49 Entertaining Things to do in Adelaide

Research has found that people reap more joy by spending money on experiences as opposed to material possessions. With this in mind, bypass buying the exploding Samsung Note 7 and indulge in an Adelaide activity or two. What shall I do?- I don’t hear you ask. Fear not fellow Adelaideans and tourists, this article covers the costed attractions that call Adelaide home. I have also written a list of 51 free things to do in Adelaide that can be found here.
 

1. Adelaide Oval RoofClimb

Adelaide Oval Roofclimb

The national morning breakfast TV shows seem to broadcast the weather segment live from the Adelaide Oval RoofClimb every second week. It can’t be too long before the ‘Cash Cow’ who is proportioned suspiciously similarly to Kochie does a sign language segment from the Adelaide Oval roof. There is a reason TV crews are drawn to this location- the mixture of 360 degree views and adrenaline. Standard, twilight and in-match climbs are available with the process taking roughly two hours. The RoofClimb is arguably the most highly rated attraction in Adelaide at present and not physically demanding so the Port Power squad might even manage it. On the in-match RoofClimb you may even be able to shake hands with Eddie Betts when he takes a screamer.

More info and pricing: https://roofclimb.com.au/
 

2. Adelaide Gaol

Adelaide Gaol2

The founders of Adelaide originally didn’t plan for a gaol, rationalising that Adelaide residents would be honourable people. To this day I don’t see any flaw with this logic. On the surface, a Gaol being a tourism Mecca makes as much sense as a one-way freeway. In reality, the intriguing Gaol backstory and historic tours cloaked in fascinating fables elevate this ghastly guardhouse to one of Adelaide’s most alluring attractions. Ghost tours, paranormal workshops and twilight tours consisting of a synthesis of pseudoscience ahem I mean ghost stories and history are further methods to explore this location. Self-guided tours are also available at a slightly cheaper price. Word of warning- make sure you don’t confuse the Adelaide Gaol for Yatala in which tours are likely to have an actual element of danger.

More info: https://adelaidegaol.org.au/
 

3. MEGA Adventure Aerial Course, West Beach

MEGA Adventure Aerial Course

If the groundwater contamination makes certain western suburbs of Adelaide uninhabitable, living in the sky on a similar aerial construction may be in our futures. MEGA Adventure Aerial Course contains over 120 activities and creative methods enabling you to get from point A to B, all while harnessed. Unless you are masochistic, not ideal for those with a fear of heights. During the two hour sessions, you are safely attached to a skyhook that can hold 2200 kilograms. You just don’t want the ‘days since an accident has occurred’ sign to be reset to zero after your visit.

Pricing and more info here: https://megaadventure.com.au
 

4. Base Camp SA Obstacle Course Training, Royal Park

SA Base Camp

This obstacle course at Royal Park contains Ninja Warrior-eque facilities aplenty that are aimed at the fitness junkie. From a warped wall to a travelator (think now defunct TV show Gladiators), this gym du jour should ride on Ninja Warrior’s coattails. Base Camp SA features Adelaide’s hardest to navigate obstacles (after the O-Bahn extension roadworks). Bring your own gloves unless you are after the damaged hand look.

Pricing and more info here: http://www.sabasecamp.com.au/
 

5. Escape Rooms, Adelaide

Escape Hunt

Channel your inner Sherlock and solve puzzles within an hour to escape a themed room. Being locked in a chamber normally describes a hostage situation and a precondition for solving crimes is usually a University degree- fast forward to the world of escape rooms. Adelaide Escape Hunt and Adventure Rooms both in Rundle Mall provide a selection of themed escape rooms. On a scale from 1-10 with 1 being easy and 10 being as difficult to decipher as Channel 7s occasional weatherman Tim Noonan, these escape rooms are about an 8.

Escape Hunt: http://adelaide.escapehunt.com/

Adventure Rooms: https://adventurerooms.com.au/adelaide/
 

6. Adventure Kayaking Around Dolphins, Garden Island

kayak

Adventure Kayak SA offers an exploration and tour around the Port River dolphin’s favourite places to frolic. Suitable for families, this activity also includes a proximate look at the colloquial “ships’ graveyard”, mangrove creeks and natives in the vicinity of Port Adelaide (not Port Power fans). After this superbly run tour, you will re-evaluate your perspective of this region from desolate and industrial to scenic and bustling with life. The water is surprisingly clear although if it had been teeming with nuclear waste, I would still give Adventure Kayaking three thumbs up.

Pricing and more info here: http://www.adventurekayak.com.au/
 

7. Adelaide Zoo

Adelaide Zoo

The Adelaide Zoo is famed for containing the only giant pandas in the southern hemisphere. I have long suspected that these creatures are in fact two blokes named Steve and Robbo who broke into the zoo one night dressed as pandas after a fancy dress party and have subsequently been detained. As well as these celebrity pandas, a farmyard contact area enables visitors to have a closer experience of selected animals (not the lions). If you encounter an ex-partner here, you will quickly change your opinion of the most dangerous animal in the zoo.

More info: https://www.adelaidezoo.com.au/
 

8. Cleland Wildlife Park

Cleland Wildlife Park

After being rescued from a rip at Bondi Beach and thusly appearing on TV show Bondi Rescue, the most touristy thing to do in Australia is be photographed holding a koala. Cue Cleland Wildlife Park. The gamut of popular native Australian wildlife are housed at Cleland and visitors to the park are able to interact with and indeed feed some of these creatures. The ‘koala photographs’ entail you holding a koala (and cost an extra fee) and to my disappointment are not an actual well-trained koala taking the photo.

More info: http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/clelandwildlife/Home
 

9. Wine Tours

Wine Tours

The term ‘Greater Adelaide’ refers to two things- both Adelaide’s status of superiority as compared to Melbourne and a nebulously defined region that I will make the most of and assume contains both the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale. Enter arguably Adelaide’s most celebrated attraction- its wineries. These vineyard tours inevitably involve a designated alcohol abstaining chauffeur driving wine connoisseurs around on a bus amongst a network of famed wineries. A binary decision often rears its head on these tours- should you swirl your slender glass then inhale the wine bouquet before sipping on the textured liquid, swishing it around your palate, spitting it out and savouring in its finish? The alternative is to get very drunk.
 

10. Bounce, Marleston

Bounce

Bounce embodies the quintessential Australian action- jumping. Whether that is a kangaroo’s bounding or a music festival goer illegally jumping over a fence. Backyard trampolines these days are ubiquitously netted off, sanitised constructions. Fast-forward to wild world of Bounce. Online bookings are recommended before descending on this 50 plus interconnected trampoline haven. The one hour sessions also include; wall running, dodgeball courts and slam dunk arenas. What are you waiting for, Bounce is only a hop, skip and jump away (if you live next to Marleston).

More info: https://bounceinc.com.au/venue-adelaide-sa#/
 

11. The Beachouse, Glenelg

The Beachouse

The Beachouse is the replacement of Magic Mountain which despite its dog dropping façade, housed arguably more entertaining equipment. Nonetheless, The Beachouse does contain spiralling waterslides, bumper boats, dodgem cars, mini golf, arcade games and a historic carousel. A 7 stories high ‘play castle’ also exists at The Beachouse, designed for younger children. This sounds like an impressive architectural creation until one realises that it is 7 mini stories high (I am now going to call myself 3 stories high). A number of varied pricing options are purchasable, including the timecard- allowing users to roam from one activity to the next (at a certain morning time).

Pricing options here: http://thebeachouse.com.au/pricing-2/

Opening hours: http://thebeachouse.com.au/contact-us/
 

12. Learn to Surf, Moana, Port Noarlunga and Other Locations

Learn to surf

This somewhat Sisyphean sport has ‘how to’ lessons at some of Adelaide’s southern beaches. The instructors will stop at nothing to provide you with the authentic surfing experience (minus the recreational drugs). All equipment is provided for the duration of the lesson. A swell day for grommets to grandparents.

‘Surf & Sun’ has locations at Moana and Middleton plus seasonal locations elsewhere: http://www.surfandsun.com.au/learn-to-surf/

‘Surf Culture Australia’ provides lessons at Moana, Port Noarlunga, Goolwa and Middleton: https://www.surfcultureaustralia.com.au/
 

13. Laser Skirmish

Laser skirmish

Occasionally in public you will encounter someone saying “greetings and salutations fellow humanoid.” These are often the types of adults that come to laser skirmish (as well as normal children). Norwood, Westbourne Park, St. Agnes, Woodville, Gepps Cross and Noarlunga have laser skirmish facilities with many of these areas having multiple other activities at them.

Norwood: https://www.kingpinbowling.com.au/venues/sa/norwood

Westbourne Park: https://www.amfbowling.com.au/venues/sa/amf-cross-road

St. Agnes: http://www.wizbang.net.au/

Woodville: https://www.amfbowling.com.au/venues/sa/amf-woodville

Gepps Cross: http://www.kart-mania.com.au/laserskirmish

Noarlunga: http://megazone.net.au/
 

14. Mini Golf

Mini golf

Providing the same frustration of golf in a miniaturised setting. Mini golf also enables you to tell your friends of your miraculous golfing hole-in-one achievement while omitting the part of the story that you were playing mini golf #technicallynotlying. There are courses to be found at; Semaphore, West Beach, Glenelg, St. Agnes and Hahndorf. The Adelaide CBD also now contains a bar-mini golf course hybrid on Pultney Street called Holey Moley (as if playing golf sober wasn’t hard enough). I should stipulate that this course is substantially more expensive than the other Adelaide courses.

St. Agnes: http://www.wizbang.net.au/

Semaphore: http://www.semaphorewaterslide.com.au/minigolf.html

West Beach: https://www.westbeachminigolf.com/

Glenelg: http://thebeachouse.com.au/things-to-do/#mini_golf

Hahndorf: http://hahndorfminigolf.com.au/

Holey Moley Adelaide: https://www.holeymoley.com.au/locations/adelaide
 

15. Hahndorf Farm Barn

Hahndorf farm barn

Holding a swag of SA Tourism awards, as well as pythons, the Hahndorf Farm Barn brigade offer a delightful day tailored for children. Their animal range includes; cows, kangaroos, ponies, donkeys, emus, peacocks, camels and many more animals that would satisfy Old MacDonald. The beauty of this farm lies in the interactive nature in which visitors are encouraged to feed, cuddle, and learn about the spectrum of animals. First hand and second hand cow milking classes (I think both hands are required to milk) and reptile shows are presented on specific days and times. Pony rides are also available at certain times for those aged 2 to 12 in human years not horse years.

Opening hours: http://www.farmbarn.com.au/visitors-info/open-times-and-fees/

Cow milking and reptile holding show times: http://www.farmbarn.com.au/inside-the-barn/milk-cow/

Pony ride info and times: http://www.farmbarn.com.au/inside-the-barn/pony-rides/
 

16. Go Karts

Go Karts

Channel your inner Daniel Ricciardo and finish the race in third position before taking a customary yet unhygienic shoey. Although not quite formula 1, go karting is fiendishly difficult to master and allows those under 16 to drive legally. Some age and height requirements may need to be met for both single and dual kart usage. Adelaide has go kart facilities in Gepps Cross, Pooraka, and Richmond.

Gepps Cross: http://www.kart-mania.com.au/gokarts

Pooraka: https://www.facebook.com/prokartspooraka/

Richmond: https://www.megafastkarts.com/adelaide-richmond
 

17. Paintball

Paintball

Anticlimactic, lacklustre, mundane, underwhelming, bland and lacking a personality. These are all words that people commonly use to describe me. Fortunately, none of these words accurate describe the world of paintball. For the uninitiated, paintball involves a military theme and attempts to shoot the opposition team on a specially crafted course. Real bullets aren’t used but rather pellets. The closest paintball facility to Adelaide lies in Port Adelaide and is an indoor paintball arena. The other paintball venues are located a bit further from the CBD and are found at; Edinburgh North, Kuitpo Forest, Monarto and Hartley.

Indoor paintball, Port Adelaide: http://indoorpaintball.com.au/

Edinburgh North: http://www.paintballpark.com.au/

Kuitpo Forest: http://www.paintballsports.com.au/

Monarto: https://www.adelaidepaintballing.com.au/

Hartley: http://www.skirmishsa.com.au
 

18. Horse Riding

Horse riding

If you are intent on dressing as the rear of a two part pantomime horse, in order to satisfy your (or your child’s) horse love- think again. Adelaide has a number of horse riding companies offering beginner and children’s lessons as well as trail rides through picturesque Adelaidean areas. These equine events are located in; Hahndorf, Littlehampton, Aldinga Beach, Millbrook, Lewiston and Sanderston. By riding one of these companies’ horses, in a sense you are saving money- you won’t have to buy a horse to keep.

Hahndorf: http://kirbypark.com/

Littlehampton: http://www.fouroaksfarm.com.au/

Aldinga Beach: http://www.westwoodparkservices.com/

Millbrook: https://www.facebook.com/Templewood-Horse-Riding-Centre-163272113699056/

Lewiston: http://www.horseridingadelaide.com/

Sanderston: http://www.rustysridingretreat.com.au/RRR/Welcome.html
 

19. Ten-pin bowling

Ten-pin bowling

Modern ten-pin bowling alleys have morphed from recreational pastime centres into dimmed, club-like venues blasting the latest music. Many people have a random relative who regularly brags about their ten-pin bowling perfect ‘300’ game. When these people are put to the test, they rely on bumpers and after still managing to get gutter balls, revise the 300 game story down to a modest 100 game score. Numerous ten-pin bowling alleys in Adelaide are amalgamated with other entertainment forms such as laser skirmish or arcade games. The Adelaide location are; Norwood, Westbourne Park, Woodville, Salisbury, Oaklands Park, Noarlunga and Elizabeth.

Norwood: https://www.kingpinbowling.com.au/venues/sa/norwood

Westbourne Park: https://www.amfbowling.com.au/venues/sa/amf-cross-road

Woodville: https://www.amfbowling.com.au/venues/sa/amf-woodville

Salisbury: http://www.bowland.com.au/salisbury/index.html

Oaklands Park: https://www.facebook.com/marionbowland/

Noarlunga: https://www.amfbowling.com.au/venues/sa/amf-noarlunga

Elizabeth: https://www.facebook.com/Elizabeth-Bowland-171305319587873/
 

20. The Cedars, Hahndorf

The Cedars

Sir Hans Heysen, who was one of Australia’s most eminent artists, has his home, studio and gardens (that inspired many of his works) available for viewing. Entering the property known as ‘The Cedars,’ is somewhat akin to entering a time-machine to the era of Heysen that is further brought to life by the informative tours. The essence of the Australian bush is captured by Heysen’s works. His residence can be admired by both artists and those like myself- people that haven’t evolved past stick-figure humanoid drawings.

Tour times, pricing and more info: http://www.hansheysen.com.au/tours.html
 

21. Golf

Golf

Prepare to release your inner Tiger Woods, excluding the extra marital affairs, the sex addiction, the drink driving (okay it turns out he was a bad example and not someone to try and emulate in life besides his golf game). There are dozens of high quality golf courses in and around Adelaide. The most famous and closest to the CBD are located at; North Adelaide, Seaton, Grange, Lockleys and Glenelg. The Adelaide Hills and Greater Adelaide also have a sprinkling of courses. If you aren’t an outdoors person, X-Golf at Marion contains golf simulators. These involve a real golf club and ball on a selection of some of the world’s most famous courses.

X-Golf at Marion info: https://www.xgolf.com.au/locations/marion/
 

22. Adelaide Chocolate School, North Adelaide

Adelaide chocolate school

The Adelaide Chocolate School has perfected the ingredients for both fun and chocolate making. Offering a range of class themes including; seasonal appropriate (such as Easter), truffle making, basic chocolate creations and children classes, sessions generally last for 2 hours. The teachers are much kinder than Gordon Ramsay and use the ‘F’ word substantially less, although they use the other ‘F’ word- ‘fondue’ more than Ramsay. These cocoa-centred concoction classes have the added bonus rule of keep what you make.

Class info and bookings here: http://www.adelaidechocolateschool.com.au/classes.html
 

23. Swimming Pools

Swimming pools

These are dozens of generic public pools across the Adelaide region however three of the largest facilities can be found at Ridgehaven, Oaklands Park and North Adelaide. They all contain waterslides and hybrid pool-playground equipment for children. Apparently some people swim at them too. These aforementioned locations also have the added benefit of containing several pools hence any pool pees are statistically less likely to reach you.

Waterworld Aquatic Centre, Ridgehaven: https://www.cttg.sa.gov.au/waterworld

SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre, Oaklands Park: http://www.saaquatic.ymca.org.au/

Adelaide Aquatic Centre, North Adelaide: https://adelaideaquaticcentre.com.au/
 

24. Ice Arena, Thebarton

Ice Arena

On certain winter mornings in Adelaide, I feel like entering the Ice Arena would actually warm me up. Whilst somewhat dilapidated and in need of the odd repair job and coat of paint, the crux of the Ice Arena is the actual icy arena. The venue consists of a smaller rink suited to novices and children adjacent to a larger rink that often features show-offs, AKA expert ice-skaters. The larger rink doubles as the home ground of Adelaide’s ice hockey team, the Adelaide Adrenaline. Watching this sport can be a unique experience and one in which giving the opposition an icy welcome is frowned upon.

Ice Arena pricing and opening hours: http://www.icearena.com.au/session-prices-times/admission-pricing/

Adelaide Adrenaline ticket info: http://adrenaline.theaihl.com/leagues/custom_page.cfm?clientid=6063&leagueid=25106&pageid=16674
 

25. AFL and Big Bash Cricket

Adelaide Oval

For tourists, experiencing the colosseum that is the Adelaide Oval filled with an ardent Adelaide crowd is quite an event. Virtually every weekend from March until the end of August, one of the local teams- the Crows or Port, play Australian rules football on the hallowed turf. During September the Crows will likely still be playing at Adelaide Oval while the Port team enjoy an overseas vacation. Several Big Bash cricket games are also played over the summer months with the Adelaide Strikers providing entertainment in this shortened version of the game. A newly created Riverbank Footbridge spans the Torrens and links the Railway Station with the home of sport. At around 250 metres in length, it happens to be the same distance that I’m legally allowed to get to Crows captain Tex Walker.
 

26. Port River Dolphins Cruise, Port Adelaide

Port River dolphin cruise

The Port River Dolphin Cruise isn’t just about the dolphins. This nautical drift down the wide Port River also doubles as a tour of local landmarks including the submarine construction facility, proximate ships and port entry. The dolphins however are the rock stars of the show and observing their up-close frolicking is a reminder of their intelligence. If they were more land-faring they could certainly hold their own in a Port Power fan pub trivia night. The three-tiered boat also contains a variety of food and drinks. Seawater is also widely available to drink in the vicinity of the cruise for those so inclined.

Prices and times: http://www.dolphinexplorer.com.au/
 

27. The Clipper Ship, Port Adelaide

Clipper ship

The City of Adelaide Clipper Ship is a partially restored boat that played a pivotal role in the history of this state. The tour is a must for boataholics and history buffs although is probably not as riveting for those without an interest in one of these areas. From a distance, the ship reeks of dodgy uncle repair job. On closer inspection, the inner workings coupled with a historical context paint the ship (not literally, the tour guides wouldn’t appreciate that) as a historical linchpin of South Australia.

Tour info: https://www.cityofadelaide.org.au/tours
 

28. South Australian Maritime Museum, Port Adelaide

South Australian Maritime Museum

Much like our nation is ‘girt’ by sea, the South Australian Maritime Museum is ‘girt’ by interesting exhibits. An attribute of the museum is its ability to impart knowledge in children without the children being aware that knowledge has been imparted. Interactive exhibits are scattered amongst the historical information with the centrepiece of the museum being the Active II, a replica boat that invites exploration.

Prices and opening hours: http://maritime.history.sa.gov.au/
 

29. Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Seacliff

stand up paddle boarding

Stand up paddle boarding is a synthesis of surfing and canoeing. Depending on your ability it provides either a relaxing meander around the velvety smooth sea or a wave catching bonanza. The Seacliff centred stand up paddle boarding setup offers beginner lessons, board hire and paddle board yoga. Whether the paddle board yoga is indeed a craze akin to the fidget spinner birth and death or more likened to the longer term quinoa and kale vogue remains to be seen. Perhaps my scepticism has more to do with my own inflexibility or perhaps it’s because paddle board yoga groups visually resemble a satanic ritual minus the emo apparel.

More info: http://www.standuppaddlesa.com/
 

30. Monarto Zoo

Monarto Zoo

The plus side of Monarto Zoo is the extensive space provided to each creature and this has resulted in two visiting options presented to tourists. The first of these entails a fairly lengthy walk to navigate this zoological haven whilst the second option and generally preferred involves regular minibuses taxiing visitors from enclosure to enclosure. The animals present at Monarto resemble those found on a safari and indeed this entire experience has South African safari elements. The white rhino, giraffe, chimpanzee, cheetah, Tasmanian devil and American bison are just some of the creatures that call Monarto home. You would need balls as big as the mall’s balls to go up to the periphery of these enclosures.

More info: https://www.monartozoo.com.au/
 

31. Popeye and Paddle Boats on the Torrens, Adelaide

Popeye

Those people expecting a spinach chomping sailorman themed boat ride best not attend. Popeye is aimed at those seeking a leisurely glimpse from the water of arguably Adelaide’s most picturesque setting. The cruise glides down the Torrens with a brief commentary of the nearby structures. Another method to view the surrounding Torrens area is by paddle boat. These vessels are leg powered and you can travel anywhere you desire, restricted only by the time limit and your ability to steer these somewhat cumbersome contraptions.

More info: http://thepopeye.com.au/
 

32. Temptation Sailing and Dolphin Swims, Glenelg

Temptation Sailing Glenelg

Sailing and swimming with the dolphins are normally synonymous with either American rap artists or people who have gained their fortunes through nefarious activities and live in houses encircled by security cameras and Rottweilers. Temptation Sailing has changed this. For a reasonable price, a 58 foot catamaran cruises around for 3 and a ½ hours locating pods of dolphins to swim with. Other tours are also available on this venturing vessel that includes dolphin watching and a hedonistic wine-dine-cruise experience.

Pricing and more info: http://dolphinboat.com.au/price-list/
 

33. Skydiving

Skydiving

I’m a big believer in making mistakes. No-one I know makes more than me and in fact you have probably picked up several hundred in this article so far. It therefore makes sense that I’m not a skydiving instructor. Tandem skydives are available around Adelaide for cheaper prices than you would perhaps expect. Some of the landing points differ from the plane take off locations however the following are the general departure areas: Semaphore, Aldinga, Goolwa, Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale and Lower Light. I’d like to finish this section with these timeless words, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”

Langhorne Creek and Goolwa: http://www.saskydiving.com.au/tandem-skydiving-adelaide

Lower Light: http://www.adelaideskydiving.com.au/first-time-skydiving/

Semaphore, Aldinga and Goolwa: https://coastalskydive.com.au/

McLaren Vale: http://www.skydivethesouthernvines.com.au/
 

34. National Railway Museum, Port Adelaide

National Railway Museum

Surprisingly you don’t need a Sheldon Cooper train infatuation to enjoy all the National Railway Museum has to offer. Historical and interactive displays feature at this museum with an actual train roaming the premises that visitors can hop on or off. Many children tend to have a natural proclivity for trains that they grow out of when homework, taxes then old age catches up with them. Children can relish in their Thomas the Tank Engine fantasies at this museum. When deciding on a place to visit in Adelaide, take a leaf out of Lisa Simpsons book- ‘I choo choo choose you’ National Railway Museum.

More info and pricing: http://www.natrailmuseum.org.au/
 

35. Beerenberg Farm Strawberry Picking, Hahndorf

Beerenberg Farm

After spending a day strawberry picking at Beerenberg farm, the most important thing you can do is wash your hands. If the police pull you over on your drive back to Adelaide with red covered hands and a contended smile on your face, it’s not easy to claim innocence. The strawberry picking faction of Beerenberg Farm is open from November to April and this process is more wondrous than worksome. The farm shop contains a scrumptious assortment of jams, sauces, chutneys and other products. The staff here are as sweet as the strawberries.

More info: http://www.beerenberg.com.au/61/Pick-Your-Own-Strawberries
 

36. Adelaide Oval Tours

Adelaide Oval tours

‘The Adelaide Advertiser’ with its letters anagrammed forms ‘dead vile- readers hate it.’ As a reader of the appropriately named ‘Advertiser’ I would agree with this sentiment if it wasn’t for the extensive sports coverage that readers of this state lap up. Adelaide Oval is the sporting pièce de résistance of this state and a fair portion of the local rag’s stories relate to it somehow. To take a peak beneath the veil and tour this iconic oval is the sport fanatic’s equivalent of visiting a holy site. The hour and a half tours generally involve a visit to the; scoreboard, change rooms, corporate boxes and media HQ. Think of it as unlocking a secret level on a computer game unless you don’t like computer games in which case think of it as a tour of Adelaide Oval.

Pricing and more info: http://www.adelaideoval.com.au/107/adelaide-oval-tours.aspx
 

37. Hot Air Ballooning, Barossa Valley

Hot air balloon

If you have a fear of heights, look away now. Look away in any direction except downwards. The best way to experience the views of the Barossa is from the novel form of transport that is hot air ballooning. Two companies offer flights from this wine region with an airborne adventure awaiting you. Flights generally last one hour however the whole ballooning experience is ballooned out into several more hours. This time is not wasteful and instead includes a full breakfast and transportation to and from the launch site. When the conditions are right, Barossa hot air ballooning will blow you away.

Balloon Adventures, Barossa Valley: https://balloonadventures.com.au/barossa-valley-ballooning/barossa-balloon-flight/

Barossa Valley Ballooning: http://www.barossavalleyballooning.com.au/bookings/
 

38. Gepps Cross Drive-In

Gepps Cross drive-in

Children these days may be apathetic to the whole concept of cinema with ‘insert popular online streaming service name’ taking over the world. The drive-in cinema realm is even more foreign to them. The original ‘Netflix and chill’ strategy may have been predated by drive-in cinemas and indeed the unique experience of watching a movie in a car far surpasses the Netflix, I mean ‘popular online streaming service’ process. There are a large number of traditional cinemas scattered across the Adelaide suburbs with the Eastend of Adelaide’s ‘Palace Nova’ housing the SBS equivalent of movies. These are targeted at foreign film connoisseurs, artsy hipsters and those who like to stroke their imaginary beard while philosophising over life.

Gepps Cross Drive-in: https://www.wallis.com.au/cinemas/mainline-drive-in

Palace Nova Eastend: https://sa.palacecinemas.com.au/cinemas/eastend/
 

39. National Motor Museum, Birdwood

National Motor Museum

At this Adelaide Hills location, saying the words “cars” and “bikes” aloud somehow seems too modernly crass and their proper names of “automobiles” and “motorbikes” seem to better match the vehicles historical context. A diversity of cars that are as creative as those found in the Wacky Races franchise can be viewed at this museum including the buggy from film ‘Mad Max.’ This Birdwood museum is essentially a time-capsule that is unearthed by a stroll through this spacious building. At any moment one feels the cars might come alive akin to the semi-obscure children’s TV show ‘Brum.’ A few older drivers currently roaming the Adelaide streets probably belong in this museum too.

More info: http://motor.history.sa.gov.au/
 

40. Scuba Diving, Glenelg

scuba diving

Scuba diving is 30% fun, 30% educational, 30% exploration and 30% fitness. It turns out I’m 100% bad at adding percentages. The Glenelg located Adelaide Scuba offers learn to scuba dive classes that feature an introduction into this recreational pursuit (apologies to the scuba community if they view it as a sport). Classes are also offered to children as long as they are over 8 years of age. ‘Diving Adelaide’ is another company that operate beginner courses. They have HQ at Glandore and a tonne of good reviews. In the words of abstract The Office character ‘Creed’ “If I can’t scuba, then what’s this all been about, what am I working toward?”

Adelaide Scuba: http://www.adelaidescuba.com.au/

Diving Adelaide: http://divingadelaide.com.au/
 

41. Plaster Fun House

Plaster Fun House Brighton

The Plaster Fun House uses almost as much plaster per square metre as the aftermath of a Ramsgate Hotel visit. With stores found at Brighton, Unley and Brahma Lodge the process here is simple. Select a plaster model off the shelf- these come in the forms of animals, fictional characters, letters and other random entities. Whilst inside the shop, you then use as many of the vast selection of paints and decoration accessories to bring your white mould to life. You won’t exactly mimic the work of Michelangelo (unless you are indeed the resurrected 16th century Italian painter visiting Adelaide) but those with amateurish artistic talents will be pleasantly surprised at their end product. Plaster Fun House is an ideal attraction for crafty children and those adults responsible for causing adult colouring-in books to reside in the bestseller lists.

Brighton: https://www.plasterfunhouse.com.au/store/brighton

Unley: https://www.plasterfunhouse.com.au/store/unley

Brahma Lodge: https://www.plasterfunhouse.com.au/store/brahma-lodge
 

42. Labyrinth Escape Rooms, Klemzig

Labyrinth

For too long Adelaideans have held sports people on a pedestal while those conducting more intellectual pursuits are neglected such as doctors, lawyers and escape room masters. Cue Labyrinth. Open from December 2017, Labyrinth is somewhat divergent from the standard escape rooms in which a solitary area needs to be escaped from within an hour. At this Klemzig property, 33 differently themed rooms are connected by a series of hallways hence the name ‘Labyrinth.’ Visitors are allowed one hour in this mazed series of rooms with it taking roughly 10-15 minutes to complete a single room. An amazing location for Tinder dates to examine the sexiest part of a human- their brain.

More info: http://www.labyrinthsa.com.au/
 

43. Gorge Wildlife Park, Cudlee Creek

Gorge Wildlife Park

From the outside, Gorge Wildlife Park appears to be a fairly minor and uneventful location. Akin to JK Rowling’s Potteresque world, entry into this park expands the boundaries and a plethora of friendly animals are found to be living in this world. Gorge, located in the appropriately named ‘Cudlee’ Creek, is similar to Cleland Wildlife Park in many respects. Unlike Cleland, the koala holding at Gorge is included in the price of the ticket. Gorge also contains a number of foreign animals that dissimilar to cane toads are welcome and contained. Feeding many of the native animals here accentuates its appeal. The only downside of Gorge- with a tinge of envy I need to ponder why I as an Australian animal don’t get people flocking to feed me.

More info: http://gorgewildlifepark.com.au/
 

44. Inflatable World

Inflatable world

Located at Morphett Vale and Salisbury, Inflatable World is like a bouncy castle on performance enhancing drugs. Entry entitles you to a two hour long bouncefest at an arena filled with more plastic than a Burnside surgeon’s waiting room. The air-filled obstacles are diverse in nature and would challenge the masters of the bounce- NASA’s lunar astronauts, largely due to their age. You are encouraged to leave all sharp implements at home- be that watches, jewellery or swords. Socks must be worn to stop your ingrown big toenail from popping a piece of this playground. Much like this bouncy world itself, opening hours are unique so check them out below:

Morphett Vale: http://www.inflatableworldoz.com.au/stadiums/morphettvale/hours-location/

Salisbury: http://www.inflatableworldoz.com.au/stadiums/salisbury/hours-location/
 

45. Semaphore Waterslide Complex

Semaphore Waterslide Complex

A 70 metre long waterslide is the key feature of this beachside fun hub. The waterslide is flanked by; mini golf, a Ferris wheel and a bouncy castle. Carny folk are also present with their persuasive ability to make boyfriends spend hundreds of dollars on rigged games to win a trashy stuffed toy in order to not emasculate themselves in front of their girlfriend. During the warmer months of the year, a steam train, operated by the National Railway Museum runs on a 2km track near the waterslide complex. Especially in the summer months, finding enjoyment at the Semaphore Waterslide Complex isn’t complex.

Semaphore Waterslide Complex info: http://www.semaphorewaterslide.com.au/default.html

Train ride info: http://www.natrailmuseum.org.au/rides.php
 

46. The Handlebar, Adelaide

Handlebar

Drink driving is despicable and there is no excuse for it. Drink ‘using leg-powered motion to move a vehicle whilst a sober individual is responsible for steering’ is joyful and the premise of Adelaide’s Handlebar. Holding up to 16 people, the caterpillar-like contraption gets peddled from pub to pub around Adelaide for two hours all whilst music blares and liquor flows. In theory this portable pub makes about as much sense as a sign for an optometrist. In reality, Handlebar is the perfect blend of drinks, music, fitness, sightseeing and future Alcoholics Anonymous members.

More info: https://handlebaradelaide.com.au/
 

47. The Adelaide Planetarium, Mawson Lakes

Adelaide Planetarium

The Adelaide Planetarium offers shows for children all the way through to adults still living with their parents AKA those with a Star Trek fetishes. Sessions vary in content however commonly contain a dissertation on the night sky plus an educational movie. Within this domed mini-theatre, you are cloaked in darkness before taking a journey through the stars. Every utterance by the lecturer connects a pinprick of light to reality. This planetarium is ideal for those rare souls who don’t enjoy looking at pop stars but instead have an interest in viewing popping stars AKA supernova.

More info: http://www.unisa.edu.au/planetarium/
 

48. Latitude Adelaide, Greenacres

Latitude Adelaide

There are 4 types of people in the world. 1. Those who enjoy Latitude, 2. Those who think Latitude is the greatest place this side of the Milky Way and 3. Those who are competent at counting. This attraction’s speciality is its latitude of activities including; rock climbing walls, trampolines, a bungee tower, sky walk, airbags, dodgeball, basketball, jousting etcetera (I only use the word etcetera when I have run out of things to say in a list and want to make out there are more things in said list). Sessions last an hour and closed toe shoes (which sound like a species of sloth) are a prerequisite for climbing. Adults are also welcome to don their metaphorical superman suits before embarking on this obstacle haven. Although adults pushing children out of the way is apparently frowned upon.

More info: https://latitudeair.com/info/locations/adelaide/
 

49. Climbing, Holden Hill and Thebarton

Climbing

The two premiere indoor climbing gyms in Adelaide are located at Holden Hill and Thebarton. Vertical Reality Climbing at Holden Hill provides top-roping (not a hair-do that begs to be cut off but essentially what rock climbing is) for novices. It also contains a bouldering area which in English means climbing with no harness or ropes however a soft mat to fall onto. Adelaide’s Bouldering Club at Thebarton is dedicated entirely to the craft of bouldering and the scenery resembles something the Mars Curiosity rover has photographed. What I suspect some bouldering enthusiast train for is the act of (illegally) climbing fences into music festivals.

Vertical Reality Climbing, Holden Hill: http://www.verticalrealityclimbing.com/

Adelaide’s Bouldering Club, Thebarton: http://www.aboulderclub.com/
 

Extras

Warrawong Sanctuary, Mylor: Closed as of 2017 but reopening in 2018. http://www.warrawongws.com.au/

Woody’s Challenge Hill, Woodhouse: Obstacle course.

https://www.woodhouse.org.au/experience/challenge-hill/

Snooker/Billiards/Pool Halls: Dozens of locations scattered across Adelaide.

Classic Jets Fighter Museum, Parafield

http://www.classicjets.com/

Sports: Depending on the period of the year, popular teams to follow that aren’t already mentioned in this article are; Adelaide united (soccer), Adelaide 36ers (basketball), Adelaide Crows (women’s AFL), Adelaide Thunderbirds (netball), Adelaide Bite (baseball) and Adelaide Lightning (women’s basketball).

Sensory Deprivation Tank: Massages and spas also commonly on offer.

Float Mode, Adelaide: https://www.modefitness.com.au/collections/float-tanks

The Float Room, Marion: http://thefloatroom.com.au/

Blue Lagoon, West Lakes: http://www.bluelagoonfloatandspa.com.au/

Rally Drive, Truro: Drive a rally car and experience a hotlap with a pro driving.

https://www.rallyschool.com.au/adelaide/

Flight Simulator:

Jet Fight Simulator, Unley: https://www.jetflightsimulatoradelaide.com.au/

Flight Experience, Parafield: https://adelaide.flightexperience.com.au/

  

Remember to browse my other blog entry covering 51 free things to do in Adelaide. When seasonal events and statewide attractions are added into the mix, two more worlds of activity beg exploration. If you have been, thanks for reading!

 

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51 Free Things to do in Adelaide

Adelaide isn’t boring, contrary to the thoughts of namely eastern state cynics who have never set foot here. The following is a list of free Adelaide or proximate attractions that will suit penny-pinching people who visit this city and even the natives.

1. South Australian Museum, Adelaide

SA museum

You don’t need a degree in anthropology or zoology, or even need to be able to spell those words (thanks spellcheck) to enjoy this cosmopolitan, North Terrace jewel. Interactive exhibits and child-friendly activities are littered across the permanent galleries from megafauna to ancient Egyptian. Incidentally, the SA Museum would be a perfect location for the world hide-and-seek championships if it wasn’t for the priceless artefacts.

Opening hours here: http://www.samuseum.sa.gov.au/

Free tour info here: http://www.samuseum.sa.gov.au/explore/tours

 

 2. Stirling

Stirling

This Adelaide Hills town is a must see attraction in the autumn months, with its boulevards laced with rusty hued leaves. Despite a key attraction being leaves, this is one place you won’t want to. Woorabinda Lake is nestled near the main thoroughfare of the town and is surrounded by walking trails and the quintessential Adelaide Hills bush fauna and flora. Hipsters may congregate more in this town than other regions but like identifying the native animals here, there is easy way to identify hipsters- they are more concerned with using Occam’s razor than an actual razor. There is only one word to appropriately describe this town- sterling.

 

3. Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

art gallery

This second biggest state art collection in Australia contains works by famed artists including; Rodin, Goya, Jacob Epstein and Sidney Nolan. Free tours run at 11am and 2pm daily. The seating in the modern art section of the gallery raises existential questions- When does a bench become a bench? Does the act of sitting on the bench provide this object with meaning? Is there symbolism in the bench transcending the essence of this object? It turns out that the bench isn’t part of an exhibit…

Opening hours and more info here: http://www.artgallery.sa.gov.au/agsa/home

 

 4. Adelaide Botanic Garden, Adelaide

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Botanic Gardens trees

The 125 acre Adelaide Botanic Garden contains the free entry Bicentennial Conservatory- the largest single span glasshouse in the southern hemisphere. The garden also houses the oldest glasshouse in the southern hemisphere, the palm house. It was imported from Germany in 1875 and is thought to be the only Victorian glasshouse of its kind anywhere in the world. There are plants at the Botanic Garden too. Free guided tours of the Garden are provided daily at 10:30am except on Good Friday, Christmas and days forecast to be over 36 degrees. I for one would like the guided tour job in summer when days over 36 degrees seem plentiful.

More info here: https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/botanicgardens/visit/adelaide-botanic-garden
 

 5. State Library of South Australia, Adelaide

Mortlock wing

The State Library is a juxtaposition between ancient and nouveau architecture. The Mortlock Wing conjures up Harry Potter-esque images with the grandeur of a French Renaissance style building and an elongated curved glass skylight. The Mortlock Wing is a regular fixture on lists of the world’s most beautiful libraries. There are books there too. Litterateurs enjoy. Daily tours can be booked for weekdays at 11am or 2pm.

More info and opening hours here: http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/site/page.cfm?u=945
 

 6. Geocaching

geocaching

Although not unique to Adelaide, geocaching is a worldwide ‘treasure’ hunt that is a modern amalgam of orienteering and scavenging. It is a novel method to explore the community, problem solve and sometimes exchange some of your unwanted junk for other people’s unwanted junk.

Sign up, get the app and more info here: https://www.geocaching.com/play
 

 7. Hahndorf

Hahndorf

Located in the Adelaide Hills, upon stepping foot in the town of Hahndorf, one feels like one has entered another era and another country. One hasn’t actually entered a different epoch or region so one doesn’t have to keep referring to oneself as one. The town is the oldest German settlement in Australia. The Hahndorf heritage walk isn’t only a tongue-twister but also a method to explore the history of this town.

Heritage walk brochure: https://www.walkingsa.org.au/walk/find-a-place-to-walk/hahndorf-heritage-walk/
 

 8. Montefiore Hill, North Adelaide

Montefiore Hill

Arguably the most scenic view from the Adelaide plains, Montefiore Hill overlooks Adelaide Oval and the now somewhat obscured City of Adelaide. There are a few realistic human statues in Adelaide who pose in tableau form generally around Rundle Mall. The most convincing human statue is aloft Montefiore Hill- surveyor and designer of Adelaide, Colonel William Light, dramatically points towards the city and he hasn’t blinked since 1938.
 

9. Morialta Conservation Park, Woodforde

morialta

Like an oasis rising out of the metropolis, the Eastern suburbs morph into wilderness at Morialta, just 10km from the city centre. The colloquial ‘Giant’s Cave’ and spectacular First Falls are within easy walking distance from the carpark. A range of walking trails of varying difficulty levels are also omnipresent. Koalas resembling ewoks sit perched in numerous trees. Drop bears may be mythological creations but if you warn enough people of their presence at Morialta, the park will be just yours to enjoy. There is a recently opened Morialta Nature Playground flanking the sole road into the park. Its kryptonite may indeed be its popularity as traffic disruptions have arisen for the local residents which for those au fait with playground lingo must mean ‘great playground.’

More info, including opening hours here: http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/find-a-park/Browse_by_region/Adelaide_Hills/morialta-conservation-park
 

10. Adelaide Central Market, Adelaide

Adelaide-central-market

This diverse attraction holds the title of being the largest undercover fresh produce markets in the southern hemisphere. This melting pot market is in many ways a microcosm of Adelaidian life- colourful, culturally diverse, friendly and also having peculiar opening hours. The market is the most visited South Australian location, with 8 million people descending on it every year.

More info including opening hours here: http://www.adelaidecentralmarket.com.au/
 

 11. Beaches

Port Noarlunga Beach

Arguments over the best beach in Adelaide can sometimes be as heated as debates over the best football team- the Crows or Port. Unlike the football team debates in which there is a right answer (the Crows) beach preference is largely subjective. Quiet, wide and smooth beaches are generally spread out across the southern suburbs and include Moana, Port Noarlunga and Aldinga. If an easily accessible people hotspot is your thing- Glenelg, Brighton, Henley and Grange are the frontrunners. If you are a nude beachophile (and likely a pervert), Maslin Beach- the first nude beach in Australia is perfect for you.
 

12. Port Adelaide

Port Adelaide boat

Amidst the gentrification of Port Adelaide from wharfie hub to waterfront hotspot, there are numerous attractions in the suburb. Port River dolphins are known to frolic in this locale and are renowned for being the closest wild dolphins to a metropolitan area in the world. The dolphins are doubly unique in their ability to ‘tail walk’, a bodily flourish specific to this region. The Fishermen’s Wharf Markets, open on Sundays and Monday public holidays from 9am-5pm, is a market of bric-a-brac perhaps closest in nature to the Bargain Hunt TV show markets in the UK. Warning: you may encounter some Port Power supporters here but if you avoid looking them in the eye they generally don’t cause too much trouble.
 

 13. Carrick Hill, Springfield

Carrick Hill

Carrick Hill is a decadent setting that on the one hand appeases the art connoisseurs, on the other hand its expansive garden with not a leaf out of place appeals to nature lovers and on the other hand, most people haven’t got three hands. Carrick Hill House has a somewhat contentious Turner painting that an expert has labelled as having a “just under 50%” chance of being an authentic Turner. Admission into the house itself costs a fee although paying “just under 50%” of the fee is apparently not accepted. Gauguin’s genuine watercolour, The Big Tree, is also at Carrick Hill. A story book trail lines the outskirts of the stately house that pays homage to the classics of British, children’s literature.

More info and opening hours here: http://www.carrickhill.sa.gov.au/contact
 

 14. Haigh’s Chocolates Visitor Centre, Parkside

Haigh's Chocolates

Adelaide is the HQ of Haigh’s Chocolates and free tours of the local factory are provided with only an online booking necessary. If you expect a Wonkaeque experience then lower your expectations. If you foresee a run-of-the-mill tour then raise your expectations. Somewhere in the middle is a sweet tooth’s delight and such is the Haigh’s chocolate tour. Free samples are provided at the conclusion of the half-an-hour tour. Just be satisfied that your chocolate factory tour doesn’t end the same way as Augustus Gloop’s did.

More info, opening hours and to book online: http://www.haighschocolates.com.au/tours
 

 15. The Big Rocking Horse and Toy Factory, Gumeracha

Big Rocking Horse

At 18 metres high, this colossal ‘big thing’ is the world’s tallest rocking horse. Amongst this complex is also a wildlife park, Toy Factory and café. Whilst entry into the Top Factory Shop is free, climbing the giant rocking horse costs $2 with a certificate provided and entry to the animal park costs $1. I’m no military mastermind- I mean hell, most days I’m barely a human but if Australia needed to invade New Zealand, The Big Rocking Horse would suffice as a gift to our Kiwi neighbours whilst clandestinely containing some soldiers.

More info and opening hours here: https://thetoyfactory.com.au/
 

 16. Mount Lofty Summit, Crafers

Mount Lofty summit

Adelaide’s highest peak provides sweeping views across the plains and beyond, into the ocean. The summit features a restaurant and café and doubles as a destination point for fitness fanatics such as cyclists, runners and walkers. A somewhat challenging hiking path weaves from Waterfall Gully to the Mount Lofty summit, covering around 3.9km return. Mount Lofty also attracts snow hungry locals when there is a nip in the Adelaide air as they congregate in the hopes of seeing snow fall on Adelaide peakiest peak. What often transpires is brothers throwing an ice-rock combo at their sisters.

More info and opening hours: https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/find-a-park/Browse_by_region/Adelaide_Hills/mount-lofty-summit
 

 17. Mount Lofty Botanic Garden, Crafers

Mount Lofty Botanic Garden

Situated on the eastern slopes of Mount Lofty, the garden specialises in ‘cool-climate plants’ and is renowned for the diverse sculptures scattered throughout. There is a glut of creeks that divide the location up like grooves on a leaf. A harlequin collection of flora and fauna reside within the garden with the pièce de résistance being a picturesque lake, unsurprisingly called the ‘Mount Lofty Botanic Garden Lake.’ On the rolling premises are numerous hills that will tempt children to roll down them. Perhaps indicative of an aspect of modern world nanny-statism, quixotic signs at the garden now specifically prohibit this activity. Nonetheless, if your children are creative enough to defy gravity and roll uphill, please encourage them to. My hope is for signs to then emerge banning uphill rolling.

Opening hours: https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/botanicgardens/visit/mount-lofty-botanic-garden/visitor-information
 

 18. Waterfall Gully

Waterfall Gully waterfall

Occasionally on the news for flooding local residents’ properties, Waterfall Gully’s greatest nuisance doubles as its number one joy- the first falls waterfall. Paths in the vicinity of this waterfall branch off into various hiking routes and you may encounter the odd fitness guru who can run up to Mount Lofty in minus 3 minutes but also koalas, kangaroos and a scattering of bird life. A popular restaurant also occupies space at Waterfall Gully.

More info and opening hours: https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/find-a-park/Browse_by_region/Adelaide_Hills/waterfall-gully
 

 19. Free Bike Hire, Adelaide and Esplanade

Free Bike Hire

In exchange for a valid driver’s license, passport or proof of age card, a free bike hiring can be yours. The locations to pick up a bike are generally concentrated around the CBD and the beach suburbs with a smattering of locations in suburbia. A meandering bike ride down the meandering Torrens or a cycle along the Esplanade are ideal paths with scenic imagery complementing a no-roads-to-cross trajectory. This initiative differs from topical oBike app hiring that has resulted in more bikes than marine creatures being fished out of the Yarra. Another reason this situation would not arise in Adelaide is that the number of responsible people is higher per person than Melbourne, excluding the aforementioned Port Power supporters who skew this data.

Map of locations to pick up free bike hire: https://www.bikesa.asn.au/adelaidefreebikes

List of locations and opening hours: https://www.bikesa.asn.au/adelaidefreebikeslocation
 

 20. St Kilda

St Kilda

One doesn’t need to travel to the AFL premiership drought affected area in Victoria to soak up the best St Kilda has to offer. 22km north of the Adelaide CBD lies this coastal suburb, famous for its adventure playground. For a child, in what may surpass Christmas, Easter and their birthday all rolled into one, the playground is quite simply exhilarating. A multi-level, turreted construction is fringed by countless slides, flying foxes and contraptions that would not be out of place in Andy Griffiths’ treehouse series. A shipwreck, mangrove boardwalk and world renowned bird watching area are further strings to St. Kilda’s bow. Perhaps the only regret you could have visiting St Kilda is undoing your car windows in transit when passing the suburb of Bolivar.

Opening hours for the St Kilda mangrove trail here: http://www.salisbury.sa.gov.au/Play/Community_Facilities_and_Parks/Parks_amp_Facilities/St_Kilda#mangrove
 

 21. Tandanya, Adelaide

Tandanya

This is an indigenous Australia art museum and holds the title of being the oldest cultural centre owned and run by Aboriginals in Australia. A number of pieces of original artwork are for sale and a gift shop contains souvenirs for purchase. The term ‘Tandanya’ is derived from the word ‘Tarndanya’ the Kaurna people’s term for “red kangaroo place.”

Opening hours: https://www.tarnanthi.com.au/location/tandanya/
 

22. The Bradman Collection, North Adelaide

Bradman Collection

When the term ‘greatest sportsperson statistically of all time’ is used, the reference isn’t to some bloke called Gary from Port Pirie who hit 400 runs of 70 balls in D grade cricket. Enter Sir Donald Bradman. The Bradman Collection, on loan to the Adelaide Oval, pays homage to this cricketing maestro who induced scorekeeper’s repetitive strain injury. Featuring a number of his personal items, interactive exhibits and video footage, the exhibition charts Bradman’s life from boyhood in Bowral to adulthood in Adelaide.

More info and opening hours here: http://www.adelaideoval.com.au/115/the-bradman-collection.aspx
 

 23. The National Wine Centre

national wine centre

Perhaps geometrically unrepresentative of Australia, the centre is shaped like a wine barrel instead of the South Australian invented ‘goon sack.’ It features an interactive exhibition on winemaking and is alluring to oenologists and wine drinkers alike. Wine samples are provided at a cost which makes sense considering how people like to flout rules and load up on free samples. If you are a glass half full person who would rather wine than whine, you will love this place.

Opening hours: https://wineaustralia.com.au/discover-experience/location-hours/
 

 24. Jam Factory, Adelaide

Jam Factory

Sorry to disappoint jam enthusiasts but contrary to the name, the Jam Factory no longer produces the edible fruity spread. What instead awaits visitors is an array of contemporary, local artwork that varies so much in form that an art novice like myself can only categorise it under the broad term ‘art.’ The inventiveness of some of these arty creations puts shame on a blog uncreatively titled ‘some random stuff.’ Glassblowing methodology is another delightful facet to view in the Jam Factory which somehow morphs the worlds of hipsters and blacksmiths.

Opening hours: https://www.jamfactory.com.au/pages/contact-us
 

 25. Himeji Garden, Adelaide

Himeji Garden

Skirting the southern edge of the CBD, entering the Himeji Garden is akin to appearing in Japan (minus the zany TV shows). The halcyon garden was a gift from Adelaide’s sister city, Himeji and contains a perfectly crafted landscape and water-features. The key themes that resonate here are; peacefulness, tranquillity and being at one with nature. If you take your children here with you, the central themes are; ‘please be quiet’, ‘don’t step on that’ and ‘that’s not for eating.’

Opening hours: http://www.adelaideparklands.com.au/assets/Himeji_Garden_Brochure_web.pdf
 

26. Migration Museum, Adelaide

Migration Museum

This museum is focused on the history of South Australian immigration and settlement (that is people coming here not leaving for the eastern states). Migrate towards the museum for free Sunday tours, starting at 3pm and lasting 45 minutes.

Opening hours and more info: http://migration.history.sa.gov.au/
 

 27. Adelaide Arcade, Adelaide

Adelaide Arcade

A heritage arcade that despite being known as A.A. isn’t a meeting spot for Alcoholics Anonymous. Supposedly a ghostly hangout but the real scary feature is how the builders managed the delicate intricacies in the architecture. The Rundle Mall entrance contains a fountain with a somewhat transient history that has been carefully painted in Victorian colours (that is era, not state). This arcade has a ground and balcony floor containing over 100 distinct retail outlets.

Opening hours: http://adelaidearcade.com.au/
 

 28. Adelaide Metro Free Tram and Connector Bus, Adelaide, North Adelaide and Jetty Road Glenelg

Adelaide Metro free bus

On a technicality, this is a ‘thing to do’ although admittedly swarms of tourists aren’t descending on Adelaide for the sole purpose of riding a free bus or tram hence it’s not really an attraction. It is imperative that you catch the correct free bus or tram because catching a costing service one and not paying is apparently frowned upon.

Free service info: https://www.adelaidemetro.com.au/Timetables-Maps/Special-Services/Free-City-Services
 

 29. Rundle Mall, Adelaide

Malls balls

The eminent shopping strip of Adelaide is closed to traffic but open to the symbol of Adelaide and perennial meeting place- the Mall’s Balls. Buskers frequent this elongated strip as do pigs of the porcine and bronze variety. There are many offshoots of Rundle Mall including a range of arcades and plazas that invite exploring. Several major department stores also reside in the vicinity of Rundle Mall. Restaurants abound the eastern extension of Rundle Mall- Rundle Street. The western length of Rundle Mall morphs into the slightly shady Hindley Street in which the odd unsavoury character may appear as well as Shannon Noll.

Trading hours: http://rundlemall.com/visitor-info/opening-hours/
 

30. Hallett Cove Conservation Park, Hallett Cove

Hallett Cove Conservation Park

If you have a penchant for geological sites, then Hallett Cove Conservation Park is for you. The rock formations tell a history of a morphing earth over millions of years. You may also encounter the occasional transient rock music fan who has misinterpreted what a ‘rock tour’ is.

Opening hours are 24/7 minus catastrophic fire danger days and occasionally extreme fire danger days.
 

 31. Botanic Park, Adelaide

Botanic park

Also known by its Hunger Games-esque name ‘Park 11’, this grassland is scattered with Moreton Bay figs and joins the Botanic Garden and Adelaide Zoo. It is a popular location for various priced events throughout the year which are now harder to sneak into illegally. It is open 24/7 except when fenced off for various festivals.
 

32. Victoria Square, Adelaide

Victoria Square

Located in the heart of the CBD, this public square is not named to pay homage to South Australia’s eastern states rival but rather Princess (eventually Queen) Victoria. If anything, our eastern state nemesis copied us as they named their state Victoria 14 years after Victoria Square was named as such.

Open 24/7. An interactive game suggesting some activities in and around Victoria Square can be found here: http://www.adelaideparklands.com.au/victoria-square/every-days-an-adventure-in-victoria-square/
 

 33. Thorndon Park, Paradise

Thorndon Park

Featuring a reservoir, sprawling play equipment and wildlife including pelicans and ducks this is the perfect place for a picnic. The park contains walking trails and is just large enough to get lost in but not large enough to avoid embarrassment and phone emergency services if you get lost.

Open 24/7 however the carpark is locked between sunset and sunrise.
 

 34. Marion Coastal Walking Trail, Marino to Hallett Cove

Marion Coastal Walking Trail

This Marion trail, open 24/7, extends to the anagrammed Marino to the north and Hallett Cove to the south as part of a 7.2km journey. Large portions of the trail are steeped and the path snakes alongside where the cliffs dissolve into the sea. Many public art pieces are littered across this trail (in a figurative sense). This boardwalk won’t turn into a bored walk.
 

35. Adelaide Casino, Adelaide

Adelaide Casino

Making this ‘Adelaide free things’ list on a technicality of free entry, the Adelaide Casino is located within the historic Adelaide Railway Station. The casino would also qualify for a future ‘Places in Adelaide to lose thousands of dollars’ list. Although open 24/7, people in Adelaide frequenting the casino have something in common with my Grandmother’s teeth- they both tend to come out at night.

Closed only on Christmas Day and Good Friday.
 

 36. Elder Park, Adelaide

Elder Park

Snuggly sandwiched between the Adelaide Festival Centre and the River Torrens, Elder Park contains landscape vista views and is a common locale for special events. A rotunda made and shipped from Glasgow in 1882 is the centrepiece of Elder Park. Swimming in the adjacent Torrens is strongly discouraged unless you are a superhero who thrives on murky pollution.

Open 24/7 except when a fenced event is on.
 

 37. West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide

West Terrace Cemetery

This ‘attraction’ is not only for the macabrely curious but contains the resting places of many notable South Australians. Also present at the West Terrace Cemetery is the grave of the Somerton Man, an unidentified individual at the centre of a lingering mystery that involves an uncracked code, spy-like themes and possibly a poisoned individual. Whist guided tours, including night tours and ghost tours come at a cost, self-guided tours are free. To paraphrase The Simpsons, these tours will put the ‘fun’ in funeral.
 

 38. Bonython Park, Adelaide

Bonython Park

Home of several music festivals, Bonython Park also contains a relatively new playground. It features a 25 metre flying fox, human mouse wheel and sandpit in which children are encouraged to dig for bones (fortunately it is far enough away from the West Terrace Cemetery to dig up those bones). On a similar note, Bonython Park is also the resting place of the Skyshow fireworks, Rest in Peace.

Open 24/7 with carpark gates closing at 6pm.
 

 39. National War Memorial, Adelaide

National War Memorial

This North Terrace war memorial is located at the beginning of the recently opened ‘ANZAC Centenary Memorial Walk’ which runs alongside Kintore Avenue. The short walk concludes at the Torrens Parade Ground.

Openings hours of the National War Memorial are 10am-5pm daily. The ANZAC Centenary Memorial Walk is open 24/7.
 

 40. Chinatown, Adelaide

Chinatown

The easiest way to immerse yourself in another culture in Adelaide is a trip to Chinatown (unless you are from China and the other culture is Australian culture). A Paifang- a traditional Chinese architectural arch greets visitors on entry. Beyond this point are numerous Chinese restaurants and markets plus similar types of shops from other Asian countries. Chinatown is contained within the vicinity of the Adelaide Central Markets.
 

 41. Jetty Road, Glenelg

Moseley Square

This beachside, kilometre longs strip is lined with an array of splendid shops, casual cafes and relaxed restaurants. The crescendo of the tram-infested Jetty Road is Moseley Square- technically more of a rectangle, that contains; a water fountain play area for children, the Glenelg Visitor Information Centre and the Bay Discovery Centre. This Bay Discovery Centre requires a gold coin donation for entry and features interactive exhibits that promote the history of Glenelg and the surrounding area. The palindromic nature of Glenelg is amplified by the trams going down Jetty Road- they are the same going backwards and forwards.

General trading opening hours: https://www.holdfast.sa.gov.au/Glenelg
 

 42. Giant Buddha Goddess Statue, Sellicks Hill

Buddha Goddess statue

Arguably the tallest statue in Australia at 18 metres high, this Buddha Goddess looks down along the coastline and would have some stunning views. You don’t need to be 18 metres in height to lap up the scenery here as the surroundings of the Nan Hai Pu Tuo Temple, located a few hundred metres from the ocean, are already elevated and spectacular. More aspects of the temple will be completed in the coming years including a 35 metre high pagoda.

Opening hours of the temple are unique so phone before arriving.
 

 43. Jubilee Adventure Playground, Port Noarlunga

Jubilee Adventure Playground

This will be the last playground I mention (I promise!) The construction is largely wooden and has the potential to entertain children as much as termites. The playground features an Adelaide first- dual swing in which two people swing at once facing each other on the same swing. There are a plethora of climbing implements within the playground that make me wonder what awesomeness would result from letting some parkour experts out, or even better- also releasing some monkeys and filming the consequences. In reality, what would likely result is the parkour people being infected with rabies. Alas, I digress. It is a rare playground in that it caters for the spectrum of childhood ages.

Opening hours are 6am-9:30pm daily.
 

 44. Snorkelling, Port Noarlunga Reef

Port Noarlunga Reef

Whilst technically free if you possess the superhuman ability to keep your eyes open under water for long periods, snorkelling apparatus is recommended. The Port Noarlunga Reef is 400 metres off the coastline and covers around a mile. A Port Noarlunga Reef dive trail contains underwater information about the reef and spans 800 metres.

Other snorkelling locations around S.A. can be found here: http://southaustralia.com/travel-ideas/adventure/diving-and-snorkeling
 

 45. Wittunga Botanic Garden, Blackwood

Wittunga Botanic Garden

This garden, located on Shepherds Hill Road, provides free tours in which you are shepherded through the garden. These are available every Tuesday at 10:30am except days forecast to be 36 degrees or more. Wittunga Botanic Garden specialises in plants from the other S.A. (South Africa) in combination with Australian plants. Two large ponds exist in the garden that are joined by a spillway. This raises the solipsistic question- if two ponds are joined in the woods are they really two ponds or one?

Opening hours and more info here: https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/botanicgardens/visit/wittunga-botanic-garden/visitor-information
 

 46. The Parade, Norwood

The Parade, Norwood

This leafy (not that kind of leaf) eastern suburb strip is famous for its number of restaurants, alfresco cafes, not-quite pretentious shops, sacred for many Norwood Oval and affluent (or is it effluent Kath and Kim?) suburbia. The Parade Cultural Walk that traverses plaques dedicated to famed Norwood residents can be found here in guide form: http://www.npsp.sa.gov.au/culture_and_lifestyle/cultural_heritage/signs_walks_and_trails
 

 47. The River Torrens

River Torrens

Bisecting greater Adelaide, the River Torrens runs from the Adelaide Hills into the ocean. A paved bike path allows joggers, walkers and cyclists access along the extremities of this river. The banks of the River Torrens in Thebarton contain a Christmas display that comes to life from late November to the end of the year. My favourite River Torrens memory was a 2005 flood (of course my condolences go out to any victims of this flood) that caused parts of the Christmas display to float down the Torrens.
 

 48. Parliament House, Adelaide

Parliament House Adelaide

A public viewing gallery allows those with a penchant for tedious and largely meaningless talk to sit transfixed for hours. What may be more to people’s liking are the free tours that are more aligned to ticking the fun and educational boxes and include viewings of both the old and new parliament. The physical construction of this impressive building has a tumultuous history much like those sitting within the parliament.

Tour info can be found here: https://www.parliament.sa.gov.au/education/visits/Public%20Tours/Pages/Public%20Tours.aspx
 

 49. Windy Point, Belair

Windy Point

This doesn’t refer to your flatulence riddled uncle who passes off his habit as a medical condition. Instead, one of the best views in Adelaide exists at the Windy Point lookout. The location is especially spectacular during the night time hours but also substantially creepier. Windy Point Restaurant and café also occupy prime real estate nearby, offering 180 degree views.
 

 50. Historic Walks of Adelaide

Historic Walk- Adelaide Town Hall

The City of Adelaide provides a number of free, self-guided walking tours with audio accompaniments and maps. These cover a range of themes in Adelaide, the Parklands and North Adelaide. The walks range in time from 1 hour to 2 hours but Olympic racewalkers with double degrees in English literature and history could probably complete them in 5 minutes.

Maps and audio of the walks can be found here: http://www.cityofadelaide.com.au/explore-the-city/visit-adelaide/maps-trails-and-guides/historic-walks
 

 51. St Peter’s Cathedral, North Adelaide

St Peter's Cathedral

Despite the ‘city of churches’ moniker, Adelaide is one of the least religious major cities in the country. This North Adelaide cathedral of gothic revival style mimics parts of the Cathedral of Notre Dame, minus the hunchback. Free tours are provided regularly and self-guided tour information is available in multiple languages (fortunately not Klingon).

Free tours and opening hours are listed here: http://www.stpeters-cathedral.org.au/about/visit-us-tours/

 

This blog entry has been centralised around Adelaide and proximate areas. By focusing on the wider region of South Australia, a whole new world of attractions awaits. My next blog entry will focus on things to do in Adelaide that cost money. If you have been, thanks for reading!

The Wizard of DC

Yellow Brick Road

 

A spontaneous cyclone whipped up 16-year-old Dorothy from the ramshackle Kansas farmhouse she had been residing in. She awoke in the shadow of a pretentious sign. The letters, declaring ‘PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE.’ A bricked, yellowish road stretched from Dorothy to the horizon. It shimmered a golden hue when the sunlight caught it at just the right angle. On the far tip of the road, a building blossomed into the sky, dominating its surroundings. The structure, conspicuous for its strict whiteness, was the type that had only been seen in fairy tale books by Dorothy.

 
As Dorothy tiptoed down the road, she observed a tableau silhouette. When she drew nearer, the amorphous edges traced out a scarecrow-esque figure. Dorothy noticed the features she looked at becoming more descript. Straw-coloured hair that matched the road’s tone. Skin peppered with wrinkles, mirroring the road’s emerging cracks. As the lady turned to face Dorothy, a battalion of nearby pigeons scurried.

 
At arm’s length away, Dorothy noted a badge: ‘Secretary of Education.’ “Why aren’t you at school now missy?” The lady questioned. “They shut my school down because it’s public” Dorothy riposted. The person in charge of education had one glaring weakness- they didn’t have the brain to care about education. As the woman left abruptly, Dorothy continued on her path.

 
Dorothy next met a man who moved awkwardly. The stilted movement of his limbs was almost robotic. It was akin to a dancer within a nightclub whose body appears machinelike due to the flickering lights. As Dorothy encroached into his space, he poured the remnants of his flask down a nearby drain, then wiped the sweat off his shiny forehead. The liquor flowed with the viscosity of oil and had a tar-like colour.

 
This man introduced himself as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. As Dorothy reciprocated and introduced herself, the man interjected, “That’s an interesting accent you’ve got there. You’re not from overseas are you?” His entire demeanour changed. “No, I’m from Kansas,” Dorothy reassured him. “How did you get here?” he queried. “A cyclone lifted me up and brought me here. There are a lot of them nowadays.” “Climate change isn’t real,” the man retorted before mechanically moving his lever-like legs away. The man in charge of maintaining the environment had the significant inadequacy of not having a heart to care about the environment.

 
On the steps of the obnoxious, sheet-white building, Dorothy drew towards a man wearing a worn military hat. At the precise angle that Dorothy approached, the outskirts of the hat seemed to frame his face from behind. The hat’s frayed edges created the illusion of a mane. He proudly wore a badge: ‘Secretary of Defense.’

 
The man roared, “What are you doing here alone? I might shoot you. It’s fun to shoot some people.” Dorothy cautiously stepped backwards akin to a ringmaster tentatively surveying an unpredictable circus animal. She replied, “My parents are both soldiers. My Dad is fighting in the war against Canada and my Mum is fighting in the California war.” The man trotted off with his tail between his legs. The person whose primary job concerned maintaining peace didn’t have the courage to create a peaceful world.

 
Dorothy entered the exaggerated ivory coloured building. Within the labyrinth of corridors she followed a chosen one like a mouse in an experiment. The cheese at the end of the tunnel was an overbearing door. She heaved it open and entered an office with an oval-shaped floorplan.

 
An intimidating man overlooked her. His blotchy, pumpkin orange skin mimicked his comb over hair colour. A ruby shaded tie hung from his neck like a noose ready to be tightened. Above his desk, a photograph of Mount Rushmore. The George Washington face on the granite cliffs had been chiselled away and sculpted into a likeness of this very man.

 
“What do you want?” The man’s voice boomed as it lingered around the room for several seconds. “I’m worried about climate change, education and creating a peaceful world. Not just on my behalf but for the tens of millions of American children.”

 
“FAKE NEWS!” The imposing figure thundered. A solitary tear trickled down Dorothy’s face, preceding a flurry of drops. The man squinted then pointed, “See the millions of people lining that street right now? They all support me bigly.” Dorothy glanced out the window. All she saw was three silhouettes on the empty street. Their outlines resembling a scarecrow, a tin man and a lion.

 
Beside Dorothy, a scrapbook lay open. Newspaper clippings had been sloppily stuck in. One headline read “President Wins Unprecedented Third Term in Office.” The article began, “The President won the 2024 election with a record 100% of the vote.” Dorothy paused. She could have sworn that both her parents didn’t vote for this man. She continued reading. “A record one billion votes were cast for the president. Even the opposition candidate voted for him.” At the 2020 election, Dorothy had heard rumours that the opposing candidate had been poisoned by two spies for not voting correctly. Her eyes skimmed the page, searching for an author- a Mr. Spicer who belonged to the ubiquitous media organisation, The White House Times.

 
“As a leader you shouldn’t use power for your own interests. You should be working for the benefit of the masses. You are doing this poorly” Dorothy proclaimed. “Or-well” the man responded in such a way that Dorothy was uncertain if his answer consisted of one word or two.

 
The man who had originally overlooked Dorothy now began to look her over. His eyes changing from ruthless to deviant. Attempting to grab Dorothy, he inadvertently brushed one of her tears. In a flash, the man vanished.

 
A perplexed Dorothy examined the room. On the empty bookshelf she detected a hologram projector. It had short-circuited from the liquid on her face. Lurking in the shadows of the unnecessarily oversized desk, she noticed a bald head. It poked just above the desk level like the sun prowling above the clouds. The man stood but didn’t grow in height proportionally like you would expect someone standing up to. His impish, troll-like facial features were emblematic of his presence. Beneath the conglomerate surface was a solitary human pulling the strings.

 
From his mouth spewed a thick Russian accent.

Part 2- Amazing Facts About Adelaide and South Australia

I originally wrote an article titled ‘The Most Amazing Facts About Adelaide and South Australia’ and this can be found here. This is a part two write-up, covering more interesting facts about Adelaide and South Australia. Analogous to someone who has sprinted the first 100 metres of the City-Bay Fun Run only to run out of energy for the remaining 11.9 kilometres, I may have used some of the more relatively fascinating facts up in my previous article. Nonetheless, I present part two, containing a historical flavour.

 

The Big Lobster

The Big Lobster, located in Kingston.

Big Things

The first ‘big thing’ in Australia was the Big Scotsman aka Scotty, located at the front of the Comfort Inn Scotty’s, in Medindie. This was built in 1963 by designer Paul Kelly. Kelly would later go on to create the Big Lobster (also known as Larry the Lobster) located in Kingston. Originally, the Big Lobster was meant to be much smaller and perched upon a building. Kelly was given the dimensions of the lobster in feet and inches however misinterpreted these measurements as metres thus making the Big Lobster much larger than planned. South Australia has an impressive array of other ‘big things’ with a list being found here.

 

The Big Scotsman

Scotty, the first ‘big thing’ in Australia.

 

Legal Rights

Parliament House

Old Parliament House on the left next to a half finished new Parliament House. Photo courtesy of State Library of South Australia.

 

South Australia became the second place in the world to give women the right to vote when in 1894 it became legal (it became legal in New Zealand the previous year). The South Australian legislation was the first in the world to allow women to stand for parliament. Mary Lee organised a petition for the suffragette movement that gained 11,600 signatures and can be viewed in Adelaide’s Parliament House today. The petition, when glued together was 122 metres in length. An opponent of the bill, Ebenezer Ward, wanted to thwart the women’s right to vote law from being passed. In order to do this, he placed an addition to the bill stating women should be allowed to stand for parliament. Ward had hoped that this added part of the bill would be voted against by the male politicians hence the women’s right to vote part of the bill would also fail. Unexpectedly, the law passed and by trying to prevent women from voting, Ward had incidentally also allowed women to stand for parliament in South Australia, in a world first.

 

Mary Lee bust

The bust of Mary Lee, located on North Terrace.

 

In 1976, South Australia became the first English speaking location in the world to make rape that occurs between a married couple a criminal offence. As a result of this South Australian reform, other Australian states adopted similar laws to South Australia.

 

Homosexuality became legalised in South Australia after police drowned a homosexual man in the River Torrens. A second homosexual man who was also thrown in the River Torrens by police was rescued by a suspected serial killer. To put some details into this narrative, Dr. George Duncan was a Law lecturer at the University of Adelaide and in 1972 when this event occurred, homosexuality was illegal in South Australia. At a popular meeting place for homosexuals, alongside the Adelaide University footbridge, Dr. George Duncan and Roger James were thrown into the river by what were suspected to be police officers. Duncan drowned and James, suffering a broken ankle, managed to crawl to the roadside. Alleged serial killer, Bevan Von Einem, happened to be driving past and rescued James, taking him to the Royal Adelaide Hospital. In 1983, Von Einem would murder Richard Kelvin, son of channel 9 newsreader, Rob Kelvin. The public outcry that resulted from Duncan’s murder would lead to law changes in South Australia making it the first Australian state to legalise homosexuality.

 

George Duncan

The memorial to Dr. George Duncan, located at the Adelaide University footbridge.

Colonel William Light

Surveyor and designer of Adelaide, Colonel William Light, has a dedicated statue perched upon Montefiore Hill. Colonel William Light points from his elevated position down to the city of Adelaide. The only problem is that he doesn’t. The statue of Colonel William Light has an altitude of 40 metres above sea level. Rundle Mall has an altitude of 45 metres. Counter-intuitively, Rundle Mall is higher than the base of Colonel William Light. The highest part of the Adelaide, North Adelaide and parklands region actually lies in the South-Eastern corner of Victoria Park Racecourse. This point, near the Greenhill Rd-Fullarton Rd junction, has an elevation of 58 metres, making it 18 metres above the Colonel William Light statue.

 

Colonel Light

The statue of Colonel William Light, pointing towards Adelaide prior to the most recent Adelaide Oval development.

 

When Colonel William Light passed away in 1839, he was provided with the first ever funeral procession in South Australia. He is buried under Light Square and is the only person to be legally buried within the “square mile” of Adelaide since settlement. Originally, the statue of Colonel William Light didn’t point towards Adelaide from afar at all because it was already within Adelaide. The statue of Colonel William Light was initially placed in the northern part of Victoria Square and a giant crowd watched its unveiling in 1906. Somewhat ironically, the statue’s location was the subject of a planning dispute as it caused disruption to the busy intersection. In 1938, it was moved to its current location, Montefiore Hill.

 

Colonel LIght unveiling Victoria Square

The 1906 unveiling of the Colonel William Light statue in Victoria Square.

 

Inventions

Hills Hoist

The iconic Hills Hoist.

 

The Hills Hoist is synonymous with Adelaide inventions, yet there exist a glut of other innovations that have South Australian origins. It should be noted that it is often contentious who invented something first with several people claiming the same invention.

 

Chicken Salt

Adelaide company, Mitani, claims to have invented chicken salt in 1979. It was originally designed for use on rotisserie chickens hence the name chicken salt. Mitani creates 70 tonnes of chicken salt per year yet chicken salt is hardly known outside of Australia. The Mitani brand of chicken salt has a secret recipe and despite its name is suitable for vegans.

Chicken salt

Mitani chicken salt.

 

Cask Wine

Known as ‘cask wine’, ‘box wine’, ‘a goon bag’ and numerous other colloquialisms, this product was invented by winemaker, Thomas Angove from Renmark. Angove’s inspiration for the cask wine invention supposedly came from coming across a picture of a Greek shepherd who was drinking liquid from a goatskin.

cask wine

Cask wine

 

The Military Tank

Adelaide born Lancelot de Mole sent drawings of a tank-like vehicle to the British War Office in 1912 alongside the name “Tank MKI.” His inspiration for the invention arose when he travelled across “terrible” terrain in Western Australia. De Mole was originally not recognised for his invention and only after lobbying from the South Australian government was he was acknowledged and awarded £987.

De Mole's scale model of a tank

De Mole’s scale model of a tank.

 

Sunscreen

Milton Blake was the first person to be credited with protecting the skin from sunlight in a creation resembling sunscreen. It is particularly apt that an Adelaide chemist developed a UV blocker, considering the climate he resided in. In 1932, the first 500 tubes were made from his southern suburbs, Hawthorn home. Blake’s sunscreen lineage led to the creation of Hamilton Laboratories which now makes 500 tonnes of sunscreen per year.

Hamilton sunscreen

Hamilton sunscreen.

 

Disposable Syringe

During 1949 in Adelaide, Charles Rothauser developed the world’s first disposable syringe. The ability to mass produce plastic syringes has benefited countless people as well as solving the problem of Penicillin clogging glass syringes. Rothauser is also renowned for creating Caroma, the bathroom accessories company. The company Caroma is also known for pioneering the first dual flush toilet.

Syringe

Disposable syringes.

 

The Beatles

Beatles in Adelaide

The Beatles travel past Parliament House.

 

When it was announced that the Beatles were touring Australia, Adelaide was originally omitted from their touring schedule. What changed this was an 80,000 person petition organised by the late radio host, Bob Francis and finding a sponsor in former department store, John Martin’s. Ringo Starr missed the tour with tonsillitis but was replaced with Jimmy Nicol. In 1964, the Beatles touched down at Adelaide Airport. What followed was the Adelaide public giving the Beatles the biggest crowd of their entire touring career. Estimates for the crowd range however a commonly quoted figure is 300,000 plus people. The crowd, close to half of Adelaide’s population, was doubly impressive as the Education Department warned that any student absent from school on the Friday that the Beatles arrived would be suspended.

 

The Beatles in Adelaide

The crowd flocks to see the Beatles at the Town Hall.

 

People lined the streets from the airport to the city. Upon arrival at the Adelaide Town Hall, Bob Francis interviewed the Beatles. John Lennon Called it “The best reception ever.” The Beatles were clearly surprised by the crowd with George Harrison quipping “There were only 3,000 people at the airport in New York, so why should there be 300,000 in Adelaide?” A short video of the Beatles frenzied trip to Adelaide can be viewed here.

 

The Beatles in Adelaide2

The Beatles in the foreground are greeted by the large Adelaide crowd.

Edward Wakefield

Edward Wakefield, known as a founding father of South Australia, had a chequered past. At the age of 30 he abducted a 15 year-old girl from England and travelled to Scotland where he forced her to marry him. They then travelled to France where Wakefield was caught. He was sentenced to 3 years in prison. Wakefield was instrumental in drafting the 1834 South Australia act. His interest in South Australia then diminished and he travelled to New Zealand to live where he became a key figure in the colonisation of that country. Interestingly, Wakefield never actually travelled to South Australia. Wakefield Street in Adelaide is named after Edward’s brother Daniel, who like Edward, was involved in drafting the South Australia act and never visited Adelaide. An interesting list of many Adelaide streets and who they are named after can be found here.

 

Edward Wakefield

Edward Wakefield

 

Adelaide Gaol

Adelaide Gaol2

The entrance to the Adelaide Gaol.

 

When planning Adelaide, the founders didn’t devote resources or space for a jail, believing that one would not be necessary. Their rationale was that unlike other areas of Australia settled by convicts, Adelaide’s free colonists would be honourable people. Adelaide Gaol was eventually built in 1841 in Thebarton and contained around 300,000 prisoners in total over 147 years prior to shutting down in 1988. Across its existence, 45 people were executed there and remained buried on the grounds. The exorbitant cost of building the Adelaide Gaol ballooned out to one fifth of the total funds set aside for the establishment of the entire new colony. The Adelaide Gaol’s cost was the key factor in South Australia becoming bankrupt in 1840. It also led to subsequent bankruptcies and was the catalyst for a statewide depression. Adelaide Gaol holds the record as the longest that a prison has been continuously run in Australia. Alongside Government House, Adelaide Gaol is the equal oldest public building in South Australia.

 

Adelaide Gaol

The Adelaide Gaol’s hanging tower.

Luna Park

Prior to the Beachouse and Magic Mountain, Glenelg was home to Luna Park. It was opened in 1930 and shut down in 1935. This was due to council disputes, the worry by locals that “undesirable” people would be in their neighbourhood, economic issues and the dissatisfaction from church groups that rides were running on Sundays. Glenelg’s Luna Park lived on in some sense as the rides and amusements were disassembled, packed up and shipped off to create the famous Luna Park in Sydney. There is however one ride that remained at Glenelg from the Luna Park era- the carousel, in operation since 1901. This ride was later used at Magic Mountain and now at the Beachouse.

 

Luna Park Glenelg

Luna Park Glenelg, featuring the Big Dipper.

 

Torrens Island Concentration Camp

Shortly after the British Empire became engaged in WWI, Australians of German heritage had to report to a police station and were put on a weekly parole. At this time around 10% of the South Australian population was German. On October the 9th 1914, a concentration camp opened on Torrens Island, not far from Port Adelaide. Initially, only those men who had been in the German military reserves and those who had travelled on German ships were imprisoned there. Soon, all German and Austro-Hungarian men of military age in Australia were deemed various degrees of security risk. The Torrens Park concentration camp numbers grew to over 400. It had been said that the Torrens Island concentration camp had “By far the worst reputation of all internment camps in the Commonwealth.” The camp was closed in August 1915 and the official records of the camp were destroyed.

 

Torrens Island Concentration Camp

The tents that the inmates slept in at the Torrens Island concentration camp.

How to Win at Celebrity Heads

 Celebrity Heads pic

 

What better way to subtly imply that your mother-in-law is the moral equivalent to a 20th? Century fascist dictator than to write Mussolini on her forehead. ***Word of warning*** Whilst this is likely to be laughed off on the first occasion, on the next seven occasions, writing her down as Adolf Hitler, Pol Pot, Genghis Khan, Vlad the Impaler, Robert Mugabe, Kim Il Sung and Saddam Hussein isn’t likely to go down as well.

The two best types of parties involve writing on peoples’ foreheads. The first form involves scribbling various explicit words and symbols on passed out drunk people’s brows (in permanent Texta, of course). The second involves a piece of paper between the Texta and forehead and preferably players not being passed out drunk- Welcome to the game of celebrity heads. This article will describe how to best guess your celebrity and how to stump others with seemingly easy celebrities that will ultimately be unguessable. Finally, a list of celebrity names will be included, including their approximate difficulty levels.

What is Celebrity Heads?

For the uninitiated, Celebrity Heads AKA ‘C.H.’ involves two or more players who each write a celebrities name on some paper and stick it to another unsuspecting victim, ahem “player’s” forehead (not with superglue). Players take turns in asking questions to determine what famous person’s name is stuck on their forehead. For every “yes” answer you gain, you are permitted in asking another question. Similarly to teenagers who have just returned home from high school, your questions can just be answered with “Yes” or “No.”

For instance I may ask: “Do I have orange skin?” *Yes*

“Do I have small hands? *Yes*

“Am I an Oompa Loompa?” *No*

Then the next player has their turn. The term celebrity is used loosely to indicate anyone that is well known. This includes those famous for an achievement, infamous for a wrong doing or someone who falls into neither category like a Kardashian.

Celebrity Heads pic 2

 

Loopholes

There exists some loopholes in C.H. that improve your chances of victory but are frowned upon. Something to do with ‘not in the spirit of the game, blah, blah, blah.’ Think back to the semi-obscure 90’s movie, Airbud. “Ain’t no rules says a dog can’t play basketball.”

The Negation Loophole

The first loophole is to negate questions. For instance, rather than ask “Am I a scientist?” leading to a fairly high chance of a “no” answer and then the next player’s turn, you can ask “Am I not a scientist?” This can be extended to individual celebrity guesses such as “Am I not Albert Einstein?” This will result in a likely extended run of “yes” answers and also an extended group of people who won’t play C.H. with you again.

The Conjunction Loophole

In a similar ilk to the negation loophole, the conjunction loophole works on the ‘fishing for yes answers’ theory. For instance, I can ask “Am I in the entertainment or sports or science or politics field?” If I gain a “yes” answer, I can then ask three of those categories, then two etc. In reality, this loophole is taking C.H. far too seriously, akin to wearing a speed skating skinsuit down to the local ice-skating rink for a day with the family.

Extended Rules

The unfortunate people who must endure my presence when playing C.H. have banned the negation and conjunction loopholes. That is, you can’t ask “am I not?” or use “and/or” in piling up categories within questions. Also, the chosen person mustn’t be fictional. Despite this, our family games still descend into controversy levels approaching a Jerry Springer episode with a paternity test, cheating husband and secretive transvestite rolled into one.

How to Guess Your Person

Celebrity Heads pic 4

Broad Questions

A key to winning C.H. is to gain “yes” answers by asking the broadest question possible hence banking up more questions. For instance, rather than asking if you are a scientist whose fame is largely ignored by society in honour of sportspeople (hoorah), it is more likely you are in the entertainment category.  Rather than asking if you are on TV, querying if you appear on a screen can cover TV and movies. Instead of questioning if you are from the Dominican Republic, ask if you were born in the Americas, followed by North America before becoming more specific. If you have determined that you play sports, next ask “Is it a ball sport?” rather than immediately guessing basketball. Rather than asking if you are a cyclist or sprinter, ask the broader question of if you have used performance enhancing drugs.

Skewed Questions

Another key questioning tactic is to skew the likelihood of your question being answered “yes.” For instance, if you are playing with females who you think most likely gave you a female C.H. then asking “Am I a male?” will result in a “no” answer and the next player’s turn. If you are playing with Sheldon Cooper, asking “Am I Leonard Nimoy?” is more sensible than asking “Am I a sportsperson?” In essence, know what categories the type of people you are playing with will choose and exploit this to gain “yes” answers.

Realms

These realms aren’t alternate dimensions à la Narnia but are rather aimed at making the questions more general. As opposed to enquiring as to whether you are a politician, asking about whether you are in the political realm is more likely to result in a “yes” answer. Asking if you are in the movie realm rather than an actor broadens your range to directors, producers, movie writers but doesn’t include those who featured in Sharknado which I refuse to acknowledge as a legitimate movie.

Target Questions

The most common path to guessing your person typically involves determining their category of fame or their geographical location. Once the general area of fame has been established, the subcategory can often reveal the celebrity. Sometimes, if things are still nebulous, focusing on the era, age and appearance of a person can be useful.

Categories to Target

In my limited experience, the most likely categories that celebrities may fall into within this game are in order of likelihood; entertainment, sports, politics, the arts (including painting and literature etc.), historical, science and notorious. If your celebrity doesn’t fall into one of these categories, you can always use broad questions such as “Is my category taught at school?” You should try targeting entertainment with an early question as opposed to the category of ‘chess players’ (who despite being almost exclusively monogamous, are still called ‘players.’)

Increments

Asking questions in small increments can provide specific information and “yes” answers. For instance: “Am I over 10 years old?” *yes*

Am I over 15? *yes*

Am I over 20? *yes* etc.

A geographical alternative is:

Was I born East of Egypt? *yes*

Was I born East of Syria? *yes*

Was I born East of Agrabah? (From Aladdin, a location that many people apparently want to bomb) *No*

This increment technique borders on the loophole section and is akin to when the Australians rolled the cricket ball down the pitch so the New Zealand batsmen couldn’t hit it for 6 runs. It seems to be within the rules but against the spirit of fairness. For those unfamiliar with this sport of cricket (Americans), it apparently involves racing small insects.

How to Choose a Difficult Celebrity Head for Someone

Celebrity Heads pic 3

Everyone seems to have a dodgy bearded uncle that pops up at Christmas time with a whiff of a recreational drug scent that he claims is cologne. This uncle is slightly too amorous towards his nieces. By giving him the celebrity heads; Bill Cosby, Jared the Subway Guy and Jimmy Savile, you are warning him you are onto him.

Determining a difficult person for someone else to guess can be easy. For instance, no-one I have played with has guessed the President of Equatorial Guinea, ‘Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.’ It is no coincidence that people I have given this person to have not wanted to play again. The challenge in selecting someone demandingly appropriate lies in the person being universally known yet difficult to guess.

A challenging C.H. varies from social group to social group. For instance, if you are playing with teenage girls, Niels Bohr is unfairly impossible yet Kim Kardashian would be simplistic. If your clique includes professors of quantum mechanics, Niels Bohr would be guessed instantaneously yet KK would likely be left (much like her ex-husband list has done).

Peculiar Categories

The most successful mark of a good C.H. is someone that falls into an esoteric category that would be difficult for the guesser to ascertain. Some of these categories are subsets of larger groups such as entertainment yet they are still very difficult to discover. Some peculiar categories include; astronauts, explorers, inventors, chess players, people in the fashion world, models, computer based geeks/billionaires, radio hosts, finance people, the rich, lawyers, poker player, magicians, online stars e.g. YouTubers, directors, photographers, dancers, health professionals, mathematicians, ambassadors, police officers, spokespeople, judges, doctors, architects or philosophers.

By Proxy

An even more difficult group of people to guess in C.H. are those famous by proxy. This includes wives/husbands/gf/bf of famous people. Think of those of Desperate Housewives franchise fame who are now ironically easier to guess due to being on reality TV for being famous by proxy. By proxy people can be further extended to well-known brothers/sisters/children/parents of famous people. Monica Lewinsky is a nigh on impossible person to guess in C.H. and would fall into this category of ‘by proxy.’ MJ (the singer, not the basketball player) had three children who would all be included in this category. North West (the child-not the direction: I haven’t taken a sudden interest in cartography) would be easier to guess as they could be determined by their young age.

Multi Category Fame

This category is risky business. The theory involves choosing someone famous in multiple categories, e.g. entertainment and sport. If the guesser stumbles across the category they are most famous for initially, it will likely be an easy get. If they probe the secondary category, they are likely to struggle with their guesses. Most mere mortals like myself will never gain fame in one category yet these polymaths have gained it in multiple. Examples of people in the multi fame category include; Grace Kelly, Johnny Weissmuller, Caitlyn Jenner and MJ (this time the basketballer/baseball player not the singer).

Birthplace Dilemma

Some of the most common questions in C.H. rotate around determining where a person is born. People seldom ask if they still live in the location of their birth. Difficult to guess C.H. can include celebrities born in a place that they are not associated with. For instance, Nicole Kidman was born in Hawaii and George Orwell was Indian born. This category doesn’t extend to some L. Ron Hubbard disciples who think they were born on the planet of Xenu.

Geographically Challenging

Choosing a celebrity for someone else who was born in an obscure country can take you on the fast track to victory. Unless you are playing with a cartographile and biography buff.  Guessers will go from continent to continent and country to country probing for their birthplace *Cue the Benny Hill music*. When narrowing down the continent someone is born on, people tend to forget about New Zealand. This occurs to the point that many world maps don’t have New Zealand on them. Sex, I mean, six Kiwi born celebrities that are challenging gets include; Keith Urban, Lorde, Sir Edmund Hillary, Peter Jackson, Lucy Lawless and Russell Crowe. Freddie Mercury falls under both the birthplace dilemma and geographically challenging umbrellas, having been born in Tanzania.

Notorious

A favourite category for the macabrely inclined is the notorious person category. The notorious group is notoriously hard to guess as people seldom ask “Am I infamous?” Charles Manson, Jack the Ripper, Billy the Kid and Al Capone are just some of the names in this set. Depending on your locale, a local serial killer or infamous person can be a challenging C.H. person. On the flipside, victims of crime that are famous belong to an equitably challenging category. Warning: By choosing someone from this category, those around you will assume you live in a room akin to the movie ‘One Hour Photo’ with creepy pictures plastering your walls and people will infer that you have strange symbols drawn around your house like something out of the Zodiac Killer textbook.

Cliché

This category is seemingly nonsensical. Why play a fun, simply game of C.H. when you can watch the people around you squirm in anguish and hatred (with them abusing you for giving them someone difficult and perhaps losing their temper and thus the becoming a member of the notorious category themselves when you are found dumped in a river days later). Alas I digress.

The cliché category can be difficult if the right person is chosen. Choosing an American middleish-aged, alive actor or actress amongst the plethora of names can be challenging for the guesser. Names like Adam Sandler, Halle Berry, Cameron Diaz, Dustin Hoffman etc. can be difficult to land on once the person enters the entertainment-movie category. When it comes to Hollywood, I am someone who doesn’t know their Afflecks from their Zsa Zsas. In fact, French mime, Marcel Marceau could have verbally listed more Hollywood celebrity names than me, so please be more creative than the names I have in this category. American singers/TV actors can be impossible to guess amongst the sea of famous American singers/TV actors. English authors can be difficult gets so by labelling your sweet and wholesome grandmother, English author, Charles (draw phallus symbol)- ens can provide amusement on two levels.

List of Celebrity Heads

The following is my subjective determination of some C.H. difficulty ratings. They range from 1 star being easiest to guess to 5 stars being ‘friendship with the person you gave this to is effectively over.’ I’ve also listed in brackets the probable route people need to take in order to guess the celebrity. By choosing from the 4 or 5 star category, are you taking a fun parlour game too seriously- Absolutely. Will you be alienating your friends by being that competitive person- Check. Do I like asking myself questions and then answering them- Yes I do.

 

1 Star

Donald Trump (politics)

Barack Obama (politics)

Queen Elizabeth II (England, royalty)

Justin Bieber (Canada, singer)

 

2 Star

Steve Irwin (Australia, TV, era, deceased)

PSY (South Korea)

Roger Federer (Switzerland, sports)

William Shakespeare (England, era, arts)

Kim Kardashian (TV, reality)

Adolf Hitler (Austria, era, notorious)

Vincent Van Gogh (Netherlands, arts)

Oprah Winfrey (TV, talk show)

Nelson Mandela (South Africa)

Ludwig Van Beethoven (Germany, music, era)

Mahatma Gandhi (India)

Winston Churchill (England, politics)

Muhammad Ali (sport)

JK Rowling (England, arts)

Paul McCartney (singer, England)

Usain Bolt (Jamaica, sport)

 

3 Star

Alan Turing (England, science, era)

Jerry Seinfeld (TV, comedy)

Paris Hilton (TV, reality)

Melania Trump (Slovenia)

Plato (Greece, era)

Sigmund Freud (Czech Republic, science)

Erno Rubik (Hungary)

Charles Darwin (science, era)

Banksy (arts, England?)

Cameron Diaz (movies)

Saddam Hussein (Iraq, notorious)

Albert Einstein (Germany, era, science)

Jerry Springer (TV, talk show)

Grace Kelly (actress, royalty)

Johnny Weissmuller (sport, movies)

Adam Sandler (movies)

Halle Berry (movies)

Charles Dickens (England, writer, era)

Caitlyn Jenner (sport, TV, reality)

Marilyn Monroe (movies, era)

Nicole Kidman (movies)

Christopher Columbus (Italy, era, exploring)

Lorde (New Zealand, singer)

North West (age, by proxy?)

Russell Crowe (New Zealand, movies)

Alfred Hitchcock (producer, England, movies)

Dustin Hoffman (movies, age)

Anne Frank (Netherlands, arts, age, era)

Marie Curie (Poland, science)

 

4 Star

Mark Zuckerberg (science?)

Bill Gates (rich, science?)

Walt Disney (producer, era)

Judge Judy (entertainment, TV, age)

Edward Snowden (notorious for some, living in Russia)

Bobby Fischer (will you count chess as a sport?)

Rupert Murdoch (Australia, age)

Harry Houdini (entertainment, magic)

L. Ron Hubbard (arts, religious figure?)

Penn Jillette (entertainment, TV, magic, lives in Las Vegas)

Thomas Edison (inventor, business)

Perez Hilton (entertainment, online)

Bill Cosby (comedian, actor, author, singer, notorious)

Chelsea Clinton (TV, by proxy?)

Neil Armstrong (explorer, scientist?)

Orville Wright (inventor, era)

Cindy Crawford (model, entertainment?)

Freddie Mercury (lived in England, singer, era, deceased)

George Orwell (lived in England, arts, era)

Sir Edmund Hillary (New Zealand, exploring)

Charles Manson (Notorious)

Jack the Ripper (England, notorious, era)

Al Capone (Notorious, era)

Pope Francis (Argentina, religious figure)

 

5 Star

Monica Lewinsky (TV, activist)

Robert Kardashian, attorney (By proxy?)

Chelsea Manning (notorious for some)

Henry Ford (inventor, business)

Alexander Fleming (medicine)

Paris Jackson (actress, by proxy)

Jackie Kennedy Onassis (by Proxy)

Richard Branson (businessman, England, wealth)

 

A glut of other 4 and  5 star C.H. fall within the following categories; astronauts, explorers, inventors, chess players, people in the fashion world, models, computer-centric people, radio hosts, finance figures, the rich, lawyers, poker players, magicians, online stars eg YouTubers, directors, mathematicians, photographers, dancers, health professionals, ambassadors, spokespeople, philosophers and the infamous. Also don’t forget to think up some local names in your specific state/country.

Overall, the real question you should be asking is not “Am I in the entertainment realm?” but rather asking yourself, “Do I want to be a social pariah by taking Celebrity Heads far too seriously?” The answer to that question is always a yes.

The Most Amazing Facts About Adelaide and South Australia

 

Farmers Union Iced Coffee

Statistics from 2008 show that Famers Union Iced Coffee (FUIC) outsold Coca-Cola at a ratio of almost 3:1 in South Australia. South Australia is the only place worldwide where the phenomenon of a milk drink outselling a cola product occurs. It is quite remarkable that it not only occurs in South Australia but by such a significant margin. The only other locations that Cola products are outsold by other drinks are in Peru (Inca Kola) and in Scotland (Irn-Bru.)

Farmer's Union Iced Coffee

 

The amount of FUIC drunk each year in South Australia equates to about 22.5 litres per resident of South Australia. Such is the prevalence of FUIC in South Australia, that the locally produced third edition of the Mitsubishi Magna had square cup holders to hold FUIC. It should be noted that Mitsubishi does own FUIC.

 

Hungry Jack’s vs Burger King

Have you ever wondered why there is a dearth of Burger King restaurants in Australia yet an abundance of the similarly marketed Hungry Jack’s? During the 1970s, Jack Cowin attempted to create Burger King restaurants in Australia. Unfortunately for Cowin, the Burger King name had already been trademarked in 1962 by a single takeaway restaurant in Adelaide (see image.) This was located on the corner of Anzac Highway and Leader Street in Keswick and would later expand to 17 restaurants across Australia. In 1962, the name Burger King belonged to a fairly tiny yet burgeoning burger chain located in America. By the time that the American Burger King stores wanted to expand into Australia, they were unable to use the Burger King name due to trademark.

The original Burger King on Anzac Highway

 

There is more to this winding and often confusing Burger King/Hungry Jack’s dichotomy however the essence of the fact is that Burger King originally couldn’t expand into Australia due to the trademark on the name by a restaurant on Anzac Highway.

 

The Third Most Expensive Building in the World

The new Royal Adelaide Hospital, upon completion, will be the third most expensive building in the world, at a cost of $2.7billion Australian. The only buildings that have cost more money to produce have been the One World Trade Centre in New York and Romanian dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu’s Palace of the Parliament. The new Royal Adelaide Hospital will also set the record for being the largest building in Australia ever built in terms of floor space.

New Royal Adelaide hospital

 

The second most expensive building built in Australia is also found in Adelaide and surprisingly is the Myer Centre building. Peculiarly, the Myer Centre building is the equal 12th most expensive building in the world. Another source lists the Gold Coast University hospital as the 2nd most expensive building in Australia. It should be noted that the list of the most expensive buildings in the world takes into account currency movements and only includes building that were built since 1976.

Myer Centre Building

 

Adelaide Famous in Iran

As bizarre as it seems, obscure Adelaide landmarks are well known in Iran. A Japanese anime TV series titled, ‘Lucy of the Southern Rainbow’ was produced in Japan in the 1980s. It was based on the book ‘Southern Rainbow’ written by Australian author Phyllis Piddington. The story tells of a girl called Lucy and her travails as she moves with her family from England to Adelaide. The TV show was dubbed into multiple languages including; Arabic, French, German, Italian, Persian and Spanish. The TV show was very well received in Iran and considered a staple of growing up. It was known by the name ‘Immigrants’ in Iran. Across the 50 episode series, countless Adelaide landmarks are mentioned from the Post Office clock in the CBD right through to Glenelg and Colonel William Light. It is extraordinary to think of a large portion of the Iranian population being aware of humble Adelaide’s landmarks!

Lucy of the Southern Rainbow

 

Some enthusiastic Japanese fans of ‘Lucy of the Southern Rainbow’ have written a translated synopsis of each episode at the bottom of this link. 

 

Largest in the Southern Hemisphere

  • The Adelaide Christmas Pageant is the largest Christmas parade in the southern hemisphere. An estimated 400,000 people gathered along the parade route in 2015 to watch the floats and other entertainment. Amazingly, this is equivalent to approximately one in every three residents of Adelaide attending the event. The Adelaide Christmas Pageant was inspired by the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Toronto Santa Claus Parade.

Adelaide Christmas Pageant.jpg

 

 

  • The largest cinema complex in the southern hemisphere is located at Westfield Marion. This Event Cinemas site at Marion features 26 screens.

 

Westfield Marion Cinema

 

 

  • This isn’t a ‘largest’ in the southern hemisphere but an ‘only’ in the southern hemisphere. The only giant pandas in the southern hemisphere are housed at the Adelaide Zoo. They are named Wang Wang and Fu Ni. There are only 7 other giant panda exhibits in the world.

Wang Wang and Funi

 

  • The Adelaide Central Market is the largest fresh produce market that is undercover in the southern hemisphere.

 

Adelaide Central Market

 

 

  • The Adelaide Fringe Festival is the largest arts festival in the southern hemisphere and second largest worldwide.

Adelaide Fringe Festival

 

 

  • The Bicentennial Conservatory is the largest single span glasshouse in the southern hemisphere. It measures 100 metres in length, 47 metres in width and 27 metres in height. The Bicentennial Conservatory is located in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens.

 

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  • The Adelaide Botanic Gardens are also home to the oldest glasshouse in the southern hemisphere- the palm house. The palm house was imported from Bremen, Germany to Adelaide in 1875. The uniqueness of the palm house is emphasised by the fact that it is thought to be the only Victorian glasshouse of its type in the world.

Palm House

 

 

The Royal Adelaide Show

The Royal Adelaide Show is thought to hold the world record for the most number of times a show has been held in the world. The Royal Adelaide Show has even surpassed the number of shows held by the ‘Royal Bath and West England Society’ which was founded in 1777. In 2015, the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society held its 240th Royal Adelaide Show. The first show was held in the yard of a pub in Grenfell Street in the year 1840. For many years the show was held in spring and autumn which is why 240 shows have been held across 176 years. The Royal Adelaide Show is the biggest event in South Australia and is attended by around 500,000 people each year.

The Royal Adelaide Show

 

Stobie Poles

The iconic South Australian Stobie poles are poles consisting of two steel beams filled in with concrete. They serve the purpose of holding up power lines and are essentially a replacement for wooded power poles. Invented in 1924 by James Stobie, the poles were created to thwart South Australia’s problem of limited timber supplies as well as to avoid the common problem of termite infestations. Originally, large holes were placed in the stobie poles (see the left pole on the image below) however they are now filled in with concrete (image below, on the right.)

Stobie Poles

 

At Angle Park, the SA Power Network facility remains the sole manufacturer of the poles in the world, producing 20-40 per day. There are estimated to be a massive 725,000 stobie poles in South Australia, equating to about one pole per two residents of the state. There exists a sprinkling of stobie poles outside of South Australia, located in; Broken Hill, Tasmania, Darwin and remote Western Australia settlements. Despite this, stobie poles are somewhat a symbol of the state and considered quintessentially South Australian.

 

Port River Dolphins

Adelaide is the place in the world where wild dolphins live closest to the metropolitan area of a city. There are thought to be over 300 individual dolphins that visit the Port River, located just a 20 minute drive from the Adelaide CBD. The Fremantle Port Harbour in Western Australia also houses dolphins although this is further from the CBD of Perth. Outside of the Fremantle Harbour and Port River, there are no other metropolitan areas in the world with wild dolphins. The dolphins that frolic in the Port River have become renowned for ‘tail walking.’ This phenomenon involves the dolphin leaping out of the water and propelling itself backwards whilst remaining vertical. The Port River dolphins are the only wild dolphins in the world that have mastered ‘tail walking.’ A video of the Port River dolphins performing this feat can be seen below.

 

 

The Southern Expressway

The Southern Expressway, starting and finishing on Main South Road was the world’s longest reversible one-way freeway. At 21 kilometres in length, it was completed in 1997. Up until 2014, the expressway was open for 10 hours in one direction then 10 hours in the opposite direction. While the Southern Expressway was being built and for many years after it was opened, a specific FM radio station, created by the Department of Transport could be picked up by cars in the vicinity. The radio station consisted of promotional material and community information pertaining to the expressway. The broadcasts also featured a theme song for the expressway which prompted the then transport minister to claim is was the only road in the world to have its own jingle. Since August 2014, the Southern Expressway has been made two-way, relinquishing the title of the world’s longest reversible one-way freeway.

Southern Expressway real

 

The O-Bahn

Another Adelaide oddity is the O-Bahn. The O-Bahn connecting the city with the north-eastern suburbs is one of only two O-Bahn’s in the world. The O-Bahn is essentially a system by which a normal bus that drives on the road is then able to drive on a specialised purpose built track just for buses. Adelaide’s O-Bahn is also the world’s second longest guided busway at 12 kilometres in length. The Adelaide O-Bahn originally held the world record as the world’s longest guided busway until the Cambridgeshire guided busway opened in 2011 at 25 kilometres in length.

O-Bahn

 

There are some well thought out contingencies in place regarding accidents on the Adelaide O-Bahn. A specifically designed vehicle by the name Dumbo is used along the Adelaide O-Bahn in instances of buses breaking down. There are also numerous signs to warn cars that they are not permitted on the O-Bahn tracks. A ‘Sump buster’ is also in place that is designed to rip a car’s oil pan out if it mistakenly gets onto the O-Bahn tracks. Despite this, a tourist managed to travel 2 kilometres along the O-Bahn in 2007. Each year there are 4 cars on average that gain access onto the O-Bahn tracks and require removal by a crane.

 

Ediacaran Period

Reginald Sprigg was working for the South Australian government in 1946 with the aim of finding abandoned mines that could be reused. He was searching the Ediacaran Hills in the Flinders Ranges, South Australia. What Sprigg discovered was fossils of the earliest complex organisms on earth. In essence, Sprigg found the beginning of visible life on earth. This caused a paradigm shift in the field of evolutionary biology as no evidence of life had been found before the famous era of the Cambrian explosion of life.

Ediacaran Fossil

 

Other Precambrian fossils had been found before Sprigg’s discovery however they weren’t organic. In 2004, the first new geological period in 120 years was named as the Ediacaran period after the hills in South Australia that Sprigg found his fossils. Many of Sprigg’s fossils are currently on display at the South Australian museum yet most people walk past them without a glance. Reginald Sprigg also helped found the large oil and gas company- SANTOS.

 

Anna Creek Station

Anna Creek Station, located relatively near Coober Pedy, is the world’s largest working cattle station. Originally the station held sheep however dingo attacks caused them to switch their focus to cattle. The size of Anna Creek Station is put simply- enormous. At 6 million acres in size, it is larger than the country of Israel. It is also larger than 10 European countries including; Slovenia, Montenegro, Cyprus, Luxembourg and Malta. The second largest cattle station in the world, Alexandria Station in the Northern territory is almost 2 million acres smaller than Anna Creek Station. Anna Creek Station is more than 7 times larger than the USA’s largest ranch. Interestingly, light aircraft are used on Anna Creek Station to spot animals that need rounding up.

Anna Creek Station

 

Shot by a Camel

The man who introduced the first camel into Australia was shot by his camel. John Horrocks came to South Australia in 1839. He was one of the very early settlers of the Clare Valley, established the first vineyard in this region and established the town of Penwortham, 10 kilometres south of Clare. Horrocks was the first person to bring a camel into Australia and used it as an exploration aid. The camel named Harry arrived at Port Adelaide in 1840. On one of his exploration trips, the camel attacked the expedition’s cook- biting a large chunk out of his head.  A few days later, Horrocks was planning to shoot a bird at Lake Dutton, 100 kilometres north of Port Augusta. Horrocks wrote, “The camel gave a lurch to one side, and caught his pack in the cock of my gun, which discharged the barrel I was unloading.” The bullet removed the middle finger on his right hand and a row of his teeth. As a result of being shot by his camel, Horrocks ordered that the camel also be shot. Approximately a month after being shot by his camel, Horrocks passed away from the consequential gangrene.

 John Horrocks

Anagrams of Countries

 The English names of certain countries can be rearranged to spell words found in the dictionary. An example of this is the letters of ‘Yemen’ can be rearranged to spell the word ‘enemy.’ Below, is a list I have compiled, of all of the valid one word anagrams of the countries of the world. The country list I used to check for anagrams can be found here and the anagram solver I used can be found here. There exists 36 countries on the list. 

 

Particular anagrams of note include:

The longest anagram and country name (10 letters) –

Micronesia and acrimonies.

 

The second longest anagram and country name (9 letters) –

East Timor and estimator.

Suriname and aneurism.

 

The most anagrams of a country name- Israel with 5 anagrams (serial, sailer, resail, ariels and serail)  

 

 

 

The list

 

Algeria = regalia

Angola = analog and agonal

Benin = benni

Brunei = bernie

Burma = rumba and umbra

Cameroon = coenamor

Chile = chiel

China = chain

Curacao = Curacoa

Cyprus = Sprucy

Dominica = daimonic

East Timor = estimator

Eritrea = tearier

Estonia = atonies

Gabon = bogan and goban

Guyana = guanay

Iceland = inlaced

Iran = rain, rani and airn

Israel = serial, sailer, resail, ariels and serial

Italy = laity

Laos = also and sola

Libya = bialy

Mali = mail and mila

Malta = tamal

Micronesia = acrimonies

Nepal = panel, plane, penal and plena

Niger = reign and renig

Oman = moan, noma and mano

Peru = pure

Samoa = Omasa

Serbia = rabies and braise

Spain = pains, pinas, nipas and pians

Suriname = aneurism

Taiwan = atwain

Tonga = tango

Yemen = enemy