South Australia is a region bursting with colorful culture, vibrant wilderness, spectacular natural beauty, incredible wildlife and stunning marine ecosystems.
Located close to South Australia’s major airport, Adelaide acts as the perfect base for those who want to explore all the region has to offer including fantastic cuisine and wine, stunning natural beauty and curious wildlife.
The capital city may be known as a “wine wonder of the world”, but South Australia is so much more than just a place where grapes are turned into magic.
South Australia is also known for its stunning orange-sanded outback, fringed by spectacular mountain ranges, for its crystals waters which create an idyllic home for some of the most stunning marine life in the deep blue ocean and for having incredible wildlife all over the state.
Just a short 20-minute drive up the freeway from the capital, you can find Cleland Wildlife Park in Adelaide Hills which is home to over 130 species of animals, including adorable koalas and kangaroos.
Here, there aren’t any fences and the Aussie natives are free to roam across the 35-hectare park. This means you can also get up close and cuddly with the koalas while a dedicated park photographer takes pictures, sure to make all your friends jealous.
If you want to get your pals hopping mad with envy you can also feed kangaroos and say hello to possums, dingoes, bandicoots and Tasmanian Devils.
Some of the most renowned adventures to be had in South Australia are on Kangaroo Island where wildlife reigns supreme.
Exchange grey pavement strolls in the crowded city for enchanting coastal walks around the island and discover unspoiled beaches teeming with smile-enduing wildlife.
Flinders Chase National Park dominates the island and plays home to the extraordinary wind-sculpted Remarkable Rocks, vibrant flora and amazing wildlife, including the short-beaked echidna, tammar wallaby, brushtail possum and southern brown bandicoot.
Head down to Seal Bay to watch endangered Australian sea lions bask in the sunshine and play in the shallows. You may even catch New Zealand fur seals and little penguins splashing about in the sea too. A cuteness overload even for the most seasoned wildlife explorer.
Once you’ve had your fill of epic wildlife fun on Kangaroo Island, head back on to mainland, grab a life jacket, a wetsuit, an ore and some binoculars because The Great Australian Blight is waiting to be explored.
The Great Australian Bight offers a keen adventurer the opportunity to see the stunning array of marine life that works to create intricate ecosystems.
Between May and June, you can catch the awe-inspiring migration of the southern right whales at the Head of Bight on the Eyre Peninsula.
The peninsula is roughly the same size as Switzerland and covers five regions from Port Lincoln to Whyalla to the Nullarbor Plain and offers an array of marine activities.
If you want to get closer to the action, then book a tour to swim with dolphins in their natural habitat at Baird Bay off Eyre Peninsula.
Greeting these incredibly intelligent mammals in the ocean is the best way to tick off this bucket list experience.
Eyre Peninsular is also one of Australia’s major seafood hubs so once you’re finished gallivanting around with cheeky dolphins, nip into one of the region’s many restaurants to sample super fresh scallops, prawns, tuna, abalone, and oysters.
Another region to explore, just 1 hour drive from Adelaide, is the Fleurieu Peninsula where you can find some of the state’s best beaches, rugged headlands and try your hand at some activities.
Here you can learn to surf, snorkel and sail, or simply bask in the sunshine upon miles of glistening sand.
If you hear the warm swells from the Great Australian Bight whispering your name, then put those newfound snorkelling skills to good use and discover the native shy and elusive Leafy Sea Dragon off Rapid Bay jetty.
After all the epic marine and wildlife adventures, adorn your city legs again and head back to Adelaide to explore the vibrant culture that has shaped the region’s rich heritage.
Head to Australia’s oldest chocolate making factory, Haigh’s, to discover dreamy delights or if you fancy something a little less naughty, head up to Beerenberg Farm in the Adelaide Hills to pick sweet strawberries.
Spend an afternoon discovering the history of South Australia at one of the many museums and art galleries which display everything from ancient marine relics and stories of intrepid explorers to contemporary art and even theatrical performances for the little ones.
South Australia’s laid-back lifestyle is perfect for a family holiday, an adventurous couple’s weekend getaway and a great place to learn a new skill.
With so much to do, your most difficult decision will be how to fit everything in.