Top 9 Weekend Getaways in South Australia

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Weekend getaways are a breath of fresh air – a chance to break free from the routine and embark on new adventures. With its vibrant array of experiences, South Australia welcomes travellers of all types; couples in search of romance, families yearning for quality time or budget travellers seeking affordable escapades. Want to escape the city rush? Treat yourself to a wellness retreat in a secluded cabin in the hills or awaken your adventurous spirit sleeping in a tent under some of the darkest skies in Australia. We have picked the crème de la crème of weekend getaways in South Australia – check it out for yourself!

1. Adelaide Hills

Ode to the Orchard, Adelaide Hills

Adelaide Hills is synonymous with wine and no trip to South Australia is complete without savouring some of its renowned vintages. Sipping wine has never tasted better than in a giant nest overlooking vineyards – and Golding Wines is just the place. Want to enhance the romantic ambiance? Indulge in fine wines at The Lane Vineyard while overlooking the sweeping valley views, creating the perfect backdrop for a memorable couples’ getaway. Afterwards, treat your tastebuds to the gourmet delights at Lot 100 or Bridgewater Inn, where the intimate setting adds an extra layer of charm to your dining experience. Take a moment to explore the charming village of Hahndorf and experience the German culture, before a leisurely hand-in-hand stroll through the enchanting Mount Lofty Botanic Garden. End your day of romantic exploration with a night amongst the vineyards at Espira or soaking in the outdoor bathtub at Ode to the Orchard. What are you waiting for? Turn up the romance with a weekend in the Adelaide Hills.

2. Barossa

Barossa Valley Ballooning

With roads framed by rolling vineyards and lush vistas, cruise through the Barossa Valley on a couple’s retreat – knowing that every corner holds the promise of exquisite wining and dining experiences. Find your romantic haven at Rogasch Cottage or Barossa Chateau, where luxury accommodation awaits. Home to some of the most exceptional vineyards in all of South Australia, embark on a journey through renowned wineries like Seppeltsfield Estate and Jacob’s Creek, where every sip tells a story of tradition and passion. Indulge in culinary delights at top-tier eateries or soar above the vineyards in a hot air balloon at sunrise and watch as the landscape glows with the morning sun. Barossa is not just a destination; it’s a celebration of food, wine and luxury – perfect for your next weekend away.

3. Clare Valley

Riesling Trail, Clare Valley

Discover the tranquil oasis of Clare Valley, a sanctuary where wellness and nature intertwine. Here, your accommodation is more than just a place to stay; it’s a retreat into comfort and peace. Choose from the rustic elegance of Slow Cabin, the minimalist charm of CABN, or the delightful countryside allure of Bukirk Glamping. Hire a bike and witness the ever-changing tapestry of vineyards and undulating hills as you cycle through Australia’s Riesling Capital on the Riesling Trail. Take your time enjoying the views and reward yourself with a well-deserved glass of wine at every stop. After building up your appetite, savour exquisite flavours at renowned local restaurants such as the Watervale Hotel or Mr. Mick Cellar Door and Kitchen to compliment your picturesque journey. Find a moment of serenity at the pink-hued Lake Bumbunga, a natural wonder that paints the lake in vibrant hues that change from pink to orange to purple – depending on the time of the year. Step through the doors of Martindale Hall, a grand mansion echoing the elegance of a bygone era and let history envelop you. In Clare Valley, every moment invites you to embrace tranquility, merging nature’s harmony with comforting hospitality for a soul-rejuvenating memorable escape that lingers in your heart long after you visit.

4. Fleurieu Peninsula

Sellicks Hills, Fleurieu Peninsula

Some of South Australia’s finest coastal, scenic and culinary experiences are found right on Adelaide’s doorstep, in the Fleurieu Peninsula. For accommodation as unforgettable as the region itself discover the hidden gem of CABN, the serene Naiko Retreat, the cozy Timba Rtreet, or the beachfront charm of Ray’s Beach House – all with the promise of an unforgettable experience. Adventure through the Fleurieu Peninsula by car and discover dramatic landscapes and beach coves that look imported from Europe such as Port Willunga, Rapid Bay or Second Valley. Deep Creek National Park invites you into its wild heart – perfect for wildlife spotting and a paradise for hikers. Satiate your palate with a booking at the Star of Greece or Maxwell Restaurant and discover world famous wines of McLaren Vale at d’Arenberg Cube or the insta-worthy Down the Rabbit Hole cellar door. Just over an hour drive from Adelaide, the Fleurieu Peninsula is the prettiest weekend escape – no matter the season.

5. Yorke Peninsula

Redwing Farm, Yorke Peninsula

Looking for the ultimate family getaway and just a stone’s throw away from Adelaide? Pack your bags and wind your way to the pristine coast of Yorke Peninsula. This delightful destination reveals a world of untouched beaches like Shell Beach, Moonta Bay, and Ethel Beach – perfect for creating lifelong memories with the family. Serving up a variety of dining experiences, fill your belly after a day of activities. At Marion Bay Tavern, savour the fresh, local catch against the backdrop of a stunning seaside view. Stansbury Dalrymple Hotel offers a taste of classic Australian hospitality, while Yorke Valley Hotel delights with its hearty, family-friendly fare. For those with a sweet tooth, Marie’s Delights is a must-visit for its delectable baked goods and cozy atmosphere. When it comes to lodging, Yorke Peninsula has an array of family-friendly options that comprise comfort with the region’s natural charm. Yondah Beach House is one of them – a beachfront retreat perfect for family bonding. If the beach isn’t really your thing, simply immerse yourself in the rustic beauty of the countryside at Redwing Farm. So what are you waiting for? Take a look at our itinerary and start planning your trip to Yorke Peninsula.

6. Limestone Coast

Little Blue Lake, Limestone Coast

Travel south and be rewarded with some of South Australia’s most spectacular natural wonders with a weekend in the Limestone Coast. Reachable by car or a short flight to Mount Gambier, the region is perfect for those travelling on a budget, with a range of affordable stays including the Pine Country Caravan Park, Blue Lake Holiday Park, and Discovery Park Robe. Dive into the crystal-clear waters of Little Blue Lake, wander through the World Heritage site of the Naracoorte Caves, or journey to an underground garden at Umpherston Sinkhole. Home to the Coonwarra wine region, be sure to indulge in the region’s rich flavours at local wine estates and breweries including Ottelia, Bellwether Wines, Padthaway Estate, Leconfield Cellar Door and Winery, Robe Town Brewery and Loophole Brewing. Ready to discover the hidden wonders and affordable delights of Limestone Coast?

7. Kangaroo Island

The Enchanted Fig Tree, Kangaroo Island

Awarded the #2 spot for the best regional travel for 2024 by the Lonely Planet. Kangaroo Island is an idyllic setting for romantic escapades accessible via plane or ferry. Here, couples can choose to travel freely with a car or to indulge in an all-inclusive tour to explore this enchanting isle. Renowned for its luxury accommodations, the island boasts gems like One KI, Stowaway Kangaroo Island and Oceanview Eco Villas, each offering an exclusive escape into nature’s lap. Gourmet adventures await at Gastronomo Enchanted Fig Tree, where dining transforms into an art form. The true essence of Kangaroo Island lies in its natural wonders such as the Remarkable Rocks sculpted by the forces of nature, Admirals Arch with its rugged majesty, the serene beauty of Seal Bay, and the unspoiled sands of Stokes Bay. Kangaroo Island is a destination perfect for an extra-long weekend or more. Clear your calendar and hop on over!

8. Murray River, Lakes & Coorong

Monarto Safari Park, Murray River, Lakes and Coorong

Set off on an enchanting family escapade to Murray River, Lakes & Coorong, a destination that blends natural beauty with unforgettable experiences for all ages. Embark on a delightful family adventure to this region, where an array of unique accommodations awaits. From the novelty of staying on houseboats to the cozy comforts of Lake Bywater Cottage, the quirky charm of Pink Shack and the serene retreat of Long Island – there’s something to suit everyone’s needs. Experience an African safari without leaving the country at Monarto Safari Park, cruise along the magical Murray River, or observe the diverse birdlife in the natural sanctuary. Experience the night sky in all its glory at the Dark Sky Sanctuary and fall asleep under a blanket of stars or explore 150km of untamed wilderness at the Coorong National Park. About a two hour drive from Adelaide, the Murray River, Lakes & Coorong uniquely combines natural splendour with family-oriented fun, promising unforgettable moments for visitors of all ages.

9. Riverland

The Frames, Riverland

Discover the serene allure of the Riverland, a wellness oasis nestled along the banks of the mighty Murray River. Experience unparalleled comfort and elegance in exquisite accommodation choices such as The Frames, Pike River Luxury Villas, or The Villas. Connect with nature by trekking along river banks with Murray River Trails, paddle downstream by canoe or captain your own houseboat and take in the magical scenery. For a gourmet adventure, savour the flavours at Twenty Third Street Distillery, Rustons Distillery, and Mallee Fowl Restaurant, each offering a unique taste of the region. Riverland is not just a stopover; it’s a rejuvenating retreat that weaves luxury, nature, and gastronomy into a rich, rewarding tapestry.

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