The best destinations to include in your South Australia itinerary

With breathtaking landscapes, vibrant culture, and diverse wildlife, South Australia is the dream destination for any travel enthusiast. For a state that offers a wealthy selection of experiences, it’s important to make the most of your visit. To do this, I’ve compiled a list of must-visit destinations and must-do activities in South Australia, like partaking in the Great Southern Rail Journey, to come up with an itinerary. To help you plan for a trip of a lifetime in South Australia, check the following must-include travel itinerary items to your travel list:


When you begin your South Australia adventure, Adelaide is the best place to start. This city is known for its laid-back atmosphere, vibrant food scene, and stunning parks, making it a worthwhile destination to begin your exploration. 

To begin, you can sample local produce and indulge in multicultural cuisines. You can enjoy different meals without getting tired of the same flavors. 

In addition, if you’re in Adelaide, you’ll get a chance to explore the city’s cultural precinct of North Terrace. Here you can pay a visit to the Art Gallery of South Australia and the South Australian Museum. 

Remember not to miss a stroll along the River Torrens and visit the Adelaide Botanic Garden for fresh air and beautiful plants that satisfy your craving for nature. Afterward, shop till you drop into the bustling Central Market and enjoy the iconic Adelaide Oval, a world-class sports venue offering guided tours to everyone.

Adelaide Hills

Located just outside Adelaide, the Adelaide Hills offer a scenic escape for anyone looking to escape the city’s hustle and bustle. You and your loved ones can enjoy the picturesque scenes of the rolling hills, cool-climate vineyards, and charming towns nearby. 

While in Adelaide Hills, you can begin by exploring the historic town of Hahndorf, where you can indulge in wine tastings in the cool-climate vineyards. Not only will you get to sip on some of the best wine, but you’ll get to breathe in the fresh mountain air as well, which could be just what you need.

While at Adelaide Hills’ historic German settlement, you can wander quaint streets and enjoy traditional German cuisine. While at it, don’t miss the opportunity to explore Mount Lofty Botanic Garden. You can take this time to capture panoramic views of Adelaide.

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Kangaroo Island

South Australia’s Kangaroo Island is a must-visit destination off the coast of the state. This haven of untouched natural beauty is a true wildlife paradise worth stopping by to enjoy. 

You can walk on the rugged coastline with pristine beaches and diverse wildlife during your visit to Kangaroo Island. In their natural habitats, you can encounter adorable kangaroos, cuddly koalas, and playful sea lions too. For wildlife enthusiasts, the island promises an up-close encounter with the most iconic Aussie fauna out there.

Lastly, as you bask in the wildlife at Kangaroo Island, remember to indulge in the island’s fresh seafood and farm-fresh produce. 

Photo by Keitma

Flinders Ranges

Flinders Ranges is an ancient mountain range that prides itself in showcasing the raw beauty of the Australian Outback. Offering awe-inspiring landscapes and rich aboriginal heritage, you can take a scenic hike and enjoy the fresh air in the mountains. 

You can hike through Wilpena Pound, a natural amphitheater surrounded by towering cliffs. Here you’ll be able to witness amazing sunrises and sunsets or marvel at ancient Aboriginal rock art sites. And you can spot unique wildlife like the emus and kangaroos native to Australia.  

And for an experience like no other, consider a scenic flight over the landscape. Additionally, consider staying at a luxury eco-retreat or traditional Australian homestead while you’re in the Flinders Ranges area.

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Barossa Valley

A visit to South Australia isn’t complete without going to the Barossa Valley. This location has picturesque vineyards and great wineries, making it Australia’s premier wine region. When in Barossa Valley, consider indulging in wine tastings and learning about the winemaking process

While visiting the Barossa Valley, consider taking a stroll through the charming towns of Tanunda and Angaston. Both these towns will help you discover local gourmet delight and artisanal products to help you remain full and content throughout your whole trip.

Eyre Peninsula

If you’re a marine lover who loves adventure, the Eyre Peninsula is a must-visit destination. Here, you can dive into the crystal-clear water of the Neptune Islands and swim with great white sharks under the supervision of a diving expert. Such an experience will be unforgettable and make a great memory.

A visit to the Eyre Peninsula won’t be complete without visiting the coastal town of Port Lincoln, famously known as the ‘Seafood Capital of Australia,’ where you can indulge in the freshest seafood bounty courtesy of the Southern Ocean.

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Putting together an itinerary for South Australia allows you to uncover many experiences. With a well-put-together itinerary, you’ll be able to embrace the unique blend of culture, wildlife, and breathtaking landscapes. So, whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a food and wine lover, or an adventure seeker, it’s time to pack your bags and head to South Australia.

If you have any questions about the above mentioned information, please let me know in the comment section below. I’m happy to help you. Safe travels!

Author: Daphne

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