If you’ve ever gone on holidays with your kids, you’ll know firsthand that traveling with children can sometimes be more frustrating than fun. Trying to plan an itinerary that suits the adults as well as the smaller family members can seem like mission impossible. But in Adelaide, you may just find the perfect balance!
While Adelaide is sometimes overlooked as the ultimate holiday destination down under, it’s well worth adding to your family holiday itinerary. Stephanie Dumas, a public relations consultant from Pod Communications, has been living in Adelaide for eight years, and says this charming city “fits the bill if you’re looking for fun-filled outdoor activities, fabulous food and new experiences suitable for the whole family.”
She shares 7 kid-friendly activities that show there’s much more to Adelaide than you may first think!
Zoos, Fruits, Vineyards
1. Walk with the animals: Cleland Wildlife Park and Monarto Zoo
Less than 20 minutes from the city, Cleland Wildlife Park is located in the Mt Lofty ranges and allows you to see native animals in their natural environment. “Kids will jump at the chance to feed kangaroos, cuddle a koala or view dingos up close,” Stephanie says. “Follow it up with a safari-like adventure at Monato Zoo. Just an hour’s drive from the city, Monato is one of the largest open-range zoos in the world, with more than 500 exotic animals located across 1,500 hectares of natural bushland. There’s a bus that winds its way through the various enclosures and kids will love climbing the viewing platforms to spy on the lions.”
2. Go strawberry picking
It’s hard to believe that the beautiful scenery of the Adelaide Hills is just 15 minutes from the city center, but that short journey by car will take you to strawberry central. “The drive also offers a chance for kids have a farm-like experience picking strawberries in the summer period – at Beerenberg Farm, near Hahndorf, the kids can pick themselves a container of the fruit straight from the field,” Stephanie says.
3. Check out the vineyards that welcome kids
Also in the Adelaide Hills are fantastic wineries where you can sample some award-winning labels, while the kids have space to run around without raising eyebrows. “Favourites include Shaw & Smith, where adults can sit and enjoy wine tastings with a local cheese plate while kids explore the green surrounds of the vineyard outside. Bird in Hand is also a good choice,” Stephanie shares. “For lunch, head to Anderson Hill Winery in Lenswood to try wood-fired pizzas, cake, and coffee.”
The Beach, Chocolate, Cupcakes, and More
4. People watch at Port Willunga beach
Port Willunga beach is “the place to go for Amalfi-like scenery”, Stephanie confirms, with a sublime restaurant sitting on a cliff overlooking the ocean. Enjoy a Sunday lunch on the deck of Star of Greece, or grab simple fish and chips from the attached kiosk. “The view is gorgeous from either,” she adds.
5. Experience Haighs Chocolate at the source
“No family visit to Adelaide is complete without a visit to the Haighs Chocolate Factory on Greenhill Road,” Stephanie advises. With complimentary chocolate tastings, kids and adults alike will enjoy this 20-minute lap around the confectioner’s HQ! Just be sure to book a tour – it’s especially popular on school holidays.
6. Canvas the city’s cupcake culture
Take the kids to the Adelaide Central Markets, where “the array of produce on offer is mind-blowing”, and grab a coffee at Lucia’s while you’re there. “Otherwise, pop around the corner, just off Gouger Street, to Market St, a popular New York-style bakery/deli/cafe for breakfast or lunch. With three locations in Adelaide, Red Door Bakery is another go-to eatery and has the best coffee in town.”
7. Get your culture on
If you’re lucky enough to be in the city for The Adelaide Fringe Festival, held every February and March, you’ll have the opportunity to check out some great Fringe acts suitable for the whole family. “Alternatively, head to the Art Gallery of South Australia where kids now have a dedicated space to try their hand getting crafty, plus the terrace area has plenty of space to enjoy the outdoors,” Stephanie suggests. “If you’re still feeling arty, head to the Jam Factory to view a collection of unique ceramic, glass and jewelry works by local artists. Kids will enjoy watching a glass-blowing demonstration from the viewing platform.”