South Australia

South Australia is an incredibly diverse state filled with interesting landscapes and a rich Aboriginal history. If you can’t traverse the entire state, even just the southeastern section is chock full variety and excitement.

Start in Adelaide, the cosmopolitan coastal capital of South Australia, also known as the “City of Churches”. Nearby, the Barossa and Clare Valley contains world-class wineries and restaurants best explored on bike. Fill up on delectable dishes or take a cooking class with farm fresh ingredients (and a bottle of wine).

If it is more adventure you seek, just north of Adelaide are the rugged Flinders Ranges. This mountainous area is perfect for trekking and quad biking adventures. Aboriginal sites and abandoned homesteads lend an ethereal quality to this otherworldly place. For a more luxurious getaway, to the south and off the coast of Adelaide sits Kangaroo Island. This is the ultimate in luxury experience, not to mention the island features 300 miles of pristine coastline and, of course, plenty of kangaroos. Further west, the Neptune Islands offer shark cage diving for adrenaline seekers. If you prefer to swim with sea lions, then head to Port Lincoln. There is something for everyone!

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