12 Feb Top 7 Things to Do in Adelaide in 2018
Adelaide is known for its beautiful beaches, wonderful warm weather, delicious wines and pockets of fun filled activities. Whether you like indoors, outdoors, adventure or chilling out, Adelaide has something for you! Here are our top 7 things to do in Adelaide in 2018…
Adventure and Fun
Not only is The Beachouse a fun place to visit, but it’s also a piece of Glenelg’s history. Before The Beachouse, the land was occupied by Luna Park in the 1930s. Decades later Magic Mountain took the place of Luna Park from 1982 to 2004, followed by The Beachouse which has been there ever since. The Beachouse is home to the oldest carrousel in Adelaide (possibly Australia). It’s 120 years old and was originally built by Tidman and Sons. The carousel still has the original steam engine and carved horses intact. Having a ride on a piece of history is an absolute must. The Beachouse also has arcade games, mini golf, water slides and more. A great opportunity to act like a kid again!
This playground for adults combines outdoor adventure with adrenaline and skill. You’ll climb, hang, jump, float and experience fear and fun on the obstacles. It’s suitable for kids and adults. Kids under 18 need to be supervised by an adult.
The south coast of Adelaide has some brilliant beaches. If you fancy an adventure. Pack up your camping gear and head down to any of these beach spots:
- Normanville: 1.12-hour drive from Adelaide City
- Aldinga: 44-minute drive from Adelaide City
- Moana: 29-minute drive from Adelaide City
- Deep Creek: 1.37-hour drive from Adelaide City
Green carpeted hills with rigged rocky cliffs leading into a beautiful blue sea is what you’ll find at all three of these beaches. READ: 5 Easter Camping Spots. You can hire kayaks, long boards and stand-up paddle boards and all these places (except Deep Creek.) There’s some great wineries along the way too, if you fancy some wine tasting on the way in or out.
Nature and Walks
A challenging hike up, but a rewarding view at the top! You can also drive to the Mount Lofty summit if you don’t fancy a walk. You’ll find the start of the hike about 15km east of the city. The summit offers panoramic views of Adelaide city. The Waterfall Gully is the most popular trail, but there are plenty others to check out when you get there. This spot is Adelaide’s highest peak at 710 meters above sea level. Grab lunch or refreshments at ‘The Summit’ restaurant and café.
Adelaide Botanic Gardens
A magical, relaxing spot. The Adelaide Botanic Garden is a 51-hectare public garden located north-east of the city. Take a picnic, book or your iPod and unwind in the gardens. You’ll find several glasshouses. The Palm House, a remarkable glasshouse in the garden, was imported from Germany in 1875.The rose garden will make you feel like you’re on the set of ‘Alice in Wonderland’! It was visited by Sir Cliff Richard in 2004, who planted a rose named ‘Sir Cliff Richard’ surrounded my fans and rose enthusiasts. Rose sales went to the Bone Growth Foundation.
Sights and City Exploring
Adelaide is a small enough city that you could really make your way around in a day by foot. Take a train or tram into Adelaide Central Station. View times here.
- Have a wander down North Terrace. You can’t miss it! Along the terrace you’ll find the State Library, war memorials and the Parliament house.
- When you’re done soaking up some history, head towards Rundle Street for some shopping. ‘The Malls Balls’ and the ‘Rundle Mall Pigs’. Great photo opportunities.
- Continue to head up King William Road. See if you can spot ‘The Beatles’ on the balcony of one of the buildings. Eventually you’ll get to Victoria Square. It’s just a square, but a lovely one to see. Grab a coffee at Crack Kitchen. While you’re here, pop into the Adelaide Central Market.
- Finally, head back down to where you started to visit the Adelaide Convention Centre and Adelaide Oval. There’s plenty of space to sit and chill with views of the casino, the Adelaide Oval, Convention Centre and the River Torrens.
Port Adelaide is an up and coming industrial area with a bustling port, plenty pubs and op shops. If you’ve got kids, visit the Railway, Aviation and/or Maritime Museum. READ: more Family Friendly Attractions here. You’ll find the port about 14km northwest of Adelaide CBD. Port Adelaide is known for its heritage buildings; pubs and hotels and other colonial style buildings that are great to gawk at. The Fisherman’s Wharf Markets is every Sunday, in an enclosed building selling everything from toys and food to vintage clothing. Explore the river on a cruise and check out the Port Dolphins! There’s also some very cool graffiti there.
Head down to Glenelg beach on the tram, and come to The Beachouse. We guarantee you’ll have a wicked fun time! Buy tickets online now.