The Ultimate Guide On What To Do In Adelaide When It’s Just Too Damn Hot


Adelaide, you are hot. So hot. The temperature gauge is rising and that left us wondering ‘what does everyone do when it hits 40 degrees in Adelaide?‘ You know we love a good list, so with that in mind we have put together our guide to the coolest things to do in Adelaide when it is just too damn hot…


What better way to chill right down than by surrounding yourself with ice? Get your skates on and take a spin on the ice – day or night – while listening to some great tunes. Test your balance on the small or big ice!

SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre

Don’t have a pool of your own? Oh, you do? Well, you definitely don’t have a pool as cool as this! With waterslides, super slides and an inflatable challenge, this indoor pool is the ultimate escape from the heat!

Port Willunga Beach

Sure it’s not as close as Henley or Brighton, but it’s a damn lot closer than Port Elliot! Look at the jetty ruins on the shore, check out the caves, snorkel out and see the shipwreck or eat at the restaurant who took the shipwreck’s name – The Star Of Greece. If you feel like some adrenaline, take a jump off of one of Gull’s Rock’s three levels (just make sure to find a local who knows what they’re doing). This beach is perfect for those who hate the hustle and bustle of the beaches close to the city – you’ll always find a spot under the beautiful cliffs.

Head Underground

As anyone from Coober Pedy will tell you, when it’s hot on the surface, it’s cool underground. Lucky for you we’ve done the research and dug up (get it) a list of the underground bars around Adelaide to stay cool through this summer (and through any air-conditioning-free, power outages we may also encounter!). Find the guide here.


The Big Wedgie

There’s a stack of great waterslides around Adelaide at the moment, including the inflatable fun park in Bonython Park, and the Big Wedgie in Glenelg! While you’ll want to slip, slop, slap as it’s out in the sun, the sprinklers, rushing water, and the wind on your face as you plument down the world’s TALLEST and most EXTREME standalone inflatable waterslide will surely take some of the edge off the heat. Right?

Henley Square/Henley Beach

Is it too obvious to suggest hitting the beach? C’mon…South Australia has literally countless amazing beaches but the obvious (and generally most popular choice) is Henley Beach. Recently renovated, it’s the perfect excuse to head down there and check it out before rushing into the waves to cool off. You can stop off for a bite to eat of a refreshing drink at one of our fave Henley venues, Stella.

Delicious Frozen Beverages

Is there anything better than an ice cold beverage in the heat? Yes. A frozen one! Check out our guide to Adelaide’s Frozen Cocktails where we also drop some knowledge on how to create your own.

The Beachouse

One of the ultimate summer destinations has to be The Beachouse down at Glenelg. Besides the fact that it is air-conditioned inside (reason enough alone), there are also a tonne of fun games and activities to keep you and the kids entertained, not to mention the waterslides. It is by far the coolest way to cool down!

St Louis House of Fine Ice Cream and Dessert

While you are down at Glenelg why not hit up one of the most delicious ways to stay cool… St Louis House of Fine Ice Cream and Dessert! The name says it all, so we don’t really need to explain this one, but it sure is fine. Just wear your stretchiest pants for all the amazingness that will ensue…

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Hains & Co.

One of Adelaide’s coolest little bars, spend your hot summer days (and nights) tucked away on a land logged ship*. This nautically themed bar brings the ocean to Gilbert Place so you can sit back and have the Admiral serve you a cold beer and escape the heat outside.

The Howling Owl

Did you know that gin reduces the body temperature by half a degree? Well, that’s all the reason we need to hit up The Howling Owl, the definitive Adelaide gin specialists. We will have one Gin and Tonic, please… oh, who are we kidding, make that three! Not into gin but still want to hit up a bar? Check out our Bar Guide for more options.

Adelaide Hills

Escape the city heat and head for the hills! Everyone knows it is always a little bit cooler up in the hills; with so many stunning little towns (hello, Hahndorf and Stirling) and amazing wineries to pick from, you will be spoilt for choice. Some of our fave wineries to hit up in the Hills are definitely Paracombe and Howard Vineyard.

The Moseley Beach Club

Come and enjoy South Australia’s first ever beach club, hitting the sand at Glenelg on January 17 through ’til April. The Moseley Beach Club will operate 7 days a week, with single lounges and day beds available to book. If you don’t want to book a sun lounge or day bed, you can still enjoy The Moseley Beach Club in their open casual dining areas, packed with picnic tables & bean bags and live music daily. A definite must-do this summer! Read more about it here.

Port Elliot

Ah Port Elliot, the beachside town that Adelaidians flock to when summer hits… With its beautiful beaches and funky vibe, it should definitely be on your list of things to do when it is hot, hot, hot in Adelaide. Plus, it always does get a few degrees cooler down that way of the state. If all else fails you can just hit up the famous Pt Elliot Bakery and take refuge under the trees outside while you scoff all of the pasties and custard berlinas.

Brighton Beach

If not for the stunning beach views, the lovely jetty, the great vibes and, of course, the sweet relief of the cooling water… Then you must head to Brighton Beach for the amazing fish and chips from Brighton Jetty Cafe – because when it hits 40 degrees, that’s just what you eat!

Adelaide’s Rooftop Bars

It might seem strange to head to the top of a building where the sun will be beating down, but most of the places on our Rooftop Bar Guide are clever enough to have some shade under which you can shelter… and by shelter we mean indulge in some deliciously icy cocktails and a cheese platter.


Westfield Shopping Centre – Marion, Tee Tree Plaza, Westlakes

This might seem like a weird one but we’re sure we aren’t the only ones with this on our mind… Shopping centres are scientifically proven (okay, maybe not, but seriously…) to be at least 21 degrees and fine all the time. With Christmas having come and gone, it is the perfect place to beat the heat and nab a bargain at the same time! Hunt down your nearest Westfield this weekend and take advantage of the air conditioning that won’t hike up your electricity bill.

Art Gallery of South Australia

Do something a little bit elegant and experience some of South Australia’s beautiful art culture at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Besides the fact that they’ll definitely have their air conditioning blasting, you can also check out some stunning exhibitions and take in the beauty of the building.

Hit The Flicks

It doesn’t matter which cinema you go to, it is always freezing. In fact, while everyone else walks around in their scantily clad summer wear, we suggest you BYO jacket because we can guarantee you will have goosebumps while you sit and enjoy that movie. Plus, popcorn’s good in any weather – sorry, that’s just the rules, we don’t make them up.

Temptation Sailing 

Cruise the ocean while you dolphin spot and enjoy the stunning views. You can even tick something off your bucket list – swimming with dolphins! These guys have a ‘Swim with Dolphins’ license, so you’re all safe and sound in their hands. Cool off and swim with dolphins… Who would’ve thought… (us – that’s who!)

Shark Cage Diving

For the adrenaline junkies, this is the extreme way to cool off… It might take a bit of planning (and a bit of money) but if you can get yourself down to Port Lincoln then you can have one special/insane experience when you swim with sharks. All we have to say is thank goodness for that cage… There’s also the chance to swim with sea lions, if you don’t feel like being eaten alive.

Sushi Planet

When it is just too darn hot in Adelaide you crave cool food. Well, we don’t think it gets much cooler than sushi… Bring on all the light and fresh deliciousness! Yum! Plus they deliver, so you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your air-conditioned house to get your hands on all of the rolls!

sushi planet

Station Lane

Sean’s Kitchen, Pimm’s Garden Bar, Barossa Bar + Grill, Le Petit Rose Bar, Live DJs… Could you ask for more? The Adelaide Casino’s newest offering covers all the bases plus there’s plenty of air con getting about! If you’re not up for any of the above, why not stop by Madame Hanoi’s for some delicious cocktails?

Bobaz T

Whether it’s at an event, or in one of their two brick & mortar stores, Bobaz T’s bubble tea is definitely one of the best ways to escape the city heat while you’re shopping up a storm in Rundle Mall.



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