The Adelaide City Council has taken a great initiative by offering free bikes for hire all throughout the city. You just need to provide current and valid photo identification, such as a passport or driver's license, and you'll be handed over a bike complete with helmet and lock. Not only is this a great way for tourists to see the sights and sounds of the city, it also allows local to see things that they might have missed out on. Bike baths stretch all across the city covering the parklands as well as the Torrens River, offering a great way to check out the city for free.
The citizens of Adelaide are very lucky to have an art gallery and museum that are open to all and sundry at no charge at all, allowing you to get a taste of art and culture at zero cost. Not only is this a lovely way to pass time, it can help to educate as well as entertain your children. If you are in the mood for a meal, you can camp out on the lawns surrounding the Art Gallery with a packed lunch from home, taking in the sunshine and fresh air.Free Tastings
It may seem impossible to get a bite to eat without spending a single penny, but even that is possible in Adelaide. Many restaurants offer free tastings, so that you can sample a wide variety of foods until you manage to satisfy your appetite. You might want to check out Food Glorious Food, located in the David Jones Food Court, where you can sample their excellent Japanese food. A good bet for a free sampling would be an Asian restaurant which would be more keen on attracting potential customers with free samples. To wind it up, take a trip to one of several gelato stores where you can often get a free spoonful of ice cream.Kid-friendly Options
The Adelaide Botanic Gardens and Le Cornu also come with a child minding service where your children can play under vigilant supervision. Or you can make a trip to the local library or take your kids window shopping at the mall. Go hiking at Falls Creek or enjoy the fireworks on New Year's Eve and Australia Day. Most tennis and badminton courts and cricket grounds are also free for children. Kite-flying and sand castle competitions take place on a regular basis every summer. Kids are also welcome in karaoke pubs on weekdays, even though they may be expected to pay on weekends. Take your kids to the Adelaide Hills or to skate parks, or if you want to treat them to free chocolate, take them to Haigh's Chocolate Factory for a free tour.