Escape From the City: Adelaide's Best Day Trips

Escape From the City: Adelaide’s Best Day Trips

While Adelaide, Australia, has much to offer the visitor, sometimes you just need a change of scenery. Adelaide is especially good for short getaways, as it’s near to a variety of wine regions, cultural attractions, historical sites and wildlife parks. To help you plan a worthwhile day trip from Adelaide, here are Tripify’s suggestions.

Barossa Valley

Barossa Valley

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The Barossa Valley is Australia’s most iconic wine region. Located about an hour from Adelaide, many people spend at least one day touring the more than 80 cellar doors, 150 wineries and vino-inspired experiences of the Barossa. Make sure to tour the cooperage at Yalumba, Australia’s oldest family winery since 1849, as well as make your blend in the wine lab at Penfolds. At Jacob’s Creek, visitors can sample a variety of wines as well as tour the vineyards, take part in wine and food pairings and partake in their educational wine classes. If you’re hungry, head to Yelland & Papps for a French picnic and biodynamic wine pairing in the vineyards, or sample some of celebrity chef Maggie Beer’s famous pates and tarts at her farm shop.

Adelaide Hills/Hahndorf

Adelaide Hills vineyards

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Located about 30 minutes from Adelaide, Adelaide Hills is one of Australia’s largest wine regions featuring cool climate and diverse vinos, unique experiences and a rich history. Start your day at Lobethal Road for an artisanal picnic lunch and wine pairing. Save room for dessert, as afterward you can head to Hahndorf Hill Winery for ChocoVino, a structured wine and fine chocolate experience. You’re now in the historic town of Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement, with traditional German shops, eateries and bakeries for you to peruse. For a wildlife experience, head to one of Adelaide Hill’s many parks, like Cleland Wildlife Park, Gorge Wildlife Park, Saunders Gorge Sanctuary and Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary.

Burra/Burra Copper Mines

The Burra Copper Mines

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The Burra Copper Mines sit about two hours north of Adelaide in Burra. The area went from being desolate before copper was discovered there in 1845, and by 1855 had a population of about 5,000 people. The mine was prosperous until 1877 when copper prices fell and the cost of keeping the mine open was too high, so it closed. Today, it stands as one of the best preserved examples from Australia’s Victorian Era. Visitors come from all over to see the open-air museum of the mining operation’s remains, as well as explore the small town’s 49 historical sites, museums, antiques shops, markets and art galleries. The Redbanks Reserve showcases untouched wilderness and scenic hiking trails.

Fleurieu Peninsula

Fleurieu Peninsula

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The Fleurieu Peninsula is located about an hour and a half south of Adelaide. While the area is famous for its wines, olives, and almonds, it also offers great beaches, surfing, whale watching and scuba diving, especially for those who want to see the unusual-looking leafy sea dragon. Visit the coastal beauty of Deep Creek Conservation Park, where Australia’s longest walking track, the 932- mile Heysen Trail, begins, as well as enjoy scenic walks along the coast. The Fleurieu Peninsula is also home to the McLaren Vale, Langhorn Creek, and Currency Creek wine regions, so you can spend some time tasting wines at one of the 100 cellar doors and eating your way along the McLaren Vale Cheese and Wine Trail. The Willunga Farmers’ Market is another popular attraction, as is Granite Island off the coast of the peninsula where you can see a small colony of Little Penguins.

Kangaroo Island

Hanson Bay, Kangaroo Island, South Australia

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While an adventurous day trip, it is possible, especially if you take a tour via the Sealink Ferry. Their tour leaves daily at 6:45am, returns at 10:40pm and includes Kangaroo Island attractions like Seal Bay, Hanson Bay, Sanctuary koala walk, Flinders Chase National Park, Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch, as well as a two-course lunch. Your other option is to rent a car and drive onto the ferry, exploring the island’s wineries, wildlife, beaches, parks and hiking on your own. Along with the wildlife sites mentioned above, you should also head to the secluded beach of Stokes Bay, where you’ll have to shimmy through a narrow rock alley to reach the beach’s white sand and azure waters. There are also many excellent wineries on the island, like Dudley Wines, False Cape Wines and Bay of Shoals Wines, and even Kangaroos Island Spirits, the island’s only distillery.

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Jessica Festa is a freelance travel writer. Her work has been included in outlets like Gadling, Huffington Post, AOL Travel, Fodor's, Matador Network, Vagabondish and The Culture-Ist.

One thought on “Escape From the City: Adelaide’s Best Day Trips

  1. Keith Kellett

    Sorry, I think a day trip to Kangaroo Island, while possible, is just too ambitious! I’d say the itinerary is reminiscent of those ‘If it’s Tuesday. this must be Brussels’ European coach tours.

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