Expats moving to Adelaide may be pleasantly surprised at the range of things to see and do in the city. Adelaide is widely misconceived as a place of little entertainment compared to larger Australian cities such as Sydney, and while it's perhaps smaller and less frenetic, the city in fact packs a punch when it comes to the quality and variety of its attractions. 

There's something to suit all tastes. Nature lovers, culture vultures and everyone in between will find that the city is home to a number of must-see sights.

Recommended attractions in Adelaide

Adelaide Botanic Garden

For a relaxing day out, visitors can wander through this public garden of over 100 acres. On-site attractions include a Victorian-era greenhouse known as the Palm House, as well as the National Rose Trial Garden. Here, roses are grown and tested for compatibility with the Australian climate. 

Adelaide Festival Centre

As Australia's first multipurpose art centre, there is plenty for lovers of the arts to soak up at this venue. The centre boasts multiple theatres, a playhouse, an amphitheatre and art exhibition spaces. A number of annual arts festivals take place here, interspersed by a diverse schedule of top-notch musicals, plays, operas, dance shows and stand-up comedy.

Adelaide Zoo

Adelaide Zoo is an extremely popular wildlife facility offering visitors the chance to see a diverse array of over 2,500 animals. The zoo's beloved giant pandas are a highlight, and visitors can also expect to see Australian animals such as kangaroos, wallabies, emus, Tasmanian devils and even adorable quakkas. There are plenty of exciting activities offered by the zoo, including overnight camps and close-up animal encounters.

Art Gallery of South Australia

Dating back to 1881, the Art Gallery of South Australia is the foremost art institution in the region and hosts more than 40,000 local and international works of art. Those wanting to get to know their new home better should check out the Australian art section, which is comprised of both indigenous and colonial Australian art dating back to the start of the 19th century.

Barossa Valley

Often said to be the unofficial wine capital of Australia, the Barossa Valley is definitely worth a visit. Located just an hour away from Adelaide, visitors can sample wines from some of Australia's most popular winemakers as well as visit the area's boutique cellars. Though the valley is particularly well known for its red wine – Shiraz in particular – it also produces some excellent white wine grape varieties, including Riesling and Semillon.

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