Adelaide Attractions

McLaren Vale Wine District
At Adelaide's back door is the McLaren Vale Wine district, a beautiful part of the Fleurieu Peninsula tucked between the Mount Lofty Ranges and placid waters of Gulf St Vincent.

Adelaide Attractions Forty kilometres from the city centre, the area has been a wine-producing district since the very early days of South Australian settlement.
Its climate is moderate, and especially suited to grape-growing. Frosts are rare, as are droughts.
The water's never very far away. From the vineyards in the foothills, or those very near the coast, the waters of the gulf make a splendid blue curtain to the fertile green vines.

Time your visit for winter's end, and you'll be able to revel in orchards of almond trees in full blossom, especially around historic Willunga.
There are some 40 wineries in the district, many of them around McLaren Vale. Most are relatively small, family-owned boutique wineries which give the district that special diversity of character it's known for.

Because it's so close to Adelaide, the McLaren Vale Wine district is ideal for a one or two-day break, getting to know the area's special character and tasting some of the many fine wines made here. Many wineries have attractive settings and BBQ facilities for visitors; all offer cellar-door sales.
True to the spirit of celebration common to all South Australia's wine districts, McLaren Vale's winemakers celebrate the release of the new vintage every October with the Elizabethan-style Bushing Festival.

Warrawong Sanctuary
Just 25minutes from Adelaide, nestled in the beautiful Adelaide Hills
is Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary. Endangered species like bettongs and
Adelaide Attractions
potoroos inhabit the sanctuary. There are many ways to explore
Warrawong. You can take a dawn walk, daytime walk, nocturnal walk or
even stay overnight, and really discover the Australian bush at its
natural best. Also at Warrawong; Gift Shop and Bilby Cafe.
Stock Road VIA Stirling
Telephone: +61 8 8370 9197

9am to 9pm - 7 days a week
(except Good Friday and Christmas Day)
Dawn walks - by appointment. Nocturnal Walks - 7 nights per week
commencing at sunset. Telephone for guided walk times and bookings.

Zoological Gardens Located in shady parklands a few minutes’ walk from Adelaide's city centre is one of Australia's most historic and interesting zoos. The zoo is beautifully landscaped with grassy moated enclosures, walk-through aviaries full of trees and a superb reptile house. The Adelaide Zoo is involved in conservation, education and research. There is a special emphasis on breeding rare species like the red panda and Persian leopard and on exhibiting seldom seen Australian animals including the yellow-footed rock wallaby, a native of the Flinders Ranges.

Feeding times:
Seals: Daily 11.45am and 3.45pm
Big cats: Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun & Public Holidays 3.15pm
Penguins: Daily 2.45pm
Pelicans: Daily 2.30pm
Frome Road, Adelaide
Telephone: (08) 8267 3255

Daily including Christmas Day from 9.30am to 5pm.
Conducted tours Sundays and Public Holidays only. 11.30am and 2pm. Open late certain evenings during January and February.

Art Gallery of South Australia
The Art Gallery was officially opened in 1881. The entire collection is divided into four areas: prints and drawings, Australian decorative arts, European and Asian decorative arts, painting and sculpture.Art Gallery South Australia Adelaide Highlights of the collection include Australian art from the 18th century (with an emphasis on the art of South Australians) and European and British art from the 16th century to the present day.
North Terrace, Adelaide
Telephone: (08) 8207 700
Daily 10 am to 5pm. Closed Christmas Day & Good Friday.
Free guided tours at 11am & 1pm weekdays and 11am & 3pm weekends.
Lunchtime talks on most Tuesdays at 12.45pm.

Tate Museum
This museum houses an international collection of rocks, minerals and fossils and a stratigraphical collection of South Australia. Also displayed is memorabilia from the Antarctic expeditions of Sir Douglas Mawson.
Dept of Geology & Geophysics,
Ground Floor, Mawson Laboratory, University of Adelaide,
Cnr Frome Rd and Victoria Drv, Adelaide
Telephone: (08) 8303 5959 OPENING HOURS
Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm.

South Australian Museum
South Australia Museum This museum is a treasure-trove of fascinating objects. It is recognised internationally for its Australian Aboriginal collections and many of its cultural history collections which include Ngurunderi, an Aboriginal Dreaming and the Egyptian Room. The museum has its own shop and information centre.
North Terrace, Adelaide
Telephone: (08) 8207 7500
Daily 10 am to 5pm. Anzac Day (25 April) 1 pm to 5pm. Closed Christmas Day & Good Friday.

South Australian Police Museum
The Police Museum is housed in the beautifully restored former mounted police barracks built in 1851. In the museum you will find interesting displays on policing history. The Armoury Building built in 1856 is adjacent to the museum and in its early days contained military stores, ammunition and related police and military equipment.
Kintore Avenue, Adelaide
Telephone: (08) 8274 8597
Sat, Sun & Public Holidays 1 pm to 5pm. Closed Christmas Day & Good Friday.

South Australia's Theatre Museum
The Performing Arts Collection of South Australia is living history, representing the rich heritage of the performing arts in this state. The collection holds over 40,000 acquisitions including programs, posters, photographs, puppets, masks, video tapes and much more from all fields of the arts including ballet, opera, drama, circus, vaudeville and radio.
Southern Plaza Basement, Adelaide Festival Centre, King William Road, Adelaide.
Telephone: (08) 8216 8767
Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm (by appointment for students/researchers) .

Migration Museum
South Australia's history comes to life at the Migration Museum, housed in the restored remnants of Adelaide's old Destitute Asylum. Here you can learn the story of South Australia's migrants: who they were, why they came, their skills, culture and visions for the future.

State History Centre
Old Parliament House, built in 1855, has been superbly restored and operates an award-winning museum. It was the first permanent site of the South Australian Parliament and now proyides an ideal introduction to the state's history, with displays and an audio visual program.
North Terrace, Adelaide
Telephone: (08) 8207 1077
Mon to Fri & Public Holidays 10am to 5pm. Sat & Sun 12noon to 5pm. Closed Christmas Day & Good Friday.

Old Treasury Building Museum
Portions of the old Treasury Building date back to 1839. On display is a unique collection of exploration, surveying, drafting and computing instruments and artefacts. The major theme of the display is the history of land settlement and development of South Australia since 1836.
Cnr King William and Flinders streets, Adelaide
Telephone: (08) 8226 4133
Mon to Fri 10 am to4pm. Guided tours by arrangement.

Belair National Park
Within easy reach of Adelaide, Belair National Park is South Australia's oldest National Park. Its features include many recreational facilities such as tennis courts, barbecues and ovals set in scenic surrounds, Old Government House and a diverse variety of plant communities, birdlife and native animals. The park protects one of the few remaining areas of native vegetation in the Adelaide Hills. Admission is charged for motorised vehicles only.
Upper Sturt Road,
Telephone: (08) 8278 5477
Park office daily 8.30am to 4.30pm. Closed Christmas Day and days of total fire bans. Park open 8am until sunset.

Black Hill Conservation Park
Only a short distance from the city centre, Black Hill Conservation Park has something for everyone. The park features walking trails, picnic tables, self guided walks, scenic views and bushland.
Addison Avenue, Athelstone
Telephone: (08) 8281 4022
Daily 8.30am to 5pm Park will be closed on declared total fire ban days.

Cleland Conservation Park
Located 19 kilometres south-east of Adelaide, this scenic park of picturesque bushland houses an exciting collection of native animals and birds. A picnic area with free gas BBQs is provided and koalas are shown at close quarters from 10 am to 12noon and 2pm to 4pm. Guided walks at dusk, night and dawn may be booked in advance by phone.
Part of Cleland Conservation Park, Waterfall Gully is one of the more popular waterfalls in the Adelaide foothills. Water flows year round but the cascade is at its most spectacular in the wetter winter months. Walk the many trails in the area. The more energetic can even walk to Eagle on the Hill. Dine in the nearby chalet style kiosk and restaurant - one of Adelaide's first purpose-built tourist landmarks dating back to early this century.
Via Greenhill Road or Mount Lofty turnoff via South Eastern Freeway
Telephone: (08) 8339 2444
Daily 9.30am to 5pm. Closed Christmas Day and on days of total fire ban in the Mount Lofty Ranges.

Horsnell Gully Conservation Park
Horsnell Gully Conservation Park is approximately 10 kilometres east of Adelaide. This 245 hectare park is bounded by Coach, Woodshill and Horsnells Gully roads. The park was extensively cleared in the valleys for market gardening and dairying. However, the deeper, upper slopes of the park are relatively undisturbed, and provide a haven for many birds. The park can be explored by walking the fire tracks.
Horsnells Cully Road, Skye
Telephone: (08) 8281 4022
Daily 8.30am to 5pm Closed on declared total fire ban days. All fires and pets prohibited

Morialta Conservation Park
Located in the Adelaide foothills, 10 minutes drive from the city, Morialta Conservation Park has an extensive network of walking trails leading to three waterfalls within the park. The park offers excellent views, a picnic area, toilet facilities and kiosk.
Stradbroke Road, Rostrevor
Telephone: (08) 8281 4022
Weekdays 8.30am to 5pm. Weekends & Public Holidays 8.30am to sunset. Closed on declared total fire ban days.

Onkaparinga National Park
The Onkaparinga National park is in the Sturt NPWS district. It is the biggest National park within 40kms of the city of Adelaide and has been likened to a walk in the Flinders Ranges in micro.

Adeliade Onkaparinga National Park The park features a deep gorge ( for the Mt Lofty Ranges) with the biggest river flowing west off the Mt Lofty ranges. There are a number of walks which are well maintained and at this time of the year feature native orchids.

There is also a waterfall on the river proper with a number of small cascades on the numerous small tributaries running to the river. The river has cut down to glacial deposits that are aged at about 500my. These are geological monuments in themselves.
There is provision for abseiling and for the more energetic, reasonably fit walker the bottom of the gorge is a challenge; especially when the river is flooding.

Currently this park is being rehabilitated by the NPWS and a large volunteer group. The area was originally used for pastoral and logging pursuits and is infested with olives through much of its length. However, because of its relative size it is possible to walk in a bushland setting for three + hours without sighting more than the occasional olive tree.

There is a large population of western grey kangaroo, echidna and the occasional koala moves through the area as well. The bird population is large with over 180 different species identified by members of the volunteer group some of whom are members of the RAOA. Reptiles are well represented by brown and red bellied snakes, lizards and skinks of all sizes.

This park has a sister park - the Onkaparinga Recreation Park. This park is on the western side of the Main South Road and like the National Park straddles the river. In this case the park is the estuary; making the Onkaparinga park systems the only system in the Adelaide region where a walker can walk from the Mt Lofty range ecosystem to the sea.

A feature if the Recreation park are the person made wetland lakes of which there are five. The largest complex has an island and a duckboard trail through the swamp areas. The river itself is a haven for birds and fish. Apart from walking the visitor can picnic, fish etc.,

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