You’ve done your research. Condé Nast Traveler named it “Destination of the Year” for 2016. The next best thing to do is to experience the magic of Australia yourself with special flight deals from Malaysia Airlines, the only airline that flies from Malaysia to Adelaide. For a taste of Australia's wonderful wildlife, laidback coastal lifestyle, delicious food and wine and awe inspiring journeys watch the short clip below.
There’s no shortage of things to experience in South Australia. For more on places to go, things to do, places to stay and travel tips, click here
Adelaide is a cosmopolitan city with a blend of modern food, art and historic buildings. There are wide streets, green parklands, trendy cafés, award-winning restaurants and excellent shopping. Adelaide is easy to get around with rolling hills to the east and pristine beaches to the west. Adelaide is known for its vibrant events, festivals and great food. For an experience you’ll never forget, swim with dolphins at Glenelg, a beachside destination only 20 minutes from the city centre.
Adelaide Hills & Fleurieu Peninsula
Once you have explored the city of Adelaide, head for the Adelaide Hills. Cuddle a koala, take in the view from Mt Lofty Summit and enjoy a German style lunch in Hahndorf. Further south on the Fleurieu Peninsula you can visit the McLaren Vale wine region and have a chance to sample some of Australia’s finest food and wine. At the seaside town of Victor Harbor take the horse drawn tram to Granite Island or take a jet boat ride to explore the coast.
Continuing on from Victor Harbor, take a 45 minute ferry ride from Cape Jervis and you will arrive on Kangaroo Island, Australia’s third largest Island - seven times the size of Singapore. Take a guided beach tour to see Australian sea lions at Seal Bay, be amazed by Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch and be sure to try sandboarding at Little Sahara. Kangaroo Island is home to some fantastic fresh produce - including seafood, honey from Ligurian bees, Marron at Andermel Marron Farm and many more - to be enjoyed.
The real pleasures of dining are found in Adelaide as street after street beckons you with delicious food. Finding Halal food is easy in the city with a variety of Malaysian, Indonesian, Indian, Middle Eastern and other halal restaurants available. Halal meat and food is also available from the Adelaide Central Markets for those that prefer to cook their own.
Barossa Wine Region
Only an hour’s drive from Adelaide, the Barossa – Australia’s wine capital – is the centre of culinary excellence and a gourmet paradise. It is home to big brands like Jacob’s Creek, Penfolds and Wolf Blass. Create your own blend at Penfolds or embark on a cooking class at Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre. Ideal for a day trip, or better still, a few days of pure indulgence.
Kangaroo Island’s Local Specialities
Kangaroo Island's apiarists harvest honey from the pure strain Ligurian bees, and regional cheeses and yoghurts continue to find a place in food lovers' hearts. Fresh seafood is featured across the Island and seasonally you can enjoy a variety of natural and farmed produce such as oysters, prawns, crayfish, whiting, snapper and, not forgetting freshwater marron - it's so easy to get a taste for Kangaroo Island!
Cleland Wildlife Park
One of only a few places in Australia where you can cuddle a koala. The award-winning Cleland Wildlife Park is one of South Australia's must-see attractions. Located in a beautiful natural bush land setting just 20 minutes from the city, Cleland offers visitor's many memorable opportunities to discover a large number of South Australia's captivating wildlife. Many animals are free-roaming in the 35-hectare park, creating wonderful impromptu opportunities to touch and interact with our native wildlife.
Seal Bay, Kangaroo Island
Seal Bay is the only place in Australia where you walk on the beach and see endangered Australian sea-lions in their natural habitat. Join a guided tour for the experience of a lifetime as you walk among a colony of 600 sea-lions. A boardwalk and lookout provide great opportunities to linger and view the stunning coastal landscape and observe the wildlife.
Remarkable Rocks, Kangaroo Island
The impressive Remarkable Rocks form what appear to be a cluster of precariously balanced boulders. This stunning geological feature is located in Flinders Chase National Park on Kangaroo Island. These huge granite boulders, shaped over centuries by the weather, perch on a dome that rises 75m out of the sea. Possibly the most photographed sight on Kangaroo Island, it provides a spectacular backdrop for photoshoots and the view of the ocean waves hitting the rugged cliff is truly spectacular.
Fun activities await you after hopping off a 20-minute tram ride from the City. From thrilling activities at the Beachouse fun park, swimming with the dolphins on a catamaran cruise, shopping in many boutiques or just strolling along the esplanade and cafés, the activities are simply endless.
Hahndorf German Town
Enjoy a taste of little Germany in Hahndorf that offers alfresco dining, retail outlets, souvenirs, local arts and crafts, and local produce. Don’t forget to try the exquisite food from the award-winning German restaurant, Hahndorf Inn. Best of all, Hahndorf is only 30 minutes from the city which makes it a very comfortable half day trip from Adelaide.
Adelaide Central Markets
Visit the oldest fresh produce market in Australia with 250 food shops and stalls under one roof. Its variety of produce and souvenirs is simply astounding. Premium quality fruit and vegetables, meat and poultry, seafood, gourmet cheeses, bakery products, sweets, nuts and health foods. Join a market tour for an even richer experience.
Need a bit more inspiration? Check out these holiday ideas for Adelaide