Top 10 Free Things to do in Adelaide

Top 10 Free Things to do in Adelaide

1. Adelaide Free Bike Hire

Grab yourself a free bike from Adelaide Free Bikes and explore the city by pedal. Stick to your dedicated bike lanes and you will be safe.

We recommend riding down the River Torrens path which leads to Henley Beach. Henley Beach is an up and coming beach side town with hip cafes and bars and home to some of the best sunsets you will see.

Adelaide Free Bikes and sunset at Henley Beach

2. Adelaide Botanic Gardens

Discover the beautiful and quaint Adelaide Botanic Gardens. Enter right off the edge of the city on North Terrace and walk your way through the many themed gardens. Such as Garden of Health, Australian Native Garden, Economic Garden and  the Amazon Waterlily Pavilion, to name a few!

You can also take a free guided tour , departing daily at 10:30am from the Visitor Information Centre, located at the Schomburgk Pavilion.

Adelaide Botanical Gardens

3. Adelaide Central Markets

Established in 1869, the Adelaide Central Market has been Adelaide’s most flourishing food hub for over 150 years! All your food necessities and indulgences  in one place.

Explore some of the freshest fruit and vegetables as well as cured meats, aged cheeses and fresh bread. Grab a coffee and some lunch during the day or explore on a Friday night (until 9pm) and watch the markets come alive!

Open Tuesday to Saturday.

Adelaide Central Markets

4. Glenelg

Catch the tram to the beach side village of Glenelg, only a short 30-minute ride from the city centre.  Explore the shops and local bars/food.

Or sit on the beach and watch the sun go down over the ocean.

Glenelg Beach

5. Adelaide Himeji Garden

The Adelaide Himenji Garden is a traditional Japanese garden located on the south side of Adelaide City (10-15 min walk from city centre).

Explore the two gardens, ‘senzui’ which is a lake and mountain garden and the ‘kare senzui’ which is a dry garden. Enjoy a picnic in one of the gardens or simply find a sunny spot to spend your afternoon.

Adelaide Himenji Garden

6. Tandanya – National Aboriginal Cultural Institute

Learn about the local Kaurna people of Adelaide and their cultural signifigance at Tandanya – The National Aboriginal Cultural Institute Inc. 

View incredible Indigenous artwork (over 500 pieces) here and explore some of the current exhibits on display such as Tiwi Designs and Two Ways. Exhibitions are changing regularly.


7. Adelaide Walking Tour

Venture to the Adelaide Visitor Information Centre on James Place, just off of Rundle Mall and sign up for your free guided walking tour by one of the friendly volunteers. The walking tours depart daily at 9:30am. Don’t be late!

Walk through our historic arcades and get a great interpretation of the history from your guide. The tours last approximately 30-45 minutes.  

8. Walk along the River Torrens

Walk to the north of the city, towards North Adelaide. Once you see the big church and Adelaide Oval in the distance then you have found the right place. Head down to the River Torrens and jump on the walking trail. You might see some of our local black swans and ducks on your walk.

If your more of an active person, a lot of people tend to run this path.

River Torrens Walkway

9. Rundle Mall

Take a stroll down our famous Rundle Mall, it is the landmark for the city centre. No cars allowed on this road, just people! You will notice many buskers and musicians playing along the mall.

Also, the famous ‘malls balls’ and ‘pigs eating trash’. You will know what I am talking about once you see them, they are hard to miss!

Rundle Mall

10. South Australian Museum

Last but certainly not least, The South Australian Museum  Located next to the Botanic Gardens on North Terrace. Entry is free and explore some of their exhibits such as ‘David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef Dive’ and “Inspiring Women in Science’.

Daily guided tours departing at 11am.

South Australian Museum

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