With beaches to the west, hills and forest to the east, world-class wine-growing regions in every direction and a vibrant city centre smack bang in the middle, there’s no shortage of interesting attractions for visitors to Adelaide, the capital of South Australia. Not sure where to start? You’ll find a few ideas on this list of the top 10 things to see and do in Adelaide.
Bucket list, tick. If frolicking with Flipper is on your list of things to do before you die, then Adelaide provides the perfect opportunity. Just catch the tram to Glenelg Beach, and hop on a dolphin cruise to be dragged through the water while these majestic marine mammals twist and turn around the vessel, flirting with their doting audience.
Patawalonga Boat Haven, Glenelg South SA 5045, +61 8 8233 8888
McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, the Adelaide Hills, Clare Valley, Langhorne Creek — yep, Adelaide’s lucky enough to have a buffet of gorgeous wine regions on its doorstep. With grapes first planted in the 1830s and ‘40s, McLaren Vale and Barossa are home to some of the oldest continually-producing vineyards on the planet, with hundreds of cellar doors and acclaimed wineries to explore. The Mediterranean climate means full-bodied reds — Shiraz in particular — are a specialty.
McLaren Vale Visitors Centre, 796 Main Rd, McLaren Vale SA 5171, +61 8 8323 9944
Naturists have been working on their all-over tan at Maslin’s since 1975, making it the oldest legal nude beach in Australia. Located beneath a towering cliff and a 30 minutes’ drive south of the city centre, Maslin Beach has also hosted a ‘Nude Olympics’ since 1983, incorporating events like balloon races, doughnut eating contests and the hotly contested ‘best bum’ competition.
Imagine the likes you’ll rake in on Instagram when you snap a selfie with one of Australia’s cutest animals, which is an experience you can enjoy at Cleland Wildlife Park in the Adelaide Hills. Koala cuddles, reptile interactions and breakfast with the birds are all on the menu at Cleland, located near the summit of Mount Lofty, which offers sweeping views back over the city.
Cleland Wildlife Park, 365 Mt Lofty Summit Rd, Crafers SA 5152, +61 8 8339 2444
Sandwiched between the zoo and North Terrace’s gorgeous colonial architecture, the Adelaide Botanic Garden provides locals with 51 hectares of green oasis on the northern edge of the city centre. Don’t miss the elegant Palm glasshouse, Australia’s first rose trial garden and the futuristic Bicentennial Conservatory.
Adelaide Botanic Garden, North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000, +61 8 8222 9311
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