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Adelaide Things To Do

Adelaide Bucket List: 21 Things To Do In The City Before You Die

Wondering what to do in Adelaide? The city is bursting with culture, flavours, events and entertainment.

We’ve done the hard work for you and picked out 21 must-do things in the city – whether you’ve lived here all your life or are only passing through. Start working your way through this ultimate Adelaide bucket list…

1. Brave the Adelaide Oval Roof Climb

Climb over Adelaide Oval’s iconic roofline after dark, and celebrate the views with an Espresso Martini in the RoofClimb Centre.

Adelaide things to do

2. See a movie at Moonlight Cinema

You’ve got to check out Moonlight Cinema at Botanic Park where you can kick back with a drink, catch up with friends and enjoy films under the stars in a scenic park.

Moonlight Cinema things to do

3. Go fig picking at Glen Ewin Estate

Fill your basket with fresh figs then head to the Fig Bar for a chilled wine and have your figs served up with a selection of local Adelaide Hills cheeses.

Glen Ewin Estate things to do

4… Or strawberry picking in Beerenberg

Head to Beerenberg Farm in Hahndorf from November to April for an adventure in the strawberry patch. Pick to your heart’s content and pay $10.95 per kilogram for the bounty you harvest.

strawberry picking in Beerenberg things to do

5. Spend a morning browsing a food market

Take your pick from Adelaide Central Market, Chinatown, or the Adelaide Farmers Market to stock up on local produce and discover new food and drink.

Spend a morning browsing a food market

6. Have a wine and cheese picnic in Kuitpo Forest

It may be 45 minutes outside of Adelaide, but this forest reserve is the perfect spot to have a shaded picnic during the summer. You can even make use of the BBQs here.

Have a wine and cheese picnic in Kuitpo Forest

7. Drink your way around the West End laneways

Adelaide has fantastic small bars; you’ll find some of its coolest spots in basements, behind secret doors and down unmarked alleyways. Check out Pink Moon Saloon, Peel St, Clever Little Tailor, Rigoni’s Bistro, Hains and Co, Thrift Shop, Udaberri and Mayfair Rooftop Bar.

Drink your way around the West End laneways

8. Hike Morialta Falls

Head out of the city and hike the walking routes that pass by these three waterfalls along Fourth Creek.To see the falls at their best, visit the park during spring or winter when the water flow is strongest.

Hike Morialta Falls

9. Let it all hang out at Maslin Beach

Australia’s first-ever official nude beach is actually a beautifully white sandy stretch that should be on every local’s bucket list in Adelaide. Go on – go free by the sea for a day.

Let it all hang out at Maslin Beach

10. Pop by Elder Park for the annual Christmas carols

South Australia’s largest Christmas concert is a heartwarming buzz of candlelight, all your favourite holiday songs and the excuse to wear a Santa hat.

Pop by Elder Park for the annual Christmas carols

11. Soak up alllll the culture at North Terrace

Stroll along North Terrace – there’s heaps to experience on this cultural boulevard. Top picks include the South Australian MuseumState Library of South AustraliaArt Gallery of South Australia and Parliament House.

Soak up alllll the culture at North Terrace

12. Eat a baked potato at the Royal Adelaide Show

Because for some reason it just tastes way better at the city’s funnest family event.

Eat a baked potato at the Royal Adelaide Show

13. Sip on a rooftop cocktail at 2KW

If you’re looking for a benchmark bar in this town you’ve found – it eight floors above the ground you can sip on boutique cocktails and look out at the sun setting on Adelaide’s skyline.

Sip on a rooftop cocktail at 2KW

14. Take a photo with the Mall’s Balls

This famous sculpture in Rundle Mall is a classic Adelaide photo op. Get up close and creative. If all else fails, they’re a handy meeting point.

Take a photo with the Mall’s Balls

15. Float down the river on a BBQ Buoy

BBQ Buoys will let your dreams of boozing and barbecuing down a river come true. The floating donut seats up to 10 people around a table, with beverage bowl or barbecue grill floating along the Adelaide Riverbank.

Float down the river on a BBQ Buoy

16. Swim with dolphins off Glenelg Beach

Glenelg is known for its stunning beach and the dolphin inhabitants of Holdfast bay. Take a short boat tour into the bay and you can choose from swimming with or watching the dolphins at play.

Swim with dolphins off Glenelg Beach in Adelaide

17. Have the time of your life at Mad March

Adelaide’s annual festival season, known as Mad March, is the time to embrace all the amazing performances and events taking place in venues across the city. From $5 Fringe Festival shows to wild car races, you’ve got to just dive in.

Have the time of your life at Mad March in Adelaide
Image purchased from Wayne Smith Visual Asset License Deed 2013

18. Chow down on dumplings in Chinatown

Get your dumpling fix in Adelaide’s Chinatown on a self-guided dumpling trail. Hit up Dumpling King, Ying Chow and Ding Hao for the most droolworthy dumplings.

Chow down on dumplings in Chinatown in Adelaide

19. Check out a gig at the Thebby

The ‘Thebby’ (officially known as Thebarton Theatre) is an iconic Adelaide live-music venue with 1920s vibes and an intimate atmosphere, making it perfect for gigs.

Check out a gig at the Thebby in Adelaide

20. Make a Christmassy visit to The Lights of Lobethal

If you want to really get into the festive spirit (and we know you do) then make your way to the town of Lobethal for their annual Christmas lights competition. All the houses and businesses get involved to make the town super colourful.

Make a Christmassy visit to The Lights of Lobethal in Adelaide

21. Drive through the Adelaide Hills for a DIY wine tour

A beautifully scenic drive (unfortunately no vino for the designated driver!) through Adelaide Hills, stopping off at vineyards along the way, is a must. Check out Adelaide Hills Winter Reds Cellar Door Weekend.

Adelaide things to do

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