How should you spend time in South Australia?

We're often asked how you should spend time in South Australia?  And so we thought we would add it to our Frequently Asked Questions page.  Who better to ask what you should do and how your should spend your time in South Australia, than our TAWKers. This is what they came up with.

Real people already travelling with their children, helping you to make your list of Must See Destinations.

In no particular order here is where our TAWKer's think you should spend time in South Australia......


1.  Kangaroo Island

Just a ferry ride from Cape Jervis is the amazingly beautiful Kangaroo Island.  Much of the island is rugged and pristine and teeming with wildlife.  The island has a range of camping options for the traveller - from bush camping to council and privately owned caravan parks. Check out Tourism Kangaroo Island for more details and see why Kangaroo Island is a Must See in South Australia.


2.  Flinders Ranges

You cannot miss the Flinders Ranges when you come to spending time in South Australia.  The rugged and ancient ranges leave you breathless.  Magical and majestic, vast and empty, but full.  Full of colour, of layers and something you can't quite put your finger on, but you know you are a part of something.  You feel a connection to the earth and it will stay with you.  It just has to be on your Must See South Australia list. 


3.  Oonadatta Track

The Oonadatta Track is more or a must drive than a must see in South Australia.  Almost a drive through history and back to the days of early European settlement. Lots of historical relics along a harsh but beautiful track. A great thing to do with your time in South Australia.

The Oodnadatta Track is really a stretch of good dirt road from Marree through to Oodnadatta.  The Track conditions are generally okay for a 2WD vehicle but a 4WD would be better.  Have a look at this downloadable brochure for more information and here's some more photos courtesy of TAWKers as they passed through.

4.   Coober Pedy

The strange town of Coober Pedy really made me wonder if we were still on Earth! The opal mines seem to be a smaller operation and you honestly feel as if you could give it a serious go.  At first I wondered why we had come here but after a few days, I didn't want to leave.  It is an intriguing place.  The underground living, through to the colourful Breakaways and the desolate Moon Plains. There is even a kangaroo orphanage which our kids loved. Put this on your list of things to so with your time in South Australia.


5.   Mt remarkable National Park

Mount Remarkable National Park's has many stunning gorges as well as of course the Mountain itself.  There are lots of walking trails where you can explore all the flora a fauna of the area.  There are lots of camp spots, but you are encouraged to book in advance. More information about this why this is a must see in South Australia can be found here.

6.   Streaky Bay and the Eyre Peninsula

The Eyre Peninsula - A BIG area this one - with lots of sheltered coves, beaches and bays, including towering limestone cliffs.  One vista after another and with lots of camping spots along the way.

Streaky Bay is on the coastline of Western Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. Perfect for families with small children and the fishing is reportedly good.  With the quaint little village, it's a great place for just chilling out, walking on beaches or fishing.

Point Labatt and Venus Bay are other beautiful spots worth visiting. On the way to Elliston there are some cool caves on the coast. Coffin Bay another great little town and the National Park is worth a visit as is Lincoln NP.  Whyalla, and the Gawler Ranges all rated a mention from our TAWKers.

7.   Hanhdorf

Hahndorf is said to be the jewel of the Adelaide Hills and only 20 minutes from Adelaide City. It is Australia's oldest surviving German settlement and it definitely has that German 'feel' to it.  The German pub serves up the biggest meal with various sausages and you just feel like it's something you have to do!  Our kids loved the olde worlde sweet shop.  It's just one of those towns that strikes a cord with you.

8.  Head of the Bight

You just have to see it.  The Head of the Bight - You know that - it's a right of passage almost when travelling Australia. Between June and October the area is frequented by Southern Right Whales and you can literally watch them frolic in the water before you.  A great reward when travelling the Nullabor.

9.   Robe

Situated on the Limestone Coast this quaint little town called Robe is well worth a few days visit.  With it's coastal pathways and beautiful beaches. It really has a ruggedness on the one side and long sandy beaches on the other.  You can drive along Long Beach and pick a spot.  Surfing, fishing or just enjoying the ocean.  This was one of our favorites of our time in South Australia.

10.   Riverland

Destination Riverland - The Murray weaves through some magnificent scenery with backdrops of limestone cliffs, graceful river red gums and Mallee country. For 300 kilometres you'll find wide lakes, little narrow creeks, islands and wetlands.  With so many towns along the Murray River, you can explore the diversification of this area. 


Important Telephone Contacts and Websites

DEPARTMENT OF FIRE & EMERGENCY SERVICES    1300 657 209   DFES Alerts and Warnings

BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY   Visit Website for local no.   BOM Official Weather Forecast and Warnings

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