Tourism is very important to South Australia, and the South Australian Tourism Commission plays a huge part in bringing tourists to South Australia. To find out more about things to see and do when travelling to South Australia, to check out maps of each region, visit the South Australia Tourism Commission website.
Self Drive Touring in South Australia
South Australia is a great self drive destination. Driving distances are short , so driving is an ideal way to explore our river, wine regions, beaches and Outback.
Wine Tours in South Australia
Tour Adelaide’s historic Penfolds Magill Estate winery, and visit the cellars which have housed the famous Grange since the 1950s.
Cheese and Wine Trail tours match delicious artisan cheeses with wines from some of the region’s best wineries. Or make your own blend at Penfolds in the Barossa. With more than 270 cellar doors throughout South Australia’s 17 official wine regions, it’s worthwhile traveling with someone who knows where to go!
The Murray River travels 640 kilometres in South Australia. With ancient limestone cliffs, River red gums, vineyards and citrus groves in the eastern section, native bush, towering ochre cliffs and historic towns characterise the lower regions.
The Murray River offers some of the world’s best river cruising, from escorted cruises to being the skipper of your own luxury houseboat. Old-fashioned paddle steamers have fully hosted river cruises, while there are also canoe tours and small boats for hire.
On land, experience local produce on the Riverland Wine & Food Trail. From birdwatching and nocturnal wildlife tours, to wine tasting, golf, historic towns and significant Aboriginal art sites, you can do as much or as little as you like on the Murray River.
Kangaroo Island offers protection to substantial populations of native Australian animals. Sea-lions bask on white beaches, koalas doze in eucalypts, pelicans soar over lagoons.
The Barossa Valley, just over one hour’s drive from Adelaide, is one of the world’s great wine regions. Taste the good life, and rich European heritage in the Barossa, known for Premium wines, including world famous Barossa Shiraz and Eden Valley Riesling, regional produce and acclaimed restaurants. Start with the Barossa Butcher, Baker, Winemaker Trail to taste, try and buy the region’s best produce.
The Barossa Ranges overlook a colourful patchwork of vineyards and picture-book villages, and offer easy-to-reach walking and cycling trails. Browse art stores, play a round of golf or attend events from gourmet extravaganzas and farmers markets to live music and the world class Tour Down Under cycling race. The Barossa is home to Maggie Beer, celebrity chef.
Ninety minutes north of Adelaide is the Clare Valley, a well known picturesque wine region, with over 30 cellar door outlets and many great Rieslings.
The Fleurieu Peninsula is a paradise for divers and snorkelers, with dramatic shipwrecks and stunning marine life, including the Leafy Seadragon. And the huge Southern Right Whales visit in winter. The Fleurieu is also a famous wine region, home to McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek, and Currency Creek. Discover national parks, play top golf courses, and indulge in high quality cuisine.
The Adelaide Hills is only 20 minutes drive from Adelaide. Enjoy the changing scenery – from grape vines, cherry and apple orchards, to rolling grazing land and gum trees – on a scenic drive, pull on your tramping boots and explore the Mount Lofty Ranges, learn more about Australia’s native wildlife or see the Adelaide Hills through the eyes of famous Australian artist Sir Hans Heysen.
The Adelaide Hills is Australia’s premier cool climate wine region with at least 12 wineries open for tastings, some with wonderful restaurants.
Visit historic German village of Hahndorf, and its art and craft galleries, antique shops, German bakeries and small goods outlets, chocolate shops, pubs, cafes and cheese cellar. Stay in a boutique B&B or experience one of our great events.
Flinders Ranges & Outback
Venture into South Australia’s Outback for adventure. The Flinders Ranges are home to Wilpena Pound, best experienced from a scenic flight but also with walking, biking and 4WD trails, plus Aboriginal rock art sites. Visit Coober Pedy, the opal capital of the world, take a mine tour, and live in an underground hotel. In 2010 Coober Pedy will be the starting point for The Great Australian Outback Cattle Drive.
Go driving on our legendary desert tracks and explore the deep Outback with its natural thermal springs, salt lakes, wildlife and famous Outback pubs – and excellent food and wine, plus quality accommodation from camp grounds and motels to B&Bs, stations stays and luxury eco villas.