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18 Adventures for Spring 2018

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Put away the jumpers and scarfs and get your hats and sunscreen. It is time to defrost from Winter because Spring has sprung for 2018  & we get to fall in love with our beautiful city all over again with a change of season.

Winter hibernation is in the past and its time to reignite your love affair for the city with our 18 suggestions for Spring time in 2018 with your family.

Dance in the purple rain

You know it is Spring when South Australia is bathed in deep purple all thanks to jacarandas when they come into bloom. A beautiful sea and flower trail of the colour purple is on the ground .. so if you want your purple rain fix head to North Adelaide as a key jacaranda hot spot as well as the inner-city suburbs of Dulwich, Burnside, Mitcham, Unley and Toorak Gardens. To have the best picture perfect moment check out the best picture perfect moment – check out the Adelaide Botanic Garden’s breathtaking Wisteria Arbour attracts visitors from far and wide.

 

Weekend markets

The sun sometimes beats us to our alarm so take the opportunity and rise and shine, grab the shopping bags and pick your favourite (or explore a new favourite) market in Adelaide. Markets are so much fun to add into your weekly shop and eat your way through by sampling the delicious treats especially with the South Australian produce we have in our great state.

In the Adelaide CBD; you can’t beat the Adelaide Central Markets for a journey of culinary delights with over 80 stalls, live cooking demonstrations, tours and great eateries to complete your market experience.

Just on the city fringe is the Adelaide Showground Farmer’s Market at the Adelaide Showgrounds which is always popular among families. There are plenty of activities to keep the kids busy including cooking classes, art tables and face painting. It is open every Sunday, 9am-1pm.

Fancy a Spring drive – then Stirling Laneway Markets are always a good choice and be sure to check out the city fringe markets Plant 4 Bowden. The inner Plant Floor fills up with local stallholders each with something delicious and inventive to offer, our in-house eateries are open and our spacious interior spills out onto the Bowden Park where there’s plenty of seating to enjoy some of the tastiest food around in a spot of sun.

To find a market in your area….or even better a new market you’ve never been to – click here

Exploring River Torrens and Linear Park

Soak in the Spring air with a bicycle, scooter, roller skates or walk along the River Torrens. A lovely day to discover nature in your own backyard, some resident animals and maybe a cool playground to stop at on your adventure walk or pump up your tyres. Start beach side or city side  the choice is yours!

Playgrounds

Adelaide has seen new playgrounds pop up just in time for Spring and sunshine play. If you want South – check out Hendrie Street Reserve. Opened in late winter this year this is a must for a visit. Built on a beautiful tree-lined reserve, the playground features a wheelchair accessible carousel, swings, slides, a nature play creek, play tables, an accessible cubby house and water play areas – most of which are accessible to wheelchairs. Families will love coming to the playground which also features BBQs and picnic shelters. The site is fully fenced and protected by shade sails. For West Siders be sure to check out the upgraded Roy Marten Playground with a HUGE slide as the great adventure feature. With a $6.4million budget for this overall space there is nothing not to like about this amazing upgrade in Taperoo located right next door to the Fort Largs Police Academy. The great thing about this playground is that it caters for ALL age groups.

For a complete up to date list check out our playground listings 

Tree Climb

We are calling it! The best new adventure to hit out city this Spring! Its not even open yet but it is for nature lovers, thrill seekers, adventure lovers and all in between. Its 16,000 square metres of Tree climbs, zip lines and more! At time of writing this new adventure park opens early October located in the Adelaide Parklands so watch this space for further details! It looks amazing!

Bonython Park

It’s open again after Winter! On the city fringe, Bonython Park is more than just a park… it is an Adventure Land!
This huge parkland is the perfect spot for a family picnic or a bike ride at the SA Police Road Safety Centre. The centre includes realistic looking streets complete with traffic lights, pedestrian crossings and signs designed for children to learn the road rules while they cycle in safety away from traffic.

The kids can also say hello to the SA Police horses, which graze in a fenced off area next to the park and do not forget the resident ducks in the beautiful picture perfect pond … and if you forget your food the café sells bags of duck food!

Get on Two Wheels (or 4 if you still have training wheels)

Adelaide has some great bike paths, tracks and trails for all ages and abilities. Whether it’s an offroad adventure or a more leisurely path ride (with coffee breaks along the way)  CLICK HERE to check out some of our favourites. Just watch out for the swooping magpies at this time of year.

Cobbler Creek Recreation Park Salisbury

Mega Adventure

Nothing beats a Spring view of the beach and fluffy clouds above your head when your on an epic adventure with Adelaide’s own Mega Adventure Park. Choose from Sky Challenges to Mega Bouncing. Get some thrills on, now that the sunshine is out and its becoming warmer.

Mystery Bus Tour

As suggested by Lucy Cornes; founder of  She Shopped  a fun and affordable activity is Mystery Bus or Train Tour. Jump on any Bus or Train and end up really anywhere in Adelaide!  … then  find the right bus to take you home. Have Uber or a taxi number handy in case you get taken too far 😊 BUT think of all the cool places you could find with destination UNKNOWN. A new playground, discover a new beach or a fun new ice cream stop!

A picnic at Carrick Hill

Situated just 15 minutes from Adelaide CBD; Carrick Hill  is a Spring time delight – learn about the history of one of Adelaide’s most prominent estates, enjoy a picnic at Carrick Hill and do not forget to explore the Story Book Trail! Get lost in the beauty of Carrick Hill for an hour or a whole day, there is so much for everyone to enjoy. If you would like more suggestions picnic locations check out our top picnic spots here

In your own Garden

Spring is a time to replenish the garden after the long winter. Seek out your local nursery for inspiration for beautiful spring colours and get the kids involved in creating their own mini garden! A great Spring time project. And if you’re after some inspo why not check out many green thumb workshops at your local Bunnings.

Cruise Ships

Outer Harbor Passenger Terminal will see many cruise ships start to visit our shores commencing in Spring between October 2018 and March 2019. This season will have the Mega cruise liner, Ovation of the Seas, the world’s third largest cruise ship call into Adelaide for the third consecutive season.

There will be a welcome return of the Queen Elizabeth, Golden Princess and Celebrity Solstice – each hosting over 2000 passengers and crew. And the bespoke cruise ship, Viking Sky will be making her debut in the state.

Many families enjoy visiting Outer Harbor when some of the popular cruise ships are arriving and departing. They can certainly be a wonderful sight to see and wave to passengers on their journey. Be sure to check our Whats on section as we frequently update cruise timetables but please be sure to check the Cruise Liner Schedule for live updates.

Plane Watching

With two runways, more than 103,701 aircraft movements a year and a wide range of aircraft types that fly in and out daily, Adelaide Airport is a great location for plane spotting.

1There are various locations around the airport where you can find a parking spot – grab a Mc Donalds treat from nearby Harbour Town and just watch the planes take off and land! One of the best spots is on the side of Tapleys Hill Road near the airport and next to Harbour Town. Alternatively, try the Patawalonga as a viewing sport on the northern end of Adelphi Crescent.

Port Adelaide on a Sunday

On any Sunday head over  to Port Adelaide for a day in the port. Starting with Fisherman’s Wharf and Wild at Hart Markets. Fisherman’s Wharf Market provides a collection of eclectic items from toys, collectables, books & knick knacks while the Wild at Hart Fresh Food Markets will let you collect fresh produce for a week of yummy meals. Connected by a path along the water is  Harts Mill Playground.

If your Sunday still needs some adventure check out the Museums in the Port! Port Adelaide is affectionately known as the museum capital of Australia. Explore the wonderful world of ships, trains and planes. Details can be found on here for all Museums

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Camping

The weather is warmer and we even have a long weekend in Spring! There is no better way to enjoy the spring air then getting back to nature and reconnecting as a family. Disconnect the devices and pack the essentials for a adventure camoing trip. You do not even have to go far ! Check out our top camping sites less than two hours from Adelaide. From rivers to lakes and beaches – we have you covered!

Road Trips

Destination Unknown. I remember when I was a kid, we would pack up the car and drive into the Adelaide Hills with no destination in mind. Every time we got to an intersection we’d take turns in saying left, right or straight and we’d just see where we’d end up. I remember ending up at Lady Bay once and Strathalbyn another time – it was fun…If destination unknown isn’t your cup of tea, here are a few of our favourite day trips from Adelaide that will get you home before bedtime… click here for more

Oz Asia Festival

A spectacular Spring festival to entertain the whole family. OzAsia will be presenting some of Asia’s finest performances plus its own Moon Lantern Festival, Outdoor Concert Series, Lucky Dumpling Markets, Music and more.

and last but not least, if it’s October School Holiday ideas you’re after check out our comprehensive list of all the best programs, activities and events to keep your kids busy and happy. A lot of them are low cost and some are even FREE!

 

Adelaide School Holidays October 2018

 

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Jenn

Jenn is a Mum of two boys and a wife of one boy. She has one of the best engagement stories ever. Ask her about it one day.

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