Backpacking Adelaide

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    ADELAIDE HAS EXCELLENT FOOD, GREAT SHOPPING AND A THRIVING ARTS, CULTURAL AND ENTERTAINMENT SCENE: Photo courtesy of South Australian Tourism Commission
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    THERE ARE KILOMETRES OF GOLDEN SANDY BEACHES, GREAT FOR WORKING ON YOUR TAN OR GOING FOR A SWIM: Photo - Adam Bruzzone, courtesy of South Australian Tourism Commission
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    ADELAIDE IS WELL KNOWN AS AN EXCELLENT PLACE FOR FOOD, WITH MANY GREAT CAFES AND RESTAURANTS: Photo - Brett Sheriden, courtesy of South Australian Tourism Commission
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    THERE ARE SOME FANTASTIC FESTIVALS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, SUCH AS THE WORLD RENOWNED ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL: Photo - Lisa Tomasetti, courtesy of South Australian Tourism Commission
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Adelaide Highlights

  • Great shopping, particularly for fashion.

  • Kilometres of golden sandy beaches to spend some time working on your tan.

  • There are plenty of excellent cafes, restaurants and quality eating places.

  • If you are looking for a vibrant atmosphere and an international melting pot of gourmet foods, head to the Central Market in the city centre.

  • Gateway to some of the best wine regions in the world including the Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale and Coonawarra. Throughout these regions you will find hundreds of wineries and cellar doors to visit.

  • See some of the native wildlife and exotic animals at the Adelaide Zoo or at one of the other wildlife sanctuaries.

  • Go swimming with dolphins, or take a sea kayaking tour to the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary.

  • If you are seeking more of an adrenaline rush, you could go for a skydive, or take a lesson to be a stunt car driver.

  • Fun nightlife with plenty of great nightclubs, bars and pubs that can keep you partying to all hours of the morning.

  • There are excellent galleries and museums such as the Bradman Collection Museum for lovers of cricket.

  • Visit the Adelaide Fringe Festival, which has over 700 events including cabaret, comedy, circus, dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts.

About Adelaide

Population 1.2 million

Excellent food, great shopping, a thriving arts, cultural and entertainment scene and gateway to some of the best wine regions in the world! Adelaide is a worthwhile destination to add to your itinerary.

Adelaide is Australia's fifth largest city and the capital of the State of South Australia.

Although known as the 'city of churches', as there a lot of churches scattered throughout the city, there is also plenty more to do and see.
There is a constant line up of cultural and music events, sporting events, art exhibitions, theatrical performances and some of the largest festivals in Australia including the Adelaide Fringe Festival, which has over 700 events including cabaret, comedy, circus, dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts.

If shopping is on your list of things to do, you might be surprised just how good shopping can be here, particularly for fashion. The main shopping area in the city centre is Rundle Street Pedestrian Mall and adjoining streets. Here you will find hundreds of shops and major department stores selling almost everything you could imagine.

If food is your thing, this city has no shortage of excellent cafes, restaurants and quality eating places. One of the best places in town to find some of these is at the eastern end of Rundle Street. Just outside of the city centre are also several other suburbs to find fantastic places to eat. Check out Norwood, North Adelaide, Hyde Park and down on the coast at Glenelg. If you are looking for a vibrant atmosphere and an international melting pot of gourmet foods, head to the Central Market in Gouger Street in the city centre. This is one of the best fresh food markets in Australia and has so much to choose from.

Adelaide has plenty of great beaches to spend some time working on your tan. The coastline stretches from Le Fevre Peninsula in the north to Sellicks Beach in the south. In between are long stretches of wide, golden sandy beaches. The waters here are generally more sheltered because of the Gulf, making them nice places to swim and do other water activities. If you are looking to go surfing, the best places are about an hours drive south around Victor Harbor.

There are also plenty of other things to do and see. You could meet some of the local wildlife and other exotic animals at the Adelaide Zoo or one of the other wildlife sanctuaries. You can swim with dolphins, or go on a sea kayaking tour to the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary. If you are seeking more of an adrenaline rush, you could go skydiving or take a lesson to be a stunt car driver. There are also excellent galleries and museums such as the Bradman Collection Museum for lovers of cricket.

Adelaide doesn't get quiet after dark. This place has lots of happening nightclubs, bars and pubs that can keep you partying to all hours of the morning. If you are in town at the right time, you could also head to one of the major music festivals like the Big Day Out, Future Music Festival and Soundwave Music Festival, which attract thousands of music lovers and party goers.



Surrounding the city you have some of the best wine regions on this planet. Just to the east is the Adelaide Hills, to the north is the world-renowned Barossa Valley and a little further on is the Clare Valley. To the south of the city are McLaren Vale and Coonawarra. Throughout these regions you will find hundreds of wineries and cellar doors to visit. To make life a little easier, you could even take a tour from Adelaide to visit some of the best of these.

Although Adelaide is a little further away to get to than other cities on the East Coast, if you take some extra time to visit this great city, you wont be disappointed.

For a comprehensive listing of sights and activities to do in and around Adelaide, visit the Adelaide things to do section of this website. If you are looking for somewhere to stay, check out the Adelaide backpacker hostels and budget accommodation section. You can even book your accommodation online for most of these places.

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South Australian Visitor & Travel Centre

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Adelaide City Centre, South Australia

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