Heading to the City of Churches? You’ll be interested to know about the free activities Adelaide has to offer because it’s all the sweeter when you can enjoy something without paying for it, right?
When choosing where to live, study or holiday, you can’t base all your decisions on freebies but they sure do come in handy.
Ok, there is free wine but it’s not in great quantities. What you do get is an education. The Wine Discovery Journey at the National Wine Centre of Australia (part of the University of Adelaide) is a self-guided tour through a state-of-the-art facility. The tour itself has won awards for its interactive wine experience. In just one hour, you’ll learn how wine has played an important role in Australia’s commercial history and you’ll find out just how significant Australia’s wine contribution is to the rest of the world. Afterwards, there are wine tastings and that is an absolute pleasure.
Get yourself in to Adelaide Central Market where you can sample cheeses, pastries and artisanal breads from the many passionate vendors. If you happen to be in Adelaide in April, the Tasting Australia Festival will be an incredible treat for you. Follow the market’s website to find out when other tasting events are on during the year. You could try local ciders, handmade cheeses, in-season fruits and more.
Visit any winery and you’ll be able to taste a number of wines on offer. Some offer tastings only by appointment so call ahead to find out. Here’s a list of Barossa Valley wineries.
Bike SA is a membership organisation for commuter and recreational cycling in the state. They love cycling and want to share the love so they offer FREE bike hire!
Take a leisurely ride through the Bike Art Trail, 11 points of interest that are easily reached by bicycle. All feature large scale sculptural artworks commissioned by the City of Adelaide and at each one, there’s a public bike rack so you can park your bike and wander around. The trail takes you through the Botanical Gardens, the Adelaide Festival Centre, Central Market, Adelaide Festival Centre and other locations. Check out the giant fork, the crumpled bronze brown paper bag and the shiny Onion Rings piece. All up, it’s about 20 kilometres of comfortable cycling routes.
Hop on your bike, strap on your helmet and ride around this 17-mile route between Gawler and Tanunda. You won’t believe the gorgeous scenery and you’ll likely spot a few friendly natives. Kangaroos and echidnas have been reported en route so take your camera for sure. You’ll find yourself at cellar doors such as Jacob’s Creek and Kellermeister so drop in for a good drop! Cyclists of all fitness levels will find the trail – named after pro-cyclist Jack Bobridge – suitable for their abilities.
Cricket fan? You’ll be pretty excited to visit The Bradman Collection at Adelaide Oval. Visit the Riverbank Stand where a museum has been created in The Don’s honour and features his very own collection of cricket memorabilia. You’ll see cricket bats and balls, various trophies and clothing worn by Sir Donald Bradman and you can watch footage of the great man in action. You can even test your own skills in the interactive display.
Step out of the Adelaide sun and into the cool, spacious museum, one of Australia’s most visited. There are more than 3,000 Aboriginal artefacts including fully intact bark canoes, some of the only ones known to still exist. See the glittering minerals and meteorites, ancient Egyptian relics and fascinating fossils, some of which are displayed using 3D augmented reality technology. There’s a huge 18-metre sperm whale skeleton and articles that were used as part of the 1912 Antarctic Expedition in the Mawson Gallery.
Not your average stuffy art gallery, the AGSA is housed in a stunning heritage building but it also takes pride in the diversity of its exhibitions and collections. Considering visitor numbers reach more than 780,000 every year, that speaks volumes as to the quality of the experience. Take your time browsing the permanent displays which feature works from as far back as ancient Rome to exciting items of the current day. There’s a comprehensive Australian collection of paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and photographs, some wonderful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and also European, North American and Asian pieces. In addition to free entry, the Gallery offers free talks, kids’ activities and tours.
There’s always something interesting happening at The Jam Factory, where contemporary Australian crafts are created on the spot. You can watch a craftsman blowing glass to make exquisite pieces, which is a compelling experience. The incredible work that goes into every item is evident. You may be able to meet the artists and you can certainly spend hours poring over the gorgeous jewellery, home wares, glassware, furniture, pottery and metal work.