A shining, art-deco jewel of South Australia, Adelaide is regarded as one of the must-visit cities of the world by Lonely Planet.
It is blessed by a delightfully Mediterranean climate, with summer highs that regularly approach 27 or 28 degrees Celsius but don't bring the kind of warm rain you find along the east coast. Adelaide has also been intelligently designed, with all the amenities you could want within 20 to 30 minutes driving distance. On top of that, the city is right next door to popular destinations such as Kangaroo Island and the Barossa Valley, so your holiday can be as eclectic or as contained as you desire!
What to do in Adelaide
Make your first Adelaide stop an animal encounter by visiting the Cleland Wildlife Park, ranked the city's number one attraction on Trip Advisor. Less than 30 minutes from the CBD, Cleland Wildlife Park features hundreds of different species across all walks of animal life. Want to cuddle into a koala? You can at Cleland by booking into their Koala Encounter. Alternatively you could visit during one of their regular animal feeding times to hear an informative talk or come back at night time to see how much activity still happens when the sun goes down.
After your camera is filled to the brim with adorable animal photos, grab your cossie and hit the beach!
Less than 15 kilometres from the city centre is the fabulous Glenelg Beach, which you can either drive to yourself or take the charming Adelaide tram to. Situated on the shores of the Glenelg township - which was South Australia's original colonial settlement back in 1836 - Glenelg Beach makes for a perfect family outing upon glistening white sands. Of course, there are also numerous more famous beaches around Adelaide's coastline, including Brighton, Aldinga, Grange and West Beach, to mention a few.
Festivals of Adelaide
Adelaide is probably the premiere Australian destination for annual, colourful festivals. Over 50 years old is the Adelaide Festival, featuring theatre productions, live music, art and so much more. For a dazzling range of local and international art visit the city during the Adelaide Fringe - a non-curated festival with a diverse range of work on show. Lastly, if you're interested in a rainbow mix of performances, films, stalls and more then make sure your holiday is planned around South Australia's biggest LGBTIQ extravaganza, the Feast Festival.
Accommodation in Adelaide
Be it affordable Adelaide accommodation you're after or something to splurge on, this city has the ideal Accor hotel for you.
Bring your family and stay on a budget at the ibis Adelaide, boasting 312 fantastic rooms and immediate walking access to the city's CBD. If you have a medium-range budget then book a stay at The Playford Adelaide, a part of the MGallery Collection. This charming building takes you back to an art-deco time of luxury and class, exuding style in every facet of its construction - from the 182 rooms to the indoor swimming pool and sauna. There are also plenty more available within the CBD and farther afield, so book online today!