Adelaide SA, Australia

1-Day Guide to Adelaide, Australia

A small city but a square mile, this Australian city is one of culture and a unique European feel. There is plenty to see and do in the heart of Adelaide no matter your interests.

Cleland Conservation Park

Nature lovers won’t want to miss this highlight of Adelaide. This is a 30- minute drive from Adelaide and was our number one highlight! Apart from the chance to see wombats, emus and kangaroos, we also got to cuddle a koala! Be sure to check their website for the latest information, as there is a short 2 hour window daily to do so. We had the best time exploring the park, feeding and interacting with the animals. If nature is your thing, also be sure to check out the Adelaide Botanic Garden and Adelaide Zoo.

Rundle Mall

This is the main shopping area of Adelaide where you will find not only stores, but plenty of cafes and restaurants. Sample chocolates at Haigh’s Chocolates flagship store and the Bert Flugelman’s Spheres for a photo (also called the Mall’s Balls). Look up to appreciate the Victorian architecture, especially that of the Adelaide Arcade.

Adelaide Arcade

This was our first ever Arcade experience and we were mesmerized! Enjoy a coffee inside to sit and appreciate this cool spot.

Victoria Square

From the main city square, admire the fountain and most notable buildings surrounding the park like the Old Treasury Building and Town Hall. Stroll down King William Street and work up an appetite for lunch.

Adelaide Central Market and Chinatown

For lunch, foodies will want to head to the Adelaide Central Park for endless choices at the city’s culinary center. With more than 70 stalls everyone is sure to find something they’ll love here. If you’re in the mood for Chinese food instead walk over to Chinatown just nearby.

Happy Hour at Hains and Co Bar

There are endless bars and restaurants to explore in this city, but we really enjoyed our time with friends and cocktails at the Hains and Co Bar. They have an extensive selection of gin, rum, and whiskey, but we went with our favorite Plymouth Gin, of course. Definitely the feel of a London pub, you are sure to be transformed.