11. Gawler Ranges
With magnificent ranges and vegetation, there is so much to see and do here. The national park is located approximately six hours drive north west from Adelaide. There are a number of incredible bushwalks to enjoy the wilderness known for its wildflowers and salt lakes. Lake Gairder is one of the most visited, with rare vegetation full of colour, so make sure you bring your camera. Pildappa Rock and Mount Wudinna are also well known attractions located on the tourist trail. Stay for a few days in one of the beautiful camping grounds, or nearby at Minnipa.
12. Adelaide Hills
This is often an artists retreat, with the rolling hills and peaceful country life a nice change from the fast pace of the city. Less than half an hour away, you can visit Lobethal, which offers great weekend markets and a costume museum, and Hahndorf, known for its German foods and famous Farm Barn. Not far away at Beerenberg you can also indulge in some strawberry picking. Set some time aside to drive through this area and if possible stay a few nights to take in the picturesque scenery and peaceful villages.
13. Mount Crawford Forest
Close to an hour from Adelaide, the Mount Crawford Forest is perfect for a getaway, with plenty of winding roads leading you to campgrounds and bushwalking tracks. One of the most popular past times is gem fossicking, with gold, opals and diamonds some of the hidden treasures. Horse riding and cycling enthusiasts will love this area, but its just as popular for locals and tourists with a number of excellent picnic spots.
14. Mount Gambier
Known for its brilliant blue lake, Mount Gambier is one of South Australia’s most beautiful attractions. Located over 400 kilometres south from Adelaide, it is a great drive, and the best time to visit is between November and March when the water is bluer than usual. There are also a number of other lakes to visit, such as Little Blue Lake and Valley Lake, and another well known natural attraction is Cave Gardens. Climb Centenary Tower for the best view of the city and surrounding country. Head to the Mount Gambier Tourist Centre to take part in interactive displays and learn more about the region.
15. Birdsville Track
The Birdsville Track is an Aussie icon. From Birdsville, Queensland to Marree in South Australia, you can best attempt the track by 4WD, or travel in sections to enjoy scenery such as Sturts Stony Desert, Mungeranie Gap as well as sand hills, coolibah creeks and old homesteads scattered along the way. Marree is an excellent base to visit the surrounding area and experience a portion of the famous track.
16. Murray River
The Murray River has to be experienced. Stretching into South Australia via Renmark, it is fantastic for a day trip or a holiday destination with so much to see and do. Dotted along the river system are parks and picnic grounds to relax and enjoy the scenery and wildlife or relax for a spot of fishing. An easy drive from Adelaide, visit Murray Bridge and enjoy a local cruise on the MV Expedition or PS Murray Princess, or head to Mannum for some shopping. If you love bird watching head past Waikerie to Gluepot Reserve.
17. Clare Valley
With a rural flavour, visit the main heritage towns of Burra and Kapunda for some country experiences. This is the ideal
getaway retreat with plenty of local attractions for the whole family. For cute farm animals visit Geralka Rural Farm located near Spalding. Burra and Snowtown are home to a number of fantastic art galleries, unique pubs and cosy cafes. Spend a day or two visiting each town and enjoying the local shops and attractions.
You can’t visit South Australia without visiting Hahndorf, steeped in history and brimming with exciting attractions. Being Australia’s oldest German village, you are guaranteed authentic German foods, beers and wines. Located close to Adelaide Hills, this is a fantastic base to explore the surrounding regions. Make sure you visit the Beerenberg Strawberry Farm, Hahndorf Farm Barn, especially fun for the kids, and German Model Train Land.
19. Naracoorte Caves National Park
Located south, not far from Coonawarra and Mount Gambier, Naracoorte Caves are worth visiting, with breathtaking caves including large fossils that will take you back in time. They are the only world heritage listed attraction in South Australia, and for a good reason. Take a guided tour or visit the Wonambi Fossil Centre. This is the home of the Southern Bentwing bat. Stay for a while in the campgrounds available or make use of the picnic grounds.
20. McLaren Vale
There is only one main reason to visit McLaren Vale, and that is for the wine. It is also a pretty town with a lot of history. A short drive from Adelaide, this township boasts over forty wineries, with plenty of vineyards to wander around and of course enjoy a sample or two of the premier wines available. Include this town on your driving itinerary, or better still stay for a few nights and enjoy the scenery and the produce.
21. Coorong National Park
Located south from Adelaide, Coorong National Park is just past Murray Bridge. This river town is also a great base to visit the park. Head to Pelican Point for some serious bird watching, or Long Point for some fishing. If you are after incredible views then Jacks Point is the place to be with an observatory and walking track. Camping is permitted here with permits available from nearby Salt Creek or Meningie. As it is close enough to the city for a day trip, make sure you include this natural attraction on your itinerary.