9 fun outdoor activities in Adelaide

Enjoying the outdoors in Adelaide

With beauty, nature and wildlife in abundance – Adelaide and its surrounding area boasts a limitless supply of fun filled outdoor activities to suit all ages. Within 20 minutes in everyday direction from the city, you’ll find a beautiful spot within which to spend an action-packed afternoon a lazy morning under the sun. Wineries, beaches and coastlines, hills and quaint towns – Adelaide has it all. In this article, we take a good look at some of the best outdoor activities in Adelaide.

1. Visit Adelaide Zoo

For a fun day out with the family look no further than a visit to the zoo. Only a fifteen minute walk from the city centre and situated next to the stunning Botanical Gardens, the zoo is home to more than 3000 animals and 250 species of exotic birds mammals, reptiles and fish. Book in advance to experience the once in a lifetime opportunity of hand feeding the Giant Pandas and Tigers. While wandering around the zoo you will come across scenic gardens, playgrounds, a restaurant and a cafe for vital refreshments all contributing to a fun-filled and memorable day out.

2. Go rock climbing

Embark on a thrilling rock climbing tour in Adelaide and discover the exhilaration of scaling natural cliffs. Set in the picturesque Morialta Conservation Park, this wonderful tour offers stunning panoramic views of the city and St Vincent Gulf. Receive expert instruction from Adelaide’s most qualified instructors, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience.

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced climber, this tour caters to all skill levels. Rest assured, all necessary safety equipment is provided, allowing you to focus on the adventure at hand. Get ready for an unforgettable rock climbing experience in Adelaide’s breathtaking outdoors.

3. Explore the beautiful Adelaide Botanic Gardens

Situated right in the heart of the city but a world away from the bustle are these beautiful and diverse gardens that boast an array of plants from all over the world. Entry to the Botanic Gardens is free so take the family and spend the day casually wandering around the 50 hectares of gardens and admiring the stunning architecture of the various buildings dotted around the gardens. Stop for a coffee or a bite to eat and enjoy a thoroughly relaxing day outdoors.

4. Enjoy a half day mountain bike tour

Embark on an unforgettable half-day bike tour, starting from Mount Lofty and ending in the vibrant city of Adelaide. Immerse yourself in the beauty of native bush as you pedal through scenic trails. Along the way, make a stop at Cleland Wildlife Park, where you can marvel at koalas, kangaroos, and emus in their natural habitat. With top-notch mountain bike equipment, you’ll enjoy a comfortable and thrilling ride. Discover exclusive mountain bike trails that will leave you with lasting memories of this exhilarating adventure.

5. RoofClimb on the Adelaide Oval

For the thrill seekers amongst you this is an absolute must. Walk up and over this iconic building with one of the trained leaders and experience breathtaking 360 degree views of Adelaide, stretching from the Adelaide Hills down to the stunning coastline. You will then be lead out onto the Riverbank Platform which perches 50 metres above the famous turf of the Adelaide Oval. Choose in advance whether to take part in this activity in the daytime, during the twilight hours or at nighttime to appreciate a different perspective. Whichever time you choose it will be sure to provide an experience like no other.

6. Try the Mega Adventure Obstacle Park

For serious fun on a whole new level, visit this aerial structure and find yourself doing things you thought you weren’t brave enough to do! Row a boat mid-air or play tennis up in the sky. Explore over 70 various obstacle crossings and if you feel up to the ultimate challenge then plunge from the Parajump while enjoying the spectacular views. Not for the faint hearted but an amazing experience for the dare devils among us!

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7. Chill out at the Beach

A visit to one of the glorious beaches around Adelaide is a must; it’s naturally one of the best spots for outdoor activities in Adelaide. West Beach offers plenty of outdoor activities but is also one of the quieter ones if you want to take some time out to chill. Surfing and kiteboarding hire is available or why not treat yourself to a lesson in order to master the skill? Alternatively, pick up a free city bike and explore the amazing coast and Linear Park Trails.

8. Embrace nature with a Morialta Wilderness and Wildlife Hike

Those wanting to experience South Australia’s nature up close should certainly take one of many hikes. However, if you’re not familiar with the area, a tour is a great option. Embark on a captivating wilderness hike through the Valley Walk, Kookaburra Rock, and Giant’s Cave. Explore the stunning Morialta Falls Plateau and be amazed by the breathtaking views from Eagles Nest Lookout. This small group tour, led by experienced local guides, ensures an intimate and immersive experience. Enjoy the convenience of return transport with hotel pickup and drop off. Encounter native animals in their natural habitat and take delight in a morning snack to keep you energized throughout the adventure. This hike promises an unforgettable journey into the heart of nature’s beauty.

9. Get up close and personal with the dolphins

When it comes to outdoor activities in Adelaide, you shouldn’t give this a miss. Book in to a guided kayak tour at the Dolphin Sanctuary. Find yourself meandering along the scenic waters among friendly and playful bottlenose dolphins, and watch them feeding, playing and nursing their young in their natural environment. As you explore, you’ll be making your way through a 10,000 year old mangrove forest. Don’t miss this!

10. See Adelaide from a Segway

Take a Segway tour around some of Adelaide’s sights in less time and find yourself having a really fun time with friends and family. This is a perfect thing to do for first time visitors to the area in order to see the main highlights of Adelaide including the Riverbank Bridge, the Adelaide Zoo and the Adelaide Oval as well as learning about the city’s history.  

11. A trip to Adelaide Wineries

You simply can’t come to Adelaide and not visit one of the wineries in the region. The Adelaide Hills boosts many fine wineries where you can try some of their renowned wines surrounded by stunning scenery. Either take an organised trip or simply drive out to visit a few of the Cellar doors. The Hahndorf Winery among many others offers wonderful local produce for a delicious meal complimented by some excellent wines. There is no better way to spend a relaxing afternoon!

Hoping to take a tour? Try this wine tour to the world-class Barossa Valley and see all the best bits of this world class region.

12. Explore Jurlique Farm

Those with a fascination with plants should really make time for a Jurlique Farm tour. Embark on an enlightening guided tour and uncover the fascinating history of this renowned Australian skincare brand. Learn about the meticulous process of propagating seedlings and plants, gaining insight into the various plant varieties and their uses in Jurlique’s natural skincare products. Discover what sets Jurlique apart as Australia’s most recognized skincare brand as you delve into the secrets of soil fertility and compost production. Witness the harvest process firsthand, gaining a deeper appreciation for the care and dedication that goes into creating Jurlique’s high-quality, botanical-based skincare products.

SA Weekend Escape’s top hotel pick!

The Adelaide Royal Coach is a great place to stay while visiting the region, for its convenient location, comfortable affordable rooms and good facilities. A short walk through Rymill Park will lead you straight to the city centre where there is an abundance of tourist attractions for your entertainment. The hotel offers a lovely swimming pool and sauna to finish off your day before paying a visit to the restaurant for a relaxing and delicious dinner.

For more activities and things to do in Adelaide, check out our Ultimate Guide!