This Adelaide itinerary will prove that the stereotypeAdelaide is boring‘, is a lie.

Girl on Henley Beach Jetty - Adelaide Itinerary

Australia is a travel destination we constantly find ourselves returning to. But after exploring all the different territories and major cities, we realised that we’ve yet to take a trip to the downest under — South Australia.

I didn’t know much about Adelaide aside from people telling me there’s “nothing to do there”. But after spending six days exploring Adelaide and its surroundings, I’ve discovered that this might be the most underrated city in Australia — and my favourite one!

Front swim with wild dolphins - attractions in South Australia

This Adelaide itinerary will explore the best the region has to offer, both visually and gastronomically. Expect an artsy city, wildlife encounters, endless wine tastings and even a day trip to Kangaroo Island 🦘

Plus, it’s only a 6.5-hour direct flight from Singapore — but I’ll go into detail about that at the end 🌞

Read more: 23 Best Places to Visit in Australia Whether it’s Your First, Second or Nth Time

Day 1-2: Explore Adelaide City

Shops along the East End - Adelaide Itinerary

Adelaide is affectionately known as the ’20-minute city’ amongst locals as everything is conveniently located within a 20-minute distance to and from the city centre — whether by foot, tram or car. Even the airport is just a 20-minute drive from the city centre!

Despite its small size, there are plenty of things to see and do in the city that cannot be conquered in a day. Checking out the museums on the North Terrace, shopping along Rundle Street or grabbing dinner at the swanky East End is just scratching the surface.

Get breakfast at Adelaide Central Market

Central Market Adelaide - Things to eat in Adelaide

Adelaide Central Market is one of the most vibrant spots in the city — an intersection of culture, fresh produce and food!

Opened in 1869, it’s one of the oldest markets in Australia. There are overflowing displays of fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, seafood and cheese — for an affordable rate! Even though I’m averse to cooking, I had the strong urge to buy everything just cause it looked so good.

Besides cooking ingredients, you can also find household essentials, restaurants, bakeries, flower shops and a bookshop there.

Cheese samples at Adelaide Central Market tour - Adelaide attractions

Cheese sampling during the food tour.

I went on a guided food tour (AU$89/pax) to learn more about the market’s history and got to sample the best grapes, falafel, milk, pastrami and popcorn of my life 🤤 The fruits and milk are so sweet without added sugar!

Make sure to come to this tour on an empty stomach so you have room to try more things.

Fun fact: The market donates unsold produce and composts food waste as a pledge to be more sustainable!

Opening hours: Varies
How to get there:
3min walk from Victoria Square (Google Maps)

Marvel at the South Australia State Library’s Mortlock Chamber

Mortlock Wing in the State Library of South Australia - Things to do in Adelaide

Named one of the Most Beautiful Libraries in the World in 2014, the Mortlock Chamber at the State Library of South Australia is every book lover’s dream.

With Victorian-style wooden shelves housing old books, an arched skylight and people studying and working on their laptops, it felt like stepping into the Hogwarts library from Harry Potter — simply magical 🥹

Entrance fee: Free
Opening hours: Varies
How to get there:
20min walk from Adelaide Central Market (Google Maps)


Visit the Art Gallery of South Australia

Exterior of the Art Gallery of South Australia - Things to do in adelaide

Stepping into the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA) may feel disorienting upon entering cause of the sudden blend of European, Asian, Colonial, Aboriginal and Modern Art pieces in the same room — until you realise it’s genius.

While most museums categorise their exhibits into art periods, AGSA’s divide theirs into region and theme — mixing traditional and contemporary art to show how it relates across time. My favourite is the Australian Art Collection where they showcase many Aboriginal, Colonial and Australian pieces together to explore identity and belonging.

Art gallery of South Australia - things to do in adelaide

AGSA has a massive collection of over 47,000 works and I could see myself easily spending hours at the gallery fawning over their International Collection. Some famous artists you might recognise include Patricia Piccinini, Yayoi Kusama, Auguste Rodin, Bouguereau, Hokusai and more!

Entrance fee: Free
Opening hours: 10AM – 5PM
How to get there:
2min walk from the State Library of South Australia (Google Maps)

Partake in Aussie brunch culture at Peter Rabbit

Peter Rabbit Cafe - Where to eat in Adelaide

Peter Rabbit Cafe felt like a cottage garden in the English countryside. Nestled in Adelaide’s West End, the cafe is bursting with flowers and greenery.

While not directly associated with its namesake, fans of Beatrix Potter’s books would still feel nostalgic as if a little bunny in a suit is about to pop up from around a potted plant.

Ricotta & Rye with bacon at Peter Rabbit- Where to eat in Adelaide

With a charming backdrop for brunch, I ordered an equally beautiful plate of Ricotta & Rye (AU$25) plus a side of smoked bacon (AU$7). I also got a cup of flat white (AU$4.80) and safe to say, Australia lives up to its coffee hype.

The cafe also has vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and nut-free dietary options available.

Cost: From AU$15/main
Opening hours:
7:30AM – 3PM (Mon – Fri), 8AM – 3PM (Sat – Sun)
How to get there:
15min walk from Rundle Mall (Google Maps)

Go on a walking tour in the city

Kat from Flamboyance tour explaining the art - Things to do in Adelaide

While exploring a city alone has its merits, I always appreciated the details and tidbits only a local guide would know. As someone who tends to overlook the ordinary, walking tours are an underrated way to get to know a new place!

I went on a Jimmy C Street Art Tour to explore Adelaide through an artist’s lens. Jimmy C is based in London but he was raised in Adelaide and his works can be found scattered across the city. Our guide Katina was super informative and even shared about how some of his international works are sister pieces to those in Adelaide.

Jamie Goldsmith portrait by Jimmy C on art tour - things to do in Adelaide

Jimmy C also works with local artists on murals and the painting techniques of Aboriginal art inspired this collaborative piece!

I may not have known who Jimmy C was before this tour, but I appreciated how he’s part of why the city is so vibrant.

Just walking around also made me realise that I’ll come across a painting at the side of the building every other block, even if it isn’t by Jimmy C.

Ophelia mural by Jimmy C on the East End - Adelaide Attractions

Katina also hosts other walking tours like the Welcome to Adelaide tour for those more into history and heritage. Plus, nothing is better than a local’s recommendations for food and nightlife 🤭

Cost: From S$40/adult via Klook
Tour timing: 2PM – 3:30PM (Mon – Sat)
Meeting point: Jimmy C’s Opehalia piece, 22/26 Vardon Ave, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia (Google Maps)

Visit Penfolds Magill Estate Cellar Door

Champagne at Penfolds Magill Estate - adelaide attractions

Australia is known for its vineyards and Penfolds is one of the biggest household names.

This historic label was born on the doorstep of Adelaide and the estate is only a 15-minute drive from the city! The grounds are beautiful with rolling green patches and stunning stone buildings where they make the wine on site. I went on a tour to learn about the label’s history and checked out the underground drives lined with wooden barrels and pricey vintages!

The Ultimate Tasting Flight (AU$120) features 6 glasses that include bestsellers like the RWT, Bin 149, and Grange.

Penfolds hosts walk-in wine-tasting experiences with Daily Tasting Flights flights (AU$20/pax) where you try seven different glasses 🍷 Top up extra to try premium wines like the Grange and Bin 707.

For self-proclaimed wine connoisseurs, I recommend trying the Ultimate Penfolds Experience (~S$154/pax), which includes the tour and the Ultimate Tasting Flight. I got to try some of their best wines like the Bin 149 and the famed Grange — ngl I was shocked to find out the Grange can retail up to S$1,000 but it genuinely lives up to the hype!

*Pro-tip: Get your Daily Tasting Flight waived by purchasing a bottle.

End your visit by grabbing a casual lunch at the Magill Estate Kitchen. They serve both brunch and lunch during the day and offer curated wine pairings with their menu. Sit outdoors to get a stellar view overlooking the vineyard.

Entrance fee: Free
Opening hours: 10AM – 5PM
How to get there:
14min drive from Vibe Hotel Adelaide (Google Maps)

Read also: 11 Boujee Things to do in Australia to Add to Your Next Road Trip Itinerary

Check out Adelaide’s vibrant art scene

Band performing at WOMADelaide - adelaide attractions

Adelaide is known endearingly as Australia’s festival city as domestic and international travellers flock here each season to support the thriving arts scene. My trip coincided with ‘Mad March‘, where summer events such as the Adelaide Festival, WOMADelaide and the Adelaide Fringe all happened at the same time in March!

I attended the first day of WOMADelaide, a festival celebrating music, performance art and dance at the Botanic Garden and was blown away by the scale and energy of it. Corrine Bailey Rae was the headliner! It’s like Coachella but without the influencer culture, just people living in the moment.

Limbo the Return at Adelaide Fringe - Adelaide attractions

LIMBO – The Return is a dazzling show with acrobats, cabaret, fire-breathing, burlesque, jazz and more!

But the real gem is the Adelaide Fringe, which features acts that veer from the mainstream such as comedy, theatre, cabaret, circus, drag and more! Unfiltered, outrageous and unapologetic — it’s unlike anything in Singapore and I was lucky enough to catch three shows.

If you think that there’s ‘nothing to do in Australia at night’, I highly recommend timing your trip with the festivals in Adelaide. Malls and museums also hold special programmes and shops close later during the Fringe.

Day 3: Relax at Adelaide’s best beaches

Swim with wild dolphins

Wild Dolphins from the front of the boat - Things to do in Adelaide

Day 3 began early at the Glenelg Beach marina for the Temptation Dolphin cruise. After changing into a wetsuit and a quick safety briefing, we were off on our quest for dolphins.

And what a bucket list experience! Pods of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins swam up to our boat to surf the waves at the bow — and I had a front-row seat. As the boat was moving, it felt like I was swimming together metres behind them. Some even looked back in curiosity before diving down to hunt squids 🦑

Temptation Sailing boat - Adelaide activities

There are two experiences included, the front swim and back swim. The former is on a group rotation basis while the latter can be done anytime. There’s no actual swimming involved in both experiences so this is great for children and weak swimmers.

The front swim is in a net that will support your body under the front of the boat while you submerge your head in the water. The back refers to two floating lines extended at the back of the boat, which you’ll hold onto — a warning though that the boat can be sailing at times!

Participants holding onto mermaid lines in the back swim on Temptation Sailing Dolphin tour - adelaide itinerary

Curious dolphins might come over to you in the back swim!

For those not keen on swimming, opt for the Dolphin Watch where you can spot the dolphins from the comfort of the same boat. The guides shared that dolphins are around year-round but the best time to see them is in November. You might even get to spot seals and penguins!

*Pro-tip: Top up an additional AU$25 for a photo and video package to get iPhone, GoPro and camera footage after the tour.

Cost: ~S$122/pax for Dolphin Swim, ~S$69/pax for Dolphin Watch
Activity timing:
8AM (Sep – Apr)
Meeting point:
1 Holdfast Promenade, Glenelg SA 5045, Australia (Google Maps)

Chill at Moseley Beach Club

The Moseley Beach Club at Glenelg Beach - Things to do in Adelaide

Nothing screams Australian summer like cocktails with a view at a beach club.

Mosely Beach Club sits at the side of the jetty at Glenelg Beach with an unobstructed view of the crystal blue ocean. FYI, it only operates during summer (Dec – Apr) with beanbags, day beds and sofas to soak in the good vibes and catch a tan 👙

Fish & Chips at the Moseley Beach Club Glenelg Beach - What to eat in Adelaide

Swimming with dolphins worked up my appetite so I ordered a Battered Flathead and Chips (AU$22) and a Pimm’s iced lemonade (AU$13), which was refreshing and helped beat the heat.

*Note: There’s a minimum spend for sun lounges, day beds and booths, but feel free to sit at the walk-in area with the beanbags and deck chairs!

Entrance fee: Free
Opening hours: 11AM – 11:30PM
How to get there: 8min walk from Holdfast Promenade (Google Maps)

Explore Glenelg’s Beach Town

Moseley Square at Glenleg Beach - Places to visit in Adelaide

Moseley Square is the epicentre of Glenelg and you’ll find visitors seeking refuge from the sun in many local businesses and cafes. There’s a tram stop in the middle of the square that’ll seamlessly connect you to and from the city centre.

Take the huge Ferris Wheel located between the square and jetty to get wicked views of both the city and the ocean 🎡

How to get there: 1min walk from the Moseley Beach Club (Google Maps)

Have dinner at Henley Beach 

Henley Beach - South Australia attractions

Henley Beach is one of Adelaide’s most popular beaches thanks to its pristine beach and crystal clear waters. The waters are so shallow, they only reach the knees even at the end of the jetty.

It’s a very laid-back beach, with locals sunbathing and swimming all day — I was tempted to join them. It’s also one of the best places in Adelaide to catch the sunset, so I recommend dropping by in the evening.

Entrees at HNLY restaurant at Henley Beach - things to eat at Adelaide

A beach day warrants a seafood dinner and HNLY, a Mediterranean restaurant, is just steps away from the beach. Located on the second floor, it has an outdoor sitting area with a nice view of the sea.

While it’s on the pricier end, the freshness and quality of the dishes made it worth it. I’m not a fan of raw fish but the kingfish carpaccio with nectarines (AU$25) has officially made me a convert — so buttery soft and flavourful!

Opening hours: 24 hours
How to get there 16min drive from Moseley Square (Google Maps)

Day 4: Explore Adelaide Hills and Hahndorf

Girl standing in Hahndorf German Village - Things to do in South Australia

After a day by the coast, I decided to head up to the Adelaide Hills — known for its lush valleys, charming villages, and the freshest produce! It’s only a ~30-minute drive from the CBD so I highly suggest adding it to your Adelaide itinerary.

I opted to go on a half-day bus tour that would take me from the city to the hills. The bus dropped me off at three different stops and gave us ~20min for the first two stops and ~1.5-hours for the last stop to independently explore them.

Get panoramic views from Mount Lofty Summit

Mount Lofty Summit Viewing Point - Things to do in Adelaide Hills

Our first stop in the Adelaide Hills is Mount Lofty Summit, the highest point in Adelaide at 710m. Get a panoramic view of the city skyline, coastline and even Kangaroo Island (if you squint) from this lookout point!

If you have more time, consider hiking on one of their many bushwalking trails leading to the summit. The scenic trails have different difficulty levels with the shortest taking ~40min and the longest ~3.5 hours. Reward yourself with a refreshing drink at the Summit Cafe at the end of your hike.

Entrance fee: Free
Opening hours: 6AM – 11PM
How to get there:
30min drive from Adelaide Central Bus Station (Google Maps)

Pick strawberries at Beerenberg Farm

Freshly picked strawberries from Beerenberg Farm in Adelaide Hills - Things to do in South Australia

Adelaide Hills supplies some of the best produce in Australia, and Beerenberg Farm is famed for its juicy strawberries. Entry to the patch costs AU$5 and you can pluck as many strawberries as you want from AU$11.95/kg. There wasn’t enough time to pick strawberries, so I bought a box to try and it was as sweet as it looked 🍓

The shop also sells produce like jams, marmalades and other sauces you can get as souvenirs. Plus, there’s a cafe that serves up dessert and ice cream made with freshly picked strawberries — hearsay the strawberry smoothie is amazing!

Entrance fee: Free
Opening hours: 9AM – 5PM
How to get there:
20min drive from Mount Lofty Summit (Google Maps)

*Pro-tip: The best time to pick strawberries is between Nov – Apr.

Shop at Hahndorf Village

Hahndorf Village Street - Adelaide attractions

Founded by Lutheran settlers in 1838, stepping into Hahndorf Village felt like I’d teleported to the Bavarian countryside.

As the oldest surviving German settlement in Australia, there are German bakeries, pubs and artisan stores lining the picturesque main street. While it’s a fairly small town, it was nice to browse through vintage, souvenir and candy shops — in true European fashion.

The village is also one of the best places to photograph Autumn foliage.

German Christmas Shop entrance at Hahndorf Village - Things to do in South Australia

Located on the main street, this is easily my favourite shop. The German Village Shop sells Christmas decorations and handcrafted Hahndorf souvenirs — there’s even an entire wall covered in Cuckoo Clocks and they go off now and then!

No need to defrost Mariah Carey, it’s Christmas all year long 🎄

How to get there: 5min drive from Beerenberg Farm (Google Maps)

Beer tasting at Hahndorf Inn

Hhandorf inn - Things to do in South Australia

Over 160 years old, the Hahndorf Inn has stood the test of time, run by generations of the Holmes family.

I was immediately greeted by stone walls and rustic wooden ceilings. With framed photographs of predecessors, flowing beer taps and diners digging into hearty schnitzels, it was clear that this inn is the heart of Hahndorf.

Beer flight at the Hahndorf inn - Things to do in South Australia

The inn sells tasting beer flights from AU$16.

The tour includes a voucher for an afternoon tea set or a tasting of three German beers. While I opted for an iced chai and apple strudel, beer enthusiasts would enjoy sampling the brews imported from Germany and Australia. Prost 🍻

Opening hours: 10:30AM – 8:30PM, closes at 8PM on Sun
How to get there: 1min walk from the German Village Shop Hahndorf (Google Maps)

Day 5: Day trip to Kangaroo Island

Getting to Cape Jervis: ~2hrs via bus
Getting to Kangaroo Island: ~50min via ferry

Kangaroo Island from the ferry - Things to do in South Australia

No trip to South Australia is complete without adding Kangaroo Island to your Adelaide itinerary. Known for its incredible wildlife, local produce and untouched nature landscapes, it’s usually better to stay a night or two for the full experience.

This time round, I booked a day tour to check out the hidden gems there. Located southwest of Adelaide, we had to take a bus from Central Bus Station at 6:45AM to Cape Jervis Ferry Terminal. Then it’s a 50-minute ferry ride to Kangaroo Island.

Meet Birds of Prey at Raptor Domain

Eagle presentation at Raptor's Domain on Kangaroo Island - Things to do at Kangaroo Island

The first stop was Raptors Domain, a conservation centre dedicated to protecting, educating and rehabilitating birds and reptiles on Kangaroo Island. We caught the morning free-flight Birds of Prey presentation, which featured rescued owls, tawny frogmouths, kookaburras, wedge-tailed eagles and more!

I don’t know much about birds so I was delighted to learn that some owls can see better than humans during the day! I even got to hold an owl when they were calling for volunteers 🦉

Barn Owl presentation at Raptor's Domain on Kangaroo Island - Things to do in Adelaide

*Pro-tip: Sit in the first row for more chances to interact with the birds!

The presentation lasted an hour and the birds were pretty chill. There’s also an eagle hold experience (AU$30) available at the end of the show but my arms are not strong enough for that 😳

If you’re visiting the centre on your own, consider staying for the reptile presentation (AU$24/adult) that happens daily at 1PM.

Cost: AU$30/adult (included in the tour)
Birds of Prey Presentation timings: 11:30AM, 2:30PM
Opening hours: 11AM – 4PM
How to get there:
1hr drive from Penneshaw SeaLink Ferry Terminal (Google Maps)

Read also: Unique Australian Wildlife Encounters — 8 Places to Get Up Close with Wild Animals

Lunch at Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil Distillery

Lunch at Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery - Things to do at Kangaroo Island

The next stop is lunch at Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil Distillery’s cafe. The tour includes a three-course meal but the cafe also offers cider tastings for AU$10/paddle and sells coffee and wines made on the island.

Star, the rescued baby Joey at Emu Ridge - Things to see at Kangaroo Island

Plus there’s also a rescued joey, Star, who occasionally hops around the cafe and gift shop so try to find her to meet a kangaroo on Kangaroo Island 🌚

Woman presenting the process of distilling eucalyptus oil at Emu Ridge Distillery - Things to do on Kangaroo Island

We then went on a tour around the distillery to learn more about how this family-run business makes eucalyptus oil — the entire place smelled like a spa shop. I even spotted an emu hiding in the shade on the grounds!

Our guide also shared that Kangaroo Island is rich in Eucalyptus trees as they are super resilient — regenerating quickly after a wildfire incident struck the island a few years ago.

Entrance fee: Free
Opening hours: 9AM – 4PM
How to get there:
 20min drive from Raptor Domain (Google Maps)

Visit the stunning Pennington Bay

Pennington Bay, Kangaroo Island - Things to do in Adelaide

Pennington Bay offers a postcard-perfect view of Kangaroo Island’s untouched coastline.

The tour bus only stopped by the lookout point for us to snap some pictures, but this beach is actually popular amongst locals for surfing in June thanks to the powerful waves. Dolphins and whales can sometimes be seen from the shore so bring binoculars to spot them!

Entrance fee: Free
Opening hours: 24 hours
How to get there: 20min drive from Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery (Google Maps)

Wine tasting at False Cape Wines

Wine tasting at False Cape Wines on Kangaroo Island - Things to do in South Australia

Kangaroo Island is also a wine region, so visit False Cape Wines for a wine-tasting sesh. At almost 60 acres, it’s the largest vineyard on the island.

We did a tasting while overlooking the lush green vines and tried eight different wines at their cellar door. The flavour profiles were pretty interesting — some peppery and even spicy! My favourite is the Fortified Shiraz which tasted like Christmas in a cup thanks to the brandy mix.

The cellar door is open for walk-ins and there are various wine flights available from AU$12!

Entrance fee: Free
Opening hours: 11AM – 5PM
How to get there:
25min drive from Pennington Bay (Google Maps)

Dinner with a sea view at Penneshaw

The final stop before catching the ferry back to the mainland was at Penneshaw War Memorial Park, where we had free time to grab dinner at our own expense. There were four options — Fire and Smoke, the Kiosk, Penneshaw Pub and a supermarket.

I elected to take away pizza from the Kiosk so I had more time to bask in the amazing ocean views from the park. I even found a small trail that leads to a boardwalk lookout point.

How to get there: 15min drive from False Cape Wines (Google Maps)

Day 6: McLaren Vale and Adelaide City

Get lost in the d’Arenberg Cube

Girl posing in front of D'arenburg Cube in McLaren Vale - Adelaide Itinerary

The d’Arenberg Cube is the iconic symbol of the McLaren Vale wine region and is at the top of every Adelaide itinerary. It’s also the quirkiest cellar door I’ve ever been to in my life.

d’Arenberg is a family-owned label and the current owner designed the building and everything inside it. Sitting in the centre of a vineyard, the five-storey building is intentionally designed to look like a floating Rubik’s cube. Psst, it looks like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory on the inside!

The Cube features a Tasting Room, a restaurant, two different art exhibitions, and a private function area.

Wine tasting at the top floor of D'arenberg Cube - Adelaide Attractions

Wine tastings are held on the top floor where there are panoramic views of the rolling green hills of McLaren Vale. Given that d’Arenberg grows more than 25 grape varieties, sampling a wine flight (from AU$20/pax) is a great introduction to the historic label.

Not sure what to try? Leave it up to fate and spin the d’Arenberg wheel to find your wine — I got #37: The Athazagoraphobic Cat.

Salvadore Dali Exhibition at D'arenberg Cube - Things to do in McLaren Vale

On the third floor, there’s a Salvadore Dalí exhibition that features over 25 authentic bronze sculptures and works. It’s the largest Dali collection in the Southern Hemisphere. Works by Picasso, Billich and Ted Johnson are also displayed in this exhibition.

There’s also another exhibition on the ground floor, the Alternate Realities Museum, which is the creative brainchild of the owner. It’s an interactive and immersive exhibition whereby every artwork, sculpture and room is designed by him — including the urinals #IYKYK

They are eccentric, to say the least…so expect the unexpected! It’s definitely the highlight of my visit to the Cube.

Entrance fee: AU$30/pax (incl. entry to the d’Arenberg Cube, the Alternate Realities Museum, the Salvador Dali exhibition and wine tasting) 
Opening hours:
10:30AM – 4:30PM
How to get there:
50min drive from Vibe Hotel Adelaide (Google Maps)

Go shopping at Rundle Mall

Rundle Mall - Adelaide Itinerary

I then headed back to the city to do some last-minute shopping at Rundle Mall. Contrary to its name, Rundle Mall is a long pedestrian street with many shops, supermarkets and shopping arcades. There are many sculptures iconic to Adelaide like the Malls Balls and Dali’s Triumphant Elephant along the street, plus the street buskers made the vibes 💯

If you’re wondering whether I raided the Kmart, Chemist Warehouse and Coles there — my wallet is still recovering.

Opening hours: 9AM – 5:30PM (Mon – Thu), 9AM – 9PM (Fri), 9AM – 5PM (Sat – Sun)
How to get there: 50min drive from the d’Arenberg Cube (Google Maps)

Dinner at Daughter in Law

Interior of Daughter in Law restaurant - Adelaide Itinerary

End the trip on a high with dinner at Daughter in Law, the most colourful restaurant on the East End.

It felt like a 1990s fever dream with flower garlands covering the ceiling, neon lights and Rasputin playing in the background. They say they serve “unauthentic Australian Indian cuisine” — so don’t expect the spiciness levels of Indian food in Singapore!

If you’re in a large group, we recommend getting the Feed Me Menu (AU$69/pax) to try a bit of everything. It comes with a variety of appetisers, curries, mains, rice, naan, papadum and dessert! Everything was saur good and surprisingly close to authenticity asides from the highly addictive Colonal Tso’s Cauliflower — it was more like Chinese sweet and sour sauce.

Cost: From AU$18/dish
Opening hours: 5PM – 9PM (Sun – Thu), 5PM – 10PM (Fri – Sat)
How to get there: 11min walk from Rundle Mall (Google Maps)

Where to stay in Adelaide

Vibe Hotel Adelaide

Urban Retreat Room King at Vibe Hotel Adelaide - Where to stay in Adelaide

Opened in March 2023, Vibe Hotel is one of the newest hotels in Adelaide’s CBD. The rooms are modern and new, with many amenities like bath salts and shower products. This made the stay feel elevated and luxurious!

The service at this hotel was also wonderful, with delicious mains like egg benedict served for breakfast instead of the usual buffet spread.

While it’s located on a quieter street, it’s still a convenient 10-minute walk to the East End and a 15-minute walk to Rundle Mall.

Cost: From ~S$300/night for an Urban Retreat Room King (up to 2pax)
Address: 260 Flinders St, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia (Google Maps)

ibis Adelaide

Superior Room One Queen Bed City View ibis Hotel - Where to stay in Adelaide

If you’re looking for something less pricey, ibis Adelaide is a budget-friendly option while still being in a prime location. Adjacent to Rundle Mall, the hotel is a 3-minute walk to supermarkets, arcades and bus stops.

While the rooms are simpler with fewer amenities, the floor-to-ceiling view of the city made waking up for sunrises worth it.

Cost: From ~S$150/night for a Superior Room, Queen Bed with City View (up to 2pax)
Address: 122 Grenfell St, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia (Google Maps)

Getting to Adelaide

Singapore Airlines Boeing 737 Plane - How to get to Adelaide

Singapore Airlines is the only carrier that offers direct flights to Adelaide. There’s only one outbound flight per day (6.5 hours) and it’s an overnight flight — giving you a full day to explore after landing!

I spent most of the flight watching the latest Hollywood movies on their in-flight entertainment system while enjoying free cocktails. They also served a mid-flight snack on top of the meal service, so I was never hungry.

But the best part is the complimentary WiFi for KrisFlyer members. This is great for those who need to stay connected with family or work — I mainly used it to scroll social media 🙈

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Getting around Adelaide

Tram at Glenelg Square - Getting around Adelaide

Public transport: Buses and trams operate every 10 – 15min. If you’re heading to the beach, trams are the cheapest and most convenient way to get there. Plus, there’s a free tram zone within the CBD!

Taxi or ride-hailing: As public transport only starts running more frequently after 7AM, take Uber or Didi for early tour reporting times. Some hotels also have taxi call buttons.

Self-drive: Renting a car is the best option for those who plan on spending more time outside of the city. It gives more flexibility and control over your Adelaide itinerary.

Girl in Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island - Things to do in Adelaide

The ‘Adelaide-is-boring’ stereotype has officially been debunked 🎉

South Australia surprised me with its vibrant art scene, gorgeous nature views and friendly locals. It was heartwarming to see a region regard their local businesses, attractions and artists with so much support, inclusivity and passion. It’s truly one of the most underrated cities in Australia.

I’m already planning my next Adelaide itinerary to check out all the things I missed out on!

What’s a must-visit place in your Adelaide itinerary? Let us know in the comments below!

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