20 things to do at the Santos Tour Down Under

With Australia’s largest professional cycling race, the Santos Tour Down Under (or TDU), hitting the streets of South Australia this week (and kicking off the start of the international cycling season), enthusiasts of all ages will be descending upon this exciting event. 

To celebrate the 20 years of this iconic event, we’ve put together a list of fun and interesting things happening in and around Adelaide during this time. 

It’s a great opportunity to spend some quality time with your family. Together you can enjoy some of those special little moments that add up to wonderful childhood experiences, while being active and engaged in this exhilarating event.

Things to do in the City of Adelaide Tour Village and family zone around town

1. Hit the chill out zone
Beat the heat in Bupa’s family zone, plenty of shade, misting fans and giant family colouring-in TDU mural wall. See if your family can spot some of Adelaide’s famous landmarks on the mural and get colouring! 

2. Create great family conversation
Grab your free pack of Bupa’s Team Talk and play with your family by using these prompts to get fun, new conversations started. 

If you’re not able to make it along to the Tour Village, you can sign up for the Bupa Family Challenge and download your printable copy of these cards today!

3. Get Pumpt
Jump on your scooter or bike and tackle the free Pumpt track set up in the City of Adelaide Tour Village. Suitable for all ages.

4. Get some history
Explore the TDU 20 Year Photo Exhibition thanks to The Advertiser, located in the Team Zone in the City of Adelaide Tour Village.

5. Brush up on road safety
Learn about road safety and sharing the road (cyclists and cars) as you experience the Motor Accident Commission interactive walk. The Commission also urges all to Be Safe, Be Seen during the event. Keep an eye out for their giant inflatable bike located in the middle of the City of Adelaide Tour Village!

6. Get busy with a celebrity chef
Enjoy family cooking demonstrations with, The Cook and The Chef’s, Simon Bryant, plus daily science activities in the Santos marquee. 

7. Be a sing star
Belt out your favorite tunes in Subaru’s Car-a-oke, after you’ve conquered the fun inflatable obstacle course.

8. Have some free family fun
Join us at our Family Days for free fun and activities on Sunday 14th and 21st Jan.

9. Catch some coffee art
Watch the Tour Village come alive at night with the Grinders Coffee Roasters Latte Art Tournament on Wednesday night, and catch all the action of the Wilson Parking Carpark Climb on Saturday night.

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10. Explore the jaw-dropping markets
Visit the lively Adelaide Central Markets, which is one of the largest undercover markets in the Southern Hemisphere. Stock up on incredible produce, meats and cheese – perfect for a picnic with the family.

11. Grab some culture at the museum
Walk along North Terrace and stop at the South Australian Museum. Find yourself dwarfed by huge dinosaur skeletons and gape at the incredible giant squid. Learn about the courageous Antarctic Explorer, Sir Douglas Mawson and travel through space with relics from astronaut Andy Thomas’s space adventures.

12. See the dazzling lights
The State Library comes alive at night as stories, characters and some hidden gems from the Library’s collections are projected onto the exterior wall of the Institute building. Screening every night of the year, including from sunset to midnight during summer, The Story Wall appeals to all ages. 

Get active on your bike or closer to the cycling action

13. Gear up as a family
Get the family peddling at the Bupa Family Ride on Sunday 14th Jan in the CBD or on Thursday 18 Jan at Victor Harbor. Balance bikes and trailers welcome so the whole family can be involved.

14. Try the kids only ride
Get the kids in on the Bupa mini tour for kids on Tuesday 16 January at Lyndoch in the Barossa, or laps of the Stage 6 finish circuit on Sunday 21 January. While you’re in the Barossa take a side trip to Maggie Beer’s Farm to sample some iconic local fare and admire the beautiful array of birds and wildlife around the dam. 

15. Support the Bupa Challenge participants
Challengers love supporters to help them through. Cheer on family members or the other 5000 strong contingent tackling the Bupa Challenge Tour on Friday 19th Jan on the same track as the professional cyclists.  

16. Hit the bikes paths
Feel the wind through your hair and sunshine on your face as you cycle along the Linear Park bike path. If you don't have a bike, don't worry – your family can hire bikes for free with City Bikes from one of 14 city locations. 

17. Take in the rich culture
If you’re at Port Adelaide to watch the start of Stage 1, you'll find the Maritime Museum, National Railway Museum and South Australian Aviation Museum all within walking distance. Keep an eye on the river too and you may spot a pod of dolphins that call the river home!

18. Indulge in berry picking

Head to the beautiful Adelaide Hills to watch Stage 2 and stop in to pick your own fresh and delicious strawberries at Beerenberg Farm.

19. Explore the fun side of town
The Big Screen Video Stage 3 Start at Glenelg is just a tram-ride away from the city centre. The kids will love the water feature in Moseley Square and The Beachouse with its water slides, dodgem cars, carousel and arcade games.

20. Hit the stunning beaches
Watch Stage 5 of the Tour from Snapper Point, and while away the afternoon in the soft sand and turquoise waters of nearby beaches.

20 things to do in and around the tour

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