Best things to do in Adelaide and event guide for 2020
Discover Adelaide from new heights with a skydiving adventure or explore the South Australian state with a relaxing wine tour.
Whether you're looking for adventure activities, stunning views, nature and wildlife or scrumptious food, Adelaide has got you sorted with the lot. Taste local food at the Central Adelaide Market or hang out with pandas and koalas at Australia Zoo.
We share our favourite things for you to try – no matter what you're in Adelaide for.
1. Wine tour
With free transportation departing from Adelaide, head to the wineries where you'll indulge in new flavours of wine and local food. If you want to relax and go at your own pace, the hop-on hop-off bus that travels to Adelaide Hills will make its way around the region, allowing you to choose which wineries you want to visit. If you want to visit the spots the locals rave about, head off on a day trip to Adelaide Hills where your stops include a lunch at a German pub and a visit to Beerenberg's Strawberry Farm.
2. Tour iconic Adelaide sights
What's a trip to Adelaide without visiting some of its notorious sights? Relive celebrated moments in Australian sporting history with a tour of Adelaide Oval, where you'll hear old and new tales about the Oval and get a guided tour of the grounds. If the spookier side of Adelaide peaks your interest, a ghost tour at Australia's longest operating gaol is an experience you're unlikely to forget.
3. V8 race experience
Hop in the front seat and experience the most powerful 450hp V8 race cars available in Australia. You'll be met with thrilling challenges as your driver navigates around the race circuit with bends and curves that must be executed at an intense pace.
4. Adelaide city tour
What better way to explore Adelaide than at your own pace by foot or bike. Learn about the city's history and culture on a relaxed walking tour that'll take you to the popular attractions or grab a free bike and ride around the city.
5. Roof climb at the Adelaide Oval
Explore Adelaide from new heights with this climb on top of one of Australia's most iconic sporting stadiums. You'll see breathtaking views of the stadium itself, the coastline and Adelaide Hills in the distance. Choose either a twilight climb to view the sunset or a night climb to see the city lit up after dark.
6. Cooking class
Treat yourself to an authentic Moroccan cooking class experience with a professional chef or learn how to make authentic Thai food at an award-winning cooking school in Adelaide. Either way, your eyes will be as big as your belly with an authentic food adventure in Adelaide.
7. Photography class
What better way to explore Adelaide than to explore all of it angles through a lens. Learn how to take photos at night while getting to know the basics of composition, controlling aperture, shutter speed and ISO as well as understanding how to use light and shade to capture the best shots around the city.
8. Outdoor night adventures
You won't find yourself twiddling your thumbs wondering what to do at night in Adelaide. If you want to sit back and relax after a long day, head to Adelaide's Moonlight Cinema where you can watch the classics and latest blockbusters latest blockbusters at the Botanic Park. The Ebenezer Night Markets run during selected dates in summer and you can stroll around browsing the food, fashion, art and jewellery on offer.
9. Animal encounter
Get exclusive access to Australia Zoo and wander the grounds that house more than 2,500 animals. Australia Zoo give guests the opportunity to get up close and personal with koalas and pandas before roaming around the zoo to explore and see 250 species of mammals, birds, reptiles and fish.
10. Adrenaline-filled fun
If you love a challenge, visit Australia's largest aerial adventure park with over 70 unique challenges and South Australia's largest giant swing. For an indoor adrenaline-inducing experience, make your way through three real-life interactive escape rooms, all uniquely themed with different challenges to overcome and crimes to solve.
11. Embrace local history and art
Get an understanding of South Australia's past with a trip to the South Australian Museum, State Library of South Australia and the Art Gallery of South Australia, both offering plenty of exhibitions and entertainment for the kids.
12. Experience nature at Mount Lofty
Step out into the fresh air and explore what Adelaide's outdoors has to offer. A downhill bike tour from the top of Mount Lofty will provide you with breathtaking panoramic views before you descend down the mountain, spotting kangaroos and koalas along the way. If you're after something a little less structured, take a self-guided walking tour that takes you from the serenity of Waterfall Gully, through to Cleland Conservation Park and then onto the top of Mount Lofty.
- Pocket-friendly option: Bushwalking and Waterfall Hike at Mount Lofty Summit
- The ultimate experience: Mount Lofty Descent Bike Tour
13. Adelaide Central Market
Adelaide Central Market offers a thriving food and wine culture, alongside some of Adelaide's favourite eateries. The market sees over 9 million visitors each year, a combination of locals and visitors, who get to discover the taste of international cuisines and local produce.
14. Adventures from the sky
Whether you're an adrenaline junkie seeking the thrill of taking in the views of Adelaide while jumping out of a plane from 9,000 feet in the air or an equally thrilling, yet relaxing, hot air balloon ride at sunrise, the views from above are not to be missed.
15. Abseiling and rock climbing
Abseiling and rock climbing are a must-do for all adventurers visiting Adelaide. Outdoor thrill seekers will get to test their endurance and strength while picking up new skills and techniques along the way.
16. Chase waterfalls
Adelaide may have a dry climate, but this doesn't mean you won't find stellar waterfalls. Get out in nature and take in stunning views, explore rock pools and spot small reptiles before reaching the waterfalls where you can set up a picnic and enjoy your surroundings.
More things to do in Adelaide
Things to do in Adelaide in summer
- Adelaide Fringe Festival
- Adelaide Festival
- Clipsal 500
- Laneway Festival
- Adelaide Motorsport Festival
Things to do in Adelaide in winter
- Winter Reds Festival
- Adelaide Beer and BBQ Festival
- Umbrella Winter City Sounds
- SALA Festival
Things to do in Adelaide in autumn
- Adelaide Festival
- Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend
- Tasting Australia
Things to do in Adelaide in spring
- Credit Union Christmas Pageant
- Adelaide Fashion Festival
- OzAsia Festival
- Vegan Festival Adelaide
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