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2 Days in Adelaide for First Timers

Curated by Theodora SutcliffeA freelance writer and recovering nomad, Theodora divides her time between Britain and Bali. With bylines including CNN, BBC, the Guardian, Discover, Lonely Planet, and National Geographic Traveler, she’s working on a book, still blogs once in a while at, and spends far too much time on Twitter.

Two days in Adelaide enables you to see the best of the city, journey into the wine country, look for dolphins, and admire the spectacular wildlife of Kangaroo Island, home to native creatures from sea lions to koalas. You can also discover South Australia’s spectacular cuisine, including game, seafood, and artisan cheeses. Here’s how.

Day 1: Morning

During summer, start the day with a trip to the dolphin sanctuary, whether by boat, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard. At cooler times, spend the morning orienting yourself in Adelaide’s historic center, soaking up sights like St. Peter’s Cathedral, North Terrace, and the Torrens River.

Day 1: Afternoon

South Australia is home to two of the nation’s top wine regions—the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale—so a tasting session is a must. With a history dating to 1844 and just a 15-minute drive from the city, Penfolds is a solid choice, although the Barossa Valley’s fine shiraz is worth the trip.

Day 1: Night

If you’re in town on a summer Sunday, don’t miss the foodie extravaganza on offer at the Adelaide Night Market, home to more than 100 stalls. Alternatively, catch a night game at the iconic Adelaide Oval or simply discover the global cuisine on offer along vibrant Gouger Street.

Day 2: Morning

Australia’s 3rd-largest island, Kangaroo Island is home to startling natural rock formations, unspoiled beaches, and abundant wildlife—from koalas and kangaroos to echidnas and emus—as well as gardens, farms, and craft stores. You can reach it by plane or ferry from Adelaide.

Day 2: Afternoon

It’s worth spending a full day exploring Kangaroo Island. Walk among sea lions at Seal Bay, capture timeless photos of the Remarkable Rocks, get up close and personal with native critters at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, and soak up some sunshine on an unspoiled beach.

Day 2: Night

For your last night in Adelaide, take the opportunity to discover the distinctive flavors of Australia’s indigenous ingredients. Taste game such as emu, kangaroo, or crocodile; native herbs, including mountain pepper and lemon myrtle; and curiosities such as green ants. Close the evening with a cocktail in a laneway bar.

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