Adelaide Central Market
Adelaide Farmers’ Market Showground
Adelaide Night Market
Gilles Street Market
The Market On Flinders
The Market Shed on Holland
What to do With so much to do and so little time, you’re going to want to see the best bits. To avoid missing out, we’ve put together the top 5 – take your pick!
1. Sports and outdoor activities
Australia is known for its sporting culture and range of outdoor activities, and here in South Australia you can do it all. There’s a heap of ways you can get active – go snorkelling or diving, hot air ballooning, four-wheel driving, water skiing, sailing or horse riding. During the summer Australians love to spend a day at the cricket. The Adelaide Oval has made the experience of watching cricket or an AFL game more exciting than ever – make sure you catch a game while you’re here!
A myriad of animals call this state home. In season you’ll be able to whale watch, cage dive with sharks, swim with Australian sea lions, cuddle a koala, spot penguins and meet Adelaide’s Giant Pandas, Wang Wang and Funi, at Adelaide Zoo. Monarto Zoo is one of the largest open-range zoos in the world spanning 1,500 hectares and is home to more than 50 species of exotic and native mammals, birds and reptiles.
3. Food and wine
South Australia is often referred to as Australia’s wine capital and the climate allows us to enjoy the best wines, seafood, and local produce. With several world-class wine regions within easy driving distance, plan your visit or organise a wine tour to experience the diverse and unique range of wines on offer. Many cellar doors offer free tastings. You’ll also find local artisan food producers making the finest smallgoods with South Australia’s unique produce. There is also an extensive calendar of food and wine festivals – you’ll be spoilt for choice!
4. Get in the water
A relatively safe coastline offers every possible water activity under the sun. A South Australian holiday isn’t complete until you learn to surf, go raking for crabs on Yorke Peninsula or jet-ski along the Murray River. For those looking to get some R&R, the secluded beaches along the Fleurieu Peninsula are only an hour’s drive from Adelaide. There are a number of hostels, caravan parks, units and houses available for rent in this region, which makes for a great weekend break.
5. Shopping and markets
Adelaide is a great place to enjoy some leisurely retail therapy and discover creative local designers and artists. Visit major department stores, designer districts, eclectic boutiques, op-shops and budget outlets. In Adelaide, trading hours are generally Monday–Friday 9am–5:30pm, Saturday 9am–5pm and Sunday 11am–5pm. Most stores in the CBD are open until 7pm weeknights and Friday until 9pm, while in the suburbs you’ll find late night shopping on Thursday until 9pm.
Popular shopping destinations include Rundle Mall, Rundle Street, The Parade Norwood, Unley Road, Jetty Road Glenelg and Westfield Shopping Centres at Marion, West Lakes and Modbury. Harbour Town at West Beach is a direct factory outlet where you’ll find clothing, homewares, and accessories that are heavily discounted.
There are also a number of markets where you can pick up vintage clothing, art, accessories, antiques, and handicrafts. You can also taste a range of produce. Below are some of our favourites.