SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Home to lush gardens set deep inside sinkholes, national parks with empty white beaches and salt lakes that turn pink after sunset, South Australia certainly has some of the most unusual scenery in the country.

During my road trip along the SA coastline I swam with wild sealions in Baird Bay, trekked around a cobalt-blue lake in Mount Gambier and tasted fresh oysters at Coffin Bay. My guides below will help you do the same!

1. Adelaide

I was pleasantly surprised by Adelaide, a city big enough to entertain but small enough to glimpse the distant hills between skyscrapers. To find out more about one of Australia’s most underrated cities, check out the blog posts below.

3. Mount Gambier

Set on the slopes of an extinct volcano, Mount Gambier is certainly one of the more unique cities I’ve visited in Australia.

Read my guide to learn where to find the best attractions in Mount Gambier, which include the following:

  • a striking cobalt-blue lake;
  • gorgeous sunken gardens deep inside a sinkhole;
  • family-friendly parkland and lake inside a crater;
  • 8 metre-high caves;
  • an old prison converted into holiday accommodation!

4. Eyre Peninsula

The coastal scenery in Port Lincoln and Coffin Bay National Park was some of the best I’ve seen in Australia, not to mention the least crowded. And if you want a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife experience, make sure you read about my swim with wild dolphins and sea lions in Baird Bay!

5. Nullarbor

If you’re planning a trip across the Nullarbor towards Western Australia, you’ll need to plan your trip carefully. Fuel stops are few and far between in this barren part of Australia!

My guide to crossing the Nullarbor Plain includes road houses, driving distances, accommodation, campsites, attractions and general advice from my own experience.

6. SA Road Trips

If you’re planning a trip west towards Perth or east to Melbourne via the Great Ocean Road, my road trip itineraries below have got you covered. You’ll find all the top attractions, accommodation, distances and real-life costs from my own adventures.

This Perth to Adelaide drive itinerary covers road trip distances, drive stops, petrol costs, campsites, Nullarbor, fuel stops & attractions!

Epic Perth to Adelaide Drive Itinerary: Nullarbor, Dolphins & Stunning National Parks

This Adelaide to Melbourne drive itinerary via the Great Ocean Road includes road trip costs, drive stops, driving time & distances.

Adelaide to Melbourne Drive Itinerary via the Great Ocean Road

7. Plan Your Trip – Best Travel Resources

If you're planning a trip in Australia, here are the travel companies I'd recommended using. Please note that if you book through these links, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you, which helps me to keep producing free content for this website. Thank you!

Hotels Combined

HotelsCombined compares all the big hotel comparison sites and displays the cheapest offers for each hotel. You'll find a wide range of accommodation types too, including hotels, hostels, apartments, holiday parks and homestays.

Aussie House Sitters

If you'd like to stay in a local's home for free while they're away, in return for looking after their pets, house sitting is a great option. I secured plenty of house sits through Aussie House Sitters when I travelled Australia.

Get Your Guide

Rather than scour different tour companies, just search for your destination on Get Your Guide. It'll bring up a compilation of available activities and tours, so you can compare what's on offer and pick the best  option for you.

Trusted Housesitters

For worldwide house sitting, I'd recommend Trusted Housesitters. You can even choose a membership that includes house-sit cancellation insurance and accident and third party liability protection.

Wise Currency

For foreign currency transfers, I'd recommend using an online currency specialist to avoid hefty bank fees. I've been using Wise since I moved to Australia, as they're transparent with rates, simple to use and your money moves across quickly.

$10 off PetCloud

If you need a local person to take care of your pets during your holiday, use this link or the discount code LISA2754 to receive $10 credit towards your first booking with PetCloud, whether that's for a house sitter, pet visits or pet host.