Adelaide Travel Guide & Information

Adelaide is the capital of the Australian state of South Australia and is the fifth-largest city in Australia. Named in honor of Queen Adelaide who was born in Germany, Adelaide is the site of many governmental and financial institutions. Adelaide is one of the best planned cities in the world and a thriving city with plenty of attractions, restaurants, entertainment and more. Adelaide is also a good base for exploring surrounding areas.

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Travel to Adelaide with Flights to Adelaide, a city where you can enjoy stylish architecture, boutique shopping, swimming and relaxing on white sandy beaches, fabulous art events, an eclectic nightlife, fine dining and some of Australia's best cafe strips. Auckland is also known for its spacious parklands and gardens.

The city hosts many annual festivals and events, which attract locals and overseas visitors. These events include arts, food and wine, as well as multicultural and sporting events. Some of Adelaide’s most renowned events are the Festival of Arts and the Fringe Festival, to name a few. Adelaide is also known as the "City of Festivals". With so many events, festivals and an abundance of sightseeing, world class festivals, appealing multi-cuisine and a vibrant night life make this city a world class destination.


Things to do in Adelaide


Adelaide has several with collections on various topics, ranging from history to vehicles.

Migration Museum: The Migration Museum works towards the preservation, understanding and enjoyment of South Australia’s diverse cultures. It is a place to discover the people of South Australia through stories of individuals and communities. The Museum houses a number of permanent exhibits on the history of immigration and settlement in South Australia as well as the history of the site.

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Art Gallery of South Australia:The Art Gallery of South Australia is located on the cultural boulevard of North Terrace, and is one of the most preeminent art institutions in South Australia; with the largest art collection in Australia, the museum is renowned for its leading collections of Australian art, European art and Asian art, as well as its many innovative exhibits.

National Motor Museum:Being an international center for the collection, research, preservation, education and display of Australian road transportation history, the National Motor Museum is much more than a collection of vehicles. The National Motor Museum at Birdwood, houses Australia's most important collection of vintage, veteran and classic motorcars and motorcycles.

Must See:

Adelaide is home to varied attractions and lots of sightseeing opportunities.

Belair National Park: The Belair National Park is run by the Department for Environment and Heritage. The park has excellent recreation and social facilities within an outdoor environment. An outstanding presentation of Adelaide’s native fauna, Belair National Park attracts scores visitors. The state’s park system and contribution to the community to raise awareness of the natural environment is of the utmost importance.

Adelaide Festival of Arts:The Adelaide Festival of Arts is an arts festival held biennially in the South Australian capital of Adelaide. One of the world's greatest celebrations of the arts, it is internationally renowned and the preeminent cultural event in Australia. The success of the event is sometimes attributed to the city's unique design, which provides many pleasant settings within a short distance of each other.

Adelaide Botanic Gardens:The Adelaide Botanic Gardens is a “free for all” garden and contains many large grassy areas, ideal for relaxing. Amongst other scientific and educational displays of native and international horticulture, the garden is home to Wollemi Pine trees. Also, just outside the gardens are the city parklands where ball games and picnics can be held.


Where to Stay in Adelaide:

With world-class food and wine, long stretches of sandy beaches, lush green parks, internationally renowned arts festivals, the city of Adelaide offers varied accommodations, too. Choose from cheap hotels to 4-Star Hotels Under $99, resorts, lodges, quaint bed and breakfast inns, youth hostels and more.

The City Center :Visitors looking to stay close to all attractions would appreciate the wide selection of five-star hotels in the heart of Adelaide. Set amidst lush parklands and the beautiful River Torrens, the City Center is brimming with good things to buy, eat, see and do. The area won’t disappoint budget travelers either, as there are plenty of quality hotels to choose from. The City Center also offers several extended stay hotels, a perfect choice for those who are looking for a home away from home while on vacation. The area is also close to several markets, like Rundle Mall and Central Market.

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North Adelaide : This elegant and cosmopolitan suburb is just minutes away from the city and is renowned for its graceful style and serene beauty. Those planning to take a romantic vacation to Adelaide would love this area and its exquisite colonial architecture, trendy apartments and charming cottages. North Adelaide has lost of heritage properties that have been re-furbished, while still retaining their old charm.


Passport & Visa Requirements

For US Citizens:

As per the latest travel information available Adelaide, here are the passport and visa guidelines to assist you further.

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* U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport to enter Australia and must enter with an Australian visa or, if eligible, through the Electronic Travel Authority or ETA.

* The ETA replaces a visa and allows tourists a stay of up to three months. It may be obtained for a small service fee.

* For detailed information on the ETA, visit the Web site of the Australian Electronic Travel Authority.

For Canadian Citizens:

* A valid Canadian passport is required for Canadians intending to visit Australia. The passport must be valid for at least the duration of your stay in the country.

* Canadians must also be in possession of a visa or an Electronic Travel Authority.

* The ETA has replaced the visa stamp for most tourists or business travelers making a short-term visit to Australia and can be obtained directly from any participating travel agent or from an airline reservation office.

* For more information on ETA please visit the Australian ETA Website.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We recommend that you check the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, so that you do not miss out on any of the fun while visiting Adelaide.

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.


When to visit Adelaide

Winter in Adelaide lasts from June to August and is traditionally mild during the day with chilly nights. The beautiful summer sun draws travelers to this destination.

Summers in Adelaide take place during North America’s winter months. However, if you are looking for cheap flights and budget hotel deals, you and plan your travel during winter as well. However, remember that winter draws fewer travelers to Adelaide because of rainfall.

Planning your Visit:

High season: (December to February)

Low season: (June to August)

Adelaide Weather

Adelaide has a Mediterranean-style climate, which means mild weather, combined with year-round sunshine.

* Rainfall is typical, of course. Though, it tends to be light and infrequent throughout the summer. In contrast, the winter has fairly frequent rainfall, with June being the wettest month of the year.

* The summer months of December, January and February are generally hot, with plenty of fine, sunny weather and only occasional rain showers.

Currency and Language:


Though ATMs are available, call your bank before departure to let them know that you’ll be traveling and to find out what the cost will be to use the ATM.