12 Top Tourist Attractions in Adelaide

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St Peter’s Cathedral

One of the most notable examples of Gr architects in South Australia is the historic St Peter’s Cathedral in North Adelaide. The cathedral is a good example of how the colonial powers preferred capital over beauty. A far more cohesive, symmetrical version was designed for Melbourne, where many of the Victorians who designed the cathedral also lived and were the main patrons for the Anglican church buildings in the colony.

State Library of South Australia

There is no other place like it in the world. The State Library of South Australia is the oldest, continuously operating, public library in Australia, and it houses a collection of more than three million items.

The collection is almost exclusively South Australian: the traditions, values and history of the state are essentially represented throughout its extensive range.

The State Library of South Australia is home to the country’s first public lending library, a natural history collection and the world’s oldest surviving artwork; Rembrandt’s Jeromiah Beltza.

It is a place of timeless classics and contemporary treasures and is the address to visit when you have the decision of things to see in Adelaide.

Migration Museum

It is a great way to spend the day learning about the past and the lives of the people of the area. The museum is centrally located and has an incredible collection of beautiful artwork, archival photos, equipment and domestic goods from the 1800…s and up to the present day. The gift shop boasts many fantastic items.

The museum is open from 9 a.m – 5 p.m Monday to Friday. There is no admission fee and it is open throughout the week including holidays.

The museum is open every day. You can also take a self-guided tour of the museum’s outdoor exhibits.


If you are interested in walking down memory lane and discovering the unique treasures of Croydon’s past, you will find that this is an amazing place for you to visit.

What really made Croydon become one of the hotspots for tourists in South Australia was the discovery of gold in 1887.

In the area you can see the residential areas of the gold mining era, the Bank of New South Wales building and the Croydon Merino Mill. These buildings have survived intact to this day and they have been fitted with interpretive signs to suit the visitor’s needs.

Waterfall Gully

One of the best things that visitors can do while visiting the city of Adelaide is to take advantage of the stunning waterways. While the Adelaide Hills have some of the best rivers to take a morning swim or spend the afternoon fishing, a visit to the Waterfall Gully and Wine Country Walk in the Wine Country of Adelaide is certainly a stop worth the time.

Wine Country of Adelaide

The country has a very rich French history, and its tales and images have played an important role in the city’s growth in the late 20th century. For a long time, it was considered an entity that needed to remain private because of the quality of its grapes.

One of the most famous grapes in Australia is the Calmare, which has a sweet but tannic taste that is enjoyed for dessert wine. The Calmare is one of the finest red grapes in the country, and it was one of the primary reasons that Adelaide was chosen to host the 1988 Centenary of Federation festival.

The region has over 15,000 acres of vines and produces apples, pears, and a small amount of grapes and vegetables that are used to make juice and wines. The region is home to two wineries, the Barossa Cellars and the Red Pedler, and both of them are are quite popular.

Rundle Mall

Rundle Mall, which is one of the most popular malls in Australia is located in the centre of Adelaide.

It is an outdoor pedestrian shopping street that runs between North Terrace and Grenfell Street.

Rundle Mall is lined with many boutiques and souvenir stores as well as food, service, and entertainment in almost every corner.

One of the highlights of Rundle Mall is the Adelaide Central Market which was built in 1888 and is the oldest operating market in Australia.

Adelaide Central Market is a popular tourist attraction with lots of different shops carrying fresh fruits and vegetables as well as meat and fish.

The markets also trade with traditional street foods like fried calamari and seafood and desserts like banana splits.

Rundle Mall is also home to many high rise office and apartment buildings including the Transamerica Building.

Its architectural influence is evident in many buildings across Adelaide from the City West tower to the National Wine Centre.

The Adelaide Visitor Centre is located on the Rundle Street side of Rundle Mall.

The Parry’s Corner building located next to the Adelaide Visitor Centre is significant as it was the first skyscraper in Australia when it was built in 1963.

Adelaide Oval is a stadium that is on the southern part of Rundle Mall.

Adelaide Oval hosts Australian Football League matches for the South Australian Football League.

South Australian Museum


The South Australian Museum is one of the oldest institutions for science in the country. It is one of the largest museums in the state with over 16 million items in its collection.

The museum has an elaborate display of dinosaur fossils and mounted animals coming from around the world. Another of its most popular exhibits is the child-sized Diego Maradona soccer exhibit chronicling his career with his top 100 goals all engraved and displayed.

Adelaide Zoo

  • Be sure to look at the Adelaides unique native animals and the meerkats and the other amazing animals. Be sure to see the snake and the new elephant enclosure.
  • Adelaide Botanic Gardens – The gardens are full of stunning flowers in summer and native Australian plants in winter.
  • Glenelg Beach – Take a walk or go horse riding along the beach.
  • Glenelg Market – Stands and markets can be found in many areas around Adelaide, but the popular ones are on the Saturday morning at Glenelg Market and Sunday morning at the SA Malls Markets.
  • Torrens Lake – This pond is extremely popular with locals and holiday makers.
  • Botanics Gardens and The Adelaide Zoo – This place is a complete zoo and botany center packed with awesome creatures. Voted one of the best Adelaide attractions. Not to be missed.
  • Parks in Adelaide – This is a great place if you like the outdoors and playgrounds and various parks.
  • Adelaide Central Market – This market is a unique shopping experience with a wide variety of goods to choose from. The market really provides a great day out.
  • Fisherman’s Wharf- Watch the fishermen on the wharf in the mornings and come late afternoon.
  • Adelaide Hills – A great place to enjoy the outdoors and stunning views.

Address: The Quay, North Terrace Adelaide SA 5000

Website: the art gallery of south australia

Adjacent to the Art Gallery of South Australia is the City Gallery. The City Gallery opened in 1972 and has a program of exhibition, research and teaching which encourages the advance of visual arts by local and international artists. The city gallery houses a permanent collection of works by South Australian artists plus the national collection of the Australian Society of limnographers.

Address: City West, Adelaide SA 5000

Website: the city gallery

The Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA) was built by the Volunteer City Council of Adelaide and the Government. This magnificent building is a multi-dimensional art space that brings together art and science across five storeys to display its collections and provide dedicated exhibition spaces. The art gallery sits proudly in the heart of the historic North Adelaide.

Address: North Tce, Adelaide SA 5000

Website: art gallery of south australia

Adjacent to the Art Gallery of South Australia is the City Gallery. The City Gallery opened in 1972 and has a program of exhibition, research and teaching which encourages the advance of visual arts by local and international artists. The city gallery houses a permanent collection of works by South Australian artists plus the national collection of the Australian Society of limnographers.

Address: North Tce, Adelaide SA 5000

Website: the city gallery

Adelaide Botanic Garden

Australian company Virtual South Experiences, gained over 10,000 Facebook likes for their 2009 social media campaign, (BOTANIC GARDEN VISITOR) where they cleverly programmed an abandoned Botanic Garden for bugs, birds, and hot-air balloons while the visitors were delivering the best reviews.

Below is a video how the robots, have been designed to walk in a similar manner to humans, have been programmed to mimic human speech, have a list of downloadable free speech apps that they can use to speak to the visitors. Other have used this Botanical Garden to set a flying system or hot air balloons to entertain the visitors.

The Garden is set between the North Terrace of Adelaide in the middle of the Botanic Gardens and consists of 198 acres of park and a fenced area of 12 acres in front of the Botanic Gardens.

The Botanic Gardens includes a conservatory, museum, and greenhouses containing specimens of ferns, succulents, and palm trees. The garden also includes an aquarium, the Model Horticultural Garden, and a building housing the exhibition, “Marvels of the Rain Forest.”

South Australian Health Minister, Jack Snelling, explained that this Attraction has been visited by over 1.8 million visitors.

Adelaide Oval

The Adelaide Oval is certainly one of Adelaide’s top landmarks. The curious thing about it, however, is that it didn’t always have the name “The Oval.”

The name Melbourne Cricket Ground was actually the original name of the stadium. The name then changed to “The GRMC,” or Greater Royal Mint Country Stadium.

It was not until the 1928 that the stadium became known as Adelaide Oval to distinguish it from the other Melbourne Cricket Grounds in Australia.

The stadium is used for sports. It is the home of South Australian Cricket and South Australian Football.

Adelaide Oval covers an area of 65,840 square metres. It was designed and constructed to host sports. The stadium has a roof made of copper.

Military aircraft used the Adelaide Oval between 1909 and 1932 to land, but since then it has only been used for civilian aircraft like the Tiger Moth and the Super Constellation.

An interesting fact about Adelaide Oval is that during the 1928 Olympic Games, it hosted more than a dozen races and finishes of the marathon.

Adelaide Fringe

Established in 2004, Adelaide Fringe Festival is an international arts festival that showcases local, national and international acts.

This festival is very large in scale, with over 180 events happening each and every year!

More than 200 international acts are welcomed to perform on 4000 stages. Some of the events include musical performances, drama, comedy, circus, dance, theatre, visual arts and much more. To get an idea of the diversity, some of the performers you will see include Opera singer Joseph Mohan, alternative comedy troupe Bald Faced Bimbos, and a magician performing magic tricks.

If you are willing to spend some extra time in the city, it is well worth it to check this festival out.

Central Market

Central Market is one of Adelaide’s top tourist attractions. This indoor food wholesale market is a locals favorite. Here you can find all sorts of delights. The market is outdoor covered.

Many stalls offer shipping to anywhere around the world, but you can also find fresh produce and fried fish, eggs and vegetables. If you want to try local delights, you’re in luck. Central Market has many local businesses such as fish and chips, pork pies, spices, bread, homemade ice-cream, honey, avocados and much more.

You can also try local wines and mutton roast to satisfy your taste for home-cooked food. Don’t waste time looking for food elsewhere. Come to Central Market instead.

You can find Central Market on King William Street. It’s not too far from the city center or the railway station.