Do you like drinking wine? How about epic animal encounters? If these are up your alley South Australia really should be on your bucket list. From unleashing your inner wine snob in the world famous Barossa Valley to hopping across to Kangaroo Island, South Australia has so much to explore.
4 UNMISSABLE THINGS TO DO IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
1. Unleash your inner wine snob in The Barossa
As a backpacker, anything above budget tastes like the nectar of the gods and what better place to splurge on a nice drop than one of the most famous wine regions in the world. Not far at all from beautiful Adelaide, a Barossa Valley Tour is a South Australia must-do.
2. Swim with sea lions in Port Lincoln
Jump in and get swimming with the little legends known as the puppies of the sea. As soon as you leave the boat your new playful pals will swim up, ready to show off some tricks and have a play.
3. Dive with Great White Sharks in Port Lincoln
There’s nothing quite like coming face to face with a Great White Shark. Both feared and admired in equal measure, getting a close up experience with the world’s largest marine predator is a once in a lifetime opportunity that only three places in the world can claim access to.
4. Explore Kangaroo Island
With amazing scenery and the opportunity to tick off seeing some of those quintessential Australian animals in the wild, Kangaroo Island is a must do for anyone heading to South Australia.
Places to visit in South Australia
Melbourne is a little further down the East Coast, but boy it is worth the extra hours spent on a bus. Nowadays, Melbourne is called the culture capital of Australia. This vibrant city has a rich history, loads of culture, arts and attitude! The perfect way to experience the city is by using the red city circle tram. The red city circle tram provides comments as you pass by the city’s unique and historical landmarks. Melbourne is known for its good food, boutique bars and laneways filled with amazing street art! Hence, a few hours away you will find the Great Ocean Road, where you can see the breath taking twelve apostles.
What to do?
Great Ocean Road
See the breathtaking 12 Apostles, spot native wildlife and explore the amazing surf breaks and waterfalls. Go for a walk, surf, mountain bike trip or explore the cultural side of the city.
Peruse the sheds at Queen Victoria Market
The Queen Victoria Market is an open-air market that’s filled with people who are passionate about fresh products (and are happy to tell you about it). The Victoria Market is popular by locals and is their go-to market to buy fresh fruit, vegetables etc. Over the past few years to Victoria Market has become a must see by tourist and I mean why not. The market is filled with stalls selling, food, clothes, accessories and more. Important to note, keep in mind the opening hours/days of the market (since it is closed on Monday and Wednesday).
See a classic at the Astor Theatre
The Astor Theater was opened in 1936 and is in fact the last single-screen cinema of its kind in Melbourne. Therefore, a pretty special place to visit! The Astor Theater still has gold curtains and the entire experience feels like you have been flashed back to Hollywood in the olden days.
Take a day trip to the Yarra Valley
Les than one hour away from Melbourne, you find the Yarra Valley. The Yarra Valley is one of Victoria’s premier wine region. You can find vineyards, old farmhouses and beautiful rolling green hills. Every weekend you can visit one of the most unique wineries.
Try a cocktail at Beneath Driver Lane
An underground bar in Melbourne’s City Centrum, Beneath Driver Lane. Nowadays, one of the coolest bars around Melbourne city Centre.
Check out the amazing street art
All around Melbourne you will find stunning street art. You can even join a street art tour where they show you the best spots around the city center.
Go see Flinders street station
You might know the Flinders street station of postcards or brochures. This stunning building was opened in 1910, and it is listed on the Victorian heritage register.
Visit Brighton beach
Go visit Port Phillip Bay under the watch of 82 bathing boxes, a row of uniformly proportioned wooden bathing boxes lining the foreshore at Brighton Beach.
Where to stay?
Most backpackers, who are travelling to Melbourne, stay at Space hotel. Space hotel is one of the popular accommodations in Melbourne. Space Hotel is a merge between up- market backpacker accommodation and budget boutique hotel. This is budget accommodation as it was never meant to be. Offering a wide range of room options for budgets both big and small.With modern designer rooms featuring iPod-docking stations, high quality mattresses and flat screen TVs, not to mention spaces to play games, watch movies, workout and lounge around; it’s the best way to discover all that Melbourne has to offer.
Adelaide is the capital city of the state of South Australia and the fifth-most populous city of Australia. Adelaide is a real cosmopolitan coastal capital. The city is close to the River Torrens and the original inhabitants are the Kaurna people.
What to do?
The diverse cultural city of Adelaide is renowned for its parklands, café culture and busy events calendar. Sip some wine in the Barossa Valley or hop on over
to Kangaroo Island and enjoy the stunning natural scenery and a huge array of wildlife. Stay on a working Aussie farm, ride the 4×4’s, learn to surf, spot the sea lions and koalas, then finish off the day around the campfire.
Where to stay?
YHA is a popular brand around Australia and also in Adelaide there’s a central YHA. A good way to spend your nights. Maybe a cheaper option is Flashpackers. But of course, there are plenty of other hostels to find in Adelaide.
Port Lincoln is a city on the Eyre Peninsula, in South Australia. It’s known for its fishing industry and seafood. It is the largest city in the West Coast region and is located approximately 280 km from the city of Adelaide.
What to do?
Lincoln National park is a protected area and consists of a mainland area and a number of nearby islands. The national park contains significant sites of natural, indigenous and early European heritage. You can visit this park and enjoy the nature.
Winter Hill Lookout is a good location to see the surroundings of Port Lincoln, including a stunning view over the sea and valley.
Port Lincoln is also popular for its shark cave diving. If you dare facing these creatures, it can be an amazing experience. You can also choose to swim with sea lions. It’s the only place in Australia where you can do this, so if you are in Port Lincoln, it might be great stop. See tour here
Tasmania is an island and state of Australia and it’s located 240 kilometres southeast of the Australian mainland. The capital of Tasmania is Hobart. Tasmania is the 26th-largest island in the world and is surrounded by 334 islands. The island has great flora and fauna.
What to do?
You can have a great mountain bike tour from the summit of Mt Wellington to Hobart’s scenic waterfront. This is the ultimate bike riding adventure experience. Escape the city buzz for the serenity of the natural landscape and see the stunning town of Hobart from a whole new perspective. See tour here
Bruny Island day tour: this is a great way to discover Tasmania. You can see the lovely beaches, national parks, rugged coastline and native wildlife matched with the finest local produce from the ocean and the land. There’s also a rainforest walk included with cheese tasting and a Cape Bruny Light house walk. See tour here
Port Arthur tour: in this way you can experience one of Tasmania’s most historic and ruthless sites. This also includes Richmond & Tasman National parks. You’ll visit the Tasman Arch, Devils Kitchen and walk the Waterfall Bay coastal walk. You will also visit the the Pirates Bay Lookout. See tour here