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Free things to do in Adelaide

Planning a trip to Adelaide? Well don't worry, there's plenty of fantastic things to see and do in and around Adelaide that won't break the bank. Skyscanner Australia has pulled together our favourite free things to do in Adelaide (leaving you with some holiday money to spend on wine and cheese in the Barossa Valley!)

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Lake Bumbunga

Just two hours north of Adelaide lies a salt lake that looks like something from a dream. The salt from Lake Bumbunga has been harvested since 1912, but visitors are drawn to the spot due to the incredible colour of the lakes waters.

The water ranges in colour from rich blue to bright pastel pink. The colour changes with the light, season and the amount of rain in the area.

The spectacular scenery makes for terrific photo opportunities and even perspective shots. Be sure to wear shoes as the lake bed can be quite rough and sharp.

Mount Lofty

For a spectacular view of Adelaide look no further than the Mount Lofty Summit. Located 15km east of Adelaide’s CBD in the Adelaide Hills the Mount Lofty Summit rises 710 metres above sea level and offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city of Adelaide and the coast.

More than 350,000 people visit the popular summit every year. You can access the summit by car (though there is a charge for parking) or even make the trek up if you’re feeling adventurous.

There are a number of walking trails in the area as well as trails for mountain biking.

Waterfall Gully

For the nature lovers, Waterfall Gully is a must see on a trip to Adelaide. 8km from Adelaide’s CBD in the Cleland Conservation Park the falls are the perfect place for a bushwalk catering to all fitness levels.

Those wanting a gentle walk can stick to the paths around the waterfall but more adventurous hikers can have a go at a trail leading up to the Mount Lofty Summit. The track is 4.5km one way and takes about 2.5 hours to complete depending on fitness level.

Waterfall Gully is also home to a large number of birds and mammals. If you look carefully you may see a blue wren, an echidna, a bandicoot and even a kangaroo.

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Botanic Gardens

Over 2.6 million people a year visit the Botanic Gardens of South Australia. Made up of three public gardens; The Adelaide Botanic Garden in the city, the Mount Lofty Botanic Garden in the Adelaide Hills and the Wittunga Botanic Garden in south east Adelaide, visitors are spoilt for choice.

The Adelaide Botanic Garden is home to thousands of plants spread across 50 hectares of beautiful gardens.

In Spring and Autumn, check out the International Rose Garden which houses over 5000 roses. The Garden of Health has over 2300 plants from 257 different species that have been used in healing the body and mind for years. Split into two sections, the Garden of Contemplation encourages quiet moments of reflection whilst the Garden of Healing focuses on prevention and treating illness.

Free guided tours take place at 10:30am from the visitor information centre (except on days over 36 degrees, Christmas Day and Good Friday).

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Adelaide is home to some beautiful beaches and many are easily accessible from the centre of the city. Jump on a tram and you’ll be at the popular Glenelg beach within 25 minutes. Take a stroll along the jetty, go for a swim or soak up some sun on the white sand.

45 minutes south of Adelaide, the Fleurieu Peninsula offers dramatic rugged coastlines, untouched beaches and crystal clear water. Surfing, swimming, snorkelling and even winter whale watching make the Fleurieu Peninsula a popular destination year round. Explore hidden coves or find a beach all to yourself!

Now that you’ve got a list of free things to do in Adelaide, search Skyscanner Australia to find the best deals on flights, hotels and car hire.