The Best of South Australia
Collected by Caroline Eubanks , AFAR Local Expert
South Australia may not get as much attention as Australia's other states, but it serves as one of the gateways to the Outback, where the famous Ghan train starts its journey to Darwin. Adelaide also hosts cultural events like the Fringe Festival and has coffee shops that rival those of Melbourne. Outback towns like Coober Pedy also shouldn't be missed.
Adelaide SA, Australia
This elegant city is known for its colonial stone architecture, expansive parklands, lively festivals, and incredible sense of space. Just a short hop from Adelaide, Kangaroo Island feels like a world away. It is a sanctuary for wildlife and a...
Barossa Valley, Tanunda SA 5352, Australia
Australia possesses some of the most ancient soils and world’s oldest vines, but its winemakers are embracing both old and new ways. Join a winemaker at a cellar door and taste the difference for yourself. Just one hour’s drive from Adelaide, the...
96 Old Mount Barker Rd, Stirling SA 5152, Australia
Join a guest chef and learn to cook Thai food at this gorgeous school in the Adelaide Hills. Students can learn as little or as much as they like. There is no exam, no diploma or certificate and no pressure. Home cooks who can already pull...
Hanson Bay Rd, Kingscote SA 5223, Australia
The flagship property of Australian luxury hotel brand Baillie Lodges teeters on grass-covered limestone cliffs, tucked just far enough into the bluffs to feel protected from the roiling Southern Ocean below. Surrounded on three sides by national...
Adelaide Parkland Terminal, Richmond Rd, Keswick SA 5035, Australia
The two-night journey traverses 1,851 miles from Adelaide in South Australia to Darwin in the Northern Territory. As the train traces the route taken by 19th-century Afghan camel drivers, Platinum Service travelers have the opportunity to...
19 Morphett St, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia
We stumbled across this re-purposed space earlier this year while ambling around Adelaide for the day. Some unusual, beautifully designed pieces were on display–jewelry, home wares, and furniture. Here's how they describe themselves: "JamFactory...
40 Eden Valley Rd, Angaston SA 5353, Australia
Australia's oldest family owned winery, I definitely recommend stopping by this beautiful property. We rode our bikes about 15 k from the Louise, half of which was on the Barossa Trail, a special bike path. The staff at Yalumba was really...
S Coast Rd, Flinders Chase SA 5223, Australia
At the west end of Kangaroo Island, this park is a sanctuary for endangered wildlife with some introduced to the island from the mainland. It’s also home to two geological monuments: Remarkable Rocks, naturally sculpted rock formations balanced on...
375 Seppeltsfield Rd, Marananga SA 5355, Australia
Crowning a gentle hill in the heart of Australia’s Barossa Valley, the Louise is an intimate vineyard retreat an hour’s drive from Adelaide. The property offers guests a quiet country getaway with creature comforts, including spa...
94 Stelzer Rd, Stone Well SA 5352, Australia
While staying at Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island, our restaurant waiter introduced us to some incredible wine from David Franz. We had not heard of the winery before, and it is not available in the US. We loved the 2010 David Franz...
Tanunda Creek Rd, Tanunda SA 5352, Australia
Having just arrived in the Barossa Valley from Melbourne and before that Sydney, we were starved for some Kangaroo sightings, finally! "Dusk and early mornings are the best time to observe the park's wildlife. Be on the look out for kangaroos...
Tanunda Creek Rd, Tanunda SA 5352, Australia
When in the Basossa Valley, I highly recommend taking some time out from wine tasting to walk in this beautiful park. The trails are very good - and easy. And there are lots of kangaroos that are accustomed to visitors.
154 Greenhill Rd, Parkside SA 5063, Australia
Cadbury who? Haigh's Chocolates have been a South Australian favorite since 1915. Generations of people have enjoyed their varieties and the famous Easter bilby. The company started making these chocolate creatures instead of the Easter bunny...
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