Discover The Best South Australia Attractions And Things To Do

There are many South Australia attractions that will appeal to you as there are a huge variety of things to do in Adelaide and the other regions.

South Australia is really well known for its nature attractions and the many wineries especially in the Barossa Valley area and also Clare Valley, McLaren Vale and Coonawarra.

There are also great destinations like the Flinders Ranges, Coober Pedy, the Adelaide Hills, the Great Australian Bight and Kangaroo Island.

Kangaroo Island is only a short flight from the mainland and is a paradise for nature lovers.

On Kangaroo Island you will see some of Australia's most beautiful wildlife in their natural habitat.

The Eyre Peninsula is a very popular area for surfers, whale watching and fishing, if you are lucky you will also see seals, sea lions and dolphins.

Fleurieu Peninsula has beaches, hiking trails and the main wine regions are at McLaren Vale with over 50 wineries.

Coober Pedy is a very unique outback town which is the opal mining capital of the world. Coober Pedy produces about 90% of the opals that are sold and they are the best quality.

The Murray River is the second longest river in Australia after the Darling River. The Murray River starts in the Australian Alps in NSW then it flows past Victoria and through South Australian towns like Renmark, Murray Bridge, Tailem Bend and past Wellington then it flows out to sea.

Planning your holiday is exciting, creating an itinerary helps you work out how far you will be able to travel and where you can visit in Australia.

This list of South Australia attractions will give you some ideas for where you would like to visit and stay on your Aussie road trip or holiday.

South Australia Regions

  • Adelaide City and the Adelaide Hills
  • Barossa Valley and Clare Valley
  • Eyre, Fleurieu and Yorke Peninsulas
  • Flinders Ranges and the Outback
  • Kangaroo Island
  • The Limestone Coast
  • The Murray River

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Adventure South Australia Attractions

Outback Mail Run Tour - Coober Pedy-Oodnadatta-William Creek
Learn about and experience the Outback in a unique way, visit Oodnadatta, William Creek Hotel, Anna Creek Cattle Station and see the beauty of the Outback.

Sightseeing Ocean Adventure Tour - Victor Harbor
Enjoy this adventure cruise and the scenery, see amazing wildlife close up like seals, sea lions, dolphins and plenty of birds at Seal Rock.

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The Limestone Coast in South Australia

"The Limestone Coast has four hundred kilometres of spectacular beaches and coastline, the Coorong National Park is excellent for four wheel drive adventures and fishing, the very long jetty at Beachport is one of the longest in the world.

There are six lighthouses to visit that remind us of the treacherous conditions the ships in the past had to be guided around. Mount Gambier has the 'Blue Lake' which has filled an extinct volcano that changes colour in the cool months and the warmer months.

There are over forty wineries to visit and delicious food to try. Explore the world heritage listed Naracoorte Caves, there are many towns to visit like Robe, Beachport, Millicent, Port MacDonnell, Coorong and more South Australia attractions."

South Australia Attractions Destinations

There are plenty of things to do in Adelaide and only a short drive to many famous locations like Barossa Valley, Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island.

Adelaide Hills
The Adelaide Hills are rich in history with beautiful places to visit like Hahndorf, see the animals at Gorge Wildlife Park, see the stunning gardens and the grandest houses.

The Barossa Valley
The Barossa valley is famous for great premium wine, fabulous food, heritage architecture. You can also enjoy the arts, bushwalking, golf, shopping, a landscape of rolling hills and manicured vineyards.

Flinders Ranges
The Flinders Ranges are about 200 kilometres North West of Adelaide and they include Wilpena Pound, a natural huge amphitheatre.

Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island is surround by wildlife, has stunning landscapes, many options for accommodation and dining, it is also rich in history and only a short ferry ride from Cape Jervis.

Coober Pedy
Coober Pedy is about 850 kilometres north of Adelaide up the Stuart Highway. It is a very unique outback town famous for its opals.

Murray River
The Murray River is the second longest river in Australia and has an interesting history that can be discovered in the towns along the river.

Interesting South Australia Attractions

Beerenberg Farm - Hahndorf
At Beerenberg Farm you can pick your own farm fresh strawberries.

Learn To Surf - Fleurieu Peninsula
Learn how to surf and safety awareness in small groups.

Botanic Gardens Adelaide - Crafers
The Adelaide Botanic Garden is in the heart of Adelaide, it is a huge garden that has stunning Australian natives, exotic and ornamental plants.

Adelaide Central Market - Adelaide City
The Adelaide Central Market is a fresh food market that has an extensive range of fruit and vegetables, meat and poultry, seafood, gourmet cheeses, cakes and much more.

Goolwa Wharf Markets
The Goolwa Wharf Market is held on the first and third Sunday of each month. The products sold include hand made market products, natural organic produce, art and craft and more.

AAMI Stadium - West Lakes Adelaide
AAMI Stadium is home ground for both South Australian AFL clubs, which are Adelaide and Port Adelaide.

National Wine Centre Of Australia - Adelaide
The museum allows you to enjoy learning about the wine making process with the interactive Wine Discovery Journey and exhibition.

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Viewing Coober Pedy from the Big Winch Scenic Lookout

"Coober Pedy certainly is unique but appealing for being so different. Most of the opals that are sold throughout the world come from Coober Pedy. The image above is showing the main street, on the other side of the road from left to right is the Umoona Opal Mine and Museum, the Opal Cave and an underground art gallery. There is red dirt everywhere with a few trees being the only greenery.

There are many other attractions to see like the 'Big Winch' at the lookout, you can play golf on a golf course that has no grass, have a drink at the Desert Cave underground bar. Also visit Fayes Underground home that has a pool, walk through an original opal mine at the Old Timer's Mine, watch a movie at the Open Air Outback Cinema and there is so much more to see and experience at Coober Pedy and other South Australia attractions."

Museums And Galleries South Australia Attractions

South Australia Museum - Adelaide
The museum has a huge collection of Australian Aboriginal cultural objects, a new display of South Australian land and marine wildlife, there are also displays of megafauna, opalised fossils, Mawson and much more.

Fine Art Gallery - Kangaroo Island
This fine art gallery has very unique art works on display including paintings, sculpture, jewellery, ceramics and art photography.

National Railway Museum - Port Adelaide
This railway museum has more than 100 exhibits within two huge pavilions showcasing the history of the railways in South Australia.

Aviation Museum - Port Adelaide
Learn about South Australia's rich aviation history with the memorabilia displays. See bi-planes to space rockets and so much more.

Family Friendly South Australia Attractions

Captain Jolleys Paddle Boats - Adelaide
Try paddleboating on the river in the centre of Adelaide.

Haighs Chocolates - Adelaide
Take the twenty minute free tour and get a peak at how this fine chocolate is made, then enjoy a complimentary coffee or tea and chocolate.

Umoona Opal Mine - Coober Pedy
Umoona Opal Mine is in Coober Pedy's main street, one the many 'must see' Australia attractions in Coober Pedy.

The Opal Cave at Coober Pedy
The Opal Musuem has a huge display of these beautiful gems that Coober Pedy is famous for.

Greenhills Adventure Park - Victor Harbour
The Greenhills Adventure Park is fun for everyone with water activities, golf, indoor rock climbing and so much more fun is waiting for you.

Whispering wall - Williamstown Barossa Valley
The Whispering Wall is a retaining wall for the Barossa Reservoir that has unique acoustic effects. You can whisper at one end and have a friend hear your whisper more than 100 metres away.

Mountain Bike Trails
South Australia has an excellent network of cycling trails perfect for all levels of riders including the Mawson Trail, Riesling Trail, the Encounter Bikeway and many more.

Pichi Pichi Railway

The Pichi Richi Railway operates between Quorn and Port Augusta and it takes you on a 78 kilometre scenic journey through the Flinders Ranges.

The Beachouse - Glenelg
The Beachouse in Glenelg has to be one the most popular South Australia attractions as it has Italian Formula One dodgem cars, 3 exciting water slides, a 5 storey high play castle, Australia’s oldest carousel, blaster boats with water cannons and much more fun.

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The Murray River near Renmark in South Australia

"The Murray River is about 2500 kilometres long and is the border between Victoria and NSW then it flows through South Australia. Many towns along the Murray River have very interesting histories going back to the days when paddlesteamers were the only means of transporting produce and goods in large quantities.

Echuca has the 'Port of Echuca' to visit and also several restored paddlesteamers to take a cruise on. Swan Hill has the 'Pioneer Settlement' to enjoy the good old days and you can have a cruise on the paddlesteamer called PS Pyap.

The Murray River is used for many recreational activities like water skiing, fishing, camping, photography or sketching the landscapes, canoeing or kayaking, houseboats are hired to have a very relaxing holiday, nature walks, swimming, go for a cruise and tie up the boat and visit the towns or wineries along the way, the list is endless.... and there are many more South Australia attractions."

Wildlife South Australia Attractions

Adelaide Zoo - Adelaide
Adelaide Zoo has close to two thousand animals that include reptiles, birds, amphibians, fish and invertebrates.

Kangaroo Island Birds of Prey
See the amazing free-flight demonstration and see the natural hunting abilities of these beautiful and spectacular Birds of Prey.

Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
See koalas in their natural habitat, take a guided tour and see many more of our native animals and learn why they are so special and unique. This one of the many Australia attractions on Kangaroo island that is family friendly and excellent for international visitors.

South Australia Whale Centre - Southern Fleurieu Peninsula
Learn all about whales with many types of displays.

Penguin Centre
Guided tours of Kingscote’s little penguin colony, a information centre and a saltwater aquarium on Kangaroo Island.

Parndana Wildlife Park
Get a close up experience with the wildlife and if you are lucky a cuddle and get your photo taken, while you are there enjoy the beautiful Kangaroo Island.

Historic And Heritage South Australia Attractions

R.M. Williams Outback Heritage Museum
The R.M. Williams Outback Heritage Museum is on the original site of the business and is displays a unique collection of RM Williams memorabilia donated by many longtime customers. Including saddlery, hand plaited bridles, whips and a range of clothing and boots. One of the many 'must see' unique Australia attractions.

SteamRanger Heritage Railway

The Steam Ranger operates between Adelaide Hills and Victor Harbor for a historical journey.

Bradman Collection Museum- North Adelaide
The Bradman Collection Museum follows Sir Don's progress from club cricketer on to the interstate and international stage. It notes his rise to hero status in the 1930s and beyond.

Mallee Tourist & Heritage Centre - Pinaroo
The centre has a collection of many restored machines and much more from the old days.

The Loxton Historical Village
The Loxton Village has over 45 fully furnished buildings and sites depicting and preserving the history and way of life of early Riverland settlers.


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