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South Australia beyond Adelaide

If you’re planning a holiday to South Australia, Adelaide is probably high on your list of places to visit. And while the state capital cannot be missed, carving in some time to explore more of regional South Australia is a must. Offering world-famous wine regions, iconic native wildlife, epic Australian Outback and beautiful coastline, there is so much more adventure to be had away from the city.

For an unrivalled wildlife experience you cannot beat Kangaroo Island. Over one third of Australia’s third-largest is protected across National and Conservation parks. Home to a host of familiar favourites including kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, platypus and echidna, due to its remoteness from the Australia mainland it is also home to many local sub-species. The marine environment is equally diverse. Walk amongst endangered Australian sea lions at the Seal Bay Conservation Park and spot Southern Right Whales as they make their annual visit between June and August.

For an otherworldly Australian outback experience head for the Flinders Ranges. Driving through this outback region, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were navigating the face of Mars. Towering ancient cliffs and deep craters border dusty red roads. To get a sense of the sheer scale of this place take a scenic flight over Wilpena Pound. It’s in the outback you will also discover ancient rock art and, if you want to experience life in the desert, head to Coober Pedy where they still mine opals.

The Ghan, one of the world’s great rail journeys begins in Adelaide and travels up, through the desert to tropical Darwin on the far north coast. For a less lengthy voyage, try a paddle steamer cruise on the immense Murray River. Get out to the aquatic playground that is the Eyre Peninsula to go swimming with sea lions or sailing to spot dolphins and whales. If that sounds too gentle, you could always go cage diving with great white sharks at Port Lincoln – it’s also an iconic seafood spot for those of a less intrepid persuasion.  

Wildlife and Coastal

Adelaide and it's surrounds

Flinders Ranges, Outback and Limestone Coast

Best time to go

Wildlife and Coastal

For one of Australia’s best wildlife experiences, take the 30-minute flight from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island. This is the place to get up close with native wildlife including koalas, kangaroos, echidnas, wallabies, dolphins and birdlife. It’s also the only place in Australia where you can walk along the beach with a colony of rare sea lions, at Seal Bay. Also known for its scenery, coastline, food and wine – Kangaroo Island is a true microcosm of Australia.

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Alternatively get into the water on the Eyre Peninsula and swim with sea lions or cage dive with sharks. Or stay on dry land and discover just how diverse this region is. In a single day you can travel across red outback terrain, bright white salt plains and green national parks with all roads leading to glistening blue sea; there’s even the surprisingly pink Lake MacDonnell.

Stop in at the town of Ceduna for delicious seafood and to browse the works of more than 100 Aboriginal artists at the arts centre. Every winter, southern right whales migrate along the coast of South Australia and you can watch them from land at Fowler Bay on the Eyre Peninsula – there are excellent cruises too, of course.  And if you head to Baird Bay, any time of year, you get to dive into the ocean and swim with sea lions. 

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Adelaide and it's surrounds

Adelaide is banked by gorgeous hills to one side and 30 kilometres of linked beaches to the other. You’ll find some with great restaurants, others are known for sunsets and there’s even a beach with a vintage carousel. Further down the coast you can snorkel in transparent seas at Aldinga Beach at Port Willunga – just one of many areas of one of the state’s best emerging regions, the Fleurieu Peninsula.

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Foodies out there will want to explore wine country around Adelaide and make your own vintage at Jacobs Creek in the Barossa and cycle the Riesling Trail through the secluded Clare Valley. Head south of the city to McLaren Vale and experience the one-of-a-kind d’Arenberg Cube or stay in the city and take an early morning tour of 150-year-old Adelaide Central Market.

Less than an hour 's drive from Adelaide you can also find The Murray River. This is Australia’s longest river and flows strongly through South Australia. To see it at a leisurely, old-fashioned pace, board a paddle steamer or embark on a multi-day walking tour, spotting wildlife as you go.

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Flinders Ranges, Outback and Limestone Coast

Head to the Flinders Ranges, just a 4 ½ hour drive north of Adelaide. Here you can enjoy stunning vistas by foot or 4WD, visit ancient rock art sites in the company of Aboriginal guides or if you’re up for dramatic sights, take a scenic flight over the natural amphitheatre of Wilpena Pound. Further north in the vast outback sits the unique and wonderful town of Coober Pedy. An opal mining capital, half of the town’s population live underground.

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By complete contrast, head west of Adelaide along the Limestone Coast towards Melbourne. See sensational birdlife on the lagoons of the Coorong National Park, where the Murray River meets the Indian Ocean. Further along the coast is a series of glistening beaches and seaside towns, you can even go diving in the fresh water of Kilsby sinkhole in the town of Mount Gambier. This town is also home to the stunning Blue Lake and the natural gardens of Umpherston Sinkhole.

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Best time to visit South Australia

South Australia’s climate is best characterised as Mediterranean. The winter – which runs from June to August – is generally mild, but tends to be a bit wet. The highest rainfall is around Adelaide and the Mount Lofty Ranges. In the Australian summer, temperatures rarely exceed 25°C in Adelaide, so you can see the sights in comfort. And, if you’re looking for some beach time at this time of year, you can expect the sea temperature to be around 20°C. Further north in the Outback, summer temperatures can soar towards 40°C, but the nights can feel a little chilly, whatever the time of year.

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Autumn stretches from March to May, and this is a great time to go on holiday to South Australia. Temperatures hover in the low twenties and it’s very sunny. Spring shows the state off well, too, with plenty of blooming flowers and wildlife on show.

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Wildlife and Coastal

Wildlife and Coastal

For one of Australia’s best wildlife experiences, take the 30-minute flight from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island. This is the place to get up close with native wildlife including koalas, kangaroos, echidnas, wallabies, dolphins and birdlife. It’s also the only place in Australia where you can walk along the beach with a colony of rare sea lions, at Seal Bay. Also known for its scenery, coastline, food and wine – Kangaroo Island is a true microcosm of Australia.

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Alternatively get into the water on the Eyre Peninsula and swim with sea lions or cage dive with sharks. Or stay on dry land and discover just how diverse this region is. In a single day you can travel across red outback terrain, bright white salt plains and green national parks with all roads leading to glistening blue sea; there’s even the surprisingly pink Lake MacDonnell.

Stop in at the town of Ceduna for delicious seafood and to browse the works of more than 100 Aboriginal artists at the arts centre. Every winter, southern right whales migrate along the coast of South Australia and you can watch them from land at Fowler Bay on the Eyre Peninsula – there are excellent cruises too, of course.  And if you head to Baird Bay, any time of year, you get to dive into the ocean and swim with sea lions. 

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Show Less

Adelaide and it's surrounds

Adelaide and it's surrounds

Adelaide is banked by gorgeous hills to one side and 30 kilometres of linked beaches to the other. You’ll find some with great restaurants, others are known for sunsets and there’s even a beach with a vintage carousel. Further down the coast you can snorkel in transparent seas at Aldinga Beach at Port Willunga – just one of many areas of one of the state’s best emerging regions, the Fleurieu Peninsula.

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Show Less

Foodies out there will want to explore wine country around Adelaide and make your own vintage at Jacobs Creek in the Barossa and cycle the Riesling Trail through the secluded Clare Valley. Head south of the city to McLaren Vale and experience the one-of-a-kind d’Arenberg Cube or stay in the city and take an early morning tour of 150-year-old Adelaide Central Market.

Less than an hour 's drive from Adelaide you can also find The Murray River. This is Australia’s longest river and flows strongly through South Australia. To see it at a leisurely, old-fashioned pace, board a paddle steamer or embark on a multi-day walking tour, spotting wildlife as you go.

Show More
Show Less

Flinders Ranges, Outback and Limestone Coast

Flinders Ranges, Outback and Limestone Coast

Head to the Flinders Ranges, just a 4 ½ hour drive north of Adelaide. Here you can enjoy stunning vistas by foot or 4WD, visit ancient rock art sites in the company of Aboriginal guides or if you’re up for dramatic sights, take a scenic flight over the natural amphitheatre of Wilpena Pound. Further north in the vast outback sits the unique and wonderful town of Coober Pedy. An opal mining capital, half of the town’s population live underground.

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By complete contrast, head west of Adelaide along the Limestone Coast towards Melbourne. See sensational birdlife on the lagoons of the Coorong National Park, where the Murray River meets the Indian Ocean. Further along the coast is a series of glistening beaches and seaside towns, you can even go diving in the fresh water of Kilsby sinkhole in the town of Mount Gambier. This town is also home to the stunning Blue Lake and the natural gardens of Umpherston Sinkhole.

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Best time to go

Best time to visit South Australia

South Australia’s climate is best characterised as Mediterranean. The winter – which runs from June to August – is generally mild, but tends to be a bit wet. The highest rainfall is around Adelaide and the Mount Lofty Ranges. In the Australian summer, temperatures rarely exceed 25°C in Adelaide, so you can see the sights in comfort. And, if you’re looking for some beach time at this time of year, you can expect the sea temperature to be around 20°C. Further north in the Outback, summer temperatures can soar towards 40°C, but the nights can feel a little chilly, whatever the time of year.

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Show Less

Autumn stretches from March to May, and this is a great time to go on holiday to South Australia. Temperatures hover in the low twenties and it’s very sunny. Spring shows the state off well, too, with plenty of blooming flowers and wildlife on show.

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