South Australia

Adelaide is the capital city of South Australia and fifth largest city. Adelaide is classed as one of the world's most convenient cities and boasts some of the world's best wine, food and environment. The host of many international events, Adelaide is known as Australia's arts capital. It is also famous for its internationally renowned wine tastings and as the world capital of opal, Australia's national gemstone. Adelaide has carefully preserved natural habitats and environments for its cherished fauna and flora, making it a perfect ecotourism destination. Approximately an hour from Adelaide is the Barossa Valley wineries, the largest single wine producing region in Australia. It consists of thousands of hectares of picturesque, meticulously maintained vineyards. Naturally, the Barossa is famous for its fabulous South Australian wines and gastronomic delights, and the best way to experience it all is on a guided Barossa Valley wineries tour.

Best Destinations for South Australia Tours

  • Adelaide City

    Adelaide City Harbour

    The beautiful city of Adelaide despite only being Australia’s fifth largest city offers a cultural, culinary and historical experience for everyone.

    Thanks to the vision of Adelaide's founder, Colonel William Light, this planned city is arranged in a grid surrounded by lovely parks known as the Adelaide Parklands. From Light's Vision Lookout, a tribute to Colonel Light on Montefiore Hill, you can take in sweeping views of the parklands which form a lush green ring around the city centre.

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  • Barossa Valley

    Barossa Valley

    Less than an hour’s drive north-east of Adelaide is the Barossa, a valley formed by the North Para River. This beautiful scenic region is famed for its European heritage, hectares of picturesque rolling vineyards, gourmet delicacies and not to mention its world-class wine region – a delight for all senses.

    The Barossa was founded soon after South Australia’s settlement in 1836 and derives its name from the Barossa Ranges. Adelaide’s founder, Colonel William Light named the region after the Barrosa Ridge in Spain, however due to a registration error the place earned a name of its own - Barossa.

    AAT Kings offers a few options for your wine tour in Barossa, where you can unwind and sample local produce while taking in the beautiful Barossa Valley views. Choose the most suitable trip for you – tours range from a one-day tour to a full experience of Southern Australia of up to 11 days. There's nothing like escaping on a full day tour.

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  • Kangaroo Island/Karta Pintingga

    Kangaroo Island Kangaroos

    A scenic drive through the Fleurieu Peninsula and a short ferry trip south from Adelaide will find you in the pristine wilderness of Kangaroo Island/Karta Pintingga, an ecological paradise with an abundance of native Australian wildlife like Sea Lions and Fur Seals.

    Referred to as ‘KI’ by the locals, here you can enjoy exploring the diverse landscape that encompasses dense forest, sand dunes, towering cliffs and stretches of sandy beach. Just 13 kilometres from the mainland, you’ll feel a million miles away in this natural wonderland.

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  • Hahndorf German Community

    Hahndorf German Entertainment

    Just a short scenic drive through the stunning Adelaide Hills in the Barossa region you’ll find yourself at Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest surviving historical German village. The town was settled in 1838 by Lutheran migrants fleeing religious persecution in Prussia. They arrived on board ‘The Zebra’ and named the town after the ship’s captain Dirk Hahn, while 'dorf' is German for village. Hahndorf is now home to St Michael's Church, founded in 1858 and said to be the oldest Lutheran congregation in Australia on its original church site.

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First Nations Cultural Experiences in South Australia

Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Kangaroo Island

Get an inside look at the local environment and its inhabitants on your Australia tour as you learn about the role bushfires play within the ecosystem on an educational, private ecology tour of Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Learn how the sanctuary has worked to conserve and protect natural resources since 1997, but how this area was badly affected by the 2019/20 bushfires. Through your MAKE TRAVEL MATTER Experience, you’ll assist with their bushfire recovery plan and wildlife rehabilitation program. Learn from one of their experienced guides about the delicate ecosystem and Australian native animals. You may see Koalas, Kangaroos, Tammar Wallabies, Possums, Echidnas, the Rosenburg Goanna, and the Bush Stone Curlew as well as birds including Blue Wrens, Scarlet Robins, Lorikeets, Crimson Rosellas, and Black Cockatoos. Seeing Australia’s wildlife in its natural environment after destruction is both hopeful and a rare opportunity on your travels to experience what makes this part of the world so special.

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Seal Bay

Kangaroo Island

Enjoy a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience on your Australia tour at one of the country’s most important sea lion breeding grounds at Seal Bay. On a guided walk, you’ll learn about the Australian sea lion—one of the rarest species in the world of only 12,000, 800 of which call Seal Bay home. Hear how these endangered animals hunt, surf, interact with their pups, defend their territory, and—as “eared” seals—use their front flippers to prop themselves up and their back flippers to help them to “walk” on land. Your entry fee assists in the extensive, environmentally sensitive upgrades to the Seal Bay infrastructure, including the boardwalks and visitor centre. In addition, the introduction of the Southern Kangaroo Island Marine Park protects the sea lion feeding environment from overfishing while the sanctuary zones keep them safe harm.

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Wilpena Pound Resort

Ikara- Flinders Ranges

Travelling to the heart of the Flinders Ranges, your visit to Wilpena Pound Resort is a special chance to experience a place that has been owned by the Aboriginal Adnyamathanha people who have lived there for thousands of years. Know that your MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience visit to the resort helps by contributing towards the sustainable economic future of the Adnyamathanha who in turn work with the resort to minimize the environmental footprint and participate in the conservation of the region. Adnyamathanha (meaning “rock” or “hills people” in Yura Ngawarla) is a culture that has been passed down for generations in their spiritual connection to the sacred land. You’ll feel this connection as you are welcomed to Wilpena Pound Resort by an Aboriginal Elder or member of the local community and learn about the area in a traditional Welcome to Country ceremony—experiencing this stop on your Australia tour with the locals. 

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Frequently Asked Questions - South Australia Tours

How many days do you need in South Australia

We recommend spending at least a week in South Australia. There are a lot of South Australia highlights scattered around the state. You can go wine tasting, enjoy a Murray River cruise, meet the wildlife at Kangaroo Island, or explore with Adelaide Hills tours. The best way to see the best on offer is with a guided tour of South Australia. AAT Kings have tour options of between 4 and 19 days.

How can I spend 2 weeks in South Australia

You can spend 2 weeks in South Australia taking a Tastes of Southern Australia tour. It is a fantastic trip that starts in Sydney and ends in Adelaide, visiting the Barossa, Adelaide Hills, and Kangaroo Island on the way.



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