The worst part of any trip is organising what to do, where to go and who to go with. While we can’t choose your travel mates for you, we can do the rest.
We’ve created six separate travel itineraries, all of which let you explore Adelaide with local-level experience, but we’re conscious that some people want to spend more while others are more budget-conscious.
All you have to do is peruse through each itinerary, figure out what package looks like your cuppa tea and our savvy travel agents will handle the nitty gritty details for you. Should travel not be possible due to government restrictions, then you’ll get your money back. That’s our Adelaide Guarantee!
Adelaide is a boutique capital city bursting with creativity and personality and this cool little capital is ready to be explored. Prepare for stunning architecture, immense street art, outdoor adventure and bustling bars and restaurants. And when you've had enough of the city, why not hit the beach - and explore urban beaches just as famous for their restaurants and bars as for their stunning sunsets.
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If you’ve overloaded on Lucia’s and want to mix it up, where better to head than Star Dumplings. From steamed to fried with noodles and rice, this is a local hidden gem that won’t hurt your wallet or your feet - like Lucia’s, it’s also located a short stroll away from your hotel. To tick off even more cuisine, Seamore’s is the perfect spot to grab some fish & chips or try a shared plate, unwind and enjoy the sunset on your last night while overlooking Henley beach.
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Fancy a beachside brew? Take a short car ride to Henley Beach and head straight to The West Bar at Henley to take in the views. It’s the perfect place to stop in for a pint, perch yourself on their rooftop and soak in the sun before you head back to the hotel. The up-and-coming seaside suburb boasts a vibrant & quirky food scene including Mia Margarita for Mexican or Hermanos Cubanos for Cuban style street food.
Located right around the corner to your hotel is the Adelaide Central Market. Make your way through the bustling CBD market, taking in all the fresh produce and vendors it has to offer.
Something Wild is a market must, an Indigenous owned company supplying Indigenous produce, that fosters positive opportunities and outcomes for many Indigenous communities in South Australia.
If street art is your vibe, the Adelaide Street Art trail is a must. Each year, the Street Art Explosion Program commissions Adelaide’s best emerging artists to create large-scale murals across the city. We can’t think of a better way to up your daily step count.
If downing a cold one on a warm arvo sounds like your style, Sparkke at the Whitmore is something worth noting. Making a splash with its socially conscious beers in 2016, which are all available on tap, Sparkke boasts rooftop views and fantastic vibes. If you prefer wine over beer, make sure swing past East End Cellars.
If Italian is your jam, then head to Lucia’s Pizza & Spaghetti Bar but you have to be quick to snap a table up at this 60-year-old institution. The ravioli is a crowd favourite, mangia, mangia! The best part? The restaurant’s located only a short stroll from your hotel, so you can easily roll home after a big feed.
Hotel Indigo is a new boutique hotel smack bang in the heart of Adelaide, located in a vibrant and electric pocket of the market district. With distinctive architecture and interior design inspired by the cities famous festivals, it’s the perfect place to start your day slowly. Wander up to the pool, or head to the rooftop raw food bar, Merrymaker to soak up the sun and take in the views. You’ll rarely have to venture further than a few streets over to visit everything that makes Adelaide its own - The markets, parklands, laneways and countless watering holes are just a stone’s throw away.
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After visiting Power Up, check out their sister joint The Sorcerer’s Bar for a wizardry selection of flaming cocktails and potions. At some point during your stay, we suggest taking an hour drive towards the McLaren Vale to enjoy a hearty lunch, followed by a tasting in a pastel blue double-decker bus named Lennon. Roll out a rug and stay all afternoon in the sunshine at Down The Rabbit Hole Winery.
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It doesn’t get much quirkier than the Alternate Realities Museum in the d’Arenberg Cube, a five-story building situated in the d’Arenberg wineries in McLaren Vale. It also includes a sensory room, a virtual fermenter and a 360 degree video room and of course wine. Just one hour away from the CBD is the quaint German village Hahndorf which will immediately make you feel as if you have arrived in Europe. From cheese, chocolate, lolly shops, beer and a metre long wurst, there’s no shortage of quirky things to explore. From a German beer to strawberry picking at Beerenberg Farm, located at the eastern end of Handorf, pay $5 entry and pick to your heart's content.
Start your Saturday with a 30-minute Yoga session on the Rooftop of Adelaide Oval followed by a fresh juice and acai bowl. Take a wander through the streets of Adelaide and stop in at Sibling on Gilles St for some slow food, coffee and tunes or a boutique beer. From there, make your way to the Adelaide Himeji Garden - just a short stroll to the outskirts of the city - for a moment of zen in the parklands. Book a two-hour ghost tour at the Adelaide Gaol or a four-hour ghost hunt for a haunting and straight-up unforgettable experience.
A hidden gem and local fav is Proof Wine Bar - come for the toasties, stay for the wine and enjoy this hidden alleyway rooftop on a balmy summer night. Then level up on Leigh St with some Japanese draft beer at Adelaide’s first retro game-themed bar Power Up.
Make sure you stop by Madame Hanoi at SkyCity, a French - Vietnamese bar & bistro offering dishes best had in a shared, grazing style. Check out Part Time Lover, nestled between two heritage buildings, a joyful capsule for all-day drinking, dining, lingering and lounging. Menu is also one-third vego.
Overlook the historic parkland and stay at the Oval Hotel - Australia's first and only boutique stadium hotel in a series of king suites and treat yourself like the royalty you are. You’ll find yourself on the doorstep to the CBD and North Adelaide. From urban rejuvenation to the Five Regions Restaurant that brings South Australia’s wine to the heart of the city, you’ll find it difficult to leave. Don’t worry though, we’ve got a few reasons why you should venture away from home-base.
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If you’re looking to venture out of the CBD for a feed, look no further than Parwana. Located in Torrensville, this Afgani restaurant is truly something special with an amazing family story to boot. Sick of walking and fancy a ride around town? Eco Caddies provides authentic cycling tours of the city, hosted by true locals. The tours are 90 minutes long and commence in the heart of the CBD.
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For all the thrillseekers out there wanting to get a little crazy, head to the Murray River, Lakes and Coorong. With Kayaking, the Big Bend Night tour & overnight camping on offer, this is a once in a lifetime experience that you won't forget. Our pick, take a 50 min drive out into the wild to Monarto Safari Park and experience Australia's only 360 degree lion encounter where you’ll come face to face right in the heart of the lions’ den. For another kind of wild ride, head a little further and head to The Bend Motorsport Park and book a hot lap and V8 drive experience.
Want to experience Adelaide like never before? For a tour with a foodie focus, jump on The F Factor Food Tour - a short & sweet tour of the spots visitors often miss when exploring the city. You’ll discover countless things to do just from the walk alone, so take note of the places you want to circle back to after the tour’s over.
All the glamour at the price of a bar-snack - head to the incredible Pink Moon Saloon for a night cap and popcorn on the house. Look for a little blue door tucked between two buildings on Leigh St and you’ll find yourself in a fully decked out bar that seemingly extends forever out to a beautiful beer garden and then another intimate bar. We’re talking high end tins, seasonal cocktails, a curated wine list and fresh tap beer. Plus, it’s just an eight-minute walk back to your hotel.
Hidden in an unsuspecting laneway, don’t be deceived by the disco ball, and DJ, Sunny’s is the perfect chill-but-chic-mid-week escape to set the tone for the night. Serving up their famous wood-fired pizza and negronis and only a nine-minute stroll from your room. Our pizza picks? The pork and fennel sausage and the eggplant parmigiana.
The Franklin Hotel is a swanky boutique hotel in the heart of the CBD. With a sunny courtyard, fun vibe and independent beer, it's the perfect base to collapse into after a day pounding the pavement along Rundle Mall and Adelaide city.
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Paloma Bar, an exclusive bar with an European influence, hosts fresh and clean drinks and a house pantry full of in house preserves, cheese and prosciutto. If shopping’s more up your alley, head to Rundle St for luxe and local designers and splash some cash.
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Take a trip to the stunning Fleurieu Peninsula, a 45-minute drive from the CBD, its astounding beaches and rolling hills make it worth the trip or take to the air for a boujee Helivista Helicopter Tour. Visit Chalk Hill Collective in McLaren Vale for wine, gin and food all in the one place or do your tastebuds a favour and head to The Currant Shed. Make sure to stop in at the Willunga Farmers Markets, one of our favourite spots in the region.
BBQ Buoys is for outdoor lovers who are up for taking on the River Torrens on a self driving adventure. Bring your own food or choose one of their platter packages and strap yourself in for some serious fun with an SA brew or cider in hand. And yes, there’s even a BBQ onboard, so fire up the grill.
If you’re into killer cocktails and views for days, take a trip into the sky at 2KW, a rooftop bar and restaurant with sweeping views of Adelaide Oval. 2KW even offers a cheeky Sunday Boozy Brunch, with a select line up of local DJ’s to ease you into the arvo. The signature cocktails are named after Adelaide landmarks too.
Fresh, simple & delicious. That’s the mantra of Peel St Adelaide and is a restaurant known for its abundance of flavours and diverse menu of mouth watering dishes. We suggest digging into the Seared Garfish, for something different. Just on East Terrace is Africola, a North African eatery with an elegant interior and unforgettable cuisine. You’ll be blown away by their secret hot sauce, the mythical Mpumalanga Fire.
You wouldn’t be mistaken if you mistook the Adina Apartment Hotel as a place of more importance than accommodation - as the name suggests, it’s the former Adelaide Treasury building. If you want to take it slow upon arrival, kick back in their indoor pool before moseying down to the Botanical Gardens for an afternoon picnic.
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Before the journey to the Barossa, you’ll want to grab a double shot to go from one of the best coffee spots in town at Exchange Specialty Coffee. You can’t get more authentically Adelaide than Two Hands Winery, so make this an essential part of your trip and see what the fuss is about. For gin lovers, make sure you stop in at the award-winning Seppeltsfield Rd Distillers for a modern-day gin tasting experience complete with - you guessed it - a platter. Local favourite Atze’s Corner is a must to try their old vines reds complete with another platter and sunset views to end your day.
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If you feel like venturing a bit further out of town, where else but the Barossa. From wine, cheese and chocolate - the Barossa has it all. Make your way to David Franz Winery and build your own epic cheese platter from their unique range of relishes, cheeses, breads and smoked goods, veggie option included. Visit El Estanco, a rustic restaurant with a South American twist. Grab a fresh loaf of sourdough or house made treats and a coffee to go.
The Adelaide Fringe is a must when wanting to let your hair down in Adelaide during the city’s famous festival period of March. The Garden Of Unearthly Delights is a playground for the festival showcasing performances, bars, world foods and more. The Adelaide Fringe showcases the spiciest performances and acts from around the world.
For drinks with a little more alcohol involved, NOLA is a must. Inspired by the party town of New Orleans, NOLA offers a lively atmosphere, extensive drinks list featuring craft beer brewed in SA, over 200 whisk(e)y options and to die for southern style cocktails and food.
Speaking of spicy, Golden Boy nails that signature Thai flavour with everything from curries, stir fries, salads, sides and the sweeter stuff. The best part, it’s located only a beezy four minute walk from your hotel so you’ll have time to try it all. For a breakfast that will keep you going all day, try My Grandma Ben, on the outskirts of North Adelaide in Bowden where sustainability is the bottom line and the food is tasty.
So you want to go boujee on a budget? Crowne Plaza is the place for you. With rooms starting as budget friendly as $125 per night for a room for two, you can pretend you’re a baller and live it up using the fabulous facilities Crowne has on offer (hello infinity pool). And for after dark activities? There's a heap of bars within the hotel to help quench your thirst.
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Crack Kitchen is nestled in an old inner-city bank, transformed into a scandinavian inspired cafe and in-house roastery. If you’re an adventurous traveller, journey to LOT 100, an 84 hectare property that plays home to 5 of SA’s best food and craft beverage producers celebrating sustainability and local produce ft our personal fave Hills Cider Co. We recommend booking their restaurant for the self-described curated beverage adventure and to enjoy their modern Australian with an Italian inspired rustic twist menu.
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Take a drive out through Stirling and the Adelaide Hills to Jurlique Farm for a behind the scenes tour of their biodynamic farm and then a VIP tour and spend the afternoon being pampered in their spa.
Book a climb at The Adelaide Oval Roofclimb for 360 degree views overlooking the riverbank and city skyline. When you arrive in Adelaide, stop by Karma and Krow on your way from the airport for some natty wines, a coffee, a bite to eat, a cactus or a candle. You can even get yourself an actual blowout at unisex barber Attaboy while you’re there.
Follow the food up with a night of boujee bar hopping amongst Adelaide's hidden gems and maybe a cheeky side of dancing. For a low key night cap, hit up Leigh Street Wine Room for a glass (or bottle) of their finest Pinot. Head to Bar Peripheral if you really want to splash out. With only 12 seats, every cocktail is custom designed according to your taste.
For dinner you’ll be transported to Italy at Osteria Oggi. You wouldn’t know you’re right in the heart of Adelaide in this little slice of Italian heaven, full of seasonal produce, a curated wine list and a shared piazza dining space. Take a peek down Ebenezer Place tucked away behind Rundle St East. If you’re feeling fancy (which let’s face it, you are) have a bite to eat at french restaurant Hey Jupiter. Check out the award winning Fino Vino on Flinders St where you and three guests can watch the chef make their magic right in the kitchen and treat yourself to another slow and indulgent meal.
Nothing says peak luxury like the Sequoia Lodge - each room looks like something out of a catalogue, complete with a fireplace, personal viewing deck and a day bed. When you’re ready to leave your room and the panoramic views, there’s plenty to explore with an on-site Day Spa, New York style Cocktail Lounge, walking trails and hiking tracks. It’s the perfect base to explore both the Adelaide Hills region and only a 30 min drive to the Adelaide CBD itself.
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