Adelaide’s Top Ten Sights & Activities
Adelaide is an easy city to traverse all year round! While a walk around town is the simplest way to go, you have more options than just that.
Jump on the Free City Connector or catch a tram to see the sights in the warm and speedy comfort of our free transport.
Pick up a free bike from heaps of city locations to ride around and enjoy the fresh air at your leisure.
Located all over the city, UPark offers parking all day (and all night!) with a range of early-bird and event day specials.
Explore our recommendations on the top ten things to see and do in the city.
1. North Terrace Cultural Precinct
The North Terrace Cultural Precinct is the perfect place to discover more about South Australian history and soak up some art and architecture. Just next to the magnificent University of Adelaide and UniSA campuses you will find the Art Gallery of South Australia, South Australian Museum, State Library of South Australia and Migration Museum. Continue along North Terrace to the West End where you’ll find wonderful institutions like the Samstag Museum, JamFactory and Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre!
2. Adelaide Oval
War Memorial Drive, North Adelaide SA 5006
Sports lovers are in for a real treat. Adelaide Oval is the sporting Mecca of South Australia and where all the action happens. Adelaide Oval hosts sporting events all year round including international cricket matches and Aussie Rules Football. Catch a game and experience the electric atmosphere or take a tour and check out the historic features of the site including the scoreboard or The Bradman Collection.
3. Chinatown & Gouger Street
Chinatown - 18 Moonta Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Situated right next to the Adelaide Central Market are the foodie paradise of Gouger Street and China Town. Whatever your tastes may be, you can expect to satisfy them in this gastronomic wonderland. Gouger Street hosts a huge range of restaurants and cafes from all over the world catering to any budget, while Chinatown’s restaurants and food halls will fill your tummy in no time.
4. Rundle Mall
If you’re after some retail therapy, look no further than Rundle Mall. This is South Australia’s premier shopping destination, packed with more than 700 retailers, street performers, public art and delicious eateries. Highlights include the upscale shopping of Rundle Place, and public sculptures of A Day Out and The Spheres, known to locals as ‘The Pigs’ and ‘The Mall’s Balls.’ Once you’ve sated your shopping desire, take a wander down neighbouring Rundle Street for some tasty dining and upmarket retail!
5. Adelaide Central Market
44 – 60 Gouger Street, Adelaide SA 5000
- Tuesday: 7:00 am - 5:30 pm
- Wednesday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm *
- Thursday: 7:00 am - 5:30 pm
- Friday: 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
- Saturday: 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
- Sunday & Monday CLOSED
* Selected Stalls
South Australia’s pride in its agriculture and fresh produce is best seen through the Adelaide Central Market. This bustling hub of fresh fruit and vegetables, cafes, meat, seafood and all kinds of retail stalls is the largest undercover market in the southern hemisphere. Hot tip: head along in the early morning to watch the Market come to life, or in the mid-afternoon to snag some delicious bargains!
6. The East End
The East End is home to the largest number of boutiques in one stylish spot. It is an oasis of independent designers and one-off treasures such as Zimmermann, Leonard St. and Jack London. Stick around after an afternoon of shopping. There is also an array of boutique bars which are big on personality and some of the best dining spots in the State (and Australia!). Orana and Africola have been collecting accolades with their creative culinary offerings. District 4 will transport you to the bustling streets of Saigon with authentic Vietnamese dishes and there are plenty of pubs if you are craving a schnitty and a brew. Enjoy a post-dinner bevvie at Hellbound Wine Bar, East End Cellars or Mr. Goodbar. Whatever you are craving, the East End is sure to satisfy.
7. Adelaide Park Lands
Adelaide is the only city in the world that is built within a park. The Park Lands cover an area larger than New York’s Central Park and are filled with endless possibilities. Grab a free bike and ride the Linear Trail along the River Torrens, explore the beautiful Himeji Garden in which celebrates our Sister City relationship or have a picnic and watch the world go by!
8. Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute
253 Grenfell Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Monday to Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, closed Sundays.
The Tandanya Aboriginal Cultural Institute celebrates the history, culture and stories of Australia’s First Peoples. As Australia’s oldest Aboriginal-owned and managed multi-arts centre you’ll be taken on a journey of traditional and contemporary artwork from local Aboriginal and international artists across a wide range of mediums including bark, ceramics and photography. You can also pick up authentic beautiful pieces to take home from the Gallery Shop.
9. Colonel Light & Montefiore Hill
Corner of Montefiore Road and Pennington Terrace, North Adelaide SA 5000
Colonel William Light was the first Surveyor-General of South Australia and was responsible for designing the city as it exists now. He envisioned a space where the unique natural surrounds, now known as the Park Lands, could be enjoyed by all. The Montefiore Hill lookout features a statue that pays homage to Colonel Light while treating you to panoramic views of the city and beyond.
10. Riverbank Precinct
The Riverbank Precinct is home to some of the city’s most iconic destinations including the Adelaide Casino, Bonython Park and the Adelaide Festival Centre. The Riverbank fuses the beautiful backdrop of the Park Lands and panoramic views of the River Torrens with an array of unique experiences. Take a river cruise on the Popeye or paddleboats, catch a hit show at the Adelaide Festival Centre, cheer on your favourite team on game day at Adelaide Oval or partake in a community event by the historic rotunda in Elder Park.