Adelaide, nestled on the southern coast of Australia, is home to more than a million people. The seaside city, the capital of South Australia, serves as the center of commerce and tourism from its base between the Gulf of Saint Vincent and Mount Lofty. People come to Adelaide, 14 hours to the west of Sydney, to experiences its cultural scene, along with its extensive opportunities to watch for wildlife, visit wineries, and soak in colonial heritage.
Settled in 1836 by the British, the city of Adelaide was named for the Queen Consort Adelaide, wife of King William IV. Unlike other Australia cities founded as penal colonies, Adelaide was founded as a free (and well-planned) city still evidenced by the green spaces and smart grid of streets. The city was shaped by an enduring love of freedom and progressive thought. By the time the city reached its centennial, its leaders and citizens dedicated themselves to strengthening arts and culture. Today, it remains a powerhouse of creativity—seen in its museums, full schedule of festivals, and live performances.
Those who make their way to Adelaide will find a long list of places to enjoy with an abundance of green spaces, cultural institutions, wineries, and festivals to enjoy no matter what time of year. Nearly half of the city is set aside as parklands, where visitors and locals alike flock for the gardens and hiking trails. Rymill Park is known for its rose gardens, while Adelaide-Himjei is a lovely Japanese garden. Others head to the coast to soak in the views and have some fun. After a swim with the dolphins, you could go for a stroll along the waterfront, where sidewalk eateries and shops are in abundance.
On the cultural side, Adelaide has a strong festival scene, spurred by the Fringe Festival and Adelaide Festival of Arts, both started in the 1960s. From there, the city’s art scene has grown, adding a film festival, global culture celebrations, food festivals, a writers’ week, and a celebration of cabaret. At any time of year, you’ll find live performances unfolding on stages throughout Adelaide and its suburbs. One of the largest art museums in the country, the Art Gallery of South Australia, hosts special exhibitions to showcase its collection.
Long swatches of beaches rim Le Fevre Peninsula, the home of Adelaide and its surrounding cities, found just 30 minutes from the city center. With year-round warm water, it’s easy to enjoy the beaches whatever the calendar says. A mix styles stretch from North Haven to Sellicks Beach, offering something for everyone. Along the boardwalk in Brighton Beach, you’ll find chic boutiques and waterfront restaurants to go with some of the best views of the city. Heading south, beaches include the family-friendly Henley Beach and the dunes of the Grange. To the south, Sellicks Beach is great for surfing and Port Willunga lies in the shadow of some fantastic cliffs.
Adelaide Hotels & Lodging
A mix of the traditional and the unique, Adelaide accommodations suit every kind of budgets and vacation plans. Close to the city center and the shore, it’s easy to find welcoming hotels, along with apartment rentals and cozy bed-and-breakfast inns. Away from the city, luxury lodges offer easy access to the amazing Kangaroo Island, a wildlife watcher’s dream. Many of the farms a short drive away welcome overnight travelers.