Nestled between a beautiful coastline and scenic, rolling hills, Adelaide is a dream destination for any traveller. With a CBD surrounded by lush parks and gardens, Adelaide is a cosily insulated city that weaves nature into its fabric. Everything is easily accessible via walking or public transport, including free trams and buses around the city. Stay overnight at TRYP in the CBD so you can take your time exploring hidden gems like street art, arcades, and historical architecture. Take a stroll down Hutt Street to peruse a variety of local shops and restaurants, or visit the Art Gallery of South Australia, the State Library, and the University of Adelaide in the cultural precinct along North Terrace.
Spring and summer are the perfect time to head west towards the coast, stopping in at Glenelg to walk down the pier or West Beach for mini golf. If you want to soak in some more sun, journey to Garden Island to visit the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary and ships’ graveyard. In the autumn and winter, head east into the Adelaide Hills for picturesque autumn foliage in charming small towns like Stirling and Hahndorf. Here you can find local artisans and bakeries, and relaxing retreats like Sequoia Lodge and Mount Lofty House.
If you would prefer to immerse yourself in nature, take a break from the CBD and explore Flinders Ranges – located five hours north of Adelaide – with a stay at Arakaba Homestead or a tour with Sacred Earth Safaris. Or venture into Barossa Valley for breathtaking views and award winning wines. Take a hike through the local scenery with the Adelaide Happy Wanderers, South Australia’s longest running queer social group.
The Adelaide LGBTQIA+ community is very active, with Feast Festival – one of Australia’s largest queer festivals – taking over the city each November, and Adelaide Fringe – an arts festival focused on diversity – taking place in February each year. There are also a number of gay bars and clubs in Adelaide, from Mary’s Poppin nightclub to Mother Vine wine bar. Visit Rainbow Directory SA to learn about all the queer services and activities Adelaide has to offer.