Adelaide, South Australia’s cosmopolitan coastal capital, is simply enchanting. It is a treasure trove of shopping, fine arts, gastronomy and outdoor activity. Adelaide is the heart of the world's opal industry, selling gorgeous stones from South Australian mines. Its ring of parkland on the River Torrens is home to renowned museums such as the Art Gallery of South Australia, displaying expansive collections including noted Indigenous art, and the South Australian Museum, devoted to natural history.
Whatever your interest in medicine or life outside the Intensive Care ASM, Adelaide has something for you to enjoy. Take a look at the range of activities below and many more at southaustralia.com
Wildlife Parks and Zoos
Adelaide Zoo is just a 15 minute walk from the central business district and is home to more than 1,800 animals and almost 300 species of exotic and native mammals, birds, reptiles and fish exhibited in over eight hectares of magnificent botanic surroundings. Adelaide Zoo is also home to Wang Wang and Funi, the only Giant Pandas in the Southern Hemisphere. The zoo's other major exhibits include the Immersion South East Asian Rainforest, Seal Bay, Australian Rainforest Wetlands walk-through aviary, Nocturnal House, Reptile House, Bug Barn, Children's Zoo and the Westpac Envirodome, and environmental education centre. Zookeepers provide daily animal feeds and keeper talks. You can join an Adelaide Zoo free walkabout tour throughout the day - tours depart from various locations every half hour between 9.45am and 3.30pm.
Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary
The Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary provides a home to one of Adelaide's best-loved creatures, the Bottlenose Dolphin. These wild dolphins come here to eat, play, socialise and live and can be seen most days from both water and land look outs. The sanctuary is one of the gems of metropolitan Adelaide. Including the Port River, Barker Inlet, Outer Harbour and North Haven marinas, reaching as far north as Port Gawler. Located only 20 minutes from the city, the area features a 10,000-year-old mangrove forest and over 40 resident bottlenose dolphins, while another 300 dolphins visit the area regularly. The area is also popular for its natural wonders, birdlife and water activities, making it one of the best and most easily accessible Dolphin Sanctuaries in the world. Other wildlife that can easily be spotted are sting rays, long nosed fur seals and endangered Australian sea lions.
Cleland Wildlife Park
Visit Cleland Wildlife Park and feed kangaroos as they laze, wander wetlands, and surround yourself with over 130 species of Australian wildlife, all just 20 minutes from Adelaide. Cleland Wildlife Park is one of only a few places in the world where visitors can hold a koala. The award-winning Cleland Wildlife Park is one of South Australia's must-see attractions. Located in a beautiful natural bush land setting, Cleland offers visitor's many memorable opportunities to discover a large number of South Australia's captivating wildlife. Many animals are free-roaming in the 35-hectare park, creating wonderful impromptu opportunities to touch and interact with our native wildlife. Engaging interpretation, daily educational keeper talks, and self-guided discovery trails, all enhance the visitor's experience. Personal encounters with South Australian wildlife, combined with a licensed café and souvenir shop, ensure that Cleland has something for everyone.
Monarto Open Range Zoo
Monarto is the largest open range zoo in Australia. It is a 1,500 hectare open-range sanctuary undertaking a major role nationally and internationally in breeding programs for rare and endangered species. It is the home of South Australia' first ever southern white rhinoceros and Australia's largest giraffe herd. The Zu-loop shuttle bus departs the Visitor Centre at regular intervals enabling you to get on and off the bus at a variety of wildlife viewing platforms including, Giraffe, Rhino, Cheetah, Lion, African Painted Dogs and Chimpanzee. Approximately 10 kilometres of walking tracks meander through the Mallee bush-land of the zoo and can be incorporated with the Zu-loop service for those visitors wishing to be flexible in exploring the zoo. Just 50 minutes drive from Adelaide and only 15 minutes from the Murray River, Monarto Zoo also offers behind-the-scenes experiences such as Working with Wildlife, Meet our Cheetah and Meet our Lions, providing different levels of interaction with the animals.
Birds Australia Gluepot Reserve
Gluepot Reserve is a birdwatcher's paradise. Black-Eared Miners, Red-Lored Whistlers and Malleefowl are among the 18 nationally threatened species which can be seen regularly. Fourteen marked walking trails lead the visitor through the varied vegetation and five elevated bird hides provide magnificent viewing for bird watchers. Gluepot covers 54,300 hectares of mallee scrub, interspersed with Black Oak woodlands. The reserve has a well-marked track system, suitable for two-wheel-drive vehicles and mountain bikes. There are three camping grounds suitable for tents, caravans and vehicles. Gluepot Reserve is part of the largest block of intact mallee left in eastern Australia and thus the viability of populations of threatened species is high. The reserve is listed on the Register of the National Estate, and is part of Australia's National Reserve System and the Riverland Biosphere Reserve. It’s the largest area of land covered by a Heritage Agreement in South Australia.
Natural Attractions and National Parks
Adelaide Botanic Garden
Adelaide Botanic Garden is an oasis in the cosmopolitan heart of the city, featuring beautifully-landscaped gardens, majestic avenues and stunning architecture. Spanning 50 hectares, the historic garden (opened in 1857) features some of Australia's finest plant collections. Things to see include the magnificently-restored 1877-built Palm House, First Creek Wetland, the Amazon Waterlily Pavilion, the Santos Museum of Economic Botany and the Bicentennial Conservatory. There are regular events for all ages in the Garden - check the What's On page for more information on what's coming up. The Garden is open 365 days a year and entry is free. You can also join a free guided tour provided by the Friends of the Botanic Gardens, departing from the Schomburgk Pavilion at 10.30am daily.
Admirals Arch is a natural rock arch created by amazing forces of nature. It's in Flinders Chase National Park on Kangaroo Island. You can take an easy walk on a boardwalk around the cliff face. This leads you to a viewing platform overlooking the arch. The arch is sculpted by weathering and erosion from the sea over thousands of years. Fur-seals often play among the rocks. These dark brown seals feed at sea but return to land to rest and breed. In summer, each of the large males establishes a territory with a number of females. You can often see Fur-seal pups playing near the rock pools beneath the arch. There is an interpretive centre at the park with more information, maps and ideas for walking and viewing wildlife nearby. You can also stay nearby in the heritage lighthouse cottages at Cape de Couedic. These have been beautifully restored with modern facilities.
Alligator Gorge is within the scenic Mount Remarkable National Park, in the Southern Flinders Ranges. Over millions of years the Alligator Creek cut the gorge though ancient rocks. You can easily walk into the gorge along a short walking trail. You can also take longer hikes. Toilets, a picnic area and barbecue facilities are provided. You can see birds including emus and kookaburras, wildflowers, and animals such as kangaroos. You can stay overnight at Alligator Lodge which sleeps eight to ten people. It is near the northern entrance to the park. The lodge has three bedrooms and gives you stunning views of the surrounding bush. There is solar power, gas appliances, hot water and a combustion heater. Bookings are essential and you can book online. Other accommodation is available in Melrose and Wilmington. You can also stay in the park at Mambray Creek where there is a campground and a cabin.
Historical and the Arts
Barossa Goldfield Trail
Discover the gold mining history of the area on one of the three loop trails. The shortest loop 'Victoria Hill circuit' is just 1.4 kilometers long and takes about one hour to complete. The next loop is 'Phoenix circuit' and is 4.8 kilometers long, takes two hours and includes part of the Victoria Hill circuit. The longest loop is 'Lady Pearce circuit' and is 5.8 kilometers which takes approximately 3 hours and includes parts of the other two circuits. Come into the Barossa Visitor Centre for a walking trail brochure. Interpretive signs illustrate mining techniques, geology, and treatment of ore and the lifestyles of people who lived there. Fossicking and collecting of rocks are not permitted.
Art Gallery of South Australia
Set within jewel-like 19th and 20th century buildings in the heart of the city’s cultural precinct the Art Gallery of South Australia boasts one of the largest art museum collections in Australia, with approximately 47,000 works of art from Australia, Europe, North America and Asia. Carefully curated exhibitions and displays provide a unique experience, taking you through the history of art up to present day in surprising and unexpected ways. As you wander from one gallery to the next, you’ll find works of art presented in ways that give new insights, culturally and thematically. Take a tour with an experienced guide, attend an artist talk or plot your own course. Open 364 days a year with free tours at 11am and 2pm daily, and until 9pm on the First Friday of every month.
One of South Australia's oldest buildings, Adelaide Gaol features unique architecture, and a wealth of history. Over 147 years, the Gaol housed some of the state's most notorious and dangerous criminals. Step back in time and walk the hallways and cells of South Australia's first inmates. Experience what life was like behind bars for almost 300,000 prisoners who once called Adelaide Gaol home. Open for business from 1841 to 1988, the Gaol was one of Australia's longest continuously operational prison facilities. Enjoy a self-guided tour, or book a guided ghost tour or history tour with one of our four private tour operators. We also offer guided education programs which are great for school groups - bookings essential.
A Taste of South Australia
Join A Taste of South Australia's wine lovers tours for a personalised or small group touring. Enjoy the local hospitality of all wine regions of South Australia including highlight tours of McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills and Clare Valley. Enjoy the best food, wine and lifestyle South Australia has to offer. Meet the winemakers and taste the fruits of their labour whilst enjoying our unbeatable knowledge of South Australia's wine regions.
Adelaide Helicopters specialise in creating unique heli-tourism experiences. Regardless of your choice of destination the sheer convenience and luxury of travelling by helicopter adds an unforgettable third dimension to your tourism experience. Adelaide Helicopters is located on the outskirts of the historic township of Strathalbyn - less than an hour's drive from Adelaide. Our Strathalbyn base is the ideal launching spot to cover the Fleurieu Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, the Coorong, River Murray and the wine regions of McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek and Adelaide Hills. Adelaide Helicopters is a proudly South Australian family owned and operated business.
Exceptional Kangaroo Island
Since 1986 Exceptional Kangaroo Island has offered all inclusive small group and private tours of Kangaroo Island, travelling in comfortable 4WDs and promising good food, wine and wildlife in the wild. Tours depart Adelaide (with air), Kingscote, American River and surrounds and can be small group or private where the experience is totally tailored. Scheduled tours have 2-12 guests and guides if the group exceeds six. Meals are prepared by our in-house Chef and include boutique local wines, beers and soft drink. Our guests love the combination of nature and hospitality - immersive and sustainable wildlife encounters with delicious locally sourced food served al fresco. Our fleet is custom-built to suit Island roads and driven by the most experienced Island guides with a conversation not a commentary. We have twice won "Best Australian Experience" and regularly feature in Top 10 Australian wildlife and luxury tour operator rankings. We have earned a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2013, 2014, 2015,2016 and 2017.