Some of Australia’s most iconic destinations call South Australia home, but we think it might be time to show a little love to the regions that might not come to mind quite as quickly as the more popular tourist hotspots.
The Adelaide Hills
Just 45 minutes west of Adelaide, the Adelaide Hills is a region rich with enchanting landscapes and cultural treasures. Nestled in the south of the Adelaide Hills, Hahndorf is the oldest German settlement left in the country. Hahndorf is unlike anything you’ll see anywhere else in Australia; its cobbled streets and stone buildings are more like something out of a Brother’s Grimm tale than an Australian town.
Clare Valley, the land of unbeatable riesling, will not disappoint in autumn, it is home to more than 50 cellar doors boasting delicious cool-climate wines. One of the best ways to experience this picturesque region is via the Riesling Trail, so named for the fact that the track travels past many cellar doors and wineries boasting the region’s famous drop.
Looking for pristine wilderness experiences? Then you can’t go past the Limestone Coast and the Tantanoola Caves. Created over 250,000 years ago by the force of the tide, these caves simply aren’t of this world. Leave modern civilisation behind as you head down into the depths of the cave and are transported into another realm.
With natural wonders bursting out of every corner, the region is also well known for its sinkholes, with none being more impressive than the Kilsby Sinkhole.
The Eyre Peninsula is home to some of South Australia’s best nautical adventures. An area of untouched coastlines and crystal clear waters – not to mention mouth-watering seafood – you’ll be surprised you didn’t visit sooner.
Throughout the year, a pod of wild bottlenose dolphins call Whyalla home. These friendly creatures love to make friends and say hello to visitors. Hire a kayak and head out into the water to see these marvellous creatures play in the waves.