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Top 10 Must-See Attractions in Adelaide

The city of Adelaide is an iconic destination of the island nation of Australia. From the rolling Adelaide Hills to the stunning pristine beaches, and from the heritage-listed buildings to the wide streets lined with skyscrapers, Adelaide encapsulates a complete experience for any visitor. Adelaide is the capital of the state of South Australia and is one of the major cities of the country. It is located in the south east coast of Australia. The city has many historic, scenic, and natural landmarks which are a delight to pick from during the vacation. One is certainly spoiled for choice in this city with such a variety of offerings. As is correctly said about Adelaide – it is waiting to be uncorked and sampled!


  1. Port Adelaide
Port Adelaide

Located about 14 km northwest of the Adelaide city centre, Port Adelaide is the main port of the city. Gateway for Adelaide to the rest of the world, Port Adelaide was established in the mid 19th century and has played a major role in the shaping the growth of the city. The area is known as the history precinct for the presence of a number of museums and numerous 19th century pubs and buildings. A walk along the docks will also take one past some of the finest and oldest colonial buildings in the country. One can also book a cruise at the Port for dolphin watching.


  1. McLaren Vale Wine Region
McLaren Vale Wine Region

Located about 35 km south of Adelaide and ideal for a day trip, the McLaren Vale Wine Region is regarded as the birthplace of the wine industry of South Australia. It is home to some of the oldest grape vines in the world. The region has about 65 boutique-sized wineries with nearly 300 independent grape growers. The McLaren Vale Wine Region is between the Mt. Lofty range of hills and the Gulf of St. Vincent beaches. Different types of wines are produced here, but the most popular is the Shiraz.


  1. Adelaide Zoo
Adelaide Zoo

Located north of the Adelaide city center, the Adelaide Zoo is the 2nd oldest zoo in the country. It is also the only one that is a non-profit organization. Spread over 20 acres, the zoo has over 2000 animals from 300 different species. The premises of the zoo itself are of architectural interest and some parts of it are listed as heritage site. Having opened in 1883, the zoo today is the home to many animals and birds, some endemic to Australia. It also has animals from different regions of the world. The zoo arranges a number of encounters (with the birds and animals) and tours for the visiting guests.


  1. St. Francis Xavier Cathedral
St Francis Xavier Cathedral

Affiliated with Roman Catholicism, the S.t Francis Xavier Cathedral is housed in a Gothic Revival styled building. The dominating church building has a 36 meter high tower and has a length of 56.5 meters. The statue of St. John the Baptist on the north western corner of the church was carved in 1925 in Tuscany. Although the ground breaking was done in 1856 and the first consecration was done 2 years later, the Cathedral was completed in  1996! The cathedral stays busy with Mass, confessions, funerals, weddings, and many other religious festivals.


  1. Migration Museum
Migration Museum

Established in 1986, the unique Migration Museum is involved with the migration and settlement history of the state of South Australia. The oldest of its kind in the country, the Migration Museum aims at promoting multiculturalism and cultural diversity. Through its various displays, it addresses the different aspects of ethnicity, gender, class, region, and age. The museum is a great place to discover the identities of various communities and cultures of South Australia. The museum has a number of permanent and floating exhibitions.


  1. Belair National Park
Belair National Park

Located 13 km south of Adelaide, Belair National Park is the place to be for those who are looking for some outdoor activities. Established in 1891, the Park is the oldest national park in the state and the 2nd oldest in the country. The park spans 835 hectares. It offers ample opportunities for recreational and social activities set in an outdoor environment. The park attracts over a quarter million visitors every year. Upgraded with picnic spots and other visitor facilities, the park is a great place to go for a hike, soak in nature, or to enjoy a fun day out with the whole family. Public transport to the park is available from the Adelaide CBD.


  1. North Terrace
North Terrace

Running east to west, the North Terrace links the Adelaide CBD to the residential suburbs of the city. A stroll along the North Terrace takes one past a number of public buildings, state offices, and attractions. It is one of the most beautiful and decorated parts of the city. Attractions at North Terrace include The National Wine Centre on Hackney Road and the Old Parliament House of South Australia on King William Road. The 1856 Adelaide Railway Station is located near the Morphett Street Bridge. Kintore Avenue is home to 2 universities, a museum, and the state library. The southern part of the North Terrace has several beautiful churches. North Terrace also has some shopping centers including the popular Myers House and the Rundle Mall.


  1. Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island is the 3rd largest Australian island. It is also the largest sand island in the world. With pristine wilderness where one can see pelicans flying across the blue skies or koalas cuddling against the eucalyptus trees, no wonder it is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Australia. The iconic Australian landscape and endemic wildlife of the country make the island a top draw for the tourists. The island has a number of wildlife attractions and tours. It also has many trails and walks for visitors of different fitness levels. Kangaroo Island has a range of accommodations for those who want to stay overnight, especially for the nocturnal tours.


  1. Glenelg
Moseley Square in Glenelg

With spectacular sandy beaches, al fresco dining, 200 specialty shops, heritage walks, and a vibrant nightlife, the beach suburb of Glenelg is a popular destination for the locals and tourists alike. Glenelg was founded in 1836, making it the oldest European settlement in the Australian mainland. It is interesting to note that the only tram that operates in Adelaide is the Glenelg Tram — a route that was established in 1873 and is still operational. The highlight is the early 19th century tram that is used on this route on weekends and holidays. Once in Glenelg, most of the attractions can be seen on foot. A walk through the streets is nothing short of a heritage walk and one is easily transported back by decades.


  1. Adelaide Hills
Mt Lofty Botanical Gardens at Adelaide Hills

The Adelaide Hills are on the east of the city of Adelaide, stretching from Barossa in the north to the Kuitpo Forest in the south. It is part of the Mount Lofty Ranges. Adelaide Hills is located about a 30-minute drive from the Adelaide CBD and can be easily reached by bus. Once on the Adelaide Hills, there are a number of attractions to choose from. The highest point of the hills is Mt. Lofty at 712 meters above sea level. The Mt. Lofty Lookout is a must-visit place on the hills, with stunning panoramic views of the city and the Gulf of St. Vincent. It is the ideal place for a drink or a romantic dinner with the sunset as the backdrop. Other attractions include the Motor Museum, the Botanical garden, and Hahndorf — the oldest surviving German settlement in Australia.

Originally posted 2017-05-22 07:38:46.

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