While our summer holidays to the European coastlines and beyond have been postponed indefinitely due to the ongoing pandemic, our very Australian shores are home to some of the world’s most breathtaking destinations—and it’s time to start planning a trip away to the incredible locations that are waiting on our doorstep.
Of those wondrous destinations, South Australia is one that can’t be ignored—renowned for its relaxed regions full of wine, wildlife and natural wonder. Adelaide alone is home to a spectacular art and dining scene, and the ‘Festival City’ knows how to put on a show, with—socially-distanced—events sure to keep your itinerary packed. Beyond the capital city, undulating wine regions produce classic Australian drops, migrating whales glide along the rugged coastline and koalas snooze among the treetops on wind-swept islands.
South Australia is best explored on the road, with incredible landscapes and thrilling views to take in along the way. Before heading off, it’s a good time to check out Stella Insurance, the car insurance brand that’s challenging the status quo by putting women first. They offer benefits like up to $1,000 cover for certain personal belongings that are stolen with your car or damaged in an accident and up to $2,000 for certain gear that meets the same fate*. Because we’d hate for you to ruin a great escape because all your money’s gone on a crazy excess policy or replacing stolen goods!
Often regarded as the birthplace of the South Australian wine industry—one of the most famous in the world!—McLaren Vale houses some of the oldest grapevines on the planet. Situated between the rolling Mount Lofty Ranges and Gulf St Vincent beaches, you’ll find a never-ending selection of fine wine, food, art and nature here.
The Shiraz Trail
Spanning eight kilometres (one way), the Shiraz Trail is one of South Australia’s most famous activities, following an old railway line between McLaren Vale and Willunga. Along the way, you can taste the region’s signature shiraz along the way at wineries such as the globally renowned Wirra Wirra, where you can also make your own blend of the winery’s famous Church Block label.
Established 133 years ago, Angove Family Winemakers is a can’t miss when headed to the McLaren Vale region. Producing certified organic drops, you can enjoy a glass—or two—of the iconic wine while looking out over the expansive landscape–and, you might even spot a few ducks that are working to maintain the winery’s certified organic status.
A truly unique experience in the heart of the McLaren region can be found at d’Arenberg winery. It’s home to The Cube, an avant-garde five-storey structure fashioned after an unfinished Rubik’s Cube, complete with a ‘Museum of Alternate Realities’, a virtual fermenter and a tasting room.
If you were craving a coastal getaway, on Adelaide’s south coast lies the Fleurieu Peninsula where you’ll fine beautiful white sand beaches, rolling vineyards and plenty of small seaside towns to stroll through.
Bring your stack of books and head to Middleton’s Beach Huts for an ideal summer escape. Each pastel painted cabin offers up the best of beach living, with its own self-contained veranda to watch the waves roll in, as well as plenty of activities to keep you busy, of which include the bordering wineries and breweries.
For those that want to get the most of South Australia’s natural wonders, Naiko Retreat is an isolated paradise bordering the Deep Creek Conservation park. It’s surrounded by green hills and overlooks the ocean (look out for passing dolphins and whales!) with each room its own secluded cove.
The world-famous wine region is a must when travelling to South Australia, just a short ride east of the centre of Adelaide. The picturesque destination features vivid grapevines, expansive forests and features plenty of towns and villages to explore. With over 150 wineries, you’ll be spoilt for choice when discovering the local, seasonal produce.
As the only winery in the world to release a 100-year-old single vintage wine every year, you’ll want to add Seppeltsfield to your must-see list. Taste a fortified wine from the year you were born, or for a trip down memory lane, take the winery’s This Is Your Life tour, allowing you to select give wines from important moments in your life. Top it all off with some cheese (and more wine) while picnicking in the garden.
One of Australia’s wineries that needs no introduction, Jacob’s Creek has been producing some of the finest Australian wine since 1847. Sitting on 104 acres, take a scenic bicycle ride around the track that weaves between the vineyards. Enjoy a cooking class in the open vineyard air, or simply indulge in a gourmet picnic under the gumtrees.
Floating over vineyards and the spectacular natural landscape, The Louise is a perfect place to stay while exploring the Barossa region. From bespoke tours, founders tasting experiences to sunrise breakfast with the kangaroos, there’s plenty to entertain for both short and long stay.
A true natural wonder, the South Australian Flinders Ranges are truly a sight to behold, from ancient cliffs and never-ending dusty red roads. Take an aerial tour of Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre or drive along the Aboriginal Dreaming Trail.
Sitting at the foot of the dramatic Chace Range in the Flinders Ranges, this spectacular location offers an exclusive experience on its 259 kilometre-spanning property. Safari walks and drives reveal remarkable wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies and emus, as well as breathtaking views of the surrounding Elder Ranges. As part of the Luxury Lodges of Australia collection, it’s the perfect place to sip on your evening cocktail, lounge in the outdoor pool and watch the sunset.
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