See the city around you from a whole new perspective on the Adelaide Oval Roof Climb – check out the stunning views & find out why it’s the ultimate one-of-a-kind experience in Australia.
The Perfect Gift
I came across the Adelaide Oval Roof Climb while searching online for Christmas gifts for my travel-loving family. I always prefer receiving experiences over material things so that’s what I try to give too 🙂
Everyone was super happy with their Roof Climb gift cards – except for my brother’s fiancée Fiona who turned out to be afraid of heights! The certificates are transferable so she was able to give it to her aunt Colleen to go with her dad Ralph, as well as my parents & myself.
With 5 people to work around, it took a few months to coordinate a date & time that suited everyone but we eventually made it on the twilight Adelaide Oval Roof Climb on a perfect March evening.
Suiting Up at Adelaide Oval
Adelaide Oval is in the heart of our fine city. The best way to get there is to take the Riverbank Footbridge from North Terrace.
We arrived 30 minutes early (at least 15 minutes is necessary), which gave us plenty of time to read & sign the health & safety forms.
At 6:00pm our Adelaide Oval Roof Climb experience officially kicked off! We were introduced to our guide Adam as well as the 4 other people in our group.
Then we began suiting up in our custom blue & orange roof climb jumpsuits. These were put on over our clothes and as it was a cooler evening, most people kept their jumpers on too.
Glasses can be attached to a lanyard but no cameras, phones & jewellery are allowed.
The jumpsuit came with a safety harness and many other straps & buckles to put into place so suiting up took around 30 minutes. We were also hooked up with an audio system & earpiece and a metal trolley that would keep us secure on the roof.
On Top of the World
All geared up, Team Roof Climb was ready to roll! After a short walk around the stadium, an elevator ride & a few stairs we were quickly up on the roof of Adelaide Oval.
From up here, it was easy to see why it’s regarded as one of the most picturesque cricket grounds in the world. Trees & parklands surround Adelaide Oval against a backdrop of rolling mountain ranges on one side & the coastline on the other.
The natural setting has been so well integrated in the $535 million development, completed in 2014.
Much of the heritage of Adelaide Oval also remains, such as the scoreboard & northern-mound fig trees behind the beloved Hill.
Guide Adam enlightened us with lots of facts & stories during the roof climb. The audio system & earpiece was fantastic as we were always able to hear him clearly & from a distance.
As all of us were locals on the tour, Adam quizzed us on various landmarks across the city. We did better on those that the South Australian history questions… who knew that Colonel Light (Adelaide’s original city planner) was actually buried under Light Square?!
3 new grandstands were built as part of the redevelopment, which of course has allowed us to experience the Adelaide Oval Roof Climb today.
As I mentioned before, all climbers carry a metal trolley attached to their jumpsuits.
This is then hooked onto a railing system that runs the entire length of the roof climb. The trolley follows you along as you walk & you never have to hook or unhook it even once.
I loved being able to walk so high up with my hands-free, knowing that it was virtually impossible to fall or injure myself.
Safety is taken extremely seriously on the Adelaide Oval Roof Climb, as it should be.
I felt like I was in the safest of hands, which is why I think it’s a good challenge for those with a fear of heights. The roof climb is on a solid surface (for the most part!) and at 50m from the ground, it’s not tooooo high – with the metal trolley you’re also truly secure at all times.
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Best Seats in the House
The Adelaide Oval Roof Climb took us along the Western Stand. We went at a leisurely pace & were never rushed which made it even more enjoyable.
We made several stops along to way to talk, enjoy the views & take photos. Unfortunately we couldn’t bring along our own phones or cameras but Guide Adam took lots of shots. A group photo is included in the tour & more photos are available for purchase.
There’s obviously lots of walking involved on the Adelaide Oval Roof Climb and some sections are a little steep – but I’d say you’d just need a reasonable level of fitness. It’s definitely suitable for all ages, young & old.
From the Western Stand we climbed up to the Southern Riverbank Stand where we then walked across a narrow bridge under the roof. Now this is where a little vertigo could kick in as the bridge was quite exposed on all sides and you could look down directly down to the ground under your feet. Personally I love this kind of adrenaline!
The bridge walk led out onto a wide platform facing the entire Adelaide Oval. We took a break & sat down on the chairs – literally the best seats in the house!
The view was absolutely spectacular, especially at sunset. It would be awesome to watch a game of footy or cricket from up here, which you can actually do on game days. Roof climb & match? The ultimate day for any sports lover I reckon.
This was also the spot where we had the chance to lean all the way back off the edge of the platform, as far as our metal trolley would let us. With your arms open wide, the “Lean Out” should be at the top of every Adelaide bucketlist!
Adelaide Oval Roof Climb: The Final Verdict
We walked back inside & under the roof to complete our full circle of the Southern Riverbank Stand.
Along the way we admired the bright lights of Adelaide & the beautiful Riverbank promenade.
Soon after we came to the end of the Roof Climb experience & we were back on the outside ourselves, minus the jumpsuits (but we got to keep the caps)!
We all had an awesome time & it was one of the most memorable experiences we’ve had as a family.
The Adelaide Oval Roof Climb is one of only 6 stadiums in the world you can walk on, up there with the O2 Arena in London.
As a South Australian, I’ve always been proud to have Adelaide Oval in my backyard – now the Roof Climb is the cherry on top that I hope everyone will get a taste of 🙂
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Adelaide Oval Tours
There are 4 different Adelaide Oval Roof Climb packages available:
- Roof Climb Day: AU$104 / US$80
- Roof Climb Twilight: AU$114 / US$88
- Roof Climb & Dine: from AU$190 / US$147
- Roof Climb Game On: AU$235 / US$182 + match ticket
Adelaide Oval also runs Stadium Tours for AU$25 / US$19.
The Bradman Collection is free.
The Hill of Grace Restaurant offers fine dining overlooking the hallowed turf.
Of course Adelaide Oval is also the home of cricket & football in South Australia. It also hosts major sporting events and international concerts – whatever your preference, don’t miss a visit to this iconic venue!
Know Before You Go
Location: Adelaide Oval – War Memorial Drive, North Adelaide, SA 5006
Price: Roof Climb from from AU$104 / US$80
Duration: approximately 2 hours
Souvenirs included: Group Photo & Roof Climb Cap
Wear: Comfortable clothes, closed footwear (no phones, cameras & jewellery allowed)
Disclaimer: Thank you to Elise & Adelaide Oval Roof Climb for hosting me. We only recommend fun, value for money activities & experiences that we believe our readers would enjoy. As always, all opinions are our own – photos courtesy of Adelaide Oval Roof Climb & Guide Adam!
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Visited in March 2018