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Are you planning to go on a road trip in Adelaide? VroomVroomVroom can help you find the perfect car hire for your next adventure. We compare deals from major brands, including Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Enterprise (formerly Redspot), Sixt and Thrifty. 

The capital of South Australia has a lot to offer tourists, with excellent shopping, thrilling outdoor activities and delightful delicacies. Fondly known as the 'City of Churches', Adelaide's streets are filled with beautiful architecture and iconic structures. There is never a dull moment in Adelaide, so consider hiring a rental car with VroomVroomVroom to ensure you don't miss out. 

Reasons to book a hire car in Adelaide at VroomVroomVroom

If you want to explore Adelaide and surrounding attractions in South Australia, a rental car is the way to go. Here are some of the reasons our customers choose to book with us:

  1. Choice of vehicles: VroomVroomVroom partners with leading suppliers to provide you with the choice of a wide range of quality vehicles.
  2. Lowest price guaranteed: You are sure to get your money's worth when you rent a car with VroomVroomVroom. We guarantee you the lowest rates available on rental cars. Check out our Price Promise for more information.
  3. Locations: We give you a choice of pick-up and drop-off locations across Adelaide so you can find a depot convenient for you. We also offer hire cars from Adelaide Airport.
  4. No cancellation charges: You can book early with VroomVroomVroom and take advantage of lower prices without needing to worry if your plans change. We will not charge you any modification or cancellation fees. 
  5. Campervans: VroomVroomVroom also compares campervan hire deals in Adelaide from the country's leading suppliers. 
  6. Customer care: If you need help finding or booking a car hire in Adelaide, feel free to contact us via phone, email or live chat.
  7. Easy booking system: If it is your first time using our website, here is a guide on how to book a car rental on VroomVroomVroom. You can book a car in under two minutes with VroomVroomVroom, and you will receive an instant confirmation once you have finished making your booking. 

Best time to visit Adelaide

Adelaide is a destination that is great to visit year round. It enjoys a climate with low humidity, mild winters and warm summers. Rainfall is also low in Adelaide compared to the rest of Australia. Summer is a popular time to visit Adelaide, and a lot of festivals and events are held during this period. 

Adelaide is a popular host for festivals. In February the Adelaide Fringe Festival attracts visitors from around the world to see the art displays across the city. If you are visiting the city in March you can take part in the Adelaide Festival. The festival includes art displays, live music and celebrates local creativity. 

Driving tips in Adelaide

Adelaide is Australia's fifth largest city, and as such traffic can be heavy in the CBD. Check here for live traffic updates and avoid any unnecessary delays. Attractions like the Adelaide Zoo, Adelaide Hills, Central Market and Murray Bridge are all within easy reach of the city. 

If you are travelling from another Australian city, be aware of the large driving distances. It will take you at least a day of driving from MelbourneSydney, or Brisbane. If you are planning to explore more remote areas of South Australia note that there may be limited services, and plan your trip accordingly. 

Though the churches still stand, Adelaide has caught on with the rest of the world and gained a liberal attitude. Nowadays, the city is commended for its many festivals and sporting events, its food and wine, it culture, long beaches and its wide defense and manufacturing sectors. It even ranks highly as a livable city, earning a spot in the Top 10 in The Economist's World's Most Livable Cities index.

For a hassle-free and merry holiday, make sure to book your car rental in Adelaide through VroomVroomVroom. We not only aim to give you the cheapest rates in car and campervan hire, but we also want to make your holiday more memorable. To achieve our goal, we have listed down some of the fun things you can do and places where you can stay.

  Things to Do |    Places to Stay  Places to Eat

Things to Do

Barossa Food and Wine Attractions

barossa farmer's marketBarossa can be easily accessed from the Adelaide airport. It is just an hour drive away by hire car or campervan rental. The valley is famous for its food and wine attractions since it is home to a total of 13,256 hectares of vineyard and numerous wineries. Every Saturday morning, the locals head to the Barossa Farmer's Market to shop for fresh ingredients. The market features more than 50 stalls that sells meats, fresh fruits and vegetables, cheese, bread, and other local produce. 

The Chateau Tanuda houses grand buildings, croquet lawns, manicured gardens, and a heritage-listed cellar door. There are other must-see attractions in Barossa such as the Barossa Regional Gallery, Barossa Historical Museum, Barossa Bowland and Mini Golf, Barossa Valley Golf Club, and Nuriootpa Skate Park to name a few.

Barossa Valley Ballooning

Address: Based in Seppeltsfield, Barossa Valley SA

Have you ever wondered how it's like being on top of the world? Join the Barossa Valley Ballooning to experience riding a hot air balloon over the picturesque Barossa Valley. The meeting place is at Novotel Barossa Valley Resort and this is also where you can enjoy a buffet breakfast after the hot air balloon ride. The award-winning resort houses Harry's Restaurant which offers scrumptious local specialties. Check out their website here

Temptation Sailing Dolphin Swim And Watch

Temptation Sailing offers all dolphin lovers a tempting adventure! Get a chance to encounter one of the most fascinating sea creatures on planet Earth. Temptation is the first South Australian vessel to receive a dolphin swim license and allowed to study these adorable mammals. Temptation Sailing assures dolphin sightings in each cruise, but they can't guarantee the duration of the dolphin's stay. Their vessel can be found at Marina Pier, which is just 15 minutes away from the Central Business District.

Ice Arena

Are you looking for an awesome place to celebrate your birthday? Do you still don't know where to take your kids? The perfect solution for that is the Ice Arena, which is the premier ice skating facility in South Australia. It is just a few minutes away from the CBD. The Ice Arena makes skating more fun with their themed events, including the Frosty Fridays where you can skate and dance to the music of the resident DJ. 

Himeji Garden

Address: South Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000

Your next stop would be Himeji Garden in South Terrace where you'll find Japanese religious artifacts that successfully recall the majesty of nature. The Garden fuses together two classic styles. First, the 'senzui' (lake and mountain garden), where water and the imagination combine to give one a magical sense of vastness and grandeur. And secondly, the contrast comes with 'kare senzui' (dry garden), that's composed of rocks and sand that still resemble the presence of water, even of the sea itself. The garden is open all week, from 8am to 5.30pm so feel free to come in during those times to get a taste of the serenity that is Himeji Garden.

Victoria Square Fountain

Address: Victoria Square, Adelaide SA 5000

Your final stop would be Victoria Square Fountain. You can find this in the northern half of Victoria Square between Flinders-Franklin Streets and Wakefield-Grote Streets. This fountain was set up to honour the visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh in 1963. Come and see this sculptural wonder of unpolished Angaston marble. Look on with wonder at the brilliance of John Dowie, master sculptor of the fountain.

Art Gallery of South Australia

Address: North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000

To kick things off, you better come on over to the Art Gallery of South Australia. Get to view one of Australia's best art collections under the roof of the city's loveliest historic buildings. Found between the South Australian Museum and the University of Adelaide, the gallery has been a critical cultural focus ever since it was put up in 1881. Here you'll find vast collections of Australian, Asian and European art.

Places to Eat

Fumo Blu

fumo blue cocktail loungeFumo Blu, which means “Blue Smoke” is a premier party place in Adelaide. The underground establishment is known for its 50's-inspired cocktail lounge featuring funky colors and groovy decors. It also has an elegant cigar lounge that are perfect for the elite men. 

One the most striking attractions within the cocktail bar is the Aquarium, which measures 1 x 2 metres and houses an array of colorful corals and tropical fish. Fumo Blu is open from Mondays to Sundays, but the opening and closing times vary for weekdays and weekends.

Haigh's Chocolates Visitors Centre

Find out how the delectable Haigh's Chocolates are made by visiting their visitor centre located near the city centre of Adelaide. You can either take the bus or take a 5-minute drive in your car hire to reach the factory of Haigh's Chocolates. Witness how the cocoa beans are transformed into chocolates and even get a chance to sample freshly made chocolates and confectioneries matched with complimentary tea or coffee. The free guided tours usually lasts for 20 minutes, but make sure to book a schedule in advance. 

Rundle Mall

Are you ready to shop 'til you drop? Rundle Mall is the city's ultimate shopping destination. It is also the perfect place to meet up with friends and family because there are many great things you can do there apart from shopping. More than 23 million people visit Rundle Mall annually or approximately 400,000 customers per week. It houses four department stores: David Jones, Harris Scarfe, Kmart, and Myer. Rundle Mall also has 700 retailers, 15 arcades, several food courts, restaurants, pubs, and bars. The Palace Nova Cinemas, which has ten screens, is just a short walk away from the mall.  

Places to Stay

RNR Serviced Apartments

RNR ApartmentsFormerly known as Quest, RNR Serviced Apartments, is one of the most sought after CBD apartments. Their relaxing atmosphere, comfortable surroundings, and spacious rooms give that home away from home experience. All the apartments are newly refurbished and are equipped with kitchen and laundry facilities. The townhouse also has separate bedrooms, bathroom and a study area. Each apartment has a private balcony and a beautiful courtyard. The 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom apartments can be found along Sturt Street while the 3-bedroom apartments can be found at 257 Wakefield Street, but you need to check in first at the main reception in Sturt.

Baybeachfront Apartments

Are you looking for an accommodation with a beachfront setting? The ideal place to stay is at Baybeachfront Apartments where you can enjoy the cool sea breeze and the sound of the waves. Dolphin sightings and stunning sunsets are a regular occurrence at the Baybeachfront Apartments. This is one of the most in demand apartment locations offered by the Glenelg Accommodation Specialists. It received a certificate of excellence from Tripadvisor this year. Whether you're planning to stay for a short break or a long holiday, there's always a perfect place for you and your companions. Choose from their 23 apartments that feature 1, 2, and 3 bedrooms. Other facilities include a heated swimming pool, children's playground, BBQ area, and table tennis.

The Manna of Hahndorf

If you're in search of a more high-end accommodation, the perfect place to stay is at The Manna of Hahndorf. The 4-star AAA Tourism rated motel is conveniently located right in the heart of Hahndorf and just 20 minutes away from the CBD and 35 minutes away from the airport by car. The Manna of Hahndorf offers more than 50 rooms that are equipped with modern facilities including free Wi-Fi and paid TV. There are many unique shops, cafes, and restaurants near the motel as well as food and wine experiences. Guests can make use of the swimming pool and BBQ facilities at their nearby sister motel.

Other great things to do in Adelaide 

Adelaide is small in comparison to the eastern cities, but it is still a remarkable city to visit. 

Hop a tram to Glenelg from the city and take a break near the seaside. A tradition which has endured for many years (and you don't have to find a car park for the hire car). Visit Glenelg pier or have an ice cream on the beach.

Make a day of it at the Adelaide Botanical Gardens. With a feeling of the old times, the well maintained gardens can be enjoyed by the whole family and it is free to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Get in your Adelaide car rental and take the 10km drive north to the Morialta Conservation Park. With waterfalls and native bush, this is the perfect place to pack a picnic and bush bash. 

If you happen to be driving around in the rental car, traveling with the kids and they are itching for something to do with their hands, why not try Beerenberg Farm. Australian owned and operated, they offer a day out with the family that cant be beat. 

Interested in touring around Adelaide? Check out these awesome tours featured in Tourstogo.com.

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