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.
199 Hutt St, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia
Chain stores have a reputation for bad coffee, really bad coffee, but things change when you visit Adelaide, South Australia. If you're looking for a coffee that is guaranteed to satisfy your palate then my pick is to head to your nearest Cibo...
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...
Henley Beach SA 5022, Australia
In all of the tourist brochures you'll see Glenelg listed as 'the beach to visit' when you're in Adelaide. Forget the brochures and listen to the local - visit Henley Beach instead. Whilst Glenelg is easy to get to - the cities tram runs from the...
Hanson Bay Road, 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 Parklands 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...
Adelaide SA, Australia
I was lucky enough to have a last minute trip to Australia in March, and it turns out this is the best time to visit Adelaide. Yes, it is a small place but go there at this time of year and there numerous things going on - the Adelaide Cup Races,...
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...
233 Victoria Square, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia
Each year Australia's festival state of South Australia comes alive with Womadelaide Festival. Bringing in musicians from around the globe this festival if suitable for all ages including families. From Polish Gypsy bands, African Gospel choirs to...
Goolwa SA 5214, Australia
Goolwa, South Australia; an historic river port near the mouth of the Murray River, and also home to a stunning beach where if you are organised enough to go at low tide and in a 44, you can drive along it. With the sea crashing to your right and...
Seal Bay Rd, Seal Bay SA 5221, Australia
One of my top must-do things for Australia was to see a kangaroo in the wild. After a short road trip, that was checked off my bucket list and then changed to feeding one. We were lucky enough to arrive at Parndana Animal Park, where there were...
Middle River SA 5223, Australia
On our first visit to Kangaroo Island we stayed at a beautiful spot in what's called 'The Sky House'. The house is perched on top a hill with commanding views along the northern coast of Kangaroo Island. At sunset the grasses turn golden and this...
58 Seal Bay Rd, Seal Bay SA 5223, Australia
Visit the Birds of Prey show at the Raptor Domain on Kangaroo Island and get up close with some adorable birds. The show features some of the most well known birds of Australia, such as the Laughing Kookaburras and the massive Wedge-tailed Eagle....
Seal Bay SA 5223, Australia
At Seal Bay on Kangaroo Island you can see a Sea Lion colony up close. Walk on the beach and watch as sea lions lay out, soaking up the sun. See baby sea lions come in from swimming in the bay and call for their moms. If you are lucky you may...
Flinders Ranges Way, Hawker SA 5434, Australia
I snapped this photo during a sunrise hike at Arkaba Station, a five-bedroom luxury homestead from the 1850s in the Flinders Ranges, South Australia (one of the continent’s most-ancient landscapes). That’s Kat, our Aussie guide, who helped us spot...
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...
South 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...
Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia
The Remarkable Rocks were just that! As the path led up to these gigantic rocks clinging on the side of the ocean, they resembled a cross between dinosaur bones and a Henry Moore sculpture. We were like little kids hiding in crevices, climbing,...
Woomera SA 5720, Australia
Nowhere else in Australia is like Woomera: a modern village w/an interesting past. During the ‘cold war’ it was seen as Australia’s frontier town ‘doing our part’. Rockets, missiles & atom bombs being the modern history of the town. The town...
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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