How to spend a long weekend in Adelaide

Being brave in Adelaide, Australia

Last Updated on 8th January 2019 by Sarah and Justin

We drove to Adelaide from Melbourne via the Great Ocean Road. We arrived to the really loud sound of cars racing. We knew we had inadvertently planned our stay during Fringe (the biggest arts festival in the Southern Hemisphere), but we didn’t know the Clipsal 500 was taking place as well. So Adelaide was a happening place when we were there! Of course, we didn’t actually attend either Fringe or the car race, but we did find some other things to do…

Wander around our neighborhood looking at pretty houses

We stayed in North Adelaide, which was a tiny bit outside the CBD. That suited us fine, especially with how busy and crowded the city was. It was a bit quieter and, from what we saw, prettier. There were a ton of beautiful historic houses lining the streets around our hotel. And there was a big park right across the street from us. The main street in the neighborhood has plenty of restaurants, bars, and shops, as well.
North Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide, Australia

Visit the Botanic Garden

We took a long walk to the Adelaide Botanic Garden via a bunch of parks heading down from North Adelaide. The garden itself was quite lovely.
Botanic Garden, Adelaide, Australia

And it even had a bamboo forest that reminded us of Kyoto.
Botanic Garden, Adelaide, Australia

See Rodins

A new exhibit featuring Sarah’s favorite artist, Rodin, opened at the Art Gallery of South Australia the weekend we were visiting. It was a combination of Rodin sculptures with other artists’ works.
Rodin exhibit, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia

Rodin exhibit, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia

The exhibition is running until July 2. Otherwise, the museum is free, and had a really interesting main collection.
The Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia

The Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia

Go to the library

The State Library of South Australia is a beautiful building. It’s located right among the museums, so it’s worth a stop in to see what exhibits they are showing, and to see this room!
State Library of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia

State Library of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia

See the Adelaide Oval

Even if you’re not going to an event there, the Adelaide Oval is still a cool place to see. It’s also surrounded by parks and next to the river, so it’s a nice area to walk around.
Adelaide Oval, Australia

Explore the craft beer scene

Adelaide is a craft beer haven. We popped into a couple places near where we were staying, The Archer Hotel and the Oxford Hotel, which both had good selections and nice people. We also ventured a bit further away to what we read is one of the best bars in all of Australia, the Wheatsheaf Hotel. It’s a brewery itself, and we quite enjoyed their beers.
Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, Australia

Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, Australia

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Long weekend in Adelaide, Australia


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