Looking for something to take your breath away?
Experience dawn from a hot air balloon. Come face to face with great white sharks. Swim with sea lions and dolphins or mountain bike through desert wilderness. Choose your own adventure in South Australia.
From the coast to the outback, every part of South Australia has adventure activities to get your adrenalin pumping.
Fly over Lake Eyre during rainy season. In the middle of the desert, it’s the largest lake in Australia but only fills with water occasionally. At other times, it becomes a giant salt pan, stretching across 9,500 square kilometres.
If you want to keep your feet on the ground, try hiking the Heysen Trail. The 1,200 kilometre track stretches from Cape Jervis on the south coast, to Parachilna Gorge in the Flinders Ranges. Rest at one of the small bush huts or bed and breakfasts. Most visitors choose to walk a small section of the track.
There are more than 200 known shipwreck sites along the South Australian coast. Drive to Yankalilla Bay on the south coast and dive through the wreckage of navy destroyer, ex-HMAS Hobart.
Try the Underwater Heritage Trail on Gulf St Vincent. The trail links four of the most historic wrecks: the Grecian, the Zanoni, Star of Greece and Norma, which all sank between 1841 and 1893.
Experienced divers may wish to try cave diving. South Australia’s Limestone Coast is home to hundreds of water-filled caves and sinkholes.
Planning a river holiday? Hire a houseboat and explore the Murray River at leisure. See it faster on a jet boat or waterski. The Murray River is a playground for all sorts of sports, including fishing.
If you are staying in Adelaide, there are plenty of adventures close by. Swim with dolphins on a guided tour off Glenelg Beach. Kayak with dolphins at Port Adelaide.
Go hot air ballooning and experience South Australia from the air. There are two Barossa-based hot air balloon companies to choose from offering flights around different regions of South Australia.
Test your nerve by jumping out of a plane and floating down to earth. Various sky dive companies operate north and south of Adelaide.
In a cage
For the biggest adrenalin rush, see great white sharks up close at Port Lincoln. It’s a full day trip, where you’ll come face-to-face with these fierce predators from the safety of a diving cage. It’s worth it for the photos and bragging rights.
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Things to do
Here are some great ideas for you to try while you’re exploring South Australia.
There are plenty of adventurous events in South Australia.