Adelaide’s warm Mediterranean-like climate makes it the perfect city for getting out and exploring.

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Top Attractions

With so much to see and do in Adelaide we have put together a few of our favourite attractions to help you enjoy a glorious day in Adelaide:

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Glenelg Beach

Just 20 minutes from the city, jump on the tram and head to Glenelg for the best beach day in Adelaide. You can have a meal at the trendy upmarket marina, take a stroll along the jetty, dip your toes in the gentle Gulf waters or check out the shops, bars and cafes along Jetty Road.

Henley Beach

Located 12 km west of Adelaide, Henley Beach is a beautiful and safe swimming beach surrounded by funky dining and bars and a cosmopolitan atmosphere. If you stay into the evening, you can experience a spectacular Adelaide sunset and check out the live entertainment.

Brighton Beach

Just a 10 minute drive from Glenelg you will find Brighton Beach. Brighton is similar to Glenelg and is surrounded by cool bars and eateries. You will find great food and great views ocean views. 

Semaphore Beach

Only 20 minutes from Adelaide's CBD is Semaphore Beach. At Semaphore not only can you enjoy the the white sandy beach but you can also play a round of mini golf, take a ride on the ferris wheel or ride down the water-slide.

Fleurieu Peninsula

Take a drive an hour or so south of Adelaide to check out pristine snorkeling reef at Port Noarlunga or explore the Fleurieu Peninsula beaches including the sheltered waters of Horseshoe Bay and the gnarly breaks at Middleton Beach.

People walking on Henley Beach Jetty

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Viewing Points

Windy Point

The look out at Windy Point provides unparalleled views across Adelaide and out across the gulf waters. Find it at Belair Road, Belair.

Montefiore Hill

Follow the pointing finger of the statue of Colonel William Light to view the magnificent city he designed. Find it at the corner Montefiore Road and Pennington Terrace, North Adelaide.

Mount Lofty Summit

Mount Lofty Summit: Whether you bus, drive or hike to the summit, make sure you make it to the highest point in Adelaide to take in the spectacular views of the entire city. Find it at Mount Lofty Summit Road, Crafers.

View of Mount Lofty Summit

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Parks and Gardens

Adelaide Park Lands

One of the joys you’ll experience living in Adelaide is strolling, riding, and playing in over 900 hectares of park lands surrounding the city. Highlights include:

Adelaide Botanic Garden

When you walk through the gates of the Adelaide Botanic Garden, you’ll be able to leave the stress of study behind. Explore this inner-city oasis featuring an indoor rainforest, an exquisite waterlily pavilion and more.

People at the Himeji Garden

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Museums and Galleries

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