What with the East Coast boasting the awesome cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, tropical rainforests and the great barrier reef, and the West Coast home to incredible national parks and a pink lake, South Australia doesn’t seem to get a look in when it comes to planning a trip to Oz’s best-known attractions. But we’re here to change all that! From brilliant food and drink experiences in Adelaide to vast natural diversity on Kangaroo island, here are our top 5 reasons why South Australia is worth a visit.
Check Out Adelaide’s Food Scene
Melbourne may still hold the title as Australia’s gastronomical capital but Adelaide is not far behind! This industry has shown exciting new developments in recent years with new eateries popping up all over the city; from beach side cafes to cosy brunch spots there’s a spot to suit every occasion. Head to Norwood Parade for European influenced food and Leigh St and Peel St for the latest and finest in modern Australian cooking.
Camp in the Outback
Need to get away from modern life and reconnect with nature? We know the feeling. Take a trip to Flinders ranges, South Australia’s largest mountain range dating back 540 million years. There are loads of places where you can pitch a tent and be sure to see no other souls – apart from maybe a stray emu or two. For a truly remarkable experience, join a host family on a station stay, where you’ll set up a swag on a sheep or cattle station in shearers’ quarters.
Swim With Sea Life in the Eyre Peninsula
How often do you get the chance to get up close and personal with some of the oceans most mysterious creatures? Visit the Eyre Peninsula, home to incredible, mouth-watering seafood for the chance to swim with the likes of sea lions, cuttlefish, dolphins and even Great White Sharks (from the safety of a shark cage of course!)
Visit Kangaroo Island’s Wine Region
Known primarily for its spectacular nature reserves and abundance of sea lions, koalas and several bird species, it may be a surprise to learn that Kangaroo island is one of South Australia’s most exciting new wine regions. For the best Rosé, Sparkling Rosé and Riesling head to Bay of Shoals Wines; if its whites your looking for, take a trip to Two Wheeler Creek Wines’ cellar door which can be found in the town of Parndana. For a truly relaxing afternoon, visit Dudley Wines, one of the island’s original wineries, and indulge in the full range whilst enjoying a platter of local produce on the deck.
Catch Some Waves in Middleton
Who says the East coast is best for surfing!? Whether you’re a pro or just starting out, Middleton is a great place to visit. situated on the south coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula, there’s loads of surf schools as well as opportunities for whale watching. More of an experienced surfer? Head to Waitpinga Beach but make sure to watch out for strong rips and currents.
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