Christmas adventures in any weather


Posted on 17 Oct 2019

Keep everyone entertained in any weather this Christmas. As the mercury creeps up (or rather the digits rise), take your rellies, friends or kiddos out to a city oasis. These spots to escape the heat might just be enough to distract aunt Peggy from starting a debate with cousin Jamie.

For the young and young at heart

Be a daredevil on the treetops

Treeclimb, South Park Lands on the corner of Greenhill road and Unley Road
$29 to $39
Ideal place to catch a cool breeze from a great height


Be like a bird and and soar between the gums at Treeclimb. At this aerial adventure park, you put on a harness and helmet and navigate some of the seven courses and 70 obstacles. There are options designed specifically for kids and others for full grown thrill seekers. It’s an exceptional experience and unique way to pass a few hours in nature.

Slide and swing at playspaces

10 playspaces in the Adelaide Park Lands
Ideal way to give everyone space and entertainment

The traditional slide is only the start at the city playspaces, expect giant hamster wheels, trampolines and water works. There are opportunities for all ages and abilities to have fun and be challenged. If some of your party are a little beyond the playspace age, sports courts and BBQs are often located right alongside.

For family from here or there

Boggle the mind at the museum

South Australian Museum, North Terrace, Adelaide
Free, Fee for some experiences
Ideal for an escape to an airconditioned sanctuary

Wander beneath the immense dinosaur skeletons, see bees at work or be immersed in the unique cultural collections of the museum. The experiences throughout the building are hands-on and the information is presented in a way that will captivate both young and old.

Greet the growers at the market

Adelaide Central Market, Gouger Street, Adelaide
Ideal for lunch solution to avoid a hot oven


It’s not an exaggeration when you hear that the Adelaide Central Market is world-class. The quality of the produce, the variety of stalls and the local vibe is an authentic snapshot of life in Adelaide. Plan to pick up ingredients for a picnic or indulge in an endless list of treats and tastings from the traders.

Win tickets to Carols by Candlelight

To get you in the festive spirit, we're giving two lucky winners 4 'Silver Lawn' passes to this year's Torrens Transit Carols by Candlelight! Bring your picnic rug and enjoy the show in your prime spot at the front of stage for the concert.

Please refer to the competition Terms & Conditions for more details.

To enter, simply sign up to Adelaide's What's On by filling out your details below.

Carols by candlelight
photo-icon Carols by Candlelight

For friends and other halves

See cinema under the stars

Moonlight Cinema, Botanic Park, Adelaide
Ideal green oasis after a hot day

Snuggle up and switch off at the Moonlight Cinema in the beautiful Botanic Park. The films on show range from cult classics to new releases. Picnics and pooches are encouraged but even if you come empty handed there is a well-stocked “candy bar” and cushions for hire. If you’re lucky you may even spot some fireflies and flying foxes flying overhead during the film!

Have a shot on the green

North Adelaide Golf Course, Strangways Terrace, North Adelaide
From $13.50
Ideal place for a few bevvies on a hot day


Sending a ball sailing through the air can be highly therapeutic. No golfing experience or equipment is necessary when it comes to the North Adelaide Gold Course. The staff will get you set up with all the gear to play a round or two – it’s up to you whether that includes a bucket of beers.

For riding solo

Escape to a secluded spot

Adelaide Himeji Garden, corner of South Terrace and Glen Osmond Road

Free
Ideal shady spot to escape the hustle and bustle

After a few turns around this beloved Japanese Garden, you’ll start to notice the incredible attention to detail that was taken in its planning. The beautiful ripples in the pond are repeated in the rock patterns of the “sea of sand”. If you’re lucky you may spot a duckling or turtle paddling about or taking a rest at the base of the garden's mini mountain.

Wander on wheels

Cycling trails through the Adelaide Park Lands

Ideal way to feel the breeze and cool by a few degrees

There are 760 hectares of Park Lands wrapping around Adelaide – exploring absolutely everything would take you well over a week so hop on a bike to speed up the process. Cycling trails crisscross the parks and lead you to art, cafes and animals.