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How to Spend 1 Day in Adelaide

How to Spend 1 Day in Adelaide

Even if you only have one day in Adelaide, you can relish a taste of the region’s attractions. Go looking for dolphins on the ocean or cruise the Torrens River through the city’s neoclassical center, taste fine wines at one of the area’s internationally known wineries, and discover the rich flavors of indigenous ingredients. Here’s how.

Morning: Wander the Waters

Start the day by exploring Adelaide’s watery landscapes. Head out to the ocean in search of dolphins on a motorized boat or even a kayak, or simply stroll the sands of scenic Glenelg Beach. Alternatively, explore the intriguing city. Opt for a tour that includes a cruise along the little Torrens River, which runs through the city’s pretty parks and historic center, or ride a Segway along the riverbank. Along the way, admire 19th-century architecture such as St. Peter’s Cathedral and the grand homes of North Terrace.

Afternoon: Wine Wisdom

The state of South Australia is home to two of the nation’s most celebrated wine regions—the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale—and no trip to Adelaide is complete without discovering the area’s food and wine. The noted Penfolds winery, with a history dating to 1844, is just a 15-minute drive from Adelaide and offers spectacular lunch experiences, complete with tastings. Alternatively, you can visit a handful of Barossa Valley wineries on an afternoon tour and experience their unique vintages. Shiraz is the signature grape varietal of both regions, but you’ll likely taste other wines too, from rieslings to cabernets.

Night: Indigenous Ingredients

Farm-fresh produce makes Adelaide’s restaurant scene shine, yet one of the most exciting trends in Australian cuisine today is the rediscovery of indigenous ingredients. Over dinner at a modern Australian eatery, savor native and foraged foods—from surprising treats such as green ants to native herbs, including lemon myrtle and mountain pepper—and Australian game such as emu and kangaroo. Wrap up the evening at one of Adelaide’s contemporary cocktail bars, some themed as speakeasies, others as historic pharmacies, and learn how Australia’s 5th-largest city punches above its weight in foodie terms.

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Waitpinga Farm Quad Bike Adventure Tour

Waitpinga Farm Quad Bike Adventure Tour

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Enjoy a quad bike experience on Waitpinga Farm, a historic farm that has been in operation since the mid 1800s. Choose between a morning or afternoon departure and after a short introduction to the quad bike, follow your expert guide on either a scenic or adventure ride around the sprawling farm property, which is situated between two popular fishing and surfing beaches: Waitpinga and Parsons Beach. Ride off-road along open fields, sandy tracks and through the creek for a fun thrill. All necessary gear is provided and you do not need prior quad bike experience.
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Adelaide Oval Stadium Tour
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Adelaide Oval Stadium Tour

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Enjoy an in-depth tour of the iconic Adelaide Oval that offers a behind-the-scenes look at the famous sporting venue. Your  knowledgeable guide shares both old and new features of the Oval during your 90-minute tour. Learn about the old scoreboard, the 100-year-old Moreton Bay fig trees, and the famous music groups and sports teams that have performed at the venue. Cricket fans can delve into cricket memorabilia at the Bradman Museum, also located within the Oval complex.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Cleland Wildlife Park Experience - from Adelaide including Mt Lofty Summit
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Cleland Wildlife Park Experience - from Adelaide including Mt Lofty Summit

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Meet some of Australia’s most beloved native animals on this day trip from Adelaide to Cleland Wildlife Park in the Adelaide Hills. Learn about koalas, feed wallabies and kangaroos under staff supervision, be amused by wombats and emus, and observe dingos, Tasmanian devils and more. Then, visit the Mt. Lofty Summit for panoramic views and photo ops.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Ultimate Penfolds Magill Estate Experience
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Ultimate Penfolds Magill Estate Experience

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There are several first-rate wine growing regions near Adelaide—Barossa and Grace valleys and McLaren Vale come to mind—but none are as close to the city as the Adelaide Hills. This winery tour of the historic Magill Estate, located in the hills minutes from central Adelaide, is ideal for travelers who don’t want to spend time traveling to wineries farther away.
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  • 2 hours
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Wild Dolphin Watch Cruise

Wild Dolphin Watch Cruise

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Look for dolphins off the coast of Adelaide on a dolphin-spotting cruise from Glenelg, a seaside town just south of the city. As you glide across Holdfast Bay by catamaran, keep your eyes peeled for some of the thousands of dolphins who live in these waters.
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  • 4 hours
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Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary and Ships Graveyard Kayak Tour
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Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary and Ships Graveyard Kayak Tour

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Enjoy a guided kayaking tour from Adelaide that gives you the chance to see the Port River dolphins up close. Receive a kayaking lesson from the expert guide, then set out for the Garden Island Ships’ Graveyard Maritime Heritage Trail and the dolphin sanctuary. Travel in a small group with a maximum of 14 people, winding through mangrove-lined waterways to see native wildlife and scuttled ships. Learn about the region from the informative guide on this family-friendly tour.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Adelaide Airport

Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Adelaide Airport

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Ensure a smooth and stress-free end to your Australian vacation with this pre-paid private departure transfer to Adelaide Airport. Your driver will pick you up from your Adelaide CBD hotel, help with your luggage and drive you directly to the airport in a spacious luxury vehicle. There’s no need to worry about late-night or early-morning flight departures, either – transfers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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  • 15 minutes
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Private Arrival Transfer: Adelaide Airport to Hotel

Private Arrival Transfer: Adelaide Airport to Hotel

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Enjoy a hassle-free arrival in Adelaide with this private transfer service. Meet your driver at Adelaide Airport, and relax on the journey to your hotel in the city’s central business district. These private vehicles can accommodate up to three passengers.
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  • 15 minutes
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Mount Lofty Descent Bike Tour from Adelaide
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Mount Lofty Descent Bike Tour from Adelaide

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Experience the natural beauty of the Adelaide region on a downhill bike tour from the summit of Mount Lofty. With a guide, you’ll start your bike ride at the highest point of the Mt Lofty Ranges, where you can marvel at the panoramic vista before hopping on your mountain bike and taking off down the hill. Make a stop at Cleland Wildlife Park to spot kangaroos and koalas, and stay energized with morning tea. Round-trip transportation by comfortable 4WD vehicle from Adelaide to Mount Lofty is included. This tour is limited to nine people to provide a small-group experience with personalized attention.
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  • 4 hours
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Penfolds Magill Estate Iconic Experience
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Penfolds Magill Estate Iconic Experience

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Explore the Magill Estate, the birthplace of Australian wine producer Penfolds, on this guided tour. At the property, which is nestled in the foothills of Adelaide, take in views of the vineyards and immerse yourself in the world of Australian wines. You’ll visit the on-site Grange Cottage and the vintage cellar, and enjoy a wine tasting followed by a 3-course lunch paired with Penfolds wines.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Adelaide City to Sea Bike Tour

Adelaide City to Sea Bike Tour

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Maximize your time in Adelaide and experience sights that many tourists miss on a bike ride between the city and the sea. At a relaxed pace, you’ll cycle to the vibrant Riverside Precinct and visit Henley Beach for morning brunch. Pedal along the River Torrens Linear trail and parallel to the south Australian coastline, a visual feast of white sand beaches. Finally, explore Glenelg town and opt to return to Adelaide by tour bus or on the iconic Glenelg tram. Small-group tour, limited to eight people.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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