5 Money Savvy SA Destinations

It is regarded as the hottest state in Australia, literally and figuratively! Its climate and rich earth have blessed its inhabitants with an abundance of produce, making South Australia the food basket of the commonwealth. Its vineyards and sweet wines are also one of the most popular in the country and a campervan hired to tour the state capital Adelaide, as well as the other cultural hubs, ensures a wonderful holiday.

However, some of you might have apprehensions when travelling to South Australia. You might think that it might be too expensive to travel to the southern state especially that its capital is home to several cultural galas and artistic events. But you’d be surprised to learn that there are several ways to enjoy a cheap holiday on a campervan and tour one of Australia’s famous states.

 1. The Cultural Centre that is Adelaide

The state capital was originally intended to be only 1 square mile. Colonel William Light founded the city with a desire to surround it with wide open avenues and lush green parks. The planned community was designed so that the garden city would have a ring encapsulating Adelaide’s heartland.

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Because of the colonial design of most of the structures as well as the parklands within the ring area, these are now regarded as “State Heritage Listed parklands.” At present, the city lives to its reputation as the centre of culture in South Australia. It is home to several pubs and clubs as well as art galleries.

The best part about the “City of Churches” is that they have caravan parks surrounding the collection of gardens surrounding the city. You can even hire a campervan in the city if you arrived via air or sea. Our office is just around 11 km away from the airport and within the city’s central business district.

From Adelaide, you can begin touring the magnificent destinations in South Australia thanks to the web work of major thoroughfares and regional roads that connect a holiday destination to the other. One of the legendary routes in South Australia is the Southern Ocean Drive which connects the city to the state’s tip. Another route is the mythic Barossa valley grapevine trail which is a trail away and back to Adelaide and around the lush vineyards of the valley.

 

2. The Food Basket that is Barossa

Arguably, Barossa Valley is home to some of the best wines in Australia and the World. In fact, Barossa wines are being exported to major cities in East Asia and in Europe. Apart from their collection of wines and spirits, Barossa is home to several vineyards and farms that are guaranteed to arouse your senses.

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Follow the route and visit the picturesque villages around the valley like Angaston, which is recorded as the highest point of the valley. Angaston is also host to the Barossa Farmers Market. It is here where you can purchase fresh produce that you could prepare a lovely feast, which would complement the sweet wines in the region.

Meanwhile, Nuriootpa is considered as the business centre of the entire Barossa Valley. Here you can hire a bike, ride on modified tricycles or even get in a hot air balloon as you admire the magnificence of the lush green valley.

On the other hand, you can also visit the Nuriootpa Linear Park for a fascinating trip to memory lane with your kids. Just along the North Para River, the park offers a joy ride in a steam-powered locomotive that would surely bring peals of laughter to you and your children as you safely make rounds throughout the playground.

 

3. Hopping Around Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island is one of finest examples of nature unspoilt by the embellishment of modernisation. The island is just a ferry ride from Cape Jervis. Be greeted by dolphins as you cross the sea into a different world devoid of human interference.

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Upon arriving on the island you would be greeted by echidnas (spiny anteaters), endemic birds, and kangaroos! Many would feel that the island was left behind by modernity, but that’s what makes its rustic beauty truly admirable. If you scratch beneath the surface, you’ll find that you’ve just found a diamond in the rough.

Head to Flinders Chase National Park and check-out its sugar-gum forests. There are also patches of mallee scrub, which accentuate the park. Of course, there’s also the Ravine des Casoars which serves as the island’s western door where you can lose yourself to the vastness of the ocean.

Then, there are the eastern settlements on the island. This is where you can get a taste of Kangaroo Island’s fresh produce as well as amazing spirits. You’ll never forget the elaborate flavours you’ve tasted in the island.

 

4. Freedom at the Flinders Ranges

Free your mind from all the stresses of city life at Flinders Ranges. This is where you’ll see the majestic Wilpena Pound. The vast bowl of red earth is one of the most remarkable destinations in the Outback. If you’re lucky you might even see fog covering the entire natural formation turning it into a cauldron of water vapour drifting freely in the sky.

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Flinders Ranges is also home to the legendary Lake Eyre, which is a catch basin of several bodies of water from the Northern Territory and Queensland. Once it floods, it is the largest lake in Australia. The flooded lake opens a lot of opportunities for both men and beast to enjoy the waters that rarely rupture its banks.

Sailors come during the occasional floods to conquer the vastness of the placid waters. Meanwhile, there are several species of birds that benefit from the waters that find the parched earth inescapable and hard to resist. It fills the lake with a variety of fish, which makes for a great fête for migratory fowl welcoming the turn of the seasons.

 

5. Remembering the Murray

Finally, there’s the Murray and its river cruises. Hop on any of the available houseboats which are actually restored paddle wheelers or steamboats from an era long lost but not forgotten. This is how the first Australians voyaged at the heartland as they discovered new habitable regions.

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Before the first European settlers lived and thrived in the Outback, the aboriginal people have long called this place home. Now, their imprint is still visible from the mythic waters of the Murray to the “canoe trees” that whisper a thousand memories that drift in the wind.

Enjoy the tour where you’ll also have a taste of Murray’s finest delicacies. Their produce is guaranteed fresh. Also, try freshly caught Coorong Mullet that are sold along small stalls nearby the highway.

 

The best thing about these destinations is that they have campervan or caravan parks where you can park your hired motorhome for the night. Whether you begin your campervan holiday in Adelaide or in any of the popular destinations in South Australia, you’re certain there are affordable places where you can write your epic adventure!

These are just some of the best and affordable destinations in South Australia. Actually, there are more attractions out there to be discovered. Just be ready for all the fantastic possibilities that you might encounter.

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Awesome Adelaide Campervan Holiday Adventures

Adelaide is not only South Australia’s capital, it’s also the cultural and culinary centre of the state. The city was established as a home to the region’s first European settlers. Colonel William Light, Adelaide’s founder, helped in envisioning a “City of Churches” and gardens that could only be described as divine.  So if you’re planning to visit this sublime city,  a hired campervan can easily take you to any of the scenic destinations.

For a hassle-free tour of Adelaide, we have come up with a list of destinations guaranteed to inundate your senses with exceptional sights, sounds, and flavours.

  1. The Adelaide Central Market

Before travelling to any of the fantastic tourist destinations in Adelaide, why not buy some of the freshest produce in the city at the Adelaide Central Market first? Apart from being the cultural hub of South Australia, Adelaide is also one of the best places to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as premium cuts of meat at surprisingly affordable prices.

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Adelaide Central Market is also the oldest in the state, and has withstood several developments since 1869. From the first 500 farmers selling home-grown produce, the market is now known as the “Heart of Adelaide.”

The market even offers tours for first time visitors. You can meet locals as and observe their daily routine at the market. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience and fully understand the local culture. 

2. The Adelaide North Terrace

Tourists and art connoisseurs are guaranteed to have a splendid time at the North Terrace. Its array of art galleries, memorials and libraries provide cultural immersion like no other. North Terrace is also home to Adelaide University, where South Australia’s young local talents are honed.

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Among the major bureaucratic buildings in the North Terrace are the State Library and Parliament House; as well as the Adelaide Botanic Gardens and the “Walk of Fame”. So whether you’re interested in the cultural, entertainment, and natural attractions of the city, you won’t run out of places to check out.

3. The Adelaide Oval Stadium

Popularly known as one of the prettiest cricket grounds, not only in Australia, but also the world. The first stadium was erected in 1871 but an agreement made within the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) paved the way for the oval’s redevelopment in 2011.

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Currently, the oval is host to several sporting events in the state like SANFL. Interestingly, the oval has also hosted several functions like weddings and other intimate celebrations thanks to the renovations made over the years.

Nonetheless, the true spirit of sportsmanship in the Adelaide Oval Stadium lives on. The earth still rumbles with the energy of the first sportsmen that honoured its grounds with their determination to claim victory for their team and their country.

 

4. The Adelaide East End

In the afternoon, buy a bottle of wine or a cup of hot coffee at Adelaide’s East End. You can get either and so much more in one area- the Ebenezer Place. The street has several independently owned shops that sell fine wines and exquisite food. 

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A trip to the Ebenezer Place is also a trip down memory lane. The area was originally a place where fresh produce was sold by local farmers. In fact, the Adelaide Fruit and Produce Exchange stood in the area for more than 80 years. It was only in 1988 that the market was shut down and the structure was given a fresh coat of paint.

Amazingly, the East End withstood the test of time despite undergoing several changes. And as old habits die hard, Ebenezer Place remains a food haven. Only now, it’s a centre of fantastic restaurants and cafés that serve gourmet meals. Its shops serve strong flavoured coffee and crisp sweet wines.

5. The Adelaide Hills

Speaking of wines and spirits, Adelaide Hills is one of the best places to grab a bottle of that sweet wine you’ve been craving. Amid panoramic views of the rolling hills, you can buy wines that would complement the sumptuous food served in any of the cafés in the area.

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Add to that, there are also shops that sell fresh local produce like olives and cheese. Both should never be absent on the served entrée. The seasons also bring different flavors like strawberries and other fruits that are ripe for the picking.

However, the greatest prize in visiting Adelaide Hills is the destination itself. There are several spots in the area where you can meet an occasional koala or feed farm animals when you visit any of the local vineyards.

Indeed, there are a lot of possibilities when you head out to Adelaide. From being a small community of European settlers, it has grown to include several national parks, art galleries, theatres and wineries. Its up to you how far you’d like to go on a hired campervan for a memorable vacation with family and friends.

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Australia in a Campervan – Our Guide to Cruising South Australia

Obviously, Australia can’t be seen in one day. Planning a trip through Australia means making a lot of choices. No need to panic, we can help you with making these choices and get you familiarised with the world Down Under.

In this blog post we’ve included some ideas for a round trip through South Australia. Drive your campervan along the beautiful wine valleys up to Mount Gambier.

Barossa Valley

Wine Tasting
A superb place to wake up in your own motorhome and enjoy Port Augusta to the fullest is Hancock Lookout. From here, you will start your self-drive holiday with panoramic scenic views that you will find driving towards the Barossa Valley.

The Barossa Wine Valley, with Jacobs Creek, is one of the most famous wine growing regions in Australia. The vineyards are extensive, so make sure you stop by to taste a couple of these delicious free wines, just to make sure you have tasted the best ones!

Biking and cruising
Once you have found your favourite wine it’s time to hit the road and drive further through the Adelaide Hills, which is also a popular bike route. It’s an ideal setting to imagine yourself in a dream world where you’re cruising a classic convertible, wearing outsized sunglasses. But a campervan will do just fine to soak up the beautiful views of the forested slopes and magnificent scenery here.

Adelaide

City rush and city hiking
And all of sudden, deep in the valley, there’s Adelaide. With a million residents it’s quite a busy city, but with its relaxing parks it still offers a lot of green space. If you want to get away from the city rush, Glenelg is a charming coastal township, a suburb of Adelaide set on the ocean. Here you can take a walk along the beach, sink in the soft sand and contemplate eternity.

Fleurieu

Penguins at Granite Island
From Adelaide drive your campervan further south towards Fleurieu Peninsula and stop at Waitpinga beach, the aboriginal name for Windy Beach¸ and yes as the name suggests, it’s quite windy here. Next stop: Victor Harbor, known for Granite Island, this island was once part of the mainland but is now connected with a causeway. You can cross the causeway on foot or a by a horse-pulled tram. At dawn you can indulge in some penguins spotting at Granite Island.

Mount Gambier
The last stop will be Mount Gambier, but first visit Umpherston sinkhole, once a cave formed through dissolution of the limestone. The sinkhole is shaped as a hole since the top of the camber collapsed downwards. Now it is an ideal location for a botanic garden. Mount Gambier is known for its Blue Lake, a lake formed by a volcanic crater. Every year in November, the lake changes from its grey colour to a clear blue tint for a couple of days. Later during the day check out Caves Gardens, a waterfall right in the centre that falls down into the underground limestone caves.

Convinced? Now book your self-drive holiday yourself!