Adelaide Sporting Scene

A spectacular sports scene

Our sporting events South Australia is home to many great sporting events and facilities.

Santos Tour Down Under, Adelaide, South Australia

In January, the state comes alive with UCI WorldTour cycling race, the Santos Tour Down Under. Throughout the year, Australian Rules Football, cricket, tennis, soccer, basketball, netball and rugby are all popular with crowds.

Adelaide Oval

South Australia’s historic Adelaide Oval has been the site of many great cricket matches.

Legendary Sir Donald Bradman played here and today, the sporting great is honoured with the Don Bradman Collection - a display showcasing his career in a state-of-the-art, purpose built museum. The museum lives in the newly-built Riverbank Stand.

Considered one of the most attractive grounds in the world, Adelaide Oval has undergone a significant makeover, with new southern and eastern stands and a pedestrian plaza outside the ground. The oval now seats more than 50,000 spectators and is Adelaide's home of AFL as well as cricket.

Memorial Drive

Smash a ball over Adelaide Oval and it’ll land in Memorial Drive, the headquarters of Tennis SA. Here you'll find world-class courts for hire and the World Tennis Challenge event.

The three-night international tennis event features current game champions and legends, including the two Martinas - Navratilova and Hingis.

Swim, splash and dive

Adelaide’s swimmers love the SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre at Marion - just 15 minutes from the city. The centre has been the location of the Australian Swimming and Diving Championships – which were selection trials for Australia’s 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics teams.

With five pools, everyone's catered for - including recreational swimmers, children and people with disabilities.

Closer to the city at North Adelaide, the Adelaide Aquatic Centre is also great for a splash, swim or dive.

Soccer, rugby and netball

Ten minutes west of the city, Hindmarsh Stadium is home to Adelaide United Football Club (The Reds) and SA Rugby League. It’s Australia’s best boutique soccer stadium and when full, the atmosphere is simply red hot.

Five minutes from Hindmarsh is “netball central”, ETSA Park. The Adelaide Thunderbirds play here. ETSA Park is right next to Santos Stadium, South Australia’s premier athletics facility.


The South Australian National Football League (SANFL) is South Australia’s state-based Aussie Rules competition.

This is “tribal” footy at homely, suburban ovals, such as Norwood Oval, Richmond Oval and Alberton Oval. The kids will love having a kick on the ground at half-time.

Cycling and hockey

Cycling here is more than the Santos Tour Down Under - although that's a big part of it. Champion track cyclists ride at the Super-Drome, just north of the city. This velodrome and the State Hockey Centre are both located at the State Sports Park at Gepps Cross.

Mountain biking

There are plenty of places for mountain bikers to ride, including Fox Creek Mountain Bike Trails in Mount Crawford Forest and Eagle Mountain Bike Park near Mount Lofty.

Eagle Mountain Bike Park has hosted the Australian National Championships.

Basketball and baseball

Basketball teams - the Adelaide 36ers and Adelaide Lightning - play at The Dome in Findon. The Adelaide Bite baseball team plays at Norwood Oval.

Morphettville Racecourse

Punters get their horse racing fix at Morphettville Racecourse or regional courses like Oakbank, Clare and Balaklava.

The South Australian Jockey Club hosts 65 days of racing action throughout the year at Morphettville Racecourse. The racecourse is easy to get to. It is located on the tramline just 20 minutes from the city and 5 minutes from Glenelg.

Local sport

Adelaide’s beaches stretch for kilometres and host a range of sports including surf lifesaving, triathlon, beach cricket, sailing and volleyball.

You can even play beach volleyball in the city centre on Frome Street. Courts can be hired, day and night.

Play tennis or ride your BMX bike at various parkland locations.

There are quality public golf courses in North Adelaide, Glenelg and Belair.

Adelaide - it’s a sporting feast.

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