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South Australia Top Attractions

Top 6 things to see and do in South Australia

  • 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 ...

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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) ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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