10 Unique things to do in Adelaide

Have you run out of inspiration for things to do Australia’s capital of culture and cool? Adelaide zoo ✅ Cleland National Park ✅ Adelaide Central Market ✅- you’ve been there, done that and ticked them off your list. Well, keep on reading and you’ll realise we’ve put together a list of some of the most unique things to do in Adelaide that you might not have tried yet – we’re pretty good like that! Try allll of the following and make your mates insanely jealous!

1: Have a floatn’ BBQ

There's not many things in life better than a BBQ but hold up, how about a BBQ Buoy? Yep, you read that right. Pack your food of choice, hop on board and fire up the gas barbie – all while floating down the river. Absolute goals! Or, if barbies aren’t your thing (you must be cray!), opt for the picnic table option and enjoy picnic-perfect moments with best views of the city from the water. What are you waiting for? Grab ya’ mates and get em’ on the buoys.

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2: Eat frog cakes

You don’t have to tell us twice to have some cake, that’s for sure! Now, if you’re also a cake lover, frog cakes are where it’s at in Adelaide. The frog cake, a sweet treat in the shape of a crouched amphibian – is somewhat of an Australian Heritage Icon. The frog cakes have been a staple since 1922 at Balfours Bakery (Adelaide’s oldest bakery). We don’t even need to say any more about these delicious sponge layered, cream covered beauties – you basically just need to try them for yourself! You can thank us later.

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3: Reach new heights on the treetops

Get the heart racing with an extreme treetop adventure course at TreeClimb Adelaide. With endless obstacles, zip lines, tarzan swings, rock climbing and lots more. Whoa, we’re tired just thinking about all the activities already – in a good way! Getting an extra thumbs up is that fact the team at TreeClimb place a major focus on the whole park being environmentally sustainable so you can rest assured that there won’t be any carbon footprints left behind.

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4:  Dive with sharks

Ok, so we know this appears on almost every damn bucket list but it’s just so bloody good we had to include it here! And, while technically not in Adelaide, it’s certainly worth the venture to Port Lincoln to have this ‘once in a lifetime’ experience. It’s not every day you can tell your mates you got up close and personal with sharks. Get the adrenalin pumping with this action-packed activity.

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5: Find yourself a Furby

Head off and explore the city and keep your eyes peeled for some friendly furbies (you remember the must-have furry friend). Yes, find a furby is a real thing, even having its own Insta page. Artist Laura Lamington has been pasting pics of cute furbies all over the city for the last year for no major reason only to spark happiness in people. We think she’s on a winner with this one. Top tip: make sure you wander down the alleys and keep your eyes peeled.

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6: Ghost Tours

Get spooky as you go behind the walls of the former Glenside Mental Hospital. Still standing today as a unique piece of architecture, it’s a truly remarkable building. And what better way to explore a haunted building, then a tour where you hear ghostly tales. You’ll even get to experience the ‘lock down’ where you get you to go into individual cells to experience them for yourself – absolutely spooktacular.

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7: Dine with butterflies 

Hundreds of tiny butterfly eyes looking down on you from the walls as you feast at Singapore House. When you can manage to drag your eyes away from the beautiful butterflies, you can feast on the exotic nyonya fusion menu of Malaysian, Indian and Chinese cuisine. The restaurant has been highly praised and some have even described it as similar to stepping into an adventure storybook. Dinner with a difference right there!

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8: A Day Out with the pigs

Head for Rundle Mall and spot the four pigs hogging the pedestrian walkway. The bronze pigs have been in position since Sydney-based sculptor Marguerite Derricout won a competition and placed them there in 1999 - since then they’ve been a staple for rides, hugs and seating for kids and adults alike. The friendly pigs can be addressed by first names as Oliver, Horatio, Truffles, and Augusta. If you love yourself a bargain, people also say these pigs signify the shoppers are sniffing out a bargain. Smart piggies!

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9: Treat your sweet tooth at Blakebys

Bubblegum, dutch licorice, fudge, nougat – yesss all of life’s best treats and you’ll find them inside the doors at Blakebys. You’ll find their colourful store in Adelaide’s city centre and also a stall at the central market. With so much to choose from, Aussie made, British sweets, American and old style sweeties – we think you’ll spend quite a while stuffing your face here and rightly so.

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10: Jam Factory

Do something a lil' different and make your way to Jam Factory for contemporary crafts and designs in a unique centre.The studios are amongst the largest and best-equipped studios in the Southern Hemisphere (oh yea) and are national leaders in fostering and developing contemporary craft and design. They often host public workshops with principal designers so if you're interested in ceramics, furniture, glass and metal - you're set to create something fantastic here.

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