South Australia boasts an extraordinary variety of places to see and experiences to enjoy. And they are all easily accessible from Adelaide, just a 4.5 hour direct flight from Auckland.
Adelaide – Urban Explorer
Festivals and food. Arts and culture. Shopping and world-class sporting events. Adelaide is the Australian city where there’s always something going on. Pick up a rental car and explore at your own pace, whether it’s the wine, wildlife, beaches, Murray River or the Outback that catches your eye. Or base yourself in Adelaide and join one of the many day or overnight tours from the city.
Wine Lovers’ Paradise
If your time is short, stay in Adelaide and explore the neighbouring regions. The world famous wine and food regions of the Barossa, Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale are all within a 90 minute drive. With 200 cellar doors on Adelaide’s doorstep, you can see why it’s called the Wine Capital of Australia.
If wildlife and nature are what you’re looking for, Kangaroo Island is regarded as one of the best places in Australia to get up close and personal with an abundance of flora and fauna. If you have more time head further afield to the Eyre Peninsula and the Flinders Ranges and Outback, just four to five hours’ drive from Adelaide. These unique regions offer some of the most spectacular scenery and wildlife experiences in Australia.
Murray River Cruise
Just over an hour from Adelaide, a cruise on the Murray River is a great way to relax and unwind with friends and family. Escorted cruises range from two to seven nights and allow you to soak up the breathtaking river vistas with the help of onboard experts. If you feel like creating your own adventure, get a group of friends together and captain your very own luxury houseboat.
With beautiful long sandy beaches, art galleries, fine wine and food, and a truly Mediterranean climate, you could easily spend your whole holiday on the Fleurieu Peninsula – just an hour south of Adelaide. Nearby the Limestone Coast is a highlight for travellers driving the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne to Adelaide. Fresh seafood, glorious beaches, historic limestone caves and the mysterious Blue Lake of Mount Gambier make this a road trip you won’t forget.