South Australia is home to some of the most picturesque road trip destinations in the entire country.
Have you ever wanted to just get in the car and get away from it all?
The classic Aussie road trip is a rite of passage, with a number of people being able to recall piling into a car with mates and heading towards the horizon.
But Australia is such a huge country – where should you go?
Luckily for you, we’ve got that covered. In the coming weeks, we’ll be bringing you the best and most awe-inspiring road trips in each Aussie state and territory.
We decided to start with South Australia – after all, it was where we began all the way back in 2005!
The Southern Ocean Drive
This stunning journey starts in Mount Gambier and takes you through to the Fleurieu Peninsula, the Limestone Coast, Kangaroo Island and all the way through to the state’s capital.
You’ll probably need at least a week for this one – two, if you’re planning on making the most of the places you visit.
Some of our favourite parts of this trip include the Coonawarra wine region, the Naracoorte Caves, and the Remarkable Rocks and Seal Bay on Kangaroo Island.
The entire route is littered with absolutely breathtaking views, so make sure you’re on the ball to capture that perfect snap for the ‘gram!
This trip will also take you through McLaren Vale, so you’ll be fortunate enough to experience two of the world’s most well-known wine regions in one holiday.
The Explorers Way
Take a drive through the heart of the Aussie outback and experience SA’s rich history with The Explorers Way road trip.
This incredible route technically crosses over in the Northern Territory, but the border crossing is essential to get the most out of the holiday.
The 3000km road trip will take you through the Clare Valley, where you can experience the Riesling Trail – one of the highlights of the world-famous wine region.
Visit some of the small towns in the area and soak up the history of the district.
Next, you’ll drive through the Flinders Ranges, Port Augusta and Coober Pedy, some of SA’s major outback towns.
The drive will take you all the way into the NT and then west to Uluru, where you’ll be lucky enough take in Australia’s most well-known landmark.
If you’ve got the time, take a stroll around the base or fly over the monolith in a helicopter.
Keep in mind the area is a deeply spiritual and sacred place, so please respect the site and listen to the instructions of the Indigenous custodians at all times.
This road trip is a true outback experience, and it will give you an incredible opportunity to connect with Australia on a level you never thought possible.
The Coastal Way
If the beach is more your style, kick back and relax while driving through some of South Australia’s prettiest coastal towns.
This 700km trip around the Yorke Peninsula will only set you back a few days, even if you’re serious about seeing as many sights as possible.
The Yorke is the boating, fishing and camping hub of the state, but don’t worry if that’s not your cup of tea. The region also offers incredible food, cheap accommodation and some of the most picturesque coastal scenery on offer in the country.
You’ll begin your journey in Port Wakefield, then head down the east coast of the peninsula. You’ll make your way through quaint towns such as Edithburgh, Stenhouse Bay and Corny Point.
Enjoy the relaxed drive through Port Victoria and all the way up to Wallaroo and Port Broughton, and stop somewhere along the way to enjoy a meal of freshly caught seafood.
The views along this route are truly awe-inspiring, so grab the kids, hit the road and take in the coastal lifestyle. You won’t regret it!
The Mighty Murray Way
Live a laid back lifestyle following the twists and turns of one of the world’s longest rivers.
The Murray River stretches more than 2,500km, giving you the opportunity to spend a week or more following it through South Australia.
The drive will take you through historic locations such as Renmark, Loxton, Waikerie, Morgan and Goolwa.
You’ll experience the Monash Adventure Playground, the Monarto Open Range Zoo and the SteamRanger Heritage Railway in Victor Harbor.
Our personal favourite thing to do on this trip is the Spirit of the Coorong cruise – a relaxing boat ride through the Coorong wetlands.
You’ll discover the rich history of the region while enjoying guided walks and a delicious lunch and afternoon tea. It’s truly the best way to discover the Coorong!
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