Aquatic Escapes in South Australia

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Both the pristine South Australian coast and the inland Murray River afford visitors a number of ways to spend some time on, near, and under the water. Whether you prefer relaxing cruises or thrilling underwater experiences, here are some popular ways to enjoy the sea—with or without getting wet.

  • Go cage diving with great whites at Port Lincoln on the Eyre Peninsula for the ultimate thrill, or view these magnificent predators from a glass-enclosed Aqua Sub that keeps you dry underwater.
  • Spot sea lions and dolphins on an ocean boat cruise—you can take off from Adelaide’s family-friendly Glenelg beach area on a catamaran and jump in the water with snorkel gear, or head out from Victor Harbor on a rigid inflatable boat (RIB). In winter, whale watching is a must-do activity.
  • Cruise the scenic Murray River to leisurely view birdlife and the shoreline beyond, and make visits to a chocolate factory and cheese maker.
  • Spend a night on Kangaroo Island, Australia's third-largest island, where you’ll spot diverse landscapes and local wildlife, from sandy estuaries and thick native forests to sea lions and kangaroos.
For more things to do, check out Lonely Planet's South Australia Starter Kit.
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