Adelaide Pictures, Australia

Adelaide aerial view, the capital city of South Australia

Adelaide is the capital city of South Australia and the fifth-largest city in Australia. Photo by Doug Barber.

Is Adelaide worth a visit?

Adelaide's famous Hutt Street, Australia

A traditional pub in Hutt St.

Adelaide is another charming, spacious Australian city, a bit more-off-the-beaten-track than most.

With wide roads, piles of green spaces and old Victorian buildings Adelaide mixes it with some fairly repulsive modern, glass and concrete monstrosities. People are friendly and bars or restaurants varied and busy.

That being said, while Adelaide is clearly an excellent place to live and work it’s not exactly packed with touristic must-sees unless you count a chocolate factory, the wandering Murray River and the and the wine centre among your immediate travel needs, though the annual February Fringe Festival is a world-class culture-monster and worth making an effort to attend if you’re in the neighbourhood.

Adelaide attractions

North Terrace,the Art Gallery of South Australia, South Australian Museum and State Library.

North Terrace, the Art Gallery of South Australia, South Australian Museum and State Library. Photo by K. Lindstrom.

Amazon Waterlily Pavilion, Adelaide, South Australia

Amazon Waterlily Pavilion in Adelaide’s Botanic Garden. Photo by Ikhwan Zailani.

The pavilion was created to replace the Amazon Waterlily’s original purpose-built home, Victoria House. The design of the glasshouse was inspired by the lily’s giant leaves and the original pond from Victoria House features at the centre of the new pavilion.

Adelaide Festival Centre and the Torrens River, South Australia

Adelaide Festival Centre and the Torrens River.

Grapes are big in South Australia so winos may feel the need to taste offerings in the Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu Peninsula and Barossa Valley, preferably via one of the staggeringly interesting cellar door tours that spends more time in wineries than shops and saves wobbly drives home.

Adelaide Beaches

Glenelg beach, Adelaide, Southern Australia

Glenelg, the city’s favourite beach suburb.

Half an hour away to the south is the pleasant beach suburb of Glenelg, Adelaide’s number one beach destination, with a good, broad strip of soft sand, varied activities and adequate surf. It’s less than half an hour by tram (12kms) from Adelaide city centre, like most of the beaches on the strip running from North Haven to Sellicks Beach in the south.

Brighton Beach is next one south, with an art deco feel, while to the south there are walks along the cliffs.
North of Glenelg is West Beach and its green spaces, sailing clubs, kayaking and caravan park.
Henley Beach is a kid-friendly area with gentle waves and a promenade.
A short walk north of Henley gets you to Grange beach’s dunes and historic jetty.

Other interesting beaches in the vicinity of Adelaide are the rolling, grassy dunes of Semaphore, the rolling surf of Sellicks Beach, perfectly framed by steep cliffs, the firm sands of Aldinga Beach on which driving is permitted and at the opposite end of the eco-scale is Hallett Cove Conservation Park with the usual swimming and fishing but also unusual geology.

Cleland Wildlife Park, Adelaide Hills

Adelaide, tourists hand feeding kangaroos in Cleland wildlife park, Australia

Wildlife on the distant Kangaroo Island is diverse and plentiful but needs wheels of some kind to reach, hire or a tour. There’s also ‘wildlife’ more easily available in the superb Cleland Wildlife Park half an hour from the city.

Australian animals are not as easy to see as many tourists imagine so a good wildlife park that lets you get up close and personal with local critters is a great asset. Cleland does an admirable job in a relaxed and comfortable environment.

Adelaide best seasons

Best in summertime, November to February with little rain and hot enough for beach use but probably not uncomfortably so.
The region has a hot Mediterranean climate with pleasantly hot, dry summers averaging highs of about 28C December – March and mild winters averaging lows of about 8C from June – August, when most rain falls. Rainfall is infrequent during the summer but happens about every other day in winter.