Things to Do In and Around Adelaide

First things first, I have to say that it has been a while since I was in Adelaide. It’s been about four years to be precise. That doesn’t change the fact that I have only good memories of the capital of South Australia though. I stayed in Adelaide for about a week, visiting as many museums and landmarks as possible and regularly visiting the library with its free internet to update my (at the time very young) blog. I did all that while I was waiting for my new car license to arrive.

Top 5 Things to Do in Adelaide

1. North Terrace

The North Terrace area is home to several major institutions, such as the fantastic Art Gallery of South Australia, the phenomenal South Australian Museum, the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, the Parliament House, the State Library of South Autralia and the National Wine Centre, a heaven for wine lovers.

Top 5 Things to Do in Adelaide: South Australian Museum
South Australian Museum

2. Adelaide Oval

Sometimes called ‘the world’s prettiest cricket ground’, the Adelaide Oval has a capacity of 50,000 and hosts national and international cricket games in summer and national football games in winter. Guided tours of the stadium are available and cricket fans shouldn’t miss the Bradman Collection, dedicated to the greatest batsman in cricket history.

Top 5 Things to Do in Adelaide: Bradman Statue Adelaide Oval
Bradman Statue in front of the Adelaide Oval

3. Adelaide Hills

The absolutely beautiful Adelaide Hills lie no more than a twenty-minute drive east of the Adelaide CBD and couldn’t be more different from the ‘big city’. This is a region consisting of rolling hills, farmlands, wineries and small friendly European-style villages; particularly the town of Hahndorf is a highlight.

Top 5 Things to Do in Adelaide: Adelaide Hills Vineyard
Vineyard in the Adelaide Hills

4. River Torrens

Running from the Adelaide Hills to Henley Beach, the pretty River Torrens flows through the heart of Adelaide and is a popular place for picnicking, simply lazing in the sunshine or walking. The River Torrens Linear Trail is perfect to stretch your legs.

Top 5 Things to Do in Adelaide: River Torrens
The peaceful River Torrens

5. Barossa Valley

The Barossa Valley is competing with New South Wales’ Hunter Valley and Victoria’s Yarra Valley for the title of best wine region in Australia. Although there is no consensus on the matter, it is certain that the Barossa Valley is Australia’s unofficial wine capital, just because of the enormous amount of Australian wines it produces every year. It is particularly well-known for its Shiraz. This wine region lies about an hour’s drive north of Adelaide.

Top 5 Things to Do in Adelaide: Barossa Valley wineries
View of the wineries in the Barossa Valley

This list of top 5 things to do in Adelaide  and neighbouring towns is, obviously, not exhaustive. These are simply the places that I visited during my time in the city. Some additional research shows that there are many more interesting and fun activities to be done and places to be seen in and around Adelaide: the beaches in Glenelg, Adelaide Zoo and Kangaroo Island are just a few of them. You may want to rent a car and visit Flinders Ranges National Park and the Murray River, both located further afield.

About Bram


Bram is a Belgian guy who's currently living in the USA. For over four years now, he has been wandering the globe, with jobs here and there in between. So far, his travels have taken him to four continents and twenty-two countries. Bram likes to try different styles of travelling: from backpacker and adventurer to tourist and local, he has been all those stereotypes and probably will be many more in the future. You can follow his adventures on his travel blog, on Twitter and on Facebook.

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