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10 reasons to play and stay in sa this AFL Season

There are so many more reasons to linger a little longer in South Australia before and after the game.

Key dates of the 2018 AFL Season:
  • Round one starting Thursday, March 22

  • Grand Final on Saturday, September 29

  • Easter round from Thursday, March 29 to Monday, April 2

  • ANAC Day Round from Friday, April 20 to Wednesday, April 25

  • Queens Birthday Match on Monday, June 11

2018 AFL rounds will include:
  • One Friday night match
  • Two Saturday afternoon matches
  • One Saturday twilight match
  • Two Saturday night matches
  • One early Sunday match
  • One Sunday afternoon match
  • One Sunday twilight match

Top 5 reasons to come for the match:

With one of the world's best sports stadiums, a city centre overflowing with incredible restaurants and bars and jaw-dropping regions just minutes away from the CBD, there are countless reasons to come to South Australia to cheer-on your team this AFL season.

Adelaide Oval

The Adelaide Oval by night.


The Adelaide Oval Atmosphere

You don’t have to be a die hard sports-lover to have a great time at the AFL football. Playing host to international sports matches, musical acts and arena spectaculars, the Adelaide Oval’s electric atmosphere and world-leading facilities (including the jaw-dropping Commonwealth Bank RoofClimb and luxurious Hill of Grace restaurant) are more than enough reason to don your team's scarf and ready your voices to cheer them on. 

Madame Hanoi restaurant, Adelaide

Madame Hanoi, Adelaide.


Sip and savour Adelaide’s café and bar scene

Whether you’re quenching your pre-game thirst or winding down after the action, you’ll find a smorgasbord of cool cafés, bustling bars and world-renowned restaurants only a minutes’ walk from Adelaide Oval over the Torrens River into the CDB. Treat your taste buds and footy flair within the Adelaide Casino precinct - dine at their exotic Madame Hanoi, or savour the flavours at Sean’s Kitchen. Quench your thirst at Queens Head and Cathedral Hotel’s rooftop bar, or take-in stunning city views from the glamorous heights of 2KW

For the WAG’s (women and girlfriends) of AFL, refine your pre or post AFL experience at the many stiletto friendly venues in the inner city laneways of  Peel St, Leigh St and Gilbert Place. May we suggest Alfreds, Clever Little TailorPink Moon Saloon, Bread & Bone or Hains & Co.

BBQ Buoys, Adelaide

Chilling and grilling with BBQ Buoys.


BBQ Buoys and HandleBar

Chill and Grill on the River Torrens with BBQ Buoys – a round boat with seating around the edge and a barbecue grill and table top in the centre! Bring your own BBQ food and nibbles; boats come with BBQ, bluetooth speakers, esky and ice (if drinks ordered), glasses, plates and cutlery.

HandleBar offers 2 hour tours of the Adelaide CBD on a 16 passenger pedalling pub! Enjoy SA beer, cider, and wine (from $5) on-board while pedalling your bar through town. The mobile pub makes 2-3 stops at local pubs & parks to rest and refuel. 

Adelaide Oval roofclimb at sunset

Adelaide Oval RoofClimb.


Adelaide Oval RoofClimb

Take-on the Commonwealth Bank RoofClimb Adelaide Oval and discover where they keep the best seats in the house. After building one of the top sports stadiums in the country, it seems only natural to add even more excitement with the Commonwealth Bank RoofClimb Adelaide Oval – where punters can clamber over the billowing rooftops of the spectacular grandstands. Equally spectacular – the views, be it during the day or at twilight.

Shopping in Adelaide's bustling Rundle Mall

Shopping in Adelaide's Rundle Mall.


Fill your shopping bags

Adelaide is the perfect place to fill your shopping bags. Treat yourself to a pre-game splurge at Rundle Mall – over 700 retailers in one convenient pedestrian-friendly strip, only a few minutes’ walk from Adelaide Oval. Discover boutiques selling local designs and higher-end clothing stores on Rundle Street.

Harts Mill during Tasting Australia, Port Adelaide

Tasting Australia dinner, Harts Mill, Port Adelaide.


Get festive

From wine festivals to cabaret spectaculars, South Australia’s fire is ignited with events guaranteed to get you into our vibrant city streets and exploring our beautiful regions this autumn and winter. Our biggest autumn/winter events are Tasting Australia: a journey through South Australia’s culinary landscape with spectacular food and drink all over the state and the Adelaide Cabaret Festival: some of the world’s biggest cabaret performers, actors, singers and comedians sashaying onto stage at stunning venues throughout Adelaide

See our full list of South Australian autumn and winter events.

Top 5 Reasons to linger longer

With so much to see and do on Adelaide’s doorstep, there are countless reasons to linger longer in South Australia before or after the AFL match!

Seppeltsfield, Barossa

The Barossa's Seppeltsfield.


Wine with your footy

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.

Beer tasting plate, Lobethal Bierhaus, Adelaide Hills

Lobethal Bierhaus.


Brewery Tours

Discover brewers and cider makers with the perfect drop to quench your thirst. Try freshly made ales, lagers and stouts from any of the 20 or so microbreweries operating across the state. Take a trip to the Adelaide Hills and drop into the Hahndorf Inn at Hahndorf or Lobethal Bierhaus. Get fired up and visit the Prancing Pony Brewery in Mount Barker, which is Australia's only fire brewery, where beer is brewed on an open flame.

Temptation Sailing

Dolphin bonding with Glenelg's Temptation Sailing.


Swim with dolphins

Glenelg’s Temptation Sailing offers private cruises and dolphin swimming expeditions along South Australia's stunning coastline, just a 30 minute tram ride away from the city. Their catamaran, Temptation, accommodates up to 50 people, complete with bar, undercover seating area and sound system. Jump in and swim with the dolphins or stay dry and watch in luxury.

Koala cuddles at Cleland Wildlife Park

Koala cuddles at Cleland Wildlife Park.


Cuddle a Koala

Ever wished you could see Australia’s cute, cuddly, and not so cuddly animals in one convenient location? Discover must-see native species at the Adelaide Hills’ Cleland Wildlife Park. At Cleland you can see over 130 species with no boundaries! Get up-close to kangaroos and cuddle less than an hour’s drive away from Adelaide.

Mayfair Hotel Adelaide

The Mayfair Hotel, Adelaide.


Spend the night

Here for a few days? Boasting a luxurious range of high-end hotels including the five-star Mayfair, boutique Playford, glamourous InterContinental and stylish Adabco Boutique Hotel, there’s never been a better time to spend the night in Adelaide.
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