GUIDE: MY FAVOURITE OUTDOOR ADVENTURES IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Summer is here in Australia and you know what that means – an abundance of outdoor activities. You might not have known, but my travel purpose this year was to spend more time in my own backyard – Australia! I spent a crazy amount of time travelling overseas the year before so I wanted to take a step back and get to know the country I live in.
Fast forward to today, as the year slows down and we head towards Christmas, I can’t help but look back in retrospect. It’s been a big year for me! I hiked for three days in the snow around Cradle Mountain in Tasmania, I swum with humpback whales off the Ningaloo Coast in Western Australia, I watched the sun set over the Kangaroo Valley mountains in New South Wales, I went skiing at Mt Hotham in Victoria, and more recently found myself back at Kangaroo Island in South Australia.
One of my first trips as a travel blogger saw me adventure around South Australia and three years later, I found myself returning. This time I used TripAdvisor to plan my trip and as a tool to research things to see and do. South Australia would have to be one of the most diverse states in Australia and easily one of my favourites – there is literally so much to see and do in the outdoors. In the spirit of an outdoor summer adventure, I’ve teamed up with TripAdvisor to share my favourite outdoor experiences in South Australia. Enjoy!
Kangaroo Island, off the coast of South Australia, is an exceptionally beautiful island. Isolated and protected, it is often referred to as a ‘zoo without fences’. There is literally so much to see and do on Australia’s third biggest island – Flinders Chase National Park, Admirals Arch, Remarkables Rocks, Vivonne Bay, Little Sahara and Seal Bay are just a few of the places you must see when you’re on the island. If you only have time to do a day trip, Trip Advisor have a Kangaroo Island In A Day Tour from Adelaide which you can book here, which is perfect if you are unable to stay on Kangaroo Island. If you do plan on spending a night or two on the island, which I highly recommend, you can book a tour with Trip Advisor called the Best of Kangaroo Island 4WD Full Day Tour.
ADELAIDE BOTANTIC GARDEN
A visit to South Australia is not complete without a trip to the Adelaide Botanic Garden. The best part? It’s free! In the heart of the city but another world away, the 51-hectare public garden is located north east corner of Adelaide city and was opened to the public on the 4th of October 1857. If you’ve got a few hours’ spare, I highly recommend taking the time to explore and walk among the magnificently maintained gardens and stunning architecture. It really is something to see!
One of the best ways to experience South Australia is with the Indian Pacific. The epic train trip starts in Sydney and finishes in Perth (or vice versa) and cuts straight through Adelaide and South Australia along the way. The journey will see passengers stop at Broken Hill, which is home to famous painter Pro Hart. An isolated mining city in the far west of outback New South Wales, Broken Hill is Australia’s longest living mining city and in 1844, explorer Charles Sturt saw and named the Barrier Range, and at the time referred to a “Broken Hill” in his diary. A visit up to Miner’s Memorial at the Line of Lode mine is also a must, which commemorates over 800 workers who have lost their lives working on the mines.
One of South Australia’s most famous towns, Hahndorf is Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement. Only a 30-minute drive from Adelaide’s CBD, there is lots to see and do in Hahndorf. Visit the former home and studio of artist Sir Hans Heysen ‘The Cedars’. Spend up and fill your tummies at one of the many world famous German bakeries and pubs. Take a peek at the Hahndorf Academy to explore the arts and local heritage. Check out the market at the local school and buy some homemade apricot cookies, and remember to take a peek at the Hahndorf Academy.
Lake Bumbunga is a salt lake located in South Australia’s mid north, near the beautiful towns of Lochiel and Bumbunga. According to anthropologist Norman Tindale the name was derives from the local indigenous Parnpanhka term for 'rain water lake'. Located an hour and forty minutes north of Adelaide, Lake Bumbunga is fed by surrounding hills including the Hummocks Range. Spanning 3,000 acres, Lake Bumbunga is spectacularly accessible. You won’t find any tourist jumbles, buses or hotels. In fact, there aren’t many places to eat either. If anything, it’s not a tourist destination and to me, that’s its real charm.
If there is one thing South Australia is known for, it’s the wine. Seriously – South Australia makes some of the best wines in the world. A personal favourite, Shaw & Smith. With wineries abundant, you could easily take a day trip from Adelaide but I think it’s worth exploring the area over a nice, long weekend with friends.
One of the more intriguing outdoor adventures in South Australia is a visit to the Himeji Garden, which was a gift to Adelaide from its sister city, Himeji in 1982. It is one of the most serene and beautiful destinations in Adelaide. There is a free tram which stops just a short ten-minute walk from the garden too!
This post was in collaboration with Trip Advisor