Adelaide Budget Holiday Guide

When most of us say budget holiday, we’re really trying to say “we’d like to travel on the cheap, without the nasty”. With a plethora of free and low cost activities, beautiful outdoor adventure spots and great value food for families, couples and adventurers, the only nasties your likely to find on an Adelaide budget break are the cobwebs stuck to your wallet when you leave.

Day 1: Breathe in. Breathe out. Remember that? It’s called fresh air:

  • Strawberries and cream for breakfast anyone? October - May is strawberry season, so skip the crowded Woolie’s aisles and be the real fresh food people. Pick your own juicy morsels at Beerenberg near Hahndorf. $3 a punnet, $9 a kilo.
  • Explore Port Adelaide using the free bike hire scheme—you also get a lock, fashion statement helmet and route map.
  • The Adelaide Botanic Gardens should keep you out of mischief for the afternoon with it 30 hectares of paradise, including the art deco Palm House filled with rare flora—you can also take a tour – and it won’t cost you a cent.
  • A big night out in Adelaide wouldn’t be complete without a visit to party central Hindley Street. At The Woolshed on Hindley Pub, you can tuck into a 200g rump steak and schooner for $15 at lunchtime, and at night (when mains are $12-$28) put your inner thigh workouts to the test on the mechanical bull.

Day 2: Get a snapshot of Adelaide’s culture and artistic gifts:

  • Deliciously edge art is on display at the JamFactory [yes it is squished together as one word] Contemporary Craft and Design centre—with studios for ceramics, glass blowing, sculpture, metal and more. Tours $5.
  • It’s like a living book, full of over six floors of exhibits, and best of all won’t cost you a dime. The South Australian Museum has an ancient Egyptian room complete with a mummy, as well as many Aboriginal artworks and an extensive fossil collection.
  • With free entry to the National Wine Centre, you’ll have some cash for the $5 tastings, where you can try out your new found knowledge from the Discovery Journey award-winning interactive wine experience.
  • It may be hard to find on lively Rundle Street, but up a tiny flight of stairs is Vego & Love’n It—THE place for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike who love the huge serves and tiny prices (mains under $10)—even the lentil burgers taste good!

Day 3: A day designed to take years off you:

  • Everyone loves Lego, and in the Barossa Valley, Tom Lucieer has a worrying large collection of plastic brick racing cars, a medieval castle and moving trains. Entry $2 and even more impressive after a trip to the vineyards.
  • Helen’s Trojan nag looks like a pony next to 18 metre high Big Rocking Horse in the Adelaide Hills. Next door, is a Toy Factory where watch Pinocchio 2.0’s and other wooden toys come to life.
  • With a name like Hawker’s Corner could the food be anything but well priced? For around $12 for mains, you can dine on South East Asian fare right in the heart of the CBD.
  • Did someone say free chocolate? Visit a South Australian icon—Australia’s oldest chocolate manufacturers Haigh’s Chocolates - for free tastings and an insight into how Oomph Loompas transform bitter cocoa into one of the world’s most hedonistic wonders.

Recommended Adelaide Budget Hotels:

  • The city centre Country Comfort Adelaide feels like living back at home. They offer a wide range of accommodation to suit singles, couples and families - and just like mum and dad, they have a 24 hour reception waiting when you arrive home in the early hours.
  • Savvy shoppers can take time out at the Adelaide Paringa Motel, jus a few tempting metres from Adelaide’s main shopping hotspot, Rundle Mall.
  • The Comfort Inn on Marion has tennis courts, heated pool and a private bar serving up South Australian wine. Seriously, do we need to go into a sales pitch?

See the list below for more Adelaide Budget Hotels.


3.5 star
259 Gouger Street Adelaide 5000 Australia

You'll be centrally located in Adelaide with a stay at BreakFree Directors Studio, minutes from Adelaide Central Market and Victoria Square. This hotel is within close proximity of Veale Gardens and L...more

3 self rated
540 Marion Road, Plympton Park Adelaide 5038 Australia

Located in the centre of suburb South Plympton, Marion Motel and Apartments is 8 km from Adelaide International Airport and 5.5 km from the Glenelg Beach. It offers an outdoor pool, free parking on si...more

3.5 star
215 South Terrace Adelaide 5000 Australia

Located in Adelaide, Country Comfort Adelaide is minutes from Kurrangga Park and Osmond Gardens. This hotel is within close proximity of Himeji Gardens and Veale Gardens.Rooms Make yourself at home in...more

3 star
85 Hindley Street Adelaide 5000 Australia

Plaza Hotel is a short walk from many local attractions including the Art Gallery of South Australia and the Adelaide Botanic Garden. It offers air-conditioned rooms with tea/coffee making facilities....more

Miller Apartments

4 self rated
16 Hindley Street Adelaide 5000 Australia

The award-winning Miller Apartments are superbly located just metres from Adelaide's renowned Rundle Mall. They offer stylish, fully self-contained accommodation and friendly service. Guests enjoy unl...more

3 self rated
146 Melbourne Street Adelaide 5006 Australia

Offering free WiFi, Majestic Minima Hotel is located on cosmopolitan Melbourne Street in the heart of North Adelaide. Our compact studio rooms have been uniquely designed and themed by a selection of...more

3 star
41 Tapleys Hill Road Adelaide 5045 Australia

Featuring an outdoor swimming pool with a spa pool, Glenelg Motel is just a 5-minute walk from Glenelg Beach. Continental or cooked breakfasts is available. Guests enjoy 800 MB of free Wi-Fi per day....more

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