Things To Do Near Adelaide, Australia

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Things To Do Near Adelaide, Australia

while on our travels down under, we spent a few days in adelaide, australia and it was so fun! adelaide is part of southern australia and known as the city of festivals.

should you be in this part of the world, here are 7 things to do near adelaide, australia!

exploring adelaide, australia

1) visit glenelg beach

we opted to stay on the beach in glenelg and it was lovely (chilly but beautiful)! glenelg is about 20 minutes from the heart of the city of adelaide and definitely more laid back but with plenty of cute cafes and shops. saying the actual word ‘glenelg’ isn’t my favorite but it sure is pretty.

stroll up and down jetty road for eccentric cafes and fun places to eat!

things to do in adelaide

things to do in adelaide

2) grab dinner at the central market (friday nights)

we fell in love with the central market! it’s open late friday nights (closed sundays and mondays). you will see hipsters, families and people of all ages doing their produce shopping here as well as grabbing lots of tasty food. things to do in adelaide

we were told by the locals to go friday night and it was bustling! it’s indoors and filled with great people watching.

things to do in adelaide

here you will also find donuts the size of your face. this one in particular was dense like a bagel but that’s not necessarily a bad thing (but it is a filling thing).

things to do in adelaide

3) grab a drink at 2K.W.

this is a trendy and ‘very hip’ spot in adelaide with a gorgeous view of the city set atop an old historic building! you have to take two elevators to get there! they do have a dress code (like don’t wear yoga pants or ripped clothes) and it can sometimes be hard to get in but the views are worth it!

4) visit kangaroo island

we didn’t have enough time to personally venture here but everyone was recommending it to us! it does take a bit to get there from adelaide but seems totally worth it if you have a few days to spend on kangaroo island! here you can see koalas in the trees and get a serious nature fix!

5) wine tasting in the adelaide hills 

this is about a 45 minute drive from adelaide and well worth it! you could also hire a driver or take a tour so you can #drinkallthewine. since it’s a cooler climate in the hills, it makes for delicious wine!

we started out with a local favorite, shaw + smith and it did not disappoint! look at that view.

next we ventured to ‘the line’ vineyard and that’s where ravery discovered his love for kingfish. wineries in australia do it right by offering unique and delicious food pairings with their wine tasting!

things to do in adelaide

we didn’t have enough time but barossa valley and mclaren vale are other areas (in the opposite direction of adelaide hills) that also boast amazing vineyards!

we ended with hahndorf hills winery. this winery is near the cute german town of hahndorf (see more in #6).

things to do in adelaide

things to do in adelaide

i mean, chocolate and wine…what’s not to completely love?! they also have an option to do chocolate-only tastings. there are also specific pairings if you like specific types of chocolate (milk/white/dark).

things to do in adelaide

6) stroll through the quaint german town of hahndorf

hahndorf is australia’s oldest surviving german settlement! it’s leafy (we were there in may – autumn time for australia) and it was gorgeous!

things to do in adelaide

there are plenty of places to eat, drink and find interesting german-themed art and souvenirs.

our friends heather and nick, who live in adelaide, were nice enough to drive us the 45 minutes out to hahndorf and show us this cute town!

obviously, THIS had to happen:

things to do in adelaide

they had so many cute and quirky things in all the little shops!

things to do in adelaide

if you get the chance, stop by the cheese shop “udder delights” and obviously get some cheese but also get their sticky date pudding! daaaaamn:

things to do in adelaide

7) go to a festival

adelaide is known as the festival city because they truly have an outrageous number of festivals throughout the year! we didn’t have enough time to go to one but check out what’s on when you’re there!

as you can see, there is plenty to do and see near adelaide, australia! we loved our time (and wine) here!

things to do in adelaide

have you been to adelaide before? what else would you recommend?


  1. Audrey

    May 23, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    It looks like you guys had such a fun time! I love all the pictures (and loved following along on IG)! Nice guide! That rooftop hangout and beach look so fun!

    • chelsea

      May 30, 2018 at 12:02 pm

      we sure did audrey! thanks for always commenting and following along – you are seriously the beeest!

  2. chelsea jacobs

    May 24, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    It seems like you guys had a blast!!

    • chelsea

      May 30, 2018 at 12:01 pm

      we really did! i think i was born on the wrong continent 🙂

  3. Penny McWright

    May 25, 2018 at 8:50 am

    Sounds like u had a wonderful time and I bet you want to go back? Neat!

    • chelsea

      May 30, 2018 at 12:01 pm

      yes! we already can’t wait to go back! woohoo!

  4. Courtney {Alkeks Abroad}

    May 28, 2018 at 12:52 am

    How cute is Hahndorf?! South Australia is so pretty in the fall, especially the wine country.

    • chelsea

      May 30, 2018 at 12:01 pm

      it’s sooooo fun there! we absolutely loved it!

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