Adelaide Nature & adventure

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Adelaide Oval 2-Hour Rooftop Climb Experience

1. Adelaide Oval 2-Hour Rooftop Climb Experience

On this exhilarating 2-hour experience, you will climb along the impressive roofline of Adelaide Oval. Your guide will provide commentary covering a mix of local history, quirky facts and point out significant landmarks around Adelaide and surroundings. The tour begins on an open viewing deck, where you can take in the impressive vista. If you're more adventurous, you can try out the lean out point at 164-feet (50 meters) above the ground. Next you will visit the City View area, where you can take in amazing views of the city below. This tour runs throughout the day, including the early evening when you can take in the gorgeous setting sun and twinkling city lights below. After your rooftop tour, you will be gifted a group photo, a souvenir cap and an achievement certificate.

Adelaide: Dolphin Sanctuary Eco Kayaking Tour

2. Adelaide: Dolphin Sanctuary Eco Kayaking Tour

Go kayaking through Adelaide's Dolphin Sanctuary on this guided tour. Get up close and personal with one of the ocean's most playful and friendly creatures. Upon arrival, demonstrations and all equipment will be provided. Travel at a comfortable pace since you don't need any prior kayaking experience. Start your tour by kayaking your way through 10,000-year-old mangrove-lined creeks, which are the ultimate feeding grounds for dolphins due to the seagrass, saltmarsh, tidal flats, and creeks. See the sanctuary's abundant birdlife and intricate ecosystem. You can also paddle close to shipwrecks that have been abandoned from a bygone era. It's a special experience that simply can't be replicated.

Kangaroo Island Full Day Experience by Ferry Including Lunch

3. Kangaroo Island Full Day Experience by Ferry Including Lunch

Explore the highlights of Kangaroo Island on this full-day tour by return ferry and coach from Adelaide. See playful fur seals, the Remarkable Rocks, and Admirals Arch, as well as other native Australian wildlife.  Depart Adelaide and enjoy a scenic coach ride towards the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula south of the city. Admire views of the vineyards, coast, and rolling hills along the way. Upon arrival at Cape Jervis, board the SeaLink ferry for the 45-minute crossing to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island, where, a local driver/guide will take you on a tour of South Australia’s premier nature-based tourism destination. Go to Seal Bay Conservation Park for a beach walk with an experienced guide. Spend time amongst a colony of rare Australian sea lions. Get up close to the wild creatures as they frolic and laze about. Then, enjoy a delicious 2-course lunch.  Spend the afternoon at Flinders Chase National Park, renowned as a sanctuary for native Australian animals such as kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, and echidnas. Admire the rugged coastline on walks around Admirals Arch and Remarkable Rocks. Stroll down the Admirals Arch boardwalk to a rugged cliff face that reveals the spectacular rock arch formation, a safe haven for playful long-nosed fur seals. Keep a lookout for more kangaroos and wallabies on your return to Penneshaw or your return ferry back to Adelaide. Arrive at approximately 22:40 and be dropped off at your selected Adelaide CBD accommodation.

Adelaide: 3.5-Hour Swimming with Dolphins Experience

4. Adelaide: 3.5-Hour Swimming with Dolphins Experience

Spend your vacation doing something unique and unforgettable on an excursion that takes you out into the waters, and swim alongside wild dolphins. On this 3.5-hour tour, you are guaranteed to see dolphins, which are one of the Earth’s most fascinating and curious creatures. Meet at the Holdfast Shores Marina in Glenelg, a mere 15 minutes outside of Adelaide. From there, board the 'Temptation', a 58-foot colossal sailing catamaran. As the boat cruises, experience the beauty of Australia's southern coastline. Eventually, come to rest in the waters where the wild dolphins will come to greet you and play in the waters. Don your wetsuit, mask, and snorkel, and take the plunge into the waters. Experience the breathtaking moment when you see dolphins underwater for the first time. Watch and listen; their grace and playfulness is stunning and the sounds of their whistles and echo location noises are mesmerizing. Once your adventure comes to an end, you will be taken back to the marina. Spend some time checking out the many restaurants and shops that grace the shoreline.

Adelaide: 3.5-Hour Guaranteed Wild Dolphin Watching Cruise

5. Adelaide: 3.5-Hour Guaranteed Wild Dolphin Watching Cruise

Enjoy a half-day cruise looking for some of the world’s most delightful creatures, departing from Marina Pier, Holdfast Shores, Glenelg. Dolphins are among the earth’s most curious mammals and you will get up-close-and-personal with the beautiful beasts from the decks of the Temptation catamaran. You will be welcomed on board the 58-foot sailing vessel by an enthusiastic crew. Sometimes you will see your first dolphins within minutes of cruising. They seem to come out of nowhere to play around Temptation’s hulls. But be assured they are not coaxed in any way. These are wild dolphins that simply know the vessel, and know that they are not in any danger. As the gulf is home to over 1,000 common and bottlenose dolphins, the cruise comes with a money-back guarantee of sightings. The dolphins are only just out of reaching distance from the deck, enabling you to capture their playful displays on film. Back on dry land, you can spend the rest of the day exploring the faculties at Holdfast Shores Marina, or wander down Jetty Road in Glenelg, enjoying the dozens of restaurants and shops.

Adelaide: Dolphin Sanctuary Mangroves Kayak Tour

6. Adelaide: Dolphin Sanctuary Mangroves Kayak Tour

Experience the beauty of the the Dolphin Sanctuary in Adelaide on an eco-friendly kayaking tour. Discover a fascinating array of marine life and birds as your guide leads you in search of spirited Port River Dolphins. Meet your guide and listen to a short safety briefing to ensure that you are confident when kayaking. Put on your life jacket and set off on your hunt for Port River Dolphins. Have the chance to stop to take photos as you make your way through mangrove trees. Listen to stories from you guide and interact with the dolphins is the most environmentally sensitive way. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour. 

Adelaide: Port River Dolphin and Ships Graveyard Cruise

7. Adelaide: Port River Dolphin and Ships Graveyard Cruise

This is a must do activity when visiting Adelaide. This cruise will highlight the Port Rivers rich maritime history, as well as visit the iconic Ships Graveyard where you will learn about the ships history. Enjoy viewing the local dolphins, which are one of the only wild dolphin populations living within a city. Travel towards the bird sanctuary where there's an opportunity to see migra­to­ry shore­birds, includ­ing threat­ened species such as Curlew sand­piper. Whilst cruising the river learn about the Aboriginal connection to land. Perfect activity for all ages.

Dolphin Sanctuary and Ships Graveyard Kayak Tour

8. Dolphin Sanctuary and Ships Graveyard Kayak Tour

Take a guided 3-hour kayak tour of the Dolphin Sanctuary and Ships Graveyard Maritime Heritage Trail. Paddle along sheltered mangrove-lined creeks that are home to a variety of marine life, birds, and also the Port River dolphins. Explore an area that features 20 shipwrecks and interact with the dolphins as well, on an environmentally friendly tour. Paddle at an easy pace with plenty of time for photos and commentary by your guide. When the Port River dolphins come to play it is a memory you will treasure forever. The tour is recommended for adults and children over the age of 10 years, although younger children can come out and have great fun!

Barossa Valley: Hot Air Balloon Flight

9. Barossa Valley: Hot Air Balloon Flight

Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Barossa Valley on this hot air balloon tour from Nuriootpa. Watch the sunrise as you soar over the valley and end your experience with a mouth-watering breakfast on the ground. Meet your pilot and crew approximately 2 hours before sunrise at the reception center in Nuriootpa. Once everybody is assembled and signed in, your pilot will give you a briefing before you board a comfortable all terrain vehicle for the drive to the launch site. Drive through the Barossa Valley which is famous for having some of the most gorgeous landscapes in all of Adelaide. Once you arrive at the launch site, your pilot and crew will inflate the balloon ready for take-off. Have the option to join in with the balloon preparation. This whole process takes about 30-40 minutes. Jump on board, and after one last briefing and then it’s up, up, and away. Wave goodbye to the crew who will follow on the ground and meet you when you land. Relax and take in the amazing 360⁰ views. Experience the peace and beauty of floating over the countryside as the sun is rising. Fly for about 1 hour before landing somewhere downwind. Once you have landed your crew will meet you and it’s time to pack the balloon away. Hop back in the comfy vehicle and head back to the reception center for breakfast. The morning ends with a delicious Barossa breakfast back at the reception center with a view over Penfolds Stonewell vineyards. Chat with your fellow passengers and pilot about the morning's events, while sipping sparkling wine and indulging in the best Barossa produce.

Adelaide: River Torrens Devonshire Tea Cruise on Iconic Boat

10. Adelaide: River Torrens Devonshire Tea Cruise on Iconic Boat

Take a boat cruise tour in the heart of the city with live commentary from a friendly skipper and see why Adelaide is ranked one of the most livable cities in the world.  Begin by boarding at Elder Park Landing. Be served a delightful Devonshire tea consisting of fresh scones with jam and whipped cream. Hear a safety talk and introduction from the captain before your exclusive commentary on the local area and wider South Australia begins.  Float towards the Torrens River Weir Gate while passing sites including the Adelaide Festival Centre, SAHMRI, and Adelaide Gaol.  Enjoy 30-minutes of insightful commentary before arriving at Adelaide Zoo. Have the option to disembark and explore the zoo, Botanic Garden, and its surroundings.  Relax in the last 15-minutes and have the chance to ask questions, take photos with the crew, and get tips on what to see and do once you disembark. There will be an opportunity to purchase extra food and beverages from the deckhand serving from our licensed bar.

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Absolutely loved it. Only downside if you can call it that is dolphin sighting is not guaranteed and while we saw 2 towards the end of the tour, it was from quite far out so no photo opportunity!

Beautiful, cool slightly rainy day, saw 5 dolphins playing and swimming, relaxing tour through the mangrove creeks, lovely and knowledgeable guide Monique, highly recommend for all.

Enjoyable afternoon activity. Boat was clean, great lunch. Captain was very knowledgeable with great commentary along the way.

Great morning out visiting the mangroves, seeing dolphins and visiting the wreck.

Good trip although over too quick. Good information from guide.