SA School Holidays
Term 1: April 11 – April 26
Term 2: July 4 – July 19
Term 3: September 26 – October 11
Term 4: December 12 – January 31, 2016


Old Tailem Town

Wind the clock back to 1860 and experience life as an early settler in Australia’s largest pioneer village. Old Tailem Town, about 90 kilometres east of Adelaide, is a replica village of yesteryear with more than 100 century-old buildings to explore. Each is furnished with authentic furniture and relics of the time. Browse the shelves of the more than two-dozen shops, all stocked with items in their original packaging and hardware. Other highlights include a collection of antique fire engines, a 19-carriage railway that stretches for more than a kilometre, and a 100-year-old, 70-seater picture theatre replete with 65 working old-school projectors.

Victor Harbor

Where else can you ride a horse-drawn tram in the morning, partake in a spot of whale watching in the afternoon and seek out penguins in the evening? The historic port city of Victor Harbor on the Fleurieu Peninsula, 83 kilometres south of Adelaide, offers all that and more. When you have had your fill of wildlife, head to Girdler Family Amusements at the end of The Causeway (long weekends and school holidays) for wild thrill rides. Explore Granite Island Recreation and Nature Park (home to the penguins) and take to the water on an ocean cruise.


Melba’s Chocolate Factory

Hmm. Did someone say chocolate? A trip to Melba’s in the picturesque Adelaide Hills needn’t come with pangs of guilt because the family will actually be learning something while indulging in all that chocolate deliciousness. The working factory uses 1940s-era chocolate and confectionery-making equipment together with artisan techniques to whip up old favourites like licorice blocks, traffic lights and rocky road. Check out the six themed rooms – chocolate, depositing, packing, panning, toffee and the cooling tunnel – and absorb the manufacturing process from start to finish. Be sure to grab a few treats before you leave so you can sample the fruits of all that hard work.

Adelaide Zoo

If you’ve every stumbled across a breeding pair of giant pandas and have never ventured across the equator, congratulations – you’ve clearly visited Adelaide Zoo, home to the only panda duo of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. A short 15-minute walk from the heart of the city, the zoo is a Noah’s Ark of all things feathered, furred, finned and more. Check out some of the close-up animal encounters where you can feed the hippos and inspect their teeth, meet a giant tortoise, hand feed a tiger, and handle creepy critters in the bug house.


Metropolitan Beaches

Trade city for surf on a family outing to Adelaide’s stunning beaches. A convenient tram ride from the CBD, Glenelg is a popular seaside spot for swimming, sandcastles and stretching the legs. Check out The Beachhouse for amusement park thrills, or head to nearby Henley Beach and take the family on a pedal-powered ride along the river Torrens Linear Park trail. Try your luck catching squid off the jetty, then head to Semaphore Beach for more carnival rides, and stretch out on a picnic rug on the grassy foreshore.


This information is for reference purposes only. While Stayz makes every effort to provide accurate information, we recommend that you check which public holidays and school holidays apply to you before making any travel plans.