Climb the roof of Adelaide Oval, clamber over 70+plus mammoth obstacles & hear Adelaide Gaol’s ghost stories for the BEST fun family holidays in Adelaide.
1. Adelaide Zoo
Opened in 1883, Adelaide Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in Australia and the self-declared home of the panda. Aside from coming face-to-face with local panda celebrities Wang Wang and Fu Ni, the zoo has around 250 species of animals that range from native species to the exotic. Don’t miss the daily keeper talks to learn about the resident lions and Sumatran tigers, and play on the all-abilities, nature-inspired equipment.
2. Art Gallery of South Australia
With its impressive collection of artwork spanning centuries, the Art Gallery of South Australia is one of Adelaide’s premier cultural institutions. But it’s particularly popular with families on the first Sunday of each month when the Start at the Gallery program takes place. Each event is themed around a current exhibition and includes kid-friendly tours, art activities and live entertainment.
3. Adelaide Oval Roofclimb
It’s been described as one of the most picturesque sporting ovals in the world, and there’s no better place to view it than from the roof. If your kids are aged eight or over, you can strap into a harness for an unforgettable experience climbing 50 metres above the Adelaide Oval’s hallowed turf. From the top, you’ll enjoy 360-degree views across the city and beyond.
4. Mega Adventure Park
Featuring more than 70 obstacles to challenge parents and kids alike, this thrilling adventure park is located in the coastal community of West Beach. It features a multi-tiered climbing frame, a zipline and an elevated observation deck, as well as a giant swing that reaches speeds of up to 70km an hour. Children need to be at least 120cm tall to climb with an adult, and 140cm to explore unassisted.
5. Adelaide Gaol
Follow in the footsteps of some of South Australia’s most notorious criminals at Adelaide Gaol, which provided a home for around 300,000 prisoners over 147 years. On guided tours through this notorious institution, you’ll experience what daily life was like for the inmates and explore the eerie cells, which have been the location of numerous ghost sightings.
6. Dolphin cruise with Temptation Sailing
From Adelaide’s favourite beach, Glenelg, step aboard the Temptation catamaran for a dolphin-spotting cruise in St. Vincent Gulf. Not only can you see these intelligent creatures up close but also swim and interact with them (safe in the knowledge that the vessel is equipped with electronic shark deterrents).
7. Adelaide Botanic Gardens Bush Food Trail
From the International Rose Garden to the Bicentennial Conservatory, you could easily spend a whole day at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. But if you’re visiting with kids, then a guided tour with Indigenous storyteller and educator, Trent Hill, is a must. It offers a fun and educational insight into how Aboriginal people have used plants for food, tools and medicinal purposes over tens of thousands of years.
8. Henley Beach
Centred around the grassy lawns of Henley Square, this popular beachside suburb is the place to head on hot, summer days. Kids will love splashing in the shallow waters and there’s a long jetty for afternoon strolls. You will find plenty of cafes and restaurants surrounding Henley Square where you can dine alfresco on everything from Greek cuisine to fish and chips and gelati.
9. Barristers Block Winery
In the picturesque Adelaide Hills community of Woodside, Barristers Block is one of the most family-friendly wineries in South Australia. It has a large grass area where you enjoy lunch or a glass of wine from the cellar door, as well as a huge sandpit filled with trucks and spades. In the farmyard, kids can meet the winery’s friendly deer, alpaca and chickens.
10. Cleland Conservation Park
In the rugged Mount Lofty Ranges to the southeast of the city, this iconic wildlife park is the place to meet native fauna near Adelaide. You won’t see many enclosures here, with most of the kangaroos, wombats and bettongs roaming free. Aside from the keeper talks that are held throughout the day, other highlights include the Breakfast with the Birds and having your photo taken cuddling a koala.