Award-winning wineries, exceptional gastronomy and the wild landscapes of the Outback come together in Adelaide & South Australia.

As the country’s biggest wine region, South Australia has long been known for its award-winning vineyards, nestled between rolling emerald hills and quaint rural villages. The Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Clare Valley offer plenty to lure oenophiles, laying claim to some of the oldest vines in the world – but it’s not only about the wine in this diverse, captivating region. In the south, Adelaide dishes up culture in spades, with a myriad of museums, a lively festival calendar and a slew of world-class restaurants. From here you can venture to the beach to spot dolphins at sunset, or hop on a ferry to Kangaroo Island to glimpse seals, wallabies and kangaroos roaming in the wild.

Further north, you’ll find a different landscape entirely – all scarlet-red cliffs, Aboriginal rock art and giant craters spread across arid, copper sands. These indomitable formations make up the Flinders Ranges, providing a glimpse into the real Australian Outback and offering hiking, wildlife-watching and stargazing amid scenes that belong on Mars. It’s this sheer diversity that gives South Australia its charm – and that makes the region an excellent choice if you’re looking to combine some of Australia’s best bits into one.

Speak to us today to find out more, and we’ll help you create a Adelaide & South Australia holiday to remember.

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Ultimate Adelaide and Hahndorf

Enjoy a full day tour, driving through Adelaide’s cultural precinct and historic North Adelaide, stopping to see St Peters Cathedral or the Adelaide Oval and visit the National Wine Centre of Australia where you will have free time to explore the Wine Discovery Journey Museum. After lunch (not included), drive to Mount Lofty Summit and wind your way through the Adelaide Hills villages before arriving at Hahndorf. Explore the main street before afternoon tea or a traditional German beer tasting at the popular Hahndorf Inn.

• Duration: full day
• Departs Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
• Operates year-round
• Group experience

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Flinders Chase Focus, Kangaroo Island

Spend a day exploring the highlights and nature of Kangaroo Island. The day begins in a private wildlife refuge in Kangaroo Island’s northwest corner, where you’ll get an introduction to the island’s fire ecology and see how the land is recovering after devastating fires. Lunch is served in the bush or on a clifftop with South Australian wine, beer, and soft drinks. After lunch, you’ll travel into Flinders Chase National Park and explore the aptly named Remarkable Rocks, a striking natural sculpture eroded by 500 million years of wind, sea, and rain. There’s more evidence of the power of the Southern Ocean at Admirals Arch, a coastal cave accessed by a boardwalk, where a large colony of fur seals swim and play in the crashing waves.

• Duration: 7½ hours
• Start time: 7am
• Departs daily
• Operates year-round
• Group experience

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Get to know Adelaide & South Australia and those important practicalities when planning your perfect holiday.

Capital
TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT +8½ hours

CURRENCY

Australian Dollar

FLYING TIME TO DESTINATION

23½ hours (not including stopover time)

RELIGION

Majority Christian

LANGUAGE

Australia has no official language but the majority of people speak English as their first language. Approximately 250 indigenous Australia languages are spoken.

Where is Adelaide & South Australia?
South Australia sprawls from the centre of the country to the south coast, sharing its borders with the Northern Territory, Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. Adelaide sits in the southwest of the state, flanking the Gulf of Saint Vincent, and is the region’s main transport hub thanks to its international airport. Smaller airports offer domestic connections, including Mount Gambier, Port Augusta, Port Lincoln and Kingscote.

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Adelaide
Australia’s wine capital, Adelaide combines a world-class culinary scene with an impressive array of cultural lures, best-seen in its string of annual festivals – not least Adelaide Fringe, the world’s second-biggest arts festival. Its cultural hub, North Terrace, is home to a plethora of galleries and museums, and you can’t come without taking a stroll through Adelaide Central Market, where you’ll find produce from South Australia and beyond. For a dose of nature, Adelaide Zoo and the Adelaide Botanic Gardens are well worth a visit. If you fancy flopping on the beach, Glenelg is a 20-minute tram ride from the centre with restaurants, boutique shops and a beach club lining a stretch of soft white sand.

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Wildlife Isle
Reached by a 45-minute ferry from Adelaide, Kangaroo Island is something of a sanctuary for wildlife, with penguins, wallabies, koalas and seals residing alongside its most famous inhabitants – kangaroos. The pace is happily slow here, but you won’t be short on things to do, with excellent restaurants, boutique wineries, untouched beaches and local art galleries among the lures. It’s laid-back and underdeveloped, which is all part of the charm, and there’s a number of protected areas to amble around. Highlights include Flinders Chase National Park, home to towering sugar-gum forests and dramatic rock formations, and Seal Bay Conservation Park, where you can see a colony of sea lions endemic to SA and WA.

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Flinders Ranges
Less than a five-hour drive from Adelaide, the Flinders Rangers are the perfect introduction to Australia’s Outback. Here towering cliffs and arid craters pockmark scarlet-red sand, with sunsets painting the sky pink, peach and purple. Emus, wallabies and kangaroos inhabit its Mars-like landscapes, while ancient Aboriginal rock paintings are found across the region – recalling its sacred status among the people who’ve long called it home. Visit the natural amphitheatre of Wilpena Pond to see these dramatic rock formations at their best, or come at night to see star-covered skies untainted by any light pollution.

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Wonderful wine regions
There’s good reason South Australia has garnered a reputation for its viticulture. A 50-minute drive from Adelaide, the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale are known for Shiraz, produced from some of the oldest grape vines in the world. For exceptional Rieslings, head to the Clare Valley, 90 minutes north of the city. Here you’ll find a number of award-winning producers, alongside scenic cycling and walking trails scattered between lush, rolling landscapes in true, South Australia style.

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