Is there anything better than a brilliant travel experience? One that makes your heart race, your camera shutter go wild or your adrenaline shoot right up?
And while we often think of overseas destinations as the places to experience some of the world’s best sights, sounds and tastes, there’s a lot to explore in our own backyard.
These should be at the top of your list of things to try with breathtaking beaches, electrifying experiences and seriously good wine, there’s something for everyone in South Australia.
Below, we’ve rounded up seven of our favourite experiences to have in the southernmost state this coming summer.
See the bush from the air
One of the most luxurious ways to travel is via helicopter, that much is true. Experience the famed Chace Range from the sky in a dedicated helicopter flight with Helistar, before setting up for the night in a luxury camp. In the morning, your dedicated pilot will collect you. How’s that for a romantic experience?
Be transported underwater
No, it’s not Tulum or Portugal, it’s Kilsby Sinkhole outside of Mount Gambier. Serene and otherworldly, this famous dive site is worth a visit. One of the country’s best dive locations, the limestone-buffed sinkhole boasts gorgeous crystal clear waters and pristine visibility. Whether you’re up for a dive or just want to taste the local gin, there’s something for everyone.
Experience Coffin Bay
If sweeping white sand beaches and tasting fresh oysters straight from the rock sounds like your idea of heaven, then a tour of Coffin Bay is a must. Take a private boat tour to really soak up the serenity and explore everything from oyster farms to seals lazing on the rocks. If you’re lucky, enough to spot dolphins while at sea, well, congratulations. Get set, relax.
Taste wine from the best
You might have spotted the famous D’Arenberg Cube in McLaren Vale on Instagram before, but it’s high time to visit for yourself. Located overlooking the rolling hills of Willunga, the architecturally stunning building provides design buffs and wine connoisseurs plenty to stay busy with. From wine tasting to devouring the region’s best produce, the d’Arenberg Cube proves an ample opportunity to soak up (and drink!) the best of the much-loved wine region.
Eat with a view
Hentley Farm Cellar Door and Restaurant is one for the foodies. Nestled in the hills of the Barossa, Hentley Farm is a food and wine experience worth having. Sip on local wines and snack on the region’s best produce, it’s a must-do experience that combines the culinary powers of the state with incredible views.
Stay on Kangaroo Island
One of Australia’s most beautiful natural locations, Kangaroo Island has bounced back from recent bushfires and is ready for visitors. For those looking for the ultimate in luxury, One KI is the island’s best private luxury beachfront accommodation, mixing sustainable architecture with gorgeous design. Located right on the beach, a stay at One KI includes gourmet meals made with local produce and the chance to interact with some of the state’s most intriguing wildlife, including (you guessed it!) kangaroos, dolphins and echidnas. For a getaway that’ll have you wish you never booked a return flight, this is the place to stay.
Swimming with dolphins and sea lions
One of life’s greatest joys – swimming with dolphins – is made possible in South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula. Spectacularly beautiful, this natural wonder is home to thousands of friendly bottlenose dolphins and Australian sea lions. At Baird Bay Ocean Eco Experience, you can swim with them both, immersing yourself in the stunning natural environment and enjoying a playful experience with these smart and interesting mammals.
Pictured, D’Arenberg Cube.
Originally published in Future Adelaide