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Adelaide has an abundance of unique experiences around every corner – and they won’t cost you a penny!
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Explore this beautiful city on two wheels. We love riding so much in Adelaide that we have free bike hire! Head along to any one of numerous locations in the CBD to grab a bike and have get exploring.
Adelaide is full of wide flat paths and bike lanes, with plenty of bike trails in the picturesque Park Lands. Our Bike Art Trail adds a splash of creativity and gives you an afternoon of culture on the go. Venture out further into the Park Lands where a world of variety and nature awaits. Visit the idyllic Himeji Garden just off South Terrace - an authentic Japanese garden celebrating Adelaide’s Sister City relationship with Himeji.
Next, head up to Light’s Vision on Montefiore Hill, where Colonel Light, the man who designed Adelaide’s layout, first set out his plans for the city. You’ll be treated to panoramic views of the city and beyond. You can also visit the man himself at his tomb and memorial in Light Square.
For the sports fanatic, pedal over to the recently redeveloped Adelaide Oval which is the fourth largest oval in Australia. Here lies The Bradman Collection which charts the life of history’s greatest batsman and Adelaidean, Donald Bradman, and includes his personal collection of cricket memorabilia. If you are particularly keen, you can also book a tour that walks and talks you through the tales and sporting legends that have graced the grounds.
The Adelaide Riverbank Precinct is home to a number of popular destinations including the Adelaide Casino, Adelaide Festival Centre and Convention Centre. It features the pretty River Torrens as a backdrop and delivers an experience that fuses the best of natural and architectural beauty. Keep an eye out for the iconic rotunda in Elder Park which was officially opened in 1882! You can follow this bike path all the way up and down stream along the Torrens Linear Park Trail.
Take a breather after all the adventure in the spectacular Adelaide Botanic Gardens. This sprawling set of gardens and natural exhibits from all over the natural kingdom is open daily from 7:15am until just before sunset all year long. Pack a picnic and find your own little nook while you watch the clouds float by before enjoying an educational wander through the Santos Museum of Economic Botany.
Make your way along North Terrace from the Botanic Garden to explore Adelaide’s home of culture and curiosity. You’ll find the Art Gallery of SA which brings historical and contemporary art from across the globe alongside, the State Library of South Australia which was voted in the top 10 most beautiful libraries in the world. The South Australian Museum boasts the largest collection of Aboriginal artefacts in the world while the Migration Museum allows you to explore South Australia’s incredibly diverse history of immigration. These cultural stalwarts have a constant rotation of free exhibitions on show and are open every day of the year, except for Christmas and Good Friday.
For those with a distinct contemporary palette, be to check out what's on at the Samstag Museum and JamFactory in the western UniSA precinct for exhibitions and collections that will both challenge and inspire.