Adelaide Oval picture
Stephen Beaumont/Flickr

Key Info

War Memorial Drive

Details

Sports Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.1scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

The Adelaide Oval is Adelaide's primary sports and entertainment venue. The stadium – which is located just north of the city center – hosts cricket, soccer and rugby matches seasonally, as well as various concerts. Available facilities include a restaurant; food, drink and merchandise concessions; restrooms; and a free museum dedicated to Sir Donald Bradman (an Australian cricket icon).

Many Aussies say the Adelaide Oval is Australia's best sports venue, thanks in part to its convenient locale and mix of historical charm and modern design. Sports fans will likely enjoy watching a match here, but for even more information about the stadium's sports roots, many suggest joining a guided tour. Depending on when you visit, tours provide background on Australian Rules Football (AFL) – the rugby style most commonly played in South Australia – or cricket. Travelers rave about the tours, describing them as "fantastic" with informative and passionate guides.

Stadium tours span 90 minutes and cost 22 Australian dollars ($17) for adults and AU$12 ($9) per child. They are available on most nonevent days at 10 and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. (A 1 p.m. tour is also offered on weekends.) Cricket matches take place between mid-October and late March, while rugby matches are scheduled from late March to mid-August. Prices vary by sporting event, but expect to pay AU$20 to AU$100 (roughly $15 to $76) per ticket.

The Adelaide Oval can be reached by riding the tram to Rundle Mall and walking or taking the No. 98A or 98C City Connector bus to stop No. 2. Other buses also travel to the area but are not free. Additionally, visitors can drive and park in one of the lots on-site. Fees apply for parking near the venue. More details about events, tours and stadium facilities can be found on the Adelaide Oval website.

See all Hotels in Adelaide »

More Best Things To Do in Adelaide

Adelaide Botanic Garden1 of 10
Barossa2 of 10
Type
Time to Spend
#1 Adelaide Botanic Garden

Adelaide Botanic Garden offers eight gardens, a wetland and a forest, as well as architectural marvels like the Bicentennial Conservatory and the Santos Museum of Economic Botany. Noteworthy features include the Garden of Health (an area devoted to plants with healing properties) and the Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden (where kids can learn about fruits, vegetables and herbs).

The 124-acre Adelaide Botanic Garden regularly woos visitors with its tranquil atmosphere and well-maintained landscaping. But if you really want to relax while in this city sanctuary, travelers recommend bringing a blanket and food for a picnic on one of the lawns. Also, save some time to admire the Palm House and the Bicentennial Conservatory's architecture. The former is a restored Victorian glasshouse from Germany, while the latter is the Southern Hemisphere's largest single-span conservatory.

Read more
ymgerman/Getty Images
See full list of Best Things To Do in Adelaide »

Explore More of Adelaide

When purchasing from our site, we may earn commissions. This does not affect the quality or independence of our editorial content.

Recommended

30 Amazing Caribbean Islands to Visit

It's time to plan your next tropical getaway.

Holly JohnsonAugust 8, 2019

The Best Travel Rewards Programs for 2019-20

See which airline and hotel loyalty programs come out on top.

Erin ShieldsAugust 6, 2019

20 Surprising Ways to Earn Loyalty Program Points or Miles

Branch out beyond hotel stays and flights to maximize your earnings.

Christine SmithAugust 6, 2019

The 12 Best Cancun Tours

These excursions will show you what lies beyond the city's bright beaches.

Lyn MettlerJuly 26, 2019

Traveling With Toddlers: 16 Tips to Make Your Vacation Go Smoothly

These expert travel hacks guarantee a happy trip for the whole family.

Kyle McCarthyJuly 25, 2019

The 11 Best New Orleans Ghost Tours

Hear chilling tales of the city's paranormal activity on one of these guided tours.

Kim Foley MacKinnonJuly 25, 2019

The 10 Best Seattle Boat Tours

Take in the Emerald City's top sights from the water.

Kim Foley MacKinnonJuly 24, 2019

The 6 Best Maui Helicopter Tours

Combine sightseeing with a breathtaking adventure on one of these flights.

Gwen PratesiJuly 23, 2019

The 7 Best San Francisco Boat Tours

Take in the city's major sights by water with one of these excursions.

Holly JohnsonJuly 22, 2019

How to Pack a Suitcase: 16 Tips and Expert Tricks for Perfectly Packed Luggage

Take the stress out of vacation prep with these handy recommendations.

Lyn MettlerJuly 22, 2019