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Discover the joys of wine, wildlife and Outback
With its rolling emerald hills and valleys dotted with historic churches and charming cellar doors, Adelaide and its stunning wine regions offer a peaceful escape and the chance to indulge in a rich epicurean culture flavoured by the best of Australian food and wine. Enjoy a scenic cruise along Australia’s most famous river, explore wild Kangaroo Island and sample some of the world’s finest wines in this enchanting region of South Australia.
- A real wine-lovers paradise - Adelaide is Australia's wine capital and the Barossa and Clare Valleys' are the country's most famous wine regions
- Explore Kangaroo Island, traversing wilderness tracks and indulging in some of Australia's finest local produce
- Visit the Flinders Ranges to see the sunburnt, empty landscape of ochre-coloured mountains by day and specatacular star-gazing by night
- From Adelaide take the train along The Ghan route to the mining town of Coober Pedy where around half the population live underground
- Book a wild luxury escape on Kangaroo Island or in the Southern Outback
Best time to visit Adelaide & South Australia
The coastal areas of South Australia have a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm dry summers. The centre and northern parts of the state are arid and hot in summer (December to February) and often cold overnight during winter (June to August).
Adelaide & South Australia holiday highlights
The city and suburbs of Adelaide - South Australia’s capital and the country’s fifth largest city - are home to approximately 75% of South Australia’s people. An innovative grid-layout with wide boulevards and a surrounding ring of parklands, combined with a pleasant climate and a propensity for festivals and fine food and wine, make the city a relaxing destination. Highlights include cultural and produce festivals, the extensive Adelaide Botanic Garden, taking the tram to the seaside suburb of Glenelg or exploring the nearby Adelaide Hills.
South Australia boasts verdant hills, lush valleys and some of the country’s most famous wine regions. Renowned for its full blooded reds, the Barossa Valley is home to iconic brands including Jacob’s Creek and is also recognised for its artisanal food production, noticeably German meats, cheeses and breads. Clare Valley is one of Australia’s oldest wine regions and is best known for its Rieslings and Cabernet Sauvignon. It also boasts heritage towns and conservation parks.
Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third largest island and a fabulously accessible wilderness attraction. The island’s capital Kingscote is South Australia’s oldest settlement and natural highlights include Remarkable Rocks and Admiral Arch, as well as every landscape from soaring cliffs to dense forests and towering sand dunes. With much of the island protected, wildlife thrives including the ubiquitous kangaroo plus fur seals and sea lions, wallabies, echidnas, koalas and platypus. The island is also renowned for its local produce.