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Must-Visit Attractions in Adelaide - Revel in beauty and ease of mind!

Adelaide is a wonderful place to be, with so many attractions to visit. Let's look at some of the top attractions to visit while you're here.


Port Adelaide

Located around 14km towards the northwest of the city centre, Port Adelaide has come to be an incredibly popular tourist destination. You'll find museums, incredible heritage buildings as well as many restaurants. Most of the area within this town is considered a State Heritage Area. You'll witness a number of truly imposing 19th-century buildings like the Courthouse and the 1879 Customs House which bear witness to this city's history as a truly thriving port. You'll find a myriad of diversions within the area that is popular amongst tourists, such as dolphin spotting cruises and themed museums like the National Railway Museum, South Australian Maritime Museum and the South Australian Aviation Museum which all fall under the transport theme.


Victoria Square

This is an absolutely gorgeous and breathtaking event venue that has been thoroughly enhanced by its beautiful gardens. Located at the intersection of Wakefield St and Grote St, right in the centre of the city where King William St opens right out into Victoria Square. The square is also immensely popular by its aboriginal name, Tarndanyangga. It lies in the shadow of today's high rise blocks and wonderfully preserved 19th-century buildings. Towards the south, you will see the Magistrates' Courthouse with the neoclassical Supreme Court and a Doric Colonnade. On the east side of the Square, adjoining the Town Hall, you will find the St Francis Xavier Cathedral and the Treasury Building.


Ayers Historic House Museum

If you're into Regency architecture in Australia, Adelaide presents a wonderful option with the Ayers Historic House Museum. This was originally a modest house that was built in 1846 and was owned by Henry Ayers (Past Prime Minister of South Australia) between 1855 and 1878. Ayers modified the house by transforming it into an elegant 40 room mansion that included a large dining room as well as a ballroom. Ayers House now belongs to the National Trust of South Australia and proves to be an immensely popular event venue, however, guided tours for visitors are available as well. On the tour, you'll gain insight into the social history during its time as well as Sir Henry Ayers's legacy. You'll witness some gorgeous decorative painted finishes on the ceilings and the internal walls. Other highlights you could see on the tour are furniture, silver, artworks and a wonderful collection of period decorative arts. If you're looking for accommodation in Adelaide CBD while you check this list, you'll find plenty to choose from, such as Oaks Horizons.


Cleland Wildlife Park

Located on the northwestern slopes of Mount Lofty, which is less than a mere 20-minute drive from the city centre lies the Cleland Wildlife Park. The park exists to care for a whole myriad of different cute and cuddly Aussie animals all in an absolutely naturalistic environment. You'll witness kangaroos, potoroos, emus, and wallabies all roam freely in the available wide open spaces. Visitors can wander within the area amongst these animals, feed them and interact with them. If you're into photography, this presents a wonderful opportunity for some excellent shots. You can also learn a great deal about the animals and their habitats through the interactive keeper presentations.

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