Adelaide Tourism

The capital city of South Australia and the 5th largest city in Australia, Adelaide oozes colonial charm and a modern vibe in equal measure. A well-planned city from its inception, Adelaide is easy to navigate and fun to explore.

Surrounded by the Gulf St Vincent and The Lofty Mountains, the city is centrally located in Southern Australia’s wine country. A short day trip to the McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley and Clare Valley from Adelaide gives you chance to sample some of the finest wines of the region.

An erstwhile British free settlers colony, the city has seen migration from all over Europe making it a diverse, free and tolerant place for people of different origins to thrive in harmony. It is often referred to as the “City of Churches” and has places of worship belonging to all Christian denominations and several other religions.

The robust manufacturing and defense industries have contributed to the rapid economic growth of Adelaide. The city itself is a perfect blend of greenery, history and modern development.

A host of activities and historic sights await all who visit the city. Adelaide tourist information centers are located throughout the city and extremely helpful for all visitors to the city. However, no Adelaide travel guide would be complete without highlighting the must-do day trips and weekend getaways around Adelaide as well, namely, Kangaroo Island, the wine regions of Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Clare Valley.

On your trip to Adelaide, soak in some culture during “Mad March” with back-to-back festivals, swim with the dolphins in Glenelg, shop till you drop in the malls and markets, visit historical sights, explore the parklands and kick back in one of the numerous trendy bars or sample exquisite wines and world cuisines, head to the historic harbour of Port Adelaide or escape to Adelaide Hills and scale the summit of Mt. Lofty. Adelaide tourism is a treasure trove of experiences and the city is South Australia’s most happening tourist destination.

Essential travel information and Adelaide tips for your visit

  • It is not advisable to visit the city parklands at night as the lighting is poor and some unsavory elements might be loitering making it unsafe.
  • The outer suburbs have a higher crime rate than the city center so it is best avoided at night.
  • Although generally there is no rampant pickpocketing, occasional theft does occur so keep your valuables and belongings safe.
  • Public transport in the city is extremely reliable and safe.
  • There is sufficient police patrolling throughout the city and especially on weekends to avoid any drunk and disorderly behavior especially on streets that have several bars and nightclubs.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Adelaide

  • Know the pollution level of Adelaide before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 11.45 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 26.36 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 25.3 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 24.29 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 16.62 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 20.54 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 12.43 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 12.57 (Very Low)
  • How safe is Adelaide for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Adelaide.

    • Burglary and Theft 28.75 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 21.52 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 26.34 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 24.75 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 21.06 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 26.87 (Low)
    • Attacks 24.99 (Low)
    • Drug offense 40.11 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 83.03 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 58.22 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 30.11 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 16.91 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 39.12 (Low)
  • Quality of Life Index of Adelaide is 211.49 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 71.4 (High)
    • Climate Index 94.96 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 18.88 (Very Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 24.04 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 65.46 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 81.08 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 4.13 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 117.46 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Adelaide

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.34 USD
    • International Movie per seat 9.98 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 37.91 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 80.31 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 61.73 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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