Experience Adelaide

Visiting Adelaide - Experiences, adventures and memories await!

Listed in Lonely Planet as one of the must-see cities of the world, Adelaide is a city that continually surprises it’s visitors with natural delights, a walkable CBD, culture-filled streets and some of the best wine and produce in the world. In February and March, the city shines even brighter as the Adelaide Fringe takes over in all its glitter and sequinned glory, adding to the many unique experiences that you can have in South Australia.

So, what are you waiting for? Adelaide is ready to be “uncorked”!

Adelaide is a city that loves the arts - especially during Adelaide Fringe when it comes to life in a burst of colour, music, art and light installations, magic, performance and all-round enjoyment. Plus, you’ll find plenty of great eateries and watering holes to enjoy between shows and events. This is definitely the best time to visit and explore Adelaide. Down every bustling laneway, in every sun-lit park and around every hidden corner, you’ll find a new delight that will make your Adelaide holiday even more special! From Fringe street performers and talented buskers, to eye-catching street art, magical festival hubs and, of course, all of the Adelaide Fringe events and shows you could dream of!

Alongside the amazing Adelaide Fringe - the biggest arts festival in Australia - you’ll find plenty to enjoy in our beautiful festival state...

Two people smiling at each other in front of a vineyard while holding wine glasses of wine

The Lane Vineyard. South Australian Tourism Commission

During the day, the sun is shining (it can get to a whopping 40 degrees so make sure to pack sunscreen and a hat). You can seek some respite by making the short trip the cooler, lush greenery and vineyards of the Adelaide Hills. Here, you’ll find historic townships like Hahndorf, family-owned wineries and cellar doors, locally-made art and fresh produce markets. Then, it’s only a short trip back to the city (thanks to Adelaide’s conveniently close tourist spots), with time to relax before heading out into the lively city streets and playing under the Summer evening stars. After all, it’s festival time!

People enjoying the sunny weather and clear skies at Glenelg beach

Glenelg Beach in Summer. South Australian Tourism Commission

Another spot to enjoy in the heat is one of SA’s many beautiful beaches, with Adelaide boasting some of the best in the country with hundreds of kilometres of white beaches - many either a tram ride or short drive from the CBD. Equally beautiful are the award-winning wine regions, so hire a car or jump on a tour and visit the famous Barossa Valley, Clare Valley or McLaren Vale. If you have a bit more time on your hands, journey to the nature and wildlife haven of Kangaroo Island for a relaxing experience you’ll reminisce on for weeks.

Man and woman looking at the sculptures and paintings in the Art Gallery of South Australia

Art Gallery of South Australia. South Australian Tourism Commission

Other attractions that are worth a visit while in Adelaide include the famous Adelaide Oval, the home of Sir Donald Bradman the greatest batsman in the history of cricket. You can also do a roof walk here and get one of the best views of Adelaide. Down the road is the North Terrace precinct, home to the SA Museum, the Art Gallery of South Australia and the historic heritage buildings of the University of Adelaide. There’s great shopping in Rundle Mall for your retail therapy needs, plus, you can sit back and enjoy the entertainment provided by talented buskers.

A close up of someone’s hands scooping food off of a plate at Oggi Osteria

Osteria Oggi. South Australian Tourism Commission

Between Fringe shows and events, join Adelaide locals, and embrace the diverse array of top-class restaurants, pubs that have become city-wide institutions, welcoming cafes and outdoor dining and drinking areas within which you can relax and enjoy the beautiful warm days and balmy, energy-filled nights. You’ll find somewhere for everyone’s taste buds in Adelaide, especially down both Rundle and Gouger Street, the historic homes of Adelaide dining, as well as the newer hospitality offerings on Peel and Leigh Street.

A group of people smiling and eating lunch at a table in front of a colourful mural at the Adelaide Central Markets

Lunch at the Adelaide Central Markets. South Australian Tourism Commission

A visit to the famed Adelaide Central Market, which was founded back in 1869, to experience some of the best local produce South Australia has. Wander through the fresh food stalls, taste test gourmet delights inspired by world-wide cuisine, and explore the maze of unique little shops. If you consider yourself a bit of a wine connoisseur, then sipping South Australian award-winners at the National Wine Centre is a delightful way to spend an afternoon, and also right across the road from one of the Fringe festival hubs, The Garden of Unearthly Delights.

There’s so much to do in Adelaide, but especially in February and March when the city truly comes alive! Be sure to stay a few extra nights to experience as much as you can in our vibrant state.

Average daily summer temperatures (December - February), Adelaide - Max 28.3°C, Min 16.5°C, but daily temperatures can get as high as 45°C.

Average daily autumn temperatures (March - May), Adelaide - Max 22.4°C, Min 12.5°C

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Where to stay? 

Enjoy a culturally-rich and inspiring escape at Crowne Plaza Adelaide with stunning views from the city’s tallest building in design-led rooms. Stay in the East End – Adelaide’s sweet spot in the heart of Fringe, and indulge in fresh experiences that seamlessly let you segue from business to leisure and back again at this urban haven in the sky.

Where to eat? 

Channelling a modern Japanese spirit through a contemporary lens, Koomo is located in the heart of Fringe, offering a modern menu and taking in incredible views of the city and beyond.

Keep up to date with the latest Fringe news here

Want more arts?

There are also two other incredible arts festivals you can experience in Adelaide during Fringe time: WOMADelaide and the Adelaide Festival. Or check out a full calendar of events State wide here.

Banner image: Adelaide Riverbank Precinct by Michael Waterhouse Photography