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Adelaide City Guide

Welcome to Adelaide, where colonial elegance meets contemporary culture.

Welcome to Adelaide, where colonial elegance meets contemporary culture. Protected from the wild waters of the Indian Ocean by Kangaroo Island and St Vincent Gulf, Adelaide impresses with its wide, leafy boulevards, expansive parklands and elegant, Victorian architecture. Couple all this with a cosmopolitan atmosphere which bests other Aussie cities in the culture stakes, and Adelaide promises to be an exceptional highlight during a luxury tour down under.

From the museums and libraries of North Terrace to the hustle and bustle of its Central Markets, Adelaide is brimming with things to see and do. Explore the historic byways of Port Adelaide, go shopping in the East End, or explore the vineyard-strewn hills of the world-famous Barossa Valley. A visit to Adelaide unlocks a world of unique cultural encounters, each providing joyful insight into this majestic south Australian city.

For those in the process of planning their dream trip to Australia, our Adelaide destination guide promises to be a helpful travel companion — helping you plan your visit to this cosmopolitan coastal capital.

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Cultural Highlights

Wherever you tread through the palm-flanked boulevards of Adelaide, you’ll never be far from the next captivating visitor attraction. The city is a melting pot of culture and history, where colonial heritage meets cutting-edge art and design. Here are a handful of the highlights you can look forward to during a visit to Adelaide and its surrounding countryside.

Hit the Galleries of North Terrace

Boasting the city’s most significant cultural institutions, Adelaide’s North Terrace is as fascinating as it is elegant and photogenic. Stretching through the centre of the city, this tasteful boulevard is home to the State Parliament building, the Adelaide Convention Centre and the Adelaide Casino, each of which offers colonial charm in abundance.

Far and away the highlight of North Terrace is its collection of galleries. The boulevard hosts the Art Gallery of South Australia, the South Australian Museum and The University of Adelaide, providing a comprehensive snapshot into the art and history of the region. Complete your visit to the North Terrace with a trip to the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, one of the biggest and oldest botanical institutions in Southern Australia.

Dine Out at Adelaide’s Laneways

Steeped in industrial heritage, Adelaide’s Laneways district has seen the arrival of dozens of bars, restaurants and cafes in recent years — transforming this tired industry belt into an exciting food and drink hub close to the city centre.

Stroll through Laneways, and see Adelaide’s cosmopolitan culture in action. The district is home to restaurants of every origin, so you’re sure to find an eatery to suit your dining preference. Before or after you’ve eaten, pay a visit to the Clever Little Tailor bar, which offers a vast selection of local wine from the Adelaide Hills.

Sample Australia’s Finest Wines in the Barossa Valley

Given its moniker as the wine capital of Australia, Adelaide is no stranger to the fruit of the vine. Within a stone’s throw from the city can be found some of the world’s most renowned wine-producing regions, including Barossa Valley and the Adelaide Hills. The region owes its winemaking heritage to its warm, wet and sunny weather, as well as its largely sheltered position on the eastern shore of St Vincent Gulf.

With over 200 cellar doors within easy reach, Adelaide is a dream destination for wine buffs. From the big names of Barossa such as Jacob’s Creek, Penfolds Grange and Henschke Cellars, to the boutique wineries of Clare Valley; you can sample some of the finest wines of southern Australia during a visit to Adelaide and its surroundings.

Enjoy a Tour of Adelaide Central Markets

If you’ve a passion for food and are keen to discover indigenous tastes and flavours, make for Adelaide’s Central Market. This expansive and accessible marketplace boasts an enormous selection of independent stalls and street food vendors, so you can sample the very best of Adelaide’s local cuisine — from artisan bread and cheese, to the freshest meat, vegetables and seafood.

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For an even more immersive experience, join Scenic for an exclusive guided tour of the market, taking in all of the tastes and flavours in the company of our expert guide. Foodie or not, this is one experience you won’t want to miss.

Take to the Water on a Torrens River Cruise

Flowing from the Adelaide Hills to the mouth of St Vincent Gulf, the River Torrens is one of southern Australia’s most significant waterways, and without it, Adelaide may never have existed.

Cutting a path through the centre of the city, the peaceful flow of the Torrens is complemented by several linear parks stretching along its banks, providing a wonderful spot for locals to enjoy the water. Upstream from Adelaide, the banks of the Torrens boast lush forests, grasslands and vineyards — an inspiring backdrop for a sightseeing river cruise from the heart of Adelaide to the peace and beauty of the Adelaide Hills.

Retail Opportunities in Adelaide

Interwoven in its tapestry of cultural highlights, Adelaide boasts a broad retail offering. From designer flagships to independent boutiques, here we explore some of the best places to shop in Adelaide.

Norwood Parade

Marrying a fabulous cafe culture with a treasure trove of shops just waiting to be browsed, Adelaide’s Norwood Parade is a must for the discerning shopper. Enjoy a fragrant coffee at The Grind café, discover the antique collections of Magill Road and enjoy a delicious gourmet lunch at Café Ivy, one of Adelaide’s finest Mediterranean bistros.

East End

Once home to Adelaide’s famous Central Market, the East End is experiencing something of a retail renaissance, with new independent boutiques opening their doors every other week. Perfect for those in search of a souvenir for loved ones, the East End excels in quirky gift and homeware stores, and is also home to several great cafés, so you can refuel while you shop.

King William Road

Take a tram journey across the vast parklands flanking Adelaide’s city centre and you’ll find King William Road, a charming boulevard lined with trees, cafes and independent shops. With its distinct village ambience and raft of shops, boutiques, galleries and pubs; exploring King William Road could easily take up a few hours of your time.

Discover the fascinating culture and elegant colonial beauty of Adelaide with a luxury escorted tour from Scenic. Many of our Australian tour itineraries include a visit to Adelaide, so you can explore this majestic city whilst enjoying all the benefits of our incomparable service. For more information, call our team today on 0808 163 4010.

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