The Australian state of South Australia had long been looked over in favour of more well-known destinations like Sydney or Melbourne, however the secret is getting out. In 2017, Lonely Planet named South Australia one of the top five must-see regions in the world, and since then, more and more tourists have planned travel to South Australia to enjoy its unique charms.
Still not convinced? Here are our top eight things to do in South Australia that you probably didn’t you could do!
Taste Some of the World’s Best Shiraz
South Australia has several excellent wine regions, however most wine connoisseurs will tell you that it is the Barossa Valley, about an hour north of Adelaide, that is the most iconic. This wine region is most famous for the spicy, full-bodied variety Shiraz, however there are plenty of other varieties as well. Best of all, a day out in the Barossa Valley offers the opportunity to chat with passionate wine makers in person. Even if you’re not a wine expert, you’ll love the Barossa – winemakers and laidback and informal, and just want you to enjoy their wine. And if you want to learn even more about wine, plus make your own blend, book a class at the famous Penfolds winery.
Meet Some Lazy Sea Lions
Everyone knows the famous Australian animals like koalas and kangaroos, but did you know that South Australia is also home to one of the world’s largest sea lion colonies? The sea lions call Kangaroo Island home, and one of the most amazing things to do on the island is to get within metres of them on a guided tour. This is particularly incredible when the sea lion pups are born every year around July. There are also many other fun activities on Kangaroo Island, including sandboarding or visiting the Remarkable Rocks.
Book your Kangaroo Island trip here.
Discover an Underground Town
One of the most unique things to do in South Australia is to visit Coober Pedy, a town which is nearly entirely underground. Located some eight hours’ drive from Adelaide, the 3,500 residents of Coober Pedy have created an underground network of shops, restaurants, hotels and homes underground to escape the intense heat of outback Australia. While you’re in town, make sure to check out the Umoona Opal Mine & Museum, and perhaps even make a purchase
Cuddle a Koala
There aren’t many places in Australia where you can actually hold one of Australia’s cutest local residents, but South Australia is one of them. Located just half an hour from the Adelaide City Centre, Cleland Wildlife Park is one of the best places to hold a koala in Australia.
While at the park, take the chance to immerse yourself in the wonders of the natural bush environment and discover over 130 species of native wildlife. There is plenty of time to explore the self-guided discovery trails, where you can walk among and hand feed roaming kangaroos, wallabies and potoroos. There are also interactive sessions where park keepers will tell you all about Australian wildlife and their natural habitats. Book your experience trip here.
Admire the Natural Beauty of Mount Gambier
The regional capital of Mount Gambier has not one but two amazing natural wonders to enjoy. The first is Blue Lake, a lake that is the most incredibly deep blue colour. The other is the Umpherston Sinkhole, which features a beautiful overgrown garden located in a massive sinkhole. Created in 1886, this sunken garden includes viewing platforms, benches, sculptures and walking paths, and is a great place for budding photographers to visit.
Explore the Naracoorte Caves
The UNESCO World Heritage listed Naracoorte Caves are more than 800,000 years old and one of the world’s most important fossil sites. These caves, located approximately 350 km east of Adelaide, feature a large network of interconnected caves and are appropriate for visitors of all different ages and physical abilities. There are also special tours for experienced cave explorers and also photographers. For more details, check out the South Australian government’s official website for the caves here.
Visit the Largest Undercover Market in the Southern Hemisphere
Yep, South Australia is home to the largest undercover market in the Southern Hemisphere – and its conveniently located right in the middle of the capital, Adelaide. The Adelaide Central Market boasts dozens of stalls selling all kinds of fresh produce and multicultural ingredients. These markets are actually the most visited place in South Australia with more than four million annual visitors. Our favourite stalls are ‘the Smelly Cheese Shop’ and the Kangaroo Island Spirits stall.
Sample Some of the World’s Best and Freshest Oysters
South Australia is rapidly becoming known as a foodie hotspot, and one of the most underappreciated destinations is Coffin Bay. Located on the Eyre Peninsula, this region exports large, tasty oysters all over the world – but the best way to sample them is fresh out of the sea in Coffin Bay itself. There are many great spots to enjoy them all year round, but a particularly fun time to visit is during the annual Oysterfest held in nearby Ceduna.
As you can see, there is certainly no shortage of amazing things to do in South Australia – and many are unique experiences that are found nowhere else in Australia. With these experience in South Australia, you will see a different, authentic side of living in Australia and create memories that will last a lifetime. So what are you waiting for? South Australia is beckoning! Book your South Australia holiday online with Kootrip – click here for great deals on tours and activities.