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See Adelaide from a new angle

Life can look very different depending where you’re standing. Here’s a few family-friendly activities that could have you seeing Adelaide in a whole new light this summer!

From the water

Adelaide’s iconic Popeye boats depart daily through summer from Elder Park, taking guests on a 40 – 50 minute round-trip, fact-filled cruise along the River Torrens. Visit for timetable and prices.

The Popeye
A must for locals and visitors alike – a trip on The Popeye!

For a special family event (up to six people), spend two hours on the water soaking up city views from the breezy comfort of a BBQ Buoy. The Family Ahoi package gets you an icy esky, drinks, Bluetooth speakers, cutlery, plates and BBQ grill or table! Prices and bookings at

BBQ Buoy
Feast on the water with BBQ Buoys

From up high

Thrill-seekers of all ages have been heading to the corner of Greenhill and Unley Roads to experience TreeClimb Adelaide – an aerial adventure park, with zip lines, in Blue Gum Park / Kurangga (Park 20). Swing, leap, climb and fly through seven elevated treetop courses – learning a little about the biodiversity of the Adelaide Park Lands along the way thanks to signs created with the City of Adelaide’s Sustainability Team highlighting some of the local flora and fauna. Going up comes down to height, not age, so visit for pricing and entry conditions.

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Courses for all abilities | Image: Adelaide TreeClimb

For free family fun with views, cross Unley Road to Oxbow Playspace in nearby Pelzer Park / Pityarilla (Park 19) and scramble up the large wooden climbing frame with rope net.

An Adelaide Oval RoofClimb is a very spectacular way to see the city. An option for kids 12 years and up (plus height and weight restrictions), it’s a sky-high journey along the Western Stand roofline. Visit for pricing and availability.

From your bike

Get some air! Blue Gum Park / Kurangga (Park 20) has four BMX Tracks, including a Pump Track.

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Getting some air | Image: Jono Coy

The gently rolling Beginner Track attracts toddlers on balance bikes and trikes. The Intermediate Track is for riders able to roll over or jump the high ‘lips’. The Advanced Track, maintained by volunteers, is for experienced riders (remove the tarps first and water the jumps before and during riding). Visit for track info.

BMX Track at Blue Gum Park / Kurangga (Park 20)
Fun on the BMX Tracks at Blue Gum Park / Kurangga (Park 20)

Riders must wear helmets plus suitable safety and protective wear. For more city cycling ideas, click here.

From down below

Explore Adelaide’s subterranean secrets by booking an Old Treasury & Tunnels Tour.

From floods to historic reforms, Adelaide’s Old Treasury (built in 1839 on the corner of Flinders and King William Streets, and now the Adina Apartment Hotel), has seen plenty of action. Sunday tours take you to underground passages where gold from Victoria was stored to be smelted into Australia’s first gold coin, the Adelaide Pound.

2019 tours, run by the National Trust of South Australia, start 20 January. Visit for pricing and availability. Bookings essential.

Click here to discover other family-friendly events and activities happening in the city this summer.


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