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With its magnificent parks and gardens, historic buildings, galleries, museums, festivals and restaurants, Adelaide provides cosmopolitan style set against a picturesque setting.

With its charming buildings, heritage streetscapes, parklands and river side walks, you can then relax in one of Adelaide's cafes for a relaxing break. Once refreshed you are ready for Rundle Mall and some shopping therapy. Here you will find department and boutique stores, elegant arcades and some specialty shops.

Following are some of the many attractions to see including both Adelaide and Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens, South Australian Art Gallery, markets and shops, and much more. You can also make Adelaide your base to visit the surrounding region, including the nearby Kangaroo Island.

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Adelaide Botanic Gardens Bicentennial ConservatoryAdelaide Botanic Gardens
South Australia’s most visited attraction, the Adelaide Botanic Garden is home to the internationally acclaimed Bicentennial Conservatory. The largest single span conservatory in the southern hemisphere and one of the largest in the world, it features plants from the tropical rainforests of northern Australia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and the nearby Pacific Islands. Many of these plants are at risk in their natural habitats. Built to celebrate Australia’s Bicentenary in 1988, the Conservatory enables visitors to experience a unique and visually stunning rainforest environment right here in the heart of Adelaide.

The gardens on North Terrace were founded in 1855 and opened in 1857. It features a glorious Victorian gardenesque landscape, including avenues of mature trees particularly Araucaria and figs and important garden buildings, i.e. Museum of Economic Botany, Palm House and Victoria House, and statuary.
Adelaide Festival CentreAdelaide Festival Centre
When the Adelaide Festival Centre was first established its primary objective was to encourage and facilitate artistic, cultural and performing arts activities throughout the State. Almost thirty years later, the Adelaide Festival Centre has become one of Australia’s most active theatrical producers and entrepreneurs, presenting a wide range of productions and events in Adelaide and across the nation.
Adelaide ZooAdelaide Zoo
• Frome Road, Adelaide SA 5000 • Ph: 08 8267 3255 • Fax: 08 8239 0637
Adelaide Beaches
Adelaide offers a number of enjoyable beaches from Semaphore in the north, Henley Beach, West Beach west of the city centre, Glenelg, Brighton, Marino, O'Sullivan Beach, Christie Beach, Moana Beach, Aldinga Beach, Sellick's Beach in the south.

Northern Beaches
Semaphore
— two kilometres of grassy sand dunes combined with Semaphore Road cafe strip, provides a relaxing cosmopolitan atmosphere.
 
North Haven
— includes a boat marina and man-made breakwaters.
 
Henley Beach
— on the northern side of the Torrens River where it enters the Gulf St Vincent, Henley Beach is popular with kayakers and jet skiers. After soaking up the sun and then a swim, you can enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants overlooking the foreshore.

Southern Beaches
Glenelg Beach
— close to the Adelaide's CBD, the beach is popular with tourist and locals, providing safe swimming, great BBQ and picnic facilities.
 
Brighton Beach
— situated between Seacliff and Glenelg, with its cafes, restaurants and shops, Brighton Beach is popular spot. The sandy beach is popular for swimming, being patrolled by the Surf Lifesaving Club during summer.
 
Moana Beach
— close to Noarlunga Train Station, a popular swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving location.
 
Aldinga Beach
— extremely popular during the warmer months with the main beach the perfect spot to soak up the sun. Swimmers should be aware of the strong rips that occur off the Aldinga Beach.
 
Sellicks Beach
— with the steep cliffs and long expanse of white sand, this beach allows driving on the beach (with a beach pass). A popular spot for surfing (particularly during winter). The water here is renowned for great fishing. There is good boat launching facilities. This beach is at the southern most point of the City of Onkaparinga and is where the Mount Lofty Ranges meet the ocean.
 
Myponga Beach
— a popular spot for rock fishing, but care should be taken. High grassy bluffs border each end of the small beach, the rocks and reefs extending into the sea.


Mettwurst Shop - Central Markets - AdelaideCentral Markets
• Gouger St, Adelaide
This market is admired worldwide for its unique character that is a blend of 48 cultures, fresh, delicious produce and gourmet foods. It seems that everyone in Adelaide shops here and enjoys its cafes and noodle bars. Gouger Street, which borders the southern perimeter, is a dining precinct that offers cuisines ranging from Argentinean and Malaysian to Vietnamese and Thai.
Haigh’s Chocolates • Visitors Centre
• 154 Greenhill Rd, PARKSIDE SA 5000
• Ph: 08 8372 7070 • Ph: 08 8372 7077 (Tour Bookings)
The name Haigh’s has been synonymous with chocolate for over 88 years and is now stronger than ever. Our premium chocolates have been winning awards since they were first introduced, with the most exciting win to date being the Championship at the 2003 Sydney Royal Easter Show.

We’re very proud to be the oldest family owned chocolate manufacturer in Australia. Today, the company is run by fourth generation Haighs, Alister and Simon, with their father, John now chairman of the board. We have over 100 employees, who are all (as you can imagine) extremely passionate about chocolate.

The Visitor Centre is about 5 minutes drive from Adelaide city centre. There is a production viewing area. You can also view some heritage display, souvenirs, tasting and factory fresh purchases, as well as coffee and tea. Visit our site to see locations of our other stores.
Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens
In Piccadilly feature displays of cool temperate plants from both hemispheres brought together in a dramatic landscape setting on the eastern face of Mount Lofty. Spring and autumn are both colourful seasons, however Fern Gully, Woodland Gardens, Bog Gardens and the tranquil lake system make any time of year worth a visit. Several walking trails take visitors through the seven valleys each dedicated to a particular plant group including stunning displays of magnolias, rhododendrons, camellias, roses and peonies.
National Motor Museum
For the last 33 years over three million people have enjoyed discovering their motoring heritage at the National Motor Museum, Birdwood, South Australia. As an international centre for the collection, research, preservation, education and display of Australian road transport history, the National Motor Museum is much more than a collection of vehicles. It is a social history of the way we were, the way we are now and the way of the future.
National Wine Centre of Australia
Situated at the end of Adelaide’s North Terrace ‘cultural boulevard’, the National Wine Centre of Australia is an exciting new showcase for the Australian Wine Industry. Home to the nation’s peak wine industry organisations, the National Wine Centre of Australia is also a must-see attraction for any visitor to Adelaide.
Rundle Mall
If shopping is your favourite pastime, you’ll enjoy Adelaide’s main shopping precinct which is well served with department stores, specialty shops and boutiques in the many arcades extending off the Mall.
South Australian Art GallerySouth Australian Art Gallery
• North Terrace, Adelaide
The Gallery’s permanent display of Australian art is of outstanding quality and the largest anywhere, enabling the visitor to track the development of Australian art from the beginning of the colonial period through Federation to the present day. Its collection of nineteenth century colonial art is without rival, and contains fine examples of early oil painting, watercolours, sculpture, silver and furniture. The Australian twentieth century collection is large and comprehensive.
South Australian Museum
• North Terrace, Adelaide • Ph: 08 8207 7500 • Email
The South Australian Museum is one of Australia’s most popular tourist attractions. It has the highest visitation of any of the cultural institutions in the City of Adelaide. The Museum is situated on the leafy boulevard of North Terrace and is surrounded by gardens, lawns, historic buildings, the Art Gallery and State Library. Across the road is the city’s main commercial shopping area.
Sky City Casino AdelaideSky City Casino Adelaide
• North Terrace, Adelaide • Ph: 08 8218 4150
Enter the Casino via the magnificent grandeur of the great hall, with its marble floor and giant Corinthian columns, to discover a whole world of entertainment. You’ll find around 70 game tables with all popular games on offer, including Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Baccarat, Caribbean Stud Poker, and Two Up. Soak up the atmosphere feel the adrenaline rush and enjoy your favourite game, with table limits to cater for all levels of play.
State Library of South Australia
• North Terrace, Adelaide
The State Library has been transformed after a two year building redevelopment, featuring a new glass entry foyer, major artworks, and a technology upgrade. We look forward to welcoming many visitors, and trust that in-person and virtual visitors will understand that our building, services and website are still works-in-progress.
Tandanya
Tandanya is a unique place to explore and experience contemporary and traditional Aboriginal cultural expression, through the performing and visual arts. Tandanya exhibits the work of emerging and established Indigenous artists. Tandanya is the Kaurna Aboriginal name for the Adelaide city area and was for many, many thousands of years, a place for special ceremonies connected with Red Kangaroo Dreaming. Adelaide is built on Kaurna (pronounced Garn-na) land. Our curator searches for the best quality exhibitions from all over Australia and for works that best reflect the diversity of culture and art within Indigenous communities.
The Ghan Train - LogoThe Ghan
The extension of The Ghan to Darwin further enhances what is already considered one of the world’s great train journeys. The 47 hour, 2,979 km transcontinental journey will feature off train touring options at Alice Springs and Katherine Gorge at modest extra cost. Experience the tropical splendour of the Top End aboard The Legendary Ghan.
The Jam Factory
The Jam Factory Contemporary Craft and Design is Australia’s leading centre for the design, production, exhibition and sale of work by both established and emerging Australian craft designers. The centre offers a unique experience as visitors watch artists in action, building furniture, glass blowing or turning ceramics. The best in Australian designed and hand made ceramics, glass, metal, leather, wood, textiles, furniture and jewellery. Some of the work is made in one of four on-site studios specialising in hot glass, ceramics, furniture and metal design.
Warrawong Earth Sanctuary
• Stock Rd, Mylor via Stirling, SA, 5153 • Ph: 08 8370 9197 • Email
Warrawong Earth Sanctuary in the Adelaide Hills offers a unique experience. On our Guided Walks you can see endangered animals in their natural habitat as it was 200 years ago.
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