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South Australia: Adelaide, Flinders Ranges & Kangaroo Island

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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.

Kangaroo island

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.


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Indian Pacific, Pinnacles, Western Australia

Australia by Rail: Indian Pacific

13-day tailor-made rail & stay journey from £2,765 pp incl. flights


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Advanced purchase rail offer & Free car hire – Save up to £250pp
Book by: 31 January 2020

Take to the rails on this luxury journey aboard the Indian Pacific. You'll travel across Australia’s vast outback as you journey coast-to-coast from Perth to Sydney, enjoying fine dining and tailored touring throughout.

The Ghan, Australia

The Ghan & Kangaroo Island

12-day tailor-made rail & stay journey from £3,565 pp incl. flights


Rail offer – Save up to £180pp
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Travelling from south to north, this tailor-made trip marries one of the world’s greatest rail journeys with tropical Darwin, Adelaide’s heritage and the wildlife of Kangaroo Island.

Mock up of Great Southern in Hunter Valley (artists impression)

Great Southern luxury: Adelaide to Brisbane by rail

14-day tailor made luxury rail journey from £3,145 pp incl. flights


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This tailor-made rail journey is bookended by stays in the wine-soaked Barossa Valley and Brisbane's bushland. Take in the spectacular scenery of Australia's south east, with all-inclusive dining and fine wines on board the Great Southern.

The Ghan

The Ghan Expedition: wilderness to wines

15-day tailor-made luxury rail journey from £5,745 pp incl. flights


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Either side of this all-inclusive rail journey through the Outback, you’ll sample the wines of the Barossa Valley and enjoy a luxury safari in the wilds of Australia's Top End.

Top places to stay in South Australia: Adelaide, Flinders Ranges & Kangaroo Island

Majestic Roof Garden

Majestic Roof Garden, Adelaide

Contemporary hotel

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.

 Adina Apartment Hotel Adelaide Treasury, Adelaide

Adina Apartment Hotel Adelaide Treasury

Historic hotel

The Adina Apartment Hotel Adelaide Treasury is regarded as one of Australia’s most historically important buildings and dates back to 1839.

Bishops Garden

Bishops Garden Spa Suite, North Adelaide Heritage, Adelaide

Small & intimate villa

This charming apartment offers a quirky and unique place to stay in leafy North Adelaide within easy reach of superb shops, restaurants, cafés and many of Adelaide’s attractions.

Thorn Park by the vines

Thorn Park by the Vines, Clare Valley

Small & intimate hotel

Thorn Park by the vines is the latest brainchild of David Hay and Michael Speers, a fabulous dining and accommodation experience in the Clare Valley. The private setting, bush and vineyard views give Thorn Park a true feeling of Australia and is a highly regarded regional dining destination.

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Where to go in South Australia: Adelaide, Flinders Ranges & Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island

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 Galápagos: arguably the best place to see the widest range of Australian native animals in their natural habitat.

Eyre Peninsula

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.

Flinders Ranges, South Australia

Outback & Flinders Ranges

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.

Fleurieu Vineyards, Wine Valleys

South Australia's Wine Valleys

The wine regions surrounding Adelaide are among the best Down Under. The Barossa Valley in particular is certainly the wine capital of Australia. The Australian wine experience is relaxed and friendly, with an emphasis on the characters behind the labels.

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When to go to South Australia: Adelaide, Flinders Ranges & Kangaroo Island

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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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