Adelaide was founded in 1836 and is Australia’s 5th biggest city, with a population of approximately 1.3 million. Adelaide is situated in the south east part of Australia and lies about 650 km north west of Melbourne and 1200 km west of Sydney.
The hottest month is February, average daytime temp 29.4 C (84.9 F) The coolest month is July, average daytime temp 15.3 C (59.5 F)
Now we will present our choice of the top things to do in Adelaide.
1. Adelaide Botanic Garden
These wonderful gardens cover an area of around 50 hectares (125 acres) and are situated on North Terrace in the north east of the city. They open at 7.15am Monday – Friday, and 9.00am on weekends and public holidays. Closing time can be between 5.00pm and 7.00pm depending on the time of year.
There are a few different areas devoted to certain plants. One of the prettiest is the International Rose Garden. Here you can see, and smell, more than 5000 roses both from Australia and overseas in many different colours and varieties. Another interesting garden is the Garden of Health. This area has about 2500 plants from almost 300 species and is all about plants and herbs grown for their health giving benefits.
2. Cleland Wildlife Park
Among things to do around Adelaide we would like to offer visiting Cleland Wildlife Park. Just a 20 minute drive from the city is this wonderful wildlife park. You can see and also touch and feed some of the animals.
There are koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, plus a few less well know animals such as a potoroos and bettongs. You can see different birds, snakes and reptiles too. There is a cafe serving hot and cold meals which is open from 9.30am – 5.00pm and you will find a souvenir shop there.
This coastal resort area is just 10 km from the heart of the city and is extremely popular with locals and tourists. One of the best ways to reach Glenelg from the city is by tram, this journey takes about 40 minutes.
Once in Glenelg many people head for the sandy beach and the pier, which was opened in 1969 after the original one was destroyed by bad weather many years earlier. The Bay Discovery Centre is another place worth seeing when in Glenelg. It is a museum displaying arts and crafts and other items detailing local history. It is situated on Colley Terrace.
If you are looking for free things to do in Adelaide, you must also visit Haigh’s Chocolates on Jetty Road. Here you can find a tasty selection of chocolates of many different flavours. Jetty Road is also the road to find plenty of different restaurants serving dishes from many countries.
4. South Australian Museum
One of the most popular attractions in Adelaide. The museum is located on North Terrace and is open daily including public holidays from 10.00am to 5.00pm. There are many different galleries devoted to specific subjects.
As an example there is the Ancient Egypt gallery which has a large array of items including the mummy and sarcophagus of Renpit-Nefert who is believed to have died almost 2500 years ago. Another gallery shows minerals and meteorites. There are thousands of different colourful minerals on display and also many meteorites that have landed in Australia over the years.
5. Adelaide Zoo
One of the fun things to do in Adelaide is visiting Adelaide Zoo. Situated at Frome Road, this is the second oldest zoo in Australia. Opened in 1883 millions of visitors have come through its gates to see many different animals. Today the zoo is home to around 2500 animals from 250 bird, reptile, mammal and fish species.
The zoo covers an area of about 8 hectares (20 acres). You can book for special encounters with your chosen animal. For example, if you would like the experience of hand feeding a giraffe you can do this at 1.15pm on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. There are other animal experiences too so if you like the idea of getting up very close just enquire at the zoo or call on (08) 8267 3255.
6. Kangaroo Island
If you would like to get away from the city for a while, why not head to Kangaroo Island? This is really best of things to do in Adelaide Australia. This beautiful island is approximately 110 km (70 miles) south west of Adelaide. The island is home to a lot of animals including kangaroos, koalas, possums, wallabies, bandicoots.
Many bird species including penguins and pelicans live here and sea lions also call this island home. The human population is about 4500. Kangaroo Island is the 3rd biggest island in Australia. The island can be reached by ferry departing from Cape Jervis, which is a 90 minute drive from Adelaide.
The ferry journey takes 45 minutes and arrives at Penneshaw. For information call Sealink on 13 13 01, or check their website. If you prefer to fly from Adelaide you can do so with Regional Express (REX). There are about 3 flights per day and the flight takes about 35 minutes.
7. River Torrens Cruise
The best choice among things to see in Adelaide and a great way to see the sights of the city is aboard the ‘Popeye’. The boat departs from Elder Park, close to the Adelaide Festival Theatre. You then have a relaxing cruise to the Torrens Weir at which point the boat turns around and then heads back in an easterly direction as far the Adelaide Zoo which is the other point at which you can leave or join the cruise.
After departing the zoo you will cruise back to Elder Park. The entire trip takes about 40 minutes. The cruises usually depart every hour from Elder Park starting at 10.00am and prices for adults are between $5.00 and $15.00 depending on your journey length. For information you can call 0400 596 065.
8. National Railway Museum
This interesting museum is found at 76 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide. Opened in its present location in 1988, this museum has about 100 exhibits. Included are many different locomotives: diesel, electric and steam. Passenger carriages, freight wagons and dining cars are also on display. There are exhibits showing different periods of railway history in Australia.
You can also see a large model railway that has been lovingly made by railway enthusiasts. You can even go for a train ride around the grounds on their 457 mm gauge railway. This museum is largest railway museum in Australia and a must see for anyone with an interest in trains. You will find a large array of publications and DVDs in the shop. The museum is open from 10.00am to 5.00pm daily.
9. Adelaide Central Market
We also included in our list of Adelaide things to do top 10 visiting Adelaide Central Market. The market is situated on Grote Street in the heart of the city. For over 140 years this has been a popular place for locals to buy and sell their goods.
Included at the markets are about 20 fruit and vegetable stalls, ten selling meats and seafoods, six selling confectionary, etc. There are many more stalls and about eight cafes.
The market is open Tuesday 7.00am – 5.30pm, Wednesday 9.00am – 5.30pm (some stalls may not open on Wednesdays), Thursday 9.00am – 5.30pm, Friday 7.00am – 9.00pm, Saturday 7.00am – 3.00pm.
10. Art Gallery of South Australia
Number 10 on our list of the best things to do in Adelaide is visiting the Art Gallery. It is located on North Terrace and is open daily from 10.00am – 5.00pm.
For anyone with a love of the arts you must visit this gallery. With about 35,000 art works, it’s one of the largest collections in Australia. For more information you can phone the gallery on 08 8207 7000.