Explore South Australia
South Australia boasts some of the country’s best festivals, events, wine regions, restaurants, bars and beaches.
South Australia – Lonely Planet’s 5th best region to visit in 2017 – is home to iconic destinations like the Flinders Ranges and Outback, Kangaroo Island and the Barossa.
Explore the diverse regions of South Australia while you’re here for the Santos Tour Down Under.
Adelaide is South Australia’s vibrant capital city, which itself is a hub for gourmet food and wine experiences with a bustling bar scene, art, music, culture and world-class sporting events hosted year-round. Adelaide has also been listed as one of the Great Wine Capitals of the World. Adelaide is the gateway to some of Australia’s best wine country, and a great place to begin your South Australian holiday. Find out more about Adelaide on SouthAustralia.com.
Just twenty minutes from the city of Adelaide lies the land of the long lunch; the Adelaide Hills. The Adelaide Hills is the perfect place to taste some of Australia’s best cool-climate wines, food and produce straight from nature’s top shelf. The Adelaide Hills are also home to stunning walking and cycling trails, whether you’re looking for a relaxing meander or a thrilling mountain bike experience. Find out more about the Adelaide Hills on SouthAustralia.com.
The famous Barossa contains some of the world’s best wineries and sumptuous food, just 50 minutes’ drive north east of Adelaide. Wander into one of the many cellar doors where you can often meet the wine-maker, family owners and proud locals living and working on the property. Take your bike and fill your basket on the Butcher, Baker, Winemaker Trail and celebrate the distinctive culinary traditions of the Barossa. Find out more about the Adelaide Hills on SouthAustralia.com.
Hire a car in Adelaide and set off on a journey of discovery to the Clare Valley. Less than two hours from the city, the Clare Valley is the heart of the Australian Riesling scene, with quaint bed and breakfasts, historic pubs and an emerging gourmet food scene. If you’re feeling energetic, hire a bike and cruise along the 35 kilometre Riesling Trail; ride among the vines, right up to cellar doors and take home a bottle or two of your favourites. Find out more about the Clare Valley on SouthAustralia.com.
The Eyre Peninsula is known as Australia’s seafood frontier, renowned as one of the finest fishing areas in Australia with some of the freshest, tastiest seafood on offer all year round. See, taste and buy fresh seafood straight from suppliers or treat yourself to a dining experience like no other at one of the region’s bustling restaurants or hotels. The Eyre Peninsula is an hour’s flight away from Adelaide Airport, with long stretches of ocean views to enjoy on the way. Learn more about the Eyre Peninsula on SouthAustralia.com.
Spend some time in nature’s playground on the Fleurieu Peninsula, less than an hour’s drive from Adelaide. Beach culture is embedded in the Fleurieu Peninsula. Surfers jog down to the water each morning with boards under their arms. Families walk along the sand collecting shells and constructing sandcastles. Grab some fish and chips and watch the waves or indulge in award-winning wine as you watch the sun set over the ocean. Find out more about the Fleurieu Peninsula on SouthAustralia.com.
Flinders Ranges and Outback
Step back in time and explore the Flinders Ranges and Outback South Australia. A few days in this beautifully rugged, 540 million-year-old landscape will stay with you forever. The Flinders Ranges by Bike route uses parts of the Mawson Trail, and is an adventure cyclist’s dream. Melrose is the perfect base to easily explore the region with cycling trails accessible from the town centre. There are plenty of ways to get to the Flinders Ranges and Outback, whether you self-drive, hop on The Ghan train service or catch a regional flight from Adelaide Airport. Find out more about the Flinders Ranges and Outback on SouthAustralia.com.
Kangaroo Island is just 45 minutes on a ferry from mainland South Australia, but feels like a whole world away. Kangaroo Island is a sanctuary for wildlife and natural rugged beauty, and the perfect place to disconnect and recharge. The Island is home to national and conservation parks, with wind and sea-sculpted rock formations, towering gum trees and inquisitive native wildlife. The best way to explore the island is to hire a car and take a self-drive tour. Find out more about Kangaroo Island on SouthAustralia.com.
Bring back the great family road trip and head south-east from Adelaide to the Limestone Coast. The Limestone Coast is the perfect road trip destination, with natural wonders, stunning coastline, rolling vineyards and ancient caves ready to explore. A must-stop location is Mount Gambier’s Blue Lake, which fills the crater of a dormant volcano, as well as the World Heritage Listed Naracoorte Caves, which are around half a million years old. Find out more about the Limestone Coast on SouthAustralia.com.
Murray River, Lakes and Coorong
From its source in the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales, the Murray flows 2,520 kilometres to the Southern Ocean in South Australia. It passes through the Riverland, down to Murray Bridge and on to the Lakes and Coorong. Whether you want to relax on a leisurely houseboat holiday or explore Australia’s greatest waterway – the choice is yours. See wildlife up close or head into the mallee scrub for an exhilarating 4WD adventure. Due to the size of the region, travelling by car is the best way for you to see the most of the mighty Murray and surrounding towns. Find out more about the Murray River, Lakes and Coorong on SouthAustralia.com.
Clock on to ‘river time’ and let the days stretch before you in the Riverland. Blanchetown, the gateway to the Riverland, is just 90 minutes’ drive from Adelaide, and most major towns are less than an hour away from there. The next boat departs whenever you want, lunchtime is whenever you're hungry and checkout is whenever you wake up. Stunning conservation parks, a thriving fruit industry and the rush of water sports make the Riverland a great place to keep the family entertained. Find out more about the Riverland on SouthAustralia.com.
Just 60 minutes’ drive out of Adelaide is the gateway to the Yorke Peninsula, Port Wakefield. The driving is easy and best of all there are no traffic lights. Towns and attractions are close to each other, so travel is leisurely. Yorke Peninsula is one big coastal playground with plenty of things to see and do for every member of the family. Discover the Yorke Peninsula’s spectacular coastline as you ‘Walk the Yorke’ along 500 kilometres of shared walking and cycling leisure trails. Enjoy a holiday on the coast like no other with picturesque surfing spots, pristine places to fish and kilometres of white, sandy beaches which make awesome beach cricket pitches. Find out more about the Yorke Peninsula on SouthAustralia.com.