Visiting Adelaide for a sporting event?
Find out about things to do near Adelaide Oval.
Ahead of the big game, spend a day or two exploring the city and surrounds over the weekend.
You don’t have to go too far to find some fun!
Sports fans rejoice
Visit the home of sport in South Australia and take a tour of the Adelaide Oval. Visit the historic grandstand and find out what made Sir Donald Bradman the batsman we all know and love. The Bradman Collection (open on Sunday from 10am-4pm) brings together Sir Don’s personal collection of cricket memorabilia, along with interactive displays to test your skills against the legend himself.
Hire a car for the day or hop on a tour bus and explore some of the state’s best cellar doors, all within an hour’s drive of the city. If you can’t manage a quick trip out of the city centre, take a short stroll along North Terrace to the National Wine Centre of Australia – there are over 120 wines to sample, anywhere from world-renowned brands to lesser-known boutique labels.
The cultural hub of the city, North Terrace is where you’ll find historic buildings housing thousands of works of art, ancient artefacts and ever-changing displays to get your mind ticking. Visit The South Australian Museum and the Art Gallery of South Australia before settling in at the Adelaide Festival Centre for a world-class show.
Traditional pubs and late-night dessert bars are the way of life in North Adelaide. Walk north from Adelaide Oval or catch a ten-minute bus trip straight up King William Road. Eight bus routes travel this way so there’s no excuse not to get out and explore north of the River Torrens. Check the Adelaide Metro website for details.
The Adelaide Botanic Garden gates are on North Terrace, just opposite East Terrace. Take a stroll through the lush lawns and tranquil greenhouses and set your mind at ease – you’d never know a bustling city was right behind you!
The Adelaide Zoo is perfect to entertain the little ones. With over 2,500 species of animals, including the famous Giant Pandas Wang Wang and Funi, there’s so much to see and learn. Follow the beautiful Moreton Bay Fig trees along Plane Tree Drive behind the Adelaide Botanic Garden and you’ll arrive at the Zoo in no time.
Buzzing with colour and life, the Adelaide Central Market is the biggest of its kind in the southern hemisphere – and the market lives up to this reputation with gusto! Friday nights are always popular with late-night shoppers enjoying cooking demonstrations and live music to get the weekend started. The Free City Connector bus stops just outside the entrance – easy!
Shopping, shopping and more shopping is what’s in store for you at Rundle Mall. Adelaide’s retail precinct begins right at the top of the city, where an open-air mall houses department stores, funky laneways and high-end boutiques. Need we say more?
For foodies and coffee-lovers
Looking to refuel and kick back? Rundle Street East has the answer. Keep heading east on Rundle Mall, cross Pulteney Street and you’ll see the green parklands and a view to the Adelaide Hills. Along this stretch of Rundle Street you’ll find comfy cafes with home-grown flavours and all-day-breakfast bars – perfect!
Coastal escapes aren’t too hard to find in Adelaide. Rent a free city bike and ride the Linear Park Bike Trail to Henley Beach where you can pick up an ice-cream or two. If the kids are in tow, catch the tram from the city to Glenelg and let them enjoy a day on the sand, or cast a line off the jetty and take home the catch of the day.
Laneways and long tables
Looking for a quiet spot for enjoy a cocktail or a craft brew with your gourmet tapas? Follow your nose west and take a walk to Leigh and Peel Streets; home to quirky bars, delicious food and exotic tunes to help you get your groove on.