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22 school holiday activities in Adelaide 2018

Ink a full schedule of fun in to the calendar during the school holidays with these discounted family activities and things to do for free.

Animal encounters, adrenaline rushes, quirky dining experiences and adventures into the wild are all options for broods in the South Australian capital.

Here are a few of the best options for the next break as well as the deals to save big.


Kids cruise experience

Kids cruise experience from finder.com.au

Bring the kids to The City of Adelaide parklands and green spaces for an exciting bamboo-bodied EcoCaddy tricycles ride and tour.

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Location: Adelaide, South Australia

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Adelaide Zoo lemur feeding

Adelaide Zoo lemur feeding from Viator

Go on a trip in the zoo and experience feeding the lumers with their favorite treats.

  • Duration: All day
  • Location: Adelaide, South Australia

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Mega Courts Indoor Sports inflatable playground pass

Mega Courts Indoor Sports inflatable playground pass from Groupon

Make the kids 2 hours worth while jumping around castles, doing mazes, playing basketball and more at inflatable fun zone.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Location: 10-18 Albert St, Windsor Gardens, 5087

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Monarto Open Range Zoo Admission

Monarto Open Range Zoo Admission from RedBalloon

See an arc’s worth of animals close up at Monarto Open Range Zoo. It’s one of the largest open-range zoos in Australia and home to rhinos, lions, cheetah, chimps and more.

  • Duration: All day 9.30 to 17.30.
  • Location: Monarto, South Australia
  • Price is for general entry to the zoo.

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Adelaide Gaol Ghost Tour and Investigation – Adult

Adelaide Gaol Ghost Tour and Investigation – Adult from RedBalloon

Test your mettle at the 147-year-old Adelaide Gaol. Take a tour of the building with its creaky doors and shadowy cells and learn stories of the ghosts who are said to haunt there.

  • Duration: Two hours
  • Location: Adelaide Gaol
  • Price is for a guided walking tour and entry to the gaol.

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Mega Adventure Obstacle Park Admission

Mega Adventure Obstacle Park Admission from RedBalloon

Tackle 65 aerial challenges at Mega Adventure Obstacle Park. Scramble up cargo nets, wobble your way across rope bridges and even try a BMX ride 26 metres in the sky.

  • Duration: Two hours
  • Location: West Beach, Adelaide
  • Price is for access pass, safety gear and briefing.

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Southern Ocean Adventure from Victor Harbor – Adelaide

Southern Ocean Adventure from Victor Harbor – Adelaide from Adrenaline

Leave a trail of white water behind you as you explore the waters off Adelaide’s coast by speedboat. Spot sea lions, seals and dolphins as you explore.

  • Duration: 90-minute cruise
  • Location: Adelaide then Victor Harbour
  • Price is for cruise, commentary and safety equipment.

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Dolphin Sanctuary & Shipwreck Kayak – Adelaide

Dolphin Sanctuary & Shipwreck Kayak – Adelaide from Adrenaline

Kayak around the boat graveyard that is Adelaide’s shipwreck heritage trail. Keep an eye out for dolphins as you glide through the water.

  • Duration: Half day
  • Location: Garden Island, Adelaide
  • Price is for guided kayak tour.

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Cleland Wildlife Park Experience

Cleland Wildlife Park Experience from finder.com.au

Get close to 130 species of Australia’s native wildlife at Cleland Wildlife Park. Handfeed kangaroos and shake paws with a koala.

  • Duration: Five hours (approx.)
  • Location: Adelaide, South Australia
  • Price is for park entry, bag of food, park orientation, transfers and koala close-up experience.

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Torrens River BBQ Buoy

Torrens River BBQ Buoy from finder.com

BBQ as you bob along the River Torrens. These buoy-style boats are donut-shaped with a circular table and BBQ grill in-built.

  • Duration: Two hours
  • Location: Adelaide, South Australia
  • Price is for two hours’ use of the BBQ buoy with esky, ice, bluetooth speakers and cutlery.

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Paddle Boat on the Torrens

Paddle Boat on the Torrens from finder.com

Float along the Torrens River on a Crayola-coloured pedal-powered paddle boat. Take in sights like the Adelaide Oval as you bob along.

  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Location: Adelaide, South Australia
  • Price is for the 20-minute use of a paddle boat.

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Kangaroo Island Full-Day Experience from Adelaide by Ferry

Kangaroo Island Full-Day Experience from Adelaide by Ferry from Get Your Guide

Experience Kangaroo Island with its 509 kilometres of coastline and population of sea lions, pelicans and koala bears.

  • Duration: 16 hours
  • Location: Kangaroo Island from Adelaide
  • Price is for return ferry, guided walk at Seal Bay Conservation Park, two-course lunch, koala viewing at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, national park entry fees.

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Half-Day Kayaking Tour in Coorong National Park

Half-Day Kayaking Tour in Coorong National Park from Viator

Explore the lagoons and dunes that make up Coorong National Park by kayak. Get that off-the-grid feeling as you paddle through the wetlands.

  • Duration: Six hours
  • Location: Coorong National Park, Adelaide
  • Price is for kayaking tour, morning tea and lunch.

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4 events to tuck into over the spring holidays

  1. The Wind in the Willows. The beloved tale of Badger, Mole, Otter, Mr Toad, Ratty and Portly comes to life in North Terrace throughout the school break. Brought to us by the Australian Shakespeare Company, it's a high-quality production suitable for ages 3+. 29 September - 14 October
  2. Waymouth Street Party - Spring Edition. Welcome the season with exceptional food by local makers and restaurants alongside street entertainment and a community atmosphere. 12 October
  3. Monster Jam. Big trucks pack Adelaide Oval for one night only this October as Monster Jam world champions show off their stuff. Family passes are available. 6 October
  4. Ceduna Oysterfest. Hightail it to the Eyre Peninsula to sump on the freshest produce of this renowned food region. The programme includes a carnival sideshow, art installations, arts and crafts markets and workshops. 28-30 September

5 free things to do in Adelaide over the holidays

  1. South Australian Museum: Join the Art + Science school holiday program, held during the July school holidays. Dates TBC. Read more.
  2. Adelaide Botanical Gardens: Free guided tours take place at Adelaide's three botanical gardens throughout the break, which are good options for older children and wannabe explorers. Read more.
  3. The Jam Factory: Take the kids to see the artists at The Jam Factory and catch one of the glass-blowing artists in action. Read more.
  4. Glenelg Beach: So it’s not sunbathing weather, but you can still go on a shell safari and build sandcastles at Glenelg.
  5. Morialta Conservation Park: Visit the waterfall which will be at its thunderous best in winter.

Alex Keshen

Alex takes care of the travel section here at finder.com.au. If there's a new sale on tours or cruises, discounted flights or hotels, or anything else that can be on offer, she'll fill you in.

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