Named for Queen Adelaide, consort to King William IV, Adelaide was founded in 1836. Unlike any other place in Australia at the time, the city was a planned settlement in the continent's only freely-settled colony.
One of Adelaide's founding fathers, Colonel William Light, designed the city centre and chose its location close to the River Torrens—a waterway that runs through the city to this day. Flowing from its source in the Adelaide Hills, past the city centre and into Gulf St Vincent, the river's long linear parks and Torren Lake are popular with Adelaide locals and visitors alike.
The waters of the Torrens River play an essential role in the city's recreation. Be sure to consult an ATAS accredited Adelaide travel agent to make sure you get the most out of your Adelaide getaway.
South Australia has a lot to offer the visitor. From the sparkling opals of Coober Pedy and wines of the Barossa and Clare valleys, the Eyre Peninsula and the Riverland regions beside the mighty Murray River and beyond. The ideal leaping-off point for a South Australian adventure is the state's capital—Adelaide. And the perfect planning and booking resource? An ATAS accredited Adelaide travel agent, of course.
No-one knows a place better than a local. Work with ATAS accredited Adelaide travel agents for local knowledge, Adelaide-insider tips, experience and expertise backed by great pricing and support. Your Adelaide travel agent will be with you every step of the way to help out, and adjust your plans as required if any part of your trip goes awry. For peace of mind, great value and genuine professional service, be sure to book with an ATAS accredited Adelaide travel agent.
More than 75% of all South Australians living in Adelaide and its environs, making it a hub of festival and event excitement all year round. South Australia is known as the Festival State, and its capital city—Adelaide—is its beating heart.
National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant 2019. Photo Credit, South Australian Tourism Commission
Adelaide is the perfect start-and-finish point for some of Australia's best road trips. Engage an ATAS accredited Adelaide travel agent for the very best itineraries, accommodation, car hire, insurance and experience options, and set out on your road trip with confidence. Try these ones on for size.
The Epicurean Way seamlessly connects Adelaide to the four iconic wine regions of McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, Barossa and Clare Valley in a world class gourmet journey. Simply follow your tastebuds on this satisfying four-day food and wine adventure.
South Australia's Southern Ocean Drive self-drive itinerary is a true Australian classic. Journeying along South Australia’s southern coast offers something for everyone. Sample Coonawarra McLaren Vale wines, visit fascinating Mount Gambier, stop for a happy-snap with Larry—the spiny 17-meter tall giant lobster at Kingston, take a four-wheel drive adventure along perfect beaches, kayak pristine waterways and discover wonderful Kangaroo Island.
Start and finish your South Australian road trips from Adelaide for maximum convenience. ATAS accredited Adelaide travel agents can help you piece together the perfect road trip. They know the ins-and-outs, the wheres, hows and whys, and they'll be with you as you drive every kilometre and take in the wonders of this magical place.
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Adelaide is home to a cavalcade of world-class museums, galleries and attractions for the whole family. An ATAS accredited Adelaide travel agent can help you find your cultural fix when you next visit. Be sure to tap into the world of local experience offered by Adelaide travel agent when you plan your next trip to South Australia.
Train-spotters and railway buffs love Adelaide. Port Adelaide's National Railway Museum is home to more than 100 exhibits in two huge pavilions and an 1870's heritage-listed goods shed. The Museum showcases a wide variety of steam locomotives, diesel engines and carriages from State, Commonwealth and private operators on the three major railway gauges (Yes, three!) used throughout Australia. Be sure to include a visit to Port Adelaide's National Railway Museum on your next trip to Adelaide.
Adelaide also features on the routes of two of Australia's greatest trains—The Indian Pacific and The Ghan. The Indian Pacific is a transcontinental crossing between the Indian (Perth) and Pacific (Sydney) oceans, and The Ghan that traverses the country north-to-south (and vice-versa) between Adelaide and Darwin in Australia's 'Top End'.
These great rail journeys are available in a range of classes and configurations. Be sure to contact an expert Adelaide travel agent if you're considering stepping aboard either of these iconic trains.
Adelaide's South Australian Museum is home to world-class natural history and cultural collections. With more than 3,000 artefacts on display, the Museum is home to the world's largest collection of Australian Aboriginal cultural material. The museum's other galleries are dedicated to Pacific cultures, megafauna, opalised fossils, the polar regions, minerals, and there’s even an Ancient Egypt room.
Adelaide is choc-a-block with fab family activities including tasting visits to Australia's oldest chocolate making company, Haigh’s. Yum!
Elsewhere, kids will have a ball at any of the city's fine metropolitan beaches, on Glenelg’s colourful water slides, and at Mega Adventure Adelaide where the aerial SkyMate structure takes adventure to a whole new level.
Adelaide Zoo is just a 15-minute walk from Adelaide's CBD and is home to some 300 species of exotic and native mammals, reptiles, birds and fish in eight hectares of superb surroundings. The Zoo is also home to Funi and Wang Wang—the only Giant Pandas in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary is one of metropolitan Adelaide's true gems. Just 20 minutes from the city, and home to around 40 resident dolphins, the Sanctuary is really popular with families. Another 300 dolphins regularly visit the sanctuary, as do sting rays, long nosed fur seals and endangered Australian sea lions. Pop along and try your hand at kayaking, paddle boarding, dolphin and bird watching, and fishing.
RoofClimb's specially-trained RoofClimb Leaders guide visitors across the rooftop of the iconic Adelaide Oval’s Western Stand before moving on to the Riverbank platform, perched 50 metres above the oval's hallowed turf. RoofClimb offers breath-taking 360 degree views of Adelaide and beyond, from the gorgeous coastline to the Adelaide Hills.
Note: Children between 8 and 15 years of age (inclusive) must be accompanied by a paying adult, with a maximum of 3 children per adult.
Adelaide brims with endless, fabulous family friendly experiences, and your ATAS accredited Adelaide travel agent has all the tools and expertise to bring them to you.
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Each year, Adelaide hosts a roll call of massive events including the Adelaide Fringe, Adelaide Festival, WOMADelaide, Adelaide Fashion Festival, and the legendary Adelaide Christmas Pageant—each drawing then of thousands of visitors to the city. If you're planning to visit for or during these events, be sure to consult an ATAS accredited Adelaide travel agent to help you plan and book your stay.
Adelaide travel agents have all the deals, technology, connections and insights to make your stay a special one.
Adelaide Festival takes place each March, and is renowned for its mix of internationally acclaimed stage productions, musical and dance performances, author interactions, and breath-taking visual displays. The festival draws enormous crowds from across Australia and around the world. Your expert Adelaide travel agent can help you plan your trip, confirm the perfect room type in an ideal hotel, and arrange excursions and extensions into the fabulous regions beyond the city.
For 4 wonderful weeks each year, Adelaide is consumed by the enormous Adelaide Fringe—the Southern Hemisphere’s largest, open-access arts festival.
Thousands of artists from Adelaide, Australia and around the world bring the city to life in permanent and pop-up venues large and small. This is the perfect time for a deep dive into Adelaide’s alleyways, and quirky performance spaces to discover all kinds of quintessentially 'Fringe' experiences.
WOMADelaide has been wow-ing festival-goers since 1992. An iconic open-air festival in Adelaide’s Botanic Park—WOMADelaide is a celebration of World Music, Arts & Dance.
Did you know that Adelaide's Christmas Pageant is the world's second-largest street parade? And that only Macy's iconic Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City is larger? First run in 1933, Adelaide's Christmas Pageant is the world's second-largest street parade, following only Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Adelaide's festivals are major events that draw visitors from all over the world. To make the most of your visit, consult an ATAS accredited Adelaide travel agent for advice and access to the very best festival experiences available.
Sip your days away on the outskirts of the city in the Adelaide Hills—home to vineyards producing some of Australia’s best cool-climate wines.
Visit the gorgeous town of Stirling with its picturesque tree-lined main street, cafés, restaurants and boutiques.
The town of Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement, is just 25 minutes from Adelaide. Hahndorf retains an unmistakably German heritage, and its delightful smallgoods stores, bakeries, pubs and restaurants will sweep you away to another place and time.
Chat to an expert, ATAS accredited Adelaide travel agents to help plan your Adelaide Hills gourmet adventure. Not only will you receive great service, pricing and advice, the perfect insider's tips can take your trip to another level.
Just 50 minutes from Adelaide, the Barossa is one of the world's finest wine regions. Enjoy some of the finest gourmet experiences anywhere in the towns of Tanunda, Angaston and Nuriootpa. With more than 80 wineries to choose from, you will not go wanting or thirsty.
Wonderful Barossa destinations include the legendary Barossa winery, Seppeltsfield—the only winery in the world to release a 100-year old, single vintage wine each year. Elsewhere, sample the gourmet wares of South Australian culinary icon, Maggie Beer, at the Maggie Beer Farm Eatery.
ATAS accredited Adelaide travel agents are experts at their craft, and will have you comfortably ensconced in the best gourmet experiences the region has to offer. Ask yours for the very best advice, prices and value-adds when you're planning your trip, and book yours with confidence that you're working with a travel professional you can trust.
Adelaide is South Australia's centre of sporting excitement. At points throughout the year, the city hums with energy, vim and vigour as sport takes centre stage. And that stage is often the wonderful Adelaide Oval.
Adelaide's two AFL clubs—Adelaide and Port Adelaide—play their home games at the stunning ground which also hosts cricket, soccer, rugby union and league, as well as concerts and events. Long considered one of world most picturesque sporting fields, the Adelaide Oval sits beside the River Torrens conveniently close to the CBD.
Be sure to speak to your expert Adelaide travel agent about the superb Adelaide Oval RoofClimb adventures—a truly unique experience.
Adelaidians love their motorsport, too. For 10 years from 1985, the city hosted the Australian Formula One Grand Prix on its tricky street circuit. The GP has since relocated to Melbourne, but the streets of Adelaide roar to life each year now when Australia's premier motor sport series, the Supercars Championship, rolls into town. The Adelaide 500 is staged on the Adelaide Street Circuit, a temporary course through the streets and parklands to the east of the city centre.
Becoming an ATAS-accredited travel agent is a serious business. South Australia travel agents who seek ATAS accreditation complete a detailed, challenging application process, meeting criteria that ensures only the very best travel agents bear the ATAS insignia.
South Australia travel agents who achieve ATAS accreditation are required to conduct business in compliance with Australian Consumer Law and in accordance with the ATAS Charter and Code of Conduct.
ATAS accredited agents are travel professionals of the highest order. They are connected to every part of the travel ecosystem—airlines, hotels, cruise and tour operators, car hire and motorhome rental companies, insurance providers and more. Adelaide travel agents have access to reliable, high quality and great value travel products and experiences in Australia and around the world, the most dependable travel operators, special offers and VIP perks and privileges.
They provide friendly, efficient service and a hassle-free and convenient travel experience, from start to finish.