Alex O'Brien

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10 free things to do in Adelaide

10 free things to do in Adelaide

South Australia’s cosmopolitan coastal capital, Adelaide is a city that’s brimming with a wealth of attractions, with something to offer every visitor.

These are the things in the City of Churches that won’t cost you a cent! 

To see all these activates, scroll through the gallery above. If you want to check out some free things to do elsewhere around Australia, check out our list for free things to do in Sydney, free things to do in Melbourne, and free things to do in Brisbane

1. Visit The Garden of Unearthly Delights

If you’re lucky enough to be in Adelaide for festival season, The Garden of Unearthly delights (generally running from mid-Feb to mid-March) has a range of free attractions and performances that will let you get in and amongst the friendly vibes.

2. Explore Adelaide’s beautiful beaches

Adelaide has a range of beautiful beaches including Brighton Beach which has a wonderful art deco promenade to explore and a beautiful jetty to sit back and relax on.

3. Get your bearings on the free trams

Adelaide has a number of free trams that are perfect to get your bearings, which affords you the opportunity to rest your feet while hopping on and off at your leisure.

4. Climb to the top of Mount Lofty

Just a short drive from the city centre, the appropriately titled Mount Lofty is the highest peak in Adelaide and offers a stunning view of the city and coastline.

5. Taking the free Haigh’s chocolate tour

Chocoholic rejoice! Adelaide is where you can find the folks responsible for the absolutely delicious Haigh’s chocolates, and there’s a free factory tour you can take.

6. Visit the South Australian Art Gallery

If you’re after a bit of culture, South Australian Art Gallery has you covered with a huge range of free exhibits containing some seriously impressive pieces to peruse.

7. Explore Adelaide Central Market

Famous for its food and fresh produce, Adelaide Central Market is an assault on the sense (in the best possible way) and a great way to spend a sunny morning.

8. Cycle around the city with free bike hire

Adelaide has a range of pods around the city where you can pick up a bike and cycle around for free. A great, relaxing way to get your bearings of this new area.

9. Pop in to the Jam Factory

Part gallery, part artist collective, the Jam Factory is a must for anyone visiting Adelaide and it’s free to walk around and explore the studios, galleries and shops.

10. Experience the Adelaide Botanic Garden

Small, but gorgeous and so close to the CBD, Adelaide Botanic Garden is the perfect way to spend an afternoon surrounded by wetlands and Mediterranean plants.

Have you ever been to Adelaide? What do you think is the best free thing to do in the City of Churches? Let us know in the comments.

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