Things to do

Adelaide for Families 

Adelaide has something for everyone, including activities galore that both kids and little kids will love. From coastal adventures to fun in the inner CBD, Adelaide can keep the whole family occupied and entertained.

The city is alive with different activities for the family, whether it’s along the River Torrens that cuts through the CBD, exploring the South Australia Museum or visiting the thousands of animals at the Adelaide Zoo.

Just minutes from the CBD is the home of Australia’s oldest chocolate making company, Haigh’s, with a factory full of fresh chocolate products for all to try and buy.

If you’re keen to get out of the city you will find a lot of different activities for the family to get involved in. Monarto Zoo and Cleland Wildlife Park will more than satisfy the animal lovers of the family. The Beachouse is full of fun activities for the family, situated in Adelaide’s coastal suburb of Glenelg is sure to be a hit with everyone.

In the Adelaide Hills you will find not only picturesque scenery but some of South Australia’s best food products including the home of one of Australia’s most popular jam, condiment and sauce company, Beerenberg. Beerenberg’s child-friendly farm is located in the enchanting town of Hahndorf. Adelaide is very easy to get around and the flat streets of the city make walking around a breeze. Here are the top 10 things that you and your family can do while in Adelaide:

Adelaide Zoo

Just a 15 minute walk from the Adelaide CBD, the Adelaide Zoo is home to a huge variety of animals including Wang Wang and Funi, the southern hemisphere’s only giant pandas.

Adelaide Zoo’s website

Monarto Zoo 

Only an hour’s drive from the CBD is Monarto Zoo, an open range zoo home to many animals from Africa including the entertaining chimpanzees and the elegant giraffes.

Monarto Zoo’s website

Popeye Motor Launches 

The River Torrens cuts through the Adelaide CBD and cruising up and down daily is the passenger boat Popeye. Departing from Elder Park you can make a round trip visiting the Torrens Weir and stopping at the Adelaide Zoo before returning back to the park.

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The Beachouse, Glenelg

Found on a beach front location in the heart of the coastal suburb of Glenelg, the Beachouse is home to three waterslides, arcade games, mini golf, and an indoor playground. The whole family will soak up the fun that the Beachouse has to offer. Why not end your day on the beach eating fresh fish and chips?

The Beachouse’s website

SA Museum

The South Australian Museum is renowned for its world class displays including Australia’s largest collection of Aboriginal artefacts. Explore the many different galleries while leaning about each piece located in the museum.

SA Museuem’s website

Cleland Wildlife Park 

Located just 20 minutes from Adelaide, the Cleland Wildlife Park is home to many native Australian animals spread over 35 hectares of natural habitat. Most animals roam free, giving visitors the chance to have interactive experiences with the animals as well as the opportunity to touch, hold and snap a picture with one of the very friendly koalas.

Cleland Wildlife Park’s website

River Torrens Captain Jolley’s Paddleboats

Paddle along the River Torrens with the fast and easy-to-paddle boats offered by Captain Jolley. This must-do activity is a fun way for the whole family to enjoy the River Torrens and its surrounds.

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Beerenberg Farm

Open all year round, the Beerenberg Farm stocks all of Beerenberg’s jams, condiments and sauces as well as giving visitors the opportunity to pick fresh, ripe strawberries straight from the farm. The whole family will love the hands-on experience of picking strawberries and the experience is even better when you taste how delicious they are.

Beerenberg Farm’s website

Haigh’s Chocolate Factory

As Australia’s oldest chocolate making company, Haigh’s offers tours of its factory which is found just outside of the CBD. Immerse yourself in the world of chocolate making and indulge in some samples along the way. The children are sure to feel like they are in ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ during this experience.

Haigh’s Chocolate Factory website


The enchanting German town of Hahndorf is home to an abundance of family-friendly activities for all to enjoy such as a trip to the Hahndorf Farm Barn where you can roam around and interact with the farm animals. You’ll also find the Hahndorf Puppet show, which is the only shop in South Australia dedicated to puppets. Don’t miss the chance to visit Hahndorf Sweets, an old-fashioned sweet shop.

Hahndorf’s website


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