Now it is time to get amongst the real Australia
South Australia is home to the country’s largest wine region and extensive outback where you could go for days without seeing another soul.
It holds the kind of environment that has come to captivate Australian literature and define the way much of the world views this diverse nation.
With rolling plains of orange dirt, outback pubs with populations of under ten South Australia is the place to get away from it all.
The states capital of Adelaide, often referred to as the ‘City of Churches’ is located at the south-east tip of the state and is home to a vibrant cultural scene including renowned arts and music festivals.
Despite not being a well-travelled destination in comparison to the east coast it has much to offer to backpackers beyond the obvious attractions of the great beaches, and easy access to the amazing outback and wine regions of the Barossa Valley. It is cheap.
And Adelaide being cheap means a longer stay and/or more beer money depending on how you want to go about your day.
More money too, means you are more able to take in the 17 major festivals that come to Adelaide every year, including the largest art festival in the southern hemisphere. T
hat being the Adelaide Fringe Festivals which for 24 days hosts over 4000 artists.
Adelaide is described as being for the inquisitive and rewards those who dig a little deeper beneath the surface of the city.
From there you will find little laneways of food, quiet but revelling bars and pubs.
It is a city defined by its arts and culture, which may at first seem boring but a little inquisition will lead you to find the significance of it all,and more so how this quiet city of Adelaide can be easily enjoyed even on a backpacker’s budget.
South Australia offers more than what meets the eye.
Just thirty minutes’ drive you will find yourself on the Adelaide Coast home to a fearsome yet somehow inviting stretch of coast that forms the east end of the Great Australian Bite.
Glenelg Beach is the most popular of the beach haunts for locals and travellers alike and offers a relaxing day at the beach mixed with nice beachfront cafes that turns into a cruisy nightlife scene after dark.
Nearby is Henley beach a popular retreat, full with cafes and ice cream parlours that go well with a dip in the water and lazing on the sand.
For those more inclined to catch the breaks off the coast, Boomer Beach is the place for you.
The angry surf comes booming in from Antarctica and creates great swells, though not for the feint hearted this is a great place to catch a few waves and get the adrenalin rolling.
Just off the coast is Kangaroo Island, a place of incredible wildlife and personal freedom.
It offers an escape from the modern world yet an ability to reconnect with the simply aspects of life.
Stand on the pristine white beaches in the cooler months and take in the migrating white whales and with hidden coves and the states tallest cliffs, the exploring won’t end.
Mixed in with this diverse environment is an excellent local cuisine, featuring fresh gourmet food and wine that will go hand in hand as you watch the sun go down on an amazing island.
Speaking of great food and wine an easy drive inland from Adelaide will land you in the world renowned wine region of Barossa Valley.
From an interesting history that spans back to the early 1800s to now, the Valley has been producing some of the finest wines on the planet.
With the cooler climate this is also a great place to escape the heat and enjoy a day out tasting all the region has to offer.
So you escaped the heat a little bit and now it is time to immerse yourself in the barren landscape that you have heard so much about, yet have barely witnessed on the east coast.
Port Augusta is a great place to start your outback travels; north of Adelaide it is where the desert meets the sea.
From there go escape to a new world. And what a better way to see not just the outback but the lifestyle of those that call it home than in Cooper Pedy.
This town is unique, try and find us a town that is almost purely built under ground to escape the heat but also manages to produce 80, yes 80 percent of the world’s opals.
It is a town that provides an amazing look into the lives of outback Australians.
From the harsh to the sublime now, we have made it to Lake Eyre, a staple location for any outback traveller in South Australia.
This oasis spans over 9,500 square kilometres and when full it is all you can see and becomes the home to a large array of wildlife.
When dry the sun reflects the salt crystals all the way into the horizon.
Camp out or find a local caravan park, with the local pubs known to serve delicious food and indulge in the best of outback life.
From the culture and festivals in Adelaide, to the ranges of Mount Gambier, to Barossa Valley and the Outback this state gives to the explorer and those willing to become a part of the land. Those that are, are richly rewarded.