South Australia vacations
South Australia bundles together several quintessentially Australian ingredients: Outback, winelands, an urbane city in Adelaide, beaches, and coastal national parks with celebrated surf breaks. Then there’s Kangaroo Island, a veritable open-air menagerie where endemic wildlife thrives, fearless and untamed, like nowhere else in the country. Through time spent living in South Australia, and thanks to many return trips, our specialists have built up a deep knowledge of the region. They can design you a vacation to South Australia that takes in not only its highlights, but also its not-so-obvious quirks. They’ll also tell you there’s vast potential for some real one-off experiences in this segment of Australia.
You could visit the wine-producing towns of the Barossa Valley, who’ve proudly maintained their German migrant heritage. Glide along the languid Murray River, and spot sea lions on the Eyre Peninsula. Or, go glamping in Gawler Ranges National Park. All our specialists share a passion for Australia’s native species, and they’ll pass on their recommendations for the best tours and guided experiences to help you encounter Kangaroo Island’s inhabitants, including rarer species such as the glossy black cockatoo. And, they’ll point you toward the region’s complex geology and rock formations — exemplified by the Flinders Ranges’ crater-like Wilpena Pound.
Places to visit in South Australia
Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting South Australia, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travelers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.
Suggested itineraries featuring South Australia
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in South Australia, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of South Australia
Places & hotels on the map
Places in and around South Australia
- Adelaide South Australia
- Andamooka South Australia
- Barossa Valley South Australia
- Clare Valley South Australia
- Coober Pedy South Australia
- Coorong National Park South Australia
- Eyre Peninsula South Australia
- Fleurieu Peninsula South Australia
- Flinders Ranges South Australia
- The Gawler Ranges National Park South Australia
- Kangaroo Island South Australia
- Murray River South Australia
- Robe South Australia
- Baird Bay 226 miles away
Photos of South Australia
Accommodation choices for South Australia
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit South Australia. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Kangaluna Camp is in a lovely setting just outside the Gawler Ranges National Park and is a very welcoming and comfortable place to return to after a days touring in the ranges.
Thorn Park by the Vines offers a high quality dining and accommodation experience within an exquisite private location and stunning bush and vineyard views.
Nestled at the foot of the majestic Flinders Range is Rawnsley Park Station, an outback resort offering a variety of accommodation options.
Stranraer is a handsome country homestead that offers an authentic way to experience the unique wildlife and welcoming hospitality of Kangaroo Island.
The Louise is a luxury five star vineyard retreat surrounded by hundreds of acres of vines overlooking the world renowned Barossa Valley.
Abbotsford Country House sits in the corner of the Barossa Valley surrounded by acres of farmland and offers magnificent views of the vineyards, framed by sun-baked ranges.
This streamlined inner-city hotel is modern and stylish, but also peaceful and welcoming, with an air of relaxed Aussie sophistication.
One of Adelaide’s top hotels, the Mayfair is conveniently situated right in the heart of the city and offers contemporary design, modern facilities, a well-respected restaurant and a chic rooftop bar.
Buxton Manor is located in quiet leafy north Adelaide and features four quality suites set in a beautiful garden.