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South Australia's Top 50 Free Weekend Activities

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Published December 17th 2014
Fifty for the thrifty
Perhaps money is tight or you're saving for something special overseas vacay, home deposit, Christmas presents for the kiddies but that's no reason for a boring weekend. There are lots of fun things to do in Adelaide that won't break the budget; in fact you won't even need your wallet. Pack your lunch and hold on to your purse strings because what follows is a list of 50 free things to do in South Australia (perhaps take some loose change for parking or public transport though).

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Take a guided tour of the Botanic Garden

1. It doesn't cost a cent to visit the South Australian Museum, which makes for an interesting and informative outing.

2. Next to the museum is the Art Gallery of South Australia and there's no charge to peruse the diverse collection.

3. A free guided tour of the Adelaide Botanic Garden is held every morning.

4. Find out about South Australia's social history at the Migration Museum.

5. Take a day off during the week for a tour of the State Library or a peek behind the scenes at the Mortlock Wing.

6. A trip to the City Library, or your local, can provide not just a day, but weeks' worth of free entertainment.

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The entertainment is endless at the library

7. Check out the traditional and contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artwork at Tandanya.

8. There are often free school holiday activities at the Adelaide Central Market.

9. St Peter's Cathedral, a most impressive landmark in North Adelaide, offers free guided tours twice a week.

10. Learn more about the lives that shaped South Australia on one of five different self-guided walks at the West Terrace Cemetery.

11. If you have time during the week, it's free to view the Bradman Collection at Adelaide Oval.

12. One of the best ways to explore Adelaide is by cycling and free bike hire is available from various locations around town.

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Entry is free to many of Adelaide's markets

13. The free City Connector bus service stops at many of the main attractions and operates on a half hourly basis.

14. That Dapper Market is usually held in Bowden every few months and offers free entry, live music, and an interesting assortment of stalls.

15. Discover what makes Haigh's so delicious with a free guided tour of the chocolate factory.

16. It's also free to wander around the Melba's Chocolate Factory in the Adelaide Hills, but it's hard to resist at least a few purchases.

17. Burn off all the chocolate and enjoy a sensational view by climbing Mount Lofty.

18. Mount Lofty is a busy place on the weekends, but there's an alternate track that's more peaceful.

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When in the Barossa...

19. The Herbig Family Tree in Springton has some fascinating stories to share.

20. You can share your secrets at the Whispering Wall in the Barossa Valley.

21. A visit to the Barossa isn't the same without a little wine tasting and Peter Lehmann Wines is a nice place to do so.

22. The same goes for the Clare Valley, so stop in at Sevenhill Cellars to sample some of the merchandise.

23. Spring Gully Conservation Park is close to Sevenhill and has South Australia's only stand of red stringybark.

24. Inchiquin Lake Reserve in Clare has a playground, BMX track, and miniature train rides for only $2 on alternate weekends.

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Circumnavigate Inchiquin Lake Reserve on foot or by train

25. Cycling the Riesling Trail is a great way to see the Clare Valley.

26. Closer to town, there's no better way to entertain the kids than a trip to St Kilda Adventure Playground.

27. While you're there, you might also be interested in the St Kilda Mangrove Trail.

28. Another one for the kids is the Kardi Yarta Adventure Playground in Outer Harbor.

29. Try your luck spotting the dolphins that call Port River home.

30. Visit the relic of the Old Gum Tree in Glenelg North, the reserve is considered the birthplace of South Australia.

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The Old Gum Tree was the setting for the proclamation reading

31. Learn more about the state's settlement at the Bay Discovery Centre in Glenelg. It's not exactly free, but it's only a gold coin admission fee.

32. The Glenelg Air-Raid Shelter is open for public viewing once a month. It's free to enter, but you might like to throw some spare change in the donation tin.

33. Take in the briny air and ancient wonders at the Hallett Cove Conservation Park.

34. Have a free workout with a great view at the Port Noarlunga Esplanade Exercise Equipment.

35. There are two different walking trails at the Onkaparinga River Recreation Park.

36. Pack a picnic to enjoy at Market Square in Old Noarlunga; you might have to share with the ducks though.

See the Sugarloaf at Hallett Cove Conservation Park

37. Smell the roses and make your way through the maze at the Willunga Rose Garden.

38. Entry is free to the monthly Willunga Quarry Market where there are treasures waiting to be discovered.

39. The Mid-Coast has some great beaches, such as Port Willunga where you can see the Star of Greece Shipwreck.

40. Or go skinny dipping at Maslin's or park your car on the sand at Aldinga.

41. Get on your bike and cycle the Shiraz Trail from McLaren Vale to Willunga.

42. There are wineries in McLaren Vale that offer free tastings and have activities for the kids, like Gemtree Vineyards.

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Kuitpo is an enchanting forest

43. The Vale Market is held fortnightly on a Sunday morning. It has free entry, acoustic music, and activities for the kids.

44. Breathe in the fresh air on a hike through Kuitpo Forest in Meadows.

45. Visit the South Coast beaches for activities like surfing at Middleton and snorkelling at Second Valley.

46. On the way, stop and admire the view from the Myponga Reservoir and Lookout.

47. Should you find yourself on Kangaroo Island, sample some of the local produce at the monthly Farmers' Market.

48. With the state's most spectacular coastline, be sure to visit The Beaches of Kangaroo Island while you're there.

49. From the Fleurieu Peninsula to the Flinders Ranges, the Heysen Trail has South Australia covered.

50. On your travels, take a souvenir selfie with some of South Australia's Best Big Things.

The Big Church Block Bottle at Wirra Wirra Winery in McLaren Vale
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Where: Adelaide, South Australia
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What an epic effort Hayley, well done.
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11309) 2748 days ago
Well done Hayley. I now have the whole 6 weeks of the school holidays mapped out !
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