Top 5 free things to do in Adelaide, Australia

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Adelaide, Australia, extends toward the Mount Lofty Ranges.
Adelaide, Australia, extends toward the Mount Lofty Ranges. (Image courtesy AirbornePhotography.com.au)

The capital city of South Australia, Adelaide is also home to the fifth-biggest population in the country. It’s a cosmopolitan city that’s a popular destination with tourists.

If you’re visiting, you can hire from a company like and plan a road trip around the surrounding area, though there are plenty of things to do in the city itself, and many of them are free of charge. Here are five free things to do in Adelaide, to provide you with some inspiration.

Stroll Adelaide Botanic Gardens

If you are staying in Adelaide, and you are looking for some quiet time, you should head to the . These gardens are home to an impressive International Rose Garden. There are also several winding paths to explore where you may come across wildlife such as ducks, swans, and turtles that are attracted by the water in the gardens. After a stroll, you can sit and enjoy a picnic on the grass.

Have fun at Glenelg Beach

There are several great beaches in the area, but is the most popular. It’s always busy and bustling and it’s home to several sidewalk cafes. There is also plenty of entertainment to be found in the area of the beach, and if you come at the right time of day, you can sit and watch as the sun sets over the water.

Explore the Art Gallery of South Australia

If you love art, there is plenty to admire at the . The gallery is located in North Terrace, close to many other cultural institutions. It was first opened, in a different building, in 1881. The gallery is home to around 47,000 works of art, from Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia. It has also hosted events associated with Tarnanthi (the Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art) since 2015.

Get some exercise at Waterfall Gully

Anyone who likes exercise should visit , which is home to a famously strenuous walking trail. The Mount Lofty Summit trail starts in the Waterfall Gully car park and provides spectacular views as it climbs. If you do not like the idea of a strenuous walk, you can simply admire the waterfall, which can be accessed from Waterfall Gully Road, five miles east of Adelaide. It’s worth mentioning that the car park is often very busy on weekends.

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Tour the National Wine Centre of Australia

The is an excellent place to learn about winemaking. There is a guided tour that takes place each day which is free of charge. Other activities that take place at the center, such as wine tasting, are subject to a charge.

If you are traveling to the Adelaide area, time invested in any of these free activities is time well spent.

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