Any trip to Adelaide should include a visit to one of its golden beaches. The city’s pride and joy is its coastline of stunning sandy expanses and deep blue waters. The ever-popular Glenelg seaside suburb combines the Australian love of the coast with almost two centuries of rich history.
The iconic Town Hall, with its ornate clock tower, has a rock-and-roll claim to fame. In 1964, The Beatles waved from its balcony to a crowd of around 350,000, the greatest number of people before which the band had ever appeared.
Australians love sport, and the Adelaide Oval is a key venue for football and cricket matches. The historic location has undergone a recent multi-million-dollar renovation, making it one of the country’s premier venues for sports and music concerts.
If you’re a hiker who wants a great view of the city from a stunning vantage point, then Adelaide Hills is the place for you. The hills include the aptly named Mt. Lofty Summit, which provides spectacular panoramas of the Adelaide plains, the city, and the coastline.
A trip out of the city and into the Adelaide Hills brings you to Cleland Conservation Park and Gorge Wildlife Park. Here you’ll encounter the local wildlife, such as koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, emus and many others native to Australia. To learn more about Australia’s geological and cultural heritage, including evidence of an Ice Age 280 million years ago, visit Hallett Cove Conservation Park.
Beyond Adelaide City
The state of South Australia boasts some of the country’s finest nature experiences, which can be easily accessed just outside Adelaide city.
Kangaroo Island is regarded as one of the best places to view Australian wildlife in its natural habitat. Kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, sea lions, echidnas, and birds all call the island home. Seal Bay is located on the south coast of the island. This is the only place in Australia where you can walk on the beach among a colony of endangered Australian sea lions.
Four hours north of Adelaide are some of Australia’s most accessible outback landscapes in the Flinders Ranges. At 540 million years, this ancient mountain range is one of the oldest on earth. It is also home to an outstanding array of Australian wildlife, including emus and the rare yellow-footed rock wallaby.
A short 40-minute flight from Adelaide will take you to the Eyre Peninsula. Here you can swim with sea lions and dolphins, or cage dive with great white sharks. It is also a destination of stunning coastal scenery and outstanding local seafood.