South Australia is a treasure trove of holiday possibilities, whether you’re wanting hair-raising adventures, close-encounters with native wildlife, or just to kick back and relax. Better still, you can do it all against the backdrop of some of the most amazing scenery Australia has to offer - let’s get this show on the road!
For a long weekend getaway, make your way inland to the border of South Australia and Victoria. Barely two and a half hours from Adelaide is Loch Luna game reserve, home to a diverse range of aquatic birds and other flora and fauna. Just a stone's throw away is Banrock Station Winery and Wetland Centre, which has something for everyone.
Loch Luna offers plenty of spots for camping, and being based in the wetlands makes it the perfect place to explore the Riverlands by kayak or canoe. On the other side of Lake Bonney is Monash Adventure Park, nestled in bushland and home to emus, chickens, and geese. It has plenty of adventure for kids with a maze, leaning towers, a chocolate shop, and many other activities.
Eyre Peninsula is the perfect spot for a mix of hair-raising adventures and relaxation. For any sea-lover, Baird Bay (just 15 minutes away) provides the opportunity to swim with dolphins and sea lions which call the waters home.
If you’re looking for more of a thrill, there are plenty of tour companies offering shark cage diving tours, which will have you face-to-face with a great white, or scuba diving with grey nurse sharks. After a day of adventuring and exploring the rugged coastline or Lincoln National Park, settle down with a plate of delicious freshly caught seafood to finish off the day.
Rest and relaxation
Coorong National Park is a paradise barely 90km south of Adelaide, home to the Ngarrindjeri people. This is the ideal getaway if you’re looking for serenity and relaxation as the area boasts some fascinating and beautiful native flora and fauna. If you’re a wildlife enthusiast, Monarto Safari Park is an open range sanctuary for lions, cheetahs, and zebras, and a great way to spend an afternoon.
With 34 campsites in the national park and 16 along the beachfront, you can spend your days exploring native bush and the rugged coastline. Pack your hiking shoes and a good book, and you'll be set for an amazing time away!
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