Best Tourist Attractions in Adelaide

Adelaide, Australia is fifth-largest city in Australia and the capital city of South Australia. If you are looking for some fun at the beach, head down to the popular Henley or Glenelg beaches or drive up to the summit of Mount Lofty and enjoy panoramic views of Adelaide’s city. Climb aboard a full-scale model of a sailing ketch at the South Australian Maritime Museum or check out the great collection of animals in the Adelaide Zoo. Nevertheless, whatever you do, Adelaide is a vibrant, beautiful, bright and clean city for you to explore.

Adelaide Zoo

Home to over 1800 animals and the second-oldest zoo in Australia, Adelaide Zoo is one of the popular Adelaide tourist attractions. Here is where you can see Australian rain-forest birds, Sumatran tigers and chimpanzees and rare species including South Australia’s own yellow-footed rock wallaby and the red panda.

Botanic Gardens

Adelaide Botanic Gardens is an elegant formal garden where you can see giant water lilies, an international rose garden, Moreton Bay fig trees, duck ponds and acres of green lawns. The Bicentennial Conservatory, southern hemisphere’s largest glasshouse is home to the species of the low land rainforest such as the torch ginger and cassowary palm. Catch the free guided tour that leaves from the Schomburgk Pavilion at 10:30 am every morning.

Mount Lofty

Mount Lofty is a popular tourist attraction in Adelaide, located about 15 km east of the center of the city of Adelaide in South Australia. Drive up to the summit and enjoy magnificent views of Adelaide plains and the city. Alternatively, you can walk up the gully from Chambers Gully or from Waterfall Gully, in the Cleland Conservation Park.

South Australian Museum

Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery in the South Australian Museum contains 3,000 items, including paintings and ceremonial dress from the Pacific Islands. Other exhibits include a Fossil Gallery of a magnificent partial skeleton of a 19-foot-long plesiosaur, a biodiversity gallery and an exhibit dedicated to Sir Douglas Mawson, the famous Antarctic explorer after whom Australia’s main Antarctic research station is named.

Tandanya Aboriginal Cultural Institute

Tandanya is Australia’s first major Aboriginal cultural facility and a must-see tourist attraction in Adelaide. Meet the Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal peoples, check out their wide range of wonderful exhibitions in its art galleries and at noon on Tuesday to Fridays, catch didgeridoo performances at the theater. Don’t miss Tandanya’s great gift shop where you can buy genuine Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal arts and craft, books, fabric, clothing, yidakis, and music CDs.

Glenelg Beach

Glenelg is a popular beach-side tourist destination located on the long sandy white shores of Holdfast Bay in the Gulf St Vincent, 10km from the heart of Adelaide. Glenelg is home to dozens of restaurants, hotels and a vibrant nightlife. Your family will always be entertained with its abundance of dolphins and seals, Museums, galleries, Heritage walks and various beach activities.

South Australian Maritime Museum

South Australian Maritime Museum is believed to contain Australia’s oldest maritime collections. It began in 1872 as Port Adelaide Institute’s general museum collection; mostly donated by seamen passed through Port Adelaide during the 19th and early 20th century. Check out their fine collection of navigation instruments, ship models, sea chests, souvenirs, photographs, and paintings.