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The state of South Australia has been a big secret kept from most travellers - it isn’t automatically a “must-see
Adelaide is a stylish and cultured city built up from the days of free colonisation, and has changed from an overly stuffy place to a multicultural destination in the last fifty years. The city will constantly keep you guessing. To learn more about this cool city, visit Adelaide.
Outside of Adelaide
The city of Adelaide gives way to so many great highlights once you leave the urban environment that you’ll wonder why more tourists don’t come here. Fleeing the hot city for the Adelaide Hills nearby can definitely cool you down in hot summers, and hopping from town to town makes a great day trip. Heading south gets you to the Fleurieu Peninsula, a weekend getaway with a growing wine region at McLaren Vale, and a quick ferry ride from the town of Cape Jervis will have you on Kangaroo Island, a paradise long devoid of tourist traps, and booming with all sorts of wilderness and wildlife. Northwest of the city the wine continues to flow in the long-establishe
- Where to stay: Adelaide is perfectly positioned to all of these places, with day trips going in and out of the city on a regular basis. If you're looking to stay on 'KI', however, there is a YHA branch in Penneshaw overlooking beautiful Hog Bay.
Top 5 things to do:
• Go from town to town on the Adelaide Hills, stopping for local produce and local wines. Take a look at the many different buildings that make this area a step back in time.
The big-sky lands of the Eyre Peninsula to the west of Adelaide do not disappoint with their fantastic cuisine, amazing national parks, and sublime surf spots. Not to mention the opportunity to swim with blue fin tuna, sea lions, dolphins, and great white sharks. Th
- Where to stay: If you're looking to stay on the Eyre Peninsula, consider staying at the Coodile Park YHA, a unique 3000 acre rural property and an ideal base for your Eyre Peninsula experience. There's also the number of accommodations available in Port Lincoln for your choosing.
Top 5 things to do:
• Visit the Port Augusta Aquatic & Outdoor Adventure Centre, where you can take lessons and rent equipment for just about any activity you can think of.
• Try the local seafood in Port Lincoln, which is some of the greatest seafood in all of Australia.
The Limestone Coast, located east of Adelaide between the lower Murray River and the border with Victoria, is an incredibly fascinating place. Sure, you can spend only a day in this place looking through the different parts of the coastline by highway, but it’s better to diverge and see just how amazing its details really are. With many lagoons, surf beaches, sequestered bays, wine regions, fishing ports, and underground caverns, the Limestone Coast is an essential attraction when heading to South Australia. From Coorong National Park to Robe, you’ll be able to find yourself entertained for days.
- Where to stay: Adelaide is about four hours away by car, so if you're looking to spend only the day on the Limestone Coast, consider staying in the city. If you're planning on staying out in the Limestone Coast area for more time, however, stay in the town of Robe; it's the largest of all the small towns that line the coast.
Top 5 things to do:
• Follow the footsteps of the young boy in the movie Storm Boy by visiting Coorong National Park, walking past salt pans and soaking spots. Detour to the town of Kingston SE and visit the anatomically-co
• Visit the town of Robe and head out to their swim-safe beaches, or rent some surfboards and head out into the surf.
• Take an acquifer tour of Blue Lake located on georgeous Mt Gambier, heading down in a glass-panelled lift.
• Go for a wine tour of the Coonawarra Wine Region, famous for its earthy wines from grapes that grow in this red-earth region.
• Head for the Naracoorte Caves National Park, South Australia's only World Heritage-listed site, where you can see ancient fossils and lifesize reconstructions of extinct animals, just as David Attenborough did on the BBC's Life on Earth.
Flinders Ranges & Outback
The Flinders Ranges are a cavalcade of color - from the red ochre deposits to the multicolored river red gums to the stark desert hue - and no effort has been waisted by Mother Nature to get this beautiful region right. Driving north from the Southern Ranges towns you'll be able to bushwalk through steep and jaggedy Mt Remarkable National Park, visit the almost-film-set
- Where to stay: Travelling north? The Wilpena Pound Resort is an incredibly popular (and amazingly plush) place to hang your hat at the end of the night, with campgrounds and permanent tents the perfect place for backpackers to spend the night. Of course, there's also a homestead just south of Flinders Ranges National Park with a few cabins at the Rawnsley Park Station run by the YHA.
Top 5 things to do:
• Head to Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges National Park, taking the Wilpena Pound Resort's shuttle bus to the lookout point.
• Walk along the picturesque streets in Quorn, which have been seen in iconic Australian films such as Gallipoli and A Sunday Too Far Away.
• Take a scenic flight or helicopter ride over the Flinders Ranges, named one of Australia's outstanding landscapes.
• Go for a bushwalk along the Heysen Trail, the longest walking trail in all of Australia (1200km), going from Cape Jervis all the way up to the Flinders Ranges.
• Visit the town of Cooper Pedy, where most people live underground, where opal is in large supply, and where the surrounding region is desolate unlike anywhere you've ever seen.
The restrained Murray River moves slowly through South Australia, irrigating the fruit trees and the vines along its route, and along the river you'll also get to see some of the most interesting towns in all of the state. The large river town of Murray Bridge has until recently been overlooked by tourists as a town of little interest, until it became a 'Regional Centre of Culture' in 2010. Nearby Mannum's a haven for houseboats and paddleboat tours, while the town of Berri is the best place in all of South Australia to find a regional harvesting job. No matter where you go up and down this fantastic river, you'll be able to find something to do.