Things To See in Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide offers a true mixed bag of attractions with something to cater for everyone’s individual tastes. For those of you who like nothing more than rambling from one historical building or monument to another you have the likes of the War Memorial, the Old Parliament House, St. Peters Cathedral, the Town Hall and Ayers House to keep you occupied as well as the Migration Museum, the Museum of Southern Australia and the Maritime Musuem.

Those of you who prefer to remain in the open air are also spoiled for choice. Home to one of Australia’s most impressive zoos and the renowned Botanic Gardens as well as a number of excellent beaches, you’ll find plenty to amuse you al fresco.

Finally, the culture vultures among you should check out Tandanya – the National Aboriginal Cultural Institute- as well as the Art Gallery of South Australia which houses works from all over the world.

There are also a number of really good trips from Adelaide for those of you who want to get out of the city for a while. For the wine buffs, the Barossa Valley region is extremely popular and easily accessible by public transport. The McLaren Vale district is one area that many travellers opt for.

The Adelaide Hills which make up part of the Mount Lofty Ranges, are well worth a visit. Located just thirty minutes outside the city, several tour operators lead bush and mountain walks through the area providing an exhilarating couple of hours in the great outdoors.

Finally, Kangaroo Island which lies about 13km off shore and is served by ferries four times daily is another must see location. Buses to and from Adelaide connect to the ferries twice daily so there is no problem getting to the island from the city. The country’s third largest island, it has remained unspoiled by the hosts of tourists which visit every year making it particularly memorable and an excellent getaway location.

Attractions in Adelaide

  • Ayers House

    288 North Terrace, Adelaide, Australia

    Originally built for one William Paxton, this mansion was acquired by Sir Henry Ayers, a businessman, politician and mining tycoon, in 1855. Thanks to the fortune that he made in the copper mines of Burra, he constantly expanded and renovated the house until his death in 1897. Among the additions which he made where a library, a ballroom, several bedrooms and other areas which meant that the building today has no less than forty one different rooms as well as a vast collection of priceless furniture and art. Restored by the South Australian Government, it now serves as both a museum and restaurant.

  • National Aboriginal Cultural Institute - Tandanya

    253 Grenfell Street, Adelaide, Australia

    A unique chance to experience the Aboriginal culture first hand, visitors to Tandanya or ‘place of the kangaroo’ can see genuine products being made including didgeridoos, boomerangs and the like. They can also enjoy traditional Aboriginal music and dance being performed by indigenous artistes. The institute is run by local Aborigines which makes it seem all the more authentic so for a true cultural excursion, this is where you need to go.

  • McLaren Vale Wine District

    , Adelaide, Australia

    Although this isn’t technically in Adelaide, the district lies about forty kilometers outside the city centre so it is perfectly accessible while staying in the city. Serving as a wine-producing region since South Australia was settled, McLaren Vale is home to over forty wineries. While there you can sample some of the country’s finest wines, partake in a good old Ozzie barbecue, or enjoy the many different celebrations on offer, particularly during October when the new season’s wine is unveiled.

  • Art Gallery of South Australia

    North Terrace, Adelaide, Australia

    In operation since 1881 this gallery is home to a host of prints, paintings, porcelain and sculpture from South Australia but also from all over the country, Europe and Asia. In fact this is the biggest collection of Australian art in the world. The works date from the 1700s to the present day and are a fascinating collection which is well worth checking out while you’re in Adelaide.

  • Zoological Gardens

    Frome Road, Adelaide, Australia

    Just a few minutes from Adelaide city centre, this is one of the most impressive zoos in the country. Its location on the banks of the Torrens River with the Botanic gardens as its surround makes a visit to Adelaide zoo particularly impressive. But, so too does the collection of endangered species which the zoo has been breeding for decades. Among the most rare are the Persian Leopard, the Lion Tailed Macaque which hails from India and the Red Panda which comes all the way from Nepal. As well as the aforementioned, however, there are almost two thousand exotic and native birds, animals and reptiles making for a pretty interesting visit.

  • Glenelg

    , Adelaide, Australia

    The most popular beach in Adelaide today, this was actually the site where the first settlers to come to South Australia landed. Evidence remains today of this settlement in the number of historical sites on offer in the region. As well as the cultural side of Glenelg, there is the usual host of activities on offer – jet skiing, windsurfing, kayaking and sailing – as well as an excellent selection of shops and cafes. And, don’t leave without visiting the HMS Buffalo which is a replica of the ship used by the first settlers.

  • South Australian Maritime Museum

    117 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia

    Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, this is one of the city’s newest museums and certainly one of the best. Home to an excellent display of maritime artifacts, the museum is divided into three separate areas – the Bond Stores, the Penny Arcade and the lighthouse. In the different sections you can board a replica of an ancient boat where you will experience the sights, sounds and smells of the time. You can also climb the spiral stairs of the lighthouse which will reward you with views out over the port itself and the entire city and why not finish your journey by checking the computers to see if you can locate any long last ancestor who travelled to Oz all those ago.

  • Migration Museum

    82 Kintore Avenue, Adelaide, Australia

    An excellent representation of the lives of all that have made Australia their home over the centuries. Housed in the remainder of the city’s old Destitute Asylum between the War Memorial and the river, the museum traces the origins of the immigrants, the skills they had, the reason they came and of course, the life they had after they settled in Australia. A fascinating insight into the history of the city and the country and particularly special for anyone who has ancestors who made the journey to Australia all those years ago.

  • Orange Lane Market

    Corner of Edward & Orange Lane Street, Adelaide, Australia

    Most seasoned backpackers simply can’t suppress the urge to visit at least one flea market per trip. If you’re one such person then this place is perfect. Open on weekends and on public holidays between 10.00am and 6.00pm, you will find everything from herbal remedies to Indian tapestries amongst the stalls and stands. Oh, and just in case you are curious about what wonderful treats the rest of the trip will throw at you why not have your palms read or perhaps you’re more of a tarot card person – either way, you won’t be disappointed with Orange Lane.

  • South Australian Museum

    North Terrace, Adelaide, Australia

    Renowned for its collection of original Aboriginal material, the museum is also home to a number of Egyptian artefacts which you will find in the Egyptian Room of all places. You will also see a host of animal remnants including a whale skeleton and if you have any questions about anything just ask the in house scientist who will soon satisfy any query you have. Check out the State Library too which is located next door to the museum and offers free Internet access – yes we thought you might like that.

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