Come to South Australia for unforgettable adventures, close encounters with nature, exciting events and outback landscapes.
Adelaide is South Australia's elegant, easy-living capital, where the people will make you feel at home and you'll get all the buzz of big city living without big city bills. You can take a morning dip with dolphins just 20 minutes from the city centre, in beachside Glenelg. Tour the National Wine Centre - offering the complete wine experience - or the fabulous Adelaide Central Market, bustling with people seeking gourmet specialities from around the world.
From Adelaide, it's less than an hour to some 200 cellar doors and tempting food and wine trails. Drink wines loved the world over in Barossa, Coonawarra and the Clare Valley. Journey to the outback to see the awesome Flinders Ranges. Or head south to Kangaroo Island to visit Seal Bay and clamber over fascinating landscapes like Remarkable Rocks. You can be the captain of your own houseboat and cruise the tranquil waters of the mighty Murray River with friends. Learn to water ski or canoe the river's quiet backwaters.
With thousands of kilometres of coastline, South Australia is a place for ocean lovers. Enrol in surfing classes on the Fleurieu Peninsula or dine in a cliff-top restaurant. Swim with sea lions on Eyre Peninsula - where you'll also find Australia's Seafood and Aquaculture Trail. Yorke Peninsula offers great surfing beaches, fishing, and long lazy days.
In South Australia, you can feast on festivals like the world-renowned Adelaide Bank Festival of Arts, the Adelaide Fringe, Tour Down Under, Clipsal 500 V8 race, Tasting Australia and WOMADelaide.
Several international airlines can bring you to South Australia daily from Australia's capital cities where you can enjoy mild winters and warm dry summers
Hug a koala. Sip a Shiraz. Drive legendary outback tracks. Experience it all in South Australia.
Adelaide is a city of great visual harmony and classical elegant style, superbly set beside the River Torrens between the Adelaide Hills and waters of Gulf St Vincent, and the ideal gateway to your Australian holiday.
The wine and festival capital of Australia, Adelaide is a place to experience the buzz, culture and convenience of a big city without the frustrations. The city centre, surrounded by parklands, is a charming blend of historic buildings, wide streets, groovy shops, street cafes and restaurants. And because Adelaide is known as the 20-minute city, you can experience it all on a series of easy short walks.
Your food and wine holiday begins right in the city centre with the Adelaide Central Market; the National Wine Centre of Australia; vibrant cafes and restaurants boasting some of Australia’s best chefs; and events such as Tasting Australia.
As the oldest wine region in South Australia, the Adelaide Hills has had time to get things right.
The first vines were planted here in 1839, just three years after settlement.
Drive Adelaide Hills's many scenic routes and you'll find picture-postcard views at every turn; some of the best cool-climate wines in Australia; koalas, kangaroos and enough cute native animals to melt even the most world-weary heart; and gorgeous places to rest your head at the end of gentle days of discovery.
And this little pocket of paradise is so close to Adelaide. Just a few minutes' drive down the South Eastern Freeway and you're away from the rat race and surrounded by manicured vineyards and market gardens, natural Australian bushland and lush green pastures. Each season offers its own appeal: leafy landscapes ablaze with changing colours in autumn; warm fires and historic cottages in winter; blooms and berries in spring; and cool cellar door retreats in summer.
The Barossa offers everything you'd expect from Australia's most famous wine region. On your Barossa holiday, you can encounter winemakers waiting to share their secrets at the cellar door; landscapes etched with manicured vineyards; passionate food producers proffering their wares at country markets; and grand chateaux surrounded by ornate gardens. And it's all just an hour from Adelaide.
The Barossa owes much of its appeal to the European peasant farmers and English free settlers who made the place home from the 1850s. You'll get a taste of their rich cultural legacy in superb Barossa specialty foods, dozens of festivals and events, historic architecture and inspiring arts and antique galleries.
Travel to the Clare Valley, famed for its wineries, restaurants, country pubs and Riesling Trail.
It's just an hour and a half north of Adelaide, but you might as well be a world away. With a rich cultural tapestry dating back 160 years and more than 35 cellar doors, the Clare Valley is perfect for holidays where you want to immerse yourself in the finer things in life. Settle into a bed and breakfast within one of the valley's historic villages, where you'll relish the vistas and the charm of this engaging region.
Kangaroo Island is one of the most unspoilt natural wonders of the world, and the ideal spot for an unforgettable holiday.
You'll find seals basking on quiet beaches; koalas munching on gum trees; echidnas wandering in search of insects; and kangaroos, goannas, wallabies, penguins and birds at just about every turn.
One third of Kangaroo Island is protected as conservation and national parks, and half the island has never been cleared of native vegetation. You can walk among huge weather-sculptured granite boulders at Remarkable Rocks and roll down the white sand dunes of Little Sahara. Dodge the wildlife as you hike through bushland. Stretch out in your own secret spot along the island's 480 kilometres of coastline. And retire to your own lighthouse keeper's cottage for the night.
Travelling to Kangaroo Island is easy. It's a 30-minute flight south from Adelaide, or less than two-and-a-half hours by car and ferry. Kangaroo Island Sealink runs ferries between Cape Jervis (90 minutes drive south of Adelaide) and Penneshaw. And there's plenty of accommodation there for you.
At 150 kilometres long and 55 kilometres wide, the island is Australia's third largest. It has four town centres: Kingscote, Penneshaw, Parndana and American River. A coach service runs twice daily between Kingscote, American River and Penneshaw to connect with ferry services (but bookings are necessary). There's a major sealed road right around the island, but many smaller roads are narrow, unsealed and edged with scrub. Driving by day or night, take it easy and allow for slower speeds when calculating travel times.
It's little wonder Australia's richest landscape art prize is staged on the Fleurieu Peninsula.
This holiday destination offers beautiful hills sweeping down to sun-drenched sandy beaches. Wineries, orchards and pastures are patch-worked between bushland, and roads lead to alluring cellar doors where you can sit back and take it all in.
Jump in the car, travel south on the Fleurieu Way and within the hour you can be swimming, surfing, hiking or fishing on long, sandy beaches. The Fleurieu Peninsula is the holiday destination for your next coastal adventure, offering freedom from the everyday.
Drive straight down the coast to dive on the former warship HMAS Hobart at Yankallila Bay, or begin the 1500 kilometre Heysen Trail at Cape Jervis, weaving your way through the dense bushland of Deep Creek Conservation Park.
Further around the coast you'll find Victor Harbor, South Australia's most popular seaside town with its horse-drawn tram to Granite Island, the historic Cockle steam train and whales playing just offshore in the winter months. Then it's round to the pretty, historic river port of Goolwa, Hindmarsh Island and the mighty Murray River mouth and the internationally renowned Coorong National Park.
MURRAY RIVER & SORROUNDS
Recharge on Australia's mighty Murray River during your next holiday, as it winds its way through the heart of the Murraylands, carving out steep cliffs that turn orange at sunset, winding past giant red gums and spilling into wild lagoons. There are so many ways to take it all in when you travel to the Murray River. You can paddle a canoe through quiet backwaters; charter your own houseboat, from budget to budget-breaking luxury; take a five-night cruise on the PS Murray Princess and the MV Expedition; or take a short day trip out from the historic river ports of Mannum and Murray Bridge. You can water ski, swim and fish, or sprawl out with a good book on the banks. But a Murraylands holiday doesn't begin and end on the water. You can find exotic wildlife in the open range sanctuary of Monarto Zoological Park. Search for rare antiques in historic towns. Or get off the beaten track for bushwalking, bird watching and four-wheel-driving through Mallee conservation parks.
FLINDERS RANGES & OUTBACK
Connect to the memory of the earth in South Australia’s rugged, majestic Flinders Ranges and outback. Soar over Wilpena Pound on a scenic flight. Fossick for opals and sleep underground in Coober Pedy. Hike the Heysen trail, mountain bike the Mawson track or four wheel drive steep, razor-edged tracks. Follow the Oodnadatta Track to remote and often arid Lake Eyre. Taste native plants and learn about Aboriginal art with traditional custodians of the land. Explore the area’s pastoral history at Wilpena Pound Station. See the rare yellow-footed rock wallaby and an abundance of other native animals and birds in the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary. Discover a lost world inside a stone basin, moonscapes and barren lakes, opals and fossils, national parks and Aboriginal rock art.