9 fun outdoor activities in Adelaide

Visiting the 20-minute city

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. 20 minutes in everyday direction from the city, you’ll find a beautiful spot within which to spend an afternoon. Wineries, beaches and coastlines, hills and quaint towns – Adelaide has it all.

You will be totally spoilt for choice when deciding how to spend your days here and this article points out just a few of the many options on offer!

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. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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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5. Chill out at the Beach

A visit to one of the glorious beaches around Adelaide is a must. 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.

6. Get up close and personal with the dolphins

Nature lovers will be enthralled by this activity. Book in to a guided kayak tour at the Dolphin Sanctuary Find yourself meandering along the scenic waters among friendly and playful bottle nose dolphins. Watch them feeding, playing and nursing their young in their natural environment while making your way through the 10,000 year old mangrove forest.

7. 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.

8. Mount Lofty Descent Bike Tour from Adelaide

To fully experience the beauty and nature of the Adelaide region take a guided tour from the summit of Mount Lofty. You will be transported from Adelaide to the highest point in a comfortable 4WD vehicle whereby the excursion will lead you down the hill all the while admiring the tremendous views of the Mount Lofty Ranges. Stop off at the Cleland Wildlife Park to pay a visit to the resident kangaroos and koalas as well as enjoying some refreshments before continuing the journey downhill. Altogether a great way to  get in some exercise and to spend a few hours away from the bustle of the city         

9. 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!

So, I’m sure this article will have persuaded you that when it comes to outdoor activities, Adelaide really is the place to be. There is a plethora of options to suit any age or budget and you can’t go wrong with any one of these 9! Read on to find a central and convenient accommodation option, perfect for a weekend of outdoor activities in Adelaide.

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!