Get up close with the seals at Seal Bay on Kangaroo Island.
Photo courtesy of Tourism Australia

South Australia highlights

South Australia is full of amazing outdoor experiences. Step outside the city and you’ll find magical locations all around you including beaches, cliffs, bushlands, wineries, beautiful fresh produce and amazing villages and towns. Some absolute highlights include the Flinders Ranges and Kangaroo Island which are both on the Australian National Landscapes register as places as of great cultural, natural and spiritual significance.

So what are you waiting for, start discovering the best of South Australia and its never-ending activities.

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Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island is a nature lovers paradise with an amazing combination of cliffs, bushland, sand dunes and beaches. You’ll glimpse little penguins, fur seals, black swans and pelicans, plus koalas, and kangaroos and wallabies. Experience swimming alongside sea lions (also known as the "puppies of the sea". You’ll cruise out to the crystal-clear waters of Seal Cover where the sea lions live, and enjoy your snorkelling adventure with these inquisitive and very social animals. You can do a day trip but if you have time, spend a couple of days there.

You can get to Kangaroo Island by plane or sea. A flight takes around 30 minutes to get there compared to the 2.5 hour drive and ferry crossing.

The Finders Ranges

The Finders Ranges is more than 540 million years old. It has stony creeks, old mining towns and country pubs and abandoned farms left by pioneers who escaped a harsh landscape.

The “adventurous you” can trek, mountain bike, ride a camel, four wheel drive.

The “intrigued you” can meet the local Indigenous tribe and learn about their culture and enjoy some bush tucker.

The “nature-loving you” can explore the endless caves, gorges and forests, and the native wildlife including the rare yellow-footed rock wallabies and echidnas.
Cruise the Murray River
Take a cruise on a classic paddle wheeler or book a houseboat and explore the wetlands, river towns and wineries along the mighty Murray River.
  • Go swimming with Great White Sharks at Port Lincoln. Yes, you read correctly. You will take a cruise to the Neptune Islands, usually with a pod of dolphins swimming beside the boat. Soon, the Great Whites will begin circling. For the game (or crazy), you can come face to face with the Great Whites from the safety of your viewing cage.
  • Head for an extended driving trip from Adelaide to Perth across the iconic Nullarbor Plain.
  • Visit Mount Gambier for the unique volcanic blue lake.
  • Snorkel with giant cuttlefish near Whyalla in the Eyre Peninsula.
  • Enjoy Whale Watching May through October in the Great Australian Bight Marine Park.
  • Visit the opal mining town of Coober Pedy in the outback.
No visit to Australia is complete without exploring our magnificent land. Let Australia Trip Planner help you on your way!