From wild river valleys to patchwork vineyards and dramatic coastal cliffs, South Australia is the whole country in miniature, while also serving as the gateway to the outback for intrepid travelers.
Although the summer season (December to February) can be hot in Australia's driest state, it's the liveliest time to visit Adelaide and tour the vineyards. Meanwhile, the autumn and winter months provide the best conditions for wildlife spotting along the coast, with frequent sightings of Australian fur seals, southern right whales and baby kangaroos. Whenever you plan to visit, there's no time like the present to book your trip. With the Australian dollar falling, US and European travelers should book soon to take advantage of the favorable exchange rates.
Ready to start planning? Here are three things you can't miss:
Kangaroo Island Wildlife Spotting
There’s no need to visit the zoo to get close to Australia’s native wildlife — head to Kangaroo Island
instead! Located just off the coast of South Australia, the island's sweeping dunes, sandy beaches and thick forests play host to an incredible variety of creatures. Common sightings include koalas, wallabies, echidnas, sea lions, fur seals and of course, plenty of kangaroos.
Barossa Valley Wine Tasting
This region is home to some of Australia's oldest and most famous wines, and Barossa Valley
wine tasting makes for a popular day trip from Adelaide. Take a tour of top wineries like Penfolds
and Wolf Blass
; sample the valley's signature Shiraz; or soak up the scenery with a hot air balloon ride, a cycling tour or a game of golf.
Multi-Day Tripping from Adelaide
Adelaide often serves as a strategic starting point for trips to Uluru and Australia's Red Centre, while other multi-day trip options include taking in the wildlife wonders of Kangaroo Island (see above), cruising along the Murray River
on an authentic paddle wheeler or escaping to the outback on a tour to the Flinders Ranges.