The Off-Season Guide To Exploring Australia’s Adelaide

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Jessica Peterson

Most of us love to skip our winter to vacay in another country’s summer. Who wouldn’t? Unfortunately, there’s a price you have to pay for those sun tans, bikinis, and cocktails by the beach.

If traveling on a budget is more your style, you don’t need to miss out on all the fun! There are obvious perks to travelling off-season, such as cheaper flights, accommodation bargains, and smaller crowds. Who could resist any of these?

If you’re thinking of hitting up Australia the next time the travel bug bites, consider Adelaide. The best time to visit South Australia’s “City of Churches” in order to avoid the crowds and steep peak season prices is between March – May and September – November. Airline fees start to drop, hotels become more affordable, and the tourist rush starts to dissipate. It’s the perfect travel time for budget-savvy travellers!

Whether it’s the arts, culture, food, or history of South Australia that intrigues you, Adelaide is the perfect destination for solo travellers and budget-conscious families alike, providing a safe, exciting spot for all your holiday needs.

So let’s skip the peak traffic and see what Adelaide has to offer out of season.

Adelaide Botanic Gardens

If it’s Australia’s flora and fauna that caught your eye, then move Adelaide’s Botanic Gardens to the top of your list. Beautiful all year round, you can avoid high admission rates by visiting in September through November as the gardens flourish with beautiful spring flowers. You won’t find tourist-free views of the gorgeous rose gardens and water lilies like these anywhere else.

Explore Adelaide’s Laneways

If you’re a foodie, then the nightlife of Adelaide’s Rundle Street will be sure to please. Dotted with small craft beer pubs, cosy dining, and foodie-friendly restaurants and bars, Rundle Street offers up a slice of culture unlike any other.

Art Galleries & Museums

During peak season, popular sites like The Art Gallery of South Australia and the South Australian Museum quickly become overcrowded, hot, and time-consuming. Sure, the lines won’t be quite as bad as visiting the Louvre in Paris, but travelling out of season means you’ll avoid the wait and be able to spend more time admiring the art and history up close and personal.

Adelaide Hills

Home to vineyards, chocolatiers, cheesemakers, and more than a few panoramic views, Adelaide Hills is a great location to add to your off-season list. If you visit during the winter months, you can even warm up with a delicious red at the Adelaide Hills Winery, snuggle up near the roaring fire, and enjoy views overlooking the vineyards and rolling countryside.

Cruise The Murray River

Nobody said travelling on a budget couldn’t involve luxury. You can hire a houseboat with a few friends and sail it down the Murray River yourself! Really! All you need is a standard driver’s license. Explore spectacular scenery and historic towns all year round while motoring down the longest river in Australia in style.

Catch A Game At The Adelaide Oval

Aussies love their sport, and the Adelaide Oval plays an important part in this history of South Australia’s capital. It would be rude not to attend a game! Take your pick from the 16 different sporting events, major music events and concerts. There’s always something on at the oval! And with accommodation nearby, you’ll spend more time in the crowds than dealing with them.

Bike Along Riesling Trail

Avoid crowded bike trails with an off-season visit to Adelaide, making your way along the 33km long Riesling Bike Trail that used to be the railway line just outside of Adelaide. The line was damaged by bushfires back in the 1980’s, which has since seen it reimagined as a scenic bike trail.

Stroll Through Rundle Mall

Fancy a touch of shopping? Rundle Mall is the longest — and one of the busiest — malls in Australia, providing you with over 1,000 retailers and a lot to see. Visiting outside of peak season will ensure you can shop in comfort while avoiding the crowds and overloaded stores.

Visit Cleland Conservation Park

The Cleland Conservation Park is rich in stunning flora, features a beautiful waterfall, and boasts stunning views. It’s also just a stone’s throw away from Adelaide City! Enjoy panoramic city views from Mt Lofty, where you can get up-close and personal with Koalas, Emu, and other native Australian animals.

Out Of Season Is *So* In-Season

Traveling out of season is a great way to ditch the touristy vibe and live like a local for a week or two. Try commuting via local transport, make friends with the locals, and experience another culture in a way that you simply can’t during peak season times. Stay safe, and have fun!

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