Top 10 places to visit in South Australia

South Australia is often the “forgotten state” when it comes to people travelling to Australia. We have come up with 10 reasons why you NEED to travel to South Australia!

1. Victor Harbor

“Victor” is a small town 82km from the Adelaide CBD. It’s a touristy/beach town. A lot of tourists as well as locals will travel here for a quick weekend getaway or a nice relaxing week away from the city. The main attractions here are the Horse drawn tram that takes you from the “mainland” 600m along a wooden causeway to Granite Island. Granite Island is home to cute little Penguins, which can usually be seen better around sunset.

To get a great view of Victor and the surrounding areas, go for a walk which is more like a hike up the granite headland called the “Bluff” …Or you can just sit on the beach and fish or relax.

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2. Barossa Valley

The Barossa is very well known for its wines it’s also the oldest wine region in South Australia, 50km out of Adelaide.  Some of my favourite wineries to visit are Jacobs creek, Murray Street Vineyards, Wolf Blass, Seppelt Winery and Penfolds, just to name a few of the more  popular wineries.  South Australia produces some of the best wines in Australia (maybe even the world!) Not so sure of my bold statement? Well come and try some out for yourself!

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3. Port Lincoln –  Eyre Peninsula

Port Lincoln in approx. 646km from Adelaide by road and ferry although you do have the option to fly via one of the little planes. It is known for its water activities, whether it’s yachting, scuba diving, game fishing, swimming with seals or cage diving with sharks! It’s a great “beachy” town to relax in.

4. Wilpena – Flinders Ranges

Wilpena is 429km from Adelaide in the Flinders Ranges. There is no shortage of things to do in this area, from bushwalking to bike riding, 4wd driving to scenic flights or hot air ballooning.

You can camp at Wilpena pound or stay in one of the holiday units. The camping facilities are top of their class, with clean toilet and bathroom blocks, washing machines and dryers and powered and unpowered camp sites. Wilpena pound is a great place to stay as a base for some great activities around the Flinders Ranges!

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5. Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island (aka KI) is approx. 112km from Adelaide; you can get here either by the driving and taking the ferry or flying in a little plane. KI is one of the biggest jewels in the South Australian “crown”. The island itself, it fairly small and fairly easy to drive around it in 1 day, but then you will miss all the highlights! Some of the highlights (just to name a few) are Seal Bay, the Remarkable rocks, Admirals arch, Prospect hill look out and the little Sahara where you can go sand boarding!

There are a heap of places to stay on KI to meet each and every budget, from camping to staying in the luxury of the Southern Ocean lodge!

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6. Innes National Park - Yorke Peninsula

Innes National Park is located on the tip of the Yorke Peninsula, you can see Kangaroo Island from here. Innes has some stunning view points and beautiful, secluded beaches.  It’s approx 300km from Adelaide. Innes is popular for camping, bushwalking and wildlife spotting and of course fishing! A lot of families come up here in the school holidays because it’s such a beautiful spot to relax.

You can camp In Innes or stay at the caravan park at Marion Bay. There are several lighthouses to visit and even a shipwreck on the beach called “Ethel”.

Innes used to be an old Gypsum mining town back in 1913, until 1930 when the “Great Depression” made it uneconomical, the town was abandoned by its inhabitants to find work and in 1970 the town and surrounding land was sold to the South Australian government to create Innes National Park.

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7. Mt Gambier

Mt Gambier is 450 km south-east of Adelaide, it’s the second biggest “city” in South Australia, It’s also only 17km from the Victorian boarder. There are several attractions in Mt Gambier including the Blue lake, which is a part of the Volcanoes discovery trail/Crater lakes (which includes the Blue Lake Crater, the Valley Lake Crater and the Leg of Mutton Lake Crater). A few other attractions are the giant sinkhole and cave gardens which is famous for its rose garden.

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8. Naracoorte

Naracoorte is 336km from Adelaide in the limestone coast region. Here you can get down and dirty with some bush walking or caving or just sit back and relax with some wine tasting in the close by Coonawarra winery region.

9. Hahndorf

Hahndorf is a small town 28 km south-east of Adelaide, it’s acknowledged as Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement. Hahndorf has a lot of great German food and beer. There are also a few wineries you visit to have a taste of the area or you can visit the Beerenberg Strawberry Farm, where you can go pick your own fresh strawberries (If in season). You can easily spend a day wondering around Hahndorf, it has a very relaxed atmosphere and has lots to do!

10. Adelaide Central Markets

The Central Markets is known for its very fresh food, most cafés and restaurants in the city go to the markets first thing in the morning to get fresh produce to prepare for the day. It’s funny because what I remember about the Central markets is it used to be known for its terrible hours! As it has become more popular they have made the hours a little more regular, now open from 7am/9am til 5:30pm and later on Friday’s. The Adelaide Central Markets is on Gouger street right next to China town, Gouger street also has a great selection of great restaurants!

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 So when are you coming to South Australia?

Comments

  1. says

    When I am coming to South Australia? I’m here now because I live here :) With our new logo for the state, we are the ‘entrance’ to the country ha,ha. I love the markets and would recommend any visitor go and visit them, particularly on a Friday night. Yes I think you are right about the wines! Not to many the other 2 wine regions in close proximity to the City as well (McLaren Vale and the Clare Valley). Great roundup of the state!

    • says

      Hey Jacqui!
      Yes, the new logo is interesting! I hope it does open more “doors” for SA as it is always missed by travellers.
      The markets are the best, so yummy! Buy a little from here and there.
      That is true, I plan to do another post in the coming months about the different wine regions. Keep your eyes pealed!

  2. says

    Great read guys. I’m moving to adelaide in a month and everyone keeps asking me why. I can’t wait. As you said, it’s overlooked by most people so I’m looking forward to getting to know the city and it’s surrounds.
    This definitely helps. Can’t wait to have a glass of nice Aussie wine, I’ve missed it living in Asia for the last 18 months.

    • says

      Thanks Conor!
      Adelaide is pretty awesome! It really is overlooked as a “boring” little town.
      Make sure you spend some time (weekends) in different parts of SA – there is soooo much to explore!
      SA certainly has some fantastic wines!!

  3. says

    I really hope I’ll get to South Australia during my next visit. Kangaroo Island and the Barossa Valley have been on my bucket list for quite a while!

  4. wike dania says

    I miss south australia a lot..from 10 places i visit 5 places:mount gambier,barossa valley,victor harbor,hahndorf,and of course central market..however..the most memorable place is mount gambier…overall..i love adelaide..hope someday i go there again..

  5. Trevor Scott says

    Shame you didn’t put South Australia’s Riverland on the list. Some amazing scenery here along with great food and wine as well as the best section of the river.

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