G’day! English Marie, here. I have loads to share with you about Australia, specifically it’s driest state- South Australia. Home to amazing places, landscapes, people, and wildlife, South Australia has something for every type of traveler. The capital city of Adelaide is where you’ll find history, arts & culture, delicious restaurants and loads of festivals. Kangaroo Island is where you’ll find the most amazing Australian wildlife and nature both on dry land and in the sea! The Outback and Flinders Ranges await you to the north and if you’re looking for a little Australian vino, to the south you’ll find McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley.
If an island stay mixed with unique wildlife experiences sounds like your cup of tea, we’ve got you covered. At Kangaroo Island, you’ll beaches and bays to swim, snorkel and dive, as well as bush-cloaked national parks, underground caves and rugged rock formations. It’s home to some of the most unique Australian wildlife, including Australian sea lions, kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, penguins, echidnas, and loads of birds.
Staying a few nights? We recommend Southern Ocean Lodge for your Kangaroo Island getaway. Located atop a secluded cliff on a rugged stretch of coast, the lodge offers alluring views of the Southern Ocean and pristine wilderness. Need a little more imagery for that imagination? Click here to learn more about our Australian Beach Resort getaway, featuring Southern Ocean Lodge.
I mentioned a few of the amazing animals found on Kangaroo Island, but there are other awesome animals to be found in South Australia. Like the Great White shark, dolphins, and goannas- just to name a few. If you’re someone who loves adrenaline and a bit of a daredevil, then you might just find yourself face to face with one of the most feared marine predators in the world. The pristine waters of South Australia are home to the Great White, and make it one of the best places to view these massive creatures in their natural environment. Make sure to talk to one of our Australia Specialists today to book your shark diving adventure!
If you love fine wines and delicious cuisine, then you’ve got to spend some time in McLaren Vale or Barossa Valley – both are home to some of the best Australian vineyards. McLaren Vale, also known as the birthplace of the Australian wine industry, boasts 65 wineries and 270 independent grape growers. A visit to McLaren Vale can include wandering the farmer’s markets, enjoying fresh bread, cheese, olives and fruit, lunch in a vineyard restaurant, exploring the Shiraz Trail, and of course wine tastings in the best cellars.
Barossa Valley is one of Australia’s oldest wine regions and retains its old-world charm to this day. You’ll find around 150 wineries and cellar doors in Barossa, as well as amazing fresh seasonal produce, artisan foods, and award-winning restauarants. Take a tour by motorbike or hot air balloon and immerse yourself in the beautiful landscape.
If you’re more of an explorer of the outdoors, have no fear there are plenty of places to have excursions! One place in particular stands out, Flinders Ranges aka the Flinders. This ancient mountain range sweeps into the outback. Picture gnarly gum trees growing along stony creeks, the greys and blues of dawn and the deep rust reds of dusk. Immerse yourself in Aboriginal culture and learn about the ancient Dreamtime. This magical place is a must see on any bucket list!
Don’t forget about the buzzing cosmopolitan that is Adeliade- the capital of South Australia. In there air there’s a feel of sophistication, culture, and history. You’ll also find amazing restuarants infused with multiclutural flavors, a lively arts and music scene, hip bars and festivals no matter what month of the calendar.
So what are you waiting for? South Australia is calling. Give us a call today and let our Australia Specialists handcraft your next getaway. Need a little more inspiration, check out our other unique and exciting destinations here.