Three Days in Adelaide


Explore more of the city centre and surrounds

Three days in Adelaide

Get to know the city that little bit more on a three-day stay in Adelaide, where you can venture out into suburban areas and soak up the sun at one of our amazing beaches.

DAY ONE: Sticking around the city centre is the way to go. We have a full rundown of the perfect Adelaide day, but we’ll say firstly that any opening day to your Adelaide visit should include a tour with us! For those new to the city, the Welcome To Adelaide tour is a great introduction, or organise a private tour at a time convenient to you.

A visit to the Adelaide Central Market, open Tuesday-Saturday, is easy enough – the mentioned tours end there! Checking out Rundle Mall and part of the North Terrace cultural precinct will fill in the rest of the day nicely. You have AGSA (our art gallery) as a great start to exploring what is a proud arts city.

DAY TWO: continue your look at the city’s cultural institutions along North Terrace, our major boulevard. Take your pick from the SA Museum, Space Discovery Centre and the amazing Adelaide Botanic Garden, all in short walking distance. Consider a picnic in the garden for lunch, or for a truly unique experience head to Uniqorn Eats for rainbow dishes and vegan options. 

Get some insight into Indigenous culture at the Tandanya art gallery before catching a free City Connector bus loop (the 98 buses) from East Terrace up to North Adelaide. The city’s first planned residential area is where you’ll find Adelaide’s finest cottages… you’ll go past Tynte Street with its fire station hotel before hopping off to explore O’Connell Street.

There, Bakery on O’Connell is a 24-hour hotspot for a great feed, but options for coffee are endless. If you’re keen for a drink, the Oxford and Archer are longstanding pubs and worth a visit either before or after dinner at Gin Long Canteen. North Adelaide is a lovely option for an Adelaide stay – check out Adelaide Style Accommodation.

DAY THREE: You have your pick of what to do during the day and at night here. Head on Adelaide’s primary tram line to Glenelg beach, home to the Jetty Road shopping precinct and enticing coastline. Early morning hours are more peaceful, but sunsets are also wonderful.

If the beach isn’t your thing, explore Chinatown for lunch options, behind the Central Market. You have food court action in Chinatown Plaza, or for great dumplings visit Star Dumplings nearby.

One more spot for drinks you can’t miss is the West End precinct. A fresh alternative to the East End, Peel Street and Leigh Street are places to be on Friday/Saturday nights in Adelaide, with quirky bars around the corner from the city’s nightlife strip, Hindley Street. Pink Moon Saloon is a great starting point.

If you prefer different thrills, check out Adelaide Gaol at night with a ghost tour. Our friends at Lantern Ghost Tours do an excellent job of those! It’s also open during the day if you’d rather do a self-guided exploration.

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Things to do in Adelaide that you'll love

Adelaide beaches
In the summer months, beach time is essential. Glenelg beach is family-friendly at the end of Adelaide’s tram line, the biggest with shops and restaurants. Henley beach hosts the hip crowd and home to the amazing Bottega gelateria
Adelaide Botanic Garden
On the eastern fringe of the city centre, lose yourself among the sprawling grounds and beautiful displays of nature. Botanic Park behind it hosts Moonlight Cinema screenings in the summer months
A not-for-profit organisation that promotes Indigenous art and culture, Tandanya’s gallery home is a cultural institution proudly displaying thousands of years of knowledge. Artwork featured comes from all over South Australia
O'Connell Street
The main street of North Adelaide is bustling with shops, pubs and eateries of all cuisines, yet keeps an even more relaxed vibe than the city centre. Surrounding streets can be wandered for hours as well

What tour to take?

On a three-day visit to Adelaide, an in-depth Intimate Walk fits in nicely with exploring the city on a deeper level. If you've visited before, consider our Jimmy C Street Art Tour for an alternative look at Adelaide.


A group of four visitors with their tour guide pose in Adelaide Arcade.

Intimate Walk

There's four people maximum on this deeper glimpse into Adelaide, visiting a mix of key landmarks and quieter city locations.



Jimmy C Street Art Tour

Explore the works of internationally-renowned artist Jimmy C and learn about his unique 'drip-style' street art.
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