09 Dec 2022
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After the siren sounds, the fun is only just beginning in Adelaide.

Round five of the 2023 AFL Premiership Season is taking place in its entirety in South Australia as we all gather round for a festival of footy. Nine matches, four days, three venues and all 18 clubs descend on South Australia for a round of footy like never before.

Adelaide Oval will host six matches between April 13 and 16, with games on Thursday night, Friday night, as well as double headers on both Saturday and Sunday. Norwood Oval in one of Adelaide's buzzing inner suburbs will host matches on Friday evening and Sunday afternoon, while Mt Barker in the Adelaide Hills will host a Saturday afternoon match.

All competing club members will get free entry to their club's match, while non-competing members and general public tickets are capped at a single price of $30 for adults, $20 concession (15-18 years old), and kids under 15 are FREE at all matches. Tickets are available now via Ticketek.

AFL airline partner Virgin Australia will have over 71,000 seats available on more than 215 return flights to Adelaide from April 12 to 18, with flights on sale now

With one of the world's best sports stadiums, a city and surrounds overflowing with incredible restaurants and bars, and jaw-dropping regions within a short drive of the CBD, there are countless reasons to cheer on your team and make the most of your time in South Australia before and after the game!

Full fixture list for Gather Round:

Thursday, April 13: Adelaide Crows vs Carlton at Adelaide Oval, 7:10pm

Friday, April 14: Fremantle vs Gold Coast Suns at Norwood Oval, 4:40pm

Friday, April 14: Richmond vs Sydney Swans at Adelaide Oval, 7:40pm

Saturday, April 15: Brisbane Lions vs North Melbourne at Adelaide Hills, 12:40pm

Saturday, April 15: Essendon vs Melbourne at Adelaide Oval, 3:40pm

Saturday, April 15: Port Adelaide vs Western Bulldogs at Adelaide Oval, 7:20pm

Sunday, April 16: Geelong vs West Coast Eagles at Adelaide Oval, 12:40pm

Sunday, April 16: GWS Giants vs Hawthorn at Norwood Oval, 2:50pm

Sunday, April 16: Collingwood vs St Kilda at Adelaide Oval, 4:20pm

Dates and times for the remainder of the AFL season are updated closer to the time and further information on the fixture can be found here.

Where to stay

EOS, Adelaide
EOS, Adelaide

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 boutique Indigo Hotel perched above Adelaide Central Markets. Check out our guide to Adelaide's best hotels and start planning. Looking to stay a little further afield? Check out the best off-grid accommodation in South Australia or start curating your AirBnB wish list.  

Where to eat

Africola
Africola

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 feast? 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. Dig into why Adelaide is a foodie city then pull up a seat at one of the best restaurants in Adelaide.

Where to drink

Nola, Adelaide
Nola, Adelaide

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 lane ways 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 Great South Australian gin guide

What to do

RoofClimb Adelaide Oval 

RoofClimb Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
RoofClimb Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

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. 

Craft breweries

Lobethal Bierhaus, Adelaide Hills
Lobethal Bierhaus, Adelaide Hills

With more than 20 microbreweries across the state, there’s no shortage of freshly made ales, lagers and stouts to satisfy thirsty hop-heads. 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.

Wine regions

The d'Arenberg Cube, McLaren Vale
The d'Arenberg Cube, McLaren Vale

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.

Beaches

Henley Beach, Adelaide
Henley Beach, 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.

Start planning

Here for a few days? Start planning with our Trip Planner by checking out 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.

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