South Australia offers a broad range of experiences. Whether it’s wine, food, nature or culture – every region is a destination you can immerse yourself in, to get up close and personal to the real Australia.
Adelaide is a cosmopolitan city that offers a great balance of contemporary and conventional food, art and architecture. Easy to discover on-foot, you’ll find wide streets, lush parklands, trendy cafés, award-winning restaurants and excellent, boutique shopping.
Adelaide is bordered by rolling hills and vineyards to the east and pristine beaches to the west.
The friendly city is known for its vibrant events, festivals and growing paddock-to-plate food ethos. For an experience you’ll never forget, head to the hills and hold a koala at Cleland Wildlife Park, a destination only 20 minutes from the city centre.
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Get Closer to Native Australian Animals
Get excited about just how close you can get to kangaroos and koalas at the award winning Cleland Wildlife Park. Only 20 minutes’ drive from Adelaide, the park features some 130 native Australian species and is located in a beautiful natural bushland setting. Calm, native animals are free-roaming in the 35-hectare park where you can hand feed the kangaroos or hold a koala. You can also discover more amazing food and wine produce in this region – famous for cool climate whites and authentic paddock-to-plate experiences.
Experience natural wonders on Kangaroo Island
See native wildlife in the wild, and take a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience walking amongst a colony of 600 Australian sea lions at Seal Bay. Be awestruck by the spectacular beauty of Kangaroo Island’s finest masterpiece, the Remarkable Rocks; that provide a spectacular photo backdrop at any time of the day. Witness the amazing wild forces of nature at Admirals Arch and see hundreds of New Zealand fur seals that call the Arch home. Take a luxury four-wheel drive across Kangaroo Island and enjoy barbecue and picnic meals in the open as you watch kangaroos hopping about and koalas snug in the tree tops.
Enjoy the best produce from Mother Nature right here on Kangaroo Island. Honey from pure strain Ligurian bees, regional cheeses and yoghurts, native jams, wine, fresh seafood from oysters, prawns, crayfish, whiting, snapper and marron. The scrumptious list just goes on and on!
Retail Therapy – Adelaide
Adelaide is a shopper’s delight. Rundle Mall has over 600 shops and boutiques all in one place. Paved and pedestrian friendly, you’ll love exploring this bustling shopping precinct. East of Rundle Mall is Rundle Street. It’s perfect for the shopping connoisseur, with cool boutiques, cafés, restaurants and trendy pubs. For outlet shopping, there’s nowhere better than Harbour Town. It is only 15 minutes west of the city, located next to the Adelaide Airport.
Dine out in Adelaide and experience its’ Restaurant Revolution first hand
You’ll find at least 10 hot new restaurants, cafes and bars and also hundreds of great established restaurants in Adelaide. Try new cuisines and experience alfresco dining on warm summer nights. Adelaide offers a cosmopolitan mix of cafes, restaurants and high-end restaurants. Magill Estate Restaurant uses rich produce from the local community, paired with some of Australia’s best wines. Adelaide also boasts more than 40 food truck vendors, creating a moveable feast of locally-made delights.
Barossa – the Wine Capital of Australia
A scenic one-hour drive from Adelaide will take you to the Barossa - Australia’s wine capital.
A centre of culinary excellence and a gourmet paradise, the Barossa is famous for quality worldwide with over 80 established wineries and cellar doors. Barossa is home to some of Australia’s big wine brands, including Jacob’s Creek, Penfolds and Wolf Blass. From historic, to boutique and quirky vineyards, Barossa is renowned for its fresh seasonal produce, artisan food producers and award-winning restaurants. You can explore the Barossa by bicycle, vintage car, trike, helicopter or hot air balloon. While in Barossa, learn to ‘Blend Your Own Wine’ at Penfolds, the internationally renowned winery, wander around Maggie Beer’s farm shop to get a taste of fresh local produce or simply enjoy a vineyard lunch.
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