When you visit Adelaide, be sure to get a taste of all this city has to offer. Go on adventure tours, head to the stunning restaurants and cafes, check out the art scene and take a tour of the historical sights. Here are some of the best places to include on your tour.
Top attractions: Town hall
The Adelaide Town Hall and the plethora of museums in the city are great places to witness stunning architecture and learn more about Adelaide's past and present.
A grand clock tower and distinctly Victorian vibe make the Adelaide Town Hall what it is. The building has become a landmark and heritage site, with people heading to King William Street just to see it.
The hall was built in 1866 and was the creative brain-child of then Mayor Edmund Wright. Thanks to him, primarily local materials were used, such as Tea Tree Gully freestone and Dry Creek bluestone – both of which are utterly beautiful.
Throughout its existence, the hall has been the venue for famous performers and musicians, with festival openings, variety concerts and pivotal moments taking place right here. The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Musica Viva Australia, Australian Chamber Orchestra and Australian String Quartet are all based here.
In the auditorium, the Walker and Sons Organ can be seen. This instrument, worth $1.3 million was installed in 1990. As the largest mechanical action instrument built in Britain in the past 100 years, people come from around the world to have a go creating music.
Volunteer tour guides, who are both knowledgeable and passionate, will take you on a tour of the building, telling you about the architecture and history.
Top attractions: Museums
Along with your trip to the town tall, be sure to visit some of the museums in the city. The Classic Jets Fighter Museum is the leading place to find out about military aviation in South Australia. A highlight of a trip to this attraction is the CJFM Fighter Collection, which you can get right up close and personal with. You'll also see a Chance Vought F4U-1 Corsair 02270 and so much more.
If you love planes and want to see more, head to the South Australian Aviation Museum. Here you'll see a great selection of aircraft, engine and special interest displays, restorations and propellers.
Come back to earth and head to the National Motor Museum. Opening in 1965, the museum has fast become a popular place for avid motoring enthusiasts, and is a one stop shop to learn about road transport history in Australia, and see the cars of the past, kept in pristine condition.
Head from the roads to the tracks of the country, with your next stop the National Railway Museum. Here there are more than 100 exhibitions, all dedicated to the railways of Australia, and the role they have played in shaping civilisation as we known it. You'll have the opportunity to hop aboard and club into a cab of an ancient steam engine and wander through the carriages, imagining what it was like to live in this era. There is even a running train, which runs from Semaphore to Fort Glanville, and runs along one of the most beautiful beaches in the area.
The collection on display at the South Australian Maritime Museum is one of the best nautical collections in the country. It was started in 1872, with the aim to preserve and celebrate the history of the oceans and rivers of Australia and now has many fantastic permanent galleries and invites engaging exhibitions all the time.