When to fly
Adelaide is a year-round flight destination so time your visit according to your interests. The city has a busy calendar of events so it’s best to look for deals if you are trying to secure some cheap flights.
January and February are busy due to school holidays and the cost of your airfare may be slightly higher during these times. February and March are also crowded as they are popular festival months. For 24 days in February and March, The Adelaide Fringe provides art fanatics the perfect setting to enjoy work from more than 4,000 artists who take cheap flights to Adelaide in from around Australia and worldwide. Due to the open-access nature of the Adelaide Fridge, it allows for anyone to exhibit in Australia’s largest art event, adding to the diversity and variety of the art displayed. There are over 900 additional pop-up events taking place during Fringe for visitors and residents to enjoy in venues all over the city from parks and warehouses, to established theatres and art galleries.
For whale watching, June to October is high season on the Eyre and Fleurieu Peninsulas, to avoid disappointment it is advised to book your flights in advance. When visiting Adelaide, why not team a spot of whale watching with experiencing South Australia’s biggest annual event, The Royal Adelaide Show. The show runs over 9 days in September and is a huge opportunity for the State’s farmers to display their livestock to thousands. The annual agricultural also features an array of rides, competitions, demonstrations and delicious foods for all attendees to experience.
There's not really an off season, although June, July and August temperatures can be chillier.
A flight to Adelaide will bring you to a city well known for its expansive history, culture and traditions. Visitors to Adelaide will quickly get a taste of that by discovering the many world-class museums, festivals and sporting events that occur year-round. On top of that, throw in the magnificent Australian wines, the fine, locally produced food and the fantastic laidback vibe of Adelaide, and tourists may be considering a return trip before they even leave. It's not much of a surprise to learn that Adelaide is the country's most livable city. The climate, the natural wonders, the local produce and even the way the city is laid out all conspire to enchant visitors and locals.
One of the best reasons to get a cheap flight to Adelaide is its magnificent beaches. The best known are Glenelg and Henley Beach, which are a 20-minute drive from the city. The Adelaide Hills, studded with national parks and reserves, are also close to the city too.
The layout is simple, and beautiful. A one-square mile city centre with elegant buildings and wide boulevards surrounded by parklands. In the city, visitors won't be short of things to do. Adelaide has a reputation as a wonderful city for food - whether in one of the many top eateries or in the Adelaide Central Market, which has been trading since 1969. Adelaide also has the largest collection of Aboriginal artefacts in the Southern Hemisphere located in the Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery in the South Australian Museum on North Terrace.
Getting around Adelaide
Walking is the best way to explore the city, but public transport is reliable and fairly cheap. Buses, trains, a tramline to Glenelg and the O-Bahn busway all help to keep Adelaide moving. The O-Bahn is a guided busway, travelling from the city to Tea Tree Plaza, a suburban shopping centre.
Taxis are readily available, either from city taxi stands, hailing them on the street or ordering them by phone.
Biking is also a very popular way to get around the city.
Getting downtown from the airport
The closest airport to the city is Adelaide Aiport (ADL) which servers all flights. There are several car rental desks and taxi services at the airport. Skylink Shuttle links the airport, city and Adelaide Parklands Rail Terminal (Keswick).
Adelaide insider information
- To get a cultural experience, take advantage of the many museums and galleries. Some even offer free admission.
- You may want to pack an empty bag on your way to Adelaide. There are lots of specialties you won't be able to resist, such as a piece of jewellery with South Australian opals, a box or two of Haigh’s chocolates and a dozen or so Chocolate Frogs.
- Magill Road is the must-go street for antiques. The historic Maylands Tram Barn is located on Magill Road too.
- Australia's largest railroad museum is the National Railway Museum. It boasts more than 100 exhibits from State, Commonwealth and private railway operators.
- Gilles St Market is held on the third Sunday of every month at Gilles Street Primary School in the city. Fashionistas congregate here for designer samples and up-and-coming designers' fashions, clearance stock, vintage wear, jewellery and accessories.
- The Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary is a little-known gem that covers 45 square miles. The mangroves, seagrass, saltmarsh, tidal flats, tidal creeks and estuarine rivers all provide vital habitat and food for the dolphins. Take a hike along the walking trail or hop aboard one of the cruises that depart regularly from the Port Adelaide Lighthouse on Sundays, public holidays and school holidays.