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Adelaide is the capital of South Australia, home to more than 1.2 million people. It’s an attractive coastal destination with a Mediterranean climate and a cosmopolitan, outdoor lifestyle to match. With inviting sandy white beaches to one side and the picturesque Adelaide Hills on the other, the city boasts lush green parklands, busy city squares and a lively café scene. Revel in an abundance of varying arts, music and culinary festivals and sporting events throughout the year, including the internationally renowned Womadelaide and Adelaide Fringe festivals. Taste the fresh produce at the Adelaide Central Market and Chinatown, take in the galleries and museums, bike along the River Torrens to Glenelg Beach or see the giant pandas at the zoo.
Adelaide Hills & Barossa Valley
In the Barossa Valley, a one-hour drive from Adelaide, you can visit quaint art galleries and world-class vineyards such as Penfolds and Jacob’s Creek, while enjoying the region’s gorgeous landscape and gourmet wining and dining.
The Adelaide Hills have many wineries dotted among market gardens and orchards. Bike Mount Lofts, hike the Heysen Trail, enjoy panoramic city views from the summit, visit the German town of Hahndorf or hold a koala at Cleland Wildlife Park.
See the Australian outback on the Eyre Peninsula. Over 2000 km of magnificent coastline makes for memorable drives and perfect ocean adventures. Swim with seals, dolphins and tuna; cage dive with great white sharks at Port Lincoln; or travel to Port Kenny on Venus Bay for huge surf, the rugged rocky cliffs of the Great Australian Bite, limestone caves, arid desert and whale watching experiences.
Flinders Ranges & Outback
Discover ancient gorges, sheltered creek beds, spectacular rocky outcrops and the towering gum trees of the Flinders Ranges. South Australia’s largest mountain range is a dramatic landscape with impressive geographical formations. A grand amphitheatre, Wilpena Pound is a cast and ancient landscape of startling colours and unique wildlife, with many hiking trails to follow for stunning views and sunsets.
Fleurieu Peninsula & Kangaroo Island
South of Adelaide, the Fleurieu Peninsula is prized for its wineries and fresh produce. Home to the world-renowned McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek wine regions, there are cellar doors throughout the countryside for wine and produce tasting. Travel further south for miles of amazing coastline, beaches, ideal surfing, fishing, abundant wildlife and seasonal whale watching in the charming town of Port Elliot. Bike along the coast, walk the cliff top trails and swim at Horseshoe Bay.
A much larger island than expected, Kangaroo Island is 150 km long. With pristine wilderness, dense forest, wetlands, sand dunes and truly gastronomic delights it’s totally unique.. The island is a sanctuary to the pure strain Ligurian bees, so there is quality honey to try. Ferry to the island from Cape Jervis to see kangaroos, koalas, little penguins, sea lions, black swans and echidnas. Also explore the impressive soaring cliffs, eucalypt forests, Flinders Chase National Park, Seal Bay and the famous Remarkable Rocks.