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The Best Experiences in South Australia in 2023

BLOG | South Australia beckons as a captivating luxury travel destination. From the sun-soaked vineyards of the Barossa Valley to the rugged grandeur of the Flinders Ranges, this state promises a wealth of immersive experiences and indulgent escapes.
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Kangaroo Island

Discover Kangaroo Island, an enchanting paradise off the coast of South Australia, where pristine beaches, rugged coastlines, and abundant wildlife come together to create a mesmerising nature haven. Explore its breathtaking landscapes, encounter native wildlife up close, and savour local flavours for an unforgettable luxury escape.

Southern Ocean Lodge

Southern Ocean Lodge

Atop the dramatic cliffs of south-west Kangaroo Island, Southern Ocean Lodge stands as an epitome of luxury and refinement. With its awe-inspiring panoramic views of the Southern Ocean, world-class hospitality, and unrivalled attention to detail, this architectural masterpiece redefines the concept of indulgence. Exquisite suites and personalised experiences come together to showcase the island’s incredible beauty.

Exceptional Kangaroo Island

Exceptional Kangaroo Island

Specialising in small groups and private tours that offer a holistic immersion into the remarkable island with local connections, passionate guides, and a commitment to sustainability. With a strong emphasis on wildlife conservation, responsible tourism, and showcasing the island’s diverse landscapes, creative communities, and iconic wildlife, Exceptional Kangaroo Island curates one-of-a-kind experiences that celebrate the unique island environment.

One Kangaroo Island

One Kangaroo Island Interior

Located on Kangaroo Island’s Dudley Peninsula, One Kangaroo Island presents a large, contemporary private eco-retreat perched atop a dune overlooking the calm, turquoise waters of Eastern Cove. With its five luxurious king bedrooms, multiple infinity decks, and state-of-the-art eco-friendly amenities, including solar power and rainwater usage, this exceptional retreat harmoniously blends opulence with sustainability, enveloping guests in the serene embrace of nature while indulging in the utmost luxury.

Seafood Hunt and Gather Eyre Peninsula Australian Coastal Safaris

Eyre Peninsula

A hidden gem in the west of South Australia, the Eyre Peninsula stands as a must-visit for those seeking unique and thrilling experiences down south. From stunning coastal vistas to the ochre sands of the outback, the untouched landscapes of this region offer unforgettable wildlife encounters, thrilling aquatic adventures and off-the-beaten-path experiences that will leave you yearning for more.

Australian Coastal Safaris

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Australian Coastal Safaris host free-spirited safaris that bring together spectacular natural scenery, incredible marine life and the unbeatable Australian coastal lifestyle. Enjoy remarkable wildlife encounters, unrivalled fishing and hunt and gather experiences, 4WD touring through stunning national parks and the fabulous seafood that makes Eyre Peninsula famous around the world.

Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safaris

Experience Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safaris Dining room with Kangaroos in the background

A small family business dedicated to showcasing the remarkable wildlife and natural scenery of the Gawler Ranges. With their experienced guides, immerse yourself in the awesome beauty of the outback with its contrasting colours of red sands, rocky gorges and vast salt lakes, where native fauna thrives. From unique accommodation options like the ‘swagon’ to a range of captivating safaris, let them curate an astonishing adventure that will leave you with indelible memories of Australia’s spectacular and diverse landscapes.

Flinders Ranges with Prairie

Flinders Ranges

Uncover the rugged allure of the Flinders Ranges, a timeless outback destination in South Australia that will ignite your sense of adventure. Immerse yourself in the ancient landscapes, where towering red cliffs, dramatic gorges, and expansive vistas create a breathtaking backdrop. From exhilarating hikes to historical journeys about the country’s first nations people, the Flinders Ranges promises a journey into the heart of untouched natural beauty that will leave you awe-inspired at every turn.

The Prairie

The Prairie Hotel at Parachilna

A legendary outback pub with a history dating back to 1876. Owned by Jane and Ross Fargher since 1991, The Prairie in Parachilna has become renowned as one of Australia’s finest outback pubs, offering memorable dining and house-brewed beers along with private access to stunning landscapes, fossil reserves, a working sheep and cattle station and boutique accommodation that serves as a perfect base for memorable outback adventures.

Henschke Mount Edelstone Experience Sunset in Barossa

The Barossa

Australia’s most sought-after wine region, the world-renowned Barossa Valley is an unmissable location for food and wine lovers alike. Picturesque vineyards and charming cellar doors await, where award-winning wines tantalise your palate. With its rich culinary heritage, tranquil rolling hills, and warm hospitality, the Barossa Valley invites you to savour the art of slow living and create incredible moments of pure indulgence.

The Louise

Sunset views over the vineyards and infinity pool at The Louise

An idyllic hilltop location with breathtaking views and contemporary ambiance, this boutique lodge offers a seamless blend of world-class food, wine, and understated luxury. The centrepiece of the property is the acclaimed on-site restaurant, Appellation, where candle-lit evenings set the stage for exquisite wine-paired dining experiences that celebrate the region’s renowned growers and producers.

Adelaide City, River Torrens

Adelaide City

Experience the vibrant heartbeat of South Australia in the Adelaide CBD, a dynamic cityscape that seamlessly blends heritage charm with modern sophistication. A cultural oasis where you can explore bustling laneways, visit world-class galleries, indulge in delectable cuisine, and immerse yourself in the city’s lively festivals and events.


EOS Spa Reception

This ultra-modern hotel embodies contemporary elegance, boasting sleek design, impeccable service, and panoramic views of the city skyline and Adelaide Hills. With opulent rooms, indulgent amenities, world-class dining, and a serene outdoor pool, EOS offers an elevated experience where every detail is meticulously crafted to ensure an unforgettable stay for discerning travellers seeking the pinnacle of refinement.


Sofitel Garcon Bleu

French-inspired elegance and refined luxury await at Sofitel Adelaide. Dine at one of Adelaide’s premier restaurants at their sky-high Garcon Bleu or relax with a bespoke cocktail at the bar. With its impeccable service, lavish amenities, and prime location, Sofitel Adelaide offers an extraordinary haven where every moment is infused with the essence of indulgence.

The Tailor Touring Co

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Bespoke local touring with half-day or full-day options that take guests out of Adelaide to discover the surrounding regions. With iconic and unique experiences on offer such as their exclusive R.M. Williams Workshop Tour and a private tour of the world’s largest Aboriginal Ethnographic Collection at the South Australian Museum, to tailored wine and food journeys through the Barossa, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale, The Tailor Touring Co prides itself on creating unique journeys set to surprise and delight guests through Adelaide and beyond.

Aerial view of Mount Lofty Botanic Garden in autumn.

Adelaide Hills

The picturesque Adelaide Hills offer a serene retreat just a short drive from the city centre, where rolling vineyards, quaint townships, and leafy landscapes await. Immerse yourself in natural beauty as you wander through charming cellar doors, sample award-winning cool-climate wines, and indulge in farm-to-table degustation. This idyllic destination offers a perfect blend of breathtaking scenery, culinary delights and a warm, welcoming atmosphere that will leave you rejuvenated and craving for more.


Lounge room of Sequoia Lodge

Panoramic views, personalised service, and remarkable culinary experiences, Sequoia stands out as an elegant hilltop sanctuary. A heated infinity pool overlooks the Picadilly Valley for panoramic hillscape views with premier suites facing east over the valley for stunning sunrises in a truly remarkable location. Enjoy access to a range of curated activities, specially made with exclusive access for Sequoia’s guests, or relax at the day spa or communal lounge, while savouring exceptional dining options that showcase local produce and wines.

Exterior of The Frames overlooking the River Murray at dusk.

The Riverland

One of the most underrated parts of the state where the river meets the outback, the Riverland sits as a tranquil oasis along the majestic Murray River in South Australia. Witness serene river landscapes, where lush vineyards, citrus orchards, and charming riverside towns create a captivating tapestry. Explore the waterways, indulge in the region’s renowned produce, and embrace the relaxed pace of life as you uncover the natural wonders and abundant wildlife that make the Riverland a true haven for nature lovers and seekers of serenity.

The Frames

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The award-winning private retreats The Frames offer couples a luxurious and romantic getaway, featuring affluently appointed private villas complete with a heated pool, spa, sauna and balcony overlooking the Murry River for a truly relaxing escape. Immerse yourself in the unique experience of tailored river and food safaris, allowing you to fully appreciate the surrounding land and its bountiful offerings in this all-inclusive stay.

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