How many days to spend in Adelaide

When visiting Adelaide – lesser known than the likes of Melbourne and Sydney – visitors sometimes wonder how long to stick around. The truth is, Adelaide and its neighbouring regions, could keep you entertained for as long as you’d like to stay. In this article, we help you figure out how many days to spend in Adelaide. And to support our claim that there are endless things to do, we share a brief itinerary to get you inspired!

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Adelaide at sunset

Pic credit: Ben Goode/SATC

How many days should I spend in Adelaide?

You should spend at least four days in Adelaide. This would give you enough time to explore the CBD, some nearby beaches, national parks and perhaps a wine region. However, you could easily spend much more than a week – in fact, we highly recommend it!

Thanks to Adelaide’s sweet little CBD packed with fantastic restaurants and bars, as well as its proximity to beaches, hills and wine regions, your visit to Adelaide could go on for as long as you like!

Rundle street in Adelaide

Pic credit: SATC

A quick Adelaide itinerary

Below, we share a short recommended itinerary that will help you understand just how long to stay in South Australia’s cute little capital. Depending on how you like you travel, you can decide for yourself how many days to spend in Adelaide.

Day 1

During your first day in Adelaide, you’ll want to explore the CBD. Perhaps take a walk down Rundle Street and Rundle Mall, before heading to the Central Markets (it’s the largest undercover market in the southern hemisphere). From here, discover the Art Gallery of South Australia before taking a tram to Glenelg. Take a swim and enjoy the beach before spending the evening at a restaurant with views of the beach.

rapid bay south of Adelaide

Pic credit: SATC/Jem Cresswell

Day 2

After a day exploring Adelaide’s CBD, take a trip down south and uncover a more dramatic coastline. Take a hike from Hallett Cove and admire the crazy rock formations. Then, drive down to Rapid Bay and Second Valley where you can enjoy some of the region’s best snorkelling. On your way back up to the city in the evening, stop at Kick Back Brewery in Aldinga for a local brew and a tasty meal.

Day 3

Spend a day exploring the world-famous Barossa Valley, located one hour north of the city. Make your own itinerary, choosing from wineries such as Jacob’s Creek, Chateau Tanunda, Henschke, Rockfords and many many more. Enjoy a delectable lunch at one of the Barossa’s best wineries, or grab something in a more casual setting at one of Tanunda’s eateries.

Day 4

Take a trip to the beautiful Adelaide Hills. Known for its cute little towns, hikes, restaurants, wineries and fantastic produce, you can easily spend a whole day exploring. Depending on the time of year, you could pick cherries or strawberries. Then, you might like to visit some breweries or distilleries, take the Jurlique farm tour, visit a chocolate factory, discover a wildlife park, indulge in a pub lunch or visit a wonderful winery. The choice is yours! Just don’t forget to make enough time for a lengthy stop in Hahndorf – Adelaide’s famous German town.

Spend more than five days and you could also do the following…

Day 5

On the fifth day of your stay, why not discover some other parts of the city. Starting in Norwood, grab a morning coffee and a brunch at one of the great cafes on The Parade. After you’ve looked in some of the boutiques, shops and amazing second hand stores, get back in the car and visit Port Adelaide in the north west. Here you can discover South Australia’s maritime history and its migration history with the help of some great museums! Don’t forget to stop at Pirate Life Brewery on your way back to the hotel.

Morialta conservation park

Pic credit: SATC/Joel Durbridge (Morialta)

Day 6

A trip to Adelaide isn’t complete without a hike to Mount Lofty. This steep ascent will take you 1-1.5 hours, but the views the top are incredible. Otherwise, head to one of the national parks in Adelaide, including Cleland and Morialta, and select a walk of your choice. You’ll be sure to spot some wildlife on the way, but if you haven’t seen quite enough, drop into Cleland Wildlife Park and discover some native wildlife.

Day 7

Staying for a seventh day? Why not enjoy a leisurely day trip down to Victor Harbor? Cruise along the coastline here and stop at some of the best beaches in South Australia. As you drive, you’ll also pass the sweet tourist town of Port Elliot (famous for its top notch bakery) as well as Middleton (a surfing favourite). You might even like to hike a part of the famous Heysen Trail from Vitor Harbor. One thing is for sure; in this seaside wonderland, you’ll experience the best of the SA’s coast. Stay at The Anchorage to extend your stay here!

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Adelaide Royal Coach

The Adelaide Royal Coach promises clean, comfortable rooms with the addition of a great onsite restaurant, an indoor pool and a perfect location for exploring the CBD.

Adelaide royal coach hotel

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Comfort Hotel Adelaide Meridien

At this hotel in North Adelaide, you’re guaranteed reasonable rates, comfort and total convenience.

comfort hotel Adelaide Meridien

Quality Apartments Adelaide Central

Visit Quality Apartments Adelaide Central for a touch of luxury, plenty of space and a very central Adelaide location.

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Spend some more days in Adelaide!

Now that you now how many days to spend in Adelaide, you’ll want to start planning your trip in more detail. Check out our Ultimate Guide to Adelaide and start planning tour visit!