6 Incredible Adelaide Experiences To Have On Your Big Lap

by Sam Rainbow

1. Wine Tasting

Adelaide is a prominent wine region, with 4 distinct regions within easy driving distance (or take a tour).

Magpie Springs is a stunning and quiet spot, plus one of the owners is an award winning artist so the decor is top notch. If you are short on time and can’t venture north, O’Leary Walker has a cellar door in Oakbank which honours the unique history of the place. 

If you’re looking for a traditional but modern winery then Nepenthe near Hahndorf is the perfect mix of aesthetics, and amazing wine to boot!

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2. Museum Day

There are a great deal of amazing museums in Adelaide, and it would be easy to spend days exploring them.

The South Australian Museum has an extensive Australian focus as well as overseas acquisitions. During the school holidays, it has regular (and sometimes free!) activities for kids. 

The Migration Museum provides an incredible insight into the lives of those who migrated to Australia under the harshest of conditions. Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute is a wonderful place to learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history, and is Australia’s oldest aborignal run and managed centre of its kind.

Down the Port, you can find the Maritime Museum which is a world class exhibition on the area’s maritime history, with interactive displays and regular kids events.

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3. Beach Day

With a good selection of beaches, even on the hottest day there should be space at one of them. Henley is a quieter favourite with a long stretch of sand and award-winning fish and chips from the Stunned Mullet.

In addition to generally being hubs of relaxation, the beaches regularly host festivals and events like the Glendi Greek Food Festival, specialist markets, and even a kite surfing festival.

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4. Have An Animal Encounter

This region is home to some of the coolest animal experiences. Head to Adelaide Zoo (with Australasia’s only breeding panda pair and many animal experiences), have breakfast with the birds at Cleland Wildlife Park, check out Monarto Zoo (the world’s largest open range zoo), or even swim with dolphins at Glenelg.

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5. Delight Your Taste Buds

If you’re a foodie, you’ll love this region! From cool bars and laneways to The Epicurean Way, there are so many foodie adventures to be had. 

  • From November to April you can check out Beerenberg Strawberry Farm and get a punnet of fresh picked strawberries straight from the patch. 
  • Check out the award winning cheese or take a cheesemaking class at Udder Delights.
  • Take a free tour of the decadent Haighs Chocolate Factory.
  • Head to the 24/7 Bakery on O’Connell for the infamous Pie Floater. 

Jump on the Plentiful Pickings Picnic Trail in Hahndorf. Grab a cooler bag from the Visitor Information Centre or Somerled Wines and build your own picnic.

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6. Explore Adelaide’s Past

Adelaide’s rich history is evident wherever you look. Take a ghost tour or explore Adelaide Gaol for a grizzly glimpse into the past. Or, just take a walk around the city…Adelaide Arcade is a historic covered mall running off Rundle Mall. Enter at the Grenfell street end to pick up a free brochure that talks you through the maze of shops. You can aslo take The Heritage Walk: A self guided heritage walk around this settlement, with trees and buildings from 1885.

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