Must-see attractions in South Australia

The well named Winding Road through South Australia's, Flinders Ranges National Park.

Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park

Flinders Ranges

One of SA's most treasured parks, Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park is laced with craggy gorges, saw-toothed ranges, abandoned homesteads, Adnyamathanha…

Test cricket match at the Adelaide Oval with the heritage scoreboard in background.

Adelaide Oval

Hailed as the world’s prettiest cricket ground, the Adelaide Oval hosts interstate and international cricket matches in summer, plus national AFL and…

Central market.

Central Market

A tourist sight or a shopping op? Either way, satisfy your deepest culinary cravings at the 250-odd stalls in superb Adelaide Central Market. A sliver of…

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Martindale Hall

Clare Valley

Martindale Hall is an astonishing 1880 manor 3km south of Mintaro. Built for young pastoralist Edmund Bowman Jnr, who subsequently partied away the family…

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Flinders Chase National Park

Kangaroo Island

Occupying the western end of Kangaroo Island, Flinders Chase National Park is one of SA’s top national parks. Much of the park is mallee scrub, but there…

Front entrance (The Elder Wing) of the Art Gallery of South Australia.

Art Gallery of South Australia

Spend a few hushed hours in the vaulted, parquetry-floored gallery that represents the big names in Australian art. Permanent exhibitions include…

Australia, South Australia, Adelaide. The South Australian Museum.

South Australian Museum

Dig into Australia’s natural history with the museum's special exhibits on whales and Antarctic explorer Sir Douglas Mawson. Over two levels, the amazing…

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Seal Bay Conservation Park

'Observation, not interaction' is the mentality here. Guided tours stroll along the beach (or boardwalk on self-guided tours; adult/child/family $16/13/42…

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Snelling Beach

The best swimming beach on the north coast, with a lovely arc of powdery white sand and sheltered shallows. There's not much else at Snelling by way of…

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Fleurieu Peninsula

Duck into the Farm Shop at this beautiful stone-cottage cellar door (1860) and assemble a regional tasting platter to share on the lawns, made lovelier by…

Alpha Box & Dice

One out of the box, this refreshing little gambler wins top billing for interesting blends, funky retro furnishings, quirky labels and laid-back staff. On…

Skillogalee

Skillogalee is a small family outfit known for its spicy shiraz, fabulous food and top-notch riesling. Kick back with a long, lazy meal on the verandah …

Outback South Australia

Check out this amazing leftover prop from the film Pitch Black, which has crash-landed on Hutchison St (a minor Millennium Falcon?). Intricate, creative,…

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Remarkable Rocks

At Kirkpatrick Point, a few kilometres east of Cape du Couedic, the much-photographed, rather Dalí-esque Remarkable Rocks are a cluster of hefty, weather…

Midnight Oil House

Legendary Australian rock band Midnight Oil sold millions of albums in the late 1980s – and more than a few of them had a photo of this derelict stone…

Old Timers Mine

This interesting warren of tunnels was mined in 1916, and then hidden by the miners. The mine was rediscovered in 1968 when excavations for a dugout home…

d'Arenberg

'd'Arry's' relaxes atop a hillside with mighty fine views. The wine labels are part of the character of this place: the Dead Arm shiraz and the Broken…

Adelaide Park Lands

Adelaide Park Lands

The city centre and upmarket North Adelaide are surrounded by a broad band of parkland. Colonel William Light, Adelaide’s controversial planner, came up…

Palm House, Adelaide Botanic Gardens.

Adelaide Botanic Gardens

Meander, jog or chew through your trashy airport novel in these lush city-fringe gardens. Highlights include a restored 1877 palm house, the water-lily…

Giant Panda (Wang Wang; male), Adelaide Zoo.

Adelaide Zoo

Around 1800 exotic and native mammals, birds and reptiles roar, growl and screech at Adelaide’s wonderful zoo, dating from 1883. There are free walking…

West Terrace Cemetery

West Terrace Cemetery

Driven-by and overlooked by most Adelaidians, this amazing old cemetery (established in 1837, and now with 150,000 residents) makes a serene and…

National Wine Centre Adelaide South Australia, Australia

National Wine Centre of Australia

Check out the free self-guided, interactive Wine Discovery Journey exhibition at this very sexy wine centre (doubling as a research facility for the…

Adelaide Gaol

Adelaide Gaol

Only decommissioned in 1988 after housing 300,000 inmates since 1841, this old Victorian lock-up has a grim vibe, but its displays of homemade bongs,…

Migration Museum

Migration Museum

This engaging social-history museum tells the story of the many migrants who have made SA their home. The museum has info on 100-plus nationalities logged…

Penfolds Vineyards, Robe, South AUstralia, Australia

Penfolds Magill Estate Winery

This 175-year-old winery is home to Australia's best-known wine − the legendary Grange. Taste the product at the cellar door; dine at the fab restaurant…

Mt Remarkable National Park

Bush boffins rave about the steep, jagged Mt Remarkable National Park, which straddles the Southern Flinders and rises above little Melrose like a…

Statue of Colonel William Light

Statue of Colonel William Light

The famous statue of Adelaide's town planner (official name Light’s Vision) sits atop the grassy flanks of Montefiore Hill in North Adelaide.

Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary

A privately operated wildlife reserve–resort 129km east of Copley on unsealed roads, Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary occupies a far-flung and utterly…

Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park

Blanketing 1282 sq km of desert, this remote national park has deep gorges, rugged ranges, yellow-footed rock wallabies and gum-lined creeks. Most of the…

Frenchman's Rock

When intrepid French explorer Nicholas Baudin surveyed the KI coast in 1803, he came ashore at what's now Penneshaw for a look around. He left his mark:…

Clifford's Honey Farm

It's worth swimming the Backstairs Passage for the honey ice cream (sourced from rare Ligurian bees) at this charming, uncommercial farm, which is a bit…

Crocodile Harry's

As seen in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, this wildly eccentric underground abode was once home to Arvid Blumenthal, a Latvian-born runaway (quite possibly a…

Kangaroo Island Farmers Market

Has baked goods, chutneys, seafood, olive oil, honey, eggs, cheese, yoghurt and of course wine and dodgy buskers (including, once, a certain Lonely Planet…

Onkaparinga River National Park

Protecting the curlicued Onkaparinga River and its attendant cliffs, waterholes, remnant bushland and gorgeous gorge, this national park is just 30km…

Old Noarlunga

Nooked into a horseshoe bend of the Onkaparinga River, a few kilometres upstream from Port Noarlunga, Old Noarlunga is a surprising diversion en route to…

Waterfall Gully

Yes, it's a gully. And yes, there's a waterfall at the end of it – a rather spectacular 30m-tall one, too, especially if it's been raining in the Adelaide…

Moonta Mines Museum

Yorke Peninsula

This impressive 1878 stone edifice was once the Moonta Mines Model School and had 1100 students. These days it's the centrepiece of the sprawling Moonta…

South Australian Whale Centre

Victor Harbor is on the migratory path of southern right whales (May to October). The multilevel South Australian Whale Centre has impressive whale…

Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park

The Breakaways Reserve is a stark but colourful area of arid hills, mesas and scarps 32km north from Coober Pedy along a rough road − turn off the highway…

Ravine des Casoars

At Harvey's Return near Cape Borda, a cemetery speaks poignant volumes about the reality of isolation in the early days. From here you can drive to Ravine…

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Tourist Attractions In South Australia

South australian tourist attractions: what to see and where.

The Flinders Ranges, Limestone Coast and Murray River are home to some of the country's most spectacular scenery while the Fleurieu Peninsula, Yorke Peninsula and Eyre Peninsula boast kilometres of jaw-dropping coast. Australia's best cool climate wine comes from the Adelaide Hills, with food to match, while the Barossa, Clare Valley and McLaren Vale produce incredible, internationally-acclaimed wine at gorgeous cellar doors. Catch an acclaimed show or concert spectacular at the Adelaide Oval and Adelaide Festival Centre, trek through the expansive, rugged outback or get your heart racing at   The Bend Motorsport Park .

Popular Attractions Highlights of South Australia

You'll find great tourist attractions all over south australia, but these popular attractions are some of the best the state has to offer. from the imposing beauty of remarkable rocks to the bustling stalls of the adelaide central market, these attractions are well worth planning your trip around., arkaroola international dark sky sanctuary, monarto safari park, mclaren vale wine region, adelaide central market, naracoorte caves national park, dhilba guuranda-innes national park, adelaide zoo, lake macdonnell, stokes hill lookout, remarkable rocks, flinders chase national park, mount lofty botanic garden, heysen trail, riesling trail, umoona opal mine and museum, little blue lake, kilsby sinkhole, leigh street, south australia popular nature based attractions, south australia i well known for its natural beauty. it's also one of the best places to get up close and personal with australian wildlife. if you're a nature lover, you'll find plenty of places in south australia to relax and enjoy stunning landscapes and animal encounters., dalhousie springs campground, witjira national park, umpherston sinkhole/balumbul, gorge wildlife park, tantanoola caves, hermann gass bird sanctuary, adelaide international bird sanctuary national park - winaityinaityi pangkara, kelly hill caves, cleland wildlife park, witjira national park, popular foodie attractions, looking to experience south australia's famed food and wine scene there's no better way than to visit one of the state's foodie attractions - from an unforgettable meal in an enchanting fig tree, to tasting world-class wine in a giant rubik's cube, south australia is full of unforgettable gastronomic experiences., gastronomo the enchanted fig tree, barossa valley chocolate company, the d'arenberg cube, coffin bay oyster walk, maggie beer's farmshop, shiki japanese restaurant, the summit cafe and function centre, harvest the fleurieu, lyndoch lavender farm & cafe, banrock station wine & wetland centre, twenty third street distillery, south australian tourist attractions, let’s stay in touch.

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15 Best Places to Visit in South Australia

The previously little-known charms South Australia are fast turning this state into a favorite destination for visitors to Australia, and for good reason: from charming cities and towns, fantastic food and wine, and renowned cultural festivals, to extraordinarily picturesque scenery ranging from barren outback to lush greenery and the iconic Murray River, there’s truly something for everyone in SA: even one of the world’s greatest fossil sites giving tourists a peek into millions of years of evolution on the most isolated continent!

The flora and fauna are amazing too, with native wildlife only minutes from the city, and if you’re a wine connoisseur, a trip to the world-famous Barossa Valley is a must. There’s also plenty of activities to do in the region: mountain-climbing, bushwalking, and surfing. And no trip to SA would be complete without visiting the intriguing town of Coober Pedy: it’s not only the opal capital of the world, but also an exotic township where much of the population live in caves. Whatever your tastes, you’re bound to have a wonderful holiday in South Australia, with many fond memories of your trip.

Lets explore the best places to visit in South Australia :

1. Adelaide

Adelaide

With just over a million residents, Adelaide is big enough to be fun but small enough not to have the rushed feeling of larger cities like Melbourne and Sydney.

Adelaide is famous for its cultural festivals, such as the legendary WOMADelaide and the Adelaide Festival of Arts; it’s also known for its funky atmosphere, excellent museums and galleries, the Rundle Mall shopping strip (Australia’s first pedestrian mall), and gorgeous scenery.

There’s also many farmers’ and makers’ markets, and a lovely Botanic Gardens.

Waterfall Gully is well worth a visit, as is the beachside suburb of Glenelg with its famous jetty and trams.

There are also many lovely heritage buildings in the area.

If you have time for a side-trip, check out The Big Rocking Horse an hour out of the city centre for a cute, quirky backdrop to your travel photos!

2. Murray River

Murray River

Australia’s largest river is stunningly beautiful, and the land around it is so fertile that the area is often known as the “food bowl of Australia”. The Murray River is the third longest navigable river in the world, next to the Amazon and Nile, and a popular way to explore the river is by houseboat.

The Murray River spans three states (New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia), finally entering the Southern Ocean in the area of Coorong, South Australia.

The river starts off as a small spring in the Australian Alps, meandering for over 2,500km through five contrasting landscapes until it finally enters the Southern Ocean.

The river and its surrounds are perfect for exploring and relaxing alike, and there’s many interesting towns along the way to enjoy the differences in regional culture between the three states.

3. Coorong National Park

Coorong National Park

After your visit to the Murray River, exploring the Coorong National Park is a must.

With stunning beaches, abundant bird life, and great fishing, boating and bushwalking, coupled with its proximity to Adelaide, it’s a very popular getaway spot for locals, as well as beloved by tourists.

The flora and fauna in the area are spectacular: in particular, its worth visiting between September and November for the wader migration, when up to 100,000 wader birds of dozens of species come to the Coorong wetlands to feed.

4. Barossa Valley

Barossa Valley

The Barossa Valley is known worldwide for its premium wines, but it also boasts incredible produce and cuisine, as well as an interesting cultural combination of British-Australian and German-Australian heritage.

There are many winery tours and cellar-door tastings in the Valley, and lovely architectural, cultural and heritage sites: the churches in the area are particularly known for their beautiful designs.

The area was heavily settled by German-Australians, even leading to a German dialect called Barossa German.

You can still feel the German influence most strongly in Tanunda, a town which boasts delicious gourmet meats, breads and pastries in the German style.

5. Mt Gambier

Mt Gambier

Mt Gambier is known for its spectacular volcanic landscape, the crystal-clear Blue Lake, and its amazing caves: Tantaloona Caves’ stalactites are breathtaking, and the World Heritage-listed Naracoorte Caves are considered one of the most important fossil sites in the world.

The Cave Gardens are lush, green and gorgeous, and the Umpherston Sinkhole is a very attractive sunken garden created on the site of a collapsed cave.

Hells Hole is another sinkhole, but much larger, deeper, and full of fresh blue water.

Diving into Hells Hole is allowed with a permit.

Farina

Farina is an uninhabited ghost town, and it’s a fascinatingly eerie site! This once-thriving township reached its peak population of 600 in the late 1800s: at the time, it had an underground bakery, two hotels, five blacksmiths, a general store, two breweries, a school, a church and a brothel.

It was once a major trucking yard for sheep and cattle, and there were also several mines in the region.

When the railway line was moved away from Farina, the town’s population began moving elsewhere, leaving the town to crumble into ruins; but in recent years, volunteers with the Restoration Farina group have begun to restore the town; funds for the project come from the restored underground Farina Bakery, which is sporadically open for business.

In the future, Restoration Farina hopes to open a museum in the town; in the meanwhile, the interesting ruins make it well worth the trip!

7. Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy is a mining town specializing in gorgeous opals, but there’s plenty more to see in this popular tourist site: it’s perhaps best-known for the underground homes that many of the residents live in.

The town experiences freezing nights in winter, and extremely hot days in summer, so many of the residents live in “dugouts”, in caves carved out of hillsides.

They’re a lot more comfortable than they sound, though: Faye’s Underground Home is a gorgeous example, and it’s open to visitors; it even has a swimming pool in the living room! There’s also two dugout churches – the Serbian Orthodox and the Catacomb – and you can even stay in an underground hotel, or eat and drink at an underground restaurant or bar!

Several mines in Coober Pedy are open to tourists.

The nearby Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park is also well worth a visit, boasting breathtaking views and exotic flora and fauna.

If you’re a movie buff, you’ll also want to visit the Coober Pedy spaceship, which featured in the 2000 sci-fi movie Pitch Black.

8. The Painted Desert

The Painted Desert

150kms north of Coober Pedy, the Painted Desert is the barren outback at its most beautiful: awash with soft, fragile and colorful rock formations.

80 million years ago, this area was a seabed, and a combination of rain, weather and erosion has left masses of orange, yellow and white shale on the sloping hills, giving the area its apt name.

The desert is particularly beautiful at sunrise or sunset, and it’s a great spot to get a charming taste of Australia’s beautiful desert landscapes.

9. Clare Valley

Spring Gully Conservation Park

Clare Valley is a popular wine region, specializing in Riesling, and also a popular tourist destination: there are many gorgeous walking trails and beautiful scenery to enjoy.

Spring Gully Conservation Park is a 400ha woodland with many lovely native orchids, and it’s a great place to spot a kangaroo or echidna, or to go bird-watching.

Budding palaeontologists will love the Red Banks Conservation Park, considered one of Australia’s richest megafauna sites.

There’s also a golf course, and many small local galleries to enjoy.

10. Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island

Australia’s third largest island boasts 509km of coastline, gorgeous scenery, and an abundance of wildlife: you can easily spot sea lions, echidnas, wallabies, goannas, koalas, pelicans, and of course kangaroos! Much of Kangaroo Island is still unspoiled greenery, so it’s perfect for bushwalking or hiking.

Enjoy the premium wine and gourmet food, check out one of the many studios and galleries, or enjoy the many water sports available on the island – scuba diving, fishing, surfing and more.

Seal Bay is a particular must-see, as it’s home to the third largest sea lion colony in the world.

While you’re on the island, make sure you visit the Remarkable Rocks: this natural rock formations are very interesting and unique.

11. Eyre Peninsula

Eyre Peninsula

Eyre Peninsula is considered the “seafood frontier”, with delicious local Bluefin tuna, Yellowtail kingfish, Pacific oysters, mussels, crabs and prawns.

There’s also seafood festivals such as the Oysterfest Festival.

Murphy’s Haystacks, a unique geological feature, is well worth a visit, and there’s plenty of fascinating eco-tourist options here: swim in a cage with Bluefin tuna, sea lions, or even great white sharks! You can also snorkel with sea lions and dolphins, and sometimes spot a humpback whale.

The Gawler Ranges are a particular highlight of the peninsula, with stunning rock formations such as the famous Organ Pipes, and a wide variety of native flora and fauna.

12. Flinders Ranges and the Outback

Flinders Ranges and the Outback

The largest mountain range in SA stretches for 430km, and the unspoiled 540 million-year-old landscape is breathtaking.

You can experience a taste of the true-blue outback with a station stay on a farm or cattle station, go camping in the depths of desert nature, and spot an abundance of native animals.

It’s also a great place to try bush-tucker – ever wanted to eat an emu egg? The Pichi Rich steam railway from Quorn is a heritage highlight, and the Tunnel of Time at the Wadlata Outback Centre is a fascinating insight into the ancient history of the region.

13. Yorke Peninsula

Yorke Peninsula

Yorke Peninsula is known for its gorgeous beaches, coastal towns and inland mining towns, and the scenery of the stunning national parks.

It’s a great spot for seafood, surfing, and shipwreck diving.

Natural beauty abounds in the area, with many walking trails and plenty of Australian wildlife to see, and the Peninsula has a fascinating history (both indigenous and European) which you can learn about at the many museums in the area.

The Moonta Mines Museum is fascinating, and nearby Kadina is a particularly lovely town to enjoy.

Wallaroo is also well worth a visit: the Heritage and Nautical Museum even offers ghost walks!

14. Lake Eyre

Lake Eyre

Lake Eyre is an oasis in the barren Aussie outback, covering 1 million square km and crossing the borders of three states: SA, NT and QLD. Technically two lakes connected by a channel, it’s the largest salt lake in the country, albeit not often filled with water: it has only been filled to capacity thrice in the last 160 years.

When the lake starts to dry up and the water evaporates, it appears to turn pink, and when it has dried up completely, the remaining snow-white salt crystals are a stunning sight to behold in of themselves.

15. Fleurieu Peninsula

Fleurieu Peninsula

Just under an hour south of Adelaide, Fleurieu is known as Adelaide’s playground: known for its wineries, water sports, and picturesque scenery, it’s a fun spot either for a day trip or to stay a few days.

The food is fantastic, the galleries and museums are fascinating, and there’s plenty of activities to keep any kids that are tagging along for the ride entertained: camel rides, a horse-drawn tram and even penguin tours!

15 Best Places to Visit in South Australia:

  • Murray River
  • Coorong National Park
  • Barossa Valley
  • Coober Pedy
  • The Painted Desert
  • Clare Valley
  • Kangaroo Island
  • Eyre Peninsula
  • Flinders Ranges and the Outback
  • Yorke Peninsula
  • Fleurieu Peninsula

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10 Famous Landmarks in South Australia

Last updated: October 27, 2023

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I recently polled some of my South Australian friends to find out which SA landmarks we all know and love. The conversations came with some great banter and suggestions, and the list changed back and forth, but finally here are, in my opinion, the 10 “Famous Landmarks in South Australia”

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Larry the Lobster

Torrens riverbank, remarkable rocks, nullarbor sign, pildappa rock, naracoorte caves, river murray, d’arenberg cube, are they really the famous landmarks in south australia.

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We have quite a few big things in South Australia but Larry the Lobster is the most loved.

Located in Kingston on the Limestone Coast, Larry was built in 1979 and stands an impressive 17 metres tall is certainly one of the most well know man made tourist attractions in South Australia.

He originally stood guard over a visitor centre and restaurant, but that has changed multiple times over the last forty years as owners have come and gone.

At one point he was in such disrepair the end was looking nigh for Larry, but a call went out from some local radio stars and thanks to crowd funding, he has been recently restored to his former glory.

Today Larry can be found presiding over a takeaway food restaurant with all the favourites available. There’s also an area to do some wine tasting and purchase some of the local produce. I didn’t check if there was lobster on the menu though!

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The Torrens Riverbank is currently undergoing a transformation that will see it become a popular landmark in South Australia. Once the Festival Centre and plaza are complete, this will be a great area to visit and enjoy.

It’s a great place to simply relax on the grass and enjoy the view, but if that’s not enough, then take a cruise on the iconic Popeye . It’s a popular location for festivals and events, such as Christmas carols and the OzAsia festival.

Wander over the footbridge to the Adelaide Oval . If there is a game of cricket or football on during your visit, plan to take a look and enjoy this picturesque stadium.

You can also visit the Bradman Collection and see a great range of memorabilia, some coming from Sir Donald Bradman’s own personal effects.

For an adrenaline hit, do the Adelaide Oval Roof Climb , the only stadium climb in the world with seats on top of a grandstand where it’s possible to watch a game.

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How can I not include this on the list when it is already called Remarkable? Located on Kangaroo Island , these rocks are often featured in South Australian tourism campaigns. They are one of the most recognisable and unique South Australia landmarks.

Remarkable Rocks are a group of incredible weathered rocks that sit high on a cliff above the Southern Ocean. They are perfectly placed on a granite outcrop and look like they have been left there on display by an abstract sculpture artist.

The rocks have been here at least 500 million years, and are ever so slowly being eroded away. Kids – and kids-at-heart will love scrambling over the rocks and hiding in the nooks and crannies.

And of course, every visitor needs a photo of the gravity-defying overhanging rock!

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During the months of December to March, Mount Gambier’s Blue Lake turns a bright, cobalt blue and is truely an incredible sight. For the rest of the year, it is a steel grey.

It is not known exactly why this lake changes colour so dramatically, but it is believed the warmer temperatures change the chemical composition of the water.

It sits in the crater of an ancient volcano so there is an unusual chemical mix associated with that history.

With a depth of 77 metres, there are still secrets waiting to be discovered in the most mysterious natural landmark in South Australia.

Visiting the Blue Lake is a must while in Mount Gambier . There is a walking trail that encircles the lake, or you can just admire it from one of the lookouts.

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The Nullarbor Plain is one of those almost-mythical places. To cross the Nullarbor is on many a bucket list. It smacks of isolation and perseverance and even a little danger on those long stretches of nothingness.

It’s usually hot and dry but sometimes the biggest obstacle out here is the boredom. After all, the longest straight stretch of road can be found here – 142km without so much as a bend.

The Nullarbor Plain stretches well over the Western Australia border, and it’s too big for me to call it one of South Australia land marks, but if you are driving from the east then it’s almost compulsory to stop at the Nullarbor sign to celebrate the start of this long drive.

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Pildappa Rock is South Australia’s answer to the better known Wave Rock in Western Australia. It’s located just outside the small town of Minnipa on Eyre Peninsula and is another of the South Australia natural landmarks.

Created over thousands of years as the wind and the rain wore away the granite, this wave now forms one side of a much larger granite structure.

This part of South Australia is littered with granite outcrops. Many are located on farming land and are inaccessible, but this is a great opportunity to not only see the wave, but to take a look around the whole granite rock.

Other notable granite rocks on Eyre Peninsula include Murphy’s Haystacks near Streaky Bay, and Mount Wudinna, the second biggest monolith in Australia (after Uluru).

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Located just south of the town of Naracoorte on the Limestone Coast, the Naracoorte Caves are South Australia’s only World Heritage site thanks to the thousands of fossils that have been found here, including some incredible megafauna.

This makes it one of the most special landmarks of South Australia. There are 28 known caves in the national park, but only four of them are accessible to the public.

Most people will just come here to do one of the many easy tours each day, but there are also options to do some more adventurous caving too.

Murray River, South Australia

I could not talk about famous places without mentioning one of the biggest natural landmarks in South Australia – the Murray River.

Meandering for around 650km through South Australia (and over 2500km in total), this is Australia’s longest river.  The river is a favourite getaway from Adelaide and is popular for all sorts of waterspouts.

It has some dramatic cliffs which provide glowing red sunsets, and winds through some of South Australia’s prime growing regions.

The river finally escapes to the sea through the Coorong , a diverse and special region best known for its seabirds.

The D'Arenberg Cube cellar door. A distinctive building sits amongst bare grape vines. The building is black and white, shaped like a four-layer Rubiks cube with the top two layers twisted slightly.

Located in McLaren Vale, the d’Arenberg Cube is, quite broadly, a cellar door. But it is so much more than that!

One of the most photographed man-made landmarks in South Australia, it was opened in 2017, the Rubik’s Cube like structure is a tribute to the “puzzle that is winemaking” and shows the quirky taste of d’Arenberg’s owner, Chester Osborn.

The Cube is five stories tall and includes exhibition space, tasting rooms, the Alternate Realities Museum, and a restaurant.

Visitors can simply browse through the Cube and surrounds, or participate in experiences such as blending your own wine .

Photo from a plane looking down at a huge carving of an Aboriginal man in the red dirt of the South Australia Outback

In 1998, bush pilot Trec Smith flew over an isolated area north-west of Marree and spotted a huge engraving of an Aboriginal man with a boomerang on the ground.

He mentioned it to locals when he landed, and discovered no one had any idea what he was talking about! Thus began a huge treasure hunt to find out who had created this man and how. So far that mystery has not been solved.

Now known as the Marree Man or Stuart’s Giant, this is the world’s largest geoglyph and work of art in the world. It is certainly the largest of the South Australian landmarks. He is around 2.5km tall, and is best seen from the air.

What do you think? Did I get it right and list every famous landmark in South Australia or is there a glaring omission?

There are some very honourable mentions, such as the Malls Balls and the Pigs in the Mall, The Big Rocking Horse, Lake Eyre and Umpherston’s Sinkhole, that I struggled to include.

Visiting more great South Australian locations? These posts might help Adelaide 3 Day Itinerary Best Places for South Australia Whale Watching Glamping South Australia – The Ultimate Guide to Camping in Style

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Josie Kelsh is South Australian, born and bred, living here for her whole life. Travelling all over the world has shown her exactly how amazing South Australia is to live and travel in and she uses her passion to show it to you the way a local sees it.

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The 21 Bucket List Things to do in South Australia Right Now

From Venetian gondolas and pink lakes, to wining and dining in just about every setting you can think of, these are the bucket list best things to do in South Australia.

Famous for its regional events, food and world-class wineries, South Australia and Adelaide   offers a multitude of epic experiences and unmatched landscapes that are just begging to be enjoyed.

Whether you’re just visiting or a long-time local, there’s always something new to discover in this stunning state. From the mainstream destinations , to the roads less travelled, our roundup of the best things to do in South Australia will have you wining and dining, partying on peninsulas, and sipping on sparkling wine in the sky.

The only thing left to do is to decide on where you’re going first!

Whale Watching

A natural phenomenon occurs annually from late May to October along the coast of the Southern Fleurieu Peninsula is one of the best things to do in South Australia. This is one that is guaranteed to stay with you for the rest of your life. Whale watching  season returns each year, with the gentle giants migrating to the warmer, sheltered waters of Encounter Bay to socialise, court, and raise their calves before heading back down south to Antarctica. The area is a breeding ground for the endangered Southern Right whales and a stop-in for passing Humpback whales, alongside New Zealand fur seals, Australian sea lions and bottlenose dolphins.

Go to a Festival or Two

South Australia is called the Festival State for an extremely good reason: because we have an exciting festival on practically every single month of the year. Starting with the biggest of the lot, the Adelaide Fringe  festival takes over the entire city for a month, with ticketed shows across many venues and free shows to catch in bars, on the streets and in larger venue spaces such as the Garden of Unearthly Delights  and Gluttony .

Cultural festivals such as OzAsia burst out onto the streets of Adelaide and of course there is the many, many food festivals including the delicious Tasting Australia . No matter which festival you choose, it's guaranteed to be one of the best things to do in South Australia. 

Go Shark Cage Diving in Port Lincoln

Ever wanted to come face to face with a Great White Shark? In Port Lincoln, you can do exactly that – without putting your life in danger. Join Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions or   Calypso Star Charters  for the ultimate great white shark adventure. Tours depart from Port Lincoln marina, to the beautiful and world famous Neptune Islands.

No diver certification is needed to view these magnificent sharks safely from the surface cages and their qualified crew give full cage and dive briefings and make sure everyone onboard is happy, safe and confident. 

While waiting your turn in the dive cage, you can sit back and relax with local South Australian food and wine and enjoy excellent topside viewing of the great white sharks. 

It's truly one of the most epic, once-in-a-lifetime things to do in South Australia. 

Dine at the Best Restaurant in Australia

Situated in a heritage rotunda and nestled within the beautiful Adelaide Botanic Gardens, dining at the Restaurant Botanic  is truly the best thing to do in South Australia. It is clear to see why Restaurant Botanic was named as Australia’s Restaurant of the Year 2022 by Gourmet Traveller. From their ingredients being sourced straight from the botanic gardens themselves, to the artistic effort put into creating each of the 20+ courses of their degustation menu of flavour combinations, not including the addition of a delectable, paired wine flight. Recent renovations introduced an exclusive ‘chef’s table’ option with 10 seats surrounding the culinary kitchen to see your culinary and sensory escape prepared fresh.

Plane Tree Drive, Adelaide

Feed The Lions at Monarto Safari

If you’re after a bucket-list item that is truly unforgettable and one of the best things to do in South Australia, then buckle up. The Lion 360 experience at Monarto Safari  invites you to see wildlife like never before, getting up close and personal with the lions from the safety of a 360 dome enclosure. Phrases like “within clawing range” and “prey’s eye view” may sound extreme, but this is a once in a lifetime experience! Even better, your visit will also be contributing towards conservation charities helping to save lions from extinction.

Prices start at $70 per person

Monarto Safari Park, Old Princes Highway, Monarto South

Visit Seppeltsfield Winery

Possibly one of the most iconic and best wineries in Barossa Valley, possibly even South Australia, Seppeltsfield  is one for your wine bucket list. Drive down the iconic stretch of road lined with palm trees and be welcomed into wine heaven. The Seppeltsfield Cellar Door is located in the redeveloped 1900 Seppelt Bottling Hall, showcased in a world-class blend of historical and contemporary architecture. Everything is an experience within itself, from intimate wine tastings in cosy alcoves to private and luxurious wine tastings in their VIP mezzanine lounge. A unique moment on offer is to taste the wine from your birth year, privately hosted over 30 minutes with a wine educator. You’re educated alongside the longest lineage of single vintage wines in the world, which date back to 1878, culminating in a taste from a barrel of your birth year – an experience like no other.

730 Seppeltsfield Road, Seppeltsfield

Explore Art, Wine and Views at d’Arenberg Cube

Iconic from the get-go, the d’Arenberg Cube offers an experience in South Australia like no other. The stunning architecture stands proud within the d’Arenberg vineyards, welcoming visitors through its many floors. There is a Salvador Dali sculpture exhibition to explore, toilets that are practically art within themselves, a gourmet restaurant and cellar door for tastings. Wine lovers can blend their own wine at the blending bench, and foodies can feast on the eight course food and wine degustation. Want more from your experience? Private helicopter and flights in a 1930s open cockpit biplane will take your trip sky-high, seeing the stunning views of McLaren Vale in full 360. It's truly one of the most magical and best things to do in South Australia!

58 Osborn Road, McLaren Vale

Clare Valley Riesling Trail

Have your main character moment and cycle into the sun along the Clare Valley’s picturesque Riesling Trail . Regarded as one of the best things to do in South Australia, explore the vineyard-dotted roads and charming cellar doors by bike for a day like no other. A great alternative to a van or car, biking offers the chance to slow down, revel in the fresh air, and truly appreciate wine country’s storybook scenery. Named after the wine variety that the region is famous for, the trail runs for 35 kilometres passing by many cellar doors and vineyards - Claymore Wines, Mr Mick Cellar Door & Kitchen and Sevenhills Cellar are just a few.

Clare Valley

Hot Air Ballooning Barossa Valley

What do you get when you combine a hot air balloon ride with Champagne and a decadent ‘Barossa’ breakfast? An absolutely unforgettable experience, that’s what. Take the short trip at just under an hour from Adelaide’s CBD to the Barossa Valley and prepare for lift-off at sunrise with Barossa Valley Ballooning , soaking in the early morning tranquillity in a peaceful, yet exhilarating hour-long flight. Look down at the world-famous wine region vineyards stretching below and take in the 360˚ panoramic views with this once in a lifetime experience. Your adventure continues after touch-down with a gourmet breakfast complete with Champagne to raise a toast to yourselves. You’ll literally be floating on cloud nine.

Barossa Valley

Ride the Adelaide Gondola

All aboard! Experience all the romance of Venice in the heart of Adelaide. Climb aboard an Adelaide Gondola and set sail on the calm waters of the River Torrens, heading off into the sunset. Spend a romantic afternoon with someone special riding along the river in your very own private gondola, taking in the serene surroundings along the way. Operating seven days a week and at any time of day, this is a dreamy way to start or end a day. Let the attendant gondolier take the strain while you relax and soak up the atmosphere of this stunning city, all while indulging in some of Australia's finest sparkling wines. 

War Memorial Drive, North Adelaide

Go Cherry Picking

There’s something irresistibly wholesome about roaming orchards and feasting on fruit fresh off the tree. You can do just that at friendly farms such as Fleurieu Cherries, Plummers Border Valley Orchards and Marble Hill Cherries, where they allow you to wander their fields and pick your own produce. Support local and fill up your baskets with ripe and ready fruit, paid for by the kilo and more gratifying than any supermarket punnet. One of our top choices for the best things to do in South Australia, ripe for the bucket list. Experience cherry picking with family, friends or as a first date. Cherry season happens every summer, usually from mid-November to mid-January.

Various locations

All aboard the South Coast Wine Train

With scenes straight out of Under the Tuscan Sun , a trip on the iconic South Coast Wine Train  takes you on a picturesque ride along the Steamranger Heritage Railway. Quintessentially one of the best things to do in South Australia, this experience combines world-class wines with exquisite food and awe-inspiring landscapes. The renowned expedition promises access to parts of the region that remain unspoiled, travelling in style. Climb aboard the 1920s built heritage railway carriage and tour regions in Adelaide Hills, Langhorne Creek and towards the South Coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula. Enjoy wine tastings from 3 cellar doors and enjoy a glorious 2-course lunch at a local restaurant along the journey.

Pickup from Adelaide

Explore Murray River National Park

Experience the natural wonders of the Riverland region  and the Murray River National Park for yourself. Escape the city for a day, weekend or longer for a winter break by the river, and walk, bike, canoe or take a self-guided drive around the 14,879 hectares of the sprawling Murray River National Park. Become acquainted with the endless wetlands and the wildlife that call it home, made up of six individual parks across the area, each landscape offering something different. Think adorable wildlife from aquatic to koalas, campfire and picnic areas to refuel and camping options to spend a night under the stars. If you’re after something high-end, book into award-winning luxury accommodation The Frames, explore the waterways at sunrise with a canoe adventure, or at night with a dark sky reserve tour, free from light pollution.

Wine, Dine and Escape at Sequoia

Lovers of the gourmet, luxury and fabulous, discover Sequoia  – an intimate, adults-only luxury lodge afoot the iconic Mount Lofty House. Set in the highlands of the Adelaide Hills, you can take in panoramic views either from your private balcony or from your huge bathtub. Immerse yourself in wellness with the semi-private hot pools and infinity pool filled with healing minerals of the estate’s natural springs, or treat yourself to a treatment at Gatekeeper’s Day Spa for some pampering. Book in for an artisan food experience, where you learn about and sample their chef's favourite produce from the hills in a hosted masterclass. Pair this with their sommelier-hosted wine masterclass for a true time of decadence.

1 Mawson Drive, Crafers

Discover the Colours of Eyre Peninsula

See an absolute icon of South Australia for yourself, the pink lake! With beaches, salt pans and the world’s longest stretch of unbroken sea cliffs, the Eyre Peninsula is full of Instagrammable wonders. With over 2000 kilometres of shoreline, get ready to take in the beauty of the Nullarbor and the Bunda Cliffs, undulating white sand hills at Yanerbie and of course the gorgeous pastel pink waters at Lake Macdonnell. Local food and drink offerings are waiting to be discovered, with the Eyre Peninsula being hailed as Australia’s seafood frontier. Check out oyster sheds and local townships, hang out with Eyre’s favourite locals including sea lions and magnificent cuttle fish.

Eyre Peninsula

Go Glamping in the Flinders Ranges

For an overnight experience like no other, take the journey about five hours from the CBD and find yourself amongst some of South Australia’s most impressive outback. The overwhelmingly beautiful scenery at Ikara Flinders Ranges National Park introduces ancient and rugged landscapes abundant with native wildlife. As part of Arkaba Walk , you can book yourself in for an escape on one of their timber swag decks. Each deck is elevated with a screen around three sides with the fourth left open to the breathtaking views over the countryside. Your roof is simply the night sky, but don’t worry – the deck has shelter in case the weather decides not to play ball.

Flinders Ranges

Reach New Heights on the Fleurieu Peninsula

Now, this is a solid bucket list experience as one of the best things to do in South Australia. Go back in time with Adelaide Biplanes  flying experiences, taking off from Aldinga Airfield and flying south along the Fleurieu Peninsula. You’ll head out across the eastern coast of Kangaroo Island and over The Deep Creek Conservation Park, up over the hills that surround the McLaren Vale wine region and back into Aldinga Airfield near Sellicks Beach. If an experience in Adelaide Biplanes changes your life and you want more, sign up to their flying school for recreational aviation training.

Aldinga Airfield, 174 Colville Road, Aldinga

Walk The Shiraz Trail

Take a walk on the wine side with the Shiraz Trail . Starting from McLaren Vale (Almond Train) and going right down to Willunga through a steady 7.4km (one-way) track, you can take the track by foot or bike. A shorter route is available thanks to the Flat to Vale Trail from McLaren Vale to McLaren Flat at just 3.6km. You’ll pass vineyards, some of the older architecture of the area, grazing sheep and the lush greenery including towering Eucalyptus trees. At the end of this trek, or during, you can enjoy a glass of something from the many surrounding cellar doors.

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Experience The Enchanted Fig Tree

For one of the best things to do in South Australia, check out Gastronomo’s showstopping dining event The Enchanted Fig Tree . Bringing out the Island’s fairy tale feel, once upon a time a small fig tree was planted on Kangaroo Island to provide food. Over a century later, settle in for lunch within the sun-dappled limbs of a 120-year-old fig tree beneath a canopy of shimmering leaves. Within the twisted limbs of a tree, you’ll sip on a welcome cocktail made with Kangaroo Island Spirits alongside delicious canapes. With your appetite truly whet, you will then venture through the ‘entrance’ of the tree into natural dining rooms, decked out with whimsical table settings. Sit down and enjoy a decadent meal of native foraged foods and some of the Kangaroo Island and South Australia’s finest food. This experience is available in seasonal periods throughout Spring, Summer and Autumn, so don’t miss out!

6015 North Coast Road, Middle River, Kangaroo Island

Take an Ocean Safari

Living up to its name, Kangaroo Island boasts an abundance of wildlife. Book yourself into a remarkable day trip on the Ocean Safari  where you’re offered a range of one-of-a-kind marine experiences. Tick swimming with dolphins and adorable seals off your bucket list, as well as adventurous snorkelling, or staying on board and enjoying the sights from the dry. Marvel at the changing colours of Kangaroo Island’s magnificent skyline on a sunset safari, or experience sheer luxury with the ocean and air safari, with a private helicopter transferring you straight to the boat. Planning a trip to Kangaroo Island encapsulates some of the best things to do in South Australia, all in one location.

Christmas Cove Marina, Kangaroo Island

Eat Oysters in Coffin Bay

Go for the famous oysters, stay for the crystal-clear water that can only be seen in Coffin Bay . Water sports fans can enjoy surfing, boating, canoeing, scuba diving and windsurfing when the weather allows. Nature lovers can an eye out for a whale passing by and take a bush walk. This waterfront haven has endless offering of some of the best things to do in South Australia, but the ultimate experience in Coffin Bay has to be oysters. Set sail the clearest waters you’ve ever seen with the Coffin Bay Oyster Farm Tour  wading among the farm and tasting those world-famous oysters, freshly shucked right before your eyes.

Coffin Bay, Eyre Peninsula

This list is only a glimpse of some of the best things to do in South Australia, but when you're short on time, these are your absolute must-dos. For those planning on staying a while, pick your perfect accommodation in gorgeous settings including Kangaroo Island  or the Barossa Valley . You can also check out our top picks for winery tours ,  hidden gems ,  national parks  and more via our destinations  page.

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What to do in Adelaide city and suburbs

1. adelaide central market.

Adelaide Central Market, Adelaide. Picture: SA Tourism Commission

Australia’s best food market is as vibrant and varied as ever, with a few less customers making it easier to get around the stalls. Pre-order and drive by to pick up your goodies if you want to avoid all contact.

2. RoofClimb Adelaide Oval

RoofClimb Adelaide Oval, Adelaide. Picture: SA Tourism Commission

While the footy season is on hold, high-flying is left to the small groups carefully making their way across the top of the grandstands at Adelaide Oval. See the hallowed turf from a completely different perspective, as well as one of the best views from city to sea.

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3. Adelaide Botanic Garden

The concentrated photosynthesis of trees and lush greenery will automatically make you feel better but the Garden of Health goes a step further, with plants believed to cure many ailments of body and mind.

4. TreeClimb

TreeClimb Adelaide, Adelaide. Picture Naomi Jellicoe

Clamber up obstacles and zoom between platforms built high in a stand of majestic gumtrees in a corner of the Adelaide Park Lands. The eight courses range from Survivor-style challenges to kid-friendly options closer to the ground.

5. Historic Port Adelaide

Wander between the wharves and colonial buildings of Port Adelaide and imagine a time when this was the thriving gateway for all trade and immigration to the fledgling state. Find your own way or download the Living In Port app.

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6. chambers gully walk.

While the Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty route can resemble Rundle Mall in the week before Christmas, this nearby loop is far less busy and offers a better chance of bumping into random wildlife.

7. Sequoia Suites, Mount Lofty House

Sequoia at Mount Lofty House, Adelaide Hills. Picture Aaron Citti

The new six-star addition to this historic property is full of hi-tech gizmos but it’s the glorious outlook and two-person tub that will leave the biggest impression. Order a butler-service dinner and don’t leave the room all night.

8. Lobethal

For a few terrible hours, it seemed possible that this jolly little town might have been lost in last year’s fires. See how close the flames came and celebrate its survival with a sweet bun from the much-loved Lobethal bakery.

9. Prancing Horse

Have your own Top Gear moment behind the wheel of a new Lamborghini, Ferrari and other supercars on a daylong drive through the Hills and Barossa. Booking now for spring.

10. Rock climbing

Test your athleticism and courage on the state’s largest climbing and abseiling wall at the Mount Lofty Adventure Hub. Head to the cliff faces of Onkaparinga or Morialta gorges for more natural obstacles.

CABN Matilda in Kuitpo Forest, Fleurieu Peninsula. Picture: ISAAC FREEMAN

These custom-built, sustainable cabins dropped into secluded locations in the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula are an antidote to the complications of busy, connected lives. Light a fire, read a book, pour a wine – but leave that phone alone.

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12. adelaide biplanes.

Pull on a pair of goggles and embrace your inner Biggles as you take to the skies in a magnificent replica biplane. Take a scenic flight over one of Australia’s most breathtaking coastlines, or strap in for some aerobatic thrills. One word of advice: don’t go with a full stomach …

13. The Salopian Inn

So better wait until later to order a feast from the Salopian , named SA’s Restaurant of the Year in 2018. Try Karena Armstrong’s dumplings or lamb pie and you will understand why. Takeaway for now, though you can eat in the garden.

14. Canoe the Coorong

Canoe the Coorong, Murray River, Lakes and Coorong. Picture: Michael Haines

Have your own Storm Boy experience paddling through the Murray Mouth and natural wonderland of the Coorong. Winter has some of the best canoeing weather and a good chance to see pelicans, fur seals and other wildlife.

15. Myponga Reservoir Trail

Take a gentle stroll around the recently opened Myponga Reservoir Trail and reward yourself with a purchase from the Smiling Samoyed brewery, situated right by the entrance to the track.

16. Willunga Farmers Market

A Saturday morning ritual for the region and brilliant way to do the weekly shop. Buy direct from growers/producers who like nothing more than sharing a few tips. For those north of the city, the Barossa market is also recommended.

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17. on your bike.

Cycling through vineyards, Barossa Valley. Picture SA Tourism Commission

Something for cyclists of all dispositions. Cruise through the idyllic countryside between Angaston and Gawler on the 40km-long Barossa Trail, or go for more high-adrenaline pedalling on the new mountain bike track at the Barossa Adventure Station.

18. Sculpture Park

Get your fill of art in the outdoors. The Barossa Sculpture Park hosts a collection of abstract pieces as well as having sweeping views of the Valley floor. Head up Mengler Hill and look for the signs.

19. Casa Carboni

The cooking classes are on hold but Fiona and Matteo Carboni are still teaching Barossans to eat like an Italian. That would be cannoli for breakfast and ravioli (wild duck and Swiss chard, perhaps) that will make your heart sing. Takeaway for now, of course.

20. Hutton Vale

Farm life stops for no one. New-born lambs will be tottering about the paddocks at the Angas family’s spectacular 2000-acre property just in time for the reopening of accommodation in either a luxury villa or cabins.

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21. burra heritage.

Monster mine at Burra, Clare Valley. Picture: SA Tourism Commission

Time travel back to the 1840s when Burra was a wealthy mining town. Visit dugouts, cellars and the Redruth Gaol, where the film Breaker Morant was shot. Head north for 3km and see the ruin made famous on the cover of Midnight Oil’s Diesel and Dust.

22. Riesling Trail

An old rail corridor has been converted to a flat, cycle-friendly track that runs for 35km from Clare to Auburn. Hire bikes at either end and call into historic Sevenhill Cellars if you are passing by.

23. Spring Gully Conservation Park

Watch the sun’s last gasp light up golden fields of canola from a lookout with views across the prime farmland of the Wakefield Plains as far as the waters of the Spencer Gulf.

24. Minarto

Visit the historic town of Minarto and see why it has more than 30 buildings that are heritage listed. Order takeaway pub grub from the friendly folk at the Magpie & Stump which has been looking after travellers since 1851. Look for the Minarto Maze and Martindale Hall to reopen soon.

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25. the bend motorsport park.

Feeling the need for speed? Experience the thrills of eight different vehicles – from V8 cars to racing karts and superbikes – all in one day at The Bend. Professional instructors will help put you on the right track.

26. Dark Sky Reserve

Shooting star, satellite or UFO? This national park, just out of Swan Reach, is officially Australia’s best place to see the stars, and one of only 16 Dark Sky sites around the world. You will need a four-wheel drive for access and equipment to stay overnight.

27. Houseboat hire

Houseboat on the River Murray. Picture: SA Tourism Commission/ Adam Bruzzone

See the River Murray in all its glory, from lagoons where the birdlife has no concept of social distancing to the fiery glow of cliff faces in the setting sun. Drop in a line, try a new water sport or just go with the flow on a River Murray houseboat .

28. Twenty Third Street Distillery, Renmark

Pick up a bottle of Signature Gin, flavoured with mandarin and lime, and see the century-old copper still in which it is made. The original distillery building is a similar vintage and its modern revival is something worthy of a Kevin McCloud spiel.

29. The Frames

The Frames, Renmark. Picture: Cathy Edmonds

One of the state’s most eye-catching places to stay, this luxury retreat of three villas is set atop cliffs overlooking the river near Renmark. Splash about in a heated pool or tub and watch the stars come out.

30. Canoe Adventures

Paddle through the Murray’s network of creeks, inlets and wetlands, while getting up close and personal with pelicans and other birdlife. Hire a kayak, join a tour or even camp overnight.

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31. Shark cage diving

Calypso Star Charters cage diving with sharks, Eyre Peninsula. Picture: Calypso Star Charters

Watch as many video clips as you like but nothing will prepare you for a nose-to-nose encounter with a great white shark . Calypso Star Charters was named Australia’s best tourist attraction last year for its daylong cage diving tours out of Port Lincoln.

32. Beach fishing

Look at the food chain from the opposite side while hauling Australian salmon from the surf. David “Lunch” Doudle runs bespoke expeditions and tours that make the most of the natural beauty of the southern end of the Eyre Peninsula. “Lunch” can even organise a cookout on the beach.

33. Cuttlefish courtship

Giant cuttlefish off Stony Point, Eyre Peninsula. Picture Carl Charter

Giant cuttlefish gather in their thousands over winter and put on a display more colourful than the Fringe parade. One of Australia’s great natural wonders occurs in June and July each year in the calm, rocky shallows off Point Lowly and Stony Point, east of Whyalla. Snorkelling is fine but you will need a heavy-duty wetsuit.

34. Lake Macdonnell

Lake MacDonnell, Eyre Peninsula. Picture: Lyndon O'Keefe

It’s the watermelon lake – one side a standard blue/green, the other bright, bubblegum pink. Little wonder Lake Macdonnell, in the far west of the state near Penong, is one of the most popular tourism pics on Instagram.

35. Troubridge Island

Stay in a heritage-listed lighthouse keeper’s cottage and have this island off the east coast of the Yorke Peninsula all to yourself. Explore the island’s sandy beaches and look out for members of the resident penguin colony.

36. Inneston

Spend the night in a ghost town. Inneston once had a population of 200 people, with a school, post office and store. Now it is deserted but does have a renovated cottage available to rent.

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37. nat’s retreat.

Nat's Retreat. Picture: Supplied

Stay in what is believed to be the state’s oldest inhabited house. Nat’s Retreat was built in the 1820s (long before Adelaide) by a whaler who wanted an unimpeded view of the ocean and his potential quarry. It’s now part of a working farm with expanses of bush and private beaches.

38. Lashmar Conservation Park

With the Chapman River on one side and Antechamber Bay on the other, Lashmar has the best of both worlds. Book one of the island’s most attractive campsites or visit for the day. Either way bring a fishing rod – bream are on the bite in the river, locals say.

39. Secret beaches

Follow the road (or dirt track) less travelled and discover a stretch of sand that you can call your own. Try King George Beach on the north coast of the island and Flour Cask Bay in the south.

40. Raptor Domain

Raptor Domain, Kangaroo Island. Picture: Tourism Australia

A wedge-tailed eagle swooping down, talons raised, is a fearsome sight, but Jedda wants nothing more than a perch on your gloved arm. Raptor Domain has reopened with private sessions including a variety of birds, reptiles and other wildlife experiences.

41. Sand boarding

Sand boarding. Picture: SA Tourism Commission

Can you tame the slopes of Little Sahara, a two-square-kilometre expanse of dunes, some up to 70m above sea level. Hire toboggans and boards from KI Outdoor Action which also offers quad bike and buggy tours around Vivonne Bay.

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42. bellwether glamping.

Glamping at Bellwether Wines. Picture: Tyrone Ormsby

Camp the night at one of the Coonawarra’s favourite wineries without the hassle of bringing the gear. Set on wooden platforms surrounded by 500-year-old gumtrees, the Bellwether tents will keep you cosy, especially with a bottle of cabernet on hand. Ask for a leg of lamb to roast in a camp oven on the fire.

43. Robe to Beachport

Walk the beaches between Robe and Beachport when the weather is wild and imagine what it would be like aboard an old clipper trying to reach a safe port. Start in the Little Dip or Beachport conservation parks, where a four-wheel drive will help you explore further.

44. Piccaninnie Ponds

A freshwater spring bubbling up through limestone has created a series of ponds so clear (visibility up to 40m) they are like looking into a fish tank. Book ahead for snorkelling or diving permits or simply enjoy wandering a wetland of international renown.

45. Seafood feast

A trip to Robe wouldn’t be complete without lobster, available live from a tank or freshly cooked at Sky Seafoods. Expect to pay $70-$100 for a lobster that will feed two.

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46. Camping in the Flinders

Dig out the tent for a tour of the Flinders Ranges . Start in Melrose where the caravan park has plenty of space for bush camping and a trail to the top of Mount Remarkable.

47. Wilpena Pound flights

Wilpena Pound, Flinders Ranges. Picture: SA Tourism Commission

Take to the air to appreciate the scale and grandeur of the Wilpena Pound crater and its natural amphitheatre of mountain peaks.

48. Holowiliena Station

Holowiliena Shack. Picture: Supplied Tourism SA

Owned by the same family for nearly 170 years, this station gives an insight into life back in those early colonial days. Stay in a private campsite, shearers’ quarters or the old governess’s cottage.

49. Dalhousie Springs

Packing your bathers for a journey into the red dust of the Simpson Desert might seem like madness – until you come across the warm waters of Dalhousie Springs, part of the Witjira National Park.

50. Arkaroola Ridgetop Tour

Arkaroola Ridgetop Tour, Flinders Ranges. Picture: SA Tourism Commission

See rock formations nearly 1600 million years old and learn how the Flinders Ranges were formed a billion years later on this half-day tour of geological (and numerical) wonders. Take a break looking over a gully that’s a kilometre deep.

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Simon Wilkinson is the restaurant reviewer at The Advertiser and plays a lead role in compiling the delicious. 100 list every year. While living and working as a journalist in London, he has followed the food trails of Europe from Sardinia to Scandinavia. He lives in Adelaide's beachside suburbs where he is an enthusiastic home cook.

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11 Best Places To Visit In South Australia

South Australia has evermore stood as a tourist paradise. In this article, you can find a list of the 11 best places to visit in South Australia.

The fourth-largest state in Australia, South Australia covers some of the aridest but most stunning places. With its rich history, varied landscape, vibrant culture, and good wine, South Australia is every traveler’s dream come true.

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Best Places to Visit In South Australia

Straggling wilderness, stunning coastline, and unadulterated deserts – mark the charm of South Australia. The state capital, Adelaide, has a treasure trove of tourist attractions. Its beauty has drawn in artists and adventurers for generations.

Quaint countryside, verdant hills, and tranquil crater lakes are some of the most alluring and best places to visit in South Australia. The coastline- is dotted with beautiful beaches, secluded coves, and wildlife reserves on Kangaroo Island .

South Australia is also a sanctuary for food lovers. It is renowned for fine wine and fresh produce. Besides wineries, there are several edibles options available:

  • Bountiful seafood
  • Fruits and vegetables, especially citrus fruits, kiwi, etc
  • A variety of local cheese

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Natural spots such as vast deserts crossed by the famous 4WD tracks, the opal mines of Coober Pedy, and the peaks of the Flinders Ranges are also some of the other best places to visit in South Australia. Even after the plethora of tourism seen by South Australia, most of these places are still conserved in their original pristine form.

The rich flora and fauna of South Australia bewitch thousands of tourists and photographers. Kangaroos, koalas, seals, whales, and many more animals- are easily spotted in their wild habitats.

Locate the best places to visit in South Australia with our list of the top 10 attractions.

1) Adelaide

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Adelaide is typically the foremost on the checklist of the best places to visit in South Australia. 

Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, is the fifth-most populous city in Australia. Culturally vibrant, Adelaide is known for its numerous extravaganzas and festivals. Sports events, food, wine, and the diverse topology make Adelaide a favorite destination for travelers worldwide.

Adelaide is termed the  wine capital  of Australia due to the countless cellars within the city and its outskirts. The National Wine Centre of Australia in Adelaide houses more than 120 different varieties of wines.

The largest indoor market in the Southern Hemisphere, the Adelaide Central Market, is a must-visit for every traveler. Parks and gardens enfold the city, and 19th-century buildings stand proud amid the flourishing high-rises in the city center. For party lovers, the Crowne Plaza is the go-to place. Here, you can find a glass of champagne as well as a hot bubble bath.

The cultural precinct, museums, galleries, and carefully preserved North Terrace’s historical gems are other major tourist attractions. 

At the beginning of each year, Adelaide hosts the Fringe Festival, where dance, art, and culture- are used to inspire and stimulate the senses. 

An AFL game or cricket match at Adelaide Oval is a lucrative trap for every traveler. The Mount Lofty Ranges or Adelaide Hills are among the best places to visit in South Australia. A tram ride to Glenelg from Victoria Square will find you a change in scenery and bring you right to the famous seaside ambiance.

Reward your taste buds with exquisite cuisine at one of the many cafes and bistros. You can opt to eat at the Botanic Gardens Restaurant, the recipient of several prizes, after a day of excursion at the Adelaide Botanic Garden. Plan a luxurious dinner at one of the award-winning wineries or world-renowned restaurants for an ultimate Adelaide experience.

2) Kangaroo Island

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The Kangaroo Island is the third-largest island of the Fleurieu Peninsula in Australia. Devastated by the 2019 bushfires, the locals and wildlife of Kangaroo Island have managed to survive and flourish again. A visit to this beautiful Island is a must on your South Australia travelogue, thus making its place on the list of the best places to visit in South Australia.

The prime attractions are:

  • The sparkling azure sea.
  • Close-up encounters with wildlife
  • Coastal scenery.

You can also spend your time observing Kangaroos, seals, koalas, sea lions, and a variety of birds in their habitat.

A leisurely visit to the Kangaroo Island brewery to grab a beer, or a visit to the Vivonne Bay to admire Australian sea lions at Seal Bay, makes for a perfect vacation. You can also opt for Ocean Safari and Quad bike tours around the Island.

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In Flinders Chase National Park, the Remarkable Rocks that are wind-sculpted and the curve of Admiral’s Arch are mandatory trips. Fresh seafood, eggs, and Ligurian honey are the Island’s identity.

One can fly directly to the Island from Adelaide or take a 45-minute ferry ride from Cape Jervis.

3) Barossa Valley

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A sixty-minute drive from Adelaide is the Barossa Valley . This luxuriant valley is one of Australia’s oldest, internationally acclaimed vineyards. It is a haven for food lovers, lured by high-quality fresh produce, and is a must on the list of the best places to visit in South Australia. It is often the favorite day trip.

The North Para River forms the Barossa Valley of South Australia. Located northeast of Adelaide, this region encompasses the towns of Angaston, Tanunda, and Nuriootpa. German and English immigrants initially settled in the valley.

Their history and culture are still evident in buildings, heritage trails, museums, and European-style cuisine. It has also been home to the Peramangk, Ngadjuri, and Kaurna people for many years and holds a rich cultural history.

A winery tour is a must on your South Australian itinerary. You can shop at the famous farmer’s markets, dine at incredible restaurants, relax at the day spas, and visit the many gift shops and art galleries.

4) Clare Valley

The scenic pastoral landscapes of Clare Valley provide a perfect setting for romantic weekend retreats and vacations. Another famous vineyard is in the Clare Valley, just north of Adelaide. 

The valley is also notable for its gourmet food. You can try out  Riesling,  the signature wine of the Clare Valley, at one of the five-star wineries. The Gourmet Weekend is held annually in May to celebrate the local produce.

Formed by the Hutt and Hill rivers, the Clare Valley historically had Polish, English, and Irish immigrants. Their culture and customs are still prominent in the charming heritage towns and historic bluestone buildings.

Burra, well known for its copper mines, preserved its rich history in mine buildings, stone dwellings, and museums along Burra’s Heritage Passport Trail. A visit to Sevenhill provides a drastic shift in scenery. From here, you can take a drive to Polish Hills River Valley or ride a bike along the old railway route.

The stunning Skilly Hills, dining and wine tasting experiences, and plethora of local markets, gift shops, and art galleries, make Clare Valley one of the best places to visit in South Australia.

5) Flinders Ranges

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The Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park is a mandatory trip for all travelers in South Australia . Named after the explorer Matthew Flinders, the Flinders Ranges is a treat for nature lovers, photographers, and artists. These are the most extensive mountain ranges and one of the best places to visit in South Australia. It is home to the Adnyamathanha people of Flinders Ranges National Park.  

Despite the arid conditions, this area is home to myriad wildlife. You can spot emus, yellow-footed rock wallabies, and colorful parrots in this region. The experience in nature confirms its spot on the list of the best places to visit in South Australia.

The best attractions include:

  • The sickle-shaped natural amphitheater of Wilpena Pound with St. Mary’s Peak at its highest point.
  • Aboriginal art at Arkaroo Rock.
  • The Heysen Trail and Mawson Trail.
  • The Pichi Richi heritage steam railway. 
  • A drive along the Aboriginal Dreaming Trail.
  • An aerial tour of Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre.

Everything from bushwalking, camping, and bird watching to astrophotography is available here.

6) Fleurieu Peninsula

The Fleurieu Peninsula, an offshoot land projecting southwest from the Mount Lofty Ranges, is the ultimate destination for fishing, boating, bushwalking, whale watching , surfing, and swimming. It has wildlife reserves and incredible beaches like the sheltered sandy inlets in Gulf St. Vincent.

The Fleurieu Peninsula houses the major attractions of South Australia in Sellicks Beach, Port Elliot, Port Willunga, and Second Valley. You can do excursion tours uncovering captivating hamlets of Victor Harbor, Goolwa, Willunga, Normanville, Rapid Bay, and Yankalilla.

Birthplace to the internationally recognized McLaren Vale and countless other world-renowned labels, this region is a foodie’s dream tour.

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One of the most known beach resorts on this South Australian peninsula is Victor Harbor. The rapidly growing resort of Goolwa and Hindmarsh Island is a favored haunt of travelers.

Other attractive stops on the peninsula include the surfing hotspot of Port Elliot and the vineyards of McLaren Vale. A popular South Australian activity is a cruise ride searching for southern right whales and humpback whales.

7) Eyre Peninsula

The Eyre Peninsula, named after explorer Edward John Eyre, is fringed by a rugged coastline of cliffs and sheltered beaches. Being one of Australia’s least crowded coasts, it is one of the best places to visit in South Australia. Port Lincoln allows people to go shark cage diving with Great White Sharks off the Neptune Islands.

Whale watching is prevalent from May to October. The southern right whales migrate along the Great Australian Bight Marine Park during this period annually.

During the Autumn months, numerous tourists and photographers flock to Whyalla to witness the Australian Giant Cuttlefish annually migrating on the shores of the Spencer Gulf of the Southern Ocean. At Baird Bay, you can even swim with balletic sea lions and snorkel with giant cuttlefish.

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The Eyre Peninsula has incredible food and wine, combined with luxury stays and exquisite wilderness. The freshly caught oysters are a famous delicacy of the region.

The seafood and spectacular national park of Coffin Bay are famous tourist traps in the region. The Lincoln National Park, Golden Island Lookout, Venus Bay, and Baird Bay offer breathtaking scenery.

The vegetation and wildlife of the Gawler Ranges, and a venture across the legendary Nullarbor Plain for a severe 4WD adventure through the scorched desert, constitute some of the most adventurous tours in South Australia.

8) Murray River

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The Murray River is Australia’s longest river, flowing more than 2500 kilometers from the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales , through the Riverland to the Southern Ocean in South Australia. Beautiful eucalyptus trees and mesmerizing Sandstone cliffs along the river add to the region’s allure. Many water birds make the river wetlands their essential habitats.

Home to hundreds of towns, native wildlife, and extraordinary natural beauty, the Murray River runs across the country of South Australia. The river has flowed through the region for over 130 million years; it carries rich Aboriginal history and heritage. A plethora of water-based activities, from fishing, boating, water-skiing, and swimming to gliding along on a paddle steamer, form some of the top tourist attractions.

During the summer months, camping along the Murray River to idle away by relaxing by the water, fishing, swimming, and boating is a leisurely trip in itself.

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From the riverside town of Renmark, you can tour the Olivewood Historic Homestead and Museum, organize a river cruise, or hire a houseboat. The “garden city” of the Riverland region, Loxton, is home to galleries and historical sites, making it another popular place to visit.

9) Mount Gambier

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Mount Gambier is a beautiful travel destination comprising an extinct volcano. It lies along the Limestone Coast and composes a scenic experience as a quaint border town. It houses four exquisite crater lakes and several sinkholes and gardens.

When the cave roof crumpled, the Umpherston Sinkhole- was created. It was transformed into a “sunken garden” by James Umpherston and named after him. Ferns, calla lilies, and hydrangeas prosper in the gardens, while the lush plants cascade over the top of the sinkhole, infusing the space with a magical feel.

The Blue Lake transforms its color from dull grey to a brilliant sapphire blue annually in November, making it a favorite among tourists. Kilsby Sinkhole and many other ridges are hotspots for scuba and diving activities.

The Anglican Church and Riddoch Art and Cultural Centre are important hubs of history and architecture in the area. The stalactite caverns of Tantanoola Caves are breathtaking, as are the world heritage site listed Naracoorte Caves. It exhibits fascinating fossils, colonies of bats, and haunting subterranean scenery.

Several other attractions line the Limestone Coast. These include the lagoons and coastal dunes of the Coorong, salt lakes between Lake Alexandrina and the sea, the wineries of Coonawarra, Beachport, a former whaling station, and the historic beach resort of Robe.

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All this and more makes it one of the best places to visit in South Australia.

10) Innes National Park, Yorke Peninsula

The Yorke Peninsula is a beautiful South Australian tourist destination separated from Kangaroo Island by Investigator Strait. The Stenhouse Bay Jetty, Ethel Wreck, and other camping sites along the Innes National Park make it one of the best places to visit in South Australia.

Sitting at the tip of the spectacular Yorke Peninsula , Innes National Park offers a sparsely populated area in nature.

Popular things to do are camping, boating, fishing at the beaches, and scuba diving the many wrecks scattered along this coast.

Rugged seascapes and majestic wildlife in the backdrop of white sand beaches and blue seas are the prime attractions. The rusted hull of the Ethel showcases the region’s fascinating shipwreck history. You can explore the park by hiking on foot or by car.

You can lounge on white-sand beaches and visit one of the local breweries or enjoy a luxurious stay at a Hamptons-style cabin at the Innes National Park.

Wildlife is abundant here. The park harbors various birds, including ospreys, malleefowl, and hooded plovers. Emus and kangaroos- are spotted in the park, and southern right whales, dolphins, seals, and sea lions are off the coast.

11) Coober Pedy

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Last but not least, making it to the list of the best places to visit in South Australia is the opal mining town of Coober Pedy. It lies in the heart of South Australia and is one of the hottest places in the Southern Hemisphere.

The locale’s name- is derived from an Aboriginal phrase meaning “ white fellows in a hole .” Most inhabitants live underground to escape the intense heat of summer and the harsh cold of winter.

Since 1911, when white opal- was found, opal mining has been significant. Coober Pedy is the largest supplier of gem-quality opals globally. It is also the largest open mining field anywhere in the world. The Old Timers Mine and Museum provides an insight into the history of the precious stones.

The Painted Desert in the north is the remnants of an underwater world and a major attraction. The sunset-colored salt beds have painted the mountains and hillside, providing a taste of Australia’s beautiful desert landscape. Tourists can also visit underground homes and the subterranean Catacomb Church.

Conclusion:

Other tourist attractions are scattered over the South Australian landscape, apart from the listed places. The McLaren Vale Wine Region is one such example. A road trip across South Australia is one of the best modes of travel across this spectacular land.

Last Updated on February 28, 2024 by Namrata

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Colourful cultural events, a thriving restaurant and small bar scene and fine wine make Adelaide your next must-visit destination.

The bustling city of Adelaide is brimming with events that excite, restaurants that inspire and beaches that make you feel at ease. What’s more, Adelaide sits right at the foot of three incredible wine regions that produce both world-renowned and under-the-radar wines. So when you visit, make sure you leave enough time to experience the city and explore its stunning surrounds.

The Adelaide Plains, known as Tarntanya, are the traditional lands of the Kaurna people. The plains stretch from Port Broughton, about a two-hour drive north from Adelaide’s city centre, all the way down to Cape Jervis.

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If Melbourne is on your itinerary, consider driving along the iconic Great Ocean Road to reach Adelaide.

Adelaide is an easy city to get around, and while you can hire a car for your stay, it’s not necessary. The city has a great range of public transport options, and walking around the city will let you seek out hidden gems . Find more tips for getting around Adelaide .

The dry climate means that Adelaide's weather tends to be a bit cooler than Australia’s northern cities. During spring and autumn, there is very minimal rainfall which makes this the perfect time to explore the city on foot!

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10 of the best places to visit in South Australia

Have you tasted fine wines amongst the great Barossa vines? How do you feel about sinking with the Great White Sharks of Port Lincoln? Watched seals frolic as you rendezvous on the great Island of Kangaroo? Or have you experienced a sliver of the great Murray River? Well grab a mate and get out and discover what makes SA so great.

Watch rolling pastures pass you by, visit historic old towns and meet friendly locals as you journey outside Adelaide. Let your travels take you to contrasting landscapes around the state where you’ll enjoy stretches of isolated beaches, world-class wine regions, untouched natural wonders and wildlife experiences that get you back in touch with nature.

With accommodation and touring options around the state to suit every budget and taste, there’s no time like the present to get to know the city and state better. South Australia and its many natural, man-made and gourmet wonders are just waiting for you to explore…

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Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens - Adelaide Hills . Credit South Australian Tourism Commission & Adam Bruzzone

1. Adelaide Hills

  • Choose from one of the many cosy coffee spots in Stirling and Aldgate
  • Wander through the German town of Hahndorf and taste Bavarian style platters and beers
  • Enjoy a wonderland of spring or autumn colours at Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens
  • Sample the range of world-renowned products and pick fresh strawberries (Nov-Apr) at the famous Beerenberg Farm
  • Try an award-winning Gruner Veltliner at the Hahndorf Hills Winery

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Two Hands Winery, Barossa Valley . Credit South Australian Tourism Commission & Adam Bruzzone

2. Barossa Valley

  • Enjoy a multitude of world-class wineries on a day tour – no designated driver needed!
  • Wander down the charming main street of Tanunda and discover quirky boutiques, antique stores and gourmet eateries
  • Sip world-class wine while gazing over picturesque rows of vineyards
  • Check out the view from Mengler’s Hill Lookout then explore the Barossa Sculpture Park below

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Cycling, Clare Valley . Credit South Australian Tourism Commission & Adam Bruzzone

3. Clare Valley

  • Hire a bike and explore the natural beauty found along the Riesling Trail
  • Visit the recently refurbished Pikes Wines cellar door and restaurant
  • Step back in time while staying in a historic Miner’s Cottage in Burra
  • Take in the impressive view from the Quarry Hill Lookout
  • Stop by the famous pink Lake Bumbunga on your way through to Clare

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Cummings Lookout, Eyre Peninsula . Credit Tourism Australia

4. Eyre Peninsula

  • Tour a Coffin Bay oyster farm followed by a fresh-as-can-be tasting
  • Come face-to-face with Great White Sharks while cage-diving in Port Lincoln
  • Pack a picnic and make the most of untouched and secluded beaches
  • Enjoy fresh seafood and local wine with a view of the ocean at Sarin’s Bar & Restaurant, Port Lincoln

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Port Willunga, Fleurieu Peninsula . Credit South Australian Tourism Commission & Adam Bruzzone

5.Fleurieu Peninsula

  • Wander around a local market and discover fresh produce and unique wares
  • Explore the popular wine region of McLaren Vale , including the world-famous d’Arenberg Cube
  • Retreat to a cosy cottage or lakehouse for a refreshing weekend away
  • Swim with large Southern Bluefin Tuna next to Granite Island

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Long Beach, Robe - Limestone Coast . Credit South Australian Tourism Commission & Adam Bruzzone

6. Limestone Coast

  • Explore the ancient beauty of South Australia's only World Heritage site at Naracoorte Caves National Park
  • Take a guided tour around the burgeoning wine region and visit popular wineries
  • Get a photo at the tourist icon of the striped Robe Obelisk
  • Take a drive down 17 kilometres of pure white sand on the aptly named Long Beach

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Waterskiing, Riverland . Credit South Australian Tourism Commission & Adam Bruzzone

7. Riverland

  • Forget waterside – stay on the river itself by hiring a houseboat
  • Wander through the biggest winery and distillery in the southern hemisphere at Berri Estates
  • Marvel at the view of one of the world's longest rivers from Headings Lookout
  • Take a guided tour via kayak of the nature-filled waterways
  • Try your luck fishing off the picturesque Marion Bay Jetty

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West Cape, Innes National Park - Yorke Peninsula . Credit South Australian Tourism Commission & Peter Fisher.

8. Yorke Peninsula

  • Walk or cycle the Yorke Leisure Trail for spectacular cliff views, pristine beaches and secluded coves
  • Take a break from city-life in a coastal holiday cottage, tourist park or apartment
  • Visit the Cape Spencer Lighthouse and watch the sun set over the ocean
  • Spot native wildlife, like emus and kangaroos, while exploring Innes National Park

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Glass Gorge, Flinders Ranges . Credit South Australian Tourism Commission & Adam Bruzzone

9. Flinders Ranges

  • Experience the splendour of the Flinders Ranges from above on a scenic flight
  • Get back to nature by staying in a luxury glamping Ikara safari tent
  • Explore the wonders of the Flinders Ranges via a multitude of 4WD tracks and walking trails
  • Delve deeper into Indigenous culture with an experienced guide

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Admirals Arch, Kangaroo Island . Credit South Australian Tourism Commission & Adam Bruzzone

10. Kangaroo Island

  • Watch wild sea lions frolic and play at Seal Bay
  • Take a break from the stresses of everyday life at a relaxing isolated lodge
  • Indulge in local produce including the island ’s popular KIS gin varieties
  • Visit Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch in the Flinders Chase National Park

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18 Top-Rated Attractions & Places to Visit in Adelaide

Written by Karen Hastings Updated Dec 22, 2023 We may earn a commission from affiliate links ( )

Elegant, culture-rich Adelaide sits between the rugged south coast of Australia and the foothills of the Mount Lofty Ranges. European immigrants founded this tidy capital of South Australia, and its layout was carefully crafted around the River Torrens/Karrawirra Parri, imparting a welcome sense of order balanced by a laid-back vibe.

Exploring Adelaide is rewarding for all kinds of travelers. The city's wide boulevards seem refreshingly uncrowded, and Adelaide's affluent heritage, financed by mining and agriculture, is still proudly on display. Magnificent private mansions and grand public buildings command an important place amid the modern high-rises. Museums, galleries, gardens, and gourmet restaurants are some of the city's finest treasures, and culture vultures can indulge in opera, symphony, and a flourishing live music scene.

Nature is never far away from Adelaide. Parklands ring the city, and a short drive from the CBD, bucolic landscapes and sparkling beaches provide a picturesque playground for outdoorsy locals and lucky tourists. Discover some of the best places to visit in this vibrant state capital with our list of the top attractions and things to do in Adelaide.

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1. Get a Culture Fix along North Terrace

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Mitchell Building of the University of Adelaide

A handsome tree-lined boulevard graced by historic and cultural treasures, North Terrace is a great place to kick off a city tour. Exploring all the attractions here is one of the top things to do in Adelaide's CBD (central business district).

Parliament House, at the intersection of King William Street and North Terrace, is perhaps the most imposing building in Adelaide with its monumental colonnade. Just down the street, cheek by cheek, the State Library of South Australia , the South Australian Museum , and the Art Gallery of South Australia offer a triple dose of art and culture and are three of the city's top tourist attractions.

Bordering these, the main campus of the University of Adelaide hosts the Mitchell Building, one of the city's finest examples of Gothic Revival style.

Other North Terrace treasures include the Migration Museum; Ayer's Historic House; and the Adelaide Botanic Garden , a green thumb's dream.

Adelaide Botanic Garden

Wander through the wrought-iron gates at the east end of North Terrace and enter a wonderland of botanical treasures. Established in 1855, Adelaide Botanic Garden features educational themed plantings, including medicinal plants, a Mediterranean garden, Australian native species, and a wetland designed to sequester enough water to eventually irrigate the entire grounds.

The Santos Museum of Economic Botany provides insight on the important role plants play in everyday life through a series of permanent collections. Other garden favorites include the palm house; the Bicentennial Conservatory, with lowland rainforest plants; the night-flowering Amazonica water lilies; and Australia's oldest avenue of Moreton Bay fig trees. Kids will love the Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden complete with fruit and veggies, compost, and a worm farm.

Exploring these beautiful gardens is one of the best things to do in Adelaide for free.

Ready for more garden gazing? Mount Lofty Botanic Garden is also worth a visit to see its impressive collection of cool climate plants and heritage rose garden. And if you're seeking a little pocket of peace in the CBD, head to Himeji Garden . This carefully tended Japanese Zen garden is an oasis of lily-topped ponds, artfully placed stepping stones, and the soothing sounds of trickling water.

Address: North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia

Official site: https://www.botanicgardens.sa.gov.au/visit/adelaide-botanic-garden

Art Gallery of South Australia

In the heart of Adelaide's cultural precinct, the Art Gallery of South Australia exhibits one of Australia's finest art collections. The elegant, colonnaded Victorian building, established in 1881, sets the tone for the esteemed works within its walls.

Spanning 2,000 years, the collection crosses all mediums, from sculpture, paintings, textiles, metalwork, and photographs to ceramics, jewelry, and furniture.

The Australian collection spans the colonial days to the present, including Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander art. European works highlight pieces from the Renaissance to the present day, and Asian exhibits include Australia's only dedicated Islamic gallery. Important North American pieces are also on display, as well as some evocative avant-garde sculptures.

Official site: http://www.artgallery.sa.gov.au/agsa/home

Adelaide Oval

Stadiums aren't always a top attraction in a capital city, but Aussies love their sports, and this venue is an important part of the city's history.

Sitting in the center of Adelaide's attractive Riverbank Precinct, the stadium was established in 1871 and hosted its first test cricket match in 1884. Since its founding, the stadium has played host to more than 16 different sports, including AFL, archery, cycling, hockey, lacrosse, and tennis, as well as music concerts and major events.

A multi-million-dollar renovation completed in 2014 revitalized the venue, but it still features the old heritage-listed scoreboard and century-old Moreton Bay fig trees.

If you have time, try to buy tickets for a sporting match or event here. Cricket fans should make a beeline for the Bradman Museum to see memorabilia on the life of Australia's most famous cricketer.

Official site: https://www.adelaideoval.com.au/

South Australian Museum

The South Australian Museum, adjacent to the State Library , is a top research facility renowned for its Aboriginal heritage collections. In addition to the excellent Australian collection, you can admire artifacts from the South Pacific Islands in the permanent Pacific Cultures Gallery, gaze upon Egyptian antiquities, and learn about local flora and fauna in the South Australian Biodiversity Gallery.

Children love the natural history exhibits with stuffed specimens, fossils, and skeletons, and special exhibits mean there's always something new to see. This museum is one of the top things to do for free in this culture-rich city – especially if you're looking for indoor activities in Adelaide.

Official site: http://www.samuseum.sa.gov.au/

State Library of South Australia

The State Library of South Australia surprises first-time visitors with its dramatic juxtaposition of old and new. The contemporary Spence Wing , with its sharp lines and glass-fronted entrance, offers modern facilities and free Wi-Fi.

From here, ask for directions to the original library, housed in the adjacent 1884 French Renaissance building known as the Mortlock Wing . Entering this grand old space is like stepping back in time. Multi-tiered galleries beckon high above, edged by elaborate wrought iron balustrades, and ladders reach up to leather-bound books neatly propped in the wooden shelves. Highlighting this flashback to libraries of old is a stream of natural light flooding through the glass dome in the roof.

The Mortlock Wing is also worth a visit for its special collection of works on the history of South Australia. Here, you can learn about the Kaurna people, the traditional custodians of this land. Be sure to also look for the Kaurna greeting stone at the entrance to the Spence Wing, among other artworks outside.

Address: North Terrace and Kintore Avenue, Adelaide

Official site: http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/site/page.cfm

Adelaide Central Market

A few paces west of Victoria Square , on the south side of Grote Street, the Adelaide Central Market is one of the oldest indoor markets in the world . Founded in 1870, these colorful markets are a hot spot for shoppers. Come here to buy everything from fresh fruit and veggies, flowers, and baked goods to cheeses and a mouthwatering array of multicultural culinary treats.

After browsing the produce-packed stalls, enjoy a meal at one of the many cafés in the area or the Asian restaurants in nearby Chinatown , and don't forget to bring your own shopping bags or baskets.

The markets are open Tuesday through Saturday. But for the best bargains, try to be here Saturday afternoons, when some vendors slash prices to move their produce.

Location: Between Gouger and Grote Street, Adelaide, South Australia

Official site: http://www.adelaidecentralmarket.com.au/

Glenelg

In the sheltered and surf-free Gulf St. Vincent, the seaside village of Glenelg is a popular escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. To get here, most visitors opt for the 25-minute trip on Adelaide's only surviving tram, which departs from Victoria Square in the city center.

As well as its beach appeal and many tourist attractions, Glenelg has a fascinating history. The first group of free settlers disembarked from HMS Buffalo in Holdfast Bay here, making this the oldest European settlement on mainland South Australia.

Sidewalk cafés, boutique hotels, and lively summer entertainment create a holiday feel. Looking for Adelaide attractions for families? Kids can catch their thrills at The Beachouse , an amusement park packed with rides, including a giant waterslide, bumper boats, and Ferris wheel.

Those seeking a quieter visit can bask on the beach or cast a fishing line off the pier. Sailing and swimming with dolphins are other popular things to do in Glenelg.

Giant panda at Adelaide Zoo

Adjoining the Adelaide Botanical Gardens on the northwest, the Adelaide Zoo is much loved for its educational focus and charismatic collection of animals. It was established in the late 19th century.

Giant pandas are the stars here, delighting young and old alike. Other popular residents include the orangutans, koalas, meerkats, lemurs, and the colorful feathered friends in the aviary. Also make sure you stop by the Envirodome , an interactive visitor center with a vertical garden and terrarium.

Enhance your visit by signing up for an interactive animal experience. Choose from a lion or tiger encounter; mingle with meerkats, lemurs, or red pandas; come face to face with a giraffe; and more.

Looking for things to do in Adelaide with toddlers? They'll love the petting zoo, where they can cuddle, kiss, and feed a cast of furry and feathery farmyard friends, as well as kangaroos, quokkas, and wallabies.

A visit here is one of the most popular things to do in Adelaide for families, and it's only a 10-minute walk from the Adelaide CBD (central business district).

Address: Frome Road, Adelaide, South Australia

Official site: http://www.adelaidezoo.com.au/

Hand feeding kangaroos

Cleland Wildlife Park cares for a cute and cuddly bunch of Aussie animals in a naturalistic environment. You won't find many enclosures here. Instead, kangaroos, wallabies, potoroos, and emus roam freely in the wide-open spaces, and you can wander among them, feed them, and enjoy close-up encounters.

Photographers will have a chance to capture some excellent shots, and the interactive keeper presentations provide interesting details about the animals and their habitats. For an extra fee, you can cuddle a koala and take home a souvenir photo.

Cleland Animal Park lies less than a 20-minute drive from the city center on the northwestern slopes of Mount Lofty. It's one of the most popular things to do in the Adelaide Hills.

Address: 365 Mount Lofty Summit Road, Crafers, South Australia

Official site: https://www.clelandwildlifepark.sa.gov.au/

Adelaide Festival Centre

A five-minute walk from North Terrace and Rundle Mall , the Adelaide Festival Centre excites both locals and tourists with its lively cultural calendar. It was Australia's first multi-functional arts venue, and its white tent-like roof structure is a distinctive landmark along the River Torrens/Karrawirra Parri.

In addition to the large 2,000-seat Festival Theatre, the venue is home to several smaller theaters, a banquet room, light-filled gallery, and an amphitheater for concerts and recitals.

The center hosts the highly regarded Adelaide Festival of Arts , also known as the Adelaide Festival , with theater, opera, ballet, exhibitions, lectures, and readings by writers. Those who don't have time to attend an event can join a behind-the-scenes tour of the dressing rooms and performance spaces.

Ample parking and easy accessibility enhance the appeal of this multi-faceted venue.

Address: King William Street, Adelaide, South Australia

Official site: http://www.adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au/

Ayers Historic House Museum

Ayers House is one of the finest examples of Regency architecture in Australia. Originally a modest house built in 1846, it was owned from 1855 to 1878 by Henry Ayers, who for many years was prime minister of South Australia. Ayers transformed it into an elegant 40-room mansion with a large new dining room and a ballroom.

It now belongs to the National Trust of South Australia and is a popular event venue, but you are welcome to view the house on a guided tour. During the tour, you'll learn fascinating tidbits about the social history of the period, as well as the life and work of Sir Henry Ayers.

The interior is famed for its decorative painted finishes on the internal walls and ceilings. On display is a superb collection of period decorative arts, furniture, silver, and artwork, as well as changing exhibitions.

Address: 288 North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia

Official site: http://www.ayershousemuseum.org.au/

Victoria Square

In the heart of the city, at the intersection with Grote Street and Wakefield Street, King William Street opens out into the revamped Victoria Square, also known by its Aboriginal name, Tarndanyangga. This event venue, with beautifully laid out gardens, is a popular meeting place, and it's a great spot to hang out and watch the world go by.

Children squeal with delight as they run in and out of the fountains. Workers come here for a picnic lunch, and many events and festivals are held here throughout the year.

In the shadow of the modern high-rise blocks (among them the Hilton Adelaide ), a few handsome 19th-century buildings have been preserved. On the south side, stands the imposing Magistrates' Courthouse (1851) with a Doric colonnade, and the Neoclassical Supreme Court (1868). On the east side of Victoria Square lies the Treasury Building adjoining the Town Hall , and St. Francis Xavier Cathedral (1856-1926).

Other features of the square include a statue of Queen Victoria and a charming fountain by John Dowie, with figures representing the three principal rivers of South Australia: the Murray, the Torrens, and the Onkaparinga.

Victoria Square also hosts the popular Adelaide Central Market , and the city's only surviving tram departs from the square to the seaside suburb of Glenelg .

North of Victoria Square, the busy pedestrian-only Rundle Mall runs east from King William Street, lined with large department stores, boutiques, and arcades.

Port Adelaide

Port Adelaide is a popular tourist destination, with museums, restaurants, and well-preserved heritage buildings. You'll find it about 14 kilometers northwest of the city center.

Much of the town is a State Heritage Area, and a number of imposing 19th-century buildings bear witness to this city's early prosperity as a thriving port. Key landmarks include the 1879 Customs House and the Courthouse.

Looking for things to do with the family? Top tourist attractions include dolphin-spotting cruises and a clutch of intriguing transport-themed museums, including a National Railway Museum; South Australian Aviation Museum; and the South Australian Maritime Museum, where you can browse interesting exhibits on the region's seafaring history.

Seafood lovers head to the Fishermen's Wharf Markets on Sundays to buy fresh-caught fish straight from the boats.

Migration Museum display

The Migration Museum, housed in a beautifully restored building behind the State Library, traces three centuries of immigration history in South Australia. From Aboriginal history before colonization to the impact of immigration on their culture and local communities, you can gain insight into the pioneering spirit and diverse cultures that changed the face of South Australia.

Personal stories of some of the immigrants infuse a poignant note to this worthwhile museum, and the interactive displays will keep the kids entertained. Admission is free, except for certain special events and exhibitions.

Address: 82 Kintore Ave, Adelaide, South Australia

Barossa Valley

Settled by Prussian and English immigrants, the Barossa Valley is about an hour's drive from Adelaide airport and is one of Australia's oldest grape-growing regions. Foodies will be in heaven here with the plethora of fresh produce and fabulous restaurants.

In addition to all the gastronomic delights, other things to do in the Barossa Valley , include heritage trails, cookery schools, craft stores, galleries, and museums.

A little farther afield, the rolling green hills of the Clare Valley also nurture a rich grape-growing history and thriving gourmet food culture.

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Horseshoe Bay near Victor Harbour

Less than hour's drive south of Adelaide's city center, the Fleurieu Peninsula is one of Adelaide's most popular coastal day trip destinations. Rolling hills, farms, fantastic surf beaches, and upscale dining lure foodies and city slickers looking for a slower pace.

Victor Harbour is the largest and one of the most popular towns along this rugged peninsula. From here, you can hop aboard a seasonal whale-watching cruise or fishing charter, surf one of the south coast swells, cast a line from one of the windswept beaches, or take a horse-drawn tram to Granite Island with its dwindling colony of Little Penguins.

Goolwa, by the Murray River, is another popular peninsula town, as are the inland towns of Strathalbyn and Mount Compass.

Hahndorf

In the beautiful Adelaide Hills , about 20 minutes from the city center, Hahndorf is Australia's oldest surviving German settlement. It was established in 1839 by German Protestants from East Prussia. Tree-lined streets, half-timbered houses, and steeple-topped Lutheran churches imbue the town with a European village charm, and the many farms and German restaurants will delight foodies.

A great place to start a tour is the former 1857 schoolhouse, which houses the visitor center and the Hahndorf Academy, an art gallery spotlighting local artists.

Hahndorf is famed for one of its talented residents, Sir Hans Heysen (1877-1968), a German-born landscape artist who came to Australia in 1883 and later built an Alpine-style house on the outskirts of Hahndorf. Today, you can take a guided tour of his home and studio, known as The Cedars, stroll through the colorful gardens, and view some of his paintings.

You can easily spend a relaxing day in this charming village, sightseeing, picking fruit at nearby farms, browsing the craft shops and galleries, and dining at the excellent restaurants.

Most of Adelaide's top attractions are centered around North Terrace on the south bank of the River Torrens, and this is where you'll find the best luxury and mid-range hotels. Budget accommodation typically tends to be a little farther out but still within easy reach of the prime sightseeing spots. You'll also find some great affordable options around North Adelaide, near Adelaide Oval and the zoo.

Luxury Hotels:

  • Steps from Rundle Mall, in the heart of the city, the boutique Mayfair Hotel occupies a 19th-century heritage building. Rooms are contemporary, with plush beds, rainfall showers, and sleek decor. Guests mingle at the French cafe and rooftop terrace, and the weekend high tea is a treat.
  • On North Terrace, The Playford - MGallery by Sofitel exudes Art Nouveau charm. Chandeliers grace the upscale restaurant, and guests keep fit at the 24-hour health club and heated indoor pool. The pillow menu is a posh perk.
  • Also on North Terrace, the InterContinental Adelaide is less than a minute from Adelaide train station. The rooms come with city or river views and marble bathrooms. Dining options range from Japanese teppanyaki and sushi to an inviting riverside restaurant.

Mid-Range Hotels:

  • Convenient for families and longer stays, the Adina Apartment Hotel Adelaide Treasury occupies an elegant historic building near Victoria Square. The studios and apartments come with kitchens, and the excellent facilities include a central courtyard and indoor pool.
  • Within walking distance of city attractions, shops, and restaurants, Majestic Roof Garden Hotel offers spacious rooms and a lovely rooftop garden. Suites add separate living areas and kitchens.
  • At the Adabco Boutique Hotel in a heritage building nearby, guests have access to a communal kitchen and laundry facilities.

Budget Hotels:

  • Light flows in through floor-to-ceiling windows at the Ibis Adelaide , and the rooms come with free Wi-Fi.
  • At the artsy and modern Majestic Minima Hotel , the petite rooms are individually decorated, and you can walk to Adelaide Oval and the zoo.
  • A little farther afield, in North Adelaide, Princes Lodge Motel offers peaceful park views, a couple of kilometers from city center attractions.

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Scenic South Australia: Once you've seen the best of Adelaide, you'll find plenty of other things to do in South Australia . Less than an hour from the city, you can explore the bucolic scenery of the Barossa Valley , one of the country's top grape-growing regions and a haven for foodies. If you're looking for an escape to nature, Kangaroo Island ticks all the boxes, with abundant wildlife, fantastic hiking trails, and one of Australia's best beaches . Other top South Australia tourist attractions include the sparkling Fleurieu Peninsula, the pink-hued peaks of the Flinders Ranges, and the wild and windswept Eyre Peninsula.

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More Aussie Adventures: If you're looking for an adrenaline rush, see our article on the Top-Rated Outdoor Adventures in Australia . For tips on where to cast your line, our article on Australia's best fishing destinations is worth a look, and if you want to explore the country's spectacular scenery on foot, consult our page on the top hikes in Australia .

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Step into a world of natural wonders at the newly built Flinders Chase National Park Visitor Centre. Located on Kangaroo Island, this state-of-the-art facility welcomes you to explore iconic sites such as Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. With sustainable architecture and interactive exhibits, the centre enhances your understanding and appreciation of this unique environment. Opening for the first time, it stands as a testament to resilience, community spirit, and sustainable tourism. Learn more about the transformation and plan your visit today.

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Strate­gi­cal­ly locat­ed near the park’s entrance, the vis­i­tor cen­tre serves as the gate­way to icon­ic attrac­tions like Remark­able Rocks and Admi­rals Arch. Vis­i­tors can enjoy a range of ameni­ties, includ­ing a wel­com­ing café and warm, friend­ly staff who pro­vide essen­tial ser­vices such as tick­et­ing, wayfind­ing and inter­pre­tive guid­ance. Inter­ac­tive dis­plays delve into the park’s diverse ecosys­tems, cap­ti­vat­ing land­scapes and exten­sive bush­walk­ing trails, enrich­ing vis­i­tors’ under­stand­ing and appre­ci­a­tion of this unique environment.

Com­mu­ni­ty and research hub

The recon­struc­tion of the vis­i­tor cen­tre has been a com­mu­ni­ty-dri­ven effort, reflect­ing the resilient spir­it of Kan­ga­roo Island. Cen­tral to this revi­tal­i­sa­tion is the Flinders-Baudin Research Cen­tre, a $2 mil­lion ini­tia­tive ded­i­cat­ed to eco­log­i­cal research and con­ser­va­tion. This facil­i­ty, a col­lab­o­ra­tive endeav­our between the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ade­laide and the Depart­ment for Envi­ron­ment and Water, includes state-of-the-art lab­o­ra­to­ries and accom­mo­da­tion, fos­ter­ing sci­en­tif­ic explo­ration and discovery.

Eco­nom­ic impact

Tourism is vital to Kan­ga­roo Island’s econ­o­my, con­tribut­ing approx­i­mate­ly $280 mil­lion annu­al­ly. The new vis­i­tor cen­tre is a crit­i­cal com­po­nent of the island’s recov­ery post-2019 – 20 bush­fires, sup­port­ing the reju­ve­na­tion of local tourism and pro­vid­ing a foun­da­tion for sus­tain­able eco­nom­ic growth.

Com­mit­ment to excellence

The Flinders Chase Nation­al Park Vis­i­tor Cen­tre sets a new stan­dard for vis­i­tor ser­vice pro­vi­sion with­in South Aus­trali­a’s nation­al parks. This mod­ern facil­i­ty offers an invit­ing and inspir­ing envi­ron­ment, encour­ag­ing deep­er engage­ment with nature and explo­ration of the island’s nation­al and marine parks. Its reopen­ing marks a sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ment in Kan­ga­roo Island’s jour­ney towards recov­ery and sus­tain­able tourism.

Vis­it the new Flinders Chase Nation­al Park Vis­i­tor Cen­tre and be part of this extra­or­di­nary trans­for­ma­tion. Plan your vis­it today and immerse your­self in the nat­ur­al beau­ty and resilient spir­it of Kan­ga­roo Island.

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25 Australian Attractions Every Tourist Must See When Visiting the Land Down Under

Posted: July 10, 2024 | Last updated: July 10, 2024

<p>Decorate your walls with the mesmerizing patterns and stories of Australian Aboriginal art. These paintings, rich in cultural significance and history, offer a window into the world's oldest continuous culture. The dot paintings and symbolic motifs serve as stunning visual pieces and carry deep spiritual meanings. It's an invitation to explore and honor the profound heritage and storytelling of Australia's Indigenous peoples.</p>

An Australian adventure is unforgettable, offering shimmering beaches, unique wildlife, and natural wonders. With so many places to go and things to do, planning a trip to the Land Down Under can be overwhelming. Here, we explore the must-visit spots that showcase the best of Australia.

<p>Sydney provides a perfect mix of outdoor activities and cultural experiences. Children will love exploring the Sydney Opera House, climbing the Harbour Bridge, and playing at Bondi Beach. It's a vibrant city with friendly locals and lots of activities suitable for children.</p>

Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House is a masterpiece of modern architecture. Tours of this UNESCO World Heritage site offer insights into its fascinating construction and history. Catching a performance here, whether opera or symphony, is an unforgettable experience.

<p>The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system and offers some of the best snorkeling and diving experiences. Located off the coast of Queensland, this natural wonder spans over 2,300 kilometers and hosts a wide array of marine life. Visitors can explore the reef through guided tours, scuba diving, or from the air on scenic flights.</p>

Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system and offers some of the best snorkeling and diving experiences. Located off the coast of Queensland, this natural wonder spans over 2,300 kilometers and hosts a wide array of marine life. Visitors can explore the reef through guided tours, scuba diving, or from the air on scenic flights.

<p>Uluru is a massive sandstone monolith in the heart of the Northern Territory's arid "Red Centre." This sacred site is deeply significant to the Indigenous Anangu people, who offer walking tours that explain its cultural history. The changing colors of Uluru at sunset provide a truly magical sight.</p>

Uluru is a massive sandstone monolith in the heart of the Northern Territory's arid "Red Centre." This sacred site is deeply significant to the Indigenous Anangu people, who offer walking tours that explain its cultural history. The changing colors of Uluru at sunset provide a truly magical sight.

<p>Sydney's famous Bondi Beach is a hotspot for tourists and locals alike, famed for its golden sands. Surfing lessons are available for the adventurous, or you can enjoy a relaxed day sunbathing. The coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee Beach also offers stunning ocean views.</p>

Bondi Beach

Sydney's famous Bondi Beach is a hotspot for tourists and locals alike, famed for its golden sands. Surfing lessons are available for the adventurous, or you can enjoy a relaxed day sunbathing. The coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee Beach also offers stunning ocean views.

<p>The Daintree Rainforest, located in North Queensland, is one of the oldest rainforests on the planet. Visitors can immerse themselves in its lush greenery through canopy walks or river cruises. This biodiversity hotspot is home to unique wildlife, including the elusive cassowary.</p>

Daintree Rainforest

The Daintree Rainforest, located in North Queensland, is one of the oldest rainforests on the planet. Visitors can immerse themselves in its lush greenery through canopy walks or river cruises. This biodiversity hotspot is home to unique wildlife, including the elusive cassowary.

<p>Just off the coast of South Australia, Kangaroo Island is a sanctuary for wildlife enthusiasts. The island features natural reserves where kangaroos, koalas, and a host of other animals roam freely. Its rugged coastline also offers dramatic views, particularly at the Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch.</p>

Kangaroo Island

Just off the coast of South Australia, Kangaroo Island is a sanctuary for wildlife enthusiasts. The island features natural reserves where kangaroos, koalas, and a host of other animals roam freely. Its rugged coastline also offers dramatic views, particularly at the Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch.

<p>Port Arthur in Tasmania serves as a haunting reminder of Australia's penal colony history. This well-preserved site offers guided tours that tell the stories of its past inmates. The eerie beauty of the ruins makes this a compelling visit, especially during one of their chilling ghost tours at night.</p>

Port Arthur

Port Arthur in Tasmania serves as a haunting reminder of Australia's penal colony history. This well-preserved site offers guided tours that tell the stories of its past inmates. The eerie beauty of the ruins makes this a compelling visit, especially during one of their chilling ghost tours at night.

<p>The Twelve Apostles are limestone stacks that rise majestically from the Southern Ocean. These dramatic formations are best viewed at sunrise or sunset when the light casts golden hues over the water. Helicopter tours are available for those wishing to see this spectacular sight from above.</p>

The Twelve Apostles

The Twelve Apostles are limestone stacks that rise majestically from the Southern Ocean. These dramatic formations are best viewed at sunrise or sunset when the light casts golden hues over the water. Helicopter tours are available for those wishing to see this spectacular sight from above.

<p>Australia's premier wine region, Barossa Valley in South Australia, offers numerous vineyards where visitors can taste world-renowned Shiraz. Wine tours often include gourmet meals paired with local wines, making for a delightful culinary experience.</p>

Barossa Valley

Australia's premier wine region, Barossa Valley in South Australia, offers numerous vineyards where visitors can taste world-renowned Shiraz. Wine tours often include gourmet meals paired with local wines, making for a delightful culinary experience.

<p>Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world and a paradise for adventurers. Its unique ecosystem supports rainforests, eucalyptus woodland, and freshwater lakes. 4WD tours across the island offer access to remote beaches and hidden natural pools.</p>

Fraser Island

Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world and a paradise for adventurers. Its unique ecosystem supports rainforests, eucalyptus woodland, and freshwater lakes. 4WD tours across the island offer access to remote beaches and hidden natural pools.

<p>The Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney provides a tranquil escape from the city's hustle. Located beside the Sydney Opera House, these gardens offer lush landscapes and exotic plant collections. Free guided walks or self-guided tours via an app are available for visitors.</p>

Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

The Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney provides a tranquil escape from the city's hustle. Located beside the Sydney Opera House, these gardens offer lush landscapes and exotic plant collections. Free guided walks or self-guided tours via an app are available for visitors.

<p>Just a short drive from Sydney, the Blue Mountains are renowned for their dramatic scenery. Visitors can explore numerous hiking trails that offer stunning vistas of waterfalls and sandstone cliffs. Don't miss the scenic cableway or the steep railway for breathtaking views of the valley.</p>

Blue Mountains

Just a short drive from Sydney, the Blue Mountains are renowned for their dramatic scenery. Visitors can explore numerous hiking trails that offer stunning vistas of waterfalls and sandstone cliffs. Don't miss the scenic cableway or the steep railway for breathtaking views of the valley.

<p>Home to the adorable quokka, Rottnest Island near Perth is accessible by ferry. The island is a car-free zone, making it perfect for exploring by bicycle. Its crystal-clear waters and secluded beaches make it an ideal spot for snorkeling and swimming.</p>

Rottnest Island

Home to the adorable quokka, Rottnest Island near Perth is accessible by ferry. The island is a car-free zone, making it perfect for exploring by bicycle. Its crystal-clear waters and secluded beaches make it an ideal spot for snorkeling and swimming.

<p>Cradle Mountain in Tasmania is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. This area offers a range of walks suited to all fitness levels, each providing views of rugged mountain ranges and serene lakes. The Overland Track, a famous multi-day hike, starts here, challenging even seasoned hikers.</p>

Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain in Tasmania is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. This area offers a range of walks suited to all fitness levels, each providing views of rugged mountain ranges and serene lakes. The Overland Track, a famous multi-day hike, starts here, challenging even seasoned hikers.

<p>Located in Western Australia, the Pinnacles Desert is known for its limestone formations that jut out of the sand, creating an almost otherworldly landscape. The desert is especially photogenic at sunrise or sunset when the shadows create stark contrasts against the golden light.</p>

Pinnacles Desert

Located in Western Australia, the Pinnacles Desert is known for its limestone formations that jut out of the sand, creating an almost otherworldly landscape. The desert is especially photogenic at sunrise or sunset when the shadows create stark contrasts against the golden light.

<p>In Tasmania's capital, Hobart, Salamanca Market is held every Saturday and is a feast for the senses. The market is bustling with local artisans, fresh produce, and unique crafts. It's a great place to sample local specialties.</p>

Hobart's Salamanca Market

In Tasmania's capital, Hobart, Salamanca Market is held every Saturday and is a feast for the senses. The market is bustling with local artisans, fresh produce, and unique crafts. It's a great place to sample local specialties.

<p>The Whitsunday Islands in Queensland is a slice of paradise known for their pristine white sands and clear blue waters. Sailing around these islands offers a chance to see some of the most beautiful reefs and beaches in the world.</p>

Whitsunday Islands

The Whitsunday Islands in Queensland is a slice of paradise known for their pristine white sands and clear blue waters. Sailing around these islands offers a chance to see some of the most beautiful reefs and beaches in the world.

<p>Melbourne's laneways are famous for their street art, boutique shops, and cafes. Exploring these back alleys reveals a vibrant, creative city culture that's constantly evolving. The laneways are also home to some of the city's best dining and nightlife.</p>

Melbourne's Laneways

Melbourne's laneways are famous for their street art, boutique shops, and cafes. Exploring these back alleys reveals a vibrant, creative city culture that's constantly evolving. The laneways are also home to some of the city's best dining and nightlife.

<p>Less famous but no less beautiful than the Great Barrier Reef, Western Australia's Ningaloo Reef offers a remote and pristine marine experience. Visitors can swim alongside whale sharks and explore coral gardens teeming with marine life. Unlike the Great Barrier Reef, many areas of Ningaloo are accessible directly from the beach.</p>

Ningaloo Reef

Less famous but no less beautiful than the Great Barrier Reef, Western Australia's Ningaloo Reef offers a remote and pristine marine experience. Visitors can swim alongside whale sharks and explore coral gardens teeming with marine life. Unlike the Great Barrier Reef, many areas of Ningaloo are accessible directly from the beach.

<p>Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This park is rich in Aboriginal culture and has some of the oldest rock art in the world. Its diverse ecosystems range from wetlands and rivers to sandstone escarpments.</p>

Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This park is rich in Aboriginal culture and has some of the oldest rock art in the world. Its diverse ecosystems range from wetlands and rivers to sandstone escarpments.

<p>Adelaide Central Market in South Australia offers everything from gourmet cheeses and bakery goods to seafood and organic produce. The market is also a place to enjoy multicultural cuisine and local coffee.</p>

Adelaide Central Market

Adelaide Central Market in South Australia offers everything from gourmet cheeses and bakery goods to seafood and organic produce. The market is also a place to enjoy multicultural cuisine and local coffee.

<p>The Gondwana Rainforests, primarily located in New South Wales and Queensland, are some of the oldest rainforests on earth. They offer a glimpse into the ecological history of the continent. Guided tours through these forests can reveal fascinating insights into the evolutionary processes that shaped the flora and fauna of Australia.</p>

Gondwana Rainforests

The Gondwana Rainforests, primarily located in New South Wales and Queensland, are some of the oldest rainforests on earth. They offer a glimpse into the ecological history of the continent. Guided tours through these forests can reveal fascinating insights into the evolutionary processes that shaped the flora and fauna of Australia.

<p>The file investigated 120 alleged shark-human interactions worldwide, revealing that 69 of these incidents were unprovoked.</p>

St Kilda Beach

Melbourne's St Kilda Beach is a favorite local hangout with its bustling boardwalk, historic amusement park, and lively arts scene. The beach is perfect for windsurfing, walking, and enjoying the coastal ambiance.

<p>Located in several parts of Tasmania, these sanctuaries offer the chance to see the endangered Tasmanian devil in its natural habitat. Conservation programs provide educational tours that explain efforts to save this unique species. Observing these intriguing animals up close is a rare and educational experience.</p>

Tasmanian Devil Sanctuary

Located in several parts of Tasmania, these sanctuaries offer the chance to see the endangered Tasmanian devil in its natural habitat. Conservation programs provide educational tours that explain efforts to save this unique species. Observing these intriguing animals up close is a rare and educational experience.

<p>The Ghan is a luxury train that traverses the Australian continent from north to south, offering an unforgettable travel experience. From the comfort of the train, passengers can see the changing landscapes of Australia's interior.</p>

The Ghan is a luxury train that traverses the Australian continent from north to south, offering an unforgettable travel experience. From the comfort of the train, passengers can see the changing landscapes of Australia's interior.

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