Cool Things To Do In Adelaide During The Semester Break 

Adelaide is a fantastic city for international students to enjoy their semester break, with lots of activities and experiences to enjoy. These are some of our favourite recommendations of fun things to do in Adelaide during the semester break. 

Adelaide Central Market 

  • Adelaide Central Market is iconic! It’s one of the largest undercover fresh produce markets in Australia, and has so much on offer. 
  • You should definitely explore the more than 70 stalls and indulge in some delicious fresh and local produce, it’ll be a great day out. 
  • The Market often has events which showcase different products and cuisine. In June the Adelaide Wine Festival is being held at the market, another fun event to go to with mates. 
Cool things to do in Adelaide during the Semester break: Go to Adelaide Central Market
Adelaide Central Market Mettwurst Stall by Kina

The Adelaide Gaol 

  • If you’re a bit of a history buff, why not visit The Adelaide Gaol during your break. 
  • It happens to be one of the oldest remaining colonial public buildings in Adelaide, and holds a lot of interesting facts about the State’s past. 
  • You can do self-guided tours, making your experience much more informative.
Cool things to do in Adelaide during semester break: Visit the Old Gaol
Prison Yard at Old Adelaide Gaol by Andrew Wilson

Winery Tour

  • Adelaide is not far from some of Australia’s finest wineries. They are definitely worth visiting, not only to try some fantastic wine, but to take in the beautiful scenery and landscape. 
  • You can visit the Barossa Valley, the Clare Valley, McLaren Vale and more. Most wineries offer tours, with transportation options to and from the city, or, you could make the most of your time in wine country and spend the weekend there with mates. 

Kangaroo Island

  • Kangaroo Island is easily accessible from Adelaide, and is a beautiful place to visit – you can even do a day trip!
  • You can easily get the ferry, and spend the day exploring what the island has to offer.
  • Experience the beautiful scenery of Penneshaw, or you could do a Wildlife Tour and see some iconic native animals.
Cool things to do in Adelaide during semester break: Take a trip to Kangaroo Island
Penneshaw, WA by Ivan Frolov

Art Gallery & South Australian Museum

  • The Art Gallery of South Australia is home to a broad selection of art and is definitely worth visiting. General admission is free so it is an easy and affordable activity. It is popular for its eclectic range of art.
  • The South Australian Museum has a wide range of events and exhibitions year round. The changing exhibitions reflect the Museum’s research into understanding human cultures and the natural world.
  • You could do the Art Gallery and Museum in one day, or spread them both over a weekend. If you love history and culture, it’s a great day out. 

Botanic Gardens 

  • The beautiful Adelaide Botanic Garden is a true hidden gem right in the heart of the city. Why not escape the bustling city during your Uni break and explore the serenity this garden has to offer. 
  • You can also enjoy a special lunch, or some cafe food whilst you’re there. 
  • It’s also free admission!

Beachside Flair in Glenelg 

  • Glenelg is a bustling part of Adelaide for a good reason: This beachside suburb has lots on offer. Enjoy walking along the beach and out on the historic jetty. 
  • You could do a sunset cruise with mates, or hire bikes and ride along the coast.
  • There are several restaurants and cafes that span the coast line you can stop and enjoy something to eat and drink at. Don’t forget to have a swim at the beach either!
  • The Beachouse is also a fun place to visit, even as an adult, there is something for everyone!
Cool things to do in Adelaide during semester break: Glenelg
Glenelg by Devang Sahani

Visit Hahndorf Village in Adelaide Hills

  • Hahndorf is a historic and unique place in Adelaide Hills and attracts lots of visitors. 
  • Main Street has many cute cafes, eateries and shops to explore. There are quirky antique stores too. 
  • It would be a great place to visit for the day, you could play mini golf or visit the Hahndorf Academy.  
  • German culture is definitely embedded in the town, with many restaurants and cafes serving traditional German food. Why not visit the Brewery whilst you’re there too!
Cool things to do in Adelaide during semester break: Visit Hahndorf

Roof Climb Adelaide Oval 

  • Adelaide Oval is a tourist attraction in itself – however, you can climb to the top of the landmark which offers unique and unreal views of the city! 
  • RoofClimb is a unique experience. You’ll see iconic views, but you’ll also learn about the rich history of the city! It will definitely be an unforgettable experience. 


We don’t doubt that your Semester Break in Adelaide will be jam packed with so many fun activities with your mates. Enjoy your well deserved break with some of our ideas in this list, or explore Adelaide yourself and uncover some hidden gems.

Are you planning to visit other cities in Australia? Then check out our articles on Cool Things To Do in Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth!

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