Only have 24 hours in Adelaide? Here’s a quick one-day suggestion to make your short-stay worthwhile…

Spend your morning exploring the inner-city sights and hotspots including Adelaide Botanic Gardens and the South Australian Museum. This particular museum exhibits the popular World Mammal Gallery located on the ground floor along with the Discovery Centre which offers visitors the chance to view species such as the redback, and black-widow spider – worth a trip, even if you just pop in for an hour!

However, there are multiple and diverse museums dotted around the city equally worth a visit including the Art Gallery of South Australia.

If you’re looking to shop, head to Rundle Mall with over 700 shops alongside trendy and quirky streets including Melbourne Street, O’Connell Street and Rundle Street.

Most of the city’s sights can be reached on foot, especially if you choose Victoria Square as your base. Though with Adelaide’s metro and tram service, you’ll also be able to venture out further to visit sights such as Adelaide Gaol – again, highly recommended if you wish to explore Adelaide’s heritage through an old prison site.

After you’ve spent the morning exploring the city, jump on a tram and head to Glenelg. It will cost you approximately £2 for a 28-minute journey. Take this from Victoria Square at Tram City South stop to 16/21 D Jetty Road.

Have lunch by the water and spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach. You might spot dolphins down by Marina Pier. If you wish to swim with wild dolphins, you’ll need to pre-book prior to your one-day visit especially as the tour leaves early morning.

Don’t fancy the beach? Try Cleland Conservation Park for up close and personal encounters with kangaroos and koalas but bear in mind the park may not be accessible via public transport and you may need to make other arrangements. 

If you do happen to have a car, a drive to Mount Lofty lookout will finish off your one-day Adelaide trip with a sunset scene over the city.

Around Adelaide February to March? Head to the Fringe festival in the evening, book a last-minute ticket and enjoy the entertainment! With plenty of food stalls, you’re bound to find something to eat. Otherwise, consider a visit to Chinatown, or the East-End bar and restaurant scene for delicious food and live entertainment. 

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