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Attractions in Adelaide

Adelaide is a friendly, cosmopolitan city surrounded by cool, green parks. To the east of the city are the undulating Adelaide hills while to the west Adelaide's 30 kilometre long sandy coastline provides facilities for all types of water sports and relaxation.

This information site provides you with details about some of the most popular attractions in and around Adelaide. For further information, contact SA Tourist Commission.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some places of cultural interest in Adelaide?

Adelaide City Library
North Terrace, Adelaide, Tel. 8203 7990. Refer to the website for opening hours.
The Adelaide City Library has access to a range of newspapers, books, magazines, DVDs, CD ROMs and computers. Additional branches in Adelaide are located at 18 Grote Street, Adelaide 235 Hutt Street, Adelaide and 176 Tynte Street, North Adelaide.

Adelaide Festival Centre
Festival Drive, off King William Road, Adelaide, Tel. 8216 8600
The Festival Centre is the home of the biennial Adelaide Festival and the venue for large scale musical and dramatic productions.

Art Gallery of South Australia
North Terrace, Adelaide, Tel. 8207 7000. Open daily from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.
The Art Gallery, next to the Museum, houses a fine collection of Australian and international art. Free entry to general collection.

South Australian Museum
North Terrace, Adelaide, Tel. 8207 7500. Open daily from 10.00am to 5.00pm.
The Museum has five floors of displays of natural and cultural history and is recognised internationally for its Australian Aboriginal collection. Souvenirs may be purchased from the gift shop. Entry is free.

State Library of South Australia
North Terrace, Adelaide, Tel. 8207 7250
This is South Australia's largest public library. The collection includes airmail editions of overseas newspapers, DVDs, CD ROMs and computers are also available.


What outdoor attractions are there in Adelaide?

Botanic Gardens of Adelaide
North Terrace, Adelaide, Tel. 8222 9311
The Botanic Gardens are elegant public gardens featuring rare plants, fountains, lakes and a historic palm house. Entry is free. See Visitor Information for opening hours.

Adelaide Himeji Garden
Corner of South Terrace and Glen Osmond Road. Tel. 8203 7203
This traditional Japanese garden is in a serene setting complete with temple gate, lantern, bridge and lake. The Garden is open daily from 8.00 am until 1 hour before sunset. Entry is free with guided tours available between 12.00 pm and 2.00pm weekdays.

Bicentennial Conservatory
Adelaide Botanic Gardens, Adelaide, Tel. 8222 9311
This spectacular glasshouse is adjacent to the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide and contains a lush display of lowland rainforest plants from northern Australia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and the nearby Pacific Islands. It is open daily from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm (open to 5.00pm during daylight saving). Entry is free.

Adelaide Parklands
North, South, East and West Terraces, Adelaide
Adelaide is known as 'the city in a park' because it is bordered by public parklands to the north, south, east and west of the central business district. These are suitable for picnics and family activities.

Elder Park
King William Street, around the corner from North Terrace, Tel. 8203 7203
Near the Adelaide Festival Centre and facing the Torrens Lake, you can enjoy a paddleboat cruise, hire a bicycle or simply walk along the paths from Elder Park along the River Torrens. This is also the base for the Popeye launch cruises along the river to the Adelaide Zoo.

River Torrens Linear Park
East Terrace, off Rundle and Grenfell Streets
This is an extensive parkland which follows the course of the River Torrens from the foothills to the sea for approximately 30 kilometres. It is suitable for cyclists, walkers and joggers.

Rymill Park
South Terrace, Adelaide, between Sir Lewis Cohen Avenue and Peacock Road
Rymill Park is a large park with barbecue, play ground and picnic areas, a lake, kiosk and rose garden.

Veale Gardens
Veale Gardens is part of the southern parklands and features flowerbeds, rose gardens, winding streams and fountains.


What are some of the popular attractions around Adelaide?

Adelaide Zoo
Frome Road, Adelaide, Tel. 8267 3255. Opens daily from 9.30 am to 5.00 pm.
The Adelaide zoo is located within walking distance from the city centre and is home to a wide variety of animals and reptiles from Australia and all parts of the world.

Carrick Hill
46 Carrick Hill Drive, Springfield, Tel. 8433 1700
Eleven kilometres from the city centre, and set in 39 hectares of English style gardens, Carrick Hill is a mansion containing many art treasures. Open Wednesday to Sunday, plus public holidays (excluding Christmas Day and Good Friday) from 10.00 am until 4.30 pm.

Visit the Glenelg Visitor Information Centre, R22 Marina Pier, 12 Holdfast Promenade, Glenelg, Tel. 8294 5833
Glenelg is 10 km from the city and has one of Adelaide’s most popular beaches. You can get there by car or bus, but many people enjoy travelling by tram from the city. Glenelg is a popular beach for strolling, swimming, sunbathing and watching the sunset. Families also come here for the amusement arcade and water slide in the Beach House. Glenelg is also a popular shopping district.

Port Adelaide
Visit the Port Adelaide Visitor Information Centre, 66 Commercial Road, Port Adelaide, Tel. (Toll Free) 1800 629 888
The port is about twenty minutes from the city by car, bus or train. Visit the South Australian Maritime Museum, join the Port Princess Dolphin cruise and shop at the Sunday Markets.


What is there to see in the Adelaide Hills?

Cleland Wildlife Park
Mount lofty Summit Road, Crafers, off the South Eastern Freeway, Tel. 8339 2444
Located 19kms from the city, this is a scenic park with a collection of Australian native birds and animals. Koalas can be viewed up close and you may even get to hold one! Opens daily from 9.30 am until 5.00 pm.

Visit the Adelaide Hills Visitor Information Centre. Open daily, 41 Main Street, Hahndorf, Tel. 8388 1185
This quaint little township, twenty minutes from the city by car or bus, was built by early German settlers. The streets are lined with art and craft shops, souvenir stalls, street markets and restaurants featuring German and other styles of cooking.

Mount Lofty Summit
Visit the Mt Lofty Summit Visitor Information Centre, Mount Lofty Summit, Crafers, Tel. 8370 1054.
Magnificent views of Adelaide city can be enjoyed from this summit of the Adelaide Hills. Summit Information Centre is open daily from 9.00am to 5.00pm


Where can I go for day trips and overnight visits?

Barossa Valley
Visit the Barossa Visitor Information Centre, 66-68 Murray Street, Tanunda, Tel. 1300 852 982. Open daily from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.
There are more than fifty wineries in the Barossa Valley, a region well suited to growing grapes. Only one hour's drive north of Adelaide, this is a wine buff's heaven, with plenty of accommodation and other attractions.

Flinders Rangers
For those who want outdoor adventure with the added bonus of spectacular scenery, visit the Flinders Ranges and explore Wilpena Pound Resort.

Kangaroo Island
Famous for its wildlife, unspoilt scenery and natural landmarks, the fascinating coastlines of Flinders Chase National Park, Seal Bay and Admirals Arch are spectacular landmarks. You can reach the island by air or ferry.

Victor Harbor
A popular resort town of beautiful beaches and parks. Whale watching is an added attraction during winter months. A one-hour drive through the McLaren Vale region south to the Fleurieu Peninsula. Visit the Victor Harbor Visitor Information Centre, The Causeway, opposite Warland Reserve, Tel. 8551 0777. Open daily from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.


What restaurants are there in Adelaide?

There are many excellent restaurants and cafes in Adelaide, serving virtually every type of world cuisine. The following are popular dining precincts:

Gouger Street
Melbourne Street
Rundle Street East
O'Connell Street
Central Market Food Court
Hutt Street


What entertainment does Adelaide offer?

Cinemas offer the latest releases in local and international films. Most cinemas are now in multi-cinemas complexes in the city and suburbs. For a list of cinemas in Adelaide and the metropolitan area including Marion, Arndale, Norwood and Tea Tree Plaza see the Adelaide Cinema Guide.

Pubs and Clubs in Adelaide
Hindley Street
King William Street
Pirie Street
Rundle Street

There are many pubs and clubs in and around Adelaide. Pubs serve beer from all countries of the world and Australian wines at comparatively low prices. Often there is entertainment in the pubs and clubs, and meals can also be obtained.

There are also pubs and clubs on Jetty Road and Moseley Square in Glenelg.

Adelaide Casino
North Terrace, Adelaide (adjacent to the Central Railway Station), Tel. 8212 2811.
The Adelaide Casino offers an array of gaming tables and slot machines, two restaurants and three bars, with live bands at weekends. Open 24 hours daily except Christmas Day and Anzac Day. Patrons must be neatly dressed.

Adelaide Festival Centre, Festival Drive, off King William Road, Adelaide, Tel 8216 8600.
Her Majesty's Theatre, 58 Grote Street, Adelaide, Tel. 8216 8600
Stage shows and concerts run nightly at several venues in the city. Details are published in the Adelaide Theatre Guide.


What shopping facilities are there in Adelaide?

Adelaide has many boutiques, departmental stores, convenience stores and specialty stores in the city and suburbs.

City shopping

Mon to Fri, 9.00 am to 7.00 pm (Fri, 9.00 pm)
Sat, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.
Sun, 11.00 am to 5.00 pm.

Suburb shopping

Shopping hours are generally on Mon to Fri, 9.00 am to 5.30 pm (Thurs 9.00 pm)
Sat, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.
Sun, 11.00 am to 5.00 pm.

Major suburban shopping centres include:


What recreational and sporting venues are there in Adelaide?

Adelaide Aquatic Centre
Jeffcott Street, North Adelaide, Tel. 8203 7665
This is one of Australia's largest indoor, heated swimming complexes with a gymnasium and BBQ facilities in the grounds.

SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre
443 Morphett Road, Oaklands Park, Tel. 8198 0198.
The nation's newest international standard Aquatic Centre boats a 50-metre competition swimming pool and a 55-metre diving and water polo pool alongside 1000 square metres of leisure and recreational water.

The Ice Arena
23 James Congdon Drive, Thebarton, Tel. 8352 7977
Ice-skating on a large indoor arena. Skate hire available. Open daily.

1 Pt, Wakefield Rd, Gepps Cross, Tel. 8262 8548
Safe and fully supervised indoor go-kart racing and laser skirmish centre. Open daily.

Walking Trails
There are hundreds of walking trails in South Australia. A popular trail, over 1000 kilometres long is the Heysen Trail. However, it can be easily broken down into shorter walks. The trail winds through the Adelaide Hills and has very scenic and picturesque views. Maps and guides are available from the Friends of the Heysen Trail, 10 Pitt Street, Adelaide, Tel. 8212 6299. Check the list of walking trails for details.

Adelaide has designated bike paths and offers a variety of interesting treks for cycling. The temperate weather conditions of Spring and Autumn make cycling an enjoyable activity.

Tennis courts are available for hire in and around the city and suburbs. Many suburbs hold divisional competitions. Check the Yellow Pages to find a club near you.

Clubs and Societies
There are many sporting and recreational clubs available on your campus. Contact USASA (The University of South Australia Student Association), on your home campus or visit your local council  for details.

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