Adelaide is a charming and sophisticated state capital whose residents relish good living. It’s about fine food, beautiful surroundings, excellent sporting events, and festivals that challenge and delight. It offers fresh perspectives on city life thanks to the gorgeous Adelaide hills on one side and dazzling waters of Gulf St Vincent on the other. Adelaide is a cosmopolitan city with plenty of restaurants, fine art, world-renowned cultural attractions, and excellent shopping—all within strolling distance of downtown.
Adelaide is also known as the “20-minute city” because its shape and lack of congestion means you can get to the beaches and hills in a 20-minute drive. Adelaide is also a great city to explore by foot as you do not have to walk more than 20-minutes between most attractions within the downtown area.
Must-See and Do in Adelaide:
- Central Market—a South Australian institution and the largest undercover produce market in the Southern Hemisphere. Guided walking tours are available Tuesday through Saturday
- North Terrace—known as Adelaide’s “Cultural Boulevard”
- Art Gallery of South Australia—house to the largest collection of Australian Colonial Art
- The South Australian Museum—the largest collection of Aboriginal artifacts in the world in its Aboriginal Cultures Gallery
- Adelaide Botanic Garden—relax under the shade of the century-old Moreton Bay fig trees or learn about bush tucker
- Adelaide Zoo—home to over 1,800 animals and two giant panda bears (the only two in the Southern Hemisphere)
- Tandanya—visit the National Aboriginal Cultural Institute
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With more than one third of the Island protected as National Park, Conservation Park or Wilderness Protection Area, this is a place where you can gaze out over vast areas of wilderness that resembles what it did thousands of years ago. Kangaroo Island is the perfect place to see kangaroos in their natural habitat, wander among sea lions basking on the beach, look up at koalas sleeping in gum trees, and watch Little Penguins scurry home each night. The island also offers a wealth of delicious food and wine experiences, and is home to one of the best luxury eco-retreats in the world, Southern Ocean Lodge.
Visitors can either take a 30-minute flight from Adelaide to the island or take the Kangaroo Island SeaLink vehicle and passenger ferry. This ferry departs daily from Cape Jervis at the southern tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula (a 90-minute drive from Adelaide). The nine mile ferry crossing from Cape Jervis to Penneshaw takes about 50 minutes and coach transfers to the ferry terminal at Cape Jervis are available from Adelaide.
Once on the island, if you would rather sit back and let someone else do the driving (which we would recommend), there are an excellent range of tours available. Your guide will likely be a member of an eclectic local community of farmers, artists, ecologists, fishermen, and adventure lovers. Some were born on the Island; others visited and never wanted to go home again. But they’ve all got one thing in common: a love affair with this special place. Small and large coach tours or personalized four-wheel drive tours cater to all needs and will pick you up at your KI accommodation, KI airport, or ferry terminal.
Must-See and Do on Kangaroo Island:
- Seal Bay Conservation Park—for walking on the beach with sea lions
- Flinders Chase National Park—for wildlife and coastal scenery
- Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch
- See Little Penguins at night at Penneshaw and Kingscote
- Koalas at Hanson Bay Sanctuary
- Little Sahara sand dunes
- Experience the abundant and diverse range of KI produce and wine
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Barossa is also one of Australia’s most important heritage areas, with the traditions, buildings and churches of its early German-speaking settlers lovingly preserved and still in use.
Must-See and Do in the Barossa:
- Butcher, Baker, Winemaker Trail—over 60 wineries with tasting rooms and complimentary wine tasting
- Local produce at Maggie Beer’s farm shop
- Penfolds Make Your Own Blend—enter the winemakers’ laboratory to make your own wine and take it home
- Jacob’s Creek Winery & Visitor Center
- Hot -air ballooning
- Barossa Farmers’ Market in Angaston
- Take in the valley views from Mengler’s Hill
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The focal point of this extraordinary national park is Wilpena Pound, an amphitheatre of mammoth proportions. Located a comfortable five-hour drive north of Adelaide it’s here that the very essence of the Outback begins. Go hiking through the Flinders Ranges’ national parks and see gorges that are millions of years old. Thrilling scenic flights over the Pound and surrounding ranges are available, as well as fully escorted four-wheel drive safaris into hidden gorges adorned with rare and sacred Aboriginal rock art and lined with stunning River Red gums.
As an alternative to driving you could ride the legendary Ghan or Indian Pacific trains—both stop in Port Augusta—or Sharp Airlines offer daily service from Adelaide to Port Augusta.
Must-See and Do in the Flinders:
- Explore Wilpena Pound and Flinders Ranges National Park
- See abundant wildlife, including the yellow-footed rock wallaby, the proud red kangaroo, fascinating lizards like the Lake Eyre dragon, and the majestic wedge-tailed eagle.
- Outback pubs—stop for a cold beer and a chat with the locals at the Prairie Hotel in Parachilna
- Station stays—there is no better way to really experience the Outback than on working cattle or sheep station such as Arkaba and Angorichina
- Take a “Camel to Candlelight dinner” with Pichi Richi Camel Tours
- Scenic flights to get the best view of the impressive Wilpena Pound
- Discover the Aboriginal Dreaming trails—leading you through the dramatic and ancient landscape of the Flinders Ranges to key sites and special places
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Coober Pedy & Outback
Half the population lives underground to escape high temperatures in summer (North America’s winter). Here, you’ll also be amazed to find an underground church, underground hotels, and even a golf course without a blade of grass. Go on a tour of underground homes and opal mines, and art galleries. You can tag along with the famous Outback Mail Run to Oodnadatta and William Creek, or join a nightly stargazing tour.
Must-See and Do in Coober Pedy:
- Stay in one of Coober Pedy’s underground hotels, such as the Desert Cave Hotel
- Visit the Old Timer’s Mine and Umoona Opal Mine and Museum
- Take a scenic flight over the Painted Desert or Anna Creek Painted Hills with Wright’s Air
- Visit Outback Pubs and meet local characters
- Try your luck at fossicking for opals
- Discover underground homes and churches
Nearby, discover great landscapes like the Breakaways, Moon Plains, and the longest fence in the world, the 3,290 mile Dog Fence which was built to protect sheep from the dingo, Australia’s native feral dog.
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Eyre Peninsula / Port Lincoln
Eyre Peninsula’s waters offer the sort of encounters that most people only dream about. Baird Bay and Port Lincoln are two of the few places in the world where you can swim with wild Australian Sea Lions and dolphins. And how about taking a boat from Port Lincoln to an outer island to cage-dive with great white sharks? Or entering giant offshore nets to swim with large, fast (and very valuable) tuna?
Along this coastal expanse, you’ll see sheltered coves and bays that are perfect for fishing, secluded beaches, and stunning cliff faces that provide the perfect vantage point for spotting giant Southern Right whales as they undertake their annual migration through the Southern Ocean.
In addition to these amazing opportunities to get closer to creatures of the deep, Eyre Peninsula offers some of the best, and most mouth-watering, seafood in the world. In addition to the sea adventures, the region is home to the Gawler Ranges, a spectacular wilderness area of unspoiled beauty. Powerful volcanic activity millions of years ago created the ranges, which are great for camping, wildlife and bird viewing, or observing geological formations. The park is home to the Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby, Red and Western Grey Kangaroo, Euro, Southern Hairy Nosed Wombat, Pygmy Possum, and the Hopping Mouse also lives here. There are some 140 species of birds in the Gawler Ranges, including the Emu, Wedge-Tailed Eagle, Major Mitchell Cockatoo and the Singing Honey Eater.
Must-See and Do in the Eyre Peninsula:
- Swimming with dolphins and sea lions at Baird Bay
- Swimming with tuna in Port Lincoln
- Great white shark cage dive
- Seafood and Aquaculture Trail along the coast
- Explore Gawler Ranges National Park with Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safaris
- Whale watching at Head of Bight (May to October)
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Great Ocean Road – Melbourne to Adelaide
The Great Ocean Road in Victoria is one of the world’s most spectacular scenic drives, and a great way to travel from Melbourne to Adelaide in South Australia. When you reach South Australia you will travel through the Limestone Coast region, including the Coorong National Park, where a full quarter of Australia’s migratory birds settle during summer.
The Limestone Coast also reaches inland through lush farming country, famous wine districts, unique wetlands, volcanic landscapes, and underground wonders. Built on the site of an extinct volcano, the region’s largest town is Mount Gambier, surrounded by ancient crater lakes including the Blue Lake that mysteriously changes color to a vivid blue from approximately November to February each year. After Mount Gambier, continue north toward the historic town of Penola and the world-famous Coonawarra wine district. Coonawarra is world-renowned for its fine wines, particularly its Cabernet Sauvignon. The Great Ocean Road covers approximately 620 miles from Melbourne to Adelaide, and visitors should allow three to five days to complete the journey.
Must-See and Do on the Great Ocean Road:
- Visit the Blue Lake in Mount Gambier
- Explore the World Heritage-listed fossil site at Naracoorte Caves
- Discover Coorong National Park, with its long, shallow, salty lagoons—stretching more than 60 miles—is a haven for birdlife
- Enjoy the award-winning wineries of Coonawarra and Padthaway
- Enjoy the coastal fishing villages of Robe, Beachport and Kingston
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