Adelaide is without a doubt one of Australia's most underrated cities. While Sydney and Melbourne lure in most backpackers (rightfully so) with their world-famous attractions, Adelaide also boasts its own number of delights from an iconic gastronomic scene that rivals Melbourne to incredible natural wonders that gives Cairns a run for its money. From Adelaide's best day trips to weekend wonders and overland adventures, here's the lowdown on 5 Aussie icons that you can visit from the South Australian capital.
1) Barossa Valley
Let's start close to home. Right on the city's doorstep, you'll find the Barossa Valley - famous both locally and internationally as one of the finest wine producing regions in the world. Located only 60kms from Adelaide, Barossa Valley tours are the best day trip from Adelaide where you can indulge in stunning scenery and even better wine. From family-run boutique vineyards to iconic labels such as Jacob's Creek, the region boasts multiple award-winning estates that make for the perfect day out.
2) Kangaroo Island
Next, we're onto the perfect weekend getaway if you're looking for a front row ticket to South Australia's unique wildlife and landscapes. Kangaroo Island tours are only a short ferry from the mainland and spoil you with pristine beaches, locally produced wines and spectacular sunsets. Around one-third of this pristine island is a national park that is home to an array of wildlife including Sea Lions, Koalas, Kangaroos and more, making it perfect for exploring the numerous walking trails that criss-cross the island.
3) Great White Sharks
If you're after a different sort of wildlife encounter - one with more teeth perhaps - Adelaide's got that too. A weekend trip will take you to the coastal town of Port Lincoln where you can hop in the water and come face to face with one Aussie icon you'll all recognise. Cage diving with the majestic Great White Sharks in their natural habit is terrifying, exhilarating and totally worth it. You can even combine your cage dive with a Sea Lion encounter where you can free swim with these playful puppies of the sea for the ultimate marine experience.
4) Great Ocean Road
It only takes two days on tour to travel from Adelaide to Melbourne, stopping off at all the highlights along the way. Travel through the rolling hills of South Australia, stop off at the Grampians National Park for some hiking and wildlife spotting before winding up your trip at one of Australia's most iconic sites - The Great Ocean Road! From Adelaide to Melbourne stretches treacherous shipwreck coast, mountain ranges, natural bushland rich in wildlife and Aboriginal history. Of course, you could fly directly between the two cities but where's the adventure in that?
5) Flinders Ranges
Adelaide is also the perfect location to start your Outback adventure from. Swap the crystal beaches and green hills for the red dirt of the open road on an Adelaide to Darwin tour or even head right into Uluru. These overland tours pass right through some of Australia's most iconic and otherwise, inaccessible sites such as the state's largest mountain range, the Flinders Ranges and the unique underground mining city of Coober Pedy.
Thinking about checking out South Australia? Whether you're looking for Adelaide day trips or overland Adelaide to Darwin adventures, find all the latest tours and deals on our South Australia section.