Explore Lonely Planet's 5th best region in 2017. From stunning beaches to iconic restaurants, visit the site for the top 5 reasons to visit South Australia.
You get the full Australian experience all in one State when you #SeeSouthAustralia.
From cage diving to fine dining, there's a wine barrel full of reasons why South Australia was named as one of Lonely Planet's best regions to visit in 2017! South Australia was the only Australian destination to feature in the top three categories of top cities, regions and countries.
Wilpena Pound, Flinders Ranges
You get the full Australian experience all in one state when you #SeeSouthAustralia. From cage diving to fine dining, there's a wine barrel full of reasons why South Australia was named as one of Lonely Planet's best regions to visit in 2017!
1. See iconic Australian wildlife minutes away from the city
Tell me more:
Get up-close to iconic Australian wildlife only minutes away from Adelaide
’s CBD. Plunge into the dolphin realm
at Glenelg, swim with sea lions or sharks and splash with tuna
on our Eyre Peninsula, cuddle koalas and kangaroos
in the Adelaide Hills or escape to Kangaroo Island
where wildlife reigns supreme.
Cleland Wildlife Park, Adelaide Hills
2. Bite into a smorgasbord of fine food and wine
Tell me more: In South Australia, exceptional food and world-famous wine are a way of life. Adelaide is a culinary playground with a delicious mix of fine dining restaurants, award-winning cafes, bustling food markets and booming boutique bars. Sip and savour Australia’s best produce, served straight to your plate in the heart of our city.
Thirsty? South Australia is home to 18 wine regions and has officially been named a Great Wine Capital of the World. The Barossa is Australia’s gourmet capital, home to some of the world’s most prestigious wine labels, while The Adelaide Hills’ handpicked produce can’t be beaten. Sink your teeth into some of the freshest seafood you’ll ever taste on our Eyre and Fleurieu peninsulas, or bite into quintessential bush tucker in the Flinders Ranges and Outback.
3. Soak up the sun at our beautiful beaches
Tell me more: South Australia’s sand and surf are virtually inescapable. Beach babes of both genders will be in heaven at our stunning city beaches, while those with an adventurous spirit can try their luck at some of the country’s most epic surf spots. Want to get away from it all? Eyre Peninsula, Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island are top summer holiday spots, home to some of Australia’s most beautiful stretches of coast. Looking for the best of both worlds? The Yorke Peninsula's coastline stretches on for a whopping 700 kilometres, while the Limestone Coast's Robe is one of our most popular (and picturesque) summer holiday towns.
Long Beach, Robe
4. Party in Adelaide: capital of Australia's Best Event State
Tell me more: When we say we're the country's events capital, we mean it! South Australia was named Australia's Best Event State for the second year running at the 2016 Australian Event Awards. In January, February and March, when nights are at their longest and balmiest, Adelaide enters party overdrive. In the space of a few months, our capital is host to the massive Adelaide Fringe Festival, Adelaide Festival of Arts, WOMADelaide, Tour Down Under and Adelaide 500. And it doesn’t stop there. The Cabaret Festival and Guitar Festival warm up the (very mild) winter months, while OzAsia, the Adelaide Film Festival and Feast Festival kick-off in spring.
WOMADelaide celebrations, Adelaide
5. Explore our regions – from the outback to the hills and the sea
Tell me more: South Australia is a region of stark but stunning contrasts. Surf crystal-clear swells, trek across ancient landscapes, tour lush green hills or meander down the mighty Murray. Our State is a melting pot of Australia’s most beautiful landscapes: just one of many reasons Lonely Planet has ranked it in its top 5 regions to visit in 2017. Keep exploring our regions here!
The Arkaba Walk, Flinders Ranges