Top 10 things to do in Australia

1. Visit Kangaroo Island – Australia’s Galapagos

South Australia is considered to have the most accessible wildlife in Australia. Nowhere is this truer than on Kangaroo Island, commonly referred to as Australia’s Galapagos. Teeming with kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, seals, sea lions, penguins and goannas, this is the best place in Australia to see the widest range of free roaming native animals in their natural habitat. The island’s largest National Park, Flinders Chase, has spectacular rugged coastlines and provides a haven for many fur seals, sea lions, sea eagles, osprey and more. The undisturbed forest and grassland is home to kangaroos, brush tailed possums, echidnas and the elusive platypus. Koalas are abundant on the island – it’s one of the few places in Australia where you can see them in the wild. Travel there by air (30 minutes from Adelaide) or ferry. Kangaroo Island is ideal for walking, wildlife and nature, history, photography, outdoor pursuits, food and wine, fresh air and relaxation.

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 2. Walk Amongst the Sea Lions at Seal Bay, Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island’s most famous attraction is Seal Bay Conservation Park, the permanent home to a colony of approximately 500 rare Australian sea lions. They loll about on the sands and in the dunes, nurture their young and recover from days at sea. You can get right down on the beach and see Australian sea lions up close in their natural environment by joining a tour with a park guide.

Wander along the half mile boardwalk which meanders through the sand dunes to viewing platforms where you can observe the sea-lions surfing the waves or sunning themselves on the beach while you enjoy the stunning coastal scenery. As well as the sea lions, guests may also see some of the many other birds and animals which make their home in the park.

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3. Make Your Own Blend & Sample Australia’s Best Wines

If you know wine, then you know South Australia. Names like the Barossa, McLaren Vale and Coonawarra are famous the world over. All of the wine regions are easily accessible from Adelaide and you can meet many of our expert winemakers in person, at wineries and cellar doors throughout these regions. You’ll get to see the faces behind the labels, and talk about the craft they love. There are more than 270 tasting rooms across 17 official wine regions throughout the state.

One of the most famous South Australian wineries, Penfold’s, offers a Make Your Own Blend Tour at their Barossa Valley cellar door. Guests are invited to the Winemakers’ Laboratory to try their hand at blending their own wine from Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre, like Penfolds’ own Bin 138. Today the cellar door offers a comprehensive selection of wines for tasting. Public tastings are available as well as a range of personalised tastings including the opportunity to taste our world-renowned Grange together with a range of Penfolds premium wines.

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4. Cuddle a Koala

 

 The much-loved Cleland Wildlife Park is situated in the picturesque Adelaide Hills, a mere 7.5 miles from the center of Adelaide. Here you can wander freely among kangaroos, wallabies, emus and discover nocturnal animals on a night walk. But the highlight for many visitors is the opportunity to have their picture taken cuddling a koala.

 

5. Experience the Historic Adelaide Central Market

The Adelaide Central Market, buzzing with sounds, colors and wondrous smells is truly the destination for food lovers. The market is the largest undercover market in the Southern Hemisphere and oldest produce market in Australia. Interactive walking tours are available with local food experts, during which you can visit the stallholders, taste many gourmet foods and experience the exciting buzz of the market.

 

6. Hike the Flinders Ranges

 The scenic wonders of the Flinders Ranges, with its deep gorges and sheltered creeks offer some of the most magnificent scenery anywhere in Australia. Hike to the top of St Mary’s Peak for stunning views across the plains, walk part of the 745-mile Heysen Trail or cycle along a section of the 560 mile Mawson Trail which finishes in the historic mining town of Blinman.

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7. Fossick for Gems in the World’s Opal Capital

The quirky Outback town of Coober Pedy produces 80% of the world’s opal and is surrounded by hundreds of mine shafts and heaps of excavated earth that reminds visitors of lunar craters. Many of Coober Pedy’s accommodations – homes, business and churches – are built underground to avoid the extreme desert heat. Tours of the town include visits to underground dwellings as well as the opal fields. Here you can buy the best opals in the world, often direct from the miners who found them beneath the desert. More opals can be found in the eclectic town of Andamooka, not far from Roxby Downs.

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8. Ride the Ghan Train

The Ghan. It’s about taking one of the world’s great railway journeys, and perhaps experiencing a sense of peace and luxury that you haven’t had in a long time.This legendary train – the longest passenger train in Australia’s history – takes guests for a ride from Adelaide in Australia’s south, to Darwin in the north.

You can enjoy two nights aboard this great train in either direction. Marvel at the spectacular Australian landscapes, from green countryside through to red desert lands. The Ghan’s 47 hour, 1851 mile journey features off-train touring options at Port Augusta and legendary opal mining town Coober Pedy. It’s an opportunity for you to combine one of the world’s great train journeys with the spectacular Outback.

 

9. Journey Along Adelaide ’s Cultural Boulevard

Sometimes referred to as the ‘cultural boulevard’, North Terrace is the leafy home of Adelaide’s grandest houses. It’s a heartland of art, history and knowledge. North Terrace is home to the Aboriginal Cultures Gallery at the South Australian Museum, which houses the world’s largest collection of Aboriginal antiquities. Just next door you will find the Art Gallery of South Australia, home to the most comprehensive collection of Australian colonial art. Take center  stage on a tour of the Adelaide Festival Centre, one of the Southern Hemisphere’s most versatile and vibrant art spaces. The National Wine Centre of Australia is the temple to the sensory adventure that is Australian wine. Admire the vineyard, and then judge the nation’s finest in the Concourse Cafe.

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10. Swim with Sea Lions, Dolphins, Tuna or the Great White Shark

Swimming is believing at stunning Baird Bay, one of few places in the world where you can swim with two very remarkable species of mammals – dolphins and Australian Sea Lions. Alternatively, cage diving with the Great White Shark will deliver a memorable and adventurous dive experience that you won’t forget! You’ll find tour operators on the Eyre Peninsula ready to offer you this experience – contact Calypso Star Charters. You are also able to swim with tuna and cuttlefish on the Eyre Peninsula.

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You can also swim with dolphins just 20 minutes from Adelaide’s city center off the coast of Glenelg by joining a Temptation Sailing dolphin cruise.