The South Australian Museum has the world’s largest collection of Aboriginal artefacts and also includes items from the Pacific Islands and Ancient Egypt. Its large fossil collection includes some of the world’s oldest fossils collected from the Flinders Ranges. Free admission.
The Museum displays the state colection of historical and scientific artifacts.
Location: North Terrace, Adelaide
The museum collects, researches and presents social history exhibitions about the experiences and cultural traditions of immigrants. It is housed in what was originally the Destitute Asylum, that has been carefully restored. The old Chapel has been converted to a cafe. Guided tours are available. The Museum s courtyard, named Settlement Square, is where South Australians are given the opportunity to acknowledge their forebears and families with an engraved paver. Free admission
Contact: (08) 8207 7580. Location: 82 Kintore Ave, Adelaide.
Adelaide Masonic Centre Museum
Freemasonry has been a part of South Australian life since planning of the colony commenced in 1834, prior to arrival of the first British settlers in 1836. As the leading repository of the material cultural heritage of Freemasonry in South Australia, the Adelaide Masonic Museum seeks to celebrate the contributions of Freemasonry and of individual Freemasons to the life and development of South Australia, the Northern Territory and Australia.
Location: Freemasons Hall, North Terrace, Adelaide.
Ayers Historic House
Once the home of Sir Henry Ayers, this building houses displays honouring the life and work of Sir Henry Ayers, after whom Ayers Rock (Uluru) was named. Ayers House is one of the finest examples of Regency architecture in Australia. Originally a modest house built in 1846, it was owned from 1855 to 1878 by Henry Ayers, for many years prime minister of South Australia. Ayers transformed it into an elegant 40-room mansion with a large new dining room and a ballroom. It is now the headquarters of the National Trust of South Australia and contains two excellent restaurants. The collection on display includes period decorative arts, furniture, silver and artwork as well as changing exhibitions.
Contact: (08) 8223 1234. Location: 288 North Tce, Adelaide.
Adelaide Zoo is South Australia’s largest zoo, and the second oldest zoo in the nation. Beautifully located on the banks of the River Torrens just a few minutes walk from the centre of the city, Adelaide Zoo focuses on endangered and rare animals from continents which made up the super continent Gondwana – South America, India, Africa and Australia (also South East Asia). These regions represented in the Zoo s major exhibits; South East Asian Rainforest, Seal Bay, Australian Rainforest Wetlands walk-through aviary, Africa, South America, India, Nocturnal House and Reptile House.
Contact (08) 8267 3255. Location: Frome Rd, Adelaide.
Adelaide Botanic Gardens
Adelaide Botanic Gardens is only of Australia’s oldest and most peaceful botanic gardens. When Col William Light planned Adelaide, he set aside an area for a botanic garden. The gardens we see today were created on that site in 1857, its design said to have been influenced by those at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in England and Versailles in France, together with certain German and Dutch stylistic influences. Even today, the Adelaide Botanic Garden has a northern European style, also reflected in its nineteenth century buildings. Today, the Garden specialises in scientific and educational displays of ornamental plants, both exotic and native. Features of the garden include the Bicentennial Conservatory, Museum of Economic Botany, Schomburgk Pavilion, the SA Water Mediterranean Garden, Palm House and the Amazon Waterlily Pavilion.
Contact (08) 8222 9311. Location: North Terrace, Adelaide.
Central Market is a colourful produce market in the centre of town. Not normally the sort of place one would expect to attract tourists, but these markets certainly do. Its colourful lanes offer predominantly fruit, vegetables, small goods, meat and poultry, seafood, gourmet, cheeses and cakes. It has the taste and feel of an international melting pot of food and cultures, which is hardly surprising since it is on Gouger Street, where Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Korean, Malaysian, French, Argentinean and Indian fare is available. Asian cuisine dominates, and this is not surprising since Adelaide’s Chinatown is right next door.
Contact: (08) 8203 7203. Website. Location: entry from Gouger and Grote Sts, Adelaide.
Adelaide Festival Centre
A multi-purpose art centre that has numerous performance spaces and many art works throughout the complex. It is situated in the city centre beside the Torrens River and adjacent to Elder Park. The Festival Centre Plaza also serves as host to an outdoor collection of sculpture, including the prominent stainless steel Environmental Sculpture (also known as Tetrahedra), by Bert Flugelman.
Contact: (08) 8216 8600. Location: Cnr North Tce and King William St, Adelaide.
National Wine Centre of Australia
The National Wine Centre of Australia is a showcase for the wines of Australia.
The wine education and tasting experience takes the form of an interactive journey beginning with the story of the wine making process (for authenticity, the centre has even planted its own fully functioning vineyard) through to tasting and appreciating the wines. The Concourse Cafe offers Australian wines to taste and purchase or meals from an a la carte menu.
Contact: (08) 8303 3355. Location: University of Adelaide, Cnr Botanic and Hackney Rds, Adelaide.
The old Adelaide Railway Station is home to the state’s only legal casino. Adelaide Casino is today known as Skycity; there are free musical concerts and, at other times, a range of entertainments. Housed in a classic 1929 sandstone building that fits the image created by its owners as catering to the upper end of the casino market, which remains its core business.
Contact: (08) 8212 2811. Location: North Tce, Adelaide.
Opal Field Gems Mine & Museum
The Opal Field Gems Mine & Museum features a meticulously re-created opal mine of the type found in Coober Pedy. The walls contain real opal and the picture is completed with tools and implements actually used in the mining of opal during the early 1970’s.
Location: 33 King William Street, Adelaide.