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What to do that is uniquely Adelaide and free/inexpensive

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What to do that is uniquely Adelaide and free/inexpensive

Our family (including a 8 year old and 5 year old) will be visiting Adelaide in September and we already have already planned to visit several attractions (Cleland Wildlife Park, South Australian Museum, etc.) but are looking for some ideas to add to the trip that are uniquely Adelaide, free/inexpensive, and child-friendly. We will have an auto during the trip and enjoy parks, museums, art, beaches, and the like. Thank you for all your ideas!

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1. Re: What to do that is uniquely Adelaide and free/inexpensive

I'd suggest a trip to Haigh's chocolate factory (just on the southern edge of the city). Make sure you book your free tour well in advance as they're very popular.

haighschocolates.com.au/factory_tour/visitor…

Don't know whether the Migration Museum is on your list but I think it's fascinating and my daughters enjoyed it when they last went (they were probably a little older than your children then).

www.southaustralia.com/info.aspx?id=9000717

Adelaide has only one tram route left, out to the seaside resort of Glenelg, which is a journey worth making. The former town hall, which is right beside the tram's final stop, now houses an excellent museum which has a lot of interactive exhibits which will appeal to children. It concentrates on the founding of Adelaide and South Australia but also has a lot of fun stuff about the resort's more recent history.

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Get a free bike and ride along the Torrens River tripadvisor.com.au/ShowUserReviews-g255093-d…

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St Kilda Adventure Playground/St Kilda

St Kilda Mangrove trail, free entry Northern loop is open, 500metre walk along the boardwalk.

Boardwalk from Marino to Hallett Cove or Hallett Cove to Marino.

Army Meseum of South Australia, Keswick Barracks, Anzac Highway

Open every Sunday 12pm -4pm entry by donation.

Walk across the causeway to Granite Island Victor Harbor, climb the Bluff at Victor also.

Follow the walking trail/path at Pt Elliot to the beach.

Walk through Kuipo forrest near Meadows south of the CBD open every day of the year except Total Fire ban days.

www.forestry.sa.gov.au.

Deep Creek Conservation Park.

Adelaide-Himeji Garden, Japanese garden crns of Glen Osmond rd, South Tce & Hutt st.

At the junction of the Murray River and Lake Alexandrina is Wellington one of the river's oldest towns where you can cross the river on the free punt (known by many as a ferry)

Olympic Opal in Rundle Mall have an Underground opal gem mine free entry & Opal Field Gems King William st also advertise a free entry to their opal mine & museum.

Central market open Tues, Thur, Friday & Sat.

Adelaide Showground farmers market open Sundays from 9am-1pm

Fishermen's Wharf Market Pt Adelaide open Sunday & public holiday Mondays.

Adelaide Botanical Gardens

Carrickalinga is a great beach to have a wander along, Silver Sands beach is also great, the local southern beaches or the western beaches.

www.fleurieupeninsula.com.au

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4. Re: What to do that is uniquely Adelaide and free/inexpensive

burns39 - what a lot of great suggestions.

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5. Re: What to do that is uniquely Adelaide and free/inexpensive

Thank you all for taking time to reply; we greatly appreciate it!

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6. Re: What to do that is uniquely Adelaide and free/inexpensive

There are also the dolphin cruises at Port Adelaide (jump on the boat if you want to wander the market and end up down there)

If the weather is nice, places like Semaphore and Henley Beach are good destinations. Glenelg is without doubt the most popular but Semphore and Henley really give you a "local" feel.

I agree with the above that making use of the free bikes is the top option, Adelaide is a very easy city to cycle.

If you get out of the city for a drive to the Barossa don't miss Kaiser Stuhl Conservation Park. This is a hidden gem where you will be able to walk a short distance to discover kangaroos in the wild quite easily. Another great experience up that way is the Whispering Wall near Williamstown. A pretty spot with a dam wall which has curious acoustic properties. Kids love it !

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7. Re: What to do that is uniquely Adelaide and free/inexpensive

After Cleland visit Melba Lolly factory at Woodside in the Adelaide Hills, and the kids can indulge themselves with the samples, and watch how lollies where made in the old days.

Then continue on to Gumeracha and the giant rocking horse.

Edited: 14 August 2012, 09:19
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Grab some food from central market or burnside village and head to Hazelwood Park. Easy few hours if you want an easy timekill that will keep kids happy while you rest and relax. The playground there is brilliant for your age kids (big and awesome flying fox). You can relax at a table, BBQ's are provided or you can picnic on the grass. It is a very peaceful oasis 10min drive from CBD.

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9. Re: What to do that is uniquely Adelaide and free/inexpensive

Bring the children down to Victor Harbor (just over 1 hours drive from Adelaide CBD), to ride the Steam Ranger Steam Train/Cockle train, along the great Fleurieu beaches.

www.steamrangerheritagerailway.org/index.php

It is whale watching season down here at the moment, but the season has been longer than usual and may still be possible to see them in September. There is also a Whale Centre down here that the kids will love to visit.

http://sawhalecentre.com/

tourismvictorharbor.com.au/attractions.html

Penguins are on Granite Island in Victor Harbor, which can be accessed by a horse drawn cart ride over to the island.

Edited: 01 September 2012, 14:08
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10. Re: What to do that is uniquely Adelaide and free/inexpensive

Take a picnic to Carrick Hill garden (free); walk along the children's trail. There's a nice view of Adelaide from Carrick Hill.

Suzanne :)