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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
9. 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 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 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
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
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.
Westbourne Park: https://www.amfbowling.com.au/venues/sa/amf-cross-road
St. Agnes: http://www.wizbang.net.au/
Gepps Cross: http://www.kart-mania.com.au/laserskirmish
14. 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/
West Beach: https://www.westbeachminigolf.com/
Holey Moley Adelaide: https://www.holeymoley.com.au/locations/adelaide
15. 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.
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
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
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/
18. 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.
Aldinga Beach: http://www.westwoodparkservices.com/
19. 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.
Westbourne Park: https://www.amfbowling.com.au/venues/sa/amf-cross-road
Oaklands Park: https://www.facebook.com/marionbowland/
20. The Cedars, Hahndorf
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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/
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
Semaphore, Aldinga and Goolwa: https://coastalskydive.com.au/
McLaren Vale: http://www.skydivethesouthernvines.com.au/
34. National Railway Museum, Port Adelaide
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
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.
36. 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
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
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
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 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
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.
Brahma Lodge: https://www.plasterfunhouse.com.au/store/brahma-lodge
42. Labyrinth Escape Rooms, Klemzig
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
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
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:
45. 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
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
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
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.
49. Climbing, Holden Hill and Thebarton
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/
Warrawong Sanctuary, Mylor: Closed as of 2017 but reopening in 2018. http://www.warrawongws.com.au/
Woody’s Challenge Hill, Woodhouse: Obstacle course.
Snooker/Billiards/Pool Halls: Dozens of locations scattered across Adelaide.
Classic Jets Fighter Museum, Parafield
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.
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!