Top Things To Do Around Adelaide in Autumn


Top things to do in Adelaide in Autumn

The nights may be cooling down but the days are still mild and sunny, so it’s time to take advantage of the glorious weather! Here are some great things to do during Autumn with the kids. There are some great day trip options while some are only a short drive away. You could do some during the April school holidays or on a free weekend over the coming weeks.

Adelaide Hills

Head to the Adelaide Hills and go for a drive through Stirling and its districts to view the stunningly beautiful displays of Autumn trees in rich shades of gold, orange and red! You could stop by at Steamroller Park for a play, and have a coffee, snack or lunch at one of the nearby cafes or the Stirling Hotel.

Mount Lofty Autumn

Mount Lofty Botanic Garden

Take a detour to Mount Lofty and watch the kids squeal with glee as they roll down the hill and then shower each other with crunchy leaves! Such fantastic, simple fun!

Read our review of Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens here

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Granite Island | Victor Harbor

Take a trip down south to Granite Island at Victor Harbor and join in a variety of free nature play activities, keep your eyes open to spot penguins and enjoy the views!

Read our review of Victor Harbor & Granite Island here.

Port Elliot

Take a day trip to Port Elliot and spend some time walking along the beach; take in the calming ocean views along the cliff walk; get acquainted with the history of the town and eat fish and chips at the iconic Flying Fish Cafe, or stop by the Pt Elliot Bakery. Yum!

For more ideas of things to do in Port Elliot, read our review here.

8-2013-06-09 Pt Elliot Horseshoe Bay rocks


The charming village of Hahndorf is the perfect place to meander. A lot of Hahndorf’s original buildings are still used to house a variety of shops – handmade crafts, local foods, clothing, lollies and ice cream! After a play at one of two of the town’s playgrounds stop for a coffee or lunch at one of the many cafes and restaurants. Tiptoe to the Fairy Garden and adjoining shop and make sure to explore the intriguing history of the village. There are reminders of the past everywhere!

See our review of Hahndorf for more ideas here.


The Fairy Garden | Bridgewater

If your little ones still enjoy the wonder of fairies, take a little wander to The Fairy Garden at Bridgewater. Unfortunately some large humans have been busy undoing the fairies’ hard work – there are parts of it that have been damaged (17 April 2016). You could consider bringing along a little item to help the fairies rebuild their sweet little village and keep the magic alive!

Read our review of the Bridgewater Fairy Garden here and the recently upgraded Bridgewater playground here.

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Monarto Zoo

While the weather is cooler but there are warm sunny days, it’s an excellent time to visit the animals at Monarto Zoo and view them on the platforms or get up close in the safari style buses.

Read more about Monarto Zoo here.



Play at the Bay | Glenelg

Take a leisurely ride on the tram to Glenelg and let the kids run free at the new and exciting Glenelg Foreshore Playspace; take a stroll along Jetty Road to enjoy an ice-cream, coffee or lunch; play at the Beachouse (the waterslides are heated); or book them in for one or more workshops in the Play at the Bay program during the April holidays. There’s something for everyone – art, craft, sport, cooking, outdoor fun!

For a list of all the happenings at Glenelg during the school holiday Play at the Bay program, click here (bookings are essential).

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St Kilda Adventure Playground

Head to the extremely exciting St Kilda Playground. It has undergone a huge transformation in the last year and features a new castle, volcano slide (which is currently closed for further work during the school holidays) and a bouncy boomerang climbing structure. The kids will sleep well after a visit here! See the St Kilda Adventure Playground Facebook page here for updates.

Click here to read more about St Kilda Adventure Playground

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Top Parks and Playgrounds

For a fantastic, free activity which gets the kids outdoors in the fresh air working up an appetite, why not take them to a playground! Adelaide has lots of great playspaces,  playgrounds and parks scattered throughout all regions. Here’s our pick of the best in our Top Parks & Playgrounds list here.

Bonython Park Playground view

Pic is of Bonython Park, Adelaide

Cleland Wildlife Park

Cleland Wildlife Park has just celebrated 49 years of being open! It’s lovely to see the animals in such a sprawling, natural environment and to be able to get up close to and feed them. It’s bound to bring a smile to the faces of young and old! For further information, see our review of Cleland Wildlife Park here.


The Big Rocking Horse | Toy Factory | Gumeracha

Go for a pleasant drive to Gumeracha and see the lovely views from the top of the world’s Biggest Rocking Horse! Wander into the toy shop and browse through the extensive range of lovingly made wooden toys suitable for all ages. Talk to the cockatoos, feed the animals in the large enclosure and stay for a bite of lunch! See our review here.



Popeye Ride

Take a relaxing cruise along the Torrens River on the iconic South Australian Popeye boat! Read our review here.



Go on a modern day treasure hunt and see what you can unearth. Maybe you can even leave something behind for the next person to uncover! For more information about geocaching, read our post here.


A Note About Apple Picking in Summertown

Usually, one of the top things on our list to do in Autumn is apple picking in Summertown. However it has been closed. Unfortunately the orchard owner has retired due to health reasons. We know that many families (us included) love going apple picking in this beautiful location so we were devastated to hear this news. Please share with anyone you know who may be planning on driving up there to avoid disappointment. We have added a note to our Review post here and you can see the Facebook page here.

In the meantime, stay tuned for more information on this years “Pick a Pink Lady” apple picking weekend coming up on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May 2017. Read more here.

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Also check out Nature Play SA’s 25 cool things to do in Autumn here. They have some great outdoor activities listed.

See our Autumn School Holiday Guide here for a huge list of ideas, activities and programs.

Autumn April School Holiday Adelaide


Have fun during Autumn! Let us know about any other things you like to do by commenting below.


At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

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