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Venue*Tix. Tickets for domestic and international one-day and test (five-day) cricket matches, other major sporting events, and concerts can be purchased through this ticket agency. Da Costa Arcade, Grenfell St. at Gawler Pl., City Center, Adelaide, SA, 5000. 08/8225–8888. www.venuetix.com.au.
Adelaide Oval. The stadium received a state-of-the-art upgrade in 2013 and is now the dual home for Australian Rules Football and cricket AFL—South Australia's most popular winter sport. The Aussie Rules season runs March to August and teams play on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday; finals are in September. Cricket season is October–March and this is the main venue for interstate and international competition. War Memorial Dr., North Adelaide, Adelaide, SA, 5006. 08/8211–1100. www.adelaideoval.com.au.
Clipsal 500. For wheel-to-wheel racing the Clipsal 500, also known as the Adelaide 500, is an acclaimed annual motor racing event for V8 Supercars, held on the streets of east end Adelaide. The track is a shortened version of the former Australian Grand Prix circuit. Serving as the opening round of the V8 Supercars Series, the event is held in early March and routinely attracts more than 200,000 spectators for four days of racing and concerts. Adelide Street Circuit, Adelaide, SA, 5000. 08/8212–8500. www.clipsal500.com.au.
Adelaide Arena. You'll find nothing but net at the home stadium for the Adelaide 36ers of the National Basketball League and the Adelaide Lightning of the Womens National Basketball League. Located in Findon, an inner western suburb of Adelaide, Adelaide Arena is a privately-owned multipurpose indoor sports stadium. The NBL season runs from October to early March; playoffs are in late March, early April. The WNBL season runs from October to early February; playoffs are also in February. 44A Crittenden Rd., Findon, SA, 5023. 08/8444–6444. www.adelaide36ers.com.
Adelaide's parks, flat terrain, and uncluttered streets make it a perfect city for two-wheel exploring.
Linear Park Mountain Bike Hire. You can rent 21-speed mountain bikes by the hour or for A$30 per day and A$80–A$100 per week, including a helmet, lock, and maps. They're open daily 9–5 in winter, 9–6 in summer, or by appointment. You can also hire paddleboats to use on the Torrens River from here, and buy tickets to ride on the Popeye—Adelaide's famous 40 minute cruise along the river. Elder Park adjacent to Adelaide Festival Centre, City Center, Adelaide, SA, 5000. 0400/596065.
Tour Down Under. The first stop on the world cycling calendar, the Tour Down Under attracts riders from all over the world as part of the UCI Pro Tour. Outside of the Tour de France, the event attracts the biggest crowds in the world for eight days, taking in metropolitan and regional South Australia. Victoria Square, Adelaide, SA. 08/8463–4701. www.tourdownunder.com.au.
City of Adelaide Golf Club. A 10-minute walk outside of the city, the City of Adelaide Golf Club—reputed to be one of the most picturesque golf settings in the country—runs one short (par 3) and two 18-hole courses. You can rent clubs and carts from the pro shop. Greens fees are from A$21 weekdays and A$24.50 weekends for the north course, A$25 weekdays and A$30 weekends for the south course. Playing hours are dawn to dusk daily. Entrance to par-3 course is off War Memorial Dr.; 18-hole courses are off Strangways Terr., North Adelaide, Adelaide, SA, 5006. 08/8267–2171. www.cityofadelaide.com.au.
Netball SA Stadium. For a taste of the popular Commonwealth women's sport of netball, head to this specialist netball facility, which hosts matches of the Adelaide Thunderbirds in the Trans-Tasman ANZ Championship, the National Australian National League, State League Subway Cup, and some international matches. Located across from the quaint Santos Stadium, it's also the venue for the Australian Metropolitan Netball League (AMND) Competition, and several other indoor sports, including judo and gymnastics. 155 Railway Terrace, Mile End, SA, 5035. 08/8238–0500. www.netballsa.asn.au.
Coopers Stadium. Also known as Hindmarsh Stadium, this is a multipurpose venue and the first purpose-built soccer stadium in Australia. It's the home of the Australian A-League soccer team, Adelaide United. The national A-League season runs from October to March; finals are in April. Holden St., Hindmarsh, SA, 5007. 08/8208–2222.
The Dolphin Boat. Youngsters—and the young at heart—will love a cruise on the Dolphin Boat, which allows you to swim with the cute and friendly animals. The dolphins and tour guides have developed a close relationship over the years, so you're guaranteed to get up close. In fact, if you don't get into the water to swim with the dolphins, they will refund the difference between the watch and the swim. Marina Pier, Holdfast Shores Marina, Glenelg, Adelaide, SA, 5045. 0412/811–838. www.dolphinboat.com.au. A$98 to swim, A$68 to watch.
SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre. Located next to Marion Shopping Centre, this new, state of the art aquatic and recreation facility is designed to bring elite aquatic sport such as the 2012 Australian Olympic Swimming Trials to South Australia. However, the FINA-accredited pools, waterslides, and health club are open to visitors of all ages; there's even dedicated kiddie pools for the little ones. 443 Morphett Rd., Oaklands Park, SA, 5043. 08/8198–0198. www.saaquatic.ymca.org.au. Adults A$7.50, kids A$6, family passes A$21, waterslides A$2 per slide. Mon.–Fri. 5 am–10 pm, Sat. 5 am–8 pm, Sun. and holidays 7 am–8 pm; waterslides: Sat.–Sun. 1–5.