Places to Visit in South Australia

Places to Visit in South AustraliaLooking for places to visit in South Australia?

Need some ideas on where to start?

Well with great surf beaches, spectacular caves, outstanding white saltpans and a decent selection of homegrown wines. South Australia has something to meet everyone’s tastes.

If you happen to be planning a journey to explore all South Australia has to offer, you could try some of these famous places.

Naracoorte Caves

Positioned near the Victorian border, the World Heritage registered Naracoorte Caves National Park offers a picture-perfect day out.

Get captivated with an underground visit to the impressive limestone caves, such as the spooky Wet and Bat Caves. If you plan to arrive in the evening, it’s possible to witness the migrations of bats filling the sky and take a glimpse into their homes using infrared cameras.

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Coorong National Park

The vast coastal lagoon of the Coorong boasts exceptional saltpans, enormous sand dunes and the largest breeding ground for pelicans in South Australia.

Coorong takes its name from the local Aboriginal word kranangk, which means long neck. This remarkable place was a location for the recording of the classic Australian film Storm Boy.

Pelicans, congregations of ducks, waders and swans are found all over Coorong National Park. Drive on the old and unsealed Coorong Rd south of Salt Creek to get an exclusive look at the dunes of the Coorong.

If you fancy taking a look into the traditional lifestyle of the Ngarrindjeri Aboriginal people, head to Camp Coorong, and you can go on guided walks, as well as cultural tours.

Victor Harbour

Victor Harbour is the gateway to the Fleurieu Peninsula. Its stunning beaches, relaxing pubs and laidback atmosphere mean it’s the typical picture postcard of an Australian seaside town. The harbour is a favourite with schoolies at the end of the year, looking to party hard after concluding their school exams.

Located close by, the beaches of Goolwa, Middleton and Port Elliot are perfect for those looking sunbath and surfers looking for good waves.

Exploring a little further, you can hire a bicycle to ride the 23km Encounter Bikeway along the coast from Victor Harbor to Goolwa.

Or how about jumping in a small plane and trying skydiving?

It’s certainly one thing that will make you remember your visit to South Australia. Then there’s always Port Elliot Bakery to finish it off with the best local pies, pasties and cream buns.

Those with more time to spare should check out the South Australian Whale Centre where its possible spot the southern right whales in between the months of June to October. After being hunted for years, these elegant creatures can now be seen regularly in the area.

Also from Victor Harbour, it’s only a five-minute walk across the causeway to the penguin parade at Granite Island. Here you can watch the amusing frolics of the penguins as they return from a day’s hunting in the surrounding waters.

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Fleurieu Peninsula

Fleurieu Peninsula is just one of those places to visit in South Australia – it’s a favourite with locals from Adelaide looking to relax at the weekend.

Here you can explore some of Australia’s best beaches, such as the surfers favourite Christies Beach, or find your inner self at Australia’s first nudist beach, Maslin. If this pace is too fast paced for you, then head to the nearby wineries of McLaren Vale, which are well-known producers of some of Australia’s most famous Sauvignon Blancs and Sémillons.

A popular way to sample the some of the wines produced in the region is by taking the McLaren Vale Cheese and Wine Trail. The self-drive trail starts at Blessed Cheese where you will be presented with a picnic hamper to enjoy with your tastings at four wineries.

At the tip of the peninsula, the town of Cape Jervis is just a ferry ride from the quiet and relaxed atmosphere of Kangaroo Island, while the beaches, bushwalking and fishing off nearby Deep Creek Conservation Park have something to keep you occupied for an afternoon or two.

Finally, if you’re keen on getting in the water, then you should head to Yankalilla Bay. Once kitted up you can find dive around the scuttled HMAS Hobart with its superb reefs.

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Adelaide

The most well know place in South Australia, Adelaide City has a packed calendar of events to keep even the fussiest person busy and offers some of the best value eating experiences found anywhere in Australia.

Over the past couple of decades, Adelaide has become one of Australia’s most popular art destinations. The River Torrens curves through this South Australian city, but you can discover an older history at Tandanya Indigenous Cultural Institute or at the South Australian Museum, which houses the world’s largest exhibition of Australian Aboriginal culture.

For shopping Rundle Mall and Rundle Street offer enough shops to satisfy most bargain hunters desires, while the Art Gallery of South Australia showcases classic Australian art. For those who like to relax on the beach or in the water, Glenelg has swimming beaches just 20 minutes from the city. Here you can absorb yourself with

For those who like to relax on the beach or in the water, Glenelg has swimming beaches just 20 minutes from the city. Here you can absorb yourself with Temptation Sailing dolphin swims or discover the replica of HMS Buffalo, which transported the city’s original free settlers.

There’s even a Hello Kitty Cafe in Chinatown!

First time I’ve come across a #hellokitty cafe. Had to go inside and order a big breakfast ?

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Kangaroo Island

An island escape within easy reach from Adelaide, Kangaroo Island is packed with extensive coastlines, protected beaches and secluded scrub that offers an authentic Australian bush experience.

Its distance from the mainland has provided a sanctuary for many Australian animals, such as kangaroos, wallabies, bandicoots and possums.

Most can easily be sighted in the morning or evening.

Guided tours are available to show you Tammar wallabies, koalas, platypus and echidnas, and more than 240 species of birds that the island boasts. Flinders Chase National Park is popular with visitors who are interested in flora and fauna. Guided walks up to muti-day packaged tours are available from Kangaroo Island Wideness Tours.

The water barrier has protected Kangaroo Island for many years from disease and feral predators, which allows prepare visitors to see some of Australia’s best wildlife. From Penneshaw Penguin Centre, Rangers take nightly trips to observe on the penguins shuffling along the shore. In Flinders Chase National Park there’s, even more, wildlife spotting, with koalas, echidnas, possums and heaps of kangaroos throughout the mallee bush. Seal Bay provides ample opportunity to see sea lions lounging on the sand.

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Barossa

Barossa is one of Australia’s most known wine districts that crushes around 65,000 tonnes of grapes per year.

Some of Australia’s best-known labels such as, Yalumba, Wolf Blass and Penfolds originate from this area. At only 55km northeast of Adelaide, Barossa is an easy drive from the city; otherwise, take a tour with Groovy Grape tours.

With over 50 cellar doors within the range of Barossa, there are enough places to keep the best wine collectors busy. Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre is Australia’s biggest wine exporter while boutique company Rockford Wines produce a tasty Shiraz. A picture-perfect way to enjoy the wineries is a laidback picnic at Riverside Peter Lehmann Wines or Bethany Wines with relaxing hillside views.

If that’s not enough, you can venture to Clare Valley’s small family and boutique wineries, which are all within driving range from Adelaide. The Clare Valley visitors centre has pointers on where to find the valley’s best bottles at locations like Annie’s Lane and Sevenhill Cellars.

Flinders Ranges

Ochre Hills transforms into stunning peaks as you arrive at Flinders Ranges National Park, where the natural basin, Wilpena Pound, is a refuge for wildlife.

There’s plenty of excellent bushwalking around the area to keep you occupied, or why not check out charming villages such as Melrose or Quorn, with its charming Pichi Richi Railway. After a day’s bushwalking, pop into the Prairie Hotel for some outstanding ‘feral food’ such as wallaby stir-fries, camel sausages and emu-egg frittata.

There’s also flying experiences to enjoy the views over Wilpena Pound.

The area was the film set for the Australian bush film Rabbit Proof Fence, which took a look at the struggles of Aboriginal children separated from their families.

The land is essential to the culture of the local Adnyamathanha indigenous people. Their stories explain the freakish land foundations around the area; Wilpena Pound, for example, is said to be two giant snakes that were stuck after eating too many humans. The red colours found in the landscape are supposed to be the blood of dogs that once travelled the area. You can hear more traditional stories at the indigenous cultural centre of Iga Warta, which also offers fascinating tours.

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Coober Pedy

With mines around Coober Pedy all searching for the ‘fire in the stone’, this settlement is the Opal capital of Australia. The enticement of beautiful stones has drawn people to work in excavations such as Tom’s Working Opal Mine, living in houses and worshipping in churches, both underground.

The neighbouring Breakaways Reserve is a picturesque area of hills that includes the white-and-yellow Mesa called the Castle. Further out is the Dog Fence on the road to Oodnadatta.

For those in search of the experience of Australia’s outback, one of the remote tracks that run through the central deserts might be what you’re after.

The Oodnadatta Track is 615KM and a great start. It’s well-travelled route and has a few towns where you can stop and get supplies on the way. There are heaps of other 4×4 tracks to explore that will take you deep into the outstanding outback, but this stuff is extremely remote and requires a vehicle with decent off-road capability, not to mention ample food and water, and gear to repair the vehicle if you run into trouble.

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Barry Sproston
Barry is a traveller and expat who spends most of his time between Asia and Australia. He has spent 12 months training at a Gung Fu school learning Wing Chun. Explored the island of Taiwan by scooter more than once. Been tricked into eating raw horse meat sushi in Japan. Even tried to overcome the fear of heights by bungee jumping in Thailand. One day he plans to open a guesthouse.
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5 thoughts on “Places to Visit in South Australia

  1. Danny

    I lived in Adelaide for a while. Great city and everything but it can get a little boring after a while. Kangaroo Islands also great for a weekend or short break away but the ferry that takes you there is overpriced. Still need to visit the Flinders Ranges. It’s added to the list.

    1. Barry SprostonBarry Sproston Post author

      It’s been a couple of years since I visited Kangaroo Island but I really enjoyed it there. Always enjoy getting away from the noise and traffic of the city and checking out other parts. The ferry is expensive but as far as I’m aware there’s not really any other choice?

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