South Australia is a state of contrasts and surprises. Come join in the festivities of a South Australian experience. Sample the fine wines of the Barossa region, fossick for precious opals in the rugged desert region or hike the marvelous Flinders Ranges, just to name a few of the many attractions that await your arrival in this festival state. From the city of churches, Adelaide to the underground opal mining town of Coober Pedy in the Outback the treasures of this wonderous and friendly state are plentiful, with something for everyone. Both the Eyre Peninsula and the Yorke Peninsula offer spectacular coastline with excellent fishing and surfing. If you are looking for some adventure visit remote Kangaroo Island.
Adelaide & surrounds The capital of South Australia, Adelaide nestles between the sea and the Adelaide Hills. It is a graceful city of wide streets, elegant buildings and many parklands. Cultural pursuits and good food and wine are high on the agenda and its mild Mediterranean climate encourages outdoor activities. Adelaide is known as the city of food & wine; a place to experience the buzz, culture and convenience of a big city without the frustrations. The food and wine experience starts right in the city centre with the National Wine Centre, Adelaide Central Market, vibrant cafes, restaurants boasting some of Australia's best chefs and events such as Tasting Australia.
The City centre, surrounded by parklands, is a charming blend of historic buildings, wide streets, numerous shops, street cafes and restaurants. Adelaide is conveniently located close to all of the state's most recognized tourist regions including the Barossa, Fleurieu Peninsula, Kangaroo Island and the Flinders Ranges. It's a perfect start for exploring South Australian major attractions.
Barossa Valley An hour's drive from Adelaide to the north-east, the Barossa Valley is Australia's major premium wine-producing region. Blessed with hot dry summers, loamy soil and reliable winter rains, the Barossa produces about a quarter of Australia's total vintage. With famous wines, a feast of festivals, a lively heritage, and only an hour's drive north of Adelaide, the Barossa is an ideal destination for a day trip, or better still a few days of pure indulgence.Twenty kilometres wide and about thirty kilometres long, it has a rich European culture with German and English-style villages, churches and chateau. The region has over 50 wineries ranging from some of Australia's largest wine companies through to smaller individual winemakers. Many offer wine tastings at their cellar doors, and most are open seven days per week.
The Barossa has a unique wine and food culture. The local restaurants and cafes specialise in serving regional foods, and butchers and bakers offer traditional wursts, breads and cakes.
Kangaroo Island Kangaroo Island is located 120 kilometres south west of Adelaide, just 16 kilometres off the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula. With 480 kilometres of coastline, the Island is the third largest off the Australian mainland. It can be reached by a 30-minute flight from Adelaide or a 45-minute vehicle and passenger ferry Kangaroo Island Sealink that departs daily from Cape Jervis, a 90-minute drive south of Adelaide. Kangaroo Island is fresh air, pristine beaches, dramatic scenery and thriving native wildlife. Small tours, cycling, horse riding, diving, farming, walking and fishing all adhere to the rules of eco-friendly treatment. Walk close to wildlife. Delight in the abundance of wildflowers. With very few introduced species about, the native wildlife thrives. Look up and see koalas and flocks of birds. Look down and see kangaroos, wallabies, goannas, echidnas, possums and platypus. Along the coast dolphin and seals frolic, little penguins come to roost at night and you can walk among sea lions.
Flinders Ranges & Outback Discover the Adventure ... Adventure on a grand scale through the Flinders Ranges and Outback. 250 odd kilometres from Adelaide you will be able to explore and uncover this magnificent region. Take a 4WD tour through the ancient areas of the Flinders & Gammon Ranges or a scenic flight over the historic lands of the Outback. There is an awesome world waiting to be discovered and experienced.
There is an outback adventure to suit everyone: scale a mountain peak for a breathtaking view; soar with the eagles over the ranges or lakes systems on a scenic flight; set-up camp under a sky of a million stars; learn about the Aboriginal Dreamtime; steam through the passes and plains on an historic railway; see harsh deserts transformed into a sea of wildflowers after sudden rains.
Wilpena Pound In the heart of the Flinders Ranges National Park, this natural arena can only be explored on foot. Accommodation ranges from campsites to a luxury resort. There are excellent well-signed bushwalking tracks, abundant wildlife, and dense native vegetation.
Coober Pedy The opal capital of the world is still a frontier town. Half its 2,500 people live underground to escape the summer heat. It's a good place to start a number of scenic desert tours, including the famous Mail Run to Oodnadatta and William Creek.
Simpson Desert This is the real Outback, a remote and harsh area of spectacular sand dunes, which are smothered in wildflowers after life-giving rains. This region is recommended for people with a spirit of adventure, and presents the ultimate four-wheel drive challenge.
A great spot west of the Simpson Desert is historic Dalhousie. Stop for a well-earned soak in the warm springs. There is great camping facilities and you may also get the chance to view the local wildlife.
Murraylands The fifth-longest river in the world, the Murray flows from the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales past the wharves of old riverboat towns to the Southern Ocean near Adelaide. In the 19th century, paddlewheel steamers chugged up and down between river settlements and it seemed as though the Murray might become Australia's Mississippi. There is more to the Murraylands than the river. Other attractions in the region include wildlife sanctuaries, pioneer villages and amusement parks.
The Eyre Peninsula A stunning coastline of cliffs, beaches and sheltered coves where whales, sea lions, great white sharks and dolphins play. Incredible seafood and great diving. Inland rolling hills and farmland mould into the gentle beauty of the Gawler Ranges, tiny townships and the vast Nullabor Plain. The Eyre Peninsula stretches 1,000 kilometres from Whyalla in the east to the Western Australian border, and 400 kilometres from the Gawler Ranges in the north to Port Lincoln in the south. The region is known for its 2,000 kilometres of ruggedly beautiful coastline however, vast desert plains, the Gawler Ranges and a hinterland of golden grain are a fascinating contrast to towering cliffs and sandy bays.The wildlife, like the landscape, is unique from whales and wombats to wedge-tail eagles.
South East Once described as a 'Nobleman's Park' the south-east is resplendent with elegant mansions, station homesteads, cottages, fishing villages, galleries, beaches, wetlands, bird life and World Heritage listed fossil caves. Taste some of the best red wine in the country with fresh lobster.