Things to do in South Australia

Did you know South Australia produces half of the country's wine? Or that it’s the world’s opal capital? Or how about the fact that it's home to Lake Eyre, which, when full is both pink and the largest lake in Australia? Yes, South Australia is full of surprises. This unassuming Australian state is where you’ll find a range of unique experiences. Here are some of our favourites that you won’t want to miss:

See native wildlife on Kangaroo Island

Just a short flight from Adelaide, but practically a world away, Kangaroo Island is a wildlife haven akin to a zoo without fences. Offering one of the most authentic wildlife experiences in Australia, on Kangaroo Island you can spot a range of native animals in the wild including echidnas, wallabies, possums, bandicoots, koalas, sea lions and of course kangaroos. Kangaroos on the beach in fact – now there’s a perfect photo opportunity if ever there was one.

How to do it: You can reach Kangaroo Island by car ferry and also stay on the island with a range of accommodation options available. Our Complete Luxury Australia holiday includes three nights on the island, staying at the 5-star Southern Ocean Lodge.

Wine and dine in the Barossa Valley

Revered for its gourmet scene, South Australia, and the Barossa Valley region in particular, is worth touring with your taste buds. The valley is home to over 150 wineries, many of which offer tours of their estates and the opportunity to taste the local drop. The region is also home to a number of artisan food producers and award-winning restaurants with a focus on regionally-produced cheese, meat and bread. Gourmet highlights of the region include the Murray Street Vineyards, celebrity chef Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop and the Saturday morning Barossa Farmers' Market.

How to do it: The Barossa Valley is a just over an hour’s drive from Adelaide. In the valley there are a range of accommodation options to choose from and the opportunity to enjoy a tour of the region to experience the best wine and food on offer. Our Best of South Australia itinerary features two nights’ accommodation at the 4-star Novotel Barossa Valley Resort and a Best of Barossa tour.  

Take in the scenery of the Flinders Ranges

With red rugged peaks surrounded by gum trees and dirt roads, South Australia’s Flinders Ranges is where you can get a glimpse of the Australian outback. Dating back over 540 million years, the mountain range is the largest in South Australia, stretching for over 265 miles. While there’s plenty to explore, the most famed part of the range is Wilpena Pound which features the largest peak in the range as well as a large natural amphitheatre. The area also offers a number of activities including 4X4 tours, bush walking, scenic flights and Aboriginal cultural tours.

How to do it: On our Best of South Australia itinerary you can take in the sights of Wilpena Pound via a 30-minute scenic flight over the ranges. Alternatively, you can see the ranges by riding the iconic Ghan railway, which travels through the centre of Australia all the way up to the top of the Northern Territory. Ride the Ghan Train on our Luxury Trains of Australia holiday.

Visit Adelaide

As the capital city of South Australia, most holidays to the state will begin or end in Adelaide. More than just a beginning or end point though, Adelaide is a city worthy of your time. It’s known for its heritage architecture, distinguished festivals (notably Adelaide Fringe and WOMADelaide), serene beaches and – as one of the country’s best sporting destinations with Adelaide Oval being one of the most picturesque cricket grounds in the world. Adelaide is also lauded for its dining scene with a focus on regional produce and wine.

How to do it: Most of our South Australia holidays visit Adelaide. To enjoy a local's perspective, our Best of South Australia holiday includes an Insider’s Adelaide Market Walking tour. As the city’s heart of food and culture for over 145 years, Adelaide Market is the perfect place to discover the city’s best cuisine, from fresh seafood to cheeses to baked goods to wine.

Drive the Great Ocean Road

Often referred to as Australia’s best road trip, the Great Ocean Road is a scenic stretch of highway that runs between Adelaide in South Australia and Melbourne in Victoria. Along this scenic stretch you’ll drive past coastal towns, wild, wave-lapped coastline and the famous Twelve Apostles rock formations.

How to do it: At Flight Centre we can arrange a number of tailor-made road trip holidays along the Great Ocean Road. For inspiration, our Along the Great Ocean Road itinerary will see you drive from Melbourne to Adelaide over 14 days, stopping at charming towns such as Robe, Lorne and Port Fairy. 

For more ideas on what to see and do in South Australia, see our South Australia holiday itineraries.