Things to do on Boxing Day in Adelaide filled with fun in the sun
Be inspired to get out and explore the city on 26 December.
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From climbing the roof of the Adelaide Oval to sipping fine wines in the Barossa, McLaren Vale or Adelaide Hills – there are more than a handful of experiences and venues staying open on Boxing Day this year.
Whatever your agenda, fill your day with one – or more – of these options to make this a Boxing Day well spent.
Top things to do on Boxing day in Adelaide
1. Climb the Adelaide Oval
Yes, it's touristic, but it's also a once-in-a-lifetime experience where you'll get to look over the oval and catch 360-degree views of the city from high above.
The beauty about the climb is that it's open all day Boxing Day. Pick from a daytime or twilight session.
2. Take a wine course
Adelaide is ringed by wineries. If that's your choice of drink at the pub, then you'll love getting to know a little more about how your tasty tipple is made with a wine masterclass.
In these classes, you can learn everything from the art of wine blending to key notes and how to taste test like a pro.
Wine Blending Class at d'Arenberg Winery
Shiraz Masterclass with Chocolate Platter
Australian Wine Discovery Tour with Tastings
3. Eat your heart out on a food tour
Is there anything better than discovering a new foodie favourite?
If the answer is no, then why not spend the day on a food tour being led through the city's newest and hottest tables?
Barossa Valley Regional Tour
The Clare Valley Best Of Wine Tasting & Sight Seeing
Barossa Valley Via Hahndorf food & Wine Includes Maggie Beers Farm Shop
4. Have brunch, lunch or dinner out
Whether you hosted Christmas lunch or you're currently hosting a hangover, there's no need to spend Boxing Day indoors cooking for yourself when stacks of joints around the city can do it for you.
When the weather is fine, head out for brunch, lunch or dinner on the town. Or, order in. We won't judge.
$15 Credit Toward Your First Uber Eats Order
Five-Dish Indian Lunch or Dinner with Drinks
Three-Course Indian Meal with Sides and Drinks
5. Cruise along Perth's waterways
Relax, unwind and watch the world drift by on a cruise this Boxing Day. Or you can play it your way with a private charter. If you're up for a little action, head south to Victor Harbour for some wildlife spotting and a wander around the pristine Granite Island.
6. Go climbing or abseiling
Kids, thrillseekers and outdoor adventurists can all put their limbs to work climbing and abseiling their way around the state's favourite climbing walls.
Note: These experiences are super popular on Boxing Day so you might have to book in the day after.
Mega Adventure Obstacle Park admission
7. Have a wildlife encounter
Adelaide and its surrounds are teeming with native wildlife. Those who like to get their feet wet can hightail it to the city's beaches and take a dip in the waters to meet and swim with the local dolphins.
Up for a bigger trip? Get away to Goolwa at the mouth of the Murray for a cruise with views and the chance to spot fur seals as they sunbake on the rocks.
Great White Shark Sighting Experience
Dolphin Watching Cruise
Murray Mouth Cruise
8. Get wet with watersports
Christmastime in Adelaide is infamous for being a sweltering one, and when the temperatures hit summer highs, the place to be is the water.
On top of swimming and sunbaking, add a little colour to your day with a watersport adventure.
Surfing Lesson at Middleton Beach
Small-Group River Murray Dark Sky and Sunset Tour with Dinner
9. Team up for an experience
Getting the gang together? With (almost) everyone on break, the holidays are the perfect time to tee-up some catch-up time.
Make it an interesting one with a team challenge and see who'll be crowned champion for 2020.
Virtual Reality Experience
Escape Room Experience
10. Fly high above the earth
We might not have been able to travel much this year, but if you're missing that sky-high feeling, there are plenty of high-flying experiences available on Boxing Day.
Test your own wings out with an introductory flight lesson, feel the wind on your face with a skydive or simply take it easy with a helicopter flight over the region.
Coastal Skydive Middleton Beach
Gliding Introductory Flight
Barossa Valley Tour
11. Go fishing
The Christmas long weekend and relaxation go hand in hand. Spend your day casting a line into the ocean and seeing what surprises you can catch on the day.
Those who are less seasoned in the art of fishing can book a spot on a fishing charter where you'll be taken to the best spots and nab some pointers from the pros.
Half Day North Haven Fishing Charter
Offshore Fishing Adventure
12. Catch a movie
Searching for a way to entertain the kids for a few hours? A trip to the movies is a fantastic way to keep them enthralled.
During summer, you've got your choice of a night out at the open-air cinema or a few hours in an air-conditioned theatre.
For a cheaper, more low-key alternative, invite their mates over, put some popcorn in the microwave and host a movie night with their picks of the classics.
School Holiday Movie Tickets at Goodwood's Iconic Capri Theatre
13. Stay at home and check out the Boxing Day sales
Tired of the stressful elbow shoving at the Boxing Day sales? It's not really the most enjoyable way to spend your Boxing Day.
Thankfully, many stores offer online sales as well, which let you shop from the comfort of your couch. It's the savvy shopper's way and the deals are just as good, if not better, and include everything from fashion and furniture to holidays and homewares.
Plus, you won't have to lug your bags to your car, as everything can be delivered straight to your doorstep.
Navigate the sales like a pro by checking out our guide to all of the Boxing Day sales worth jumping onto this year.
On the other hand, if you really do like heading out to snag a deal, these physical stores and shopping centres are open in Adelaide this Boxing Day.
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What's open on Boxing Day in Adelaide?
|Attraction||Boxing Day trading hours||Where to get tickets|
|Adelaide Oval Rooftop Climb||9am-7:30pm||Adrenaline|
|Mega Adventure Obstacle Park||10am-4pm||Adrenaline|
|Delta Force Paintball||9am-3pm||Adrenaline|
|Virtual Reality Adelaide||10am-6pm||Adrenaline|
|Middleton Beach Skydiving||6am-5pm||Adrenaline|
|Moonlight Cinemas||Movie at 8.45pm||Groupon|
|Capri Theatre||Sessions from 11am||Scoopon|
|Adelaide Zoo||9:30am-5pm||Book direct|
|Adelaide Botanic Gardens||9am-7pm||Free entry|
|Cleland Wildlife Park||9:30am-5pm||Book direct|
|South Australian Museum||10am-5pm||Book direct|
Restaurants and cafes
|Venue||Boxing Day trading hours||Where to book|
|The Cinnamon Kitchen||4:30pm-8:30pm||Groupon|
|Riverside Restaurant in the InterContinental||1pm and 2pm sittings (high tea)||RedBalloon|
|Seafire on the Marina||11:30am-11:30pm||RedBalloon|
|Blue Velvet Artisan Pizzeria, Pastry and Dessert Lab||5pm-9:30pm||Book direct|
|Taco Quetzalcoatl's||11am-9pm||Book direct|
|Sushi Planet||11:30am-10pm||Book direct|
|Barry's Burgers||11:30am-9pm||Book direct|
|Local Grind||8am-10:30am||Book direct|
|Red Berry Espresso Coffee Roastery||7am-12pm||Book direct|
|Oar Lakeside||9am-3pm||Book direct|
|303 by the Sea||9am-3pm||Book direct|
|Marina Chicken and Seafood||10am-8pm||Book direct|
|Pesaro Pizza & Pasta||3:30pm-10pm||Book direct|
|Richmond Village Pizzeria||4:30pm-9:30pm||Book direct|
|Monsoon Indian Restaurant, Modbury||12pm-9:30pm||Book direct|
|Passion Food Thai Cuisine||5pm-11:30pm||Book direct|
Pubs and bars
|Venue||Boxing Day trading hours||Where to book|
|The Uraidla Hotel||11:30am-9pm||Book direct|
|Hains and Co||4pm-2am||Book direct|
|Big Shed Brewing Concern||5pm-1am||Book direct|
|The Stag Public House||12pm-late||Book direct|
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