The Top 10 Places to Discover in South Australia

Wineries, kangaroos aplenty, a charming capital city and seemingly neverending expanses of dreamy landscape, South Australia is home to some of Australia’s best-kept secrets. To make the most of this amazing region this winter, check out our hot tips for the top ten things to do in South Australia, and the last one will send you to outer space (sort of).

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1. Fleurieu Peninsula – South Australia’s coastal playground

Located just 40 minutes south of Adelaide, the Fleurieu Peninsula is home to some of South Australia’s most pristine coastline, top wine regions (including McLaren Vale) and delicious culinary experiences. This really is nature’s playground with charming towns like Victor Harbor, Willunga, Normanville, Goolwa, Yankalilla and Rapid Bay scattered between rugged coast, hidden beaches and rolling hills.

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2. Clare Valley – Bubble gum shores, famed pink hues and unbeatable rosé

As one of Australia’s oldest wine regions, visitors to the Clare Valley can expect a sophisticated winery experience. From boutique wineries to heritage towns, museums, galleries and beautiful scenery, the Clare Valley is perfect for those who enjoy the finer things in life, enjoyed at a slower pace.

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3. Kangaroo Island – Trading the hustle and bustle of city life for iconic Australian wildlife

Regarded as Australia’s Galapagos, Kangaroo Island is only a short 30-minute flight or 45-minute ferry ride off the coast of South Australia but feels as though it is a world away. The native wildlife has flourished on this secluded and untouched hideaway, granting visitors the opportunity to walk with sea lions along pristine beaches, watch wild dolphins play in the waves and see kangaroos grazing at sunset.

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4. Limestone Coast – Mysterious lakes, prehistoric caves, volcanoes and spectacular natural wonders

Home to some of South Australia’s most spectacular natural wonders, the Limestone Coast is the place to go if you just want to get lost for hours amongst spectacular scenery. Highlights of the region include the aptly named Blue Lake which turns a bright colour of turquoise colour during the summer months, and the Umpherston Sinkhole. There’s also the snorkelling areas of Piccaninnie Ponds and Ewens Ponds Conservation Park.

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5. Barossa Valley – Over 80 wineries and some of the best dining experiences in the world among beautiful scenery

Wine, wine and more wine. If that sounds like you then the Barossa Valley might just be your South Australian paradise. Home to over 80 wineries and fantastic dining experiences that hero local produce, the Barossa Valley is the perfect place to visit for a romantic escape with plenty of indulgences.

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6. Murray River, Lakes and Coorong – A wealth of native produce

Adventurous souls may be drawn to the delights of the Murray River which offers breathtaking scenery and local wildlife. At nearly 130 million years old, the river is rich with Aboriginal history, culture and heritage. South Australian tourism recommends renting a houseboat for a leisurely holiday with family and friends.

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7. Eyre Peninsula – Rich with succulent seafood, abundant wildlife and blessed natural beauty

It’s all about the water in the oceanside Eyre Peninsula. From eating freshly caught oysters at seafood pubs to spotting dolphins or whales in the spray, shark cage diving and watching sea lions bask in the sun in a rocky cove, the Eyre Peninsula is a place to get acquainted with the ocean.

8. Adelaide – Bursting with culture, flavours, events and entertainment

South Australia’s capital of Adelaide needs no introduction. Known for its beautiful churches, charming bars and restaurants and indigenous art scene, visitors are spoilt for choice with things to fill their days with. Plus, the city boasts some amazing places to stay including the Mayfair Hotel.

9. Adelaide Hills – Filled with some of Australia’s best cool-climate wines, food and produce

The towns of Aldgate, Stirling, Oakbank, Birdwood, Crafers, Mount Barker and Hahndorf offer leafy lanes and quaint village life within an easy hours’ drive from Adelaide’s CBD. It’s here that you’ll find casual local restaurants serving up fresh local produce.

10. Flinders Ranges and Outback – The closest any human can come to navigating the face of Mars

The orange-red landscape of the Flinders Ranges would trick you into thinking that you were navigating the surface of Mars. The area’s dusty roads, towering ancient cliffs and deep craters are a beautiful reminder that the Australian landscape is made up of so many different types of places.

For more information on the best places to explore in South Australia visit Images courtesy of the South Australia Tourism Commission.

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