If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in South Australia, I hope you’re appreciating it. One of the best things you can is hit the road and explore the natural beauty of this Aussie state. For the rest of us don’t worry, we can keep planning, we’ll be back there soon enough.
While there are many places to explore, and a thousand directions to have an amazing road trip, we’ve found the top five reasons to jump in the car.
#1 Sleep off the grid
Lean into winer (or enjoy the stars and wilderness just as much in summer) in South Australia’s cosiest tiny home. Jude Cabn in Adelaide Hills will get you and two to three mates (plus your dog) off the grid and beneath a blanket of stars for $209 a night.
#2 Head off-road
If you’re craving the road less travelled, Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary (600km north of Adelaide) is home to some of the best off-road adventures. This ancient landscape is not only beautiful, but has a rich history of being featured in Indigenous creation stories for tens of thousands of years.
#3 Swim with Giant Cuttlefish
For an unforgettable animal encounter, you can head to Stony Point on the coastline of the Upper Spencer Gulf Marine Park in Whyalla. From May to August you can swim with Australian Giant Cuttlefish. You won’t even need a guide, as long as you’re comfortable in the water.
#4 Watch a natural light show
For an entirely legal way to get lit with mushrooms, go searching for ghost mushrooms on the ground of South Australia’s national parks. In May and June, these usually light brown ‘shrooms glow a bright green at night thanks to their natural bioluminescence. Here’s where to spot them.
#4 Go star-gazing
From June to September, the Milky Way glows extra bright directly over South Australia. While all you have to do is head out of any light pollution and look up, it’s said that Lincoln National Park, Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, Flinders Chase National Park, Innes National Park and Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre National Park take it to the next level.
If you need any more SA road trip inspo, here’s a handy link for you.
(All Images: Provided / Tourism South Australia)
Kassia is the Editor of AWOL, and a straight-up travel addict. She was born without a sense of direction, yet an intense desire to explore the world. As such, she's lost 90% of the time but she's learned to roll with it. You can catch her latest adventures on Instagram @probably_kassia.