After the siren sounds, the fun is only just beginning in Adelaide.
With one of the world's best sports stadiums, a city centre overflowing with incredible restaurants and bars and jaw-dropping regions within a short drive of the CBD, there are countless reasons to come to South Australia to cheer on your team in Adelaide this AFL season.
Adelaide Oval AFL Fixtures 2021
AFL Round 1, Saturday 20 March: Adelaide Crows v Geelong Cats
AFL Round 2, Saturday 27 March: Port Adelaide v Essendon
AFL Round 3, Friday 2 April: Adelaide Crows v Gold Coast Suns
AFL Round 4, Friday 9 April: Port Adelaide v Richmond
AFL Round 5, Sunday 18 April: Adelaide Crows v Fremantle Dockers
AFL Round 6, Sunday 25 April: Port Adelaide v St Kilda
Where to stay
Looking for somewhere to stay near the big game? Take your pick of the best hotels in Adelaide from five-star luxury to boutique and budget hotels and be in the midst of the action. After the final siren, retreat to your hotel tucked just off the boundary at Oval Hotel, kick back under the shade of a palm tree in a rooftop pool towering above Adelaide as the cocktails flow at EOS by SkyCity or check into the culinary heart of Adelaide at the brand new Indigo Hotel perched above Adelaide Central Markets. Check out our guide to Adelaide's best hotels and start planning.
Where to eat
Our city streets are literally teeming with award-winning restaurants dishing up unique, mouth-watering flavours. Pull up a seat in a chic North African diner in the middle of Adelaide where Johannesburg-born chef Duncan Welgemoed dishes up a bold taste of Africa from chicken skin sandwiches, to woodfired cauliflower and fermented flatbreads at Africola. A fiery authentic yakitori fest? Reserve a table at Leigh Street institution Shōbōsho where smoky flavours are complemented with raw, cured, pickled and fermented dishes and are best served with a side of sashimi, noodles, yakitori, dumplings and bao. Even the humble pizza is elevated in Adelaide. At Madre, sea water from the Mediterranean, Tipo 00 flour sourced straight from Italy and a little bit of science are the secrets behind Adelaide’s best traditional Napoli-style pizza. Dig into why Adelaide is a foodie city then pull up a seat at one of the best restaurants in Adelaide.
Where to drink
Need a drink to settle the pregame nerves or looking for somewhere for post-game celebrations? With small speak-easy style bars tucked under the streets, swanky watering holes perched above the city skyline, laneways packed with cocktail lounges and quirky bars hidden behind unassuming walls, Adelaide's bar scene is booming. Sip your way around the laneways of Leigh St, Peel St and Gilbert Place or drink in the boozy goodness of Adelaide's east end. Our top spots for a tipple or two include Hains & Co, Maybe Mae, Udaberri, BRKLYN or NOLA. For more bar inspiration, check out our guide to the best hidden bars in Adelaide.
What to do
1. RoofClimb ADELAIDE OVAL
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 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.
2. Craft breweries
With more than 20 microbreweries across the state, there’s no shortage of freshly made ales, lagers and stouts to satisfy thirsty hopheads. Just minutes from the city, sip brews in historic Port Adelaide at Pirate Life or road trip to the Adelaide Hills' Prancing Pony Brewery in Mount Barker;Australia's only fire brewery where beer is brewed on an open flame. Need to keep everyone happy? Head for Lot 100, a collaborative cellar door for Adelaide Hills Cider, Mismatch Brewing, Vinteloper wines, Adelaide Hills Distillery, Ashton Valley Fresh juices, underpinned by an incredible restaurant. Here's where to find the best microbreweries and craft brewers in South Australia.
3. Wine regions
With more than 200 cellar doors on its doorstep, Adelaide is the wine capital of Australia and the best news is, it’s all so accessible. You can head to the Barossa and drink the official world’s best wine and be back in the afternoon in time for the game. Or head down the road to the Adelaide Hills, known for its cool climate wines, and sip Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with jaw-dropping views to match. The world-renowned wines of McLaren Vale and Clare Valley are just a stone’s throw away, too. Here’s our guide to the best day trips from Adelaide.
With so many exceptional beaches so close to the city centre, Adelaide's sand and surf are virtually inescapable. Chuck on your bathers and jump on a tram just 20 minutes to Adelaide’s favourite city beach, Glenelg. Walk along the foreshore and grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants dotting Jetty Road, take a twilight cruise or swim with dolphins. In warmer months, kick your shoes off and pull up a seat at the bar without even taking your toes out the sand. As the weather cools down, cosy up in an igloo with a glass of red just a short stroll from the water's edge. Or head to Henley Beach to kick back seaside over dinner and drinks as the sun sets beyond the horizon. Surrounded by a range of high-end seafood restaurants and centering around a bustling grassed square, Henley is a must-visit whether you’re after a quality dinner, a quality swim, or a bit of both. Here's our guide to the best beaches near Adelaide and where to find the best beach bars.
5. AFL Max, Adelaide
Get a double-dose of footy and head for the brand-spanking-new AFL Max, the perfect way for football-fanatic families to burn off a bit of energy. Developed by some of the biggest names in the game, explore seven zones at the huge sports and entertainment hub with AFL-themed jumping zones, climbing walls, tackling courses, virtual reality experiences and even an AFL draft-testing facility. AFL Max is the only centre of its kind in Australia and is just 15 minutes west from the city at Adelaide Airport. Here's more suggestions for family-friendly things to do in Adelaide.
Here for a few days? Start planning with our Adelaide itinerary, from the best places to stay, spots to eat and things to do then start making a bucket list with our guide to the top 10 things to do in Adelaide.