Things to do in Adelaide for the budget backpacker

Some of our favourite things to do in creative, small town Adelaide were super cheap – or even free!

Here’s a few of the best!

Creative events

Time your visit with one of the many creative events that take place in this city.

We arrived just in time for Fringe and parks and bars were transformed for stand up shows.

As we were leaving a food festival was opening up in the city… perfect for the foodies!


Because every day should begin with food and coffee!

Brunch in Prospect, just north of the city. It has some cool street art and a funky vibe to it.

Botanical Gardens

There’s a giant waterlily pavilion and the Museum of Economic Botany – all free!

River Torrens

Another green space to enjoy in the sunshine. Stroll along the river near the Adelaide Festival Centre.

Beach suburbs 

The free tram runs from the city to Glenelg. It’s a pretty popular beachfront town with bars, cafes, fish and chippies and gyros… plus an epic sunset!

Semaphore to Brighton 

Even more beaches worth exploring. South of the city Brighton and Christie’s Beach make for popular school holiday getaways and you can find a really chilled vibe with just caravan parks and SUP boards to hire.

Closer to the city Semaphore and Largs have coffee shops and limited grocery stores. Take a sand bucket and spade to Semaphore beach and collect some little – the Copenhagen Ice-cream shop will exchange a full bucket for a coffee or an ice cream!

Windy Point look out

This is an epic vantage point in the hills near Belair. Head up for sunset and look back on the entire city and coastline.

Rundle Mall & Ebenezer night market

The main shopping area of Adelaide, Rundle Mall, is busy any day but head to the city in the summer and enjoy the tummy rumbling smells and tempting craft goods at the night market.

The entire east end of the street was shut for the final Ebenezer market of the season. Restaurant tables and chairs flooded out onto the street to meet demand.

China town

A great place for cheap eats and asian cuisine. Adelaide’s China town is smaller than that of Melbourne’s but equally as busy on the weekends.

Central market

Another great space for a cheap meal – or you can stock up on even more appealing priced fruit, veg, cheese, homemade breads, cakes, fresh meat…

Established in 1869, it has been a thriving hub of food and culture for over 149 years, and it hasn’t lost its appeal in that time!


Known for its original German-style architecture and artisanal food this little village in the Adelaide hills is quite a tourist trap but pretty none the less.

Named after the Dane captain ‘Hahn’ who brought a group of German settlers over, today there’s a cheese shop, hat and leather store, sweet shop, many sausage and beer stops and even waitresses dressed up in dirndl.

“Hahndorf is a ‘ye olde worlde’ colonial enclave that trades ruthlessly on its history: it’s something of a kitsch parody of itself.”

Lonely Planet

Wine Tasting 

With the Barossa Valley on your doorstep a day trip to some cellar doors shouldn’t be missed… just make sure you aren’t the driver!

Community projects

Find a shop local community event. Plant 4 in Bowden is a great example and perfect way to spend your Wednesday evening.

Local people come together to cook local produce, sell locally brewed beer and sell quirky products.

If you’re looking for a a few nights away during your Adelaide visit, why not journey to Kangaroo Island.

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