South Australia holidays
South Australia is not merely a food and wine lover's dream. Whether you're looking to experience the award-winning wine regions, the diversity of the local produce, the spectacular landscape or remarkable fine dining, this region has an offering to suit all tastes.
The capital city of Adelaide brings together fabulous food and wine from right across the state. There is a distinct sense of the Mediterranean to Adelaide, and a handful of cellar doors and breweries can be found in the city's surrounding suburbs, including the lauded Penfolds Magill Estate. Adelaide is also home to the striking National Wine Centre – the largest open cellar in the southern hemisphere and the colourful Central Market, with its old school neon, painted signs, enthusiastic hawkers and gloriously exotic smells, is also where the city meets for a chat, listens live music, reads the paper and generally just lets its hair down.
This unspoilt island, often referred to as Australia's Galápagos, is just a short flight from Adelaide. Comprising a national park and nature reserve, it's a place of wild beauty home to possum, bandicoot, platypus, wallaby, more than 250 species of bird and hundreds of kangaroos. There's also some exceptional accommodation to be found, especially at Southern Ocean Lodge where sweeping Southern Ocean views are matched by fine wines, gourmet dining and a full spread of guided island activities.
Wines and wilderness
South Australia's wines, such as those produced in the Barossa Valley, Claire Valley and Coonawarra are right up there with the best in the country. Vineyards characterise much of the countryside surrounding the lively state capital, Adelaide, and are a mainstay of the region’s reputation for superb food and drink.
North of the wine regions, huge tracts of wilderness extend inland, dotted with sheep stations and opal mines. The craggy terrain of the Flinders Ranges and the vastness of Wilpena Pound provide classic images of Outback Australia – sparse areas where cattle and sheep outnumber humans and whose sheer scale is best appreciated from the air.
Top itineraries in South Australia: Adelaide, Flinders Ranges & Kangaroo Island
Discover the amazing wildlife of Kangaroo Island – hailed as Australia’s Galapagos – and the award-winning wines of the Barossa and Clare Valleys.
Get up close and personal with wildlife, enjoy private views of Uluru, wander deserted beaches and indulge in exquisite food and wine with Luxury Lodges of Australia.
Travel across Australia’s vast outback as you journey coast-to-coast from Perth to Sydney on this luxury rail journey aboard the Indian Pacific.
Top places to stay in South Australia: Adelaide, Flinders Ranges & Kangaroo Island
Southern Ocean Lodge is Australia’s premier luxury lodge experience and is perfect for couples and wildlife lovers. An environmentally sensitive and sophisticated sanctuary, the lodge has an unmatched location with homely hospitality and an exceptional spa.
This superior hotel is a great base from which to explore the ‘city of churches’ with a plethora of shops and restaurants on your doorstep.
The Adina Apartment Hotel Adelaide Treasury is regarded as one of Australia’s most historically important buildings and dates back to 1839.
Where to go in South Australia: Adelaide, Flinders Ranges & Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island may be just 15km from the mainland, but it is a world away in terms of seclusion and natural diversity. It is regularly recognised as Australia’s own Galapagos: arguably the best place to see the widest range of Australian native animals in their natural habitat.
Big skies, sparkling seas and vast unspoilt space make the Eyre Peninsula a joy to spend time in, and that’s without the extra delight of the region being something of a seafood frontier.
The Flinders Ranges and South Australian Outback is a rugged and majestic area, full of adventure. Australia’s most legendary countryside is dramatic, vast and full of outstanding natural attractions and indigenous culture.
When to go to South Australia: Adelaide, Flinders Ranges & Kangaroo Island
South Australia has a Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and cool winters. It’s Australia’s driest state, a fact that is particularly noticeable as you move inland, where semi-desert extends for miles. Most of what little rain there is falls between March and August, though the cooler air at this time of year makes the desert extremes more manageable.
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