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Southern comfort

With so much to see in South Australia, our handy checklist will help you plan the perfect trip…

  1. Indulge at more than 200 cellar doors and bustling farmers' markets
  2. Lose yourself among the kangaroos, koalas and birdlife in Flinders Chase National Park
  3. Take a scenic flight over the expanse of Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges
  4. Hold a koala in the Adelaide Hills or on Kangaroo Island
  5.  Experience Adelaide’s vibrant laneway scene, lined with life-size painted murals and quirky small bars
  6. Swim with sea lions, dolphins and giant cuttlefish or shark cage dive on the Eyre Peninsula
  7. Eat in a restaurant carved out of an ancient tree at the Enchanted Fig Tree on Kangaroo Island
  8. Wander Adelaide Central Market, the epicentre of South Australia's foodie culture
  9. Noodle for opals and stay underground in Coober Pedy
  10. Take a walk in the outdoors – Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail, Arkaba Walk or Murray River Walk

To find out more, go to austravel.com/oceantooutback or call 0808 278 3953 to speak to one of Austravel’s highly experienced travel designers.

Singapore Airlines offers four daily flights from London Heathrow and five direct weekly flights from Manchester, connecting via Singapore to Adelaide and Darwin.

Adelaide is the ultimate Australian seaside city – small enough to wander around, yet packed with fascinating galleries, world-class restaurants, trendy new bars and interesting street art dotting the laneways.

Quirky and welcoming, with a laid-back vibe and locals with a zest for life, there’s always a party going on in Adelaide. The Adelaide Fringe is the world’s second largest annual arts festival, bringing big-name musicians and artists of all persuasions to town, while WOMADelaide is a world music mecca held in the lush gardens of the Botanic Park. Even when there’s not an organised event in town, the bars are full and there’s a flourishing live music, performance and comedy scene.

And when you tire of the city, Adelaide is perfectly placed within driving distance of everything you could want from an epic Australian adventure.
 

With its trendy bars and world-class restaurants, Adelaide is a mecca for foodies

Peaceful white sands line the idyllic South Australia coastline



First up, the beach. The superb city beaches, such as popular Henley and Glenelg, are all an easy cycle or tram ride from the city centre, while the white sandy swathes of the unspoilt Fleurieu Peninsula are just an hour’s drive to the south. Beach hopping around this idyllic coastline is the perfect weekend activity – don’t miss a kingfish sashimi and chips lunch at the Flying Fish café in pretty Horseshoe Bay.
 
Alternatively, one of the world’s most famous wine regions, the Barossa, is just an hour’s drive from the city. Barossa is an idyllic place of rolling fields plaited with neat vines, perfect picnic spots and impossibly fluffy clouds. You can visit big-name vineyards such as Jacob’s Creek, or tour the many boutique wineries producing vintages you’d never find at home. And the Barossa isn’t the only wine region in the area – the Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale are even closer to the city – just half an hour’s drive away.
 
The red earth of the Outback is within reach of Adelaide, too. The Flinders Ranges, a vast rugged red mountain range also known as the gateway to the Outback, is a five-hour drive away. And what a drive. Greenery gives way to terracotta earth and a landscape so flat that you can sometimes see thunderstorms in the distance while driving in bright sunshine. Break up the journey with a glass of Riesling and an alfresco lunch in the Clare Valley, yet another wine region, well known for its exceptional whites.

Peaceful white sands line the idyllic South Australia coastline

Head to the Flinders Ranges for bush walking, fossil hunting and stunning landscapes and sunsets



Wilpena Pound is an astonishing 800 million-year-old natural amphitheatre in the Flinders Ranges that, from above, looks like an upturned Frisbee. You come here for bush walks, fossil hunting – some of the oldest in the world have been found here – and mind-blowing sunsets. But if the Flinders isn’t remote enough for you, keep on driving. In another seven hours, you’ll hit Coober Pedy, a town built around an opal mine with desert cave hotels, cattle stations and huge skies. This is the outback of your imagination – Mad Max was filmed here, and it’s the dusty backdrop for the bright pink bus ride in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
 
At this point, you’ll be more than half way along the Explorers Way, an 1,800-mile route slicing through the outback from Adelaide to Darwin and vice versa. You could turn back, or you could press on into the Northern Territory, with Alice Springs another eight-hour drive away. Alternatively, head back to Adelaide and experience another gem of South Australia – Kangaroo Island.

Head to the Flinders Ranges for bush walking, fossil hunting and stunning landscapes and sunsets

Kangaroo Island is a haven for sea lions and other wildlife that have made it their home



Just a 30-minute scenic flight from Adelaide, Kangaroo Island couldn’t be further from the outback. It’s lush, green and a wildlife haven. This island has become the preserve of species that were becoming endangered on the mainland – you’ll see kangaroos, wallabies, sea lions, cuddly koalas and goannas (metre-long monitor lizards). Plus, with amazing restaurants, fantastic trails and glorious accommodation, this is one place where getting away from it all is not to be missed.

Kangaroo Island is a haven for sea lions and other wildlife that have made it their home