Adelaide City Guide Introduction

Being named after a queen is a hard act to follow, but Adelaide manages to hold her head regally amongst Australia’s capital cities. Lined with glorious streets, city squares and lush greenery it’s easy to be lulled into a false sense of...well...lulldom here. That is until the city unleashes it world-famous events, spanning the cultured and clever, artistic and gastronomic, petrol-guzzling and sports mad. Not to mention grape escapes to the Barossa Valley, Clare Valley and the Adelaide Hills, the coastal spectacles of the Fleurieu peninsula and the freshwater delights of the River Torrens.

Best time to visit

Adelaide is not the place to open an umbrella business. if anything, the driest capital city in Australia rarely gets more than a spittle outside winter (July–August), which is cool but not cold. Funnily enough, it can but that’s a rare occurrence, and even then it’s up in the hills. Summer is heatwave city, where for days straight the temperature can be in the high thirties and low forties. While Adelaide’s big events are held year,, if you plan to spend a lot of time outdoors without sticking to the pavement the best times to go are between March to November.

Major events in Adelaide

  • In January, lycra-clad bicycle buffs can get into a spin over the Santos Tour Down Under, where for 8 days, national and international stars compete in the first major cycling gig of the season.

  • Music, dance and theatre lovers won’t know where to begin at the Adelaide Fringe Festival held over almost a month from February to March, over hundreds of venues hosting hundreds of ‘out-there’ events.

  • Then in March WOMADelaide, the World Of Music Arts and Dance hits the streets. And it’s a gorgefest in August with the Barossa Gourmet Weekend of fine dining and live music.

  • September is family fun at the Royal Adelaide Show.

  • In October even the living dead join in the pub crawl fun at Adelaide Zombie Walk, while petrol heads line up for the Classic Adelaide Rally, travelling through the CBD on the way to the picturesque surrounding regions.

    Getting around Adelaide

    Being a planned city to the point of anal retentiveness, Adelaide’s public transport—­metropolitan railways and buses— is very convenient and as close to on time every time as Australian public transport can be. Plus there are plenty of pathways and cycleways. Driving around can get a bit busy around rush hour (unless you’re from Sydney or Melbourne where you’ll have to stifle a giggle as cabbies complain about the traffic), so taking the bus or tram can be a handy way to see the sights—there are even some free services running in the CBD.

    Hotel.com.au Staff Favourites

    The Hotel.com.au team have road-tested some of our Adelaide hotels and here are a few personal recommendations of their favourite places to stay.


  • BreakFree Adelaide

    4 star
    255 Hindley Street Adelaide 5000 Australia

    BreakFree Adelaide is located in the vibrant arts precinct of Adelaide, within easy walking distance to cafés and restaurants. It offers fully furnished studios and apartments. BreakFree Hotel Adelaid...more

    4 self rated
    1 St Andrews Boulevard Normanville 5204 Australia

    When you stay at Links Lady Bay Resort in Normanville, you'll be by the sea and convenient to Lady Bay Vineyard and Banksia Park. This 4-star hotel is convenient to Yankalilla Memorial Park.Rooms Make...more

    4 self rated
    18 Currie Street Adelaide 5000 Australia

    The Chancellor on Currie offers an on-site swimming pool, European bistro, hot tub, fitness centre, laundry facilities and a 24-hour reception. Conveniently located in the heart of Adelaide CBD (Centr...more

    5 self rated
    120 North Terrace Adelaide 5000 Australia

    The award-winning 5-star hotel, The Playford Mgallery by Sofitel, is a boutique hotel in the heart of Adelaide on vibrant North Terrace. The hotel features a 24-hour fitness centre with a heated pool...more

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