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What Are the Best Free Things to Do in Adelaide?

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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Published August 15th 2011
The Museum is One of Adelaide's Free Atractions


We all have days when our hip pocket is far lighter than we would like it to be. Perhaps it is the day before pay day, or you've got yourself on a tight budget because you're saving for something big, or perhaps you're just a uni student. Maybe you just like looking for bargains. Whatever the case chances are you don't mind getting things for free. So we've compiled a list of some great free things to do in Adelaide, but we want to know your tips and tricks. If you've got a favourite free activity, or a great tip on where we can find it then join the discussion in the comments and let the savings commence.

Free Bikes
A great initiative by the Adelaide City Council is the free bike hire that is available all over Adelaide. All you need is a current drivers licence (with a photo) or passport and they'll hand you over a bike, lock, and helmet. This is a good way for tourists to see the city, but also for Adelaide locals to see things from a different angle. There are bike baths all over the city, that stretch through the parklands, or that wind along the Torrens River. It is a good way to get a lot done and it is all free.

The Museum and Art Gallery
We're also very lucky in Adelaide to have a brilliant art gallery and museum, that are both open to the public at no charge. Unlike some interstate institutions where you've got an admission fee, you can browse these cultural hotspots for free. This can be a great way to pass some time, and a good way to entertain the kids. There are some lovely lawns around the Museum and Art Gallery, so if you bring a packed lunch from home you've got a free lunch as well.

Free Tastings
Filling your stomach for free can be a hard task, but there is a way to try. Lots of places offer tastings and you can try a whole range of foods, once you're done with everything you might even find that you've sated that appetite. Food Glorious Food in the David Jones Food Court sometimes offer these tastings, they can range from sushi and cooked Japanese food, to sampling mustards and spreads on dip. Food Courts in general are a great place to try, as most general Asian stalls will offer for you to try their meals. The Central Market is another good place to try, here you might get anything from chocolate, to olives. To end your free tasting feast hit the ice cream or gelato stores, where they'll often give you a free spoon of their flavours so you can choose the one you like.

So let us know your best tips for a fun free day out. They could be shameful stingy secrets, or just genius ways to save money. We know there must be lots of free options out there, but we need you to let us know what they are.
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St. Kilda, Beach,adelaide botanic gardens, museum, art gallery, le cornu have free children minding service where they can play in balls,window shopping in the mall, library, library also has top ten free play ground guide, Hiking - Falls creek ; morialta adelaide hills; Sky show, new years - Australia day fire works, Tennis - courts are free, ovals, kite flying - also on the beach once a year competition, sand castle competition once a year, fishing, Karaoke in pubs there's one across from brickworks - kids welcome, free to look at the brickworks, take the kids up adelaide hills to see the lights, skate parks, Haigh's chocolate factory runs free 20 mins tours free sample, bike tracks by rebecca lloyd
By Anonymous
Monday, 23rd of April @ 08:02 am
I love the free bikes they are great so easy to get and come with a free helmet. Unlike other states where you have to pay for bikes in the city and supply your own helmets these wont cost you a cent just make sure you have some photo id.
By moana0 - reader
Friday, 19th of August @ 06:57 am
nothing
By Anonymous
Friday, 27th of April @ 02:43 am
I speak on behalf of all "Golden Oldies', the Senior Citizens of Adelaide who own that most precious thing...a Senior's card! for thise who are young at heart, there are endles possibilities of free things to do in Adelaide, starting off with free transport after 9am on trains, trams and buses, to free entry into cultural places, like Art Galleries and Museums. So, if you are of a certain vintage, there are no excuses for staying indoors. Pack your Senior's card, wear sensible shoes and get out there!!
By Anonymous
Thursday, 26th of April @ 11:12 pm
Rollerblading at Glenelg.
By Anonymous
Saturday, 24th of September @ 04:02 am
St. Kilda, Beach,adelaide botanic gardens, museum, art gallery, le cornu have free children minding service where they can play in balls,window shopping in the mall, library, library also has top ten free play ground guide, Hiking - Falls creek ; morialta adelaide hills; Sky show, new years - Australia day fire works, Tennis - courts are free, ovals, kite flying - also on the beach once a year competition, sand castle competition once a year, fishing, Karaoke in pubs there's one across from brickworks - kids welcome, free to look at the brickworks, take the kids up adelaide hills to see the lights, skate parks, Haigh's chocolate factory runs free 20 mins tours free sample, bike tracks
By Anonymous
Monday, 23rd of April @ 07:56 am
I speak on behalf of all "Golden Oldies', the Senior Citizens of Adelaide who own that most precious thing...a Senior's card! for those who are young at heart, there are endless possibilities of free things to do in Adelaide, starting off with free transport after 9am on trains, trams and buses, to free entry into cultural places, like Art Galleries and Museums. So, if you are of a certain vintage, there are no excuses for staying indoors. Pack your Senior's card, wear sensible shoes and get out there!!
By Anonymous
Thursday, 26th of April @ 11:14 pm
Thanks for all this information. Have not visited some of these spots. There is an abandoned gold mine near Euchunga called Jupiters Creek Gold mine and it is not hard to find and has information boards and walks throughout a lovely area. You can see old mineshafts, which are fenced off for safety. I found it a pleasant spot.the wildlife is also beaut to see, with bountiful fairy wrens and robins. The native flora was so varied and.I found the most impressive about the visit, with miniature orchids and so many pretty native flowers and fauna was also quite plentiful in the area. I dont remeber if there were public toilets there and paths meandered and rocky so not.suitable for wheelchairs.worth a drive to a nice area though.
By Anonymous
Monday, 9th of July @ 11:18 pm
What a great list of free things to do in Adelaide.

Another free thing that I like to do is go to The Highway on a Tuesday night. They screen a free movie each week, and you get free popcorn.
By Daniella - senior reviewer
Wednesday, 14th of September @ 03:26 pm
Rollerblading at the Glenelg .
By Anonymous
Saturday, 24th of September @ 04:05 am
I had no clue that Adelaide had free bike hire. I've seen those weird-looking blue bikes around, but always just assumed that they were hired for a fee. Well there ya go!
By Andrew Brookfield - senior reviewer
Tuesday, 4th of October @ 08:57 am
tea tree gully council host 'movies in the park' during January each year. Totally Free! just BYO chairs & blanket.
By Anonymous
Thursday, 5th of January @ 11:39 pm
well im new to Adelaide but loved visiting the Grange Jetty but remember to pick up some very reasonably priced fish & chips at Hallas in Grange road first !
By Anonymous
Sunday, 26th of February @ 12:51 pm
sa museum
By JOHN - reader
Saturday, 3rd of March @ 03:45 am
walk on the beach
stroll in the markets
walk uptown & window shop
By judy. - reader
Thursday, 19th of April @ 10:36 am
Visiting the Botanic Gardens. They are beautiful and quiet.
By Anonymous
Thursday, 17th of May @ 12:31 pm
wine and cheese tasting plate at Rockbare wine cellar Harndorf
By andre - reader
Wednesday, 25th of July @ 07:17 pm
If you join up with the casiono's loyalty club, youc an use your membership card to get 3 free drinks per day without spending anything. Costs nothing to join, just need ID. Then swipe your card in the drink machines and get coke, sprite, lift, tomato soup etc :)
By Anonymous
Friday, 3rd of August @ 07:05 am
Visit the Art Gallery on North Terrace. An hour or so in this wonderful space will reveal some fabulous gems for those who take the time to look.
By rodar - reader
Monday, 2nd of December @ 06:12 am

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