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Colonial heritage, museums, spacious green parklands and Australia’s festival city… That’s Adelaide

Colonial heritage, museums, spacious green parklands and Australia’s festival city… That’s Adelaide

With emerald green rolling hills to one side, miles of blue ocean to the other, Adelaide is one of South Australia’s most-loved coastal gems. Its exceptional natural beauty, which includes acres of parkland surrounding the central business district, has earned Adelaide the title of the ‘greenest city in Oz’. The city is also renown for its fabulous food and wine – and there are plenty of fantastic restaurants and bars for you to sample both. Add fascinating colonial buildings and museums to the mix, and you have superb selection of things to see and places to visit in Adelaide.

 

Marvel at Adelaide’s museums

 

There are a number of museums in Adelaide, all of which are worth a visit. The South Australian Museum for example is home to the largest exhibition of Aboriginal Art and History, with more than five levels filled with displays. Then there’s The Migration Museum Adelaide, a social history museum which was founded by the State Government in 1983 with the aim to tell the stories of the cultural diversity and multiculturalism in South Australia.

 

Lose yourself in the magical markets

 

When deciding what to do in Adelaide, a visit to the city’s central markets is a must. Foodies in particular will be drawn in by the tantalising aromas filling the air. Feast your eyes on stalls piled high with fresh fruit, vegetables, meats and artisan cheeses, straight from local farms – and seafood straight from the net. Market tours are available, which allow you to sample the produce and hear the fascinating stories of the stallholders.

 

Potter around Adelaide’s pretty port

 

Sightseeing in Adelaide is at its best in its historic port, where impressive 19th century buildings and quaint Australian pubs decorate its streets. Here you’ll also find the Port Dock Brewery Hotel – one of the top places to visit in Adelaide South Australia for those who appreciate craft beer. Or if you’d prefer to take in the lovely landscapes, pick up a self-guided walking map and enjoy a relaxing stroll along Port River.

 

Surround yourself in natural beauty

On the eastern end of the North Terrace you’ll find The Botanic Gardens, home to a myriad of beautifully manicured gardens and stunning plants and flowers from all around the world. Its greenery and architecture put The Botanic Gardens high on our list of things to see in Adelaide. The city also boasts an impressive 29 parks, including rose gardens, Japanese gardens, old olive groves and much more.

 

Take a tour of the Oval Stadium

 

One of the top places of interest in Adelaide is without a doubt the Adelaide Oval Stadium. Discover the heritage behind this world-class stadium, explore restricted areas, step inside the scoreboard and stand in the same spot where some of the great musicians have entertained, on a captivating tour.

 

If you’re planning to embark on one of our Australia escorted tours from the UK, we hope we’ve helped you decide on what to see in Adelaide. But as always, if you’d like any further assistance or recommendations, all you need to do is ask! A member of our team will be happy to help.

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