From Wineries to Wildlife: A Family-Friendly Guide to Adelaide

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Advisor - Jennifer Nelson
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Jennifer Nelson

  • Australia

  • Adelaide

  • Active Travel

  • Family Travel

  • Nature Escapes

  • Winery

  • Wildlife

  • Beach Town

Experience wildlife at Cleland Wildlife Park.
Curator’s statement

As a travel advisor, Adelaide holds a special place in my heart because my husband grew up there. It was through his stories of laid-back beach days, wine tastings and vibrant festivals that I discovered the many charms of this South Australian gem. Adelaide rewards relaxed spontaneity, making it the perfect destination for families with kids. From the lush Mount Lofty Ranges to the sandy beaches and three popular wine regions - Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale - there is never a dull moment.

Adelaide, the humble yet captivating wine capital of Australia, is a hidden gem you never knew you craved. With so much to see and do, it can be overwhelming to plan your time. That’s where I come in. Read on for tips on how to best plan your time and make unforgettable memories with your family.

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Things to do in Adelaide

TreeClimb is Adelaide's first inner-city, nature-based aerial adventure park.

Explore the vibrant and family-friendly Rundle Mall, where you can shop to your heart's content while enjoying a delightful experience with your kids. Discover a wide range of stores, from fashion boutiques to toy shops, and indulge in delicious treats from the various cafes and eateries. There's something for everyone at Rundle Mall!

Adelaide Zoo is an incredible destination to explore and get up close and personal with native wildlife. It's a perfect place to visit with kids, as they can experience the wonders of nature while learning about various animal species. From playful meerkats to majestic lions, the Adelaide Zoo offers a unique opportunity for children to connect with animals and develop a love for wildlife conservation.

At Cleland Wildlife Park, kids can have a unique opportunity to feed the local animals. They can experience the joy of hand-feeding friendly kangaroos and wallabies and even get up close and personal with koalas and feed them eucalyptus leaves. It's a wonderful educational experience that allows children to learn about and connect with the fascinating wildlife safely and interactively.

Tree Climb Adelaide offers a thrilling and fun experience for kids of all ages and adventure levels. Whether your little ones are beginners or seasoned climbers, they can enjoy an exciting day among the treetops. With a variety of courses and obstacles to conquer, Tree Climb Adelaide guarantees a memorable outdoor adventure that will leave your kids wanting more.

Experience the magic of live theater by catching a captivating show at the University of South Australia Theater Players. Immerse yourself in the world of storytelling and be enthralled by the performances on stage while supporting local artists.

Exploring the Museum of South Australia with kids offers a wide range of captivating exhibits. From the fascinating dinosaur fossils to the interactive displays showcasing indigenous culture, there is something for everyone. The museum also features exhibits on natural history, maritime history, and art, providing a rich and educational experience for visitors of all ages.

Catch an exciting AFL game with the kids at the beautiful Adelaide Oval. Experience the thrill of the sport in the stunning surroundings of this iconic venue. Enjoy the cheers of the crowd, and the athleticism of the players, and create lasting memories with your family. Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to bond and have fun together!

Plus, don't forget to check out the Adelaide Oval Roof Climb for a unique and thrilling adventure! Scale the heights of this iconic stadium, taking in breathtaking views of the city skyline and beyond. It's an experience you won't want to miss!

Visit McLaren Vale with your kids and immerse yourselves in its irreverent attitude and coastal charm. There are plenty of family-friendly activities to enjoy, from exploring the beautiful beaches to discovering the local wildlife. Don't miss the opportunity to create lasting memories with your little ones in this enchanting destination.

Discover the picturesque Adelaide Hills with your children and immerse yourself in its rich German history. Delight in a variety of unique shopping experiences, from charming boutiques and local artisans to traditional German bakeries and specialty stores. Engage in outdoor activities like hiking, wildlife spotting, and exploring stunning landscapes. There's something for everyone to enjoy in this enchanting destination!

Places to eat & drink in Adelaide

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Start your culinary journey at the vibrant Adelaide Central Market, a food lover's paradise with over 70 stalls offering a diverse range of European-inspired delights. Explore the bustling atmosphere and immerse yourself in the rich flavors, aromas, and sights that make this market a must-visit destination. From fresh produce to gourmet treats, there's something to satisfy every taste bud and create unforgettable experiences for the whole family.

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and indulge in the serenity of Barossa Valley's luxurious vineyards. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Rockford Wines or experience the biodynamic wonders of Tscharke. Discover more about exploring Barossa Valley with your little ones in my comprehensive guide, Le Mas Barossa: Where French Elegance Meets Australian Hospitality.

Need to Know

Looking for more travel inspiration? Check out my guide, Le Mas Barossa: Where French Elegance Meets Australian Hospitality.

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