Freelancer and aspiring journalist from Adelaide. Visual Arts graduate & current journalism student. Fashion, lifestyle, entertainment, art & food. I also write for The Adelaidian // theadelaidian.net/author/georgina-tselekidis
Published December 10th 2015
It's the small and simple things in life
We all know that familiar feeling all too well of being broke, particularly come the end of the week or just before pay day. But just because you can't afford a fancy dinner or outing, doesn't mean you can't enjoy a nice day or night out with your loved one.
It's something we can all agree on, that when life gets tough and we have a million bills to catch up on, we tend to get on the miserable side. Life quickly catches up on you between working full time, paying bills and debts or house work. However, I'm always on the hunt for fun and cheap things to do around Adelaide, especially with my partner. We like to set aside a couple nights a month to have fun and spend a bit of money, whilst not going overboard and blowing our entire pay check. Here are a few things I like to do when I'm a bit strapped for cash.
1. Odeon Cinema - 65 Semaphore Rd., Semaphore SA 5019
The Odeon Cinema is a beautiful retro, classic and restored cinema located on Semaphore Road. You'll be taken back in time when visiting this old charm of a building. I actually prefer heading here to see a movie, as it feels more like a romantic date, so to speak. It has a 1940's old world feel, and the tickets are extremely cheap at only $9 every night, at any time, and for all ages. You can see the latest flicks for a low price and in a beautiful setting. The screens are also quite large, as well as the room itself. Make the date even cheaper by bringing in your own snacks. Who wants to pay $5 for a small packet of chips? I know I don't.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!. Who isn't an ice cream lover? This is an extremely cheap, cute and fun date idea. Head out into the city, grab an ice cream or take away dessert and sit in a park and people watch whilst enjoying each others company. This simple idea is most ideal in Summer obviously, and particularly around the beach!. However, these days there are so many ice cream parlours, located around Adelaide's suburbs that you can walk to and then enjoy your ice cream on the walk home! I especially like doing this on warm nights, as I live quite close to Gelato Bello on Glynburn Road!.
We occasionally go to West Lakes, or Port Noarlunga, as well as Wallaroo if you've got petrol to spare. However, even the Henley Beach Jetty and Grange Jetty offers awesome locations to fish! Bring along some snacks and enjoy the warm night and sea breeze. If you don't have a fishing rod, don't waste money buying a brand new top of the range one, you can find a basic fishing rod online, or even at your local op shop.
The Botanic Gardens is undoubtedly one of Adelaide's premier and most well-known gardens showcasing gorgeous flora and fauna to the general public. The native plants create a beautiful environment and set a romantic scene for a stroll and day of exploration.
You can also relax in Botanic Park and have a picnic, which is another budget friendly idea and nice way to spend time with your loved one. If you're in the mood to wander and explore, head to the Santos Museum of Economic Botany, where you can lean about the history of plants and the importance of them in our society today. The building is lovely and historical and dates back to 1881.
5. Coffee and Cake.
My partner and I do this quite often. We'll just head out for a coffee and cake, nothing fancy. Sometimes to a local bakery or we'll take a stroll around the neighborhood and settle for something easy. It's a great way to spend quality time with someone whilst engaging in conversation. It's actually sad these days that many people, including couples don't really talk. Either people are too occupied with Facebook or Social Media in general, or when going to a movie it's not as easy to just talk and have a genuine conversation. We enjoy doing this on a Friday night so we can recap on our week, have a chat and enjoy the time spent with one another. How can anyone resist cake anyhow?
I know you may be thinking, what the?. But believe me this is a super fun way to get out of the house and do something with your partner! Several times we have visited extravagant houses just for the fun of it. On the weekends you can find several open inspections around Adelaide, usually in the afternoon. If not, head on over to a display home village, where you can look through various display homes that give you an idea of what you can build. These are awesome because they are generally open several days a week. Mount Barker has a great Bluestone village that showcases some pretty amazing designs, and is open from from about 12 pm - 5 pm. Best of all, it's free!
One of my all time favourite things to do is visit a gallery. I love just taking my time observing all the amazing art work on show. As an artist myself, there's nothing that really compares to the satisfaction of an art gallery. Of course writing comes close.
I love dragging my partner to art exhibitions, and he ultimately finds himself having fun and enjoying the experience. The Art Gallery of South Australia is free, so why not spend a Saturday amongst beautiful and historical art works. It's a great way to spark up conversation with your other half as well as have a laugh or two at some of the random art works that you can find around the place. All art galleries are usually free to enter, unless it's a special exhibition. This image below was at the Picasso exhibition in Sydney, which of course I attended and forced my partner to tag along. On another note, exhibition openings are also a fantastic idea as they are usually free and include beer, wine and snacks! Check out the art scene, something is always happening!
This is a classic idea and you simply can't go wrong with chilling on the beach with food, especially fish and chips. Here we are just enjoying a yiros and watching the sunset. It's really the simple things in life and it's cheaper than going to a 5 star restaurant if you're on a budget.
Yep, you read right, feed the ducks. It's so peaceful just sitting by the lake enjoying nature and feeding these little cuties.
10. Mount Lofty
I know it's not the most romantic past time for some people, but I really enjoy getting outdoors when I can. Mount Lofty is pretty tough, but that's why I go with my partner, so he can carry me when I get too tired... Ha Ha.. Plus, you can't beat the fresh air and the gorgeous views.
Waterfall Gully - Mount Lofty
Hopefully you'll find some inspiration through this article ladies and gentleman. There's always something to do in Adelaide!
Odeon, an honoured cinema name from way back.
Wish they would bring back some beachy or Aussie old pictures, or both like AFI award winner HIGH TIDE with fantastic Judy Davis, Jan Adele, Claudia Harvan, oh and Frankie J Holden, Colin Friels and so many names. Real beachside living there.