Whether you are strolling or cycling, going at your own pace or want to join a group, you can get acquainted with Adelaide on a large number of tours.
There are also a number of tour services that will provide you with a richer and more in-depth exploration of the city. Tourabout Adelaide have a wide range of tours in seven different languages, Yella Umbrella Walking Tours will take you back in time and explore the rich history of Adelaide pioneers and first settlers while Adelaide Haunted Horizons can take you on a delightfully spooky tour of possible ghostly encounters.
If you have limited time or prefer touring a city in a vehicle then a bus tour may be a great option. For more information, visit these day tour companies Adelaide Sightseeing, Enjoy Adelaide and Grayline. For other touring options please visit the South Australian Tourism Commission website.
Guided Tours of City Attractions
Many cultural and historic attractions and sites conduct guided tours where you can catch a glimpse behind the scenes, hear interesting stories and insights, and learn about current exhibitions on display. Attractions that have free tours include the Adelaide Botanic Garden, Adelaide Town Hall, Art Gallery of South Australia, Parliament of South Australia, South Australian Museum and State Library of South Australia.
The National Trust of South Australia conduct a range of walking tours for a fee at significant historical sites like Ayers House Museum and the old Adelaide Treasury and tunnels. Other attractions such as Adelaide Oval, Adelaide Festival Theatre, Migration Museum, and West Terrace Cemetery also conduct tours for a fee and must be pre-booked. Please contact the venue directly for further information or to make your booking.
Self-guided Tours and Trails
Make the most of free WiFi across the city and download apps to guide yourself at your own pace through attractions such as the Art Gallery of South Australia. The State Library of South Australia has produced a suite of apps highlighting various historical hot spots throughout the city and introduce you to significant South Australians who have shaped the State’s history through plaques and statues along North Terrace.
Make your way through a number of self-guided historical and art trails at your own leisure.
Learn more about these tours and download the brochure or map:
Adelaide City Bike Art Trail
West Terrace Cemetery
Whether you fancy yourself a paranormal-enthusiast or just love the movie Ghostbusters, be sure to check out the range of ghost tours around the city. Murder, mystery and intrigue - these tours have it all.
The Adelaide City Library has collaborated with paranormal investigator Allen Tiller to bring you the Adelaide Ghosts & Ghouls Walking Tour. It comes with a full audio track that guides you through 11 chilling sites.
Adelaide Haunted Horizons take you through the beautiful Adelaide Arcade where you might get a phantom tickle or sight the full-bodied gentleman in residence. You even get state-of-the-art equipment to assist your ghost hunting. Get the inside-word on the hangings and burials at Adelaide Gaol and possibly meet the ghosts that still call the Gaol home. Ghost Crime Tours and Adelaide Haunted Horizon’s Adelaide Dark History Crime tour shine a spotlight on gruesome crimes, and don’t spare any of the gory details!
If you don’t manage to see some ghouls, you’ll still uncover the eerie side of Adelaide’s rich (and sometimes downright spooky) history.