Long, warm summer days are a perfect time to get out and about, enjoying the best of Adelaide. Aside from its many beautiful beaches and parks, Adelaide hosts an excellent selection of museums, galleries, gardens, and places of interest. Here are a few suggestions to explore this summer.
Himeji Japanese Garden
– Adelaide CBD
While international travel is still up in the air, this small beautifully manicured garden in Adelaide’s parklands is like stepping straight into Japan. The garden is wheelchair accessible, free to enter, and a perfect place to visit with friends or the grandkids. The garden entrance is via a large gate on the corner of South Terrace and Glen Osmond Road.
– Adelaide CBD
Discover the rich history of the migrants who have populated Australia and South Australia through the 20th and 21st centuries and made us the multicultural country we are today. From the British mass migration
schemes to the modern migration of university students and skilled workers, the Museum features historical documents and items that tell the stories of the people who travelled to Australia to start new lives. The Migration Museum is located at 82 Kintore Avenue, Adelaide, and is open every day (except Christmas Day) from 10am to 5pm. Admission is free. For more information visit migration.history.sa.gov.au or call 8207 7580.
The Bradman Collection
– Adelaide Oval
For cricket fans, the Bradman Collection brings together Sir Donald Bradman’s personal and priceless collection of cricket memorabilia from 1927 to 1977. The Bradman Collection is free to enter and open 9am to 4pm Monday to Saturday. For more information visit adelaideoval.com.au/bradman-collection or call Adelaide Oval on 8211 1100.
– Mawson Lakes
Ever wanted to learn more about the stars, or voyage through outer space? The Adelaide Planetarium at the University of South Australia’s Mawson Lakes Campus offers the opportunity to explore the planets and more than 5,000 stars on a large dome-shaped artificial sky. The planetarium offers courses and events for everyone, from kids to adults. For more information visit unisa.edu.au/connect/galleries-museums-and-centres/adelaide-planetarium or call 8302 3138.
From its wonderfully preserved period home to its beautifully landscaped gardens with views out to the ocean, there’s no shortage of things to see and do at Carrick Hill. If you’re visiting with children, the Story Book Trail in the gardens is a fun stroll featuring characters from favourite children’s books including ‘Wind in the Willows’, ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Jungle Book’. The gardens and Story Book Trail can be visited free of charge, the house is $17 for adults, $12 for concessions and free for children under 15. For more information visit carrickhill.sa.gov.au or call 7424 7900.
There’s nothing better than biting into a juicy freshly picked strawberry on a warm summer day. From November to April, the Beerenberg Farm at Hahndorf opens its strawberry patches to the public from 9am to 5pm every day (except Christmas Day). Stop in the Beerenberg Shop afterward to grab a homemade ice cream or try some of their beautiful jams and chutneys. For more information visit beerenberg.com.au or call 8388 7272.