Adelaide, Australia

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Adelaide Guide – Spend Less, Do More

Adelaide Skyline by dayAfter you've taken a tram ride to Glenelg, shopped 'til you dropped at Rundle Mall and had fun in the sun at Henley and Semaphore beaches what is there left to do in the South Australian capital city? In short, lots. And you'll be surprised at how inexpensive some of the activities are.

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A visit to South Australia is arguably incomplete without a trip to Barossa to indulge in a tour of one of the many wineries in the major wine-producing region of the state. But while there, take the time to visit the Whispering Wall to make it an extra special experience. Built in the 1800s, it's a mind boggling, sound bouncing feat of modern engineering experience which enables you to be heard from one side of the dam to the other, approximately 140 metres away.

Are you still afraid of crazy clowns? Then this might not be the right place for you. But if you dare, visit the once bustling and now abandoned Puzzle Park which in its prime during the late 1990s attracted over 3000 visitors. You will see rusting giant water slides descending to empty and graffiti covered swimming pools, spider web covered merry go rounds and rotting wooden tables and chairs. Closed down for insurance reasons, the ghost of this once thriving, high risk amusement park is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Meet some of the state locals by visiting Woorabinda scenic nature reserve. While there you can say hello to some of the state's wide variety of natural wildlife which range from koalas to birds, geckos and cane toads. Surround yourself in the wild fauna and flora the reserve has to offer and if you happen to be there on a Wednesday, observe the model yacht race.

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Took a riding tour along the coastline to Henley Beach. With a well laid out path, this cycle route provides a track from which you can watch the birds, skyline and sea. Pack a picnic lunch and Once you reach a convenient starting point, rent a bike at no charge for a fun day out.

Talked Derby! This not for profit Roller Derby experience is as almost as much fun to watch as it is to participate. With various roller derby themed events scheduled throughout the year, check the website to find one that suits. Upcoming event tickets are available here.

Head to the Elephant Walk Café. It's a late night and well-kept secret and is so off the grid that it doesn’t even have a website. In essence a dessert bar, this café in North Adelaide has become quite an institution among locals.

And for just a little bit more

If you feel like mingling with a mob of meerkats or getting up close and personal with Africa's most endangered cat, the cheetah, then Monarto Zoo is the place for you. Prices of the experiences vary, so choose one to suit by booking online.

For creepy late night fun, try the Port Adelaide Ghost Crime Tour or the CBD Ghost Crime Tour. Delve into the haunted and strange happenings that have occurred in some of the most notorious crime districts in Australia.

Yes I spent, but I saved on accommodation. It's called Spaving!

Water activity on adelaide riverConsidering you managed such a great price on your accommodation, you can afford to spend more on your tours and to get extravagant for a memorable holiday experience, Suzie Wong's room in Hindmarsh is a great place to start. With its unique food, swinging live music, the restaurant offers homemade cuisine in an atmosphere which will warm your tummy and heart!

Hire a car and head on a road trip on the Onkaparinga Drive. Starting at the Verdun interchange, you will find gourmet delicatessens to chocolatiers you are sure to find something to please along this charming and scenic route. End your trip with a night's stay at the cozy and relaxing Balhannah Hotel.

Spend Less, Do More

Your Cheaperthanhotels Team


Getting around by car

Adelaide CBD to Melbourne: 7 h 51 min (726.4 km) via National Highway A8

Adelaide CBD to Broken Hill: 5 h 42 min (518.3 km) via A32

Adelaide to Sydney: 14 h 6 min (1,374.6 km) via Sturt Hwy/A20 and M31

Adelaide to Barossa Valley:1 h 8 min (75.7 km) via National Highway A1 and National Highway M20

Adelaide to Victor Harbour:1 h 16 min (83.2 km)via A13 

Adelaide to Port Lincoln: 6 h 54 min (649.1 km) via National Highway A1 and Lincoln Hwy/B100

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