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There's a reason Adelaide has been named one of Lonely Planet's top 5 regions in the world! Whether you stay in Adelaide, or visit the Adelaide Hills, Mount Barker, Fleurieu Peninsula or the Barossa Valley, there is so much to see and do.

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Still not sure where to start? Try these ideas and suggestions, thanks to the South Australian Tourism Commission, or read on for our guide to a great day out in Adelaide...

A day in Adelaide

After watching an internationally acclaimed theatre production or before listening to the next line up of world-class musicians, South Australia's vibrant hub the City of Adelaide is waiting to surprise you.  Morning, noon and night there is an array of indulgent experiences to relish - epicurean places to dine, boutique and designer places to shop, and a redeveloped riverbank precinct to discover. For help navigating the city, try the Adelaide Visitor Information Centre website.

Adeliade riverbank view


Start your day with a coffee and croissant from a South Australian success story. From humble beginnings as an Italian restaurant in the Adelaide CBD, Cibo Espresso has expanded across not just Adelaide, but interstate, helping coffee lovers share an authentic "Italian moment" just by stepping through the doors. Try their range of delicious food offerings from savoury to sweets, such as one of their freshly-baked Bombolonis - cinnamon-sprinkled donuts filled with Nutella or Vanilla custard. To find your closest Cibo store visit

Stroll the aisles of fresh, South Australian produce with a Central Markets Tour at the southern hemisphere’s largest undercover food market. The Adelaide Central Markets are bursting at its seams with over 70 stall holders specialising in everything from cheese, meats, fresh vegetables and fantastic coffee and cakes.

One of the many great things about Adelaide is its accessibility. One minute you're in a bustling, exciting city, and then in 20 minutes time you can be relaxing in the sun on some of the world's most beautiful beaches. Take the free City Connector bus down to the river Torrens, running along the River Torrens from Gilberton, through the CBD to Bowden, or jump on the Tram and head to Glenelg for some sun and a swim.

Driving around instead? Find your nearest UPark and save time and hassle by pre-booking your spot online. Information and options can be found at

If you appreciate contemporary art and design or a love for galleries, collections and exhibitions then Adelaide’s North Terrace is a must visit precinct. A few hours along North Terrace and you will get a glimpse of our cultural past and our exciting, creative future.

Enjoy dinner at one of our Restaurant Partners. We have carefully selected some of Adelaide's finest food and wine establishments in close proximity to our venues and worked with them to create the perfect pre and post-show meal offers just for you during the Festival and for our Friends all year round.

Indulge in Adelaide’s small bar scene. Leigh Street and Peel Street have some hidden gems for your night caps!

Stay in the heart of the Festival to make the most of your time: Intercontinental Adelaide and Oaks Hotels and Resorts are just a short walk away from most of the venues.

After you have explored Adelaide, be sure to add a day or three onto your trip and venture outside the city to see visit stunning vistas and enjoy world-class wines, all on our doorstep. Visit to find the region that suits you.

Outside the CBD

Take a day trip up to historic Hahndorf and Mount Barker - just 30 minutes from Adelaide via the South Eastern Freeway. Glimpse the private world of artist Sir Hans Heysen at The Cedars, take in the view at Mount Barker Summit, then kick back and enjoy a show at Ukaria Cultural Centre: the scenery is to die for!

The d'Arenberg Cube in McLaren Vale is a five storey multi-function building set among Mourvèdre vines. The building has the optical illusion of floating in a vineyard, each level with spectacular views overlooking the rolling hills of Willunga. Inside is the winery's new cellar door, a restaurant, private function areas and numerous artworks and features throughout, detailed in the company's new smart phone application, 'The Alternate Realities Museum'. Enjoy a complimentary wine tasting, or book ahead for a premium wine or dining experience.

d'Arenberg Cube and vines

And once you've had your fill of Adelaide, consider flying home or onto your next adventure with Emirates - Official Airline Partner of the Adelaide Festival. Emirates fly out of Adelaide, first class to locations all over the world. For more information visit the Emirates website.