South Australia

SOUTH AUSTRALIA PERHAPS THE BEST WINE MAKING REGION IN THE WORLD!

South Australia, often heralded as the best winemaking region in the world, is a treasure trove of experiences waiting to be discovered. The state’s rich cultural tapestry, world-famous food and wine trails, and breathtaking natural landscapes make it a premier destination for travelers seeking both relaxation and adventure.

South Australian Grapes and Wine

WORLD FAMOUS SOUTH AUSTRALIAN FOOD & WINE TRAIL

South Australia is synonymous with exceptional food and wine. The state is home to numerous renowned festivals, including the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Adelaide Festival of Arts, Clipsal 500, Tour Down Under, and Tasting Australia. These events showcase the region's vibrant culture and are perfect for those looking to immerse themselves in local traditions.

Within an hour's drive from Adelaide, visitors can explore over 200 cellar doors, each offering unique and tantalizing food and wine experiences. The Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, and Coonawarra are iconic wine regions where you can sip on some of the world’s finest wines and enjoy gourmet delights.

South  Australian Wine

Why not come to South Australia and experience unforgettable adventures, close encounters with nature, exciting events and outback landscapes.

South Australia's capital Adelaide is known as the city of churches. Adelaide is like big city living mixed with the feel of the country due to being a short drive to the rolling hills. The people will make you feel at home and welcome you with open arms. It's just a short 20 minute trip to swim with the dolphins at the luxurious beachside suburb of Glenelg.

South Australia is the wine capital of Australia – it offers the complete wine tasting experience. Like shopping? Visit the fabulous Adelaide Central Market, bustling with people seeking gourmet dishes from all around the world.

South Australia boasts thousands of kilometres of coastline, perfect for the beach lover. Yorke Peninsula offers great surfing beaches, fishing, and long lazy days. Take surfing classes on the Fleurieu followed by a meal at the cliff-top restaurant. Do some whale watching at Victor Harbor, while staying at Smugglers Inn, Swim with sea lions at Eyre Peninsula – where you’ll also find Australia’s Seafood Trail. South Australia has so much to offer! Why not book your next holiday there?

Kangaroo Island, Adelaide South Australia
Kangaroo Island, Adelaide South Australia

Coastal and Marine Attractions

The state boasts thousands of kilometers of coastline, making it a haven for beach lovers. The Yorke Peninsula offers excellent surfing beaches, fishing spots, and long, lazy days by the sea. On the Fleurieu Peninsula, visitors can take surfing classes and dine at cliff-top restaurants. Victor Harbor, a popular destination, is ideal for whale watching and offers accommodations like Smugglers Inn. The Eyre Peninsula is another gem, where you can swim with sea lions and explore Australia’s Seafood Trail.

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You can head south to Kangaroo Island to visit Seal Bay and climb over fascinating landscapes, or you can take a short trip to the outback where you will see the amazing Flinders Ranges. Why not be the captain of your own houseboat and cruise the tranquil waters of the mighty Murray River with friends?

River Murray Houseboat South Australia

The Mighty Murray River

Experience the tranquility of the Murray River by becoming the captain of your own houseboat. Cruise the river with friends and family, enjoying the serene landscapes and abundant wildlife. The River Murray region offers opportunities to connect with Indigenous culture, sample farm-fresh produce, and explore historic paddle steamers.

River Murray South Australia

Kangaroo Island: A Natural Paradise

Kangaroo Island, located south of Adelaide, is a must-visit for nature enthusiasts. Here, you can visit Seal Bay, climb fascinating landscapes, and encounter a wide variety of wildlife. The island's pristine beaches, clear waters, and rugged cliffs create a stunning backdrop for outdoor activities and relaxation.

Accommodation Options Across South Australia

South Australia offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit every taste and budget. Kangaroo Island’s Blue Sea Beach House provides a spacious and well-equipped retreat for larger families or groups. Unwind @ The Darling of Marina in Wirrina Cove offers elegance and sophistication with spectacular views across the coastline and countryside.

On the Yorke Peninsula, Wallaroo provides a charming coastal escape with easy access to Adelaide. For a riverfront experience, Muse on the Murray offers pet-friendly accommodations and luxurious amenities, perfect for a relaxing getaway.

The Fleurieu Peninsula: A Blend of Beaches, History, and Wildlife

The Fleurieu Peninsula, less than an hour's drive from Adelaide, is a diverse region known for its sandy beaches, historical sites, art, and wildlife. The area is famous for its food and wine, with numerous restaurants and wineries showcasing the best local produce. Victor Harbor and Encounter Bay are popular for whale watching, historic railway museums, and the unique Fairy Penguins on Granite Island.

Explore and Unwind

South Australia is a destination that offers something for everyone. Whether you’re interested in exploring national parks, embarking on wine tours, or enjoying family-friendly activities, South Australia ensures a memorable stay. Unwind Holidays provides specialized and personalized concierge services, catering to various vacation types, including spa accommodations, golf vacations, 4x4 trips, surfing vacations, and more.

Visitor Information

Wallaroo, located on the Yorke Peninsula, is a popular destination just two hours from Adelaide. This charming town offers a variety of dining options, from casual takeaways to waterfront restaurants. High Tide on Palmer Esplanade is a recommended accommodation for those looking to stay in Wallaroo.

For a river experience, Muse on the Murray in Wellington is a top choice. This pet-friendly property offers luxurious furnishings and ample space, making it perfect for a relaxing riverfront getaway.

Popular Holiday Properties Across South Australia

HERE ARE SOME PROPERTIES ON KANGAROO ISLAND

Kangaroo Island Blue Sea Beach House is a 3 bedroom house located just behind a dune, right next to a safe swimming beach. It is light, spacious and has plenty of room for larger families or groups. The master bedroom has a king-size bed and own bathroom.

The kitchen is well equipped and even has a dishwasher. Aquamarine is ideal for longer stays all year round. It is well insulated, has a powerful reverse cycle air conditioner/heater and electric blankets on all beds. The back verandah is quite big, overlooks the dune and has a gas BBQ as well as seating. The house has a pleasant green outlook but there is no sea view.


Unwind @ The Darling of Marina - A Hilltop and Seaview Getaway Enjoy the elegance and sophistication of a hilltop holiday home while staying in this beautifully decorated accommodation located at Wirrina Cove.

Framing spectacular views across the coastline and countryside, this unique home in Wirrina Cove takes pride of place on the Fleurieu Peninsula. With easy access to the towns of Normanville, Rapid Bay and Second Valley, guests can enjoy long stretches of white sand and great walking tracks.

Introduction to South Australia

South Australia, known for its vibrant cultural heritage, stunning natural landscapes, and world-class wine regions, offers an unparalleled travel experience. The state is home to some of the most iconic destinations in Australia, each offering unique attractions and activities that cater to a wide range of interests. From the bustling city life of Adelaide to the tranquil outback and picturesque coastal towns, South Australia promises an adventure like no other.

Adelaide: The Heart of South Australia

Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia, is a blend of urban sophistication and natural beauty. Often referred to as the "City of Churches" due to its numerous historic churches, Adelaide is also a cultural hub, hosting various festivals, museums, and art galleries. The Adelaide Festival Centre is the heart of the city's arts scene, while the Adelaide Botanic Garden offers a serene escape with its beautiful landscapes and rare plant species.

The city is known for its food and wine culture, with numerous restaurants and cafes serving local and international cuisine. The Adelaide Central Market is a must-visit, offering a wide array of fresh produce, gourmet foods, and unique delicacies. Adelaide's vibrant nightlife, with its bars, pubs, and live music venues, ensures that there is always something to do after the sun sets.

Exploring the Wine Regions

South Australia is renowned for its wine regions, each offering a unique experience. The Barossa Valley, located just an hour's drive from Adelaide, is one of the oldest and most famous wine regions in Australia. Known for its robust Shiraz and rich Cabernet Sauvignon, the Barossa Valley is a paradise for wine lovers. Visitors can tour the vineyards, participate in wine tastings, and enjoy gourmet meals at the region's many wineries and restaurants.

The Clare Valley, another prominent wine region, is famous for its Riesling. The Riesling Trail, a 35-kilometer path that winds through the valley, offers a scenic route for cyclists and walkers, with numerous wineries and cellar doors along the way. The Coonawarra region, located in the Limestone Coast, is known for its premium Cabernet Sauvignon and offers a unique wine tasting experience with its rich red soils and cool climate.

Nature and Wildlife Experiences

South Australia boasts diverse natural landscapes, from rugged outback terrains to pristine beaches and lush forests. Kangaroo Island, located off the coast of South Australia, is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. The island is home to a variety of native animals, including kangaroos, koalas, sea lions, and numerous bird species. Visitors can explore the island's national parks, such as Flinders Chase National Park, which features stunning rock formations, dense forests, and abundant wildlife.

The Flinders Ranges, a rugged mountain range in the outback, offers breathtaking landscapes and a rich Aboriginal history. Visitors can hike through the ranges, explore ancient rock art sites, and experience the unique flora and fauna of the region. The Murray River, Australia's longest river, provides opportunities for house boating, fishing, and water sports, making it a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

Beaches and Coastal Attractions

South Australia's coastline is dotted with beautiful beaches and charming coastal towns. Glenelg, a suburb of Adelaide, is a popular beach destination known for its long sandy beaches, vibrant dining scene, and historic attractions. Visitors can take a leisurely stroll along the Jetty Road, enjoy a meal at one of the many seaside restaurants, or take a dip in the ocean.

The Yorke Peninsula offers a more relaxed beach experience, with its quiet fishing villages, surf beaches, and picturesque coastal walks. The Fleurieu Peninsula, located south of Adelaide, is another popular coastal destination, known for its stunning beaches, world-class wineries, and outdoor activities. Victor Harbor, a town on the Fleurieu Peninsula, is famous for its whale watching, historic horse-drawn tram, and the Granite Island nature reserve.

Cultural Festivals and Events

South Australia is home to numerous cultural festivals and events that celebrate its rich heritage and vibrant arts scene. The Adelaide Fringe Festival, one of the largest arts festivals in the world, features a diverse program of theater, comedy, music, and visual arts. The Adelaide Festival of Arts, held annually, showcases local and international artists and performances, drawing visitors from around the globe.

The Tour Down Under, a premier cycling event, attracts professional cyclists and enthusiasts from around the world. The Clipsal 500, a popular motorsport event, features thrilling car races and entertainment for the whole family. Tasting Australia, a food and wine festival, celebrates the state's culinary excellence with a series of events, tastings, and workshops.

Historic Sites and Heritage Attractions

South Australia has a rich history, and this is reflected in its many historic sites and heritage attractions. The Adelaide Oval, a historic sports stadium, is a must-visit for sports enthusiasts. The stadium hosts cricket, Australian rules football, and concerts, and offers guided tours that provide insight into its storied past.

Port Adelaide, a historic port town, is home to several museums and heritage buildings. The South Australian Maritime Museum, located in Port Adelaide, showcases the state's maritime history with exhibits on shipbuilding, sea exploration, and marine life. The National Railway Museum, also in Port Adelaide, features an extensive collection of locomotives and railway memorabilia.

Outdoor Adventures and Activities

For adventure seekers, South Australia offers a wide range of outdoor activities. The state's national parks provide opportunities for hiking, camping, and wildlife spotting. Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, known for its rugged landscapes and rich Aboriginal heritage, offers numerous hiking trails, scenic lookouts, and camping spots.

The Nullarbor Plain, a vast arid region, is perfect for those looking to experience the Australian outback. The Eyre Highway, which crosses the Nullarbor, offers a unique road trip experience with its wide open spaces, dramatic cliffs, and abundant wildlife.

Water sports enthusiasts can enjoy activities such as surfing, snorkeling, and diving along the state's coastline. The Eyre Peninsula, known for its crystal-clear waters and abundant marine life, is a popular destination for diving and snorkeling. The Great Australian Bight, a coastal region known for its dramatic cliffs and pristine beaches, offers excellent surfing conditions.

Gastronomic Delights and Culinary Experiences

South Australia's food scene is as diverse as its landscapes. The state's fertile soils and favorable climate make it an ideal location for agriculture, resulting in an abundance of fresh produce and gourmet delights. The Adelaide Central Market, one of the largest undercover markets in the southern hemisphere, offers a wide array of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and seafood.

The Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, and McLaren Vale are renowned for their gourmet food and wine experiences. Visitors can enjoy farm-to-table dining, with many restaurants and cafes using locally sourced ingredients to create delicious dishes. The state's coastal regions offer an abundance of fresh seafood, with oysters, prawns, and fish featured prominently on menus.

RIVER MURRAY

Whether you want to relax at the house or, explore Australia's longest river, connect with Indigenous culture, sample farm-fresh product, hop aboard a historic paddle steamer or see native species in the wild, the Murray River, Lakes and Coorong ticks all the boxes. Located 105 km south-east of Adelaide, Wellington is a small settlement on the banks of the River Murray.

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HERE IS A POPULAR PROPERTY ON THE MURRAY

Muse on the Murray - Pet Friendly

Out of all the South Australian properties, Muse on the Murray was chosen as the Pet-Friendly Finalist for the 2017 Stayz awards. This is a huge honour for us and we are thankful for everyone who voted for us.

This new property is ready to impress. There is plenty of room to move both inside and out. Luxuriously furnished with tasteful decorations creating the perfect ambience for you to relax and unwind by the river.

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THE FLEURIEU PENINSULA

The Fleurieu Peninsula, or just 'The Fleurieu as the locals call it, is less than one hour's drive from Adelaide, South Australia. The region is an eclectic mix of sandy beaches, history and heritage, art and wildlife. The Fleurieu is famous for its world-class food and wine, boasting hundreds of restaurants and wineries serving the very best local produce.

Victor Harbor and Encounter Bay has plenty to see and do and is known for seasonal Whale Watching, Historic Railway Museum, the Horse Drawn Tram and Causeway and the rare 'Little' Penguin's also known as Fairy Penguins, and other native wildlife, plants and fauna on Granite Island.

Experience beautiful sun-rises and breathtaking sunsets gazing over The Bluff with a glass of local wine in hand. Bask in the Sun or lay back under the enormous Norfolk Pines and the beautiful lush green parks and reserves. There are plenty of amusements nearby to keep the kids occupied and you're close enough to explore nearby historic Goolwa, Middleton, Port Elliot amongst other things, known for their surf beaches and National Parks such as The Coorong.

Accommodation Options

South Australia offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit every taste and budget. From luxury hotels in Adelaide to charming bed and breakfasts in regional towns, there is something for everyone. Kangaroo Island’s Blue Sea Beach House provides a spacious and well-equipped retreat for larger families or groups. Unwind @ The Darling of Marina in Wirrina Cove offers elegance and sophistication with spectacular views across the coastline and countryside.

On the Yorke Peninsula, Wallaroo provides a charming coastal escape with easy access to Adelaide. For a riverfront experience, Muse on the Murray offers pet-friendly accommodations and luxurious amenities, perfect for a relaxing getaway.

Family-Friendly Activities and Attractions

South Australia is a great destination for families, with numerous activities and attractions that cater to all ages. The Adelaide Zoo, located in the heart of the city, is home to a wide variety of animals, including pandas, lions, and koalas. The zoo offers interactive exhibits, animal encounters, and educational programs, making it a fun and educational experience for children.

The Cleland Wildlife Park, located in the Adelaide Hills, provides an opportunity to get up close and personal with native Australian animals. Visitors can feed kangaroos, hold a koala, and learn about the park's conservation efforts. The park's beautiful natural setting and wide range of wildlife make it a popular destination for families.

The South Australian Museum, located in Adelaide, offers a range of exhibits that are both educational and engaging. The museum's natural history collection, which includes fossils, minerals, and taxidermy specimens, is a favorite among children. The museum also features interactive exhibits and special programs designed to inspire curiosity and learning.

Shopping and Local Markets

South Australia offers a diverse shopping experience, with everything from high-end boutiques to local markets. Rundle Mall, located in the heart of Adelaide, is the city's premier shopping destination, featuring a wide range of stores, cafes, and street performers. The mall is also home to several iconic sculptures, including the "Malls Balls" and the bronze pigs, which have become popular photo spots.

The Adelaide Central Market is a must-visit for food lovers, offering a wide array of fresh produce, gourmet foods, and unique delicacies. The market's bustling atmosphere and diverse range of stalls make it a favorite among locals and visitors alike.

Regional towns and cities also offer unique shopping experiences, with local markets, artisan shops, and boutique stores. The Barossa Farmers Market, held every Saturday in the Barossa Valley, showcases the best local produce, including fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and baked goods. The market's friendly atmosphere and high-quality products make it a popular destination for foodies.

Art and Cultural Experiences

South Australia has a rich cultural heritage, and this is reflected in its vibrant arts scene. The Art Gallery of South Australia, located in Adelaide, houses an extensive collection of Australian and international art, including works by Indigenous artists. The gallery's diverse exhibitions and programs make it a cultural hub for art lovers.

The South Australian Film Corporation, based in Adelaide, supports the local film industry and promotes the state's film heritage. The corporation's facilities and programs provide opportunities for filmmakers and contribute to the state's vibrant arts community.

Festivals and events play a significant role in South Australia's cultural landscape. The Adelaide Fringe Festival, one of the largest arts festivals in the world, features a diverse program of theater, comedy, music, and visual arts. The festival's lively atmosphere and wide range of performances make it a highlight of the cultural calendar.

Health and Wellness Retreats

For those looking to relax and rejuvenate, South Australia offers a range of health and wellness retreats. The state's natural beauty and tranquil settings provide the perfect backdrop for a relaxing getaway. The Barossa Valley, known for its world-class wines, also offers luxurious spa retreats that combine wine tasting with wellness treatments.

The Adelaide Hills, with its lush landscapes and serene environment, is another popular destination for wellness retreats. Visitors can enjoy yoga, meditation, and spa treatments while taking in the stunning natural surroundings.

Kangaroo Island also offers a range of wellness retreats, with accommodations that provide a peaceful and rejuvenating experience. The island's pristine beaches, clear waters, and abundant wildlife create a tranquil environment that is perfect for relaxation and self-care.

Adventure and Extreme Sports

South Australia offers a wide range of adventure and extreme sports for thrill-seekers. The state's diverse landscapes provide the perfect setting for activities such as skydiving, rock climbing, and abseiling. The Flinders Ranges, with its rugged terrain and dramatic cliffs, is a popular destination for rock climbing and abseiling.

Skydiving is another popular activity, with several operators offering tandem jumps over stunning locations such as the Barossa Valley and the Fleurieu Peninsula. The adrenaline rush of free-falling combined with the breathtaking views makes skydiving a must-try experience.

The state's coastline also offers opportunities for water-based extreme sports, such as kite surfing and jet skiing. The Eyre Peninsula, known for its clear waters and abundant marine life, is a popular destination for these activities. Visitors can also try shark cage diving, an exhilarating experience that allows them to get up close and personal with great white sharks.

Golf Courses and Resorts

For golf enthusiasts, South Australia offers a range of top-quality golf courses and resorts. The state's diverse landscapes provide the perfect setting for challenging and scenic golf courses. The Royal Adelaide Golf Club, one of Australia's premier golf courses, offers a challenging layout and stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

The Barossa Valley, known for its world-class wines, also offers several golf courses that combine great golfing with wine tasting. The Tanunda Pines Golf Club, located in the heart of the Barossa Valley, offers a challenging course set among rolling vineyards and lush landscapes.

The Fleurieu Peninsula is another popular destination for golf enthusiasts, with several top-quality courses that offer stunning coastal views and challenging layouts. The McCracken Country Club, located in Victor Harbor, offers a championship golf course and luxurious accommodations, making it the perfect destination for a golf getaway.

South Australia's History and Heritage

South Australia has a rich and diverse history that is reflected in its heritage sites and cultural institutions. The state was established as a British colony in 1836, with the intention of being a free settlement, unlike other Australian colonies that were established as penal colonies. This unique aspect of South Australia's history is celebrated in its museums, historical buildings, and heritage trails.

The South Australian Museum, located in Adelaide, houses extensive collections that explore the natural and cultural history of the region. Its exhibits include Indigenous artifacts, fossils, minerals, and taxidermy specimens, offering a comprehensive overview of South Australia's past.

Adelaide Gaol, one of the oldest surviving colonial buildings in Adelaide, operated as a prison from 1841 to 1988. Today, it serves as a museum where visitors can learn about the lives of prisoners, the history of the penal system, and the architectural features of this historic site.

Indigenous Culture and Experiences

South Australia is home to a rich Indigenous heritage, with numerous opportunities to learn about and experience the cultures of the Aboriginal peoples. The state's Indigenous history is celebrated and preserved through various cultural centers, art galleries, and community events.

The Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute in Adelaide is Australia's oldest Aboriginal-owned and managed multi-arts center. It showcases contemporary and traditional Aboriginal art, hosts cultural performances, and offers educational programs that promote understanding and appreciation of Indigenous cultures.

The Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in the far north of South Australia are home to several Indigenous communities and art centers. These centers produce vibrant artworks that reflect the cultural heritage and connection to the land of the Anangu people. Visitors to these art centers can purchase authentic Indigenous art and learn about the stories and traditions that inspire these works.

Unique Experiences and Off-the-Beaten-Path Destinations

For those looking to explore beyond the well-trodden tourist paths, South Australia offers a range of unique experiences and hidden gems. The Coorong National Park, a long, thin coastal lagoon system, is a paradise for birdwatchers, nature lovers, and those seeking solitude. The park's diverse ecosystems include saltwater lagoons, sand dunes, and freshwater wetlands, making it a unique and tranquil destination.

Burra, a historic mining town in the mid-north of South Australia, offers a glimpse into the state's industrial past. The Burra Heritage Passport provides access to the town's many historical sites, including the Burra Mine, the Redruth Gaol, and the historic miners' cottages. The town's charming streets and well-preserved buildings make it a delightful destination for history enthusiasts.

The Limestone Coast, located in the southeast of South Australia, is known for its stunning coastal scenery, unique geological formations, and rich history. The region's highlights include the Blue Lake in Mount Gambier, a volcanic crater lake that changes color with the seasons, and the Tantanoola Caves, a network of limestone caves with impressive stalactites and stalagmites.

Conclusion

South Australia stands out as a premier destination in Australia, offering a blend of cosmopolitan city life, stunning natural landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and world-class wine regions. Whether you're an adventure seeker, a food and wine enthusiast, or simply looking to relax on a beautiful beach, South Australia has something to offer. From the vibrant city of Adelaide to the serene beauty of Kangaroo Island and the rugged outback of the Flinders Ranges, South Australia promises an unforgettable experience.

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