Introducing South Australia
South Australia (SA) entices visitors with an annual smorgasbord of festivals and events, from the Robe village fair to the world-renowned Womadelaide. Once here, this enigmatic state uses wide beaches, emerald green waters, superlative wineries, native wildlife and the majesty of its outback landscapes to seduce visitors into extending their stays. Just try exploring the stunning Eyre Peninsula & West Coast and sticking to your schedule, or visiting Kangaroo Island without dreaming of a sea-change!
Perfectly positioned Adelaide, perched between white sandy beaches and forested hills, is home to some of the country’s best cultural offerings, not to mention gourmet wining and dining. Speaking of wine, the Barossa Valley is just 60km from the capital, bursting with vineyards and tipples tasty enough to tempt a monk. Further away, but equally as enjoyable (and possibly even better for your health), is Naracoorte Caves National Park, where fossils and underground wonders have combined to make it SA's only World Heritage-listed site.
Your SA adventure continues in the ochre-coloured Flinders Ranges where rugged ridges and dramatic bluffs sit under expanses of sky. The coastline is a waterbaby’s dream; or, explore the state under your own steam and hike the Heysen Trail or pedal the Mawson Trail.
To bond with rural SA, head for the lifeblood of the regional towns: the historic pubs. Grab yourself a finely poured Coopers beer and chat to the locals in the front bars.
Watching Australia's wildlife
Wildlife is one of Australia’s top selling points, and justifiably so. A network of national parks, state forests and reserves is home to unique and fascinating native fauna, and although many of the furry mammals are nocturnal, during the daylight the birdlife is vibrant, noisy and colourful.
South Australia destination guides
Sophisticated, cultured, neat casual − this is the self-image Adelaide projects, a nod to the days of free colonisation without the 'penal colony' taint.
Top 10 underground experiences
With the 33 Chilean miners - and their rescuers - now all safely rescued from two months trapped underground, chances are they'll be wanting to stay on higher ground for a bit. But if you really want to get below the surface of a place, here are some great spots around the world that are worth heading underground for. 1.
Great Ocean Road West—Melbourne to Adelaide
This might be a quick trip along the Great Ocean Road—but you’ll never feel rushed. Geared towards budget-conscious travellers looking to hit the highlights of the south coast, this itinerary features lots of inclusions at a great price. What’s more, you’ll have lots of options to get active when you head inland to Grampians National Park.
Australia South to North - Melbourne to Darwin
You can’t get Down Under through a bus window. If you’re going to get off the tourist track, you’ll have to shake things up a bit—that’s why we’ve turned to trains, 4x4s, buses and boats for this itinerary. From the cobblestones of charming Melbourne, cut through the outback and explore the mysteries of Uluru.