Updated: Apr 3, 2022
South Australia is full of some amazing gems - from the cosmopolitan city to the rolling hills and ferocious sea. There's so much to do! South Australia has often received a bad rep for being boring and twenty years behind the rest but I would have to completely beg to differ.
Still don't believe me? Let this guide do the talking and see for yourself what to do in South Australia.
Enjoy a taste of the cosmopolitan city life in vibrant Adelaide. Shop til you drop in Rundle Mall, soak up some art and culture at the South Australian Art Gallery and Museum, take your taste buds on a trip around the world in China Town or down Rundle Street or relax on the beach in style at Glenelg.
Where to stay in Adelaide?
Ibis Adelaide ($$); if you're looking for an inexpensive option in the heart of the city this is it. Located just a stone's throw from Rundle Mall you can't beat this hotel's location.
Eos by Skycity ($$$) is Adelaide's newest luxury hotel and boasts panoramic views of the River Torrens and Adelaide Oval.
Getting to Adelaide is easy, it's approximately 1.5 - 2 hours by plane from most major Australian cities or 7 hours from Asia and 12 hours from the Middle East.
Where the rolling hills meet the sea. This region is home to some world-class wines so make sure you have a taste before leaving. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Adelaide Hills and stop into South Australia's own slice of Germany, Hahndorf before heading to McLaren Vale and the sea.
Where to stay in the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula?
Mount Lofty House ($$$) is the perfect country manor retreat for those who enjoy the finer things in life and great views.
Getting to the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula is an easy 30 minute - 1 hour drive from Adelaide.
If you're a wine lover then you absolutely cannot miss the Barossa Valley and Clare Valley wine regions. Perhaps home to some of Australia's most famous wines, try a drop of rich Shiraz or fruitful Riesling at a cellar door here.
Where to stay in the Barossa and Clare Valley?
Novotel Barossa Valley Resort ($$$); overlooking rolling vineyards, this is the perfect weekend retreat for those looking for a gourmet getaway.
Getting to the Barossa Valley and Clare Valley is a leisurely 1 hour - 1 and a half hour drive from Adelaide.
Escape the hustle and bustle and city lights for this untapped wilderness. View ancient landscapes and panoramas. Hike your way through the area and trade city lights for starlight at one of many stargazing spots.
Where to stay in the Flinders Ranges?
Great Northern Lodge Quorn ($); Quorn is a great place to base yourself at the southern end of the Flinders Ranges and you can even get aboard the Pichi Richi train.
Wilpena Pound ($$); treat yourself to a luxe stay at Wilpena Pound Resort or camp in the national park.
The Flinders Ranges is between a 3 (Port Pirie) - 8 (Arkaroola) hour drive from Adelaide depending on your destination.
Sometimes referred to as Australia's seafood frontier, try some of the freshest seafood you have ever had in your life. You are spoilt for choice here with the region boasting oyster farms and fresh seafood from the Great Australian Bight. Adventure seekers can even get eye to eye with a Great White Shark if they please.
Where to stay on the Eyre Peninsula?
Port Lincoln Hotel ($$) is our pick. This hotel offers great amenities while being in a central location to explore the region.
The Eyre Peninsula is between a 4 (Whyalla) - 8 hour (Port Lincoln/Ceduna) drive from Adelaide depending on your destination.
Australia's answer to the mighty Mississippi River, the Murray River is 2,508km and crosses three states. Traverse the river by steam paddle boat or houseboat.
Where to stay along the Murray River?
Hire a houseboat ($$$) and enjoy the river up close and personal.
Getting to the Murray River is a 1.5 (Murray Bridge) - 4 hour (Renmark) drive depending on your destination.
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