Coastal Escapes

A must do tour

The South Australian coastline is more than 3,800 kilometres long and is punctuated by towns, beaches, cliffs and jetties. Many coastal regions offer a brilliant blend of wine and fresh produce, including local seafood.

Funky little shack

You've heard of the Love Shack - and you might just find one in South Australia. But what you will definitely find are plenty of great places for a relaxed shack holiday with family and friends. Step out of your car, out of your shoes and into shack mode - along the coast or riverside along the Murray.

Usually accommodating between six and 12 guests, a shack is a great, affordable way to escape the hustle and bustle of every day life and explore a little more of your own backyard - from fresh food markets to surf beaches to the amazing birdlife in the Murray River, Lakes and Coorong. Check out Stayz.com.au for some great shack holiday offers.

Natural beauty

From windswept clifftops and steep sided coves, to long sandy surf beaches and calm sheltered bays, the South Australian coastline is truly beautiful. Watch seals, dolphins and whales cruise by. The pristine waters produce an abundance of bird and sea life.

Kangaroo Island is perhaps the jewel in the crown, with rare wildlife in impossibly beautiful settings. Kangaroo Island's Vivonne Bay was once judged Australia’s best beach because of its long, curved shape and gloriously white sand.

Memorable adventures

Adelaide has a special relationship with its dolphin population. Swim with dolphins from a sailing catamaran, kayak alongside them among the mangroves or take a dolphin spotting cruise on the Port River.

The Eyre Peninsula is packed with adventure experiences. Cage dive with great white sharks, surf cactus beach, swim with feeding tuna or sea lions. For something a little more leisurely, follow the Eyre Peninsula Seafood Trail and taste some local delicacies.

The Limestone Coast, Fleurieu Peninsula and Yorke Peninsula are also action packed. Fishing and boating, skydiving, joy flights and scuba diving are common activities.

Food and wine

One thing you will notice as you tour the coast is that food and wine is woven into the South Australian lifestyle. The local produce is often freshest and the best. Taste fresh crayfish, oysters, farmed tuna, kingfish sashimi, delicate King George whiting and giant snapper.

These are the things which place a tour of the South Australian coast at the top of your to do list.

Water safety

With so many water-based activities available, there are some things to be aware of when on holiday. For your safety, Surf Lifesavers patrol many beaches in South Australia. Always swim at a patrolled beach between the red and yellow flags.

Read safety signs before entering the water, be aware of rip currents and do not jump from jetties.

Check out our Beaches safety page for even more great water safety tips.

What's on in SA

There are plenty of events on in South Australia. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Things to do

Here are some great ideas for a coastal getaway in South Australia.

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