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South Australia Attractions

Places to visit, points of interest and top things to see in South Australia

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Situated at the base of the Fleurieu Peninsula, Kangaroo Island is the third largest in Australia, with much of the island protected within spectacular nature reserves. It’s home to not only kangaroos but also koalas, sea lions, penguins and a diverse array of native bird species.

Be sure to visit Flinders Chase National Park in the west of the island, which is renowned for its penguin colonies and the wind-sculpted boulders known as the Remarkable Rocks. Admire the stalactites within Admiral’s Arch, an eroded rock bridge that is constantly weathered by waves, and photograph the New Zealand fur seals that are often seen basking on the surrounding rocks.

Along the south coast of the island is the Seal Bay Conservation Park, the only place in the world where visitors are allowed to walk amongst endangered Australia sea lions. Take in the views from the wooden boardwalk and watch the sea lions surfing the waves, then step onto the sands to photograph giant bulls fighting or newborn baby sea lions... read more arrow

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One of Australia's most iconic wine-growing regions, the Barossa Valley lies an hour’s drive to the northeast of Adelaide. It includes the towns of Tanunda, Angaston and Nuriootpa where historic stone cottages and Lutheran cottages are a lasting legacy of the German settlers who arrived here in the 19th century. More than 150 wineries and 80 cellar doors scatter in the surrounding area, with Shiraz grapes being the local specialty.

Spend a day (or three) touring the cellar doors of the Barossa Valley that include some of the biggest names in Australian wine (Penfolds, Wolf Blass and Jacob’s Creek to name a few). Visit one of the oldest wineries in Australia at Seppeltsfield and discover the new generation of boutique and artisan winemakers leaving their mark.

Aside from its wine, the Barossa Valley is famed for its seasonal produce and artisan food, with the Butcher, Baker, Winemaker Trail an ideal introduction... read more arrow

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Renowned for its riesling, the Clare Valley is a picturesque wine-growing region around two hours’ drive north of Adelaide. It’s set within stunning pastoral landscapes that were settled by Polish, English and Irish immigrants during the 19th century, with their legacy still visible in the charismatic heritage towns and bluestone buildings.

Follow the Clare Valley Riesling Trail that winds between Auburn and the main town of Clare, stopping in at the cellar doors and artisan food producers. Don’t miss a visit to Annie’s Lane and the Jesuit winery at Sevenhill Cellars, which was established in 1851. Tour its underground cellar and Wine Museum and admire the architecture of historic St. Aloysius’ Church.

While the Clare Valley is predominantly known for its riesling, red wine drinkers will find no shortage of inspiration in the Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz being produced here... read more arrow

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Boasting some of the most breathtaking landscapes in Outback South Australia, the Flinders Range combines rugged gorges and weathered peaks with stunning spring wildflower displays and a rich Aboriginal history. They are named after the explorer Matthew Flinders and located around five hours’ drive from Adelaide, running north to south in the eastern part of South Australia.

Explore the magnificent Wilpena Pound, a crater-like landscape that comprises the eroded stumps of what were once huge, Himalayan-like mountains. Drive through the dramatic gorges or take a scenic flight above, with Aboriginal cultural walks and treks taking you up and over the rim.

Journey along one of Australia’s best-loved steam trains on the Pichi Richi Railway, which runs along the last remaining section of the narrow-gauge Ghan line. Beautifully restored steam and diesel locomotives pull timber carriages through deep rock cuttings and stone wall embankments between Quorn and Port Augusta... read more arrow

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One of the least crowded coastal areas in Australia (but also one of its most beautiful), the Eyre Peninsula is a triangular-shaped landmass to the east of the Great Australian Bight. It’s home to magnificent coastal cliffs and pristine beaches, as well as stunning national parks to explore.

Don’t miss a visit to Coffin Bay that is renowned for its superb oysters and a national park of the same name, with hiking and kayaking both popular activities. Or head to Lincoln National Park that occupies the southern tip of the Eyre Peninsula, with secluded beaches that are ideal for swimming and fishing, as well as vast sand dunes.

Port Lincoln is the main hub of the Eyre Peninsula and nicknamed the “Tuna Capital of the World”. It has a rich seafaring heritage that is showcased in the Axel Stenross Maritime Museum, with a large fishing fleet still active today and sourcing some of Australia’s best seafood. Port Lincoln makes a good base for wildlife spotting in the Gawler Ranges and visiting the Memory Cove Wilderness Protection Area or refueling before tackling a desert adventure across the mighty Nullarbor Plain... read more arrow

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Flowing from the New South Wales Alps to its mouth at the Coorong in South Australia, the Murray River is one of the world’s longest navigable rivers. It extends around 2,700 kilometers and is dotted with historic settlements and stunning national parks where soaring sandstone cliffs and tall eucalypts line the riverbanks. It was once home to the Ngarrindjeri and Nganguraku people, while today it supports a myriad of water birds in its wetlands, as well as vast citrus-growing and agricultural regions.

The town of Renmark lies where South Australia meets New South Wales and Victoria and is a major hub along the Murray River. It’s home to the late-19th-century Olivewood Historic Homestead, renowned for its orangery and olive oil processing shed, with the surrounding landscapes blanked in citrus orchards.

Downriver lies Loxton, the “garden city” of the Riverland region and home to the Historical Village that offers a glimpse back in time with its beautifully recreated 19th-century buildings... read more arrow

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