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Getting Fit in Adelaide

Welcome to Adelaide, Australia’s hidden gem of a city. It’s known for great wine, vibrant arts, and not to mention an amazing variety of ways to stay active and healthy.

If you’ve been wondering how to keep fit while you explore your new home-away-from-home, look no further. This guide is for you!


Not a fan of the gym? No worries! Adelaide’s got enough scenic spots to make running feel like a sightseeing tour.

Riverbank Trail Loop

If you’re looking to combine exercise and nature in the heart of Adelaide, the Riverbank Trail Loop is your go-to destination. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or just someone who enjoys a leisurely stroll, this 6.4 km loop trail offers something for everyone. With the central city location, you get to enjoy Adelaide’s natural scenery without straying far from urban conveniences.

Henley to Grange

Fancy a beach run? Head to Henley Beach for the ultimate oceanside jog. Start your jog on the Esplanade, heading north towards Grange. For those who want to extend their run, the path doesn’t end there. It continues past Grange, taking you through natural scrubland alongside the picturesque foreshore houses, all the way to Tennyson.

Find your running crew

It’s more fun to run with others, and joining a running group is a great way to make friends. Check out Adelaide Running Crew, Brighton Run Club, and Medibank’s parkrun. Whether you’re a sprinter or a slow jogger, all are welcome!


For those who prefer their cardio on two wheels, the cycling scene in Adelaide is big –  plus, it’s a fantastic way to explore the city and beyond while staying active. Check out these recommended bike trails.

Belair National Park, Adelaide Hills

Home to Adelaide’s oldest national park, you’ll find multiple trails suitable for both beginners and advanced cyclists. Watch out for local wildlife as you pedal through woodlands and by lakes. You can hire bikes from Escapegoat Adventures, located within the park.

Coast to Vines Rail Trail, Fleurieu Peninsula

Perfect for all levels of experience, this cycling trail runs from the coastal suburb of Marino to the wine-rich area of Willunga. The ride is predominantly flat and offers beautiful vineyard vistas. Stop in at one of the many cellar doors for a refreshment before heading on your way. There are multiple places along this trail where you can hire bikes.

River Torrens Linear Park Trail, Adelaide

Ideal for a local ride, this trail runs straight through the city, connecting the Mount Lofty Ranges to the coastal suburb of Henley Beach. It’s a flat and fast route, perfect for a leisurely day of cycling. The most popular section of the trail starts at Elder Park and ends at Henley Beach, where you can enjoy a picnic or relax at one of the many cafés in Henley Square. Check out Bike SA for bike hire options.


If you love nature and prefer walking over running, hiking is for you. Adelaide has some of the best hiking trails that offer beautiful views and a solid workout.

Mount Lofty

We won’t lie, climbing Mount Lofty is a challenge, but it’s completely worth it for the stunning view of Adelaide from the top. Don’t forget to bring a camera; the summit is a popular spot for capturing scenic photos.

Morialta Conservation Park

If you’re in the mood for variety, Morialta Conservation Park is your go-to hiking destination. Along with a range of trails suited to all skill levels, the park is home to stunning waterfalls, rugged cliffs, and a diverse array of wildlife. Whether you’re an amateur hiker or an experienced trekker, Morialta offers a well-rounded outdoor experience that combines both natural beauty and physical challenge.

Mix it up: Fun ways to exercise

Want to try something unique? Here are some fun alternatives.

Salty Sips

For a unique and social fitness experience, don’t miss Salty Sips—a free, weekly community event every Wednesday. Start the morning with a quick yoga or pilates session, followed by an invigorating ocean swim. The event wraps up with warm drinks and friendly chats at nearby cafes. Follow their Instagram page for details and updates.

Kayaking at Port Adelaide

Water sports, anyone? Kayaking offers a different kind of workout and lets you explore the waterways of Port Adelaide. Hire a kayak and explore at your own pace, or take a guided tour with Dolphin Sanctuary Kayak Tours.

Indoor rock climbing

Vertical Reality Climbing offers indoor rock climbing that’s great for building strength and having fun. It’s beginner-friendly, and you can go alone or with friends.

Yoga in the park

Looking to unwind and find your zen? Adelaide has you covered with lush parks and gardens that are perfect for rolling out a yoga mat. Whether you’re into Kirtan meditation or Yin Yoga, the city’s green spaces offer a slice of serenity in the urban hustle. Local wellness centres even offer classes to help you get the most out of your experience. Check out the City of Adelaide website for upcoming classes and events.

If joining a sporting team is more your thing check out: Playing Sport in Your City.