Explore South Australia

Explore South Australia

World-Class Experiences at Your Fingertips

Adelaide is bursting with culture, flavours, events and entertainment. Taste your way through world-famous wine regions just minutes away from the city, soak up the sun at picture-perfect city beaches and spend the night exploring a thriving restaurant and bar scene before retreating to Crowne Plaza, one of Adelaide's best hotels!  

Drink

With small speak-easy style bars tucked under the streets, swanky watering holes perched above the city skyline, laneways packed with cocktail lounges and quirky bars hidden behind unassuming walls, Adelaide's bar scene is booming. Sip your way around the laneways of Leigh St, Peel St and Gilbert Place or drink in the boozy goodness of Adelaide's east end. Our top spots for a tipple or two include Pink Moon Saloon, Leigh St Wine Room, Maybe Mae, Udaberri, NOLA, BRKLYN or Bar Peripheral.
Leigh Street Wine Room, Josie Withers
Leigh Street Wine Room, Josie Withers

Eat

Adelaide is a culinary playground with a smorgasbord of cuisines on offer. South Australia's capital city is the proud home of world-famous chefs, serving game-changing dishes in stunning Adelaide restaurants. From 16-course degustations, to authentic Napoli-style pizzerias, African-inspired diners and fine-dining in historic cellar doors - Adelaide dishes up some incredible restaurants. Add Shobosho, Africola, Fugazzi, Osteria Oggi, Parwana, Fishbank and Golden Boy to your hit list.
Africola , Duy Dash
Africola, Duy Dash

Experience

For a quintessential Adelaide experience, step out of your hotel and into a thriving hub of food and culture at the Adelaide Central Market. Here, countless authentic eateries offer a gastronomic gateway to Asia, while produce from all over South Australia including fruits, vegetables, cheeses, small goods, chocolate, honey and breads pack stalls manned by local producers.

Jump on a tram just 20 minutes to Adelaide’s favourite city beach, Glenelg. Walk along the foreshore and grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants dotting Jetty Road before kicking your shoes off and pulling up a seat at the bar without even taking your toes out the sand. Other spots to settle in seaside as the sunsets include Brighton, Henley Beach, Semaphore, Port Noarlunga and Grange.

Spend a day exploring South Australia’s inner-city oasis, the Adelaide Botanic Garden. The sprawling Botanic Garden spans 50 hectares, featuring stunning architecture, majestic avenues and, of course, the famous wisteria arbour.  Next door, you’ll find the National Wine Centre of Australia, home to more than 120 wines, and Adelaide Zoo.

Hidden in alleys, nooks, corners and lanes, Adelaide is home to some of the best street art in the world. Check out the street art explosion map.
Adelaide Central Market, Lewis Potter
Adelaide Central Market, Lewis Potter

ADLocal

ADLocal is your guide to the city’s places to go and people to know. Meet those behind the faces of your favourite city businesses, listen to local movers and shakers about hidden gems nestled amongst the hustle and bustle and discover your next local. These are the tales of a vibrant city buzzing with heart and soul. No matter what your idea of fun is, there’s no better way to experience the city than with Experience Adelaide. 

Day Trips

Venture just beyond the city limits and within minutes you could be sprawled out beachside, sipping wine surrounded by rolling vineyards or getting up close to iconic Australian wildlife. With more than 200 cellar doors, jaw-dropping coastline and lush bushland on Adelaide’s doorstep, an unforgettable day trip is literally minutes away. Sip Mediterranean-style wines a stone’s throw from the ocean in McLaren Vale, sample cool-climate drops and explore leafy hamlets in the Adelaide Hills or head for the Barossa and drink the world’s best red wine and be back in Adelaide in time for dinner.
taken from the water, a beach showcasing clear light blue water leading into beautiful fluffy yellow sands. Large driftwood beams stick out of the sand forming a natural sculpture.
Port Willunga Beach, Mish & Kirk

Getting Around SA

Adelaide Fringe is for everyone. Here are some tips on how you can get to Adelaide and travel around South Australia. 
Bustling energy from lots of people outside at sunset in a park surrounded by trees and fairy lights
Garden of Unearthly Delights, Fumika Takagi

Fly In

There are direct flights to Adelaide from major Australian capital cities via Virgin Australia. You’ll be arriving into our beautiful airport, voted the best airport in Australia. Adelaide Airport is just a 15-minute drive from all the Fringe action. At the airport you can hire a car, grab a taxi or limousine, or catch the airport shuttle bus. For more information visit the Adelaide Airport website.

Flight Times Between Cities
Melbourne to Adelaide: 1 hour 5 minutes 
Sydney to Adelaide: 1 hour 40 minutes
Canberra to Adelaide: 1 hour 40 minutes
Brisbane to Adelaide: 2 hours 30 minutes
Perth to Adelaide: 3 hours 10 minutes
Darwin to Adelaide: 3 hours 35 minutes
Alice Springs to Adelaide: 2 hours

Road Trip

Travelling by car from the east? National Highway One is the one. It’s a similar story coming from the north where the A1 also ends at Gepps Cross then it’s just 15 minutes into the centre of town.
From Melbourne take the Great Ocean Road route. The drive is full of beautiful scenery, including some of the most beautiful beaches and National Parks, and it connects up with the South Eastern Freeway to guide you straight into the heart of Adelaide.

Public Transport

Without a car? Never fear! Adelaide is a very walkable city and public transport is everywhere. Catch the FREE City Connector to get to popular spots around the city, take a train into the city or find more information about Adelaide's public transport on the Adelaide Metro website.

Parking

Attending a show in Adelaide CBD and don't know where to park? UPark has you covered with 11 locations around the city.
A driver of the Adelaide Fringe Subaru Outback shows their UPARKPLUS card out of the drivers side window.
U-Park 2022. Photo: Anastasia Comelli, 2022

A Little More

There’s a world of new experiences and things to do in Adelaide and South Australia.

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

For all accessible travel information please visit pushadventures.com.au

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.

★★★★★

Again the Adelaide Fringe Festival has delivered. Great shows, Great Food and a Fantastic Vibe. This is a must see for anyone who likes entertainment. Comedy, Theatre, Music, Physical theatre and the city just has an amazing buzz. There are approx 500 performers here for a month and our favourite place to visit for 2 weeks every year. The entertainment and food are so good we come back every year and stay a little longer each time. We have seen 9 shows in 5 days and had a ball. Do yourself a favour and get to the Adelaide Fringe.

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Banner Image: Gluttony. Photo: Missy Smiley, Adelaide Fringe 2023