Bring the family
Looking for family fun? The kids will love South Australia!
Watch as they get close to animals they’ve only ever seen in story books. Listen to them go “Ooooh!” in a chocolate factory. See if you can keep up with them as they shoot off down a super-sloshy beachside waterslide!
Zoos and wildlife parks
Meet Australian animals in Cleland wildlife park, 20 minutes out of the city centre, in the Adelaide Hills. Feed kangaroos, look up at emus and cuddle a koala. In Monarto Zoo wildlife park go on safari among lions, cheetahs and African hunting dogs (say hello to the chimpanzees too). At Adelaide Zoo, a fun way to get there is on the lovely Popeye boat along the River Torrens, you can see tigers and the only pandas in the southern hemisphere!
Go to sunny Glenelg, Adelaide’s very happy beach suburb. You can swim with dolphins or play at the Beachouse; a crazy fun factory with dodgems, squirty bumper boats and a super-speedy waterslide.
The Beach House
Glenelg’s biggest amusement centre. It’s a huge, fun-filled arena with waterslides, dodgem cars, a 120 year-old carousel (Australia’s oldest) and arcade games.
The Linear Trail runs all the way from the Adelaide Hills along the River Torrens to Henley Beach. It’s a great spot to start or finish a bike ride. Grab a coffee in Henley Square, play in the gentle waves, relax on the grass or eat at one of the many family-friendly cafes and restaurants.
An hour south of Adelaide is Victor Harbor. Climb aboard one of the world’s last horse drawn trams (ask your horse for his or her business card!) and ride across a long wooden bridge over the sea to Granite Island. Walk around Granite Island to discover penguins, wallabies, seals and dolphins.
Feeling hungry? Visit Australia's oldest chocolate making company, Haighs Chocolates, it’s on the edge of the city centre. In the Adelaide Hills, go to Melba’s Chocolate Factory. See fudge and chocolate being made, if you ask nicely, you can try some straight off the production line!
For some fruit-filled fun, get into the strawberry fields at beautiful Beerenberg Strawberry Farm in the Adelaide Hills. Pick as many strawberries as you can! If you’re visiting in September, the Royal Adelaide Show is on; a week of funfair, food and farm animals.
Kangaroo Island is great fun for kids. Take them for a ranger-led walk on a beach filled with sea lions. Sit back to watch the amazing pelican feeding in Kingscote. At night, join a torchlight tour to see little penguins. Try sand-boarding down the monster slopes of the “Little Sahara” sand dunes.
Visit the Limestone Coast for big broad beaches (perhaps some wine for the parents). At Naracoorte Caves National Park you can mix learning with adventure as you crawl though caves filled with stalagmites and bones of extinct animals.
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Things to do
South Australia is great for a family holiday. See penguins at Granite Island, Victor Harbor. Visit Adelaide Zoo and Greenhills Adventure Park.
There are plenty of events in South Australia. Here are some ideas you might like. Visit the Events’ page for all events in South Australia.