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Mortlock Wing, State Library of South Australia
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48 hours in Adelaide

If you’re only in town for a short stay, you’re in luck. Here’s our super-charged itinerary for 48 hours in Adelaide.

Day 1 – Morning

Start your day off with a workout in the picturesque Adelaide Park Lands, go for a jog or quiet stroll around the Riverbank Precinct, making your way past Adelaide Oval, the Adelaide Festival Centre and the Adelaide Convention Centre. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, grab breakfast in the East End. Along Rundle Street and East Terrace you’ll find a great selection of restaurants and cafes.

Barista making coffee

Make your way down Rundle Street to Rundle Mall, the heart of retail. It was Australia’s first pedestrian mall and today you’ll find more than 700 retailers here. Check out the art as you wander along including the iconic Mall’s Balls and bronze life-sized pigs. From Rundle Mall, mosey on over to the cultural boulevard of North Terrace. Here you will find the Art Gallery of South Australia, Migration Museum, South Australian Museum, Elder Hall and the State Library of South Australia, home of the beautiful Mortlock Wing, voted one of the most beautiful libraries in the world.

Mortlock Wing, State Library of South Australia
Mortlock Wing, State Library of South Australia

Day 1 – Afternoon

Hop on the free tram on King William Street, then hop off at Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga where you might find an event or community activity underway, and head to the bustling Adelaide Central Market for lunch.

Wedged between Gouger and Grote Streets, you will find everything from gourmet chocolate to homemade pasta, seafood and fresh bread, smallgoods to cheese, plus fresh fruit and vegetables.

Adelaide Central Market
Fresh produce at the Adelaide Central Market

In the afternoon explore some of the booming laneways in the West End including Bank Street, Leigh Street and Peel Street. Wander down Hindley Street, a bustling hotspot at night, in the day you will find an eclectic mix of retail, small businesses and cafes.

Day 1 – Evening

Time to grab a bite to eat, head to one of Adelaide’s leading ‘eat streets’, like Hutt, Hindley, Rundle or Gouger Street. In each you will find a tantalising collection of food from around the world, traditional pubs, and trendy bars.

One of the many small venue bars in Adelaide
One of the many small venue bars in Adelaide

How about a show after dinner? Check out what’s on at the Adelaide Festival Centre, laugh out loud at a comedy show at the Rhino Room, soak up some cabaret at La Boheme, or take in a movie at one of the City’s cinemas such as the Mercury Cinema in the West End, Palace Nova East End Cinemas or Piccadilly Cinemas on O’Connell Street.

After a coffee or a night-cap? Head to one of the City’s scrumptious coffee and dessert bars – many open late to cater for those night-time cravings. The Original Pancake Kitchen in Gilbert Place and Bakery on O’Connell in North Adelaide are both open 24/7.

Day 2 – Morning

This morning is all about North Adelaide! Start the day off with a hearty breakfast in Melbourne Street then take a stroll through the historic neighbourhood filled with gorgeous colonial architecture, and make your way to Light’s Vision, a look out on Montefiore Hill with sweeping views of the Park Lands and City. From here, continue up to O’Connell Street, a strip of more than 40 restaurants, cafes, pubs and boutiques. Shop to your heart’s content or sit and enjoy a coffee.

Golfer teeing off at the North Adelaide Golf course
Be rewarded with a different view of Adelaide when you play a round of golf

If you’re up for something more active, head to the Adelaide Aquatic Centre or enjoy a round of golf at the scenic North Adelaide Golf Course. Make sure you check out Adelaide Zoo too! Featuring over 1,800 animals and almost 300 species of exotic and native mammals, birds, reptiles and fish, the Zoo is also home to Wang Wang and Funi, the only Giant Pandas in the southern hemisphere.

Day 2 – Afternoon

Wander through the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, an oasis nestled right in the heart of the City or have a picnic in the tranquil Rundle Park/Kadlitpina in the Eastern Park Lands, a stone’s throw away from the East End. If you’re after some more culture, make your way to Tandanya and learn about contemporary and traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. Here you can meet Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and walk through diverse and exciting exhibitions in the art galleries.

Lady in botanic gardens
Enjoy a stroll at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens

Day 2 – Evening

Head to Gouger Street where you’ll find a range of cuisines including Adelaide’s Chinatown, where you can take a detour down Moonta Street to discover some of the best value for money eateries in the City. For a nightcap, explore the City’s laneway bars such as 55ml, Pink Moon Saloon, Proof, Clever Little Tailor or Udaberri.

The City also has oodles of speciality cocktail bars to choose from including The Collins Bar in the Hilton Hotel, rooftop bar 2KW, Hennessey Bar, La Buvette Drinkery, Lotus Lounge and Botanic Bar. Then, it’s time to finish the night off on a high note! The City hosts a number of live music venues with a range of music genres.


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