Lonely Planet Writer

Australia's Adelaide Oval arena opens its rooftop to the public for climbing expeditions

The Adelaide Oval, one of Australia’s foremost sporting arenas and an international tourist attraction in itself, is giving people the opportunity from this week to see the world from its rooftop.

The rooftop route across the Oval arena has caused great delight by the people who have undertaken the sky-high adventure
The rooftop route across the Oval arena has caused great delight by the people who have undertaken the sky-high adventure Image by eosdude / CC BY 2.0

The famed sports ground no longer just offers the best seats in the house but also the best view of the city as it opens its new roof-climbing tours.  The stand-high expeditions allow people to walk on a purpose-build path from the Oval’s Western stand to the Riverbank stand. The Advertiser newspaper reports that groups of 16 can relax on the seats on the Riverbank Stand while taking in the sights of the suburbs and beyond.

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Adelaide from the sky. Image by Michael Coghlan / CC BY-SA 2.0

Barbara and Lewis Curnow were among the first to go on the rooftop pilgrimage. They were delighted to get a bird’s eye view from the famed Oval. “It’s just brilliant,” Mrs Curnow said, adding that the experience was so uplifting that they would do it again. John Olsen, the Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority chairman said the rooftop route had been part of their vision from the word go, two and a half years ago. He said it was fantastic that they could now create their own piece of history for the ground, the city and the state.

According to Rooftop Climb, one of the best times to do the route is to watch the sunset over Adelaide, though the promotional material also emphasizes the benefits of undertaking the journey with the blue skies of daytime. Everyone who makes the trip gets a RoofClimb cap, a group photo and a certificate of achievement.