Adelaide & South Australia

South Australia, the state that provides over half of Australia’s wines has a well earned reputation for great food and drink, and a Mediterranean climate to match.

The capital, Adelaide, sits on the banks of the River Torrens, with some fine colonial buildings lining the city centre and beautiful parklands surrounding them. A short drive west of the CBD, you can reach over 20 miles of linked beaches, with Glenelg beach reachable by tram. Just 30 mins flight away is Kangaroo Island, a sanctuary for native Australian wildlife and lined with white sand beaches.

Further north, past the extensive vineyards of the Barossa and Clare Valleys, is the spectacular scenery of the Flinders Ranges, the gateway to South Australia’s outback.

Plan your holiday

Discover Adelaide & South Australia

Adelaide and South Australia are full of incredible attractions that are not to be missed.

Combine a self drive or rail holiday with a city stay in South Australia’s capital.

Things to do in Adelaide

Relax and enjoy this charming Australian city. Adelaide’s attractions are nearly all within walking distance, and acres of well tended green parkland surround the city.

  • Marvel at the diverse flora of the Botanical Gardens
  • Stroll through the Parklands that surround the city
  • Enjoy a tipple at the National Wine Centre of Australia
  • Travel by tram from Victoria Square to the beach at Glenelg
  • Browse the museums and galleries of North Terrace
  • Go souvenir shopping along Rundle Mall
  • Check out the local produce at the colourful Adelaide Central Market
  • Visit the National Railway Museum at Port Adelaide
  • Swim with the dolphins at Glenelg
  • Enjoy fine dining in genteel North Adelaide
  • Climb the roof of the famous Adelaide Oval stadium

Getting Around

A compact city with well laid out streets, walking around Adelaide is easy. There are buses if you need them and a modern tram connects to the lively beachside district of Glenelg. Day tours to Kangaroo Island, local vineyards and even a Murray River cruise can be arranged by our Australia experts before you go.

Hotels & Experiences

Our hotels and apartments in Adelaide and South Australia are all chosen for their location and incredible value for money.

Things to do in South Australia

Most of South Australia’s population centres around Adelaide in the south of the state, where the weather is more moderate and the soils more fertile. Here vineyards and fruit orchards stretch for miles and there are plenty of country and coastal towns to explore.

  • Discover the scenery and wildlife of Kangaroo Island
  • Go wine tasting in the Barossa, Clare Valley or McLaren Vale wine regions
  • Bushwalk through the rugged Flinders Ranges
  • Discover the wetlands and lagoons of the Coorong National Park
  • Ride a horse drawn tram or go on a dolphin spotting cruise in Victor Harbor
  • Visit the old German settlement of Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills
  • Cruise the Murray River on an old paddle wheeler
  • Explore the rolling green hills and beaches of the Fleurieu Peninsula
  • Experience the red dunes and pink salt lakes of the outback
  • Search for opals in Coober Pedy
  • Walk the forests and vineyards of the Adelaide Hills

Getting There

By Road – Adelaide is 500 miles from Melbourne along the Great Ocean Road and 1670 miles from west coast Perth.

By Rail – South Australia is at the hub of Australia’s great rail routes. You can journey to Perth or Sydney on the Indian Pacific or head north to Alice Springs or Darwin aboard the legendary Ghan. There are also daily services to Melbourne.

By Air – We highly recommend popular rail and road connections to Adelaide but if you are short on time, our Australia Experts will arrange internal flights to and from other Australian cities as part of your tailor-made Adelaide holiday.

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