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About Adelaide

There's a reason Adelaide has been named one of Lonely Planet's top 5 regions in the world! Whether you stay in Adelaide, or visit the Adelaide Hills, Mount Barker, Fleurieu Peninsula or the Barossa Valley, there is so much to see and do. Visit for more info.

Still not sure where to start? Try these ideas and suggestions, thanks to the South Australian Tourism Commission, or read on for our guide to a great day out in Adelaide...

A day in Adelaide

After watching an internationally acclaimed theatre production or before listening to the next line up of world-class musicians, South Australia's vibrant hub Adelaide City is waiting to surprise you.  Morning, noon and night there is an array of indulgent experiences to relish - epicurean places to dine, boutique and designer places to shop, and a redeveloped riverbank precinct to discover. For help navigating the city, try Adelaide City Council's Visitor Information website.

- Start your day with a coffee and croissant from a South Australian success story. From humble beginnings as an Italian restaurant in the Adelaide CBD, Cibo has expanded across not just Adelaide, but interstate, helping coffee lovers share an "Italian moment" just by stepping through the doors. Whatever you do, be sure to try one of their freshly-baked bombolonis - cinnamon-sprinkled donuts filled with nutella or vanilla custard. To find your closest Cibo store visit

- Stroll the aisles of fresh, South Australian produce with a Central Markets Tour at the southern hemisphere’s largest undercover food market. The Adelaide Central Markets are bursting at its seams with over 70 stall holders specialising in everything from cheese, meats, fresh vegetables and fantastic coffee and cakes.

- One of the many great things about Adelaide is its accessibility. One minute you're in a bustling, exciting city, and then in 20 minutes time you can be relaxing in the sun on some of the world's most beautiful beaches. Take the free City Connector bus down to the river Torrens, running along the River Torrens from Gilberton, through the CBD to Bowden, or jump on the Tram and head to Glenelg for some sun and a swim.

- A brand as iconic as Adelaide itself, Penfolds has played a pivotal role in the evolution of winemaking in Australia - and across the world - since it was established in 1844. Immerse yourself in Penfolds' history on a daily tour and taste a selection of iconic wines at the Magill Estate Cellar Door, then pop next door for a relaxed lunch at Magill Estate Kitchen. Or if you're looking to indulge, you can't go past the acclaimed menu and breathtaking views of the Magill Estate Restaurant.

- If you appreciate contemporary art and design or a love for galleries, collections and exhibitions then Adelaide’s North Terrace is a must visit precinct. A few hours along North Terrace and you will get a glimpse of our cultural past and our exciting, creative future.

- Looking for a place to park? Find your nearest UPark and save time and hassle by pre-booking your spot online. Information and options can be found at

- Enjoy dinner at one of our many Fast Fine Dines partner restaurants. We have carefully selected some of Adelaide's finest food and wine establishments in close proximity to our venues and worked with them to create the perfect pre and post-show meal offers just for you.

- Before retiring to one of Adelaide’s many hotels, indulge in Adelaide’s small bar scene. Kick back and enjoy a dinner on the river at Jolleys Boathouse, or take in the spectacular views of Adelaide from the Hennessey Bar.

After you have explored Adelaide, be sure to add a day or three onto your trip and venture outside the city to see visit stunning vistas and enjoy world-class wines, all on our doorstep. Visit to find the region that suits you.


Outside the CBD

- Take a day trip up to historic Hahndorf and Mount Barker - just 30 minutes from Adelaide via the South Eastern Freeway. Glimpse the private world of artist Sir Hans Heysen at The Cedars, take in the view at Mount Barker Summit, then wash it all down with a local brew at Prancing Pony Brewery. Visual arts aficionados should allow extra time to explore the Adelaide Hills International Sculpture Trail, running from Mount Barker, through Macclesfield and Hahndorf to Stirling.

- Want to see AF18 show Freeze, in a unique location? Take some extra time to explore the lush wildlife haven of Kangaroo Island. Click here for more information.

And once you've had your fill of Adelaide, consider flying home or onto your next adventure with Emirates - Official Airline Partner of the Adelaide Festival. Emirates fly out of Adelaide, first class to locations all over the world. For more information visit the Emirates website.