2018 has begun and there are more reasons than ever to celebrate and embrace our gorgeous state and all it has to offer. From world-class sporting events to stunning wine festivals, there are going to be plenty of opportunities to take advantage of the summer days and nights. Luckily for us the South Australian Tourism Commission has put together a list of the top 5 events to welcome in 2018… so get those fresh diaries out and add these to your plans!!
1. World Tennis Challenge: January 8 – 10
Returning to Memorial Drive for three nights of all-star entertainment, the World Tennis Challenge will see sporting legends and some of the world’s top current players battle it out in an all-or-nothing showdown. With big names like Australia’s golden boy, Mark Philippoussis and American doubles sensations the Bryan brothers, make sure you do not miss the chance to be amongst it all and make the most of the warm summer nights. Tickets are on sale now here, starting from $6 for children and $11 for adults. You can also see our article here for more info.
2. Santos Tour Down Under: January 13 – 21
Celebrating 20 years of history this year, the Santos Tour Down Under is an action-packed nine days of world-class cycling, festivities and amazing atmosphere. Showcasing parts of our beautiful state along the way, make sure to head down to one of the stages, gala dinners, concerts or street parties at some point – there will be something to do or see all along the way. For the ultimate guide on the TDU, check out our article.
3. Urban Beach: Until January 28
Pinky Flat on the Adelaide Riverbank has been transformed into a sandy oasis this summer for Adelaide’s first ever Urban Beach. With plenty to do for all ages, this is a must do this January if you haven’t already checked it out yet. Scrumptious foods, water play areas, and summer sports are all on offer. So book in a yoga class as your kids play a game of beach cricket, and have a real relax at the Urban Beach this new year. For a better look, head here.
4. SeaLink Kangaroo Island Racing Carnival: February 15 – 17
Think colourful marquees, fashion on the field, trackside entertainment and an abundance of local Kangaroo Island food and wine. The SeaLink Kangaroo Island Racing Carnival is a ‘must do’ on the South Australian event calendar. The Cygnet River Racecourse comes alive with great country racing on Thursday 15th (casual race day) and Saturday 17th February 2018 (when race-goers like to dress up in true racing style).
The Kangaroo Island Cup Long is another must do on the Saturday, where you can enjoy a stunning 4-course menu prepared by Sue Pearson from ‘Two Birds and a Squid’ accompanied by a selection of Dudley Wines and beers. Book early as tickets to this popular lunch event sell fast.
5. Crush Festival: January 26 – 28
One of our favourite three-day summer festivals will be taking place in the Adelaide Hills over the Australia Day weekend. Starting Friday January 26 2018, the Hills reason will be overflowing with delicious and local foods, events to suit all, and of course, lots and lots of wine! Whether you’re hoping to enjoy a fine piece of theatre, an 8-course dining experience while overlooking breathtaking vineyards or witness live street artists battle it out, make sure you add this one to your diary. For our ultimate guide on how to navigate Crush, check out our guide to the ultimate Crush weekend here.
6. Adelaide Strikers: January 9 & January 17
Cricket. We’re not sure the majority of people care about much else if the 40,000+ strong crowds at Strikers home games is anything to go by! Well, we’re mid-way through the season but the Strikers team still have two games left at the great Adelaide Oval. So gather the fam, get your fan gear out and head down on the 9th or the 17th (or both) to catch some of the best young players in Australia before they’re snapped up into the national sides. Also, give our Captain, Travis Head, some extra loud cheers before he joins the AUS ODI team for the Gillette ODI Series against the UK on 14 Jan.
So there you have it, ladies and gentlemen. There are plenty of reasons to get busy and explore our beautiful state this new year! For a closer look at all of the events on this month, make sure to also check out our must-do guide for January.