South Australia Travel Guide
The ultimate guide to the coolest things to do and see in South Australia
South Australia is generally regarded as a foodie haven—it’s where many of Australia’s best wines come from and the culture of food is engrained into the way of life here. The lush valleys make for some great flavors, and the dedication to wine culture has made the place popular for food festivals—South Australia’s other claim to fame. Known as the “festival state,” south Australia hosts a number of iconic and long-running festivals on everything from food and culture to music and entertainment. Start here with my basic South Australia and Adelaide travel tips, or jump down below to read my latest South Australia travel blogs.
When to Visit
South Australia’s biggest festivals take place in Adelaide during the “Mad March” season when at least three different festivals take over the city. During the summer (November to February), weather in South Australia is warm and the beaches are crowded (well, as crowded as a beach to Australia can get!—i.e., not very crowded). Winters are cold and rainy.
Cool Things To Do
Visit the Barossa Valley’s wine region — One of the region’s most popular wineries, Seppeltsfield, hosts regular winery tours and tastings, with a beautiful outdoor restaurant on site. The Barossa Valley was first settled by German and British settlers in the 19th century, and today is one of Australia’s most robust wine-making regions. There are over 750 wineries producing everything from Shiraz to Riesling—many of which offer the opportunity for tastings or on-site restaurants.
Hike the Adelaide Hills — Australia’s other big wine region, the Adelaide Hills dates back to 1839, just three years after the colony was settled. It’s an easy day trip from Adelaide and with a number of different sights, it’s suitable for all ages. Besides the many wineries, the Adelaide Hills are great for panoramic, scenic viewpoints. While in the area, visit Gorge Wildlife Park for the opportunity to feed wallabies, pet kangaroos, and even hold a koala!
Hang out in Adelaide — The capital of South Australia, Adelaide is a robust and dynamic city with a thriving city center. The city comes alive the most during festival season when WOMAdelaide and the Adelaide Fringe are on, but the city’s restaurants and bars attract a diverse crowd year-round. There are so many cool and unique things to do in Adelaide.
South Australia Tours & Activities
Off Piste 4WD Tours explore the hidden and rugged beauty of South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula on either day tours or multi-day experiences. The off-road tours offer the chance to spot wildlife and explore harder-to-reach places than most other tour groups. Kangaroo Island is perhaps one of South Australia’s most iconic destinations and many tour operators offer multi-day tours part of packages direct from Adelaide.
Explore more regional tour offers below.
LGBT – Gay South Australia Travel Guide
Most of South Australia’s gay nightlife takes place in Adelaide—the region’s largest city and the capital. Mary’s Poppin was my favorite of the queer bars in Adelaide—dancing on a plush carpet, a stripper pole in one corner, lounges throughout and a young and fun vibe with fairy lights and bright colors. All kitschy and it was fabulous!
During festival season, expect many more LGBTQ visitors to the region thanks to the huge diversity of performers and artists.
More gay travel resources here.
South Australia Hotel Deals
I’ve found that using Booking.com, Agoda.com or Hotels Combined can be really useful for finding last-minute deals.
Most of the destinations throughout Adelaide can be easily visited on day trips from Adelaide, so if you choose to make that your base, find a hotel with parking (if you’re renting a car) or central access to most of the sights. The 4-star Crowne Plaza Adelaide has spacious rooms, an expansive and social lobby/bar, and even a comfortable swimming pool and gym on-site.
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