South Australia has everything you’re looking for in an Australian vacation: wildlife encounters, outback adventures, the country’s best wine, and so much more. The best part? You can discover this hidden gem before the rest of the world catches on.
1. Wildlife Encounters
There’s no better place to see Australian wildlife! You can explore Kangaroo Island, where the namesake animals roam freely against beautiful coastal backdrops. This gorgeous island, just a 1-hour flight from Adelaide, has often been called “Australia’s answer to the Galapagos.” It was named one of Conde Nast Traveler’s “Best Islands to Visit in 2020,” and it’s a constant favorite for our travelers.
After seeing Australia’s iconic animals in the wild, you can get a closer look at Cleland Wildlife Park, just outside of Adelaide. Here, you can hand-feed kangaroos, cuddle a koala, and meet Fred, the friendly wombat.
If you’re feeling really adventurous, head to Port Lincoln for up-close encounters with Australia’s marine wildlife—again, an easy 1-hour flight from Adelaide. At this laid back seaside town, you can swim with playful sea lions and even go cage diving with Great White Sharks.
2. Wine & Food
Adelaide is one of the world’s Great Wine Capitals, and an under the radar destination. This up-and-coming city is next door neighbors with famous Australian wine regions including Barossa Valley, McClaren Vale, Clare Valley, just to name a few.
There are more than 200 wineries to visit within a 1-hour drive of the city, delivering rich and flavorful Shiraz, Cabernets, Chardonnays, Rieslings, and more. We highly recommend taking a small group tour to visit off-the-beaten-path wineries and meet the winemakers behind the region’s award-winning labels. You can even design your own blend to send home as a souvenir!
With great wine comes great food, and South Australia offers a mouthwatering selection of local produce—whether you’re in wine country or the Seafood Coast. Be sure to try the renowned Appellation restaurant at The Louise, a luxury lodge nestled among the vines in Barossa Valley.
For city-loving foodies, Adelaide is a treasure trove of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. This charming, walkable city is home to a number of small bars and exceptional restaurants.
3. Outback Exploration
South Australia is one of the few places where you can truly enjoy a rugged outback road trip. Drive the Explorers Way from Adelaide to the Flinders Ranges and find yourself immersed in the purple-tinted peaks of this ancient mountain range. Keep your eyes open for kangaroos, emus, and other wildlife along the way!
If you’re looking to unplug and connect with Australia’s natural beauty, all while enjoying the utmost creature comforts, you simply can’t miss a stay at Arkaba Conservancy. Only 10 guests at a time have access to this 60,000-acre nature reserve in the heart of the Australian outback. Discover the wildlife and ancient Aboriginal culture of this environment on a luxurious outback safari.
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