South Australian Attractions
Discover and explore Adelaide’s wide range of South Australia attractions, landmarks and activities. Our concierge team have put together some of their personal recommendations of what attractions you might like to experience when visiting South Australia.
The Art Gallery of South Australia showcases the best display of Australian colonial art in the country as well as fine European and Asian collections.The European collection in Melrose Wing spans the Renaissance to today, and the Asian collection covers twelve countries with galleries dedicated to the art of Southeast Asia, India, Japan and the only dedicated Islamic gallery space in Australia. The gallery also has free guided tours daily at 11 am and 2 pm.
Museum of South Australia
The South Australian Museum offers visitors five floors of exhibits that reveal many fascinating stories. Exhibitions and displays reflect the museum’s extensive collections, including the Australian Aboriginal and Pacific Cultures collections. The Ancient Egyptian Room has been a favourite destination for generations of museum visitors along with South Australian Biodiversity Gallery, and the Giant Squid is always a winner with children and adults alike. A free program called Tell Me a Story is held every month on weekdays, designed especially for 3-5-year-olds to immerse them in the stories and objects of the South Australian Museum and every child receives a free take-home gift. Booking is essential.
This Indegenous cultural centre has a vibrant display of traditional and contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage through performance and visual art. The word Tandanya comes from the language of the original inhabitants of the Adelaide plains, the Kaurna people (pronounced Garna), and means “place of the Red Kangaroo”. There is also a retail shop that sells and exhibits a comprehensive range of authentic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, craft, books, clothing, fabric, music and yidakis (didgeridoo). Do not miss the cultural presentation and yidaki (didgeridoo) or dance performance every noon from Tuesday to Sunday.
The National Wine Centre
Located next to the Adelaide Botanic Gardens with its stunning architecture, the National Wine Center of Australia offers an experience of winemaking process through an interactive Wine Discovery Journey located on the first floor. Guests can complete their experience by tasting fine Australian wines or enjoying a meal from the seasonal a la carte menu on the ground floor Concourse Cafe. The centre is open 9 am until 5 pm daily.
Jam Factory supports and promotes outstanding design and craftsmanship through its widely acclaimed studios, galleries and shops. A unique not-for-profit organisation located in the Adelaide city centre, you can watch artists from the viewing gallery or create your own glass masterpiece with one on one 4hr workshops. Designed by renowned designer Khai Liew, JamFactory’s exhibition spaces showcase local, national and international work by leading practitioners in ceramics, glass, metal and furniture designs.
Adelaide Botanic Gardens
Established in 1857 AD, the Adelaide Botanic Garden is a 125-acre green haven in the heart of the city its design was influenced by the Royal Gardens at Kew, England and Versailles, France. The Adelaide Botanic Garden is home to three architecturally significant glass houses – the Palm house, the Bicentennial Conservatory and the Amazon Waterlily Pavilion. Each glass house was built for a specific purpose and represents a leading design for its time. The Palm House is a Victorian glasshouse and was imported from Bremen, Germany in 1875, opened in 1877 and restored in 1995.The Palm House now features a wonderful collection of plants from the island of Madagascar. Stroll down the oldest avenue of Moreton Bay fig trees in Australia or on a sunny day, bring a picnic and snooze the afternoon away on one of our lush green lawns.
Just a 20 minute walk from the hotel, Adelaide Zoo is home to over 1800 animals and almost 300 different species of exotic and native mammals, birds, reptiles and fish exhibited in over eight hectares of magnificent botanic surroundings. Adelaide Zoo is also home to Wang Wang and Funi, the only Giant Pandas in the Southern Hemisphere. There is also a children’s petting zoo but the major drawcard is Southeast Asian rainforest exhibit. Please speak to your concierge to find out about various keeper presentations throughout the day.
The Adelaide Central Market is a feast for the senses, with a diverse supply of fresh produce and characters. With over 80 stalls, this is an experience that ranges from the chaotic to the sublime. The Central Market trades largely in fruit, vegetables, small goods, has several cafés and is divided into a colourful array of lanes and roadways. Buzzing with sounds, colours and wonderful aromas the market is truly a gourmet heaven. The market is open daily except for Sunday and Monday.
Cleland Wildlife Park
There is something for everyone here. Join the park keepers feeding the native animals. Take a walk through the ocean to outback interpretive centre or enjoy a nocturnal walk to see the animals at their most active.
This picturesque town was settled by Lutherans in 1839 seeking religious freedom from Europe. The Colonial charm has been preserved and the galleries, pubs and bakeries are very welcoming. Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement.
Adelaide’s smaller wine region, McLaren Vale is where the sea meets the vines. A 50-minute drive south of the city you will find some of the world’s best Shiraz. It is also home to D’arry’s Verandah is located at the superb D’Arrneberg Vineyard.
Located at Holdfast Shores, a luxury purpose built sailing catamaran will take you to see the friendly dolphins. Whether you want to swim or stay on the boat and watch the cruise has a 100% success rate of seeing these beautiful creatures and is a great way to spend the morning.
Stunning scenery over the rolling hills, with great wineries to visit
Australia’s premier wine region, and champion location to the celebrated Shiraz varietal. Also home of the Whispering Wall.
A picturesque rural city resting at the heart of the Murray River. Visit here for watersports and see the riverboats and paddle steamers.
When exploring South Australian attractions stay the night with one of our accommodation packages.
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