Named Australia’s Best Event State for the second year running in 2016, Adelaide has a lot of fun for the family to do and see. Don’t wait to long too visit, its going to get busy with Lonely Planet naming South Australia the 5th Best Region to visit in 2017!
Your name – Sarah
Nationality – Australian
Children’s ages – 9, 8 and 5
Location – Adelaide (also know as RADelaide!)
Websites for keeping up to date on what is happening in the area – What’s on in Adelaide, Adelaide Kids, South Australia – What’s on
Hint 1 – The best time to travel to Adelaide is really anytime. It depends on what you want to do. From December to late March it gets hot here but we have some of the best beaches for kids and swimming.
Hint 2 – We always go to Brighton beach just down from Glenelg Beach. In the mornings the beach is shaded by the beautiful Norfolk pines that line the street above. Then after a swim we walk to any of the lovely kid and dog friendly Cafes along Jetty Road for breakfast. Adelaide beaches are great all year round. In winter the kids and I love going to a cafe to drink Hot Chocolate and watch the waves.
Hint 3 – In January we have the fabulous Tour Down Under!! The Tour Down Under bike race travels across Adelaide and regional areas of South Australia such as the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills.
On the last day of the Tour we do the kids ride where after registering your kids (you have to be 6 and up for this one) the kids get to ride the circuit before the professional riders. Everyone is sorted into age groups and the police ride with the kids. It is great fun and a very well run event with St Johns on hand everywhere and professional people to check all the bikes for the kids. Even a bike training section to teach the little ones to ride the correct way without trainer wheels. We then stay and watch the Pro’s race.
Hint 3 – During March, which we have renamed Mad March, we have lots to do.
WoMad is a festival of world music held in the beautiful Botanical Gardens. It is a wonderful family friendly event. We also have the Fringe Festival with the “The Garden Of Unearthly Delights..” Sounds crazy but it is amazing for all ages. Kids can watch performers from around the world playing music or performing circus acts not to mention the food!!! It really is a must.
Hint 4 – One thing we do a lot of in summer is go to the cricket. The Adelaide Oval is amazing and if you have kids that like sport then going to an Adelaide Strikers game has to be on the list! It is a wonderful family friendly event with fireworks, free face painting and great food. Even if your not a cricket fan you can’t help but get into it.
Hint 5 – My last favourite place to go (and this is my favourite secret place) is a wonderful cafe called Velo Precinct. It’s part of the Victorian Racecourse Grandstand (heritage listed) that looks out onto a bike riding track surrounded by parklands. Within the grandstand is one of the greatest cafes that has a very impressive wine list and menu to match. The kids food and drinks are fresh, healthy and all homemade. While you enjoy your lunch outside under the shade of the grandstand your kids can ride laps around the racetrack or play on the acres of green lawn right in front of you. It is the best place to give little ones the confidence to ride a bike and see some professional riders too.
Overall, Adelaide is a great family friendly place. It is very easy to get around, with the Adelaide Hills just a 15 min drive away and the beaches within 10 min from the city. I would recommend staying in the city or beach and hiring a car to explore.
I haven’t even mentioned the Central Markets, little hidden cafe, awesome playgrounds everywhere as Adelaide is surrounded by parkland…. I could keep going and going …….