Bring the family
Clamber aboard the horse drawn tram at Victor Harbor and travel across the bright blue sea to Granite Island. Whizz down Glenelg’s colourful waterslides at top speed. Pick luscious red strawberries at Beerenberg Farm in the Adelaide Hills.
South Australia has all the ingredients for a delightful family holiday. Take a paddleboat along Adelaide's River Torrens. Feel the wind through your hair and sunshine on your face as you cycle along the Linear Park bike path.
Zoos and wildlife parks
There are wildlife parks and sanctuaries across the state. Cleland National Park, Gorge Wildlife Park and the Hahndorf Farm Barn are found in the Adelaide Hills.
The Adelaide Zoo has a huge variety of animals that the kids will love. You can take a behind the scenes tour, watch animals being fed and venture into the bird aviary.
Monarto Zoo is an open range zoo with many animals from Africa. Press your face up against the glass of the Chimpanzee enclosure and watch as they chatter and play. See the tall and lanky giraffes as they eat leaves from great heights.
Most country towns have playgrounds and family activities. Find more family things to do on the Regions’ pages of the website.
Parks and playgrounds
Discover one of the many great playgrounds that surround the city centre and North Adelaide. Bigger adventure playgrounds are a great treat for children too. Greenhills Adventure Park, Monash Adventure Park and St Kilda Playground provide a fun day out for the whole family.
Hire bicycles from Adelaide City Bikes. There are lots of locations around the city.
Visit Australia's oldest chocolate making company, Haigh’s. It is interesting and delicious! Hungry for more? Melba’s Chocolate Factory in the Adelaide Hills gives you another glimpse at chocolate making. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to try something sweet straight off the production line.
Museums and galleries
Walk along North Terrace and stop at the South Australian Museum. Be dwarfed by huge dinosaur skeletons. Gape at the incredible giant squid. Learn about the courageous Antarctic Explorer, Sir Douglas Mawson and space travel with relics from astronaut Andy Thomas’s space adventures.
The South Australian Museum, Art Gallery of South Australia and Adelaide Festival Centre put on plenty of shows for the little ones. Regular exhibitions and START art workshops will get them creating masterpieces. Something on Saturday performing arts and crafts’ workshops will have them grinning from ear to ear.
In Port Adelaide, you'll find the National Railway Museum and Maritime Museum. It's a fabulous family destination, with sites close together and within walking distance. Keep an eye on the river. You may see a pod of dolphins.
Hit the road
Yorke Peninsula is the perfect spot for a family holiday. With 700 kilometres of coastline there are plenty of great beaches to visit and beach shacks to stay in. The kids will love searching for blue swimmer crabs and exploring Innes National Park.
Kangaroo Island is also great fun for kids. Meet the country's largest colony of sea lions at Seal Bay. See Little Penguins on their nightly procession from the waters around Kingscote and Penneshaw. Sand board down the exhilarating slopes of the “Little Sahara” sand dunes.
Take the family fossicking for opals at Coober Pedy. Hear their shrieks of delight when the kids find one.
Creep into the eerily lit, damp, dark caves at the Naracoorte Caves National Park. Learn about stalagmites that could reach the roof if they tried. See the stalactites hanging on tightly so they don’t fall down!
You’ll be counting down the sleeps for your holiday to begin.
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Things to do
South Australia is great for a family holiday. See penguins at Granite Island, Victor Harbor. Visit Adelaide Zoo and Greenhills Adventure Park.
There are plenty of events in South Australia. Here are some ideas you might like. Visit the Events’ page for all events in South Australia.