South Australia (SA) is a diverse state boasting stunning coastline, scenic mountain ranges, spectacular wine country and searing desert. The capital city, Adelaide, is a picturesque city with a small town feel but all of the luxuries of a large city. The South Australian coastline is famous for its stunning beaches and excellent surf breaks while the wines produced in the region are some of the best in the country.
Inland SA features the beautiful Flinders Ranges and the unforgiving terrain of the Simpson Desert. South Australia’s amazing potpourri of landscapes is a tourist’s dream, providing original experiences and a variety of travel options.
1. Coober Pedy is one of the most unique places in SA
This location is a must-see for those looking for something a little different. Located in the centre of SA, Coober Pedy is known as the Opal Capital of the World. Coober Pedy has a rich history, originally inhabited by Aboriginal nomads, the first opals were found in the area in 1915 by a prospecting syndicate unsuccessfully looking for gold. From then on the opal mining industry was born.
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Coober Pedy… It’s a little bit 'Hollywood', and a whole lot underground, as our mate @parky.au can attest! Not only is this quirky #outback city known as the #Opal Capital of The World – it’s also a thriving centre for film makers, who flock here for its post-apocalyptic landscape and the legendary ‘Moon Plain’ just out of town. Think: Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, Red Planet, Ground Zero, Pitch Black and Priscilla Queen of The Desert – which were all filmed around here in recent years. On the surface, you’ll see a living, breathing testament to human resilience – a thriving metropolis plonked on the remnants of an ancient inland sea which retreated over 70-million-years ago. But beneath its lunar crust, you’ll also unearth a fascinating city underground – with houses, shops, restaurants and hotels all tucked beneath the earth to escape the searing #desert heat. Hop on board with @aridareastours to find all the local gems, both above and below ground! #SeeSouthAustralia 🌅🙌 [📍Location: 9 hour drive, or 2 hour flight, from #Adelaide in #SouthAustralia to @cooberpedy_southaustralia ] #CooberPedy #SeeAustralia #Australia
The unique style of living underground was created not long afterwards to escape the oppressive heat and difficult living conditions of the area, particularly in the summer months. For the true Coober Pedy experience, a stay in Choice Hotel’s Comfort Inn Coober Pedy Experience will give you a taste of the local lifestyle.
2. Discover Mount Gambier
Located halfway between Adelaide and Melbourne at the end of the Great Ocean Road is the major metropolitan centre for the Limestone Coast and is surrounded by caves, volcanic craters, limestone and underground aquifers. With all the facilities of a major city, including excellent accommodation and restaurants Mount Gambier has many attractions, excellent shopping and entertainment and rare natural formations worthy of exploration.
The famous ‘Blue Lake’ is nestled in a volcanic crater and is known for its dramatic colour changes throughout the year. The Cave Garden in the centre of the city has been created in a large sink hole and is a sight to be seen. Stunning rose gardens are lovingly tended and viewing platforms around the rim offer magnificent views of this one off attraction. Choice has a selection of three excellent Mount Gambier Hotels to choose from ranging from three to four stars to suit all budgets and requirements.
3. Kingston’s gorgeous beaches
The beaches in the coastal town of Kingston are some of the most beautiful in the world and provide a huge range of water activities including fishing, scuba diving, windsurfing, swimming and dolphin watching. The firm white sand is ideal for driving on, and the gentle slope into the ocean means swimming conditions are ideal and extremely safe. The local fishing is excellent with local fishermen running charter services to take you to the best spots.
The abundance of crayfish in the area resulted in the The Big Lobster being built. The Big Lobster is a seafood restaurant featuring local produce with a 17 metre high lobster as a centre piece, rivalling the Big Banana and Big Pineapple as an all Australian tourist attraction.
4. Explore the small country town of Renmark
Located on a sweeping bend of the mighty Murray River, the small town of Renmark shows another completely different side to South Australia. The river town has a thriving retail and tourism sector and is a great setting for holidays and new experiences. The river offers a variety of water sports and activities and also the opportunity for a unique houseboat holiday. There are river cruises, eco-tours, local wineries and a rich local arts community to explore. The Comfort Inn Citrus Valley is close to the Murray River, shopping and parks and is the ideal base to explore the region.
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Standing at Headings Lookout with a strong coffee in hand is a time-honoured @riverlandsouthaustralia tradition, as @benjamingoode can attest… Here, as the red banks glow, galahs cackle and pelicans drift in dawn thermals, you’ll find it’s easy to lose yourself in the moment. So much so in fact, that captaining your own luxury @drifttheexperience houseboat can bring its own unique set of problems – you’ll find it almost impossible to keep track of minutes, hours and days while ambling along the mighty #MurrayRiver. While floating down this ancient corridor through time, you’ll find yourself throwing away your watch, kicking back in the spa, popping the cork on another bottle of sparkling and toasting to life in the slow lane… And hey, that’s just as nature intended! #SeeSouthAustralia 🌅☕️ [📍Location: a 2hr flight from Sydney to #Adelaide in #SouthAustralia, and a 3hr drive to #Renmark in #MyRiverland ] #DestinationRiverland #SeeAustralia #Australia
These are only a few of the amazing places in South Australia, but this selection shows SA’s incredible diversity and huge range of holiday styles. Adelaide is also a great destination with great architecture, chic restaurants and world class accommodation. South Australia with its eclectic offerings is definitely not to be overlooked when planning a holiday within Australia