Blessed with great topography, Adelaide has excess to some superb beaches, lush national parks, islands and towns. Whether you are local or a tourists these are some of the places you should consider if you are looking for day trip ideas from Adelaide.
Kangaroo Island – To reach this incredible island you either have to take a short flight or a ferry ride but nevertheless this day trip is going to be one nostalgic affair. You can find some of the best wildlife around, magnificent views, rock formations and amazing hotels. A third of this area is also covered and protected with nature reserves. Don’t miss out on the delicious seafood here, along with a swim at the Vivonne Bay.
Murray River – Fed by different rivers along with being the 16th largest river in the world there are many activities you can do on Murray River. Being just an hour away from Adelaide this makes for a delightful day out. You can go canoeing at the backwaters, swim and fish, along with visiting Murray Bridge or Mannum. This river passes through Murrayland and Riverland and indeed there are tons of activities to keep you occupied. If you wish to spend a few more days here you can even rent boat houses and have the time of your life. There a couple of tour agencies doing a day trip from Adelaide so if you don’t want the headache of driving this a decent alternative.
Adelaide Hills – You can never run out of day trips options if you are in New South Wales, there are so many places to be explored and with attractions around you would surely want to visit it over and over again. Either start your day with a hearty breakfast or head out to quest for some wildlife at Cleland Wildlife Park. You can also unwind at many of the wellness centres here, indulge in some retail therapy at Hahndorf Main Street or stroll around Stirling which has some incredible houses.
Steam Ranger Heritage Railway is another interesting alternative if you like to take a train journey from Mt
For a picturesque spot of the sunset head to Mount Lofty Summit where many tourist and locals gather after a good hike to the mountain.
Burra – Having a rich history and also being one of the mining towns in the good old days, Burra has a lot to offer for tourist and locals. They have a Golf and Bowling Club, and the iconic Burra Heritage Passport which takes you back in time when mining used to be the main occupation here. Burra Passport gives you insights and excess to eleven locked areas, so it is worth going on their tour.
Eyre Peninsula – This peninsula here is a paradise in South Australia, with abundance of water activities, wildlife, pleasing coastlines, delicious food and superb landscapes you have no reason to miss this heavenly abode. When it comes to day trips from Adelaide, Eyre Peninsula should be top on your bucket list. Here you can visit The Lincoln National Park, Gawler Ranges or unwind at the white shores in Coffin Bay National Park. Animal lovers will be pleased to visit a few Sea Lions at Baird Bay or if you dare get up close and personal with some sharks at Port Lincoln, don’t worry you are caged. Head of Bight can also give you some whale watching opportunity too, you are never short of activity at Eyre Peninsula.
Waterfall Gully – Even though a trip to the Waterfall Gully doesn’t count as a day trip as its just over 25mins from the city, I would still suggest visiting this delightful place in Cleland National Park. There are plenty of bushwalking trails along with a way to the Mt. Lofty Summit which takes a good 2 hours but it is worth the walk as the view is phenomenal from the top. You can even opt for mountain biking in some parts of the national park and if you are up for more adventure spend a night at Mt Lofty YHA.
Victor Harbour – This is a popular escape for many of the city dwellers as it’s not only in close proximity to the majestic Kangaroo Island but also features brilliant coastlines. Known for their horse run trams which you can take until the famous Granite Island this place is nothing short of excitement. You can even take a cruise to see the Seal Island here and encounter some sea lions and fur seals, isn’t that amazing? Stroll around the esplanade where you can munch at one of their cafes.
On your way to the harbour, don’t forget to make a quick stop at Port of Goolwa known for its beach, and activities like horse riding, kayaking and Goolwa Motor Museum. If you do have time Mclaren Vale region is also a pit stop while visiting Victor Harbour.