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20 Sep 2017

From cuddling a koala at Cleland to sipping world-famous wine at Penfolds, there's so much to do around South Australia before the 2pm Test.

From getting up-close and personal with native wildlife to exploring nearby galleries, museums, restaurants and bars, in South Australia, there’s so much to do before the 2pm Ashes Test match!

1. 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.

2. Wine tasting

Visit the home of Penfolds Grange at Penfolds Magill Estate where contemporary food, an extensive collection of Penfolds wines, and stunning views create one of Australia’s finest food and wine experiences. Penfolds is just a few minutes’ drive from the city centre.

Want to travel further afield? Forget your map and jump into McLaren Vale. At almost every turn you’ll find world-class wine, opulent accommodation, stunning wineries and sumptuous food. Branch out and try something different. You might even discover your new favourite drop.

3. Brewery tours

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' 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.

4. Beachside brunch

Family-friendly Glenelg is our most popular metropolitan beach. It’s also one of the best places for a seaside brunch, with countless cafés and restaurants plating-up delicious meals using locally-sourced produce. Jump back into the car for ten minutes and you’ll be at Brighton. Mirroring Glenelg with its own Jetty Road, Brighton has a similar relaxed vibe with eclectic cafés, restaurants and fish and chip shops aplenty.

5. 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.

6. BBQ Buoys

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.

7. HandleBar

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.

8. 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.