The state of South Australia offers some of the country’s most stunning travel destinations, with an exceptional range of boutique luxury accommodations and experiences to enjoy. From charming small towns, to world-famous wine regions and the glorious outback, we review some of the must visit locations to explore the best in city breaks, wellness escapes, and gourmet wonders across SA.
The best luxury travel destinations in South Australia for 2022/23
First on our list is the capital city of Adelaide. This vibrant metropolis is home to world-class restaurants, shopping, culture, and a variety of attractions, including the world-famous Adelaide Zoo and stunning Botanic Gardens. There is also a great selection of restaurants, cafes and bars, so you can enjoy a delicious meal or a refreshing drink after a day of exploring. Spend a day with Temptation Sailing to swim alongside or watch wild dolphins in their natural habitat, something that you will remember forever! Temptation Sailing also offers various sailing experiences and private charter options.
Just a short drive away discover the Adelaide Hills. This picturesque region is home to rolling hills, quaint villages, and some of the best wineries in the country. For ultimate luxury wellness stay, book into the newly opened Sequoia lodge. Part of Sequoia’s philosophy is to connect you with the land and its people through a range of intimate and curated on-site experiences that are included in your stay. As part of these daily and seasonally changing experiences listen to ancient dreamtime stories, savour and learn from artisan winemakers, enjoy a sunrise yoga session or join a guided nature walk of the Mount Lofty Botanic Garden, or simply sit back and relax in one of the artesian spring-fed hot pools overlooking the breathtaking Piccadilly Valley. Visit Sequoia Lodge Website.
For a relaxing coastal vacation head to one of South Australia’s many beach towns. The Fleurieu Peninsula is a beautiful coastal region that is home to several quaint towns, including Victor Harbor and McLaren Vale. The peninsula is also home to some of the best beaches in the state, so you can soak up the sun in style. For the ultimate in private nature stays we love the newly opened Esca. An exceptionally designed private retreat, admire sweeping views down the Inman Valley and beyond to Encounter Bay and the Southern Ocean from your choice of indoor or outdoor baths, waking up in the generous king bed, or enjoying a cosy coffee on the terrace.
Seeking an outback adventure? Flinders Ranges, in the Outback of South Australia, with its red rock formations and stunning landscapes offers some of the most unique and beautiful outback experiences in the world. Book your stay at the exceptional Arkaba Lodge to enjoy a range of outback luxury experiences and guest facilities. A maximum of ten guests are allowed at one time on this massive 60,000 acre property that is dedicated to the conservation of Australia’s diverse wildlife. You will see plenty of kangaroos, emus, and other animals on safaris through beautiful ancient landscapes. Expert field guides will be with you every step of the way, providing information about the area and it’s history.
Wine lovers seeking an exceptional vintage, look no further than the Barossa Valley. This world-renowned wine region is home to more than 150 wineries and produces some of the country’s finest red wines. The Louise, set to re-open under the Baillie lodges banner in September 2022 is the perfect place for the discerning traveller to relax and rejuvenate in classic refined style. Nestled in the heart of the Barossa Valley The Louise offers its guests five-star service and amenities including gourmet in-house dining serving exceptional local produce. Visit The Louise Website.
Last though certainly not least on our list of luxury travel destinations in South Australia, Kangaroo Island. Sitting off the coast of Adelaide is one of Australia’s best-kept secrets, the perfect destination for luxury travellers looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. This beautiful island is home to some of the country’s most pristine beaches, as well as an abundance of native wildlife, including kangaroos, wallabies and koalas. If you’re looking for a truly unique experience, then this is the place for you. For the ultimate private wellness retreat check into Ecopia, an eco-friendly, luxurious newly constructed three bedroom home situated amongst a spectacular 150 acres of pristine wilderness within the heart of Kangaroo Island. Visit Ecopia Website
Whether you’re looking for a luxurious gourmet vacation, romantic getaway or a family holiday, South Australia has something to offer everyone. So why not start planning your trip today? You won’t be disappointed!