South Australia Holidays - Original Travel

A holiday to South Australia offers great diversity, from the Southern Outback to ocean, Adelaide, and the wildlife wonder of Kangaroo Island. On the mainland there is the wild coast of the Southern Ocean, the Great Australian Bight and the rugged beauty of the Flinders & Gawler Ranges - known as the Southern Outback this area covers 80% of the state and yet is home to just 1% of its population.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • After a long day you can enjoy sundowners watching the kangaroos, ospreys and sea eagles on Kangaroo Island. The Aussies call this 'Australia's Galapagos'

Luxury South Australia Holidays: The Detail

Offshore - and one of Original Travel's all-time favourite places - Kangaroo Island is perhaps the best place to see Australian wildlife while on holiday. Separated from the mainland eons ago, almost half of Kangaroo Island is virgin bush and its diverse landscapes provide ideal habitats for many of Australia's unique creatures, including kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, echidnas, possums, bandicoots, platypus, goannas (a large species of lizard) and a vast range of rare and endangered birds.

On top of this, the coast is home to sea lions, fur seals, dolphins and even whales. Closer to civilisation (ie: Adelaide), the wine country of the Barossa and Clare Valleys and the McLaren Vale offer wine styles and gourmet experiences that have evolved out the European traditions of the early settlers. To the east, dry plains surround the Murray, Australia's greatest river. The graceful river red gums that line its banks are a quintessential Australian scene and they harbour a diverse bird life and provide beautiful settings for some fine heritage homesteads.


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Wallaby

When staying on Kangaroo Island off the coast of South Australia, ask the nearest local how the island got its name, then wait for the exasperated – and possibly swear word-laden – response.

Miranda, Original Traveller

Weather in January January February March April May June July August September October November December
  • Average Temp. — 23°C / 73°F
  • Rainfall — 12cm / 4.9 inches
  • Water Temp. — 24°C / 75°F
Flight from London

19:45 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +10 hrs


Top picks for South Australia

The Louise

The Louise

South Australia

Set atop a hill with sweeping views across the famous Barossa Valley, The Louise is a luxury vineyard retreat featuring award-winning restaurant Appellation.

Where to stay

Southern Ocean Lodge Aerial

Southern Ocean Lodge

South Australia

The award-winning Southern Ocean Lodge is located on Kangaroo Island off the south coast, not far from Adelaide.

Where to stay

Arkaba Station South Australia

Arkaba

South Australia

The quintessential Aussie homestead, Arkaba sits in the heart of a 60,000 acre private conservancy between craggy sandstone bluffs and dry creek beds lined with River Red Gums, and just outside the Flinders Range National Park.

Where to stay

Thorn Park By The Vines

Thorn Park By The Vines

South Australia

Located in the Clare Valley wine region, Thorn Park by the Vines overlooks bush and vineyards, and is the perfect country escape.

Where to stay

North Bundaleer

North Bundaleer

South Australia

A former private homestead, North Bundaleer has been restored to its former glory and is now a luxury boutique guesthouse.

Where to stay

Lifetime Private Retreats

Lifetime Private Retreats

South Australia

Located on the tip of the Bay of Shoals on the eastern coast of Kangaroo Island, Lifetime Private Retreats offers visitors complete serenity and seclusion.

Where to stay

The whole time no-one was anything but happy

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