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All The Reasons The Victorian Premier Is Wrong About South Australia

A list of destinations, experiences, eateries, wineries, and other reasons the Victorian Premier is wrong about visiting South Australia.

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South Australians everywhere were pretty baffled when Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews recently stated, “I don’t want to be offensive to South Australians but why would you want to go there?”

As purveyors of all the great things that are happening in our humble state, it was only fitting that we compile a mega list of all the great things you can do in South Australia, and exactly why you WOULD want to come here.

There are so many things people travel here to see, do, and experience, things that us locals also value greatly, because there are SO MANY AMAZING reasons why we love this beautiful state.

Special mention to our event/festival scene (RIP), which we hope will be back to normal before too long (think Fringe, Adelaide Festival, WOMADelaide, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Guitar Festival, Writers Festival, and more).

And, of course, one of the best things about South Australia are the people who call our beautiful state home. Unfortunately, we don’t have time to list off all the people who have shaped our phenomenal state, so instead, here is an abundance of wine-ing and dining options, unique experiences, stunning destinations, and gorgeous accommodation, all of which, alongside the people, make South Australia well worth a visit.

Feast your eyes.

Our Stunning Tourism Destinations

Streaky Bay

This seaside paradise on the Eyre Peninsula boasts incredible, Instagram-worthy beaches and is a tourist hotspot.

Streaky Bay, photo by @charlinke_ (via IG)

Port Lincoln

Arguably Australia’s seafood capital, Port Lincoln boasts a whole lot of fresh seafood, gorgeous coastlines, ocean experiences (shark cage diving) and native wildlife. 

Thistle Island, photo by Andy Harvey
Whalers Way, photo by Gail Caviedes

Barossa Valley

The Barossa Valley is home to some of the world’s best wineries, amazing accomodation experiences, and delicious local produce.

Kangaroo Island

Just a ferry ride from the mainland, Kangaroo Island boasts a rugged coastline, incredibly clear waters, enviable food and wine, and gorgeous sunsets.

Wilpena Pound

This natural amphitheatre of mountains in the heart of Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park encompasses some of the most beautiful scenery in the state.

Innes National Park

Innes National Park is a all things coastal landscapes and sandy beaches, with camping, bushwalking, fishing, and surfing on offer.

McLaren Vale

Home to world-class wineries and culinary experiences, gorgeous natural attractions, and talked-about tourism offerings, McLaren Vale is a must-visit.

Kuitpo Forest

This absolutely Instagram-worthy escape to nature is open for picnicking, bike riding, and strolling.

Second Valley Beach

Second Valley Beach is popular for swimming, jetty fishing, scuba diving, and Instagramming, with its gorgeous coastline and scenery.

Victor Harbor

Victor Harbor is the holiday destination of choice for locals and tourists alike, boasting awesome beaches, great local eateries, and whale-watching.

Lake MacDonnell

Part of South Australia’s pink lake circuit, Lake MacDonnell’s high salt concentration makes for breathtaking colours.

Lake MacDonnell, photo by Demi Elliott

Mount Remarkable National Park

Mount Remarkable National Park forms part of the Flinders Ranges and is ideal for bushwalking, camping, and spectacular views.

Adelaide Hills

Gorgeous scenery, amazing wineries, and mouth-watering food, the Adelaide Hills is a must-visit in South Australia.

Golding Wines

Murray River

One of the world’s longest, navigable rivers, the Murray River is a place for cruising, fishing, exploring, and water-skiing.

Mount Gambier

This popular tourist destination sits on a volcanic landscape and is surrounded by scenic spots, with one of its most famous attractions being the ever-changing Blue Lake.

Mount Gambier’s Blue Lake

Clare Valley

Home to wineries, rolling countryside, and charming scenery, the Clare Valley is the perfect place for a weekend getaway.

Coonawarra

Known as Australia’s premier red wine region, Coonawarra is a great place to connect with nature, camp, or glam, and enjoy the region’s cellar doors and local produce.

Our Renowned Foodie Scene

Dining in South Australia is world renowned for its sensational quality and the unique experiences you can expect. Here’s a few standout restaurants to consider.

Villeta Porcini

Mylor, South Ausrtalia, 5153

Botanic Garden Restaurant

Plane Tree Dr, Adelaide SA 5000

Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant

78 Penfold Rd, Adelaide SA 5072

Sean’s Kitchen

North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000

Osteria Oggi

76 Pirie St, Adelaide SA 5000

Africola

4 East Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000

Golden Boy

309 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000

Chianti

160 Hutt St, Adelaide SA 5000

Hentley Farm

Gerald Roberts Rd, Jenke Rd, Seppeltsfield SA 5355

Orana

1/285 Rundle St, Adelaide SA 5000

FINO Seppeltsfield

730 Seppeltsfield Rd, Seppeltsfield SA 5355

Apellation Restaurant

Seppeltsfield Rd &, Stonewell Rd, Marananga SA 5355

The Salopian Inn

Main Rd, McLaren Vale SA 5171

Maxwell Restaurant

19 Olivers Rd, McLaren Vale SA 5171

Our Acclaimed Wineries, Breweries & Distilleries

Alpha Box & Dice

Set inside a converted shed, this young, funky winery sets out to make wine tasting approachable to the masses. Beneath the beat of trendy tunes, enjoy a tasting, soak up some country sun, and indulge in a gourmet platter.

Located at Lot 8, Olivers Rd, McLaren Vale.

Château Tanunda

Recognised as one of Australia’s top wineries, Château Tanunda is the site of some of the Barossa Valley’s first planted vines, and its first winery.

Located at 9 Basedow Rd, Tanunda.

Coriole

Coriole’s iron shed has been converted into a state of the art dining space, perfect for a meal and a glass of wine.

Located at Chaffeys Rd, McLaren Vale.

Maxwell Wines

A five-star winery and one of the region’s most notable restaurants – Maxwell is a must-visit when you’re in the area.

Located at Corner of Olivers & Chalk Hill Roads, McLaren Vale. 

Mitolo Wines

With award-winning wines and an award-winning restaurant, Mitolo is always a popular choice.

Located at 41 McMurtrie Rd, McLaren Vale.

Wirra Wirra

Think a picturesque cellar door and lush lawns, as well as platters full of local cheese, and, of course, a glass of wine.

Located at Corner Strout and McMurtrie Roads, McLaren Vale.

Howard Vineyard

A special place in the Adelaide Hills to enjoy delicious local produce and award winning single vineyard wines.

Located at Bald Hills Rd, Nairne.

Little Bang Brewing Company

Pair your craft brews with ethically-sourced Asian street food and bar snacks. Big yes.

Located at 25 Henry Street Stepney.

Never Never Distillery Door

Gin flights? We’re sold.

Located at 56 Field St, McLaren Vale.

Prohibition Liquor Co. Tasting Room

This CBD distillery door serves Prohibition’s handmade, small-batch craft gin. Think masterclasses, gin flights, and a nibble.

Located at 22 Gilbert St.

Our Bucket-List Experiences

TreeClimb

This is something we’ve experienced and absolutely loved. Australia’s first inner-city aerial adventure park features over 70 obstacles, incorporating zip-lines, ladders, log-walks, Tarzan swings, rock climbing and much more. More details here.

The Wine Train

The South Coast Wine Train tour travels along the Steamranger Heritage Railway from Mount Barker to Strathalbyn and onward to the South Coast and Murray River Port of Goolwa on the Fleurieu Peninsula.

​Along the journey, guests have the opportunity to tour the nearby cellar doors and vineyards at Langhorne Creek, Currency Creek and the Southern Fleurieu wine regions. More details here.

Eat Oysters Straight From The Ocean In Coffin Bay

Head to one of the most beautiful parts of South Australia, Coffin Bay, and prepare yourself for an amazing experience.

Oyster HQ is a tourism centre that sits right over the water in the bay, and is also where the Coffin Bay Oyster Farm Tours depart from. You’ll don waders and head out into the water, where you’ll sit partly-submerged on their salt water pavilion.

Then and there, you’ll be treated to a fascinating tour about oysters, the industry, farming techniques, the area, and all-importantly, an oyster-shucking lesson. Eat amazingly fresh oysters straight from the ocean accompanied with a wine or beer.

Hot Air Balloon Across The Barossa Valley

Experience the breathtaking views and serenity of the beautiful Barossa Valley as you float high above the ground with Barossa Valley Ballooning. 

Peaceful, yet exhilarating, your sunrise hot air balloon adventure will give you a perspective like no other of this world-famous wine region. Followed with a champagne breakfast, it’s sure to be a gift to be remembered. Details here.

Feed A Lion At Monarto Zoo

Experience Australia’s only 360 degree lion encounter for a prey’s eye view into the world of these awe-inspiring predators.

You can even book one of six exclusive opportunities to hand feed the majestic lions. More details here.

Make Your Own Wine

Treat someone to an experience they’ll never forget. The opportunity to play winemaker for the day, to blend and bottle their own wine.

The Blending Bench at d’Arenberg is where the craft of winemaking becomes an art form. Three distinctive barrel samples of single vineyard wine are blended to create a personalised Shiraz, something truely unique. The final blend is then bottled and given a quirky name, in true d’Arenberg fashion. While you’re there, why not check out the d’Arenberg Cube – it’s beyond amazing. More details here.

Drink & Paint

What better way to bring our your creative side than a glass of South Australia’s best? There’s plenty of art and wine classes popping up, particularly at Pirie Street’s Studio Vino.

The Studio Vino paint and sip experience is a fun and unique way to uncork your creativity. Enjoy a glass of wine while re-creating the featured painting of the night. Paint, canvas and brushes are provided, and an experienced local artist leads the group step by step through the process. Visit the Studio Vino Facebook page here.

Gin Cruise On The Popeye

Head out on one of Adelaide’s iconic Popeye boats, and chug down the Torrens while you enjoy a gin flight.

Prohibition Liquor Company has joined with The Popeye to offer monthly gin masterclasses and signature Prohibition Gin cocktails while attendees cruise the scenic river. Read more here.

Adventure Room

Adventure Rooms challenges you and your friends or colleagues to complete each adventure by solving puzzles, cracking codes & escaping in under 60 minutes. Click here for more information.

Holey Moley Mini Golf 

Located in the heart of Adelaide’s CBD, this is mini golf with cocktails and DJs. There’s a whopping 18 themed holes over two courses. You can play the standard nine holes or make a night of it and play all 18.

After you’re done golfing, you can grab a themed cocktail (think Teeyoncé Holes) at the bar or sit down for a bite to eat. More info here.

Adelaide Oval Roof Climb 

Whether you choose a day climb or a night climb, seeing Adelaide from the rooftop of Adelaide Oval is a unique experience.

Complete with a 90 minute climb experience, post-climb beverage, souvenir RoofClimb hat, achievement certificate, digital photo pack, and a seriously great mix of party tunes, there is no denying that this is an experience like no other. Find more details here.

Adelaide Gondola

You may not be exploring the streets and canals of Italy right now, but there is a chance to experience Italian charm right here in Adelaide with Adelaide Gondola.

This unique business has gifted locals and tourists of the state the perfect way to wind down and relax in true Venetian style for decades. Operating seven days a week (day and night) for your convenience, you can enjoy a ride along the picturesque River Torrens.

Ghost Tours

Know someone who loves the paranormal? Or just being scared witless Adelaide Haunted Horizons Ghost Tours claim to be the real deal, with no gimmicks, no dress-ups, and no dramatics – just personal experiences and real-life ghostly encounters.

Check out their tours to Adelaide Gaol, Adelaide Arcade, the National Railway Museum, Old Tailem Town or the Z Ward Asylum. They also host ghost hunts for those who want a little more action. Find out more details here.

Z Ward Asylum Ghost Tours: Ward for the ‘Criminally Insane’ at Glenside Hospital, previously Parkside Lunatic Asylum

Go Glamping

South Australia offers so many beautiful camping destinations, however not all of us enjoy sleeping bags and a sore back. This is where glamping comes in handy.

Wilpena Pound Ikara Glamping Safari Tents
Five hours from Adelaide, you’ll discover the beautiful Flinders Ranges, and Wilpena Pound – a fantastic camping destination which forms a base for many bushwalkers, and bush tours. In a secluded spot away from the main campground, 15 roomy tents with king-size beds, tiled bathrooms and timber decks, are set among majestic red river gums and native pines.

Eco Tent, Adelaide Shores
If you’re looking for something closer to home, Adelaide Shores Big4 Caravan Park in West Beach has you covered. Offering double bed and bunks, this 4-person tent does the important things like keeping the bugs out, while keeping you cool with a fan above the beds. With WiFi on hand, it’s also quite a convenient way to experience glamping for a first timer. For more glamping options, head to our comprehensive glamping guide.

MegaAdventure

Take the kids (and adults) to new heights with the Mega Adventure aerial park located in West Beach. Mega Adventure is a climbing course which has more than 80 aerial crossings, a free fall jump and near vertical climb. Find out more about MegaAdventure here.

Cycle The Riesling Trail in Clare

Not far from Riverton is the Riesling Trail, which runs along the old Riesling railway line through the township of Clare to Auburn, and reaches a total length of 32kms.

This is a ride steeped in history, with the old towns in-between starting points hosting colleges, churches and homes from the 1800s. The area is also perfect for those looking for a food and wine experience with a number of wineries and cellar doors along the journey. Check out our guide of where to cycle in SA.

4WD In The Flinders Ranges

The Flinders Ranges boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in South Australia, and what better way to experience the views and the rugged landscape than in a 4WD?

Flinders Experience 4WD Tours offers half and full day tours departing daily from Quorn, Hawker, Rawnsley Park and Wilpena Resort. Tours start from $175 per person. More details here.

Skydiving

Located a short 45 minutes drive from Adelaide, Adelaide Tandem Skydiving is South Australia’s most experienced skydiving centre.

Their world-class skydiving instructors are dedicated to ensure all of their guests have the best skydiving experience. Their specialty is first time skydivers wishing to make a tandem skydive and those wishing to become skydivers themselves. More details here.

Stay on a Houseboat

Murray River Houseboats invites you to stay and fully indulge all that the river has to offer, and at your own pace with no schedule, just taking it as it comes.

There’s even a new, super-sized, dream houseboat that you can hire on the Murray (it has a spa on board). You can check it out here.

Sunset on Temptation Sailing

While the Temptation Sailing cruises have been around for years, the experiences offered are still unique.

View the picturesque sights of Adelaide and the beautiful lights along the foreshore of Glenelg, then return to Marina Pier, which is one of Adelaide’s best outdoor dining destinations. For more info, see here.

Temptation Sailing also offers a pretty incredible swim with the dolphins experience which comes with a money back guarantee. Details here.

Go on a Dolphin Cruise in Port Adelaide

While Temptation Sailing (above) offers dolphin watching, and even swimming experiences, it’s all about being outdoors. If you’re after a more air conditioned, comfortable experience with a fully stocked bar, and dining options however, why not check out the Dolphin Explorer in Port Adelaide. Book here.

Fig Picking at Glen Ewin Estate

Strawberry picking, cherry picking, we all love collecting our own fruit direct from the source – right?

Spend a day in the gorgeous Adelaide Hills under the sweet summery sun, making wholesome memories with family and/or friends.

Willabrand Australia is an award winning family owned business specializing in fig products with 12,000 tree orchards at Glen Ewin Estate. Find out more information here.

Cherry Picking at Stella Creek

Stella Creek is located in the beautiful Adelaide Hills, and poses a refreshing getaway from city life. Check out their website here.

Gin Blending Masterclass

This gin blending Masterclass with Settlers Spirits is one for your gin-fiend friends.

Learn about the different taste flavours and combinations of 12 botanicals used in the gin making process, then create your own gin recipes and bottle the best one in a 200ml bottle to take home. Check out their website for more details.

Segway Around The Torrens Or Seppeltsfield

Join the Segway Sensation SA Team and experience all the iconic sights of Adelaide’s Riverbank Precinct and The Barossa Valley’s Seppeltsfield Winery on a Segway.

Hour long tours depart from the par three golf course North of the River Torrens weir in the City and the picnic grounds at Seppeltsfield Winery in the Barossa Valley. More details here.

The HandleBar

That’s right, Adelaide has its very own pedal pub. Take a two hour pedal trip around the streets of Adelaide CBD all while sipping on beers, bases, bubbly, wines, or soft drink.

The contraption is a 16 seater, so it’s perfect for big groups of mates. Get the full details here.

Quad Biking At Waitpinga Farm

Enjoy the stunning views of the Southern Ocean and Waitpinga Beach from the paddocks of Waitpinga Farm while riding your quad bike through natural farmland, spotting the local farm and native animals. Full details here.

Helicopter Over McLaren Vale

With the option for pick up from a selection of B&Bs and wineries around the McLaren Vale region, this is a lovely experience for two people to see the stunning beauty of the McLaren Vale wine region.

The tour will also include a fly out over the Fleurieu Peninsula coastline with views of the colourful cliffs, white sandy beaches and pristine waters of Gulf St Vincent. There’s also the option for drop off at a local winery for lunch. More details here.

Adelaide Central Market Food Tours

Food Tours Australia offer a variety of local tours of the Adelaide Central Market, Chinatown, the Adelaide Farmers Market, and a few more. They all have one thing in common, food.

Whether you’re an early riser into breakfast foods, want to learn more about coffee, or like the sound of biking around the city streets and learning about architecture (with a picnic awaiting you at the end, of course), there’s a little something for everyone. Check out the Food Tours Australia website for more details.

Become A Race Car Driver For A Day

Driving one of the Adrenaline V8 Race Cars is the closest thing in Australia to driving a V8 Supercar and is sure to raise your pulse.

This is your chance to give someone the chance to strap into the driver’s seat of a V8 Race Car and feel for themselves, what it’s like to drive and be in control of some serious horsepower. More details here.

Chopper From Kuitpo To Kangaroo Island

A collection of bespoke tourism experiences from our two favourite regions, Kuitpo and Kangaroo Island, have been brought together for an incredible bucket list adventure.

Departing via helicopter from the Fox Gordon vineyard and cellar door in Kuitpo, the packages include Helicopter flights, accomodation, and options of fine dining, charter fishing and wildlife encounters. More info here.

Shark Cage Diving with Great White Sharks

If there is one thing you must add to your bucket list, it has to be shark cage diving with great whites.

As the creators of Australia’s first Advanced eco-certified shark cage diving experience, Adventure Bay Charters offer visitors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view the legendary great white shark in its natural habitat.

The use of music to attract the sharks to their vessel allows you the unique opportunity to rock out to the great white sharks’ preference of AC/DC or your most loved tunes whilst in the cage. For more info or to book, see here.

Guided Sea Lion Dives

While there are some experiences closer to Adelaide, for a bucket list trip, head to Baird Bay on the Eyre Peninsula, and check out Baird Bay Ocean Eco Experience. You can either stay on the board and watch, or go for a swim with seal lions and dolphins. Click here for more info.

The amazing places to stay

Our Extremely Fresh Produce

From our seafood, to our cheese and meat, and everything else in between, our farmers and artisan producers are incredible. Here’s just a few scattered across our state to pick from.

Charlesworth Nuts – Stock up on the best and freshest nuts, fruits and chocolates in Australia.

Haigh’s Chocolates – Adelaide’s famous chocolatier.

Kytons Bakery– Best known for their lamingtons, they also bake award winning hot cross buns, Christmas puddings and a festive range of cakes, mince pies and nut slices.

Singing Magpie Produce – Singing Magpie brings delicious, high-quality Riverland produce to consumers who care where their food is coming from.

Barossa Cheese – Get artisan cheese handmade in the Barossa Valley delivered to your door. Choose from a range of Cheese Packs, including a Gourmet Cheese Hamper, Halloumi Cheese Pack, Chef Cheese Pack, and more.

Barossa Fine Foods – Family owned and run for the past 23 years, Barossa Fine Foods prides itself on the best quality product hand crafted from traditional methods and all 100% gluten free. Choose from fresh meat to smallgoods.

Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop – The delightful and delicious products by beloved Australian figure, Maggie Beer.

Coffin Bay Oysters – Coffin Bay oysters are produced in the remote, unspoilt and pure waters of the large Coffin Bay waterway at the entrance of the bay. They are one of nature’s true delights.

Pangkarra – A family owned business producing premium stone milled pasta, flour, lavosh, roasted pulses and chickpea puffs. All products are made from grain and legumes grown on our farm, using sustainable farming methods incorporating organic fertilisers.

Baylies Epicurean Delights – A beloved Adelaide Hills local business, Baylies products include their popular gourmet crackers, lavash, cakes, puddings, tart shells, and more.

Kris Lloyd Artisan – Kris Lloyd is a self taught Cheese Maker who has headed up Woodside Cheese Wrights at Woodside in the Adelaide Hills for over 17 years.

Beerenberg Farm – From its humble beginnings in Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills, Beerenberg Farm has become a household name in Australia and its delicious home style jams, condiments, sauces and dressings are now found in dozens of countries around the world.

Kangaroo Island Source –  Kangaroo Island Source offers a range of gourmet products made from ingredients that are hand selected and supplied by local producers from Kangaroo Island.

Mooka Oysters – Mooka Oysters is a family owned and operated business, running parallel to the Eyre Island, South Australia, and providing sensational Smoky Bay oysters.

Udder Delights – From Blue Cheese to Brie, Chevre to Camembert, Udder Delights is passionate about making, sharing and eating cheese. Their handmade artisan products are lovingly created at our cheese factory in Lobethal, in the beautiful Adelaide Hills.

Our Amazing Places To Stay

Sequoia, Mount Lofty House

The iconic Mount Lofty House’s $15 million brand new sanctuary offers a level of tranquility, sophistication and heart to the historical charm and indulgence already found at the stunning destination. The new luxury development boasts elegant open-plan suits, Basket Range stone-clad gas fireplaces and 180 degree valley views from the lounge, bed and bathtub.

Headland House, Kings Head Retreats

The Kings Head Retreats, perched up on the headland just south of Encounter Bay, are a dramatic fusion of raw nature and timeless architecture, which take your breath away. The Headland House is the main retreat, which sleeps up to

Kings Beach Retreat

Pike River Eco-Villas, Riverland

The Pike River Eco-Villas are situated on 15 acres of riverfront at the gateway of the Riverland, with epic views, sunken deck spas, the Riverland Wine Centre next door, plus they’re in the proposed National Tourism Landscape region of South Australia.

Pike River Eco-Villa. Photo by Jonathan Kissock

Ode To The Orchard, Adelaide Hills

Located in Lenswood in the Adelaide Hills, Ode to the Orchard is a cosy, private, two bedroom orchard cottage up on a hill, with only distant neighbours in sight. The rustic 1890s cottage also features a fireplace and a scenic bath on its deck. A BATH! As an added bonus, it’s still nice and close to the region’s finest wineries.

Sunningdale House, Port Elliot

Sunningdale House is a gorgeous, newly renovated 1800’s early settlers house in the heart of Port Elliot, which is a pet-friendly, instagram dream.

Sunningdale House

Naiko Retreat, Fleurieu Peninsula

Enjoy your own private beach, a zen-spaceship-like retreat for time out, and luxury accommodation with sweeping ocean views at Naiko Retreat on the Fleurieu Peninsula.

Naiko Retreat

Trestrail Cottage, Clare

Hidden in a forest of rare red stringybark trees in Clare is a winding, narrow roadway up to a secluded hilltop retreat. There you’ll find the incredible Trestrail Cottage which features a wood-stove hot rock sauna, cooling bush shower, bare earth bowling (like tennis on clay), a screened deck for summer sleeping, a meditative rock room, and BBQ.

Trestrail Cottage

Simon Tolley Lodge, Adelaide Hills

Set amongst the expansive vineyards of Simon Tolley Wines, the newly renovated Simon Tolley Lodge offers premium vineyard accommodation in the heart of the world-renowned Adelaide Hills. Surrounded by 56 acres of land, including 32 acres of functioning vineyard, Simon Tolley Lodge boasts spectacular, picturesque hills views from each corner and every room. 

Simon Tolley Lodge

The Treehouse, McLaren Vale

If you’re looking for surreal accommodation in the McLaren Vale wine region then The Treehouse, a luxury two storey retreat set amongst the trees and with stunning ocean-views, should be high on the list. 

The Treehouse

Earthship Ironbank, Adelaide Hills

A stunning and unique destination, Earthship Ironbank offers guests a gorgeous stay with a tiny eco-footprint.

Cadole Avalon, McLaren Vale

Located at the luxurious Vineyard Retreat, Cadole Avalon is offering a new kind of escape for those looking to enjoy the best of McLaren Vale, while having their own sanctuary to relax in.

The pod combines architectural detailing, premium finishes and fixtures, with a spacious minimalist layout.

Carlisle Alpaca Farm, Adelaide Hills

Just past Nairne in the Adelaide Hills lays the Carlisle Alpaca Farm Stay B&B. For all the alpca lovers out there – this is basically PARADISE! Your accommodation is located right next to the paddocks where a group of gorgeous Alpacas live, so you can kick back on the deck with a glass of wine, and enjoy gazing at your new furry friends, who are happy to come up to the fence and say hi. The peaceful, private getaway is close enough to Adelaide to enjoy all its conveniences, while its location in the Hills, gives you access to one of our favourite wine regions, and all that the area has on offer.

Hideyhole Wildlife Hut, Ironbank

For a very affordable $79 a night, HideyHOLE is a space for people who love nature, but still want to be close to the delights of Adelaide Hills cafes & wineries, or Adelaide’s festivals and culture. The 15sqm, tiny, rustic space embedded within nature is a teensy bit remote, but that’s what we love about it.

HideyHole

The Cube, Murray Bridge

The Cube is a modern floating pod, that’s designed as a stylish getaway for couples, and it’s located only an hour out of Adelaide. In the warmer months, the large deck is the perfect place to watch the world go by, while in the cooler months, the fire pit under the verandah is the perfect accompaniment for your getaway.

Marion Bay Ocean Pods

Marion Bay is undisputedly one of South Australia’s most beautiful destinations. Tucked away at the bottom of the Yorke Peninsula, three hours drive from Adelaide, it’s also the gateway to Innes National park and home to fishing and crayfish industries. It’s also home to some fun eco-pods, that offer an incredible, private experience, in a stunning, ocean-side location.

CABN, Adelaide Hills

Located in the picturesque Adelaide Hills in a secret location thirty minutes from the city, this sustainable, 2.5 by 6 metre eco hideaway is something special. Think bushwalking, forest, creeks, waterfalls and bird watching. Expect kangaroos, drop bears and bandicoots. Wake up to the sound of magpies and kookaburras heralding the dawn. Gaze up at the night sky, with a warming nip in hand. Depending on the time of year, cuddle around the fire pit and talk into the long night with your loved ones. Get back to nature’s circadian rhythms.

Hotel California Road, McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale’s Inkwell Wines opened Hotel California Road last year and it’s truly one of the most unique accommodation options we’ve seen in SA. Set in the vineyard, the micro-hotel has only three suites, each with its own private deck and floor-to-ceiling windows.

Blakiston Cheese Factory, Adelaide Hills

Escape to a simpler time in history without giving up on modern amenities and contemporary style. Built in 1896 as the Blakiston Cheese Factory, this creamery has retained its rustic charm with original beams, exposed stone walls, and high ceilings alongside modern art. The house, which sleeps 8, is in beautiful surrounds in Blakiston with Howard Vineyard, The Lane Vineyard, and Hahndorf minutes away by car, so you’ll have plenty to keep you occupied.

Lucent Art House, Adelaide Hills

Situated in the heart of Stirling, meters from the action, down a quiet lane and under a canopy of oak trees, lies Lucent Art House. This spacious, architecturally designed and purpose built accommodation is filled with original art, designer furniture, hand selected vintage wares and carefully picked local products to ensure visitors love every moment of their stay.

The Louise, Barossa

One of the Barossa’s most sought-after accommodation options, The Louise is not only a gorgeous place to relax and stay, but is situated right next door to Appellation, which is a renowned dining destination. Enjoy the spacious comfort, experience pure indulgent luxury and sophisticated contemporary design whilst surrounded by picturesque natural vineyard landscapes. Soak in glorious sunset views from your private terrace, enjoy the gas log fireplaces as well as a large lounge room, king beds, deluxe linens, spacious marbled ensuites and outdoor private rain showers.

The Mayfair Hotel, Adelaide

If you’re looking for accommodation in Adelaide’s CBD while you explore ALL of the amazing things this city has to offer, you should seriously consider The Mayfair. Not only have their beds won the best hotel beds in Australia, according to the Gourmet Traveller Australian Hotel Awards, but the hotel itself is in a great central locations, has a gorgeous bespoke fit-out, and features Hennessy, an amazing rooftop bar and The Mayflower restaurant.

EOS by SkyCity Adelaide

While this is still a few months away from opening, it’s definitely a reason to head to Adelaide. EOS by SkyCity is the brand new luxury hotel that’s opening in late 2020 as the centrepiece of the $330 million riverbank casino expansion.

The Adelaide Oval Hotel

Another amazing place to stay in late 2020 will be the new Adelaide Oval Hotel. The boutique 138-room oval hotel will be integrated into the Eastern Facade of the existing structure and be open by September 2020.

Rooms will have spectacular views, including St Peter’s Cathedral, Adelaide Parklands and city skyline.

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