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Summer’s the most popular season for tourists, and the beaches get busy this time of year. Luckily, there’s miles of them, and plenty of events for when you’re not in the water.
Cool off from the summer heat at Adelaide’s best attraction: its miles of sand-strewn beaches. Glenelg is an easy tram ride from the city center, or head to Brighton for a walk along its stunning jetty.
The place to be on New Year’s Eve is the Adelaide Oval—or, if you can’t make it, a local pub—watching the evening’s Big Bash League cricket game. Stay for the afterparty.
Pack a picnic and enjoy a warm summer evening at Moonlight Cinema, which hosts open-air cult classic and modern films. The venue may change, but in previous years it’s been hosted in the easy-to-access Botanic Park.
Oranges, reds, and yellows dot the Adelaide hillside as summer fades to fall. While it’s generally a less-crowded time to visit the city, the weeks around Easter holiday tend to be busy with families.
When we say that Fringe Festival, held between February and March, is the world’s second-largest arts festival, we’re not just talking oil paintings and sculptures. Rather, it’s a colorful hodgepodge of comedy shows, circus performers, music, and workshops meant for visitors age 0 to 100+.
Celebrate the many cultures that have influenced the country’s cuisine at Tasting Australia, a 10-day foodie heaven held every May in venues across Adelaide.
For your best chance of seeing an abundance of fall colors, head 20 minutes outside the city center to the 97-hectare Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens. Maples, ash, oaks, and liquidambar all turn vibrant shades as temperatures chill.
Winter isn’t terribly cold in Adelaide, though you’ll want to pack a sweater for the evenings or a breezy day. With pleasant weather all around, it’s a great time to put on your walking shoes and experience the city’s sights on foot.
Winter is prime time for whale watching along the South Australian coastline. Take a day trip to Kangaroo Island or spend time near Victor Harbor and keep your eyes open for mama whales and their new calves.
From July to October, wander Hutt Street, O'Connell Street and Melbourne Street on a Friday or Saturday night for fire-twirling and live music performances as part of the Winter Weekends Festival.
Speaking of weekends, head up to the area’s wine region, Adelaide Hills, to sample local shiraz, pinot noir, and experimental varietals at the Weekend Winter Reds festival in July.
Spring is perhaps the best time to be in Adelaide—with warm, sunny days, and significantly fewer crowds. The exception is if you’re headed to one of the popular—and massive—festivals that make their way to Adelaide every year.
Jacarandas put on such a show blooming in the spring sun that locals call the phenomenon “purple rain” or “purple carpet.” North Adelaide is one of the best spots to see the falling petals. For more, the Adelaide Botanic Gardens has a stunning tunnel of violet-colored blooms at Wisteria Arbour.
At Oz Asia Festival, live theatre, dance, and music, along with visual arts, books, films, and cultural events from across Asia come together. The event lasts for three weeks from October to November.
Celebrate the queer community with LGBTQIA+ artists at Feast Festival. Running through November, the event hosts carnivals, film nights, comedy, cabaret, and live music.
Where to stay
- Port AdelaideThis revitalised neighbourhood 30 minutes northwest of the city centre is dotted with stunning heritage buildings, hip restaurants, and cool pubs perfect for catching a game or recuperating after a day in the sun. Expect significantly fewer crowds than downtown, too.Read more
- GlenelgBask in the sun’s rays just a few sandy steps from a bar or take a cruise to see wild dolphins. Glenelg is a 20-minute tram ride from the central business district featuring upscale hotels and dozens of restaurants along Jetty Road. It’s a good spot for families who want to spend as much time in the water as possible.Read more
- McLaren ValeRaise a glass at McLaren Vale, where South Australia’s wine industry got its start. Some of the world’s oldest grapes are grown here. Staying nearby makes it easy to bike your way to wine tastings along the Shiraz Trail or stock up on high-quality local goods like chocolate, cheese, and olive oil at the Willunga Farmers Market.Read more
- Adelaide HillsAdelaide Hills is a wildlife and conservation hub just outside the city. Set your bags down at one of the boutique hotels or cottages in the area and then hike to a gushing waterfall at Waterfall Gully, fill your belly strawberry picking, or visit a wildlife park like Belair National Park for a chance to spot kangaroos, koalas, emus or kookaburras.Read more
Hotels near the sights
- Adelaide Botanic GardenThe Adelaide Botanic Gardens are located near the central business district, so staying in the area means you’ll never be more than a few minutes’ walk from top destinations like the South Australian Museum, the Adelaide Oval sports stadium, or the quirky shopping centre Rundle Mall decorated with bronze pigs.Read more
- St Peter's CathedralOne of Adelaide’s nicknames is the “City of Churches,” and this picturesque landmark proves why. Staying near the cathedral not only means easy access to quiet moments inside the still-operating church, but also puts you right on the edge of North Adelaide, a popular neighbourhood filled with some of the city’s best restaurants.Read more
- Carrick HillSet in the foothills of the Mount Lofty Ranges, this 1939 historic property is one of the few period homes still standing in Australia. Staying in this area means easy access to the Carrick Hill art gallery, but also hiking and nature viewing opportunities at Waterfall Gully and Cleland Conservation Park.Read more
- Himeji GardenEnjoy a moment of tranquility at this Japanese-style garden commemorating the city of Himeji. Staying in this area puts you on the south end of the business district, near the Adelaide Central Market and bustling King Williams Street, which is lined with dessert shops and restaurants.Read more
- Stamford Grand Adelaide, Oaks Glenelg Plaza Pier Suites, and Atlantic Tower Motor Inn are some of the most popular hotels for travellers looking to stay near Glenelg Tram. See the full list: Hotels near Glenelg Tram.
- Popular hotels close to Adelaide Botanic Garden include Majestic Old Lion Apartments, Comfort Hotel Adelaide Meridien, and Crowne Plaza Adelaide, an IHG Hotel. See the full list: Hotels near Adelaide Botanic Garden.
- Adina Apartment Hotel Adelaide Treasury, The Playford - MGallery by Sofitel, and Mayfair Hotel received great reviews from travellers looking for a romantic hotel in Adelaide. See the full list: Romantic Hotels Adelaide.
- Some of the most popular hotels with a pool in Adelaide include Adina Apartment Hotel Adelaide Treasury, The Playford - MGallery by Sofitel, and Avani Adelaide Residences. See the full list: Hotels with a Pool in Adelaide.