Fun Things to do in Adelaide Australia

Adelaide, located in South Australia, is one of the smallest cities in Australia and it is often overlooked over cities such as Sydney or Melbourne.

If you are looking for a big-city feel destination without the large crowds, Adelaide Australia tourism offers many fun things to do in and out of the city. For instance, Fleurieu Peninsula is home to stunning beaches and charming towns such as Victor Harbor town which is home to marvelous horse-drawn tram.

Apart from many fun things to do in Adelaide Australia, the city is also a great base for exploring some of Australia's Islands such as Kangaroo Island and Tasmania.

Fun Things to do in Adelaide Australia: Tours & Activities

Torrens River Gondola Ride

For those looking for romantic things to do in Adelaide Australia, a Gondola ride along Torrens River is one of the best ways to spend a relaxing hour marveling at Adelaide’s landmarks.

Whale Watching Tours

Just like whale watching in New Zealand, whale watching is a popular pastime in Australia’s coastal areas.

If you are traveling to Adelaide Australia between summer and autumn months, tour companies operate mainly from the south of Fleurieu Peninsula.

Old Gaol Tour

The Old Gaol, located in Adelaide Park, is an old prison complex open to visitors for guided or self-guided tours where visitors can explore and experience ‘apparent’ sightings in the complex.

Wine Tasting Tour

Visiting one of the wine regions is one of the most popular fun things to do in Adelaide Australia, and if you are looking to enjoy a wine tasting tour can explore more than five wine regions in the Adelaide area.

The National Wine Centre of Australia, located in the center of the city, has a great place to sample some wines and find out more information about Australia’s wine regions.

Two of the best wine regions in Australia are Adelaide Plains and Adelaide Hills, where you can find many wineries offering winery tours.

Surfing & Water Activities

One of the best surfing spots nearby Adelaide Australia is in Victor Harbor Town (an hour's drive from Adelaide) where you can find popular surfing beaches such as Waitpinga.

Victor Harbor Town is also home to the popular Greenhills Adventure Park where you can enjoy a myriad of fun activities such as rock wall climbing, canoeing and go-karting.

Parks & Sanctuaries

Those interested in exploring Adelaide’s wildlife and flora can do so at the Cleland Wildlife Park and at the Warrawong wildlife sanctuary.

The Cleland Park is just fifteen minutes away from Adelaide City Center, and if you are traveling with kids, you will all enjoy petting koalas and baby kangaroos.

Warrawong center is a sanctuary for endangered species and it is a great place to explore with the family as visitors are allowed to wander around freely.

Fun Things to do in Adelaide Australia: Beaches

Glenelg Beach

Glenelg, located on the shore of Holdfast Bay, is home to one of the touristy beaches in Adelaide where you can also find 'The Beachhouse' amusement park.

*Distance (8miles from Adelaide City Center, 26 minutes car ride)

Port Noarlunga Beach

Port Noarlunga Beach, located in the City of Onkaparinga, is a popular beach home to the popular the Port Noarlunga Reef and Onkaparinga Estuary Aquatic Reserve where you can enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving.

*Distance (19 miles from Adelaide City Center, 49 minutes car ride)

Maslin Beach

Maslin Beach is another beautiful beach with an area reserved for naturist.

*Distance (24 miles from Adelaide City Center, 59 minutes car ride)

Fun Things to do in Adelaide Australia: Places of Interest

Adelaide City Center

One of the best ways to explore the city center of Adelaide is on a bus tour. The main points of interest in the city are the Parliament House, Adelaide Town Hall, the Migration Museum and the South Australian Museum.

Fleurieu Peninsula

The Fleurieu Peninsula is another beautiful area to explore on a day trip from the City, and it is just an hour’s drive South of Adelaide. The peninsula is home to many towns worth exploring. Two of the most popular include:

Victor Harbor Town

One of the most popular attractions in Victor Harbor is the horse-drawn tram that connects the harbor to Granite Island, where you can see a large colony of Fairy Penguins.

Willunga Town

The town of Willunga is a lovely place home the Willunga Farmers' Market and many charming traditional shops where you can purchase all kinds of local crafts.

The town also comes alive in the summer months where you can enjoy fun summer festivals such as the Fleurieu Folk Festival and the historic Almond Blossom Festival

Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island, located on the west coast of Fleurieu Peninsula, is a popular place for outdoor enthusiasts and it is home to Flinders Chase National Park where you can explore stunning rock formations and enjoy hiking and camping.

Kangaroo Island is easily reached by ferry from Cape Jervis (an hour’s drive from Adelaide)

Fun Things to do in Adelaide Australia: Sports

If you are sports enthusiast, attending an sport event during your vacation in Adelaide Australia is a must-add in your itinerary. The city is home to an Australian Rules Football league, a Soccer league and One Day International cricket matches.

Fun Things to do in Adelaide Australia: Shopping

In the heart of Adelaide’s City Center is where you can find a variety of shops, shopping malls, boutiques and the popular Adelaide Central Market.

The Adelaide Central Market is home to many vendors selling all kinds of produce and goods, and it is an ideal place for buying souvenir presents such as jewelery, rugs and local crafts.

For retail and high-end shopping, the Rundle Mall district is where you can find a great variety of designer boutiques and shopping malls such as the famed Myer Shopping Mall.

Fun Things to do in Adelaide Australia: Nightlife & Entertainment

Being a cosmopolitan city, Adelaide Australia is home to a great variety of bars, nightclubs and entertainment venues to suit all.

For instance, the Skycity Adelaide Casino located in the Adelaide Plaza is a great place to spend a few hours playing casino games or simply lounge around and enjoy a variety of live performances.

The L!ve club, located on Light Square, is another popular venue known for hosting different music nights such as salsa and hip-hop nights.

Another popular district is Hindley Street which is known for its atmosphere and active nightlife.

Fun Things to do in Melbourne Australia: Events & Festivals

Adelaide Racing Carnival

The Adelaide Racing Carnival, held at the Morphettville racecourse in March, is home to one of the most prestigious thoroughbred racing events in Australia.

Adelaide V8 Supercar

The Adelaide V8 Supercar, held at the Victoria Park Racecourse in March, is one of the biggest car events in Australia, and a great event to see amazingly fast v8 engine cars.

Tour Down Under Race & Be Active Tour

The Tour Down Under Race, held in January, is a popular cycling event attracting famous riders from all over the world, and it is ranked high along with the famed Tour De France.

The 'Be Active Tour' is a similar event where the public are allowed to ride on the same route as the main race, and aims to promote health awareness.

Maslin Beach Olympics

The Maslin Beach Olympics, held in January at the Maslin Beach, is a fun event where the public participate in informal competitions such as three-legged races.

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