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Free and Low-Cost Ways to Escape the Summer Heat in Adelaide

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by Michael Genrich (subscribe)
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Published December 7th 2018
Beat the heat the Adelaide way this summer
It's funny how quickly we forget just how hot it gets in Adelaide. Let's kick off the season with a few ideas for free and low-cost things you can do to escape the scorching heat this Christmas and New Year.

1. Adelaide's Beaches

Metropolitan Adelaide is blessed with family-friendly beaches all along the coastline. Here are a few that are close to the city:

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Semaphore Beach - Adelaide

Semaphore - An excellent family beach with playgrounds, kiosks, toilets and amusements nearby. The beach is usually safe with lots of warm shallow water for swimming. Pick up an ice-cream from one of the shops nearby and stroll out onto the jetty to watch the sunset.

Glenelg - One of Australia's most well-known and loved beaches. Vibrant, accessible and regularly patrolled, Glenelg beach also features beach bars, beach volleyball and one of Adelaide's fave amusement parks, The Beachhouse.

West Beach - Right near the West Beach Holiday Park, this stretch of sand and boat ramp has long been an Adelaide family favourite. There's fewer shops nearby, but that means fewer crowds!

You'll find a webcam here, so you can check the latest conditions at the boat ramp before you head down.

2. Adelaide Botanic Garden

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Adelaide Botanic Gardens

Deep inside the Adelaide Botanic Gardens you'll find shady forest paths and dappled lawns with spots that are perfect for picnicking out of the sun.

3. Adelaide's Metropolitan Pools

You'll find public pools all over Adelaide but if you want some extra fun then try pools like Adelaide Aquatics Centre, SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre in Marion and Waterworld Aquatic Centre in Ridgehaven. All offer extra activities including water-slides and water fun parks.

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Some of the fastest waterslides in the country are at the SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre Marion - courtesy SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre

4. Find a fountain

Often I'll be driving past Victoria Square and I'll see children and adults splashing and playing in one of the huge fountains in the centre. Check out this article for some of Adelaide's best fountains and shady city waterfalls!

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Victoria Square fountain at night - courtesy

5. Adelaide Hills

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Hahndorf - Adelaide Hills

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Piccadilly Valley, Adelaide Hills

Long preferred as a summer retreat, the Adelaide Hills are packed with deep valleys and cute towns. Enjoy a meal under a vine covered awning along the leafy main street of Hahndorf, visit the Christmas Lights at Lobethal after dark, or tour the winding roads and take in the views from the air-conditioned comfort of the car.

There are plenty of ways to keep your cool in Adelaide this summer and there are many more around the state. If you ask a local, they'll likely agree that these are some of the essential Adelaidean summer experiences.
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Why? Escape the summer heat
Where: All around Adelaide
Cost: Free and low cost
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Congrats on your 50th milestone, Michael! Loved the article idea ... very innovative!
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Congratulations winning third place.
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Congrats on the win Michael, great ideas to stay cool!
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