|Adelaide is one of those cities which is really great for just walking around and enjoying the ambience. With the Mount Lofty Ranges to the east, the Adelaide Plains to the west, and the coast, it is quite a scenic city and there are several points from which you can get some great views.
Montefiore Hill is in North Adelaide and from here you get an amazing view of the city, which is said to be particularly spectacular at night. Alternatively the Adelaide Hills, which includes Mount Lofty summit have more far-reaching views, including the city, the Adelaide Plains and the surrounding areas. There are a few amenities at Mount Lofty summit including a restaurant, souvenir shop and tourist information.
11 kilometres south of Adelaide is the Belair National Park. This is an enjoyable place for walking as there are many bushwalking trails here in addition to a fun adventure playground for the children, as well as the Old Government House – the first official vice-regal summer residence of the colony,
Within the city there is a mix of museums and galleries to suit most tastes. These include the Migration Museum, the South Australian Museum, Port Adelaide Maritime Museum and Port Adelaide Lighthouse. In the historical suburb of Glenelg you’ll also find the Glenelg Museum and historic tram. Glenelg is an attractive part of the city to visit regardless of whether you’re visiting the museum. It looks more like Brighton in England than somewhere in Australia with its long pier and the smart ‘Grand Hotel’. You can get here easily by using one of the historic trams from Victoria Square in the Adelaide CBD.
If you would like to see some of the Southern Australia’s flora and fauna, a visit to the Adelaide Botanical Gardens is recommended. The gardens are free to enter, though there is the Bicentennial Conservatory within the gardens which is not free but worth visiting all the same. This includes a simulation of a tropical rainforest so is particularly interesting if you’ve never seen one before.
Though if wildlife is more what you’re interested in there are a couple of conservation parks. The first is called Cleland and is in the Mount Lofty area, whilst the second is the Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary which is located about 25 minutes outside of Adelaide.
Finally the Fleurieu peninsula is a great place to visit south of Adelaide. As well as a number of wineries, there are good beaches and you can go whale watching and see the fairy penguins here.