5 Epic Road Trips Near Adelaide You’ve Got to Check Out

The sun is shining, the birds are singing – so why are you stuck inside? It’s time to get up off the couch and get out on the open road. Wind down the windows, turn the music up, and enjoy these awesome adventures out of Adelaide.

Kangaroo Island

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Image credit: Australian Traveller

3.5 hours

It’s quite a way out, but this is a road trip – and believe us, the destination is well worth the drive. Kangaroo Island is a glorious paradise of secluded beaches, native wildlife, and spectacular coastal scenery. You can hike, sandboard, kayak, spelunk and cycle to your heart’s content, or simply amble about enjoying the views and local hospitality.

Speaking of which, Zest and Thyme is one of the island’s best foodie treats (we’d especially recommend the curry). Hannaford and Sachs is another gorgeous spot for a meal, with fresh produce and ocean views.

Southern Flinders Ranges

southern flinders ranges
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3 hours

The Southern Flinders Ranges are home to the Mount Remarkable National Park, where bush walks and cellar doors abound. Appila Springs is awesome for camping, there’s hiking on the Bridle Track, for anyone who appreciates a magnificent view, Hancocks Lookout provides vistas over the Port Augusta area. There’s even the gravity-defying magic of Magnetic Hill (seriously – park the car and see what happens. We won’t spoil the surprise).

If you’ve ever wanted to eat a schnitzel as big as your head, make sure you stop off at The Caltowie Hotel. As for wine fans? Bartagunyah Estate Winery is an absolute must.

Barossa Valley

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Image credit: Barossa Dirt Facebook

1 hour

A famous old wine region, the Barossa Valley is stuffed with picturesque farms, charming villages, and more vineyards than you can shake a stick at. The rolling plains are stunning, and there’s no better way to see them than from a hot air balloon! Or you could take a Segway tour, if staying on the ground is more your thing. Go on. You know you want to.

There’s a ridiculous number of lovely wineries around the Barossa, but we feel Rockford always deserves a special mention. And when hunger strikes, Barossa Farmers Market is sure to have something to sort you out.

Victor Harbor

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Image credit: Discover South Australia

1 hour 15 minutes

From horse-drawn trams to art galleries, Victor Harbor truly has something for everyone. There’s an awesome coastal playground, the South Australian Whale Centre, plenty of golf, and all the nature you can handle. While you’re in the neighbourhood, you should definitely pop over to nearby Granite Island to check out the penguins, and the Urimbirra Wildlife Park is 40 acres of pristine, open-range goodness.

Authentic Italian is never a bad idea when you’re hungry, so we’d recommend checking out Nino’s Of Victor Harbor. For a lighter snack, give Anchorage Cafe a go.

The Heysen Trail

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Image credit: National Parks South Australia

2 hours

The Heysen Trail is stretched across 1,200 kilometres of pure Southern Australian beauty, including every kind of stunning landscape the state is famous for. You’ve got your coastline, your gorges, your bushland and your forests, not to mention a rich bounty of vineyards to get stuck into. The walking trail itself is closed during bush fire season, but there’s still loads of things to see and do in the area.

On your way down, be sure to visit Red Lime Shack for a healthy and utterly delectable burger. If you find yourself in Gawler, Feast On Murray is a proper local favourite.

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