There are so many great attractions in and around Adelaide. Here are just a few of our favourites. How many have you ticked off the list?
Picnic at Carrick Hill Picnic like Jay Gatsby at Carrick Hill, Springfield. Built in the late 1930s in the style of a 17th-century English manor, the property was later bequeathed to the State Government. It sits amid hectares of groomed gardens and clipped lawns – the perfect setting for a sumptuous outdoor feast. Entry to the grounds is free, but for just a few dollars you can head inside this grand old house.
On your bike! Following the River Torrens from the gorge to the sea, the River Torrens Linear Park Trail is a national treasure. But it’s just one of many fabulous cycling trails that crisscross the city and ‘burbs. If you don’t have your own bike, Treadly Bike Hire have fully folding cycles available for rent that will fit comfortably into the boot of your car.
Tour Adelaide Oval A tour of the oval takes visitors into numerous nooks and crannies not normally open to the general public, but access to the manually operated scoreboard, first used in 1911, is a real highlight.
Snorkel Port Noarlunga Reef The reef is part of an aquatic reserve and is home to all manner of colourful fish and a variety of other sea creatures. Easily accessible from steps at the end of the jetty, the best time to explore this outdoor aquarium is at low tide in calm weather. So many fish!
Go crabbing Stay away from the nippy end and you’ll find crabbing to be great family fun. During any month containing the letter ‘r’, grab a crab rake and head north to the tidal flats between St Kilda and Port Parham, or toss a net off one of our suburban jetties.
Go behind the scenes at the zoo With their adorable burglar eyes and long fluffy tails, lemurs rank high on the cute-o-meter. A lemur encounter gets you up close to these curious creatures, and is just one of the unique experiences on offer at Adelaide Zoo. If you prefer your animals a little toothier or longer of neck, then try a lion or giraffe encounter.
See the only VC on display in SA Only eight Victoria Cross (VC) medals have been awarded to South Australian born servicemen and just one is on public display in SA. A free tour of Adelaide Town Hall includes a viewing of Roy Inwood’s VC, received for single-handedly destroying a machine-gun post near Ypres, Belgium, during the First World War.
Take a Central Market tour Experience the sights, sounds, aromas, and the odd sample, on a guided tour of Adelaide’s 146-year-old produce market.
Kayak with dolphins The Port River is one of the few places in the world where dolphins live in the suburbs. Take a guided kayak tour from Garden Island, or paddle your own canoe to experience the antics of the local pod. If you’re lucky you’ll see them tail slap, tumble turn, or maybe even tailwalk, a trick passed down from former Marineland resident, Billie the dolphin.
Daytrip to Hahndorf Settled by German immigrants in the late 1830s, you’ll find the tastes of the old country in the pastry and smallgoods shops. Head out of town to The Cedars, once the home of artist Hans Heysen, and experience the landscape that inspired many of his artworks. At Hahndorf Farm Barn the kids can milk a cow, ride a pony, cuddle a rabbit or chat with a cockatoo. Top up the cellar with the region’s cool-climate wines and pick strawberries in season at Beerenberg Farm.
Segway the Torrens A stroll beside the River Torrens is a lot of fun, but a Segway tour of the city’s riverbank precinct is a blast! Segway Sensation SA operates tours around Elder Park and beyond, highlighting all the local attractions. These nifty, self-propelled machines are even more fun than they look, and after a short training session you’ll find it’s easy as…well…riding a Segway. Explore Mt Lofty A valley lush with ferns, a gully of colourful rhododendrons, an enchanting grove of dwarf conifers, and a forest of deciduous trees that blaze red, yellow and orange in autumn are just a few of the delights at Mt Lofty Botanic Garden. Head further up the hill to the summit for a coffee and spectacular views over our fair city.
Visit the National Motor Museum
For Harry Potter fans there’s a Ford Anglia, for Australian history buffs there’s Tom Kruse’s Birdsville Track mail delivery truck, and for those who prefer their cars and washing machines to be made by the same company, there’s an Adelaide-made, Lightburn Zeta Station Sedan. These are just a few of the hundreds of vehicles on display.
Adelaide Haunted Horizons tour The history of our city is rich with strange and bizarre events. If you like your tours spooky, explore Adelaide Gaol or Adelaide Arcade with Haunted Horizons, who have been researching paranormal activity around town for nearly 30 years.
Discover Himeji Garden Well hidden behind a screen of trees, it would be easy to drive past this garden without knowing the beauty within. Located on South Terrace, it celebrates the relationship with our Japanese sister city, Himeji, and is a place of utter tranquillity on the very edge of the CBD.
Gorge Wildlife Park Gorge Wildlife Park sits right in the bush so when you first arrive it’s hard to tell who’s a resident and who’s a drop-in…right up until you spot the alligators, the monkeys and the meerkats. There’s plenty of Aussie fauna here too, including Tassie devils, jabirus and dingoes, plus you can feed the roos and emus and cuddle a koala.
Walk through the Bicentennial Conservatory A 2434m² glass roof and misting sprays allow a tropical ecosystem to flourish inside the largest conservatory of its type in the Southern Hemisphere. Enjoy free entry to a steamy rainforest that’s a long way from home.