Most people know South Australia as home to the metropolitan center of Adelaide. And while Adelaide is a truly wonderful city and one worth visiting, it isn’t the sum total of what South Australia has to offer. In fact many of South Australia’s most incredible and noteworthy destinations are right
Most people know South Australia as home to the metropolitan center of Adelaide. And while Adelaide is a truly wonderful city and one worth visiting, it isn’t the sum total of what South Australia has to offer. In fact, many of South Australia’s most incredible and noteworthy destinations are right out in the open, such as breathtaking natural formations and cultivated terrains, and there are few greater travel experiences in the world than exploring South Australia in a campervan.
Here are just a few of the many, many worthwhile destinations to call your temporary home when traveling through the state of South Australia.
Barossa Valley represents one of the best first stops on any tour of South Australia. It’s close to Adelaide, it is cultivated land which provides an excellent and easy introduction into exploring some of the state’s more rugged terrain.
The Valley is best known as the wine capital of South Australia, and when visiting you’ll be able to enjoy a slower pace of life than the big city necessitates while learning all about how wine is made, stored, tested and shipped. There are hundreds of wineries worth checking out in Barossa Valley and many travelers make sure they stop by the renowned Penfolds Barossa Valley Winery.
Of course, if you’re ready to start exploring life away from civilization Barossa Valley operates its share of walking and hiking trails.
Speaking of trails, if you have any interest in extended walks then you should travel over the Heysen Trail, which originates in Cape Jarvis. The Heysen Trail is probably the most famous walking trail in all of South Australia and covers a massive 1,200 kilometers of open road.
Of course, you don’t need to walk the trail’s full 1,200 km to appreciate the surrounding scenery and natural splendor. The Heysen Trail offers plenty of smaller trails, those which take an hour or two and which are perfect for the casual outdoor enthusiast.
If you do decide to walk or drive along the full length of the Heysen Trail you will find yourself at Flinders Range, a very remote section of South Australia sitting by Port Augusta.
Flinders Ranges aren’t for the individual looking to enjoy pampered city life. Rather these ranges are tailor-made for the individual looking to experience nature in all its breathtaking glory. The ranges themselves take up a significant expanse and encompass a number of gorges, trails, towns and even the Kanyaka Ruins.
Flinders Ranges are so wide-reaching, so diverse and so incredibly beautiful that you really need to experience them in an immersive manner, which is why traveling to them in a campervan is such a good idea.
If you make your way back from Flinders Ranges, or if you chose to stay near Cape Jarvis in the first place, then you will enjoy taking a quick detour to Kangaroo Island. Accessible via Cape Jarvis, Kangaroo Island is home to many of its namesakes in addition to a variety of other animals such as koalas and penguins. The island is settled by more than just wildlife, however, as you’ll be able to enjoy visiting historic lighthouses, taking guided tours of underground caves, and stay at the many campgrounds of Flinders Chase National Park.