Welcome to South Australia
South Australia is diverse, so we’ve separated it into areas to help you plan your holiday.
Enjoy a country drive through the Adelaide Hills. Close to Adelaide city, it’s home to Cleland Wildlife Park, German town Hahndorf and delicious white wines.
Speaking of wine, the Barossa is about an hour north of Adelaide. It’s one of Australia’s most famous wine regions. You’ll find Jacob’s Creek, Wolf Blass and Penfolds wines, plus boutique wineries, great bakeries and country pubs.
Kangaroo Island more than earns its ranking as Australia’s fourth major tourism icon. You simply can’t beat our wildlife and wilderness. Being in South Australia, the wine is pretty good too.
There’s so much to do on this adventure island; exploring untouched bushland, fishing on pristine beaches, wildlife watching, eco tours, charters or simply relaxing.
From vines to the Flinders Ranges and outback
The Clare Valley is renowned for its Riesling. Explore the area by cycling or walking along the Riesling Trail. Drive north of Clare and you’ll be heading to the outback.
The Flinders Ranges dominate this area and will have you marvelling at their beauty and the animals they provide a home for. Look for opals, stay in an underground hotel and fly over the spectacular Wilpena Pound and Lake Eyre in the outback.
Follow the coast
South Australia’s coastline has three main peninsulas: Eyre Peninsula, Yorke Peninsula and the Fleurieu Peninsula. The biggest one is Eyre Peninsula. Stay at a beachside holiday spot, indulge in fresh seafood and swim with sea lions! Go cage diving with sharks at Port Lincoln.
Travel east from the Eyre Peninsula towards the Yorke Peninsula. Take a ride on the Moonta Mines Tourist Railway and camp at Innes National Park.
The Fleurieu Peninsula is home to beautiful beaches and the McLaren Vale wine region. Go whale watching or surfing at Middleton. Visit Victor Harbor and take the horse drawn tram to Granite Island. You’ll discover little penguins and other native animals there.
Visit the Limestone Coast for great diving, cave exploration and Coonawarra red wines. See the Blue Lake at Mount Gambier or kayak along Glenelg River. Learn about Australia’s first saint, Mary MacKillop, at nearby Penola.
The mighty Murray River
Begin your Murray River adventure in one of our “two river regions” - or explore both upstream and downstream on a houseboat.
Just one hour’s drive from Adelaide and near other tourist regions, the
Murray River, Lakes and Coorong is a popular escape for locals and visitors who
come to indulge their love for water sports, the wilderness and wild
The Riverland is where the cool waters of the Murray River feed wetlands and
floodplain forests; where warm sandy landscapes are transformed into carpets of
vineyards, citrus and almond groves.
Adelaide and surrounds
Wherever you go in South Australia, you’ll want to stop by Adelaide, Australia’s most liveable city and one of Lonely Planet's must-visit destinations. It’s full of vibrant cafés and restaurants. From the Adelaide Fringe to cycling race, the Santos Tour Down Under, Adelaide loves a party.
Adelaide rises from the middle of a vast, tree covered plain. It lies between rolling hills to the east and sandy beaches to the west. Adelaide’s beauty is its accessibility.
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Things to do
There are lots of great places to visit while you're in South Australia.
There are plenty of events on in South Australia. Here are some ideas you might like.