South Australia offers a delightful diversity of fabulous Australian experiences to which the charming capital of Adelaide is the gateway.
Sip world-class wines, swim with wonderful marine life, hike the great outdoors, cycle through the vines and cruise the mighty Murray River. Country or coast, from the outback to the ocean, by road, rail or air – it’s all right here in South Australia!
Flinders Ranges, Wilpena Pound and the real Australian outback
Port Lincoln, Coffin Bay, Lake Gairdner salt lakes and the Eyre Peninsula
Coober Pedy underground opal mining capital
Might Murray Riverlands and dark sky country stargazing
Fur seals and sea lions, kangaroos, koalas, wallabies and echidna; see them all in nature on Kangaroo Island.
Sample internationally acclaimed wines and enjoy barrel room tastings of tawny port as old as you are. Wander the vines with winemakers and meet talented local producers in the Barossa Valley.
Swim with sea lions, come face to face with koalas, sample local oysters and taste ocean fresh tuna in Port Lincoln.
Tour McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Peninsula’s stunning coastal scenery and sample the region’s culinary specialities. Study sustainable wine production and swim with tuna.
Fly over the Wilpena Pound crater or hike across the Arkaba wildlife conservancy to appreciate the scale and natural beauty of the timeless Flinders
Ranges outback landscapes.
Tour the Gawler Ranges to enjoy campfire dinners under big black skies and marvel at the equally vast, bright white Lake Gairdner salt lakes. Sleep, eat and shop underground in Coober Pedy or travel across South Australia’s rich red outback earth with the legendary Ghan rail journey.
Cruise between ochre-coloured cliffs and under star-filled skies on the mighty Murray River.
Limestone Coast. Tour Mt Gambier’s geographical wonders, visit picturesque Umpherstone Sinkhole, swim in the crystal-clear waters of Piccaninnie Ponds, sample bold Coonawarra reds and taste the farm fresh flavours of Mayura Station, Australia’s premium, boutique beef producer, before continuing along Victoria’s Great Ocean Road to Melbourne.
Neptune Islands. One of the brave: come face to face with a great white shark with a guided cage dive! Sea white-breasted sea eagles and long-nose fur seals as you cruise these wild and remote islands in South Australia’s Spencer Gulf.
GOOD TO KNOW
South Australia enjoys a rich German heritage. Lutheran immigrants, originally from Prussia, and as early as the 1830s, have contributed to the character and shaped the culture of South Australia, most evidently in Hahndorf and the Barossa Valley. From Seppeltsfield to Gramps, they laid their foundations in the wineries of the Barossa Valley and their legacy still lines the streets of Hahndorf with fachwerk architecture, German bakeries and eateries. Visit the Herbig Tree, where German immigrant, Friedrich Herbig and his family lived in the hollow of an old red rivergum.
CRUISE SHIP PORTS
Adelaide, Kangaroo Island (Penneshaw), Port Lincoln and Robe