Explore the real Australia
You’ll find it all in Adelaide and South Australia
Glenelg and coastline
You’ll love the sun and sand at Adelaide’s pristine beaches, all in easy reach of the city. You can catch a tram to Glenelg Beach for a spectacular sunset. Or you can take a day trip to explore the Fleurieu Peninsula towns of Victor Harbor, Port Elliott and Goolwa, just a one-hour drive from Adelaide.
If you take a short 20-minute drive east of the city, you’ll find yourself in the beautiful Adelaide Hills. You can feed the kangaroos and cuddle a koala at Cleland Wildlife Park. And with breathtaking views, be sure to visit Mount Lofty Botanic Garden (don’t forget to take a picnic of delicious Adelaide Hills food and wine).
Adelaide has many scenic hiking trails in easy reach of the city centre. You can take the ‘Mount Lofty Challenge’ up the steep incline from Waterfall Gully to enjoy the views from Mount Lofty Summit. For a more leisurely walk, you can take the Morialta Falls Valley Walk to First Falls. Head to Walking SA for a full list of walking and hiking trails.
If there’s one place you must visit while you’re in South Australia, it’s Kangaroo Island. It’s only minutes from the mainland, but it feels a million miles away. Kangaroo island is a sanctuary for wildlife, featuring rugged landscapes and pristine beaches. Don’t miss the Australian sea-lion colony at Seal Bay.
Flinders Ranges and Outback
You’ll get a true Australian outback experience in the Flinders Ranges. You can hike Wilpena Pound, or fly over it for a bird’s-eye view of the 540 million-year-old landscape. If you’re around after a big rainfall in the north, you might be lucky enough to see the magical transformation as Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre fills with water.
Yorke and Eyre Peninsulas
If fishing is your thing, you can’t beat the Yorke Peninsula and Eyre Peninsula. Here you can feast on oysters, fish for whiting and walk along pristine sandy beaches. And to get your adrenaline pumping, you can even dive with sharks in Port Lincoln.
The Barossa Valley is one of the world’s finest wine regions. And it’s just an hour’s drive from Adelaide, so it’s the perfect weekend getaway after a long week of study.
If you need a daytrip featuring delicious wines, McLaren Vale is only 30 minutes from town. Nestled just in from the stunning Fleurieu coastline, McLaren Vale is a wine lover’s paradise known for its strong Shiraz and rich Cabernet Sauvignon.
Get your friends together for a weekend in the rolling Clare Valley countryside. The best way to explore is by bike along the 35 km Riesling Trail. It’s an easy ride among the vines that will take you right to many of the area’s best restaurants, cafes and wineries.
Need to clear your head at lunchtime? Take a stroll along one of Adelaide’s premier boulevards where you’ll find many attractions including:
When you live in Adelaide, you’ll enjoy spending time in the famous Adelaide Park Lands. It’s the largest urban park system in Australia. There’s so much to see and do including:
- Fitness equipment, classes and trails
- Cycling paths and sporting facilities
- Playgrounds and nature play
- Peaceful places to rest, read and recharge
Weekends in Adelaide are all about food. You’ll immerse yourself in the city’s vibrant food and wine scene, which is home to over 700 restaurants, pubs and cafes. If you’re a ‘foodie’, you’ll love the affordable fresh produce available at the Adelaide Central Market.
Find out what special offers and tours are available for international students via StudyAdelaide.