Adelaide just might be one of Australia’s undiscovered gems. Smaller than Sydney and Melbourne, Adelaide is a coastal capital of South Australia, and its intimate vibe and thriving wine country mean there are plenty of things to do in Adelaide from a cruise.
The Adelaide Hills are famous for their fertile soil, perfect for growing grapes for wine. The area’s wine industry has boomed, so a winery tour and tasting is a must-do activity on Adelaide shore excursions. What could be more relaxing than sipping varieties of Australian reds and whites in the countryside while visiting from your cruise to Australia?
Brush up on your history at the South Australia Museum in Adelaide, which has an entire gallery dedicated to the history of the area’s aboriginal cultures. Don’t miss a stop at the ornate St. Peter’s Cathedral, or venture a short ways out of the city to the town of Hahndorf, where Germans and Prussians settled in the 19th century and brought a unique cultural influence to the town. Leather and pottery artisans living in Hahndorf love sharing their craft with Adelaide cruise passengers and visitors who pass through their quaint town.
Looking for more nature and wildlife on Adelaide shore excursions? Luckily, Australia’s beautiful landscape is prominently displayed in Adelaide, whether that’s the coast or its rolling hillsides. Check out Cleland Wildlife Park, a perfect excursion for the entire family, where you can see exotic species of birds, koalas, and more animals native to the area.
Climb up to the top of the aptly-named Mount Lofty, where hiking is a popular activity. The biking trails are ideal for adrenaline junkies and mountain bikers looking for an active afternoon in Adelaide. A cafe and souvenir shop await you at the summit, so grab a flat white and enjoy panoramic views of the entire city and the coast before you climb back down.