With the 2017 AFL football season kicking off, there are so many reasons to play and stay in South Australia before and after the game.
This AFL football season, you’ll have plenty of reasons to make the trip to South Australia with 22 matches being played at the cutting-edge Adelaide Oval
Sunday March 26:
Adelaide Crows vs Greater Western Sydney Giants
Sunday April 2: Port Adelaide vs Fremantle
Saturday April 8: Port Adelaide vs Adelaide Crows
Saturday April 15: Adelaide Crows vs Essendon
Friday April 21: Port Adelaide vs Carlton
Sunday April 30: Adelaide Crows vs Richmond
Friday May 6: Port Adelaide vs West Coast Eagles
Saturday May 13: Adelaide Crows vs Melbourne
Saturday May 27: Adelaide Crows vs Fremantle
Thursday June 1: Port Adelaide vs Hawthorn
Friday June 9: Adelaide Crows vs St Kilda
Saturday June 17: Port Adelaide vs Brisbane Lions
Thursday June 22: Adelaide Crows vs Hawthorn
Saturday July 1: Port Adelaide vs Richmond
Friday July 7: Adelaide Crows vs Western Bulldogs
Saturday July 15: Port Adelaide vs North Melbourne
Friday July 21: Adelaide Crows vs Geelong Cats
Saturday July 29: Port Adelaide vs St. Kilda
Sunday August 6: Adelaide Crows vs Port Adelaide
Sunday August 13: Port Adelaide vs Collingwood
Friday August 18: Adelaide Crows vs Sydney Swans
Friday August 25 – Monday August 28: Port Adelaide vs. Gold Coast Suns
See the full list here.
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.
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, 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 Tailor, Pink Moon Saloon, Bread & Bone or Hains & Co.
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.
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 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.
Tasting Australia dinner, Harts Mill, Port Adelaide.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.