The Best Areas to Stay in Adelaide, SA
The Best Areas to Stay in Adelaide, SA

Best Areas to Stay in Adelaide, Australia

Where to stay in Adelaide – A city guide to the capital of South Australia

Adelaide is the capital and largest city of the state of South Australia.

Adelaide is the fifth largest city in Australia and is located north of the Fleurieu Peninsula, on the Adelaide plains, between the St. Vincent Gulf and the Lofty Ranges hills that surround the city.


Today, Adelaide is known for its many festivals and sporting events, its food and wine, its long beaches and its industrial importance.

The city was founded in 1836 to serve as the planned capital of the British province of free settlement (not founded by inmates) in Australia. Colonel William Light, one of the founding fathers of Adelaide, designed the city and chose its location near the Torrens River.

Adelaide has a Mediterranean climate, with warm summers and mild winters. Most rainfall occurs in the winter months.

The city has a public transportation system that covers its metropolitan area, known as the Adelaide Metro. This “metro” consists of a bus system that includes the O-Bahn Busway (express buses with exclusive lanes), the metropolitan railways and the Adelaide-Glenelg tram.

If you want to make the most of your stay, the Adelaide City Centre or Central Business District is the best area to stay in Adelaide given its proximity to tourist attractions and excellent public transport (See accommodation in Adelaide’s CBD).

Here’s a guide with the best areas to stay in Adelaide, Australia.

The best areas to stay in Adelaide

1. Our favourite area: City Centre or CBD

Adelaide’s City Centre is the heart of the city. It is known by locals simply as “The City” or CBD, a common connotation of all Oceanian cities to define their Central Business District.

This district hosts the Parliament of South Australia and many state government offices.

The CBD is separated from its metropolitan area by a ring of public parks on all sides. The so-called Square Mile within the park is defined by a small area of high-rise office buildings and apartments.

Around this Central Business District, there are a large number of apartments, townhouses and low-density single-family houses that make up the residential part of the city centre.

The heart of Adelaide connects with the rest of the city through its line of trams that runs from north to south.

The Adelaide train station is located north of the CBD, next to the city’s convention centre.

Adelaide City Centre has the largest range of hotels in the city, from backpacker options to luxury-type hotels.

Where to stay in Adelaide - CBD
Where to stay in Adelaide – CBD
Accommodation in Adelaide City Centre - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area
Accommodation in Adelaide City Centre – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why is this a recommended area to stay in Adelaide, SA:

  • Central location
  • Surrounded by parks
  • Best area for sightseeing
  • Great public transport connections
  • Best area for business travellers
  • All kinds of hotels

2. Glenelg

Glenelg is a suburb of Adelaide located next to the beach, west of the city centre.

Located on the coast of Holdfast Bay in the St Vincent Gulf, Glenelg has become a tourist destination due to its urban beach and a variety of attractions.

Glenelg hosts several hotels and dozens of restaurants.

Established in 1836, Glenelg is the oldest European settlement in the continental part of South Australia.

Its main street is Jetty Road, a long avenue with shops, entertainment and other commercial activities.

Glenelg is connected to the CBD by the city tram.

Glenelg is the best area to stay in Adelaide for lovers of the beach and the Australian coastal spirit.

Best areas to stay in Adelaide - Glenelg
Best areas to stay in Adelaide – Glenelg
Accommodation in Glenelg - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area
Accommodation in Glenelg – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why is this a recommended area to stay:

  • Beach area
  • Connected by tram
  • Great area for sightseeing
  • Touristic attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Wide variety of hotels

3. North Adelaide

North Adelaide is a predominantly residential suburb of the city of Adelaide in southern Australia, located north of the Torrens River.

North Adelaide is surrounded by parks with gardens, many sports fields (including the Adelaide Oval), a golf course and horse meadows.

North Adelaide has Wellington Square at its centre, and O’Connell Street as its main shopping street.

O’Connell Street has many cafes, restaurants, hamburger bars, shops and pubs. Lincoln College and Aquinas College are also located in this block.

North Adelaide also hosts the famous Queen’s Head hotel (the oldest pub in the city).

Its location near the centre and its green environment make North Adelaide one of the best areas to stay in Adelaide.

Where to stay in Adelaide - North Adelaide
Where to stay in Adelaide – North Adelaide
Accommodation in North Adelaide - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area
Accommodation in North Adelaide – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why is this a recommended area to stay in Adelaide, SA:

  • Central location
  • Green area
  • Nightlife

4. West Beach

West Beach is a coastal suburb of Adelaide.

It is located, as the name suggests, to the west of the city and north of Glenelg.

It is a beach and tourist area, with golf courses, shopping centre and the amusement park Mega Adventure Australia.

West Beach is very close to Adelaide Airport, making it a recommended area to stay in Adelaide for travelers in transit.

It is one of the best surf areas of Adelaide and the beach area has many bars, pubs and restaurants.

This area has several resort-type hotels and is a quiet area to stay in Adelaide, away from the hustle and bustle of the CBD.

It is an area suitable for families and lovers of the beach and the sun.

Best areas to stay in Adelaide - West Beach
Best areas to stay in Adelaide – West Beach
Accommodation in West Beach - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area
Accommodation in West Beach – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why is this a recommended area to stay:

  • Beach area
  • Resort-type hotels
  • Close to the airport

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