Indoor activities

Indoor activities

Numerous social activities are available for accompanying persons, including: 

University of Adelaide

Address: North Terrace, Adelaide
Tours, museums and collections: telephone 8313 3086 or 

South Australian Museum

Address: North Terrace, Adelaide
Enquiries: telephone 8207 7500
Admission: General admission is free. Charges apply for some exhibitions.
Free guided tours of the Museum run daily at 11:00 am weekdays. On weekends and public holidays they take place at 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Meet your guide in main entrance foyer.
The Museum is open every day, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, including weekends and public holidays. The Museum shop is open every day, 10:00 am to 4:45 pm.
The Museum’s Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery is regarded as the preeminent indigenous gallery in Australia, while the Pacific Cultures Gallery is world renowned and of course, don’t miss the Ediacaran, Megafauna and Opal Fossil Galleries on Level 3, connected by the Mawson Gallery.
The Museum Café is a relaxed and welcoming spot for grabbing a quick bite to eat or a coffee during your museum visit. To make a reservation, please telephone 8207 7332.
If you are cycling to the museum, there are bike racks on either side of the building: in the laneway shared with the Art Gallery, and near the entrance to the State Library.

Art Gallery of South Australia

North Terrace, Adelaide
Founded in 1881, the Art Gallery of South Australia is home to one of Australia's great art collections, housed in one of Adelaide's most beautiful buildings. Located in the heart of Adelaide's cultural boulevard, North Terrace, between the South Australian Museum and University of Adelaide, the Art Gallery welcomed more than 700,000 visitors last year.
Opening hours: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Admission: General admission is free. Charges apply for some exhibitions.
Guided tours of the collection depart daily at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm from the North Terrace main entrance. Cost: free.
Free Lunchtime and Weekender Talks daily at 12:30 pm.
The Art Gallery's outstanding collection of 38,000 works of art comprises Australian, European, North American and Asian works including paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, textiles, furniture, ceramics, metalwork and jewellery. The gallery also houses a comprehensive collection of Australian art from the time of European settlement in the early nineteenth century to the present day, including one of the most important collections of indigenous art.
The European collection spans the Renaissance to today, and the Asian collection covers twelve countries with galleries dedicated to the art of Southeast Asia, India, Japan and the only dedicated Islamic gallery space in Australia.
Explore the Art Gallery with its Mobile Web App on your smartphone or hire an iPod for free from the Information Desk.
Art Gallery Food + Wine is open daily, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Make a booking by telephoning 8232 4366.
The gallery shop is open daily, 10:00 am to 4:45 pm.
For enquiries, telephone 8207 7029.

State Library of South Australia

North Terrace, Adelaide
The first cultural footprint of the new colony, in 1836.
Enquiries: telephone 8207 7250

Marvel at the magnificent Victorian-era Mortlock Wing - voted one of the top 20 most beautiful libraries in the world. Browse a range of special exhibitions throughout the three State Library buildings. Hear stories of people, places and events that have helped shape South Australia.
Free tours 11:00 am and 2:00 pm most weekdays (except public holidays).
Please telephone 8207 7215 on the day to confirm tour availability. Examples of tours:
· The good, the bad and the barely believable.
· Crime in the colony - tales of law and disorder in the Australian ‘convict-free’ state.
· No place for the fainthearted, with gritty tales of law and disorder in colonial times. Hear stories about the dark underbelly of early South Australia, from bushrangers and hangings to the hulk with echoes of Dickensian times moored off Largs Bay. Discover colourful characters and enjoy a good dash of black humour.

Art galleries

We suggest that you check individual websites to gauge exhibition programmes and whether venue is open during your visit.

· The Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art
Address: Hawke Building, City West campus, University of South Australia
                  55 North Terrace, Adelaide (corner Fenn Place and North Terrace)
Telephone: 8302 0870
Opening hours: Tue, Wed, Fri, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
                              Thu, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
                      Sat, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Free admission, all welcome. 

· Flinders University Art Museum and City Gallery
Address: Ground Floor, State Library of South Australia, North Terrace, Adelaide
Telephone: 8207 7055
Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
                             Saturday-Sunday, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
                            (Closed on public holidays).

· Royal South Australian Society of Arts Inc
Address: Institute Building, State Library of South Australia, corner North Terrace and Kintore Avenue, Adelaide
Telephone: 8232 0450
Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 10:30 am to 4:30 pm
                             Saturday-Sunday, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
                             (Closed on public holidays).

· Hill Smith Gallery
Address: 113 Pirie Street, Adelaide
Telephone: 8223 6558
 Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
                              Saturday, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
 This gallery will feature 2-3 exhibitions during the conference period.

· Jam Factory
Address: 19 Morphett Street, Adelaide
Telephone:  8410 0727
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
                             (Closed Sunday and public holidays)
The Jam Factory supports and promotes outstanding design and craftsmanship through its widely acclaimed studios, galleries and shops. A unique not-for-profit organisation located in the Adelaide city centre and at Seppeltsfield in the Barossa Valley, Jam Factory is recognised internationally as an artistic centre for excellence. For over 40 years Jam Factory has been presenting outstanding exhibitions and public programs and nurturing the careers of talented artists, craftspeople and designers. Take a guided tour for a behind-the-scenes look at the studios, galleries and shops. Group tours are available for six or more people and can be booked Monday to Wednesday. Bookings are essential and should be made at least one week beforehand: A$5 per adult.

Migration Museum

Address: 82 Kintore Avenue (off North Terrace at War Memorial corner), Adelaide
Telephone: 8207 7580
Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
                             Weekends and public holidays, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Free admission.

Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute

Address: 253 Grenfell Street, Adelaide
Telephone: 8224 3200
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Tandanya is the Kaurna (pronounced Garna) name for ‘place of the red kangaroo’.

Haigh’s Chocolates

Address: 154 Greenhill Road, Parkside (catch a 190 bus from King William Street and ask to get off at first stop on Unley Road (corner of Greenhill Road); walk east on Greenhill Road toward the Hills for 2-3 minutes.
Telephone: 8372 7070 for tour times and bookings.
Founded by the Haigh family 100 years ago. Enjoy a free 20-minute guided viewing of the factory in full production of this truly iconic Adelaide chocolate. You simply must try their scorched almonds! 

National Wine Centre
Address: corner Botanic and Hackney Roads, Adelaide
Telephone: 8313 3355
Situated on the edge of Adelaide's stunning Botanic Gardens, the centre combines eye-catching architecture and smooth functionality to create an exciting tourism attraction that showcases the Australian wine industry. The complex features outdoor terrace areas with views of the centre's courtyard and Botanic Gardens. Guests can taste fine Australian wines, or enjoy a meal from the seasonal à la carte menu in the ground floor Cellar Door - perfect to accommodate everyone from the complete novice to the wine connoisseur!

The centre's Wined Bar boasts Australia's largest tasting room experience with visitors able to sample 120 different wines thanks to the installation of state-of-the-art Enomatic wine preservation and dispensing machines. The Wined Bar is part of the centre's Cellar Door where you can choose, pour and taste every wine, from Penfolds' Grange to boutique wine labels. With all the best cellar doors in the one place, visitors are able to find the perfect wine to suit their taste and budget. Friendly, educated staff are on hand to help you discover the perfect drop.
The Wined Bar extends out to an intimate courtyard with free WiFi available.
The Wine Discovery Journey is a state-of-the-art, award-winning interactive wine experience. Recently awarded the Best Tourism Initiative 2013, the exhibition is where visitors come to understand the role wine has played in history, recognise the position of Australian wine in today's international market and appreciate the relationship between food and wine.
The open cellar is one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, with the capacity to store up to 38,000 bottles at any one time. Approximately 12,000 bottles of Australian wine are cellared year round. All wines are used in function packages, consumed in the Cellar Door and sold to visitors.
The centre's Cellar Door offers a seasonal menu featuring the finest fresh produce, sourced primarily from South Australia. The tapas-style menu, crafted by Wined Bar chef Judyta Slupnicki, is ideal for sharing over a glass of wine, and is available from 12 noon until 7:00 pm. Weekend breakfast is served from 9:00 am to 12 noon. For breakfast, lunch or dinner bookings please telephone Wined Bar on 08 8313 7454.

Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
                              Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Tour and tastings: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.


Palace Nova Eastend Cinema
Address: 250-251 Rundle Street East
Telephone: 8232 3434
Located close to preferred hotel providers Crowne Plaza and Ibis, the complex offers both mainstream and ‘art house’ programming.
Cinemas 1-7 are located in the Palace complex (designated P in scheduling) in Cinema Place, opposite the Palace Nova. Cinemas 8-10 are at the Palace Nova, 251 Rundle Street (designated N in scheduling). 

Wallis Piccadilly
Address: 181 O’Connell St, North Adelaide
Telephone: 8267 1500
This cinema is a short bus or taxi ride north of the Adelaide CBD, in a busy café and restaurant precinct.
Adelaide also offers several cinema chain choices; these are located in the suburbs. Traditionally, Tuesdays offer discount ticketing.


You will never be far from a cup of coffee in Adelaide! Corner cafés, pop ups, laneways, arcades… a wide choice from known brands to artisanal and fair trade roasting.

Outdoor activities

Outdoor activities

Botanic Gardens

Address: North Terrace (eastern end), Adelaide
Free admission
Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 7:15 am to 5:00 pm
                              Weekends, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Free guided walks daily at 10:30 am departing from Visitor Information Centre in Schomburgk Pavilion.
Free self-guided audio tours are also available on your iPhone or Android phone. For more information or to download the MyParx App visit the MyParx website.
Marvel at the wonders in diverse garden settings including the Wollemi pine which dates back to the time of the dinosaurs, the mysterious

Amazonica waterlily which flowers only at night, and Australia’s oldest avenue of Moreton Bay fig trees. Explore historic buildings including three striking glasshouses: the Palm HouseBicentennial Conservatory and Amazon Waterlily Pavilion.

Discover the Santos Museum of Economic Botany (open Wed-Sun, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm), the last of its kind in the world, to understand why plants are so important to our lives and to be immersed in amazing touring exhibitions.

Adelaide Zoo

Address: Frome Road, Adelaide
Telephone: 8267 3255
Australia’s second-oldest zoo with over 2,500 exotic and native animals in eight hectares of beautiful botanic surrounds.
Opening hours: daily 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.

Selected areas:
Panda exhibit: 9:45 am to 4:45 pm
Zoo shop: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Panda Shop: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm (weekends and school holidays: 4:00 pm close)
Reptile House: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm (weekends and public holidays: 4:45 pm close)
Nocturnal House: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm (weekends and public holidays: 4:45 pm close)
Walk-through aviaries: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (weekends and public holidays: 4:45 pm close)
Westpac Envirodome: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm (weekends and public holidays: 4:45 pm close).

Central Market

Address: 44-60 Gouger Street, Adelaide
Opening hours:     Sunday-Monday closed
                                 Tuesday,  7:00 am to 5:00 pm
                                 Wednesday,  9:00 am to 5:30 pm
                                 Thursday,  9:00 am to 5:30 pm
                                 Friday,  7:00 am to 9:00 pm
                                 Saturday,  7:00 am to 3:00 pm

Established in 1869, the Adelaide Central Market has been a thriving hub of food and culture for over 145 years. With over 80 traders under one roof, the Adelaide Central Market is the largest under-cover market in the Southern Hemisphere, buzzing with life and offering a huge range of fresh food including fruit and vegetables, meat, poultry, seafood, cheeses, bakery, smallgoods and health foods, together with some of Adelaide’s most popular cafés and eateries. With over 8.5 million visitors every year, the Adelaide Central Market remains the food mecca for multicultural cuisine and fresh produce.

CBD shopping

Rundle Mall is the main CBD shopping precinct.
Most stores open Monday-Thursday and Saturday, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm; Friday, 9:30 am to 9:00 pm; and Sunday, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.
You will find both Woolworths and Coles supermarkets located in Rundle Mall.


Glenelg is one of Adelaide’s premium beachside holiday destinations and a popular tourist attraction – although obviously summer oriented!  Catch the iconic Glenelg tram from stops along King William Street (eg at western end of Rundle Mall) for the 20 minute trip through the Adelaide suburbs.
Glenelg offers great coastal views and if the weather is conducive, a walk/cycle path, shops and the Holdfast Bay History Centre (on Moseley Square where the tram stops), as well as award-winning dining venues.
Glenelg is the site of an old gum tree which was where, in 1836, Governor Hindmarsh proclaimed the colony of South Australia in front of some 200 settlers.
Glenelg Jetty (The Pier): the 381 m jetty was built in 1859.
The Pier Hotel (now the Stamford Grand, Moseley Square) was the first building constructed, in 1856.
The Pioneer Memorial (at end of Moseley Square) was erected in 1936 to recogniise four significant colonists who came out here, the names of whom were placed at the bottom of the monument.
The HMS Buffalo is located in Wiggly Reserve (a 5 minute walk from Moseley Square) and is a replica of the ship that sailed from England in 1836, with the first Governor (Hindmarsh).
If you would like to find out more about the history of Glenelg please drop in to these:

Discovery Centre
Glenelg Town Hall, Moseley Square, Glenelg
Telephone: 8294 5833

Holdfast Bay History Centre
Telephone: 8229 9916
Opening hours: Monday, 9:30 am to 12 noon
                            Tuesday, 8:30 am to 7:00 pm
                            Wednesday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
                            Thursday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
                            Friday, 9:30 am to 12 noon

Haigh’s Chocolates

Address: 154 Greenhill Road, Parkside (catch a 190 bus from King William Street and ask to get off at first stop on Unley Road (corner of Greenhill Road); walk east on Greenhill Road toward the Hills for 2-3 minutes.
Telephone: 8372 7070 for tour times and bookings.
Founded by the Haigh family 100 years ago. Enjoy a free 20-minute guided viewing of the factory in full production of this truly iconic Adelaide chocolate. You simply must try their scorched almonds!


Adelaide Free Bikes is a joint initiative between the Adelaide City Council and Bike SA, and has been operating since 2005. It is free bike hire scheme, available every day. Visit the website to check out where to collect a bicycle:
As it is a legal requirement to ride with a helmet, you will be provided with one (available in a range of sizes), as well as a bike lock, which means you can hop off your bike to shop or go for lunch confident that your bike will be where you left it when you return.
To hire a free Adelaide Free Bike all you need to bring is a valid driver's licence, passport or Australian proof of age card. Your ID will be held as a deposit for the duration of the hire and will be given back to you when you return your Adelaide Free Bike to the point of hire.
Please note that you must return bikes to the same location from which it was hired.
Student cards, Medicare cards, credit cards, cash or any documents other than the above mentioned valid identification documents are not accepted as a deposit for the bike hire.
Many of the major streets have dedicated bike lanes. There are two bike pumps located in the city to help keep your tyres in good condition. One is centrally located at 25 Pirie Street, the other at the Kurangga Park BMX Track at the corner of Unley and Greenhill roads.

Adelaide Visitor information

Address: 9 James Place (off Rundle Mall opposite Myer Centre), Adelaide.
Staffed by knowledgeable volunteers, you will find a good selection of information material, as well as assistance in booking day tours.
Telephone: 1 300 588 140
Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
                               Saturday-Sunday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Adelaide is a beautiful city, and one of its most incredible features is the quality of bushwalking available on the suburban fringe. It is surrounded by the Mount Lofty Ranges, and much of the hills faces are made up of a series of conservation parks. In these parks, you can find some great scenery, interesting history, a variety of wildlife and some of Adelaide’s best bushwalking trails. 

Book an Adelaide Greeter

Enjoy a free guided, personalised walk in the city. Adelaide Greeters offer orientation walks of the city, tailored to your interests and available in multiple languages. Knowledgeable volunteers will orient you to various attractions, provide travel advice and give you a local’s perspective on what makes Adelaide one of the most liveable, innovative and creative small cities of the world. This service runs for 2-4 hours, is entirely free, and available daily, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
To book, either complete and submit a Request Form via the Adelaide City Council website or via e-mail or telephone.
Telephone: 8203 7203.

Day trips further afield

Wine regions of the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale, the stunning Murray River, wildlife rich Kangaroo Island, the coastal resort of Victor Harbor, or perhaps just an Adelaide city tour.
The following companies offer a choice of itineraries:

Adelaide Sightseeing
South Australia's largest and longest-serving day tour operator, having operated for over 30 years offering a range of tours from the unique charm of Adelaide city, majestic coastline and wildlife of Kangaroo Island to the premium wine regions of the Barossa Valley, there is a range of day tours to suit your interests.
· Adelaide Sightseeing at Adelaide Central Bus Station
85 Franklin Street, Adelaide

· Adelaide Sightseeing at SeaLink Travel Group
440 King William Street, Adelaide
Telephone: 1300 769 762
Fax: 8410 2269

Gray Line Australia
A Melbourne-based, Australian family-owned company offering sightseeing day tours in all major cities and destinations throughout Australia.
Telephone:  8410 8800

Enjoy Adelaide Tours
Mobile:            0412 153 443
Telephone:      8332 1401