Blue summer skies and balmy nights are the perfect backdrop to world-class cricket.
This summer, snag your seat for a massive international test match at the world-renowned Adelaide Oval as Australia takes on India for bragging rights. After the final wicket, explore Adelaide with our guide to the best things to do post-match. From Adelaide Oval’s awesome atmosphere to nearby restaurants, bars, beaches and wineries, in South Australia, there’s so much more to love about a day (and night) at the cricket than the game itself. Here's how to make the most of the 2020 Vodafone Adelaide Test Series.
2020 test cricket matches at Adelaide Oval
Thursday 17 December: Australia v India (d1)
Friday 18 December: Australia v India (d2)
Saturday 19 December Australia v India (d3)
Sunday 20 December: Australia v India (d4)
Monday 21 December: Australia v India (d5)
Where to stay
Looking for somewhere to pull up stumps during the Adelaide cricket test? From five-star luxury to boutique and budget hotels, there are plenty of places to stay in the heart of the Adelaide Oval cricket action. Within batting distance of the game and just a short stroll from the heart of the city, the brand-new Oval Hotel is perfectly positioned for a weekend of sports, events and city exploration. The hotel wraps around Adelaide Oval and the on-site restaurant even boasts sprawling views across the field. For more places to stay in Adelaide, check out our guide to the best hotels in Adelaide including accommodation near Adelaide Oval.
Where to eat
Make room next to your zinc and hat and pack your appetite. Post-match, a gastronomic safari through Adelaide’s impressive restaurant offering awaits. Snag a spot at chic North African-inspired diner Africola, tuck into a smorgasbord of Japanese cuisines at Shobosho or grab a slice of authentic pizza crafted from Puglia seawater at Madre. And that’s just the entrée in South Australia; incredible restaurants beckon hungry revellers all over the city. Dinner is served so loosen your belt buckle and check out our guide to the best restaurants in Adelaide.
Where to drink
After the game, you’ll (hopefully) need somewhere for a celebratory drink or two. Luckily in Adelaide, streets lined with quirky, speakeasy bars run through the city like a lifeblood for thirsty revellers. You’ll find boutique bars tucked under the streets, swanky watering holes perched above the city skyline, laneways packed with cocktail lounges and unique bars hidden behind unassuming walls. Our top spots for a tipple or two near Adelaide Oval include Pink Moon Saloon, Leigh St Wine Room, Maybe Mae, Bank St Social or Udaberri. Sip your way around the laneways of Leigh St, Peel St and Bank St with our guide to the best bars in Adelaide then discover the best hidden bars in Adelaide.
WHAT TO DO
Got a spare day between matches? Jump in the car and within minutes you could be winding down leafy laneways where vineyards sprawl out before you in the Adelaide Hills. Sip your way around the best wineries, taste local produce and indulge at one of the many regional restaurants with our Adelaide Hills guide. For the ultimate blend of sea and vines, venture 45 minutes from the city to world-famous McLaren Vale where prime wine country borders spectacular coastal vistas. Explore more than 70 cellar doors, sipping your way around award-winning wineries like d'Arenberg Cube, Down The Rabbit Hole and Alpha Box and Dice or dine on farm-fresh, sustainable produce. Or head to the Barossa and drink the official world’s best wine and be back in the afternoon in time for an early dinner in the city. Here’s the best day trips from Adelaide.
RoofClimb Adelaide Oval
There’s nothing like Adelaide Oval cricket, and the excitement at the oval doesn’t have to end after the final wicket. Post-match, reach new heights on the RoofClimb Adelaide Oval at night. One of Australia’s most iconic stadiums, clamber over billowing rooftops and historic grandstands by sunset on a spectacular twilight tour. Snag the bests seats in the house and see the sun set from the best vantage point in Adelaide. Or keep your feet firmly planted on the ground and learn more about this iconic stadium on a behind-the-scenes tour. Go behind closed doors as you are told captivating stories, shown hidden secrets and relive celebrated moments. Stand inside the historic century-old scoreboard, explore the museum and enjoy a birds-eye view of the impressive Adelaide city landscape.
After a sun-soaked day of summer cricket at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide’s postcard-worthy beaches are the perfect spot to refresh. With so many exceptional beaches so close to the city centre, our sand and surf is 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, swim with dolphins then kick your shoes off and pull up a seat at the bar without even taking your toes out the sand. Or head to Henley beach to soak up the sun at the water’s edge or over dinner and drinks as the sun sets beyond the horizon. For more spots to sprawl out on the sand and soak up the sun, check out our guide to the best beaches near Adelaide and where to find the best beach bars.