure to visit one of many popular cafes and restaurants. The market is easily accessible, clean, and well lit. Chinatown, another major tourist attraction, is connected to this market. By using our Adelaide trip planner, you can arrange your visit to Adelaide Central Market and other attractions in Adelaide.
Waterfall Gully Adelaide
Urban areas aren’t usually known for their close proximity to waterfalls, but Adelaide offers a pleasant surprise with popular Waterfall Gully. Just 25 minutes outside the city, Waterfall Gully has hiking trails that lead to multiple waterfalls, the first of which, First Falls, is a very short walk from the parking lot. Continue up toward the second falls, and take in the scenery where koalas lazily hang in the canopy of gum trees. The most popular top things to do in Adelaide hike in Waterfall Gully is following the trail for 2.5 miles up to the top of Mt. Lofty, where the mountaintop lookout has sweeping views of Adelaide and the coast. By joining a self-guided hiking tour, transport is provided from the center of Adelaide to the Waterfall Gully trailhead, where you’re free to make the climb to Mt. Lofty and enjoy the walk at your pace.
Adelaide Oval holds an elevated status as the home of cricket and Australian rules football in South Australia. Imposing and white-roofed, the stadium towers above the leafy suburb of North Adelaide. Constructed in 1871, the 2012 redevelopment of Adelaide Oval brought the historic stadium in line with the modern demands of large sporting venues. The stadium often hosts concerts, with artists such as Elton John, Madonna, and Fleetwood Mac having performed there. For Adelaide Oval places to see in Adelaide and beyond, use our Adelaide online visit planner to get the most from your Adelaide vacation.
Rundle Mall Adelaide
Rundle Mall is the longest and one of the busiest malls in Australia. More than 400,000 locals and things to see in Adelaide the Mall each week to enjoy the shopping, dining and entertainment from over 700 retailers and 300 services. Young and old, familiar faces and day-trippers, our audience of over 24 million people every year is as diverse as our offering. Rundle Mall is the centre of culture for all South Australians. Seven days a week, nearly every day of the year, Rundle Mall is a bustling hub of activity and entertainment. Walk down the Mall and watch one of the buskers juggling, singing and dancing.
The city’s wide boulevards seem refreshingly uncrowded, and nature is never far away. Parklands ring the city, and a short drive from the CBD, bucolic landscapes and sparkling beaches provide a picturesque playground for outdoorsy locals and lucky tourists. Explore the area with our list of the best things to do in Adelaide.