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Adelaide
Travel Guide

Adelaide Central Business District

Nestled between the ocean and the Adelaide Hills, the South Australian capital is a hive of creativity, historical wonder and culinary delights.


Adelaide has a distinctly European flair, with locals who are passionate about their food, wine, art and music. The city has long been a destination for immigrants. Today, Adelaide has a population of just over 1.2 million people. The surrounding regions are among Australia’s finest producers of food and wine, and the city is the home of many international arts and sporting events.

Adelaide’s climate is similar to the Mediterranean, so it’s no wonder that there are a bounty of outdoor activities. Lush gardens and parkland surround the city grid. Enjoy a picnic at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens or jump on a tram to one of Adelaide’s city beaches. Take a trip down a water slide at The Beachhouse or swim with the dolphins in Glenelg, one of Adelaide’s must-see neighbourhoods.


The small German settlement villages of Hahndorf and Lobethal are nestled in the Adelaide Hills, just a short drive from the city. Many German immigrants still live in the hills, and the architecture, customs and food reflect their influence. Head to the region to sample offerings from some of Australia’s finest wine producers. McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley are among the areas that have led South Australia to be recognized as an internationally renowned wine region.


Watch one of Adelaide’s two Australian Football League teams compete, a must for any sports fan. In the summer, take in the first race of the international cycling season at the Tour Down Under. If visiting during February and March check out the Adelaide Fringe Festival and WOMADelaide, Australia’s biggest festival of world music. Loved by musicians around the world, the city has been the subject of songs by Australian favorite, Paul Kelly, and American piano-rocker Ben Folds, both of whom have called Adelaide home.


Get some retail therapy at Rundle Mall, Adelaide’s main shopping precinct. From here the city of Adelaide is easy to navigate; most major tourist attractions are within walking distance. North Terrace is just blocks away and houses the Art Gallery of South Australia, the Migration Museum and the Museum of South Australia. Public transport is affordable and will allow you to reach all of Adelaide’s neighborhoods within 20 minutes.


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Where to stay in Adelaide

Rydges Adelaide
Rydges Adelaide
4 out of 5
1 South Terrace, Adelaide, SA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥8,917 per night from Jul 12 to Jul 12
Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Veale Gardens, Adelaide Central Market, and Royal Adelaide Hospital. Rundle ...
3.9/5Very Good! (966 reviews)
"The hotel was great it had been renovated since I last stayed there in 2019. Beds are very comfortable, bathroom was very clean and the shower was good. Staff at the hotel are friendly and helpful."

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2021

Rydges Adelaide
InterContinental Adelaide, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Adelaide, an IHG Hotel
5 out of 5
North Terrace, Adelaide, SA
The price is ¥12,813 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps from Adelaide Casino, Parliament House, and Adelaide Convention Centre. Adelaide Festival ...
4.4/5Excellent! (922 reviews)
"Good"

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2021

InterContinental Adelaide, an IHG Hotel
Oaks Glenelg Plaza Pier Suites
Oaks Glenelg Plaza Pier Suites
4.5 out of 5
16 Holdfast Promenade Glenelg, Glenelg, SA
The price is ¥10,041 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 4
Located in Glenelg, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of Glenelg Beach and Glenelg Jetty. Brighton Beach and West Beach ...
4.2/5Excellent! (956 reviews)
"Great location, huge rooms with outstanding views. Not impressed by having to pay for parking."

Reviewed on May 29, 2021

Oaks Glenelg Plaza Pier Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Hahndorf Resort
Hahndorf Resort
4.5 out of 5
145A Mt Barker Road, Hahndorf, SA
The price is ¥12,139 per night from Jun 23 to Jun 23
This family-friendly Adelaide campground is located in Hahndorf, within 3 mi (5 km) of Yantaringa Reserve, Mylor Conservation Park, and Engelbrook Reserve. Platform ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,055 reviews)
"We loved our accommodation, it was nice and new. The staff were friendly and it was great that they put on movies some nights for the kids. Maybe more play equipment for younger kids but otherwise a great stay."

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2021

Hahndorf Resort
Hahndorf Haven - Central Hahndorf, 30 Secs to Hahndorfs Main St, Gorgeous Views!
Hahndorf Haven - Central Hahndorf, 30 Secs to Hahndorfs Main St, Gorgeous Views!
Adelaide, SA
The price is ¥18,133 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 5
This family-friendly Adelaide vacation home is located in a rural location, 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Yantaringa Reserve, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Platform 1 Heritage ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (35 reviews)
Fantastic house
"Great house. Lovely supply of breakfast foods and juice. Thanks"

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2021

Hahndorf Haven - Central Hahndorf, 30 Secs to Hahndorfs Main St, Gorgeous Views!
Birdwood Motel
Birdwood Motel
4 out of 5
17 Shannon Street, Birdwood, SA
The price is ¥12,409 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
Located in the heart of Birdwood, this aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from National Motor Museum and within 12 mi (20 km) of Big Rocking Horse and Barrister Block. ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (83 reviews)
Top place
"Very clean, comfortable, accessible accommodation as per normal."

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2021

Birdwood Motel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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