Sun, 09 Apr 2006

Almost 100 Things to Do in Adelaide

Friends moved to Adelaide: she's an old Adelaide person, but he's from Melbourne. Having grown up in Adelaide, Alli and I thought we'd ask around, to supply a list of things that add up to the Adelaidian experience. We sent it to them as a belated Christmas present, and as I promised various people, here it is:

Adelaide is a quiet town, so many places are known only to locals. We asked our friends what they like to do, and what they think newcomers should do to get a feel for what Adelaide is really like. Assuming you'd do these things in pairs, we put prices (sometimes guesses) for two, except where noted.


Balfour's Custard Tart (Alli's favourite) [one] $4
Eat Samboy BBQ Chips (Alli's other favourite) [one] $2
Try Farmer's Union Iced Coffee (Alli again) [one] $2
Try Coopers Vintage Ale [one bottle] $8
Eat a Balfours Froggie Cake [one] $3
Try Menz Fruichocs [one] $3
Drink Woodies lemonade $5

Walking Distance within City:

Feed the ducks on the Torrens behind Festival Theater
Carols by Candlelight
Adelaide Christmas Pageant
The Adelaide Fringe Festival (March)
Catch a train to Outer Harbour $7
Buy a Pie Floater from the Pie Cart [one] $5
Go on Paddle Boats on the Torrens $10
Catch Popeye to the Zoo (return) $12
Catch the O'Bahn $13.20
Look around the Central Market on Friday night
Eat at the smallest restaurant you can find in Chinatown $20
Have a coffee in the Hilton foyer $7
Catch Tram to Glenelg $13.20
Ride Glass Elevator in Rundle Mall
Have a Hot Roast Turkey, Cranberry Sauce, Lettuce and Brie Baguette from Charlie's Sandwitch downstairs in the Myer Center [one] $8
Visit the Adelaide Art Gallery
Visit the Adelaide Museum
Go to a lunchtime/weekend concert in Elder Hall $0-10
Eat Yiros on Rundle Street $12
Coffee on Rundle Street at night $6
Have a drink at the very chilled out Supermild (Hindley St) $10
Have a drink at the Historian Hotel $8
Wander into abandoned offices along North Terrace (KW to Pultney Streets)

Less than 5kms from City:

Adelaide Zoo $32
Take Botanic Gardens guided walk (10:30am any day)
Bicentennial conservatory in Botannic Gardens $8.60
Moonlight Cinema at Botanic Gardens $22
BBQ in Bonython Park
Play par 3 golf along the Torrens $22.80
Go to Skyshow (Australia Day)
West End Xmas Lights
North Adelaide Pubs
Have dessert/coffee at the Elephant Walk $12
Get a hamburger from the North Adelaide Burger bar $6
Coffee in North Adelaide $8
Swim and have a sauna at North Adelaide Swimming Center $11.40
St Peter's Cathedral
View Adelaide from Montefiore Hill (North Adelaide)
BBQ in Rymill Park
Have some arancini at Carnevale the Italian Festival (11/12 Feb Rymill Park)
Tour Japanese Himeji Gardens in South Park Lands (12-14:00 weekdays)
Look for a Rosella, Cockatoo and maybe Kookaburra in the South Park Lands
Buy a dagwood dog at Adelaide Show [one] $7
Look at the houses on Victoria Avenue
Haighs Factory Tour
Have dessert/coffee at Spats $15
Visit the all night Villi's Cafe (Mile End)
Try the Combination Sar Hor Fun at Penang Hawker's Corner $8
Catch a gig at The Gov (Governor Hindmarsh) $20-30
Go to the Glendi (Greek) festival and eat dolmades $20
Ride a bike along the River Torrens


Go to a Crows/Port match at AAMI Stadium $44
Visit the BrickWorks markets
Play Zone 3 $18
Coffee on Norwood Parade $8
Go to a Norwood/Port SANFL game at Norwood Oval $20

Outer suburbs:

Windy Point at night
Lighthouse at Semaphore
Lobethol Xmas Lights
Tourist Drive through Adelaide Hills
Eat icecream at Glenelg $8
Walk the length of Jetty Road, Glenelg
Go to Maslin's Beach
Get up early and go to the fish markets at Port Adelaide (7:00-12:00)
Walk along the beach & jetty during sunset at Henley Beach
Walk in Belair National Park
Visit Mount Lofty Gardens
Visit Waterfall Gully
The 4hr hike at Parra Wirra National Park $8
Cuddle a koala at Cleland National Park

Out of Adelaide:

Drive through the Barossa Valley (Nuriootpa etc.)
Winetasting in Barossa Valley
Sailing or camping & birdwatching on the Coorong $5/night
Whale Watching at Victor Harbour
Climb The Bluff at Victor Harbour
Find a penguin and a wallaby Granite Island
Visit Hahndorf
Go to Greenhill's Adventure Park $40
Walk part of the Heysen Trail
Visit the main street of Gawler, Australia's biggest country town
Spend a day driving through the Barossa (Nuriopta, Gawler etc)

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