Recommended Tours of Adelaide

by James Lush

If you’re a visitor to Adelaide, you’ll know it’s the wine capital of Australia. However, there’s a lot more to this city than great wine. Here are a few tours that’ll help you discover Adelaide.

Adelaide has many tours to offer. In fact, there’s something that’ll fit the interest of just about every tourist. You’ll be able to match any budget or schedule with one or more of these exciting tours. Plus, many of them offer a chilled glass of wine!

First time visitors to Adelaide who’d like to get to know the city can hop on the 99B and 99C buses. Take a free ride around the city and get a good look at the architecture, shopping, and entertainment options that Adelaide has to offer.

If you have a strong sense of history, try the insightful Culture Heritage Guided Walk, which narrates the colorful history of Adelaide and the achievements of her founding father, William Light, and many other of the state’s notable explorers, politicians, benefactors and pioneers.

If you’d like to take a look at everyday life in Adelaide, consider a trip with Adelaide Private Tours. This tour provides tours of local villages, talks with area artists, and dinner with a family from Adelaide.

There is also a “Pubs and Pulpits” tour which brings visitors right to the doorstep of two things that Adelaide is famous for – its drinking places and its churches.

For nature lovers, there are the Guided Bird Walks and the Botanic Gardens Free Guided Walks that bring you up and down the dignified Torrens River and in close proximity to Adelaide’s beautiful flora and fauna.

If you love whale watching or surfing, think about signing up with Premier Stateliner. The Victor Harbor and Cockle Train Tour will take you to Port Elliot, Victor Harbor, Goolwa and Middleton. Or, choose to take the Little Penguin Colony tour. This tour takes you to Granite Island nearby, where hundreds of tiny penguins live. You’ll get to see them take their daily trip down the beach just before the sun sets.

Of course, there are plenty of guided and organized tours available for wine lovers, too. You’ll be guided through the five famous wine regions of Adelaide – Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills, Clare Valley, the Coonawarra and McLaren Vale. All of these areas are known for their award winning wines.

Dozens of tours are also available for visiting wine tasting locations, as well as stopping for grape varieties and delicious food. You’ll see Lutheran Churches and old towns founded by settlers of German heritage. Take tours with Gray Line, Busway Travel Service and Adelaide Sightseeing. You won’t want to miss A Taste of Southern Australia – a tour that offers private, luxurious introductions to some of the best food and wine the state can offer.

Coonawarra makes a great weekend trip. It’s where some of the classic red wines that Adelaide is known for are produced. It’s also the site of the Naracoorte Caves Conservation Park, a World Heritage list venue.

If you’d like to see McLaren Vale, a food and wine tour is available. See the home of forty eight fantastic wineries, and the most amazing beaches in the state.

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