48 Hours in Adelaide, South Australia

Adelaide has recently been featured in Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Cities of 2014.  And with good reason!  Although the capital city of South Australia (and the fifth-largest city in Australia), it always seems to be forgotten by people who book trips to Australia. Don’t be one of ‘those” people! Compared to Sydney or Melbourne, Adelaide is really just a small town, but there is still so much do and explore! Why not enjoy stylish architecture, boutique shopping, beautiful beaches, vineyards, the Fleurieu Peninsula, and more?  Even with it’s population of around one million, it still never feels crowded!


9:30 A.M.
Start your day off right by grabbing a coffee and some bacon and eggs down Rundle Street.  Instead, go for a “tradies brekky”, which includes a meat pie and an iced coffee.  Sounds yummy right? “Farmers union iced coffee” is a South Aussie icon.

10:30 A.M.
Head over to the Adelaide zoo which is located just outside the city on Frome Street. Adelaide’s Zoo is the only zoo in Australia that has a Giant Panda…Well actually 2 Giant Panda’s named Wang Wang & Funi! They are also the first Giant Panda’s in the Southern Hemisphere. You could easily spend the whole day walking around the zoo but I think a few hours are just perfect.

1:30 P.M.
After wondering around the zoo for a few hours you will probably be pretty hungry. Walk up to North terrace and catch the free city tram down to Victoria square and cross over to the Adelaide Central markets. The Central Markets are known for their very fresh food stores, cafés and restaurants. If you can’t find anything you fancy you can head out onto Gouger Street where you can chow down on some of Adelaide’s best Chinese food!

3:00 P.M.
Jump back on the tram at Victoria square, this time taking it the other way (sadly yes you will need to pay for a ticket), jump off all the way to the last stop – Glenelg beach. Spend the rest of the day relaxing on the beach, play a few arcade games at the Beach house or wander up jetty road for some shopping a drink or a sweet treat.

7:00 P.M.
Have dinner at one of the café’s along Jetty road or if you would like to try something I little fancier, you could try the revolving restaurant near the marina or any of the restaurants on the marina. Or even order some fish and chips and sit on the beach, enjoy the view and the sunset!

10:00 P.M.
Have a few drinks and get your “boogie shoes on” at the Grand Bar or go for a romantic walk along the beach. Make sure to catch the tram back to the city (if you are staying there) before 12 midnight otherwise you will turn into a pumpkin!


You can’t travel to Adelaide without going on a winery tour or you can drive yourself (make sure you have a designated driver! – drinking and driving is NOT cool!). If you choose to take a tour, you will get a bit of a taste of the Adelaide wineries (literally!) and a few other little highlights of the Adelaide hills.

8:00 A.M.
Wake up and have some breakfast at your hotel or in one of the surrounding cafes.

8:45 A.M. – 5:30 P.M.
Be ready at your hotel for your tour to pick you up.
Chat to your fellow travellers and make some new friends, no doubt you will all be jolly and best of friends by the end of the tour.

Depending on which tour you choose to do, you might visit the giant Rocking Horse at the Toy Factor in Gumeracha or the Whispering wall in Williamston then heading to the Adelaide Hill wineries.

Or you can choose take a tour to the Barossa Valley, which is Adelaide’s better known winery region. The Barossa also has the oldest wine regions in South Australia. The Barossa Valley is about 50km outside of the Adelaide city, some of the best (and my favourite) wineries are Jacobs creek and Murray Street Vineyards but there are so many more!! Not to sound like a snob but South Australia produces some of the best wines in Australia and even the world!

5:30 P.M.
Stumble out of the tour bus, into your hotel have a shower and get changed.
7:30 P.M.
Call a taxi and ask them to take you to Windy Point restaurant (try making a reservation first – they book up quickly), from there you will get the BEST views of Adelaide! It’s a wonderful and romantic way to end a quick 48 hours in Adelaide.
>> If you aren’t a fan of wine then you could head up to Hahndorf for the day, it’s a small town 28 kilometres south-east of Adelaide, it’s known as Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement.

>> Or head to Kangaroo Island for 1 or 2 days or spend a few days up at the Flinders Ranges. There is no shortage of things to do in Adelaide and South Australia.


This was post was written by: Samantha of Travelling King.  You can find her on facebook and twitter as well.

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  • Annabel says:

    I love this post! As a native Adelaidian who's always singing Adelaide'a praises, I love that you've pointed out some of the best things to do here! Did you visit recently?
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  • atravelingb says:

    I love hearing about lesser known cities outside the capital and typical hotspots. Adelaide sounds like a unique city. I would definitely put it on my list when visiting Australia!
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  • Nicole says:

    Glad to see my hometown of Adelaide getting some love. 🙂

    Personally, I'd skip Glenelg and take the train to Grange Beach – limited options for food but the beach is much nicer, the locals friendlier and the food not that overpriced crap they serve at Glenelg (sorry, it's true! There's not many 'great' restaurants at Glenelg anymore!)

    Alternatively, I'd recommend you take a bus to Henley Square. It has to be one of Adelaide's best beaches, a scattering of bars, some great restaurants and it's just so calm and peaceful giving you the chance to see real local life!

    For a night out forget the Grand Bar. Glenelg at night is for teenagers or those looking to get pissed (stupidly drunk).
    Adelaide's small bar scene has really been opening up so swing by Rundle Street East or for a cool bar/night club check out Zhivago (Currie Street)
    If you want a young crowd with a good beer garden scene visit The Duke (Currie Street).
    Favourite classy, stylish bar is Botanic Bar (corner for North and East Terrace). (HIGHLY RECOMMEND!)
    Cocktail bar is Fumo Blu or Distill (both on Rundle Street East)
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  • Sam@Travelling King says:

    Hey Nicole – I agree Adelaide never gets any love!

    Travellers/tourists tend to prefer Glenelg as its easy to get to (two way trams) and there is a bit more to do but i agree if you are wanting to relax then Grange can be a good option or even Henley beach.

    I don’t know if i agree about Grand Bar, last time i went (not that i go there very often) the crowd was a little older and I find the city to be AWFUL on a Friday or Saturday night! Would much prefer to be near the beach (showing how much of an old fuddy duddy i am now!). Rundle street has become "cooler" over the years but i think town is pretty violent on weekend nights (specially if there is a spill over form hindley street..).
    Totally agree with you on Fumo Blu and Distill – great bars!

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