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Holidays To Adelaide

There’s a reason South Australia’s capital is known as “the 20-minute city”: just a short drive will take you from the centre of it to the beach or the hills (and their wine region). 
Adelaide has live music galore, fine food and wine, and plenty of events to fill up your calendar. Book your Adelaide hotel with us and, less than 20 minutes later, you’ll have an Adelaide stay sorted for less.

History

In 1836, Colonel Light chose Adelaide as Australia’s first free colony and named it after the King of England's wife, Queen Adelaide. Only five years after the city's settlement, the famous Adelaide Gaol was built, as well as the Government House – both of which you can visit today. As well as being the capital of the only Aussie state with no convict history, Adelaide is famous for its large number of churches (although these days it has more restaurants and bars). And with a population of just over one million people, it’s pretty spacious too.

Things to do

You don’t have to go far to find something to do (remember, this is “the 20-minute city”). Wander the Adelaide Botanic Gardens for relaxing green parklands and rare plants and flowers. You can visit the Amazon Waterlily Pavilion, a glasshouse housing the mysterious Victoria Amazonica Waterlily that only blooms at night. The South Australian Museum is home to the country’s largest collection of Aboriginal artefacts, and the Art Gallery of SA has one of its most impressive art collections. And then there’s the non-profit charity-based Adelaide Zoo, which has more than 2500 animals.

Glenelg Beach is just a 25-minute vintage tram ride away. Across the street from the seaside cafes and shops of Mosely Square, you’ll find the Glenelg Jetty, a nice place for a walk and some sweeping ocean views. You can snorkel, swim with dolphins or just enjoy the sunshine, white sand and refreshing sea.

Maybe you’d prefer to get your refreshment from a glass of wine? Adelaide Hills is (of course) only about 20 minutes’ drive from Adelaide. This is “the land of the long lunch” and with so much food and wine on offer, you’ll want to savour the flavours. Tour the wineries and breweries, the cafes and restaurants, and the art galleries and studios. And when you’re finished, visit the wildlife parks and gorges and the village of Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest German settlement.

Adelaide hosts many annual festivals including The Adelaide Fringe Festival, the world music festival - WOMADelaide, the Royal Adelaide show and the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. But you don’t have to wait for a festival to get festive. Adelaide has sophisticated bars with craft beer and tapas, historic pubs in some of the city’s oldest buildings, and a live music scene featuring young bands playing original songs every night of the week.
Shopping and dining

Australia’s oldest pedestrian shopping street, Rundle Mall has 15 arcades and over 600 stores. With 19th century buildings, public art, buskers and events, it’s a very lively place to grab a bargain. Harbour Town near Adelaide Airport is number one in the city for outlet shopping, and King William Road is a great place to find boutiques and local fashion designers.

Adelaide’s dining scene has everything from pub meals and chicken schnitzels to fine dining and restaurants owned by the likes of Jamie Oliver and other big-name chefs. There’s al fresco food and heaps of choice on Rundle Street, and Gouger Street is on hand if you want cuisine from across the world.

Getting here

Getting here is as easy as bundling your Adelaide accommodation and flights up in one of our Adelaide holiday packages. Once you've arrived, you won't have any trouble getting around on public trains and buses, and the airport is only seven kms from the city.

Things to do in Adelaide

Travellers listen up! There's more to getting away than just lounging around and chilling out. There are new sights to experience!

We've collated a bunch of awesome Adelaide experiences for you to have a gander at:

Need insider tips on must-see attractions in Adelaide? Check out our Adelaide travel guide!


Guide to Exploring Adelaide

Family Hotels in Adelaide

West Beach Parks Resort

West Beach Parks Resort

Military Road, West Beach, SA
    3.5 out of 5.0
     
     
    4.5 out of 5 (516 reviews)

    Offering direct access to the beach, this West Beach apartment building is next to a golf course and within 2 mi (3 km) of West Beach, Holdfast Marina and Harbour ...

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    Majestic Old Lion Apartments

    Majestic Old Lion Apartments

    9 Jerningham Street, North Adelaide, SA
      4.0 out of 5.0
       
       
      4.6 out of 5 (823 reviews)

      Situated in the historical district, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Women's and Children's Hospital and Adelaide Zoo. Adelaide Oval and ...

      from AU$107

      Franklin Apartments

      Franklin Apartments

      36 Franklin Street, Adelaide, SA
        4.0 out of 5.0
         
         
        4.4 out of 5 (518 reviews)

        Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Victoria Square, Adelaide Central Market and Adelaide Casino. Rundle ...

        from AU$114

        Oaks Glenelg Plaza Pier Suites

        Oaks Glenelg Plaza Pier Suites

        16 Holdfast Promenade Glenelg, Glenelg, SA
          4.5 out of 5.0
           
           
          4.3 out of 5 (987 reviews)

          This Glenelg apartment building is in the city centre, on the beach within minutes of Holdfast Marina, Glenelg Beach and Glenelg Jetty. Also nearby are West ...

          from AU$129

          Romantic Hotels in Adelaide

          The Playford Adelaide MGallery

          The Playford Adelaide MGallery

          120 North Terrace, Adelaide, SA
            5.0 out of 5.0
             
             
            4.8 out of 5 (994 reviews)

            Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps away from Adelaide Casino and Adelaide Convention Centre. Adelaide Festival Centre ...

            from AU$164

            Peppers Waymouth Hotel

            Peppers Waymouth Hotel

            55 Waymouth Street, Adelaide, SA
              5.0 out of 5.0
               
               
              4.5 out of 5 (986 reviews)

              Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Adelaide Town Hall and Victoria Square. Rundle Mall and Adelaide ...

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              Stamford Grand Adelaide

              Stamford Grand Adelaide

              2 Jetty Road Moseley Square, Glenelg, SA
                5.0 out of 5.0
                 
                 
                4.3 out of 5 (987 reviews)

                Situated on the boardwalk, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Jetty Road and Glenelg Beach. West Beach and Brighton Beach are also within 3 miles ...

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                InterContinental Adelaide

                InterContinental Adelaide

                North Terrace, Adelaide, SA
                  5.0 out of 5.0
                   
                   
                  4.6 out of 5 (992 reviews)

                  Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps away from Adelaide Casino, Parliament House and Adelaide Convention Centre. Adelaide ...

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