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Traveller's Guide to Adelaide's Top 5 Must-see Destinations and Attractions

As Australia’s cosmopolitan coastal capital, Adelaide’s unique geographical positioning offers travellers some of the best coastal attractions you will experience anywhere in the world. To help you make the most of your time when visiting Adelaide, we have put together this list of our top 5 must-see destinations and attractions.

With something for everyone, Adelaide is the perfect destination for family vacations, solo exploration, couples, groups and everyone in between. Regardless as to whether you prefer luxurious travel or are on a shoestring budget, Adelaide has so much to see and do that everyone will leave feeling satisfied and be holding onto lots of long-lasting memories. Let's begin with a universally popular option among all age groups, the beach.

Hit The Beaches

There’s nothing more enjoyable than hitting the beach on holiday and if you are visiting Adelaide then you are in for a real treat. Playing host to some of the most beautiful beaches in Australia, Adelaide is filled with endless opportunities to soak up the sun and enjoy a family day out by the sea.

Kick back and relax at Port Willunga or Victor Harbour, explore the Fleurieu Peninsula and soak up the sights and sounds of the white sandy beaches. With consistent weather and public transport serving many of the most popular beaches, reaching them has never been easier.

One of the most popular beaches near Adelaide is West Beach, which is great for swimming, paddle boarding and picnics. Just a few minutes walk from west beach is Mega Adventure Park. Filled with aerial obstacle courses, it’s a great way to get the adrenaline pumping. The nearby harbour town outlet is great for shopping and there are plenty of bush walks to follow.The best times to visit are from the early afternoon until dusk.

Driving directions to West Beach from Holiday Inn Express, Adelaide City Centre - 22-minutes

1. Head north on Blyth St toward North Terrace for 130 m

2. Turn left onto North Terrace for 950 m

3. Use any lane to take a slight right onto Port Rd/R1/A21 for 700 m

4. Turn left onto James Congdon Dr for 1.5 km

5. Use the right 2 lanes to turn right onto Sir Donald Bradman Dr/A6

6. Continue to follow A6 for 7.0 km

7. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Seaview Rd

8. Go through 2 roundabouts for 900 m

9. Turn left onto W Beach Rd for 210 m

West Beach. South Australia 5024, Australia

West Beach. South Australia 5024, Australia

If you want iconic Australian wildlife, you need to get to Kangaroo Island. Surrounded by some of the best beaches you will ever see in your life, you can wander among sea lions in Seal Bay, take a selfie with a wallaby or kangaroo, or get up-close-and-personal with the iconic koala.

Kangaroo Island offers so much more than just wildlife and beaches and you can discover the mysterious Kelly Hill caves, go sand tobogganing at the Little Sahara Sand Dunes, and take in the splendid sights of Admiral's Arch. Part of the fun of visiting Kangaroo Island is the boat journey over. As soon as you hit the island, you will be confronted with many of Australia's iconic animals roaming free, such as echidnas, emus, koalas, and kangaroos.

Kangaroo Island is definitely a must visit place for those who want to get back to nature and explore everything that this almost untouched island has to offer. The journey from Holiday Inn Express, Adelaide City Centre takes approximately 90 minutes to the ferry terminal. It is best to set off in the morning so that you can enjoy a full day exploring the island.

Driving directions to Kangaroo Island from Holiday Inn Express, Adelaide City Centre - 90-minutes

1.   Take North Terrace to R1/West Terrace/A21 for 3 min (1.0 km)

2.   Head north on Blyth St toward North Terrace for 130 m

3.   Turn left onto North Terrace for 850 m

4.   Follow R1/A21 to Goodwood Rd for 6 min (2.2 km)

5.   Turn left onto R1/West Terrace/A21 for 1.5 km

6.   Use the left 2 lanes to turn slightly left to stay on R1/West Terrace/A21

7.   Continue to follow R1/A21 for 700 m

8.   Continue on Goodwood Rd to Saint Marys for 14 min (8.7 km)

9.   Continue straight onto Goodwood Rd for 6.5 km

10. Continue onto Fiveash Dr for 1.4 km

11. Continue onto Ayliffes Rd for 800 m

12. Follow M2 to Flinders Dr/B23 in Cape Jervis for 1 h 21 min (97.3 km)

13. Slight left onto Main S Rd/A2 for 1.6 km

14. Use the right 3 lanes to turn slightly right onto M2 for 18.4 km

15. Use the right 3 lanes to turn right onto Main S Rd/A13 for 2.2 km

16. Keep right to continue on Main S Rd/B23. Continue to follow B23 for 74.7 km

17. Turn left onto Flinders Dr/B23 for 160 m

18. Turn right to stay on Flinders Dr/B23 for 160 m

19. Harbor Of Cape Jervis - Take Ferry to Kangaroo Island

Cape Jervis SA 5204, Australia

Amble Along the River Torrens

The River Torrens offers some of the most scenic sights of Adelaide and can be enjoyed by foot, bicycle, or boat. The area features some serious beauty and makes for the perfect place to sit down and enjoy a picnic outdoors. Why not indulge yourself in a cruise down the river on the Popeye, where you get to take in all of the sites that Adelaide has to offer?

For those with younger ones, there is no better way to spend an afternoon than cruising along the river on a pedal boat. This will soon have them worn out so that you can all sit and enjoy a relaxed picnic beside the river. While prices for the Popeye Cruise vary from $5-$42 depending on your adventure, exploring the linear trail along the River Torrens is completely free and makes for a fantastic day out.

The Holiday Inn Express, Adelaide City Centre is just minutes away from all the action and is the perfect hub for families looking for shopping, entertainment and activities within walking distance. With plenty of parks in the surrounding area, every day is a picnic opportunity. The best place for paddle boats is at Elder Park. Lunchtimes are busiest, so heading to the park after 2pm will ensure there are no queues or too many people around.

Walking directions to Elder Park from Holiday Inn Express, Adelaide City Centre - 5-minutes

1. Head north on Blyth St toward North Terrace for 130 m

2. Turn right onto North Terrace for 240 m

3. Turn left onto King William Rd

4. Destination will be on the left after 400 m

Elder Park. King William Rd, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia

Shop Til’ You Drop

Regardless as to whether you are looking at shopping for yourself or buying trinkets for friends and family back home, Adelaide is absolutely filled to the brim with some of the best shopping opportunities in Australia, many of which are on the doorstep of the Holiday Inn Express, Adelaide City Centre.

With a wide selection of shopping precincts available, such as East End and Rundle Mall, King William Road, the parade, Harbortown and Burnside Village, you can rest assured that all of your shopping requirements will be fulfilled.

Along with a whole host of shopping precincts, malls and local retailers, there are also some fantastic gourmet food markets to be explored. No trip to Adelaide would be complete without at least an afternoon filled with exploring the local stores, and you are definitely bound to find some real bargains in the mix.

Walking directions to Rundle Mall from Holiday Inn Express, Adelaide City Centre - 5-minutes

Head south on Blyth St toward Hindley St for 28 m

Turn left onto Hindley St for 250 m

Continue onto Rundle Mall for 210 m

Turn left onto Gawler Pl

Rundle Mall. Adelaide SA 5000, Australia

Hike the Adelaide Hills

Who needs the glitz and glamour of the Hollywood Hills when you have the Adelaide Hills right on your doorstep? Experience the most stunning scenery in Adelaide as you make your way through truly picturesque villages.

While there are plenty of activities to do in Adelaide, the very best of the best involve soaking up everything that nature has to offer. The Adelaide Hills are located nearby to the Holiday Inn Express, Adelaide City Centre and are a fantastic full day out.

To make the very most of your time in the Adelaide Hills, why not pack a picnic filled with delicious foods from one of the Adelaide Central Markets and head to the famed Cleland Conservation Park. One thing is for sure, and that is that a day out in the Adelaide Hills will be one of the most memorable day trips that you take when in Adelaide.

Driving directions to Cleland Park from Holiday Inn Express, Adelaide City Centre - 27-minutes

1.   Head north on Blyth St toward North Terrace for 45 s (130 m)

2.   Take R1/West Terrace/A21, South Terrace and Greenhill Rd to Waterfall Terrace in Burnside for 20 min (9.4 km)

3.   Turn left onto North Terrace for 850 m

4.   Turn left onto R1/West Terrace/A21 for 1.5 km

5.   Use the left lane to turn slightly left to stay on R1/West Terrace/A21 for 73 m

6.   Turn left at the 1st cross street onto South Terrace for 1.7 km

7.   Use any lane to turn slightly right onto Glen Osmond Rd for 1.0 km

8.   Turn left onto Greenhill Rd/R1/A21 for 800 m

9.   Continue straight onto Greenhill Rd for 3.3 km

10. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Glynburn Rd for 250 m

11. Drive to Waterfall Gully Rd in Waterfall Gully for 3 min (2.0 km)

12. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Waterfall Terrace for 130 m

13. Turn right onto Waterfall Gully Rd for 1.8 km

Cleland Park, Waterfall Gully SA 5066, Australia

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