Adelaide & Surrounds For Families

While there’s plenty for children just an hour’s drive or flight outside the city, Adelaide itself is wonderfully family-friendly. Here are some ideas from locals who spend a great family day out together.

Day 1-2: Meet Adelaide's Animals

Ride Australia’s one and only heritage double-decker Horse Drawn Tram from Victor Harbor to Granite Island, home to little penguins.

Cuddle a koala or feed a kangaroo at the award-winning Cleland Wildlife Park.

Walk or cycle the Linear Park Trail to the Adelaide Zoo to visit giant pandas, Wang Wang and Funi, the southern hemisphere’s only two.

Day 3-4: Chocolate Factories, Rides, Fireworks and Performances

Visit Melba’s Chocolate And Confectionery Factory in Adelaide Hills – watch, learn and taste!

Catch the tram to Glenelg, a favourite seaside destination only a twenty-minute drive from the city. Head for the Beachouse – home to Australia’s oldest carousel, a Ferris wheel, play castles, three heated water slides, games and dodgem cars. Alternatively, join Temptation Sailing’s catamaran to watch or swim with dolphins.

September is Royal Adelaide Show time, Australia’s second biggest horticultural show. Children will love the rides, sideshow games, animal exhibits and show bags full of toys and exciting treats; not to mention the spectacular fireworks display each night.

Watch the Christmas pageant each November with thousands of others, when dozens of spectacular floats and more than 900 performers glide through the Adelaide city centre.

Day 5: River Cruise, Skateboard or Strawberry Pick!

Elder Park on the banks of the River Torrens is a great place to relax. There’s plenty of grass to run around on and ducks to feed. If you want to go on the river, hire a paddle boat or hop on a “Popeye” river cruise boat.

Little boarders can still practice their tricks while on holiday at the City Skate (North Terrace) on features such as a funbox, steps and blocks, seat grind, transition run and flat ramp combinations. There is also a three-on-three basketball court.

Enjoy all things German (From food to souvenirs) in Handorf, Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement. Near Hahndorf, you can pick your own strawberries (in season, November to May) at Beerenberg Strawberry Farm and take the children to the Hahndorf Farm Barn, a combination of a children’s farmyard and a nature wildlife park where you can interact with a wide variety of tame and friendly animals.


Duration Description Overnight
Day 1-2: Meet Adelaide's Animals
Day 3-4: Chocolate Factories, Rides, Fireworks and Performances
Day 5: River Cruise, Skateboard or Strawberry Pick!


Victor Harbour Adelaide Hills Glenelg