The beautiful city of Adelaide despite only being Australia’s fifth largest city offers a cultural, culinary and historical experience for everyone.
Thanks to the vision of Adelaide's founder, Colonel William Light, this planned city is arranged in a grid surrounded by lovely parks known as the Adelaide Parklands. From Light's Vision Lookout, a tribute to Colonel Light on Montefiore Hill, you can take in sweeping views of the parklands which form a lush green ring around the city centre.
Wander the streets of Adelaide and discover the ‘City of Churches’. The Freedom of Religion Act introduced in South Australia's early colonial days saw the uprise of several churches around the city. Today several historic churches such as St. Peter’s Cathedral remain, however many have been converted into dining establishments, residential homes and even a night club.
Located on the edge of Adelaide’s parklands you’ll find a 150 square metre chocolate shop. In May 1915, Alfred E. Haigh opened the doors of the very first Haigh’s Chocolates store in Adelaide. You can discover the indulging world of Haigh’s, Australia’s oldest handmade chocolate manufacturer, at the Visitor’s Centre. See the famous Adelaide Oval and the Art Gallery of South Australia, a magnificent building and home to one of Australia’s great collections of art.
Less than an hour away through the scenic Adelaide Hills is the Barossa, an amazing region regarded as the wine capital of Australia also famous for its gourmet food, picturesque landscapes and relaxed atmosphere. The Adelaide Hills is also home to Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement, Hahndorf where you can enjoy a unique cultural experience.
A short 10 kilometres from the heart of Adelaide is the charming seaside suburb of Glenelg. Set on the sandy white shores of Holdfast Bay, this is the site of South Australia’s original mainland settlement with its name Glenelg notable for being a palindrome. Indulge at a beachside café, browse the shops of the famous Jetty Road or stroll along the water's edge taking in the refreshing ocean breeze.
Travel south offshore to the pristine wilderness of Kangaroo Island. Walk among the Australian sea lions and free-roaming kangaroos and keep your eyes peeled for adorable koalas at Flinders Chase National Park. Absorb the natural wonders of the Remarkable Rocks and Admiral’s Arch, two amazing natural rock formations. Just 13 kilometres from the mainland, you’ll feel a million miles away.
AAT Kings offers a variety of tours in Adelaide and its surroundings. Choose from many day tours or explore South Australia in combination with other states on an extended Short Break or Guided Holiday.