Incredible dining, world-class wine and spectacular scenery aren’t hard to find in South Australia.
1. Take a tipple in the Barossa.
You’ll be easily wined and dined by the Barossa, a world-class wine region just 50 minutes northeast of Adelaide. You’ll find the charming towns of Tanunda, Angaston and Nuriootpa — not to mention more than 80 cellar doors, all offering tastings and seasonal paired plates in gorgeous rustic settings. The Barossa Famers Market on Saturdays is a buzzy spot to enjoy locally made cheeses, olive oils, wines and more. And for a truly bucket list-worthy experience, glimpse the rolling vineyards and hills of the Barossa ranges from above with a hot air balloon ride — complete with a beautiful breakfast and glass of local sparkling wine, of course.
2. Soak up some sun along the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Just 40 minutes south of Adelaide, the Fleurieu Peninsula is a paradise of gorgeous beaches and bays — all within easy reach of the McLaren Vale’s wineries, dining and boutique accommodation. Stroll pristine Port Noarlunga Beach, explore Rapid Bay and stop for a cuppa at iconic Mullygrub Café. For a truly unforgettable foodie experience, plan a visit to D’Arenberg Cube, a 5-story wine centre and restaurant with stunning panoramic tasting space.
3. Roll on the Murray River.
Cruise a stunning stretch of one of the world’s longest waterways. Go your own way with a luxurious private houseboat hire (no boat license required!). Onboard you’ll find king- and queen-size beds, a kitchen, barbecue, spacious living area and fantastic deck space for taking in the panoramic views. You can even hire watersport gear!
Another favourite? Take a cruise onboard the historic Murray Princess, one of Australia’s iconic riverboats. You’ll follow in the wake of great Australian pioneers along a spectacular stretch of river, floating leisurely past towering cliffs and sprawling fields and making stops for cellar door tastings, Aboriginal archaeological sites and riverside barbecues.
Doesn't float your boat? The same spots are perfect for tramping. The Murray River Walk — which is offered fully guided and with comfortable accommodation — is a 4-day, 3-night route that takes you right along the river.
4. Explore the laneways of Adelaide’s city centre.
The side streets and laneways of city centre are brimming with offbeat bars, eateries and boutiques. With ornate storefronts and no traffic, Leigh Street is a great place to begin: Stop in at Branch Coffee for a perfect flat white. We recommend wandering Bank Street, Gresham Street and Vardon Avenue, to name a few. Venture down Peel Street for a meal at top-rated restaurant Peel St restaurant, then ease into the evening at a few of the hip bars nearby.
5. Call in to Kangaroo Island.
With its rugged coastline, breath-taking nature, laidback island vibes and rare wildlife, Kangaroo Island feels a world away — but, you know, with a fantastic wine and food scene. (Seeing a trend here?) Travel easily by ferry and arrive to find charming accommodation, quirky cafés, friendly locals and plenty of ways to see Australia’s ionic animals. You can watch resident sea lions playing or spot dolphins in the distance. Don’t miss a taste of the craft beers at Kangaroo Island Brewery, or, for something stronger, a splash of the Mulberry Gin at Kangaroo Island Spirits!