5 cheap things to do in Adelaide

Pickers at work during the grape harvestClare Valley. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

Pickers at work during the grape harvest
Clare Valley. Pic: Joanne Lane, http://www.visitedplanet.com

Continuing in our series of “cheap things to do” in Australian cities (see Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Hobart and Brisbane entries), here’s five things to do in Adelaide, South Australia on a shoestring.

Get your fill at the Central Market
Adelaide’s principal market has some 80 stall holders in the one area and is run five days a week (Tues 7-5:30, Wed 9-5:30, Thurs 9-5:30, Fri 7-9, Sat 7-3). Find your cheap fruit and veges, meat, eggs, seafood, cheese, bread and cakes all here.

Free visit to the National Wine Centre of Adelaide
If you know anything about South Australia it should be that they make excellent wine, particularly in the Clare and Barossa Valleys. The National Wine Centre of Adelaide offers free guided tours called the Wine Discovery Journey every day at 11.30am where you can learn all about the wine making process. You can also do a self guided tour on your own between 9am and 5pm. Tastings are an additional charge but well worth it, starting at $17.

Groovy Grape Getaway tour to Kangaroo Island.

Groovy Grape Getaway tour to Kangaroo Island.

Visit Kangaroo Island
An excellent day or weekend trip from Adelaide is a visit to Kangaroo Island where you can see sea lions, dolphins, penguins, wallabies and possums and enjoy interesting natural formations like sand dunes and rocky arches plus excellent coastal walks, swimming and snorkelling.

Chill out in the Botanical Gardens
If you want to enjoy a bit of green space the city’s botanical gardens are a good place to hang out. Free guided walks are offered every morning.

Take the tram to Glenelg
The 15km tram route from the city to the beach side suburb of Glenelg doesn’t take long but it is Adelaide’s last remaining tram service and parts of it are free.  Plus you get to spend your day at the beach.

We also have excellent accommodation and tour options in Adelaide. Here are a few smashing highlights to consider:

2 Day Kangaroo Island Wildlife Adventure
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Seal Bay Conservation Park, Sandboarding at Little Sahara, Optional Quad Biking Tour, Nocturnal Wildlife Walk, Hiking through Flinders Chase National Park, Swimming, Snorkelling and kayaking at remote beaches in Summer.

Nullarbor Traveller – 6 Day Secrets of the Eyre Peninsula Tour
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The Eyre Peninsula is Australia’s Seafood Frontier and the 6 day tour looks to combine the best of the coastal attractions, with the stunning Flinders Ranges. It is a Jump on Jump off tour with passengers joining the first three days of the Adelaide to Perth Tour, which includes swimming with sea lions and dolphins [optional experience] before stopping at Coodlie Park, the base for Nullarbor Traveller. http://www.coodliepark.com.au Passengers then join the 9 day Perth to Adelaide Tour for day 4,5 and 6 of the tour. We hope that you enjoy this tour which combines the best of the stunning Flinders Ranges and the Eyre Peninsula.

Groovy Grape Getaways- 3 Day Great Ocean Road & Grampains (Adl-Mel)
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One of the world`s best coastal routes blended with the beauty and history of the Grampians National Park, making this one of the best trips in Australia!


Hope you’re enjoying the VIP Backpacker’s Travel Blog. There’ll be an update added every other Friday, so keep tuning in to keep your travel dreams alive! If there are any travel topics you want covered feel free to contact me, Jo, at blog@vipbackpackers.com


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