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Fun Date Ideas Adelaide: 19 Date Ideas To Suit Every Couple

After some romantic, fun or quirky things to do in Adelaide for you and your partner? Look no further!

Temptation Sailing

Going on an ice-breaker first date, celebrating a memorable anniversary or simply seeking inspiration for a date night that excites? There are endless fun date ideas in Adelaide that are great for those looking for something a little more than drinks down at the local!

Let us guide you through a few of our favourite date night ideas in Adelaide that are perfect for daytime, evening, night-time, or even a romantic escape in the perfect destination for the whole weekend to lock in for you and your love.

Here is our pick of fun date ideas in Adelaide that you’re bound to fall for.

Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens (Image Credit: @altri_photography)

Spend an autumnal day out up in the hills at Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens

The Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens are undoubtedly one of Adelaide's most captivating date spots. Take a romantic wander through its acres of pristine gardens, with everything from cacti to perennials near guaranteed to have your eyes momentarily unglued from your partner's. 

It’s a great spot for a lunch date. Especially in Autumn, when leaves twirl vibrantly down from their branches in shades of amber and red. Stretch out a checkered rug and chit-chat as over homemade sandwiches. 

Afterwards, make your way to the Uraidla Hotel, for a tipple in the beautiful glass house dining area looking out over the local surrounds, or tucked away in one of the pub's cosy booth, decked out in woolen blankets. Cute! 

Adelaide Planetarium at UniSA Mawson Lakes

Hold hands under the stars at the Adelaide Planetarium 

The Adelaide Planetarium at the UniSA Mawson Lakes campus is actually a next level date idea in Adelaide. Hear us out. For two whole hours, on a Saturday, you get to set comfortably in the dark learning about the night sky together. Swoon much? 

It's also a great place for some public handholding if you're into that sort of thing!

First and third Saturday of the month, 11.00am, 1.00pm, 3.00pm & 7.00pm sessions

Find out more here


Get Cosy on a Remote Getaway

What says 'romance' more than a cosy weekend away, feeling like you're removed from the rest of the world? CABN gives you the perfect opportunity to steal away to the countryside and get closer to your significant other, spending time bonding over deep chats and long walks. These cabins help you have a digital detox, get off the grid and have the perfect reset, and with four new cabins now open in McLaren Vale, you'll can fill your getaway with delicious wines.

Book online here

McLaren Vale, Adelaide

Longview Vineyard Day Spa

Pamper Session at Longview Vineyard Day Spa

For those days when life is feeling a little chaotic, sometimes the best date idea of all is a romantic and relaxing afternoon at a day spa. Leave your troubles at the door, and book in for a couples massage that will nourish your body and mind at the Longview Vineyard Day Spa, enjoying a glass or two of their award-winning wine while you find inner peace looking out onto the Adelaide Hills. Try the Longview Signature Package for head-to-toe wellness, and even add in a little pedicure while you're there. This is one date idea in Adelaide you'll both love.

154 Pound Road, Macclesfield

My Lover Cindi

Have a brilliant night out at My Lover Cindi

One of the greatest date ideas in Adelaide has got to be a night out at My Lover Cindi. This is a funky and super fun bar, a LGBTQIA+ space with a focus on accessibility. Hit the dancefloor with your number one cutie and enjoy an array of queer performance nights. Sip on cocktails or some seriously tasty non-alcoholic mocktails and vibe it out, in the coolest, most welcoming venue in the city right now. 

Unit 2/192 Pirie Street, Adelaide

Oz-E Karts

Fast and Furious with Oz-E Karts

Perfectly suited to those who want an evening of adrenaline and high stakes racing, the brand new indoor and environmentally friendly electric karting at Oz-E Karts is one of our favourite picks for a fun date night in Adelaide. While you can hit the track for 10 minutes whenever suits, Wicked Wednesday's have a $25 deal worth checking out for a midweek drive, but it's Neon Thursday's that have our attention. From sunset to 9pm on Thursday's, the karting course is lit up with bright rainbow neon lights, elevating this experience to be a visual thrill, as well as a high speed race against the clock - or your date.

51-53 Jacobsen Crescent, Holden Hill

Barossa Ballooning Adventures

Hot Air Ballooning Across Barossa Valley

Take your fun date ideas in Adelaide to new heights and experience the beautiful landscapes of South Australia like never before – in a hot air balloon. Take the short trip at just under an hour from Adelaide’s CBD to the Barossa Valley and prepare for lift-off at sunrise with Barossa Valley Ballooning, soaking in the early morning tranquillity in a peaceful, yet exhilarating hour-long flight. Look down at the world-famous wine region vineyards stretching below and take in the 360° panoramic views with this once in a lifetime experience. Your adventure continues after touch-down with a gourmet breakfast complete with Champagne to raise a toast to yourselves. You’ll literally be floating on cloud nine.

$385 per person

Barossa Valley


Chuck An Axe

Nothing says ‘bonding as a couple’ like hurling an axe! Let off some steam and have a good laugh along the way with an axe-throwing session at Maniax

They have multiple options to choose from that suit every date vibe and comfort level, from a speedy hour-long ‘quick chuck’ session ($49 per person), a private 2-hour session ($55 per person) suited to an inspired double date, or their special ‘date night’ axe throwing option ($119 per booking) tailored for couples seeking an adventurous date idea in Adelaide, complete with a lesson from an Axe-pert, a pizza to share, a standard beer or non-alcoholic drink per person, and an hour-session of axe throwing – which we would say is more than enough to break the ice!

1 Light Terrace, Thebarton

Temptation Sailing

Take A Cruise

Take it easy with a cruise on the open seas with Temptation Sailing in Glenelg. Available throughout Adelaide’s warmer months with many options available to suit your style, this is certainly something to get booked in for your spring fling and summer romances. Spot some wildlife on their Wild Dolphin tour and take a dip in the sparkling waters as some of Australia’s most famous wildlife swim freely around you, watch the sun slowly sink below the horizon while sipping on a cocktail with the romantic Twilight cruise, or hire a private charter to spend an evening or night sailing down the beautiful Adelaide coastline.

Tour prices start at $34 per person

Marina Pier, Holdfast Shores Marine, Glenelg

Casa Carboni

Cook Up A Storm

Cooking a delicious meal together has to be one of the most humble and romantic dates ideas in Adelaide. Preparing a sumptuous dish in the comfort of your own home is one thing, but why not take things to the next level with a cooking class with Casa Carboni? This is the Italian cooking school born from a love of food, wine and passing on the skills and techniques of Italian cooking. Situated in the charming Angaston in the Barossa Valley, you begin your experience with coffee and cake, to give your body some delicious fuel ahead of creating a four-course menu alongside their cooking professionals to enjoy together after the class, and to recreate at a later date at home, cherishing the memories of your date while you’re at it.

Classes from $245 per person

67 Murray Street, Angaston, Barossa


Experience New Orleans at NOLA

Immerse all of yours and your dates senses in the excitement of New Orleans, right here on your date in Adelaide. NOLA is one of Adelaide’s top bars for a great date, with regular live music sessions from blues and jazz artists, special events such as a whisky masterclass, and parties that spill out onto the laneway. Order up some New Orleans infused food and drink and feast on NOLA’s Cajun and Creole cuisine and extensive drinks menu with seasonal cocktails for a tasty time dancing the night away or getting cosy in a dark corner together for a few fantastic hours.

28 Vardon Avenue, Adelaide

Ambleside Distillers

Blend Your Own Gin

If gin is your thing, then have we got the perfect pairing for your date. Take a trip to the romantic surroundings of the Adelaide Hills and stop into Ambleside Distillers to experience their delicious gin like never before – because you’ll be blending your very own variety. Enjoy a tasting while listening to Ambleside’s history before mixing up your own concoction of botanicals and flavours to take home. That’s not all that Ambleside Distillers offer, with tasting flights of their superb spirits available, cocktail masterclasses, or simply booking a table to sip a few G&Ts around.

$105 per person

Check it out and book your blending here

Corner of Ambleside Road & Mount Barker Road, Hahndorf

Monarto Safari

Feed The Lions at Monarto Safari

If you’re after a date in Adelaide that you’ll never forget, then buckle up. Show your date how tough you are, or give yourself the excuse to hold on to them tightly, with the Lion 360 experience at Monarto Safari.

See wildlife like never before as you get up close and personal with the lions from the safety of a 360 dome enclosure, with the option to hand feed the lions. Phrases like “within clawing range” and “prey’s eye view” may sound extreme, but this is a once in a lifetime experience! Even better, your visit will also be contributing towards conservation charities helping to save lions from extinction.

Book the experience here

Prices start at $70 per person

Monarto Safari Park, Old Princes Highway, Monarto South

Botanic Gardens

Have A Perfect Picnic In One of Adelaide's Gorgeous Gardens

Your date is tomorrow, it’s your turn to organise something and you’ve completely forgotten. Classic. Don’t stress, we have your back with the perfect date idea of a romantic picnic in one of the many beautiful parks here in South Australia. You can either stock up on nibbles from the shops or try a new recipe and cook up a variety of your favourite finger foods, perhaps getting a bottle of something nice to join, and not forgetting a blanket to sit on in one of Adelaide’s perfect picnic spots.

Lose time in Adelaide Botanic Gardens and the Himeji Gardens or take in the beauty of the sprawling Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens.

Sofitel Adelaide

Hideaway In A Luxury City Staycation

What’s more romantic than having an indulgent, luxurious stay in your own city – even if it’s just for one night. A staycation in one of Adelaide’s best hotels is just the ticket for some alone time, whether you’re shutting yourself in your room with a bottle of something in a bucket of ice, or dressing up for a delicious meal in the restaurant. Choose bright and bold with the Hotel Indigo and raise a glass to the perfect date while up on their rooftop bar, experience French decadence at the Sofitel or enjoy classic luxury at the Mayfair Hotel.

Adventure Kayak

Paddle Away In A Kayak For Two

When the weather is warmer, going on a kayak adventure has the potential of a perfect icebreaker first date in Adelaide or a great idea for a few hours of fun with your love. Explore with the multiple locations of Adventure Kayak in either Port Adelaide or further afield with tours along Rapid Bay on the lower Fleurieu Peninsula. Paddle through the dolphin sanctuary and ships graveyard maritime heritage trail, either self-guided or with an expert, cruising through the mangrove lined creeks at Garden Island or along the rugged coastline and towering cliffs of Rapid Bay in a sea kayak.

Tours start at $35 per person

Garden Island Road, Port Adelaide


Show Your Creative Side

One step away from ‘draw me like one of your French girls’, a failsafe date idea is a paint and sip session with Paintelaide. Bring your own drinks and nibbles along for a bit of ‘creative fuel’ and settle into their studios while you are guided through step-by-step instructions to recreate an artistic masterpiece to take home and hang on your walls, forever encapsulating a fun date night in Adelaide. The studio holds regular sessions for Van Gogh and Monet works, Valentine’s paint your partner, and weekly Thursday Treats Paint and Sip nights for a mid-week activity.

120 Prospect Road, Prospect


Appreciate Some Art

Adelaide spoils us with the amount of art galleries on offer, so why not treat your eyes to some creative talent and get to know your date even better as you swap notes on your favourite pieces? The Art Gallery of South Australia is a classic gallery to take your date to, or you can head down to McLaren Vale and make it an entire day of culture, complete with food and drinks as you adventure through the iconic d’Arenberg Cube

The Piccadilly

And If You MUST Do Dinner & A Movie…

Then at least make it extraordinary! Start your evening at one of Adelaide’s top fine dining restaurants and tantalise your tastebuds across multiple courses of expertly prepared food that will stay in your memory for a long time to come, followed by a film at Adelaide’s newest cinema, The Piccadilly in North Adelaide to catch the latest blockbuster or a classic favourite, accompanied by a drink in the art deco style bar space while you discuss your opinion of the film or to go over how delicious your meal was… Maybe even setting up a time and day for your next date.

Loved our edit of date night ideas in Adelaide and want to know more of what’s on offer? Discover more of what Adelaide has to offer with our ultimate monthly event guide and our favourite pubs with a fireplace to find a cosy spot.

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