South Australia is famous for award-winning wine, with the Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale all a stone's throw from Adelaide.
Touted as one of the Great Wine Capitals of the World, there is more to this Australian state than the vineyards. There's an abundance of family-friendly things to see and do in Adelaide: cycle along one of the child safe tracks, swim at Glenelg and enjoy a sweet treat from one of Adelaide’s dessert spots.
If you have a little more time, be sure to visit Kangaroo Island for stunning nature and hikes.
In the cosmopolitan, coastal capital of South Australia, Adelaide, you'll find leafy grasslands, renowned museums (including the Art Gallery of South Australia) and some of the country's best vineyards. Don't leave this incredible City of Churches before binging at Haigh's Chocolate Factory, eating your way down Jetty Road, swimming with dolphins off Glenelg and shopping at Rundle Mall. And Hindley Street is the place to go if you want to experience Adelaide’s nightlife with many bars and clubs.
Kangaroo Island is less than four hours drive from Adelaide and well worth a visit. For the adventurous, explore the island by following the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. This 61 km, five day hike requires a reasonable level of fitness - you’ll be walking between 7 to 14 km per day. It's worth the challenge for the wonderful views. If you’re lucky you’ll see an array of wildlife on your hike, from kangaroos, echidnas, wallabies, goannas and possums, to bandicoots, bats, frogs, platypuses and 271 species of birds. You also might be lucky enough to see seals, dolphins and whales off the shore. You can choose to do it alone, or with a guide; and for sleeping, there are four dedicated overnight camping areas along the trail.
Northeast of Adelaide is a wine lover’s dream destination: Barossa. It’s made up of towns including Tanunda, Angaston and Nuriootpa, which are brimming with high-quality wineries offering tours and cellar-door tastings: giants such as Penfolds, Henschke Cellars and St Hallet, sitting alongside boutique brands like Izway Wines, producing wines of "purity, energy and vitality". Be sure to try their Shiraz.
Adelaide Hills is another must-visit spot in South Australia. Whether as a day trip from Adelaide or a lovely, long weekend; wine and dine your way through the region's thriving restaurants, wineries, bars and pubs. Visit Mount Lofty Summit at Craters for spectacular views of the city and coast beyond; experience the changing seasons in Stirling and Hahndorf; pick strawberries, cherries, figs or apples when in season; and keep an eye out for artworks in The Hills Sculpture Trail to round out your weekend.
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