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South Australia featuring a garden, a high rise building and a city

Savor the wines of the Barossa Valley, enjoy a festival in Adelaide, dig for opals in quirky Coober Pedy and stroll the beaches of the Eyre Peninsula.

South Australia is the country’s quiet achiever, with a pretty capital city, white-sand beaches, fishing villages and vast desert plains.

Start off in the stylish and progressive capital Adelaide. Stroll around the city center to soak up the relaxed vibe of this surprisingly artistic river city. Explore the inner-city Adelaide Botanic Garden and see black swans in the Torrens River. Revel in one of the city's many summer festivals, such as the famous Adelaide Fringe Festival.

On a hot day, grab your beach towel and head to the trendy coastal suburb of Glenelg.

Tour the scenic Barossa Valley to the north and taste shiraz at the open cellar doors of famous wineries. The valley’s vineyards are among the oldest and most lauded in Australia.

Escape into the vast Australian Outback by heading further north. Admire the stunning Flinders Ranges and the natural amphitheater of Wilpena Pound. To find reprieve from the burning desert sun, stay in a dugout, an underground hotel, in the down-to-earth mining town of Coober Pedy. This is the Opal Capital of Australia, so try your luck finding some gemstones or visit the Umoona Opal Mine and Museum.

To the west of Adelaide is the Eyre Peninsula, a rugged triangle of land with dramatic coastal scenery. Indulge in fresh seafood in Port Lincoln and stroll the beach in sleepy Coffin Bay. Go snorkeling for the chance to spot the well-camouflaged leafy sea dragons.

Take a short flight or a ferry southwest to Kangaroo Island. With over a third of the island classed as nature reserve, it is teaming with Australian wildlife. Watch for koalas, echidnas, sea lions, wallabies, over 250 species of birds and, of course, kangaroos.

Try some more wines in McLaren Vale in the scenic Fleurieu Peninsula on your way back up to Adelaide.

South Australia may not be as often visited as some of its more famous neighbors, but with its unmistakable charm and wonderful experiences, the secret about this wild and wonderful state won't last for long.

Popular cities in South Australia

Adelaide Central Business District
Adelaide
Known for Dining, Shopping and Family-Friendly
Nestled between the ocean and the Adelaide Hills, the South Australian capital is a hive of creativity, historical wonder and culinary delights.

Reasons to visit

  • Grange Beach
  • Glenelg Beach
  • Brighton Beach
Mount Gambier
Mount Gambier
Known for Lakes, Entertainment and Natural Parks
Discover the beauty of the Limestone Coast’s volcanic plains and check out the fertile valleys and crater lakes that make up South Australia’s second-largest city.

Reasons to visit

  • Umpherston Sinkhole
  • Blue Lake Reserve
  • Cave Gardens
Port Elliot
Victor Harbor
Known for Ports, Golf and Islands
Lie down on the sand, visit a penguin colony and go on scenic coastal walks and bike rides at this seaside getaway.

Reasons to visit

  • Horseshoe Bay
  • Knights Beach
Port Lincoln showing a marina, a coastal town and landscape views
Port Lincoln
Known for Ports, Sharks and Diving
Explore this Eyre Peninsula town’s beautiful bay on a fishing trip, boat cruise or diving tour and see abundant marine life in South Australia’s “Seafood Capital”.
Coober Pedy
Coober Pedy
Known for Friendly People, Sunsets and Deserts
Upscale Coober Pedy is calling! Discover its sunsets, desert views, beer, and more.