14 May 2018

Five Unique Experiences in South Australia


When working with your Destination Specialist on planning your Australian itinerary, there are a few golden nuggets you absolutely must add to your itinerary—from Adelaide and the state of South Australia!  Exciting South Australia activities include the many wineries (200+ within a 2 hour drive of Adelaide!), a tour of the sports stadium at the Adelaide Oval, and enjoying various cafes and innovative restaurants throughout the state.  Allow me to introduce to you some unique South Australian things to do that you’ll be thankful for adding into your travel itinerary:


1. Adelaide Gaol Haunted Tour – With unique architecture and a rich history with ghosts and spirits, this is not only a place to get a chilling thrill, but the Gaol housed some of the state's most notorious and dangerous criminals for over 140 years!  This tour guides travellers through the hallways (and cells) of South Australia's first inmates. The penitentiary was in operation from 1841 to 1988, making it Australia's longest-run prison.


2. Take a walk through a ‘sunken garden’ – South Australia’s Umpherston Sinkhole is truly a beauty to experience in person.  You can walk down into the sinkhole or along the hanging vines; its large size and depth makes for many great viewing vantage points.  This sunken garden was once a cave formed through dissolution of the limestone—making for an incredible interior garden from bottom to top!



3. Walk through, or stay, in an underground town – Over 100 million years ago, Coober Pedy was covered by ocean.  After the water receeded, it became a desert.  The town itself is almost entirely underground – the structures are referred to as ‘dug-outs’ – as a way for the locals to combat the heat.  Tourists can stay in an underground hotel or check out the shops for great opal souvenirs (Coober Pedy is Australia’s opal capital). You can also take an opal mine tour; or above ground, watch the region change colour under the sun!



4. Cycle your way through a wine trail – If it’s a winery holiday you seek, cycling through wine paths along some of South Australia’s many wine regions allows you to take a pit stop at various wineries, farms and restaurants along the path where you can sample fresh foods, sip wine, taste artisan cheeses and more. Some vineyards also offer wine-making courses too, so you can learn to not only make your own Australian blend to bring back home but learn to pair your wine with compatible foods.


5. Check out prehistoric surroundings – Camp, self-drive, or enjoy a train journey or scenic flight, through remarkable landscapes such as Flinders Ranges, Wilpena Pound and Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre.  See awe-inspiring ancient mountain ranges that have eroded over millions of years, rare native animals and bird species, granite peaks, ancient gorges, rock formations and incredible Aboriginal rock art.



Written by: Lori (Destination Specialist) 

Everyone wants to see and do what’s advertised, or what their friends did, but I like to put my own twist on itineraries and add something unique to their travel plans too!