The capital of South Australia, Adelaide, is often underrated and quietly forgotten when tourists plan their Australian holiday. As the capital of the Festival State, Adelaide is a city that has so many reasons to visit. To start, it is a great destination to visit all year round. With glorious sunny days, it is the driest capital within Australia. This makes it easy for any traveller to plan their days and book tours in advance. Adelaide is a very easy city to get around, within the CBD as well as to the outer metropolitan area. Not only is it well-connected with public transport, but it is quiet compared to other cities around Australia. This makes it easy to hire a car and drive around.
When visiting Adelaide,the best area to choose your accommodation and be based or your stay is in the CBD itself. The CBD is the perfect base when exploring the city and the state. It is close to award-winning wineries, beautiful beaches, and every cuisine you could possibly imagine. Another advantage of staying in the CBD is the experiences you can do within walking distance from some of the finest dining establishments, unique bars, and a world-class sporting venue. Add these experiences to boutique and chain store shopping, exquisite local produce and some of the coolest cafés in the country, and you won’t want to leave.
BEST LOCATED HOTELS IN ADELAIDE
Adelaide Pulteney Motel
471 Pulteney St
61€ - 66$
Dreamy Night Accommodation
134 Wakefield St
112€ - 122$
216-225 South Tce
RECOMMENDED / BEST VALUE
96€ - 105$
The Franklin Boutique Hotel
92 Franklin St
112€ - 122$
Hotel Indigo Adelaide Markets
23-29 Market St
134€ - 146$
45 King William St
154€ - 168$
Eos by SkyCity
Festival Drive, Station Rd
227€ - 247$
On the map, which shows the best area to stay in Adelaide, you can see a selection of some of the best located hotels.
Adelaide Oval / Festival Centre / Restaurants / Bars
Staying in the Adelaide CBD is the perfect location to stay for families, couples and solo travellers wanting to explore the region. No matter the location of your accommodation, you will be within walking distance from some of the finest dining establishments and unique bars. The Adelaide CBD is also the home to the world class sporting venue, Adelaide Oval.
From the local game of Aussie Rules, to cricket over the summer, this venue also hosts concerts, a hotel and a fine dining restaurant. Families will love riding the Adelaide icon, The Popeye; a river boat that takes you up and down the River Torrens, before checking out the South Australian Museum and Art Gallery. T
he heart of this amazing city is Rundle Mall. This car free street is a shopping mecca for tourists. Housing some of the world’s best known brands, you will also find boutiques by local designers in the heritage listed shopping arcades, and South Australians own, Haigh's Chocolates.
This stunning seaside town is only 11 kilometres from the Adelaide CBD. It is an easy drive or take the tram from the heart of the city almost to the water! No matter when you visit Glenelg, the main street is bustling with great shopping, trendy cafés, and plenty of restaurants to suit all palates. Staying in Glenelg is ideal for families with children of any age and couples.
Families can enjoy The Beachhouse; an amusement centre with waterslides, arcade games and mini-golf. While couples can enjoy seafood dining with water views, walks along the jetty and luxurious cocktail bars. Visitors of all ages will love heading out on the water with an organized boat tour. Head out at sunset and keep an eye out for dolphins.
Everyone who visits Glenelg will be spoilt for choice with the amount of dessert bars to choose from, but make sure you head to the award winning chocolatier, Bracegirdles, located on the main street, Jetty Road.
Just under 4 kilometres from the CBD is North Adelaide. This part of the city is a beautiful extension of the city of Adelaide and worth checking out. Full of green parklands, wandering the streets of this area with a local coffee will be a great start to your morning. North Adelaide is also home of two of South Australia’s best “eating” streets, O’Connell Street and Melbourne Street.
From budget eats to high-end fine dining, you will find every cuisine imaginable along these streets. Award-winning restaurants will be nestled in between cute coffee shops, and heritage listed pubs. When staying in North Adelaide, families can walk to the Adelaide Zoo. This wonderful day out for kids is a must-do while in Adelaide, and it is only a 20-minute walk through tree lined parks and streets.
Couples can walk a little bit further to explore the National Wine Centre where they can do a tour and explore the state's wines.
Only 40 kilometres down the Southern Expressway from the Adelaide CBD is the world famous McLaren Vale wine region. Enjoy peace and quiet in some of South Australia’s most glorious countryside. The best part of McLaren Vale is not just the wine. It is the home to some of the state's best produce and close to some of the most beautiful beaches.
Couples will enjoy following some of the suggested food and wine trails that start from the Information Centre. From there you can even hire bikes to explore the Shiraz trail, a designated bike path taking you past vineyards, cafes, and boutique stores. Cycle all the way to Willunga for antique shopping and organic produce.
Families do not have to miss out on the McLaren Vale region, with many of the wineries offering tastings for mum and dad, and playgrounds and kids' packs for the children to be entertained.
No visit to Adelaide is complete without a day trip to or staying in the Adelaide Hills region. Made up of many small towns the Adelaide Hills is a mix of history, mixed with modern facilities. The main attraction is the German settled town of Hahndorf. Here visitors will find small galleries with modern and Indigenous art, and boutique stores with handmade goods.
Both families and couples can fill their bellies with hearty, German food at the popular German Arms Hotel or enjoy a shake and strawberry picking at the South Australian owned Beerenberg Farm. If you are visiting Adelaide from overseas, and want to get close to some of the national animals, check out Cleland Wildlife Park. Couples will want to head to the Mount Lofty Summit or spectacular views over the whole city of Adelaide.
While you are there, make a reservation at the famous Windy Point Restaurant for a fine dining experience you will never forget.
Another beachside beauty of South Australia, is Semaphore. Only 20 minutes away from the Adelaide CBD, Semaphore is a popular getaway for families and couples over the Christmas holiday and Australian summer period. A bustling foreshore, and main street lined with funky cafés and unique shopping, Semaphore is laid back and full of fun.
Families will especially love the beachside merry-go-round, water slides and mini golf. Semaphore is a great day trip from the Adelaide CBD for couples for a pub lunch or a late afternoon drink while checking out the art-deco heritage listed, Palais Theatre.
Visitors of all ages can choose from many ice cream and coffee shops for a fun treat to take along your jetty walk at sunset.
Barossa Valley, a renowned wine region located just an hour's drive from Adelaide, offers a picturesque and enriching area to stay for wine enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Nestled amid rolling vineyards and charming countryside, Barossa Valley is a haven for wine connoisseurs, boasting a plethora of cellar doors and wineries, where visitors can savor world-class wines and indulge in delectable gourmet experiences.
Staying in Barossa Valley allows guests to immerse themselves in the region's rich history and culture. Explore the German heritage in towns like Tanunda, enjoy artisanal food markets, and appreciate the scenic beauty of the valley's landscapes.
With a variety of accommodation options, including boutique lodges, charming bed and breakfasts, and luxury retreats, Barossa Valley ensures a memorable and rejuvenating stay. Whether it's sipping wine on a vineyard veranda, dining at award-winning restaurants, or embarking on scenic drives, Barossa Valley promises an unforgettable escape in close proximity to Adelaide's vibrant city life.
An adventurous Aussie mom of two, Shannon is on a global journey back to Australia. As a published travel and wellness writer, reviewer, and blogger, she brings her unique experiences from Adelaide, Utrecht, and now Javea, Spain, to her engaging narratives.