By Caitlin Hornik
Adelaide may be known as the gateway to some of the best wine country in Australia. However, there is plenty to do and see within the city itself! Encounter Aussie animals, stroll through beautiful gardens, and marvel at museum walls lined with Australia’s rich culture and history. Hopefully you’ll have time leftover for shopping!
It wouldn’t be a proper trip to Australia without seeing the animals that call the continent home! The Adelaide Zoo has more than 2,500 animals and 250 species native to Australia, including emus, wallabies, potoroos, quokkas, echidnas, koalas, and red kangaroos. The zoo is located just minutes from the city center in an ideal location near the Botanic Garden. Together with Monarto Zoo, the Adelaide Zoo takes part in massive conservation efforts to help save species from extinction. Adelaide Zoo is the only major zoo in a metropolitan area in Australia to be owned and operated by a conservation charity!
Learn more about the Adelaide Zoo
Adelaide Botanic Garden
Located just outside the city center near the Adelaide Zoo, the Adelaide Botanic Garden is comprised of more than 10 individual gardens! Stroll through the International Rose Garden and its 5,000 roses that bloom in spring and fall. Visiting the Australian Native Garden is a great way to learn more about plants indigenous to the Adelaide and greater Australia areas. The Garden of Health grows more than 2,500 plants that are used to encourage wellbeing in cultures around the world. The garden also offers free guided walks, a few different dining options, and year-round activities for visitors of all ages!
Learn more about the Adelaide Botanic Garden
National Wine Centre of Australia
The Centre is regarded as the showcase for the wine industry in Australia. Here, you can taste Australian wines, dine at the Wined Bar, and walk through interactive exhibits. Take a guided tour that explores the diversity within Australia’s 60+ wine regions. Visiting the National Wine Centre is a great way to learn about the historical significance of the wine industry in Australia, while gaining an appreciation for wine itself!
Learn more about the National Wine Centre of Australia
Art Gallery of South Australia
One of the major artistic and cultural institutions in Adelaide, the Art Gallery of South Australia is a must-visit attraction. Founded in the 19th century, the collection of over 45,000 works of art includes Australian art, International art, Asian art, and more. The gallery has ongoing programs suitable for all ages, including special activities for children.
Learn more about the Art Gallery of South Australia
Adelaide Central Market
Adelaide Central Market was established in 1869 and remains a vital part of the city's culture today. The market features over 70 vendors and traders selling meats, seafood, fruits, vegetables, baked goods, and more! The market is also home to a number of cafes and restaurants serving fresh produce and products. Adelaide Central Market is located in the heart of the city and is easily accessible by public transportation or by walking. The market is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2019!
Learn more about Adelaide Central Market
Have a cup of delicious coffee, get a haircut and a whole new Australian wardrobe, and be finished in time for dinner - all on Rundle Street! The development of Rundle Street was part of a massive revitalization project in the 1990s. Today it thrives as a center for everything from shopping to dining to business and more. With year-round events, Rundle Street is the place to go for a trendy Australian experience in the heart of Adelaide!
Learn more about Rundle Street