Sitting pretty along the Gulf of St Vincent, Adelaide has it made. If you’re on the lookout for a low-key holiday with uni town vibes and small-town charm, check out this Adelaide travel guide and start planning a gorgeous getaway.
Between sunning on the beach—um, make that beaches—and stuffing your face with fresh seafood and international cuisine, spend your holiday exploring South Australia’s top museums and rolling landscape.
And by “exploring” we mean “swim with sharks”—if you’re into that. We’ve got some great places to stay in Adelaide, so all you need to do is book your favourites and find your sunnies!
Plan Your Trip
Touch down just 7km west of Victoria Square, the historic city centre known to the indigenous Kaurna people as Tarndanyangga. Most of the accommodation in Adelaide can be found nearby, and you can get around town with the help of city buses and commuter trains, or hire a car from Wotif.
Public transport is reliable, but if you want a little more freedom, some holiday wheels will make cruising the coastal streets even better.
The city centre is home to the university, a golf course and heaps of shopping and dining options, so it won’t take long to decide where to stay in Adelaide’s CBD. If you’re planning to arrive just in time to tuck in for the night, book one of our hotels near Adelaide airport and wake up to the sound of waves at West Beach.
Eat Your Way Through Adelaide
Thanks to the presence of the University of Adelaide, this rather swanky city keeps its cool. By day, fill up on coffee shop treats and quirky cafe eats just south of campus along Currie and Rundle Streets. You can’t walk further than a block in either direction without smelling a darn good espresso or getting your hands on some fresh lunch fare.
Some of the best places to scout out upscale options include North Terrace, Waymouth Street and Gouger Street. Spin some old-school Italian cuisine around your fork, get your chopsticks around some gourmet sushi and dip into modern Australian fare.
Pro Tip: Many of the top hotels in Adelaide feature luxurious restaurants as well. Wherever you dine, make sure you swirl and sip the local wine, because you’ll be holiday-making in Adelaide’s “super zone” wine country. We think that means the shiraz will be super, too!
Take to the Sky
We hope you enjoy flying, because the locals have a love for high altitudes and you know what they say: When in Adelaide…
Over at Parafield Airport, located just 21km north of Adelaide, you can get behind the control panel of an Adelaide Warbird. This is not a drill. You can co-pilot a CJ-6A Nanchang Fighter Trainer over the lush green valley below. How’s that for taking the scenic route?
For a slower pace, ride a hot air balloon over the Barossa Valley from nearby Tanunda. Pack a picnic to enjoy when you come back down to earth between the vineyards. If you look to the southwest, you might be able to wave to your Adelaide hotel.
Bring the Family
Travelling with the whole crew? Perfect! You don’t want to go beach-hopping all by yourself, do you? Adelaide is lined with long, easy-to-reach beaches. Directly west of downtown, splash around at popular West Beach—fitting title, we’d say. Splash around, build sandcastles and get your daily dose of vitamin D!
When naptime comes around, you’ll be glad you got in on some waterfront Adelaide accommodation.
For an educational experience, check out the South Australian Museum on the university campus. The collections include aboriginal art and artefacts special to the region. Take a look at what Adelaide was like thousands of years ago. Oh, and there are mummies from Egypt, too, so it sounds like you’ve got a family arvo all wrapped up.
Stay Out Late
Get ready to rumble on Rundle and Hindley Streets. Just a few blocks south of the university, these two connecting streets are close to delicious dinner options and public transport to get merrymakers back to their Adelaide hotels after a night of karaoke, dancing and craft cocktails. So bust many a move, friend.
Join the Fun
Adelaide is all about having a good time as a community. This shouldn’t be a surprise; heck, the city has its own festival centre located on none other than Festival Drive. Join the fun any time of year.
In June, things get a little steamy with the annual Cabaret Festival—a two-week international celebration of food, fashion and flamboyance. It’s kind of a big deal.
If you can’t wait to head down to South Australia, book sweet Adelaide hotel deals with Wotif. To save even more, add airfares and build one of our awesome Adelaide holiday packages. See you in the sun!