Top 10 places to visit in and around Adelaide

1 Adelaide Zoo

Adelaide zooThis site is dedicated to both pandas and Adelaide and of course you will find the pandas at Adelaide Zoo. So it has to feature in the top 10. The zoo was opened in 1883 and is located next to the botanic gardens. It is home to around 300 species of animal and is working hard to protect endangered species. The animals have specially designed enclosures specific to their needs.

2 Botanic gardens

The botanic gardens of Adelaide have been open now for over 150 years. They are located on North Terrace.  You can learn a lot about the many different plants there and the rainforest collection is great. It’s also a lovely place to wander around or go for a picnic in summer. People also get married there.

3 Glenelg

Glenelg is a seaside resort, which features a sandy white beach. It is located near the city and the best way to visit it is on the tram. At Glenelg you have a chance to go out on a boat and swim with dolphins. Glenelg is home to the Old Gum Tree, where proclamation of the city took place in 1836.

4 Mount Lofty lookout

If you want great views, visit Mount Lofty lookout. You can see all the way to the sea on a clear day and is located 710 metres above sea level. It also has some good walking trails if you have the energy. Else sit back, enjoy a meal at the restaurant or have a good browse around the information centre.

5 The Barossa

The Barossa is located north of Adelaide and is home to world-famous vineyards. A great day out is to visit some of the many, many vineyards and indulge in some wine tasting. You will also find some great regional produce here and a great deal is sold at the market held every Saturday.  The drive to the Barossa is always a pleasure and you will find some gorgeous scenery once you get there.

6 South Australian Museum

A must visit for all visitors to Adelaide.  As well as permanent exhibitions the museum puts on special exhibitions so there is always something new to see. Permanent exhibitions include Australian Aboriginal cultures, Ancient Egypt, Pacific cultures as well as one dedicated to Douglas Mawson, South Australia’s most famous explorer.  And in case you are wondering, entry is free.

7 Adelaide Central Market

If you love your food than you’ll love this market. It is an undercover market you can enjoy come rain or shine. It has over 80 stalls where you will find the freshest fruit and veg and an abundance of other locally produced tasties, including bread, cheese and nuts. The market is located on Gouger Street and is open Tuesday to Saturday.

8 Tandanya

Yet another free place to visit in the city. Tandanya is the National Aboriginal Cultural Institute. Here you can learn all about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, history and heritage. It is also an art gallery and puts on regular exhibitions and special events. At noon from Tuesday to Sunday you can experience a live cultural performance. Tandanya is located at 253 Grenfell Street.

9 Gorge Wildlife Park

Gorge Wildlife Park is located at Cudlee Creek in the Adelaide Hills. Located on 14 acres of land, you have access to Australia’s most famous creatures, including: koalas, kangaroos, dingoes, wombats and wallabies. You also have an opportunity to hold a koala. Whilst you’re at Cudlee Creek, there’s also a great par 3 golf course nearby if you are interested.

10 Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island is often listed as one of the top 10 places to visit in Australia. Words can’t really sum up this place. You’ll see an abundance of native wildlife as well as some amazing sights. There are numerous beaches and one third of the island is made up of national parks. Ferries operate from Cape Jervis and coaches can get you from Adelaide to Cape Jervis. You can also fly there.