From the sun-drenched outback to luscious wine regions to paradise beaches, South Australia is chock-full of adventures.
There’s so much more to South Australia than amazing wine, but we have to admit, winding through three wine regions on a bicycle is one of our favourite ways to explore. Whether you’re a keen hiker, avid cyclist, beach lover or wildlife enthusiast – or anyone else in between – our Australia tours are packed with unforgettable experiences. Follow your Intrepid leader as you journey through the spectacular Flinders Ranges, discover pristine beaches and wildlife on Kangaroo Island, explore the underground world of Coober Pedy, or let your tastebuds lead the way on the Eyre Peninsula’s seafood frontier—all while learning about the spiritual significance of these places from local First Nations guides.
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Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).
However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.
Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.
South Australia is a large state with diverse landscapes and climates. Southern parts of the state have a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm, dry summers. As you go further north, it’s hot and dry all year round with minimal rainfall.
Summer (December to February) is the busiest time of year in the southern parts of the state like Kangaroo Island and the Barossa Valley. It’s a popular destination for summer holidays with warm, sunny weather and a busy events calendar. However, visiting in the cooler months has its perks. It’s quieter, spring wildflowers and autumn foliage add distinct beauty to the landscapes and there are plenty of opportunities to see wildlife.
The shoulder seasons at the end of spring and early autumn are a great time to plan your trip if you want to balance good weather and small crowds.
What to pack will depend on where in South Australia you're going, the time of year you're visiting and the activities you're doing. You can't go wrong with clothes you can layer, plus a jumper or jacket to pop on in the evening when the temperature drops. You might also want to bring a rainjacket and wet weather gear depending on the season. One or two smart casual outfits should be more than enough for dining out unless you're planning on visiting a lot of high-end restaurants or wineries.
Australia is a big place so tours in South Australia can involve a lot of time on the road covering long distances and services can be limited so bring some snacks and a book or some tunes to keep you company. Or you can sit back and enjoy the scenery and keep an eye out for eagles, emus and other wildlife along the way.
People all around the world have seen or heard about Bondi Beach, Byron Bay and Whitehaven Beach, but unless you’ve lived or travelled in South Australia, you might not know how stunning its beaches are. Some of our favourite spots include:
- Maslin Beach, Fleurieu Peninsula
- Glenelg Beach, Adelaide
- Port Willunga, Fleurieu Peninsula
- Crackalinga Beach, Fleurieu Peninsula
- Vivonne Bay, Kangaroo Island
- Almonta Beach, Eyre Peninsula
- Cactus Beach, Penong
- Perlubie Beach, Streaky Bay
- Memory Cove, Eyre Peninsula
- Emu Bay Beach, Kangaroo Island
Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. However, we’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.