Ten of the best Adelaide bus tours and experiences
Adelaide offers an array of tours and guided experiences. Here are ten top options that will show you the best of the South Australian capital.
1. Adelaide Afternoon River Cruise, City and Hahndorf Tour
Start this experience with a relaxing cruise along the Torrens River on board the famous Popeye. Next you’ll board your comfortable coach and head for the wonderful Adelaide Hills — a region that claims universal appeal for nature lovers, artists and history buffs. The quaint German village of Hahndorf epitomises the character and charm that brings so many visitors to this magnificent part of Adelaide.
Adelaide Afternoon River Cruise, City and Hahndorf Tour
Featured Guest Review:
We had a great day on our tour. Great weather, really informative tour guides, and a great boat and coach. Everything came together like clockwork. Our guides shared interesting facts and stories without drowning us in boring details. The only improvement would be the hotel drop-off, which needs to be more structured. Overall, a great way to spend an Adelaide arvo! Anthony
2. Adelaide Central Market Discovery Tour
This 90-minute tour is the perfect introduction to Adelaide’s gourmet food scene. Enjoy a guided stroll around the bustling Adelaide Central Market to meet a number of stallholders, hear their stories, and taste test their premium wares.
3. Adelaide Food and Street Art Walking Tour
Street art may be the bugbear of many a local authority, but Adelaide has embraced it in an effort to revitalise the city’s no-go zones. That’s brought with it a plethora of hip new street food outlets. This Adelaide food and street art walking tour offers guests the chance to sample a diverse range of sweet and savoury bites, and hear commentary on the colourful murals that adorn walls across the inner city.
4. Cleland Wildlife Park Experience
Take a walk on the wild side and engage with some of Australia’s most unique and curious wildlife on this day tour from Adelaide! Cleland Wildlife Park is nestled within the beautiful Cleland Conservation Park just 30 minutes from from the city centre.
5. Adelaide Gaol Ghost Tour
Prepare to be scared silly as you brave a visit after dark to Australia’s longest continuously operating gaol. Learn about the death of Governor Ashton who was thrown from a window, and why Sister Mary MacKillop ended up on the gallows. With no less than 45 hangings, it’s no wonder this 147 year-old building has a scary story or two to share.
6. Barossa Valley Wine Tour with Lunch
This all-inclusive Barossa Valley wine tour will give you a comprehensive introduction to what makes the Barossa so special as a wine producing region. You’ll travel in air-conditioned comfort and enjoy the services of a passionate local guide to show you the region’s highlights. Lunch and wine tastings are included. You’ll also pay a visit to the charming village of Hahndorf.
7. Victor Harbor and McLaren Vale Tour
Experience Adelaide’s holiday playground — the magical Fleurieu Peninsula. See its vineyards and wineries, the seaside resort town of Victor Harbor, and the historic port of Goolwa at the mouth of the mighty Murray River.
8. Coorong Cruise from Goolwa
Protected from the Southern Ocean by a seemingly wafer-thin peninsula, the Coorong National Park freshwater ecosystem stretches for about 130km along the South Australian coast. This fabulous day cruise will immerse you in the extraordinary natural beauty of the region — the setting for the famous Australian film Storm Boy.
9. Murray River Tour and Cruise
This Murray River Tour and Cruise from Adelaide will let you get up close and personal with one of Australia’s most iconic waterways. You’ll travel in air-conditioned comfort and enjoy the services of a passionate local guide to show you the region’s highlights. A river cruise on either the Proud Mary riverboat or the Captain Proud paddle wheeler is included. All you need to do is sit back, relax and enjoy!
10. Kangaroo Island Day Tour
For those with limited time in South Australia, this tour is the perfect all-round introduction to one of the country’s most stunning natural landscapes — Kangaroo Island. You’ll travel from Adelaide in air-conditioned comfort and enjoy the services of a passionate local guide on the island to show you its key sights. Lunch is included. It’s a big day, but one you’ll remember for years to come!
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