South Australia

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.

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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

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.

Barossa Wineries

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

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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  • Must Do's

    Must Do's

    • Sellicks Beach, Fleurieu Peninsula
    • Goolwa Beach
    • Emu Bay, Kangaroo Island
    • Long Beach, Limestone Coast
    • Glenelg, Adelaide
    • Semaphore, Adelaide
    • Henley Beach, Adelaide
    • Brighton
    • Port Noarlunga
    • Christies Beach
    • Vivonne Bay
    • Corny Point, Yorke Peninsula
    • Shell Beach - Innes National Park, Yorke Peninsula
    • Southport
    • Seaford
    • Moana
    • Berry Bay, Yorke Peninsula
    • Flinders Chase National Park featuring Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch (Kangaroo Island)
    • Adelaide Oval
    • Wilpena Pound
    • Coober Pedy – Opal Capital of the World (Underground City)
    • The Umpherston Sinkhole, Mount Gambier (Limestone Coast)
    • Lake Eyre (Salt Lake)
    • Blue Lake, Mount Gambier
  • Family Friendly Activities

    Family Friendly Activities

    • Encounter Bikeway, Goolwa
    • Gemtree Wetlands Ecotrail
    • Mega Adventure
    • Princess Elizabeth Playground
    • St Kilda Playground
    • Adelaide City free bikes
    • Mikkira Station
    • Adelaide Zoo
    • Monarto Zoo
    • Cleland Wildlife Park
    • Raptor Domain
    • Seal Bay
    • Riesling Trail
    • The Beachouse, Glenelg
    • Gorge Wildlife Park
    • Hahndorf Farm Barn
    • Urimbirra Wildlife Park
    • Granite Island Recreation and Nature Park
    • South Australian Museum
    • Art Gallery of South Australia
    • Adelaide Aquatic Centre
    • Temptation (Dolphin) Sailing
    • Adelaide Oval Roof Climb
    • Beerenberg Farm - strawberry picking
    • PUMPT – Indoor BMX track
    • Latitude
    • Adelaide City Free bikes
  • Key Festivals and Events

    Key Festivals and Events

    • Handpicked Festival (11 November 2017)
    • Credit Union Christmas Pageant (18 November 2017)
    • Magellan Ashes 2017-18 Second Test: Australia VS. England (2-6 December 2017)
    • Adelaide Motorsport Festival (7-10 December 2017)
    • Santos Tour Down Under (13-21 January 2018)
    • Crush Festival (January 2018)
    • Adelaide Fringe (February-March 2018)
    • Adelaide Festival (March 2018)
    • WOMAdelaide (March 2018)
    • Adelaide Cup (March 2018)
    • Adelaide 500 (4 March 2018)
    • Tasting Australia (April 2018)
    • Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend (May 2018)
    • Cabaret Festival (June 2018)
    • Sea and Vines (June 2018)
    • Adelaide Beer and BBQ Festival (July 2018)
    • Winter Reds (July 2018)
    • SALA Festival (August 2018)
    • OzAsia Festival (September-October 2018)
    • Open State (September-October 2018)
    • Royal Adelaide Show (September 2018)
    • Hybrid World (October 2018)
    • Adelaide Film Festival (October 2018)
    • Bridgestone World Solar Challenge (October 2018)
    • Adelaide Fashion Festival (October 2018)
    • Ferment the Festival (October 2018)
    • Tarnanthi (October 2018)
  • Off the Tourist Trail

    Off the Tourist Trail

    • Gawler Ranges National Park
    • Explorers Way – Drives from Adelaide to Flinders Ranges and even to Darwin. The Oodnatta Track flows off this and is an adventure along unsealed roads.
    • Whispering Wall – Barossa Reservoir 
    • Pool of Siloam, Beachport