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Find out what to see and where to eat at Base Camp

Base Camp is a hub of activity, perfect for before or after an Illuminate show but also serves as an event in its own right.

Image: Gang Gang

Back for its second year, Illuminate Adelaide is levelling up with the introduction of Base Camp. Serving as “Illuminate HQ”, Base Camp is a hub of activity, perfect for before or after an Illuminate show but also serves as an event in its own right.

Co-presented by the same team that brings you Gluttony and Lucky Dumpling Market each and every year, Base Camp will feature a selection of Adelaide’s favourite food stalls, bars and its very own dedicated ice-skating ring!

So, here’s what you need to know to make sure you don’t miss out on all the fun at Base Camp while it’s here.

When:

July 1st – July 31st

Mon – Tuesday: Closed

Weds – Thursday: 4pm to 9:30pm

Friday: 4pm to 11pm

Saturday 10am to 11pm

Sunday: 10am – 9:30pm

Where:

Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga

ICE SKATING RINK

The main attraction of Base Camp is obviously the huge ice-skating rink and whether you’re a complete beginner or a bonafide Chazz Michael Michaels, you’ll be able to glide around the winter wonderland that is Victoria Square.

Beats will be playing while you whizz around the ring and live DJs playing each weekend to turn Base Camp Skating into the coolest party in town.

Sessions are available every 60 minutes during Base Camp hours.

Price:

Concession $20 (off-peak) / $25 (peak)
Adult $28 (off-peak) / $35 (peak)
Family $80 (off-peak) / $100 (peak)

ELECTRIC PLAYGROUND

Exclusive to Base Camp, Electric Playground features three exhilarating installations.

ORBIT:

This ground-breaking synergy of sound design paired with futuristic lighting effects, ORBIT is a cosmic experience inspired by the solar system with a dedicated soundtrack created by Adelaide musician, Motez.

Tickets are $20 with sessions running every 30mins during Base Camp hours.

SEEP:

A new installation exploring the experience of seeping and falling through light and white noise. Through the use of haze, light spirals, strobe effects and sub-frequency sounds, visitors are thrown into a feeling of disorientation, compression and release.
Tickets are $20 with sessions running every 30mins during Base Camp hours.

NEON VILLAGE:

A winter-themed playground on neon and multi-colour, these installations, created by Carla O’Brien, gives an immersive 3D multicolour experience. Take a photo with the penguin, have a ride on the glowing winter sled or give the big, neon snowman a hug!

FOOD & DRINK

Image: Gang Gang

Fuel yourself and keep warm with a delicious selection of food stalls with something for every taste.

  • Ragi’s Spice Kitchen – featuring a new dish especially for this winter festival: Naffles! (gluten-free naan waffles topped with chicken tikka, maple syrup and butter chicken sauce on the side)
  • TOLY Vietnamese – bringing one of their restaurant favourites: twice-cooked pork belly in tamarind sauce with steamed rice and salad
  • Forage Supply Co – with their all-vegan, all-gluten-free and all-delicious menu
  • GANG GANG – festival faves famous for their bangin’ burgers
  • CREPE BAR – sweet treats and savoury delights all wrapped up
  • The Filipino Project – barbecued meats and more
  • Taco Cartel – bundles of spicy goodness
  • Sky Doodles – a family favourite, creating art from spun sugar
Image: Crepe Bar

And keep your eyes and ears peeled with more stalls to be announced soon

There will be plenty of places to kick back with a drink with Base Camp sponsored by Yalumba and Sparkke, so you know the options will be of only the highest quality!

For more information on all the happenings at Illuminate Adelaide, check out our guide and get planning!

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