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Whether it's organized sport or just jogging around the city, there's no shortage of activities to keep you busy and in shape during your travels to Adelaide.
Surfers in-the-know don't need to be told twice to visit South Australia for great surf spots like Waitpinga Beach, Parsons Beach and the mid -coast.- just an hour away by car - especially in spring and some winter months.
If surfing isn't your thing but you still want to be in the water, then scuba diving is the activity for you. With clear water and beautiful reefs, Adelaide has some great spots for scuba and snorkeling, including Aldinga Beach, Moana Beach and also around Port Willunga. There are some ship wrecks near the coast which make for great diving. The metropolitan beaches of Adelaide stretch from North Haven down to the Fleurieu Peninsula - kilometres and kilometres of sandy, shallow and safe beaches to explore.
Adelaide Extreme Outdoor Activities offers the chance for adrenaline junkies to get their fix with activities like sky diving, abseiling, bungee jumping and whitewater rafting.
Aussie Rules Football is a big deal in this area, with local teams like Adelaide Crows and Port Power Football Club. Catch a game at the Aami Stadium or the Adelaide Oval and cheer along with the residents supporting their favorite athletes. If you're into spectator sports, there's also cricket, tennis and horse racing.
There is also the local SANFL football between the months of March to Early October where you can go to suburbian football grounds to watch teams like Glenelg Tigers, Port Adelaide Magpies, Norwood Redlegs, South Adelaide PAnthers, Sturt Double Blues, West Adelaide Bloods, Woodville West Torrens Eagles, and Central Districts Bulldogs. The cost of games is $9 for adults children free. It is a great way to spend a day while enjoying a beer or more.
Cycling is an extremely popular pastime in Adelaide. Bicycle SA is a great spot to get info on places to ride, and also a handy central location to grab a free hire bike. Mountain biking is very popular in the Adelaide Hills, either at Eagle Mountain Bike Park or the DEWNR bike trails at Belair and Sturt Gorge, or further afield at Cudlee Creek or even Melrose. There are a few options for those who might like to hire bikes or do a tour including companies such as Escapegoat Adventures who specialise in mountain biking day trips from Adelaide including private guiding, winery tours by mountain bike, and Mount Lofty Descent tours, and also offer a 6 day Flinders Ranges by Bike trip.
One of the most underestimated sports that you can practice yourself in South Australia is scuba diving. With the beautiful and elusive 'Leafy Sea Dragon' as the State Marine emblem, South Australia has a host of dive shops which offer tours and boat rides to some of the world's most biologically diverse reefs, jetties and wrecks. Many dives are suitable for beginners but advanced divers can find plenty of adventure as well. Australia's best known wreck since 2002, the Ex-HMAS Hobart Destroyer off Rapid Bay is around an hour out of Adelaide (by car). This dive is very dependent on tides and not recommended for novices however the Rapid Bay Jetty itself is popular with snorkellers and divers as well. Adelaide is a great spot to start your temperate water diving and if want to start a course or (first) try a dive whilst you're here Port Noarlunga Reef is the perfect place to start. South Australia's best known aquatic reserve, with twelve underwater trail markers and easy access from the jetty Port Noarlunga is easily accessible by train from Adelaide's CBD. Adelaide has many Dive shops scattered throughout the coast and metro areas but one, The Dive Shack is located right at the start of the Port Noarlunga jetty. Don't forget to see the link below for more information on what South Australian diving has to offer!
If you are not quite into diving, but would like to go beyond snorkelling, you can now SNUBA the Port Noarlunga Aquatic Reserve. The reef, which is abundant with 1000s of temperate fish, is easily accessible from the pier. No dive experience is necessary. Guided SNUBA Tours are operated by Port Noarlunga SNUBA from beginning of December and continue over the summer season. They are located right on the beach at Port Noarlunga. You can also hire SNORKEL EQUIPMENT and WETSUITS right on the beach at Port Noarlunga SNUBA.
Other major sporting events in Adelaide include the Tour Down Under, Clipsal 500 V8 race the Australian International Three Day Event (one of only six such equestrian events in the world and the only one in the southern hemisphere, and International Rugby 7s.