Come for the wine, stay for the outback. Or stay for Kangaroo Island. Either way, the wine is only the first of a few outstanding reasons to visit.
Start in Adelaide, “the 20 minute city.” No matter where you go in Aussie’s charming 3rd largest city, it won’t take long to get there. The town is friendly and walkable.
Not far are the Barossa and Clare valleys — the country’s oldest, most popular and most prolific wine region. If you’ve had an Australian Shiraz, you’ve likely tasted the area’s products. Head to any number of terrific vineyards and wineries including Penfolds, where you can blend their varietals for your own custom bottle. Then stop at our favorite restaurant in the region, Appellation, for a meal hand-crafted to pair with your personalized vino.
A bit farther up the road lies the country’s most accessible section of the Outback. You’ll find rugged, majestic gorges, tree-lined creeks, a huge natural amphitheater and a unique underground hotel — the better to beat the heat.
Offshore is Kangaroo Island, Australia’s answer to the Galapagos. Stunning sea cliffs and amazing wildlife are a photographer’s dream.
South Australia – Top Activities
Taste a custom crafted wine in the Barossa or Clare Valleys
Visit the wild “bush” outback
Snap photos at Kangaroo Island cavorting in the forest with local wildlife
Map of Australia
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