South Australia is a popular tourist destination as it combines such a wide array of holiday experiences all in one convenient location within a day's drive from the state's capital, Adelaide. In this friendly city you can spend your days relaxing on the beach or exploring the galleries and shops set in leafy villages just 20 minutes from the heart of Adelaide.
This is also one of the only places in the world where you can enjoy the unique experience of swimming with dolphins just 20 minutes from the city centre. Home to some of the best cuisine in the world, the city is also steeped in rich Australian culture with the world's largest collection of Aboriginal artefacts.
The other side to this city is the relaxed pace and natural beauty of the Barossa Valley. Stay in one of the charming B&Bs or luxury hotels and sample world class wines at the cellar door while enjoying the breathtaking countryside. Steeped in rich German heritage this region of South Australia is fascinating to explore and hosts a range of events throughout the year. Check local guides to see what is on during your stay. The gorgeous countryside sets the pace for immersing yourself in the history of Australia's most famous wine region and sampling the latest cellar door offerings at the new Jacob's Cree and Wolf Blass visitor centres.
To the east lays the famous Murray River which is a popular spot for river cruises, day trips or picnics on the bank of the river. For an authentic Australian experience you can get to know the locals of the friendly bush pubs up north or watch the majestic whales at play in the west. This diverse tourist region offers so much to experience, all within a day's drive of Adelaide.