10 places to visit in South Australia you’ll love!
It’s no secret that I believe travelling to South Australia is one of the best things you can do while in Australia!
There’s so many great places to visit in South Australia that you are not short of things to see!
For some reason, South Australia seems to be the forgotten state of Australia. A lot of people leave it out of their Australian travelling itinerary, which is an absolute shame.
There’s a lot of diverse places and things to do in South Australia that make it a perfect destination for all types of travelers.
If you’re considering travelling to Australia, then you should definitely include a visit to South Australia. Below are some of the places that I recommend to visit in this beautiful and diverse state!
10 Places to visit in South Australia
Travelling to Adelaide is something that you absolutely have to do while visiting South Australia. As the capital of the state, it’s the liveliest place to be! Adelaide gets an unfair reputation as a bit of a backwater, which I don’t understand. This is really not the case, the city is full of life and there’s plenty of things to do in Adelaide!
There’s many great points of interest in Adelaide, such as Botanical Gardens and numerous museums. It’s also home to the biggest club in Australia, which dispels the notion of it being a boring city! Adelaide is surrounded by hills, and there are some great parks such as Morialta and Cleland Wildlife park to visit if you need a break from the city!
Without a doubt, Adelaide is one of the best places to go in South Australia!
South Australia is one of the major wine producing regions in the country and the Barossa Valley is the hub. This is one of the places to see in South Australia if you love wine! It’s location an hour north of Adelaide makes it an ideal place to visit for a day trip from the capital!
Apart from wineries there’s not much else in the Barossa Valley, but this is precisely why people visit in the first place. Wine tours are common at most of the wineries and are a great way to spend a day if you need a change from Adelaide!
The name may not be very inspiring, but Blue Lake is definitely one of the best places to visit in South Australia! It’s located near Mt Gambier, which is about an hour’s drive from Adelaide. The first thing that hits you is just how big Blue Lake is! This extinct volcanic crater is gigantic and it would take a good 30 minutes to walk around it!
What makes Blue Lake special is the colour of the water. As you may have guessed it’s blue! However, that’s only half the story. The colour changes throughout the year. From December to March it’s blue, while it changes to a steely gray colour for the remainder of the year! It’s definitely one of the most unusual places to visit in Australia!
Without a doubt, Coober Pedy is one of the most interesting, if not the most, places to visit in South Australia! What makes it so unique is that most of its inhabitants live underground. This is because Coober Pedy is located on top of the biggest opal field in the world in the middle of the outback! Temperatures regularly reach above 40 degrees, so people have to live in underground homes to combat this!
The underground homes are strange enough, but the strangeness doesn’t end there! The town has its own golf course, which can only be played on at night. The only tree overlooking is made entirely of scrap metal, while there is house that contains hundreds of pieces of underwear inside it! If you’re travelling from Adelaide to Darwin, Coober Pedy is one place you have to stop at!
Read more: The weird and wacky town of Coober Pedy
The largest mountain range in South Australia, the Flinders Ranges an interesting place to go to in South Australia. They’re located 200 km (125 mi) north of Adelaide and stretch for nearly double that distance across the state! If you love hiking the area is perfect, as there’s numerous trails to be found here!
The Flinders Ranges was one part of South Australia that I didn’t get to visit. My tour from Adelaide to Alice Springs was supposed to stop here, but adverse weather condition in the area meant we went straight on to Coober Pedy instead! It’s a shame because I would have been at home among the trails and beautiful outback scenery!
In my opinion, Glenelg is one of the most beautiful places to visit in South Australia! It’s located just outside of Adelaide City Centre and is easily accessible by the great tram service in the city. This beachside town is one of the best points of interest in Adelaide, as its beach and cafes are fantastic! It’s a great place to spend a sunny day.
Jetty Road is full of cool little shops and the jetty itself by the beach is great. You can jump off the jetty into the sea when the weather is nice! A walk along the coastline is also recommended as the views are great! Glenelg may be a small place, but it’s full of life and must be visited while travelling in South Australia!
Hahndorf is an interesting little town located about 30 minutes outside of Adelaide. What makes Hahndorf unique is that it’s a German town! It’s Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement, it was first settled in 1839! Hahndorf has a charm to it as the buildings resemble those found in Bavaria and other German regions! It’s one of the more interesting points of interest in South Australia!
Admittedly, Hahndorf is quite small and there isn’t an awful lot to do here, but it’s a great place to come to get away from Adelaide for a bit! There’s a few German cafes and restaurants which are definitely worth checking out as the food is great! There’s a number of interesting German shops here as well. Hahndorf is a worth a visit when travelling in South Australia for its quirky Germanness!
Kangaroo Island is one of the best places to visit in South Australia just for the name alone! You’ll be pleased to know that, as the name suggests, the island has plenty of kangaroos hopping about! However, Kangaroo Island is not just all about the kangaroos, there’s plenty of other things to see and do on the island!
One of the main reasons to visit Kangaroo Island is the incredible natural scenery. Places such as the Remarkable Rocks and Seal Bay should be high on your list of things to do in South Australia! There’s no doubt Kangaroo Island should be part of any South Australian travelling itinerary!
Port Elliot was something of an unknown quantity for me when I travelled to South Australia. I didn’t know much about it at all and didn’t really expect to visit there either. Well, I can safely say that after visiting Port Elliot, it’s definitely one of the better places to see in South Australia!
Despite going in winter, it was still beautiful and the beach was fantastic. There was the added bonus of virtually having it to ourselves as it was off-season. If you’re visiting Port Elliot you have to stay in the YHA there! It’s one of the best hostels I’ve ever stayed in and only adds to the pleasure of visiting Port Elliot!
Port Lincoln is located on the Eyre Peninsula and is regarded as the seafood capital of South Australia. A lot of the things to do in Port Lincoln revolve around the water. There are tours were you can swim with bluefin tuna, or if you’re more daring, you can go shark cage diving.
The shark cage diving is probably the main attraction for travellers in Port Lincoln, if you’re into that sort of thing. If you’re not, then Port Lincoln has lots of beautiful scenery as well! The views across the water are amazing and there a number of parks in the area nearby, if you fancy a hike! Port Lincoln is one of the more interesting points of interest in South Australia, so be sure to check it out!
Although visiting South Australia is not what most people think of doing when they travel to Australia, it should be. The state has a diverse ranges of cities and landscapes to explore, as well lots of activities to do as well! The above places to visit in South Australia offer a range of these for all types of travellers!
Have you been to South Australia? Do you agree or disagree with my list of places to see here? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
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