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Beyond the wicket - Five things we love about the cricket

In South Australia, there's so much more to love about a day (and night) at the cricket than the game itself. 

Few cities are more suited to a hit of cricket than South Australia. Blue summer skies and balmy nights are the perfect backdrop, with world-renowned Adelaide Oval playing host to massive international test matches through the warmer months. 

From Adelaide Oval’s awesome atmosphere to nearby galleries, museums, restaurants, bars and parklands – in South Australia, there’s so much more to love about a day (and night) at the cricket than the game itself.

Adelaide Oval Footbridge

The Adelaide Oval Footbridge

1. Soak up the atmosphere

You don’t have to be a diehard sportslover to have a great time at the cricket. 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 wide-brimmed hat, slap on the sunscreen and join the party.

Exploring Adelaide's Peel Street

Exploring Adelaide's Peel Street

2. 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 minutes’ walk from Adelaide Oval. Treat your taste buds at exotic Madame Hanoi, grab a bite at chic 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 cricket, refine your pre or post cricket 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.

The Royal Croquet Club, Victoria Square

The Royal Croquet Club, Victoria Square

3. Join the party at our summer festivals

In January, February and March, when nights are at their longest and balmiest, Adelaide enters party overdrive. In the space of a few months, our capital is host to the massive Adelaide Fringe Festival, Adelaide Festival of Arts, WOMADelaide, SANTOS Tour Down Under and Clipsal 500 Adelaide. Keep the party going long after the match is over.

Shopping on Adelaide's Rundle Street

Shopping on Adelaide's Rundle Street

4. 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.

The Mayfair Hotel's Superior Queen Suite

The Mayfair Hotel's Superior Queen Suite

5. 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.

So go on, stay a while and #SeeSouthAustralia.

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