Things to do around Adelaide

My name is Yani – I am an international student from China studying Human Resource Management at Flinders. I have written the article below to give other international (and domestic) students some tips on things to do around Adelaide in Uni breaks. In Adelaide, you will never feel bored throughout the year. There are plenty of activities and great places for you to experience and discover. You can pick up the freshest seasonal fruits, drive on the amazing Kangaroo Island, taste the finest wine in the world, get up close to native animals, enjoy traditional German food, and hike among mountains to appreciate beautiful scenery. So, when the relaxation time is coming, just put your study away for a while and enjoy life! Here are some suggestions I have for you to do around Adelaide.

Cleland Wildlife Park

  • 130 species of Australian wildlife, just 20 minutes from Adelaide.
  • One of only a few places in the world where visitors can hold a koala.
  • Good opportunities to feed, touch and interact with that such lovely native wildlife.

Click here to find more details about Cleland Wildlife Park.


  • Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement, beautiful and cosy.
  • Get the real German experience with the yummy food and ambience of the old pubs, such as the Hahndorf Inn and Gulf Brewery.
  • Stroll the main street and meander into all the little local shops to look for fun.

Click here to start the visit.

Kangaroo Island

  • Self-drive is one of the best ways to experience the splendid scenery.
  • So many fantastic places to see and so many enjoyable activities to experience: Seal Bay, lighthouses, Remarkable Rocks, wildlife, extreme adventuring, food and wine, heritage and history, boating and fishing, bush walking, desert hiking and much more.
  • Two options for you: drive your own car to catch the ferry from Cape Jervis or hire a car when you arrive at Kangaroo Island.

Want to explore the gorgeous destination? Click here.

Fruit picking

  • From November to April, you can pick the sweetest fruits by yourself, including cherries, strawberries and apples.
  • Places offer low entry fees to experience the joy of “picking your own”.

There are many farms to choose from – Adelaide Hills is just one of the recommendations

Wine tour

  • Visit the renowned Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills and the Riverland to capture the imagination of South Australia’s wine regions.
  • Stroll about some of the oldest vines in the world, sip a local drop that may be older than you, and taste the best wine in the world served with delicious food.

Crab catching

  • As a popular recreational pastime in SA, crabbing is written on the “must-do” list.
  • Have fun with crabbing at weekends in permitted areas along the Adelaide coastline.
  • Throw the net into the sea, wait patiently for 15 minutes, pull the net carefully and once the crabs are in the net, pull the net like mad. How interesting and fantastic it is!
  • IMPORTANT – remember to follow the rules and laws of catching crabs!

Adelaide Botanic Gardens

  • Beautifully landscaped gardens, majestic avenues and stunning architecture.
  • A good place to have a picnic with friends or family members.
  • The blooming of “corpse flower” (Titan Arum) is the one of attractive botanical events in the garden. This is well known for its “special” smell of a rotting corpse or carcass. It is a rare and endangered flower species, with the height of around two meters. It only flowers for 48 hours every three or more years. So, don’t hesitate to see it, if you are lucky enough.

Click here to find more about the beautiful garden

Waterfall Gully to Mt Lofty Summit hiking

  • Not long (7.8 km return) but sweet, get close to nature by walking the Waterfall Gully to Mt Lofty Summit trail. It’s also a good way to relax.
  • You’ll get an excellent view of Adelaide from the Mt Lofty Summit.
  • A Hiking Expo is sometimes held for hiking lovers, join in to celebrate the occasion.

Not enough? Walking SA provides more hiking options for you.

More information can be found in Study Adelaide.


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