18 things to do with the kids in and around Adelaide

Monday, 10th Oct 2016 by Gemma Burdon

Quad biking


  1. Boo! If you are a scaredy-cat this one might not be for you. Get the full ghost tour and history of the Old Adelaide Gaol, in the cold, dark hallways
  2. Get fit by climbing the iconic Adelaide Oval, with the Commonwealth Bank RoofClimb. A birdseye view of the world famous sporting ground, plus spectacular views over Adelaide city. 
  3. Coffee, pastries and fresh market produce, what more can you ask on a long weekend? Taste the gourmet foods with a walking Central Market Tour
  4. Meet dolphins and explore shipwrecks with Adventure Kayaking SA. Set off in a kayak or a stand up paddleboard for some water based fun.
  5. If it has been a while since you have been to the Adelaide Zoo it’s time to go again. Visit Australia’s only giant pandas Wang Wang and Funi, plus over 2,500 other animals. So many to see, so little time! Take a picnic to enjoy in the beautiful surrounding Botanical Gardens.
  6. If you don’t like heights you can still enjoy the Adelaide Oval. Tour through the restricted areas and inner sanctum to discover the hidden secrets and relive celebrated moments.
  7. If you have ever wanted to try mountain biking, now’s your chance! Escapegoat Adventures Mountain Biking take all level of riders throughout South Australia, using pedal power for fun.
  8. Set on 14 acres of land, Gorge Wildlife Park is a place where animals and people get together. Cuddle a koala or walk amongst the kangaroos and wallabies. Don’t forget there are free BBQ’s to stop and have a picnic lunch.
  9. Touch, hold and feed the animals at Hahndorf Farm Barn plus heaps of activities for kids to do.
  10. Jump on board for a heritage steam train journey with the Steam Ranger. Plenty of trains to choose from including the Cockle Train, the Highlander, the Strathlink and Southern Encounter.
  11. For those who are early risers, you can view the picturesque villages and vineyards of the Barossa Valley with Balloon Adventures. Float magically along in the dawn and toast your return to earth with fine sparkling wine and breakfast with foods of the Barossa.
  12. Take on the beautiful Seppeltsfield’s estate driving a Segway! Segway Sensations venture into the vineyards amongst 100yr old bush vines. Stop for a photo at the top of the vineyard and witness spectacular 360 degree views of the Barossa Valley. Kids must be over 12 years.
  13. A unique tour on a trike motorcycle in the Barossa. Fly by the vineyards with the wind in your hair with Barossa Unique Tours
  14. Surf’s up! With summer approaching, Sun and Surf can get you carving up the waves in no time. Jump in the water with an instructor as you learn the ins and outs of hanging ten.  
  15. Ride a quad bike through the green paddocks down South, spotting animals as you go, with Waitpinga Farm Quad Bike Adventures. This is such great fun, with the wind at your face, especially for groups or families.
  16. Learn the indigenous history of the Coorong, and it’s animals and environment on a Cruise the Coorong tour. The Coorong is flowing beautifully at the moment, due to the recent rains, and with spring here, there are plenty of animals and birds to spot.
  17. Dolphins, sea lions, birds and whales up close… yes please! Jump on a Big Boat Duck Tour to experience the best the Southern Ocean has for you.
  18. Experience the unique and precious resource of the Coorong in a canoe. An authentic nature based eco-tour, it’s certainly something worth the trip down the coast for. 


replied 1012 days ago 
Thanks for your advise.
John Pedler
replied 1011 days ago 
Thanks for reading. Keep an eye on our travel blogs and social media pages for more great South Australian travel tips. Cheers, Gemma.
Dean Copper
replied 773 days ago 
I am also planning to take a holiday trip with my kids and will surely try one of these adventures. Thank you for sharing!
replied 533 days ago 
thanks for the ideas... btw the steam ranger link doesn't seem to be working?
John Pedler
replied 529 days ago 
Hi Jamie, thank you for your feedback. The SteamRanger link should be working now. Cheers, John
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