Must-see attractions in Adelaide

  • Test cricket match at the Adelaide Oval with the heritage scoreboard in background.

    Adelaide Oval


    Hailed as the world’s prettiest cricket ground, the Adelaide Oval hosts interstate and international cricket matches in summer, plus national AFL and…

  • Central market.

    Central Market


    A tourist sight or a shopping op? Either way, satisfy your deepest culinary cravings at the 250-odd stalls in superb Adelaide Central Market. A sliver of…

  • Front entrance (The Elder Wing) of the Art Gallery of South Australia.

    Art Gallery of South Australia


    Spend a few hushed hours in the vaulted, parquetry-floored gallery that represents the big names in Australian art. Permanent exhibitions include…

  • Australia, South Australia, Adelaide. The South Australian Museum.

    South Australian Museum


    Dig into Australia’s natural history with the museum's special exhibits on whales and Antarctic explorer Sir Douglas Mawson. Over two levels, the amazing…

  • Adelaide Park Lands

    Adelaide Park Lands


    The city centre and upmarket North Adelaide are surrounded by a broad band of parkland. Colonel William Light, Adelaide’s controversial planner, came up…

  • Palm House, Adelaide Botanic Gardens.

    Adelaide Botanic Gardens


    Meander, jog or chew through your trashy airport novel in these lush city-fringe gardens. Highlights include a restored 1877 palm house, the water-lily…

  • Giant Panda (Wang Wang; male), Adelaide Zoo.

    Adelaide Zoo


    Around 1800 exotic and native mammals, birds and reptiles roar, growl and screech at Adelaide’s wonderful zoo, dating from 1883. There are free walking…

  • West Terrace Cemetery

    West Terrace Cemetery


    Driven-by and overlooked by most Adelaidians, this amazing old cemetery (established in 1837, and now with 150,000 residents) makes a serene and…

  • National Wine Centre Adelaide South Australia, Australia

    National Wine Centre of Australia


    Check out the free self-guided, interactive Wine Discovery Journey exhibition at this very sexy wine centre (doubling as a research facility for the…

  • Adelaide Gaol

    Adelaide Gaol


    Only decommissioned in 1988 after housing 300,000 inmates since 1841, this old Victorian lock-up has a grim vibe, but its displays of homemade bongs,…

  • Migration Museum

    Migration Museum


    This engaging social-history museum tells the story of the many migrants who have made SA their home. The museum has info on 100-plus nationalities logged…

  • Penfolds Vineyards, Robe, South AUstralia, Australia

    Penfolds Magill Estate Winery


    This 175-year-old winery is home to Australia's best-known wine − the legendary Grange. Taste the product at the cellar door; dine at the fab restaurant…

  • Statue of Colonel William Light

    Statue of Colonel William Light


    The famous statue of Adelaide's town planner (official name Light’s Vision) sits atop the grassy flanks of Montefiore Hill in North Adelaide.

  • Waterfall Gully


    Yes, it's a gully. And yes, there's a waterfall at the end of it – a rather spectacular 30m-tall one, too, especially if it's been raining in the Adelaide…

  • South Australian Maritime Museum


    This salty cache is the oldest of its kind in Australia. Highlights include the iconic Port Adelaide Lighthouse ($1 on its own, or included in museum…

  • MOD.


    Innovative MOD. science museum on the University of South Australia campus races towards the future, with seven interactive, surprising gallery spaces…

  • Coopers Brewery


    You can't possibly come to Adelaide without entertaining thoughts of touring Coopers Brewery. Tours take you through the brewhouse, bottling hall and…

  • Bradman Collection


    At the Adelaide Oval is the Bradman Collection where devotees of 'the Don', cricket's greatest batsman, can pore over the minutiae of his legend. Check…

  • Bay Discovery Centre

    Bay Discovery Centre


    This low-key museum in Glenelg’s 1887 Town Hall building depicts the social history of Glenelg from colonisation to today, and addresses the plight of the…

  • Haigh's Chocolates Visitor Centre

    Haigh's Chocolates Visitor Centre


    If you’ve got a chocolate problem, get guilty at this iconic factory. Free 25-minute tours take you through the chocolate life-cycle from cacao bean to…

  • Mall's Balls

    Mall's Balls


    Check out the infamous and very shiny Mall’s Balls sculpture in Rundle Mall (real name Spheres, by sculptor Burt Flugelman).

  • Adelaide Town Hall


    Built in 1866 under the guidance of architect Edmund W Wright, Adelaide's impressive stone Town Hall presides over King William St, locked in an eternal…

  • Tramway Museum


    Up until 1957, Adelaide had an extensive network of trams spider-webbing out from the city into the suburbs. Then costs, an ageing fleet and public…

  • Freemasons' Grand Lodge


    This towering sandstone edifice on North Tce has been a bastion of secret handshakes and funny robes since 1927. But like other things that most people…

  • JamFactory


    Quality contemporary local arts and crafts and brilliant bejewelments, plus workshops and a hellishly hot glass-blowing studio turning out gorgeous glass …

  • City of Adelaide


    Wander down to the Port Adelaide docks for a look at the oldest clipper ship in the world (1864). The high-and-dry hulk of the City of Adelaide was…

  • St Peter's Cathedral


    If not for the Adelaide Oval next door, this imposing sandstone cathedral (harking back to 1869) would be the biggest architectural object within miles…

  • National Railway Museum


    Trainspotters rejoice! A delightfully nerdy museum crammed with railway memorabilia. The bookshop stocks as much Thomas the Tank Engine merchandise as you…

  • Adelaide-Himeji Garden


    Exquisitely manicured, fenced Japanese gardens on a quiet reach of South Tce. A top spot for a quiet lunch/mediation/snooze in the sun. Himeji is Adelaide…

  • South Australian Aviation Museum


    This not-for-profit collection of retired old birds (plus rockets from Woomera and a not-so-old F-111) roosts in an old hangar in the Port Adelaide back…