Things to do in South Australia

//Things to do in South Australia
Things to do in South Australia 2018-07-04T18:04:45+00:00

In addition to the Social Program brought to you by GPTEC 2018, there are some extracurricular activities that delegates may be interested in whilst visiting South Australia.

Bookings are to be made via the links below to secure your spots.



Enjoy some free guided tours and talks around the Art Gallery of South Australia which is a 5-minute drive or 14-minute walk from the Adelaide Convention Centre. The Art Gallery is home to one of South Australia’s great art collections, housed in one of Adelaide’s most beautiful buildings.

The South Australian Museum is one of the most visited museums in Australia and holds collections of national and international significance. It is a leader in remote and regional community engagement, and in Australian Aboriginal heritage and scientific research.

The State Library of South Australia is home to the South Australian collection, documenting the history of the state from pre-European settlement to present day. The impressive French Renaissance-style Mortlock Wing feature multiple galleries, lavish masonry columns, balconies ornamented with gold and a glass-domed roof flooding the wing with natural light. Free tours run Monday to Friday at 11:00am and 2:00pm.


The North Adelaide Golf Course is a short 5-minute drive or a 20-minute walk from the Adelaide Convention Centre. Casual bookings are welcome and delegates are able to enjoy spectacular views of the City of Adelaide whilst teeing off.

Prestigious golf courses such as Royal AdelaideKooyongaGrange and Glenelg are dotted along the coastline and all within 20 minutes drive from Adelaide. All are featured in Australia’s Top 100 Golf Courses.


30-minutes from the Adelaide Convention Centre is the Morialta Conservation Park. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre and enjoy the rugged ridges, gully scenery and seasonal waterfalls. There are eight main trails ranging from easy to hard for delegates to enjoy.

Take a stroll around the Riverbank Precinct, explore the network of active spaces and recreational, cultural, sporting and academic destinations.

Visit the home of the pandas at Adelaide Zoo. Take a look around the enclosures or add on some animal encounters to get closer to the beautiful creatures.


Beyond Bouldering is open to climbers of all levels, offering 4.5 metre high Walltopia bouldering walls. It is the largest indoor bouldering facility in South Australia.

Soar to new heights with the Adelaide Oval Roof Climb. With a wide range of climb possibilities, an unforgettable experience awaits – twilight views, sparkling city lights or blue sky in every direction. Enjoy it with friends or treat someone special.

If that is not enough, how about a dive under water with the sharks? Head to Port Lincoln, the only place you can cage dive with Great White Sharks in Australia. This once-in-a-lifetime experience of viewing Great White Sharks in their natural habitat will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime!


Kangaroo Island is a pristine wilderness – a place that has offered protection to substantial populations of native Australian animals, a place of beauty and a place of escape. Kangaroo Island (or ‘KI’ as the locals call it) is also big and surprisingly diverse. You will find soaring cliffs, dense bushland, towering sand dunes, wetlands and massive arcs of bone white beach. A BIG Island – as the third largest island off the coast of mainland Australia, Kangaroo Island is more than a day-trip destination.

Be sure to also check out the top 10 Aboriginal landmarks and experiences in South Australia.


Go for a walk around the Adelaide Central Market. With over 70 traders under one roof, the Adelaide Central Market is one of the largest undercover market in the Southern Hemisphere, buzzing with life and colour all year round. Food Tours Australia are designed by one of the states noted food experts, Mark Gleeson. Gleeson’s knowledge of South Australia’s finest produce market is second to none.

Sprout Cooking School has cooking classes for people of all ages. A class at Sprout means cooking delicious recipes from start to finish, learning valuable skills, new techniques, and importantly, adding healthy dishes to your repertoire.

Take a free tour around the Haigh’s Chocolate Factory – Australia’s oldest family-owned chocolate maker. Haigh’s are at the forefront of sustainable chocolate production with a program that spans cocoa-growing countries from Ghana to Peru. Tours operate Monday and Saturday between 9:00am and 2:30pm, Tuesday to Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm.


Adelaide is bursting with culture, flavours and entertainment. A one-stop destination for world class wine, unbeatable gourmet produce, world class sporting events and a thriving restaurant and bar scene. From the hills to the city, from brilliant wine country to the picture-perfect beaches, there is so much to see and do. Adelaide has recently been recognised as one of the 9 Great Wine Capitals of the World. Adelaide’s very own West End was named in Lonely Planet’s top three “coolest neighbourhoods” in Australia. The Adelaide Convention Centre is located in the West End but you will also find the new Royal Adelaide Hospital and Medical School, the SAHMRI, Adelaide’s oldest church, and streets filled with amazing restaurants, small bars, and secret hideaways!


South Australia has 18 distinct wine regions with over 200 cellar doors within an hour’s drive of the capital city of Adelaide. While South Australia is most famed for its shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and riesling, there are many amazing wines to discover and taste while you are here. Try a cool-climate syrah, pinot noir or chardonnay from the Adelaide Hills, or enjoy glass of grenache from McLaren Vale. You won’t be disappointed!

Adelaide is also home to the National Wine Centre, the largest open cellar in the Southern Hemisphere! If you have the time this is worth a visit.

The Adelaide Hills: The Adelaide Hills wine region has more than 40 cellar doors and specialises in cool climate varieties. The Adelaide Hills are also well known it’s for apples, cherries, strawberries, cheeses and German-style bakeries and small goods.

The Barossa: The Barossa has wine making history dating back to 1842. It is home to more than 150 wineries, 80 cellar doors and vast array of cultural and architectural history. It is located just over an hour north of the city.

McLaren Vale: Located on the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula, McLaren Vale is a short 40min drive from the CBD. The Fleurieu also includes the wine regions of Langhorne Creek, Currency Creek and Southern Fleurieu and boasts more than 90 cellar doors.

Clare Valley: While it may be a little further north, the Clare Valley is definitely worth a visit. The heart of Australian Riesling has more than 40 cellar doors with the wineries all sitting along a narrow 40km corridor between the townships of Auburn and Clare. If you have the time, a bike trail called the Riesling Trail is a great way to experience the best of what the Clare Valley has to offer.

Coonawarra: Located on the beautiful Limestone Coast, the Coonawarra wine region was founded in 1981. A 12km strip of precious terra rossa soil is the jewel in the region’s wine making crown, with the area being well regarded as one of Australia’s best producers of cabernet sauvignon. This area has more than 40 cellar doors to choose from.



Need more inspiration? Check out Bookmundi’s guide to the best places to visit in South Australia.