If you’re visiting Australia for just one Ashes Test in 2017, you’ll want to make sure it is the second Test in Adelaide from 2-6 December!
With so much to offer, here are our top five reasons why the Adelaide Test is shaping up as the highlight of the entire series. But before you start, find out the basics with our holiday planner.
1. Experience the first ever day-night Ashes test
England and Australia have shared 135 years and 325 Test matches of cricketing history. The 2017 Adelaide Test match will open a new chapter in cricket’s greatest rivalry, being the first time the drama of an Ashes Test will be played under Adelaide's lights. Get ready for the excitement of the pink ball, those amazing Adelaide sunsets and long balmy evenings.
The 2pm start time means that you can spend your morning checking out the best of Adelaide. Fancy a beachside brunch, a spot of wine tasting or the opportunity to cuddle a koala before the start of play? Check out our list of things to do before and after the game.
Sunset over the Adelaide Oval
2. Visit Adelaide Oval – perfection in a cricket ground
Since its relaunch in 2014, praise for Adelaide Oval as one of the world’s great sporting grounds has been universal. This will be the first Ashes series in which visiting fans can enjoy the revamped Adelaide Oval in all its glory as a 50,000 seat stadium. But don’t fear, the heritage charms that have given Adelaide Oval its iconic status over the years remain, including the heritage scoreboard and Sir Donald Bradman Museum. And yes, you can also still stand freely on the northern mound with the Barmy Army – the very place they started in 1995 - and help sing the English to victory.
For those who want to see Adelaide Oval and the city of Adelaide from a different angle, the Adelaide Oval RoofClimb takes visitors on an adventure across the roofline of the stadium. For for a fine dining experience, be sure to book in at the Hill of Grace Restaurant.
The Adelaide Oval, a South Australian icon
3. Arrive in the midst of the action
As the second Test in a five match series you can be guaranteed that the series will be well and truly alive. It will all be set up for that magical innings or game changing bowling spell that will define and shape the rest of the series.
Cricket folk lore is created at Test matches like this.
Ashes Cricket, Adelaide Oval
4. Get out and explore Adelaide
Adelaide is bursting with culture, flavours, events and entertainment. Taste your way through world-famous wine regions only minutes away from the city, soak up the sun at one of our picture-perfect metropolitan beaches, join the party at our immersive festivals and events, or spend the night exploring our thriving restaurant and bar scene. Some of the best places to grab a bite can be found on Gouger Street, Rundle Street and King William Road. Leigh Street, Peel Street and Ebenezer Place are small bar hot spots.
Balmy summer nights at Adelaide's 2KW
5. Wine with your cricket
Adelaide has been recognised as one of the Great Wine Capitals of the World
– a network of ten major global cities that share a common feature: their internationally renowned wine regions. With 200 stunning cellar doors only a short drive away from the CBD and 18 world-renowned wine regions nearby, it's no surprise why.
Exploring South Australia's Barossa wine region