Adelaide Holidays

From its vibrant food scene and cutting edge restaurants to its arts festivals, bustling bar scene and world-class events Adelaide is a city brimming with delights. Thoughtfully designed, the city centre is surrounded by parklands, historic buildings and wide streets with rolling hills to the east and beaches to the west.

Begin your explorations with the colonial buildings that house galleries and museums along North Terrace, Adelaide's cultural boulevard, including the Art Gallery of South Australia, the State Library of South Australia and the South Australian Museum. There's also the notable Parliament House or the formidable Adelaide Gaol, which dates back to 1841.

If it's tranquillity you seek, look no further than the fascinating Botanic Gardens and its art-deco Palm House, or take a tour of the nearby Adelaide Oval, one of Australia's premier sporting arenas. Why not cycle alongside the Torrens River in Elder Park or jump on a tram to the family-friendly seaside town of Glenelg where you can laze on the sands or indulge at one of the many restaurants.

When you feel the need for some retail therapy, head for the city's major shopping hub Rundle Mall, bustling Norwood Parade or the fabulous Central Market, the largest undercover market in the Southern Hemisphere. The market is open Tuesday to Saturday and is a great place to begin your South Australian food odyssey.

After dark, Adelaide comes alive with a terrific choice of places to eat, whether its fine dining, sharing small plates and interesting wine at a small bar, grazing on international fare, or exploring the vibrant food truck scene. Be sure to also check out the city's pubs, small bars, live music venues and clubs, there's everything from warm and cosy to chic and sophisticated.

Why visit Adelaide?
  • An easy city to explore
  • Fabulous food and wine
  • Host of festivals and events
  • Brilliant shopping
  • Nearby beaches
  • Cultural attractions
Essential facts about Adelaide
Local Time

GMT +9.5 hours

Currency

Australian Dollar

Travel information

Adelaide is approximately 21 hours from the UK (including a stopover.

Best time to go

Adelaide experiences mild winters and a warm, dry summer whilst also enjoys the lowest humidity of any Australian city. June and July tend to be the wettest months, however rainfall is relatively low.

Visa information

British Passport Holders require a visa to enter Australia. This is called an eVisitor and is an authority to visit Australia for tourism purposes for a maximum of 3 months. eVisitor can only be processed online.

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Unmissable Experiences in Adelaide
Adelaide City Highlights excursion
Adelaide City Highlights

Drive past North Terrace, Adelaide Botanic Gardens, Botanic Park and Adelaide Zoo. Stop at St Peter’s Cathedral or the Adelaide Oval en route to Haigh’s Chocolates for a tour and tastings (except Sunday & public holidays when you visit the National Wine Centre or there’s further time to explore the city). Available daily from Adelaide (excluding 25 Dec).

From £39

Adelaide Central Market Discovery excursion
Adelaide Central Market Discovery

Adelaide Central Market is a haven of premium food and wine products, so join a guide for a sensory and interactive 90 minute walking tour. Visit stallholders, taste delicious samples and experience the market’s exciting buzz. Available Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday from Adelaide (excluding public holidays). Minimum age 17.

From £39

Taste the Barossa Premium Day Tour (inc lunch) excursion
Taste the Barossa Premium Day Tour (inc lunch)

This full day tour brilliantly showcases the beautiful and historic Barossa Valley. Highlights include the amazing Whispering Wall, hidden deep in the Adelaide Hills; and personally hosted wine tastings at the iconic Chateau Yaldara, Peter Lehmann, Langmeil and Lindsay Wine Estate. Available daily from Adelaide (excluding selected dates). Minimum age 18

From £79

Riverboats on the Murray (inc lunch) excursion
Riverboats on the Murray (inc lunch)

This full day tour begins as you travel to the mighty Murray River where you’ll board a traditional riverboat or paddle wheeler. It’s then time to simply sit back and relax as you cruise the wide waters of the Murray, admiring the view of stark cliffs and River Red Gums of the area. Available Monday & Friday from Adelaide (excluding 25 Dec).

From £95

McClaren Vale Winery Experience (inc lunch) excursion
McClaren Vale Winery Experience (inc lunch)

Take the coastal route to the Fleurieu Peninsula and enjoy the scenery of the mid south coast with its views of the Gulf St Vincent and pristine beaches. Visit up to four picturesque wineries, each one steeped in history with friendly knowledgeable staff, to guide you through each tasting. Available daily (except Mon) on selected dates from Adelaide.

From £112