First up, let’s have a look at the different regions of South Australia, so grab a map of South Australia and follow along! Starting with the capital city of Adelaide, it’s renowned for its relaxed lifestyle, leafy green belt, and quirky beachside suburbs. Just to the east of the city, you’ll find Adelaide Hills with its beautiful German heritage towns. North of the Adelaide Hills is the famous Barossa Valley, one of Australia’s best-regarded wine regions, while further north again is the Clare Valley – another of Australia’s best wine-growing areas.
Showcasing the regions of South Australia for South Australia road trips.
Yorke Peninsula is one of the most beautiful regions of South Australia. A long, narrow peninsula with over 700 kilometres of nearly pristine coastline, Yorke Peninsula is a fantastic place to escape the city and enjoy the stunning beauty of Australia. With this beauty brings countless things to do on the Yorke Peninsula.
Located to the north-west of Adelaide, Yorke Peninsula is bordered by Gulf St Vincent to the east and Spencer Gulf in the west. Consisting mostly of fertile flat land and gently rolling hills, the Peninsula is home to hundreds of farms and grain crops. The traditional home of the Narungga indigenous people, European settlement began in the early 1840s and today the Peninsula is home to around 25,000 people.
The Riverland is an interesting and beautiful area of South Australia. Located around the banks of the mighty Murray River (Australia’s longest and largest river system), the Riverland lies to the north of the Murraylands area, and just a few hours drive north-east of Adelaide. It’s a very tranquil area, with gorgeous scenery, a relaxed outlook and there are hundreds of things to do in the Riverland.
Located on the traditional lands of the Ngaiawang, Ngawait, and Erawirung indigenous peoples, the Riverland was settled by Europeans in the 1880s. Renmark, the first and largest town in the area was settled in 1887, and is today home to around 4,500 residents, while over 40,000 people live in the larger Riverland area. Like much of South Australia, the Riverland is a mostly Mediterranean style climate, with hot dry summers and fairly mild winters. On average, it’s slightly warmer than Adelaide.
The Murraylands is one of the most interesting and enticing areas of South Australia. As the name suggests, it’s located around the mouth of the mighty Murray River (Australia’s longest river!), in the south-east of South Australia. Stretching from the Victorian border in the east, to the gorgeous Coorong in the west, sandwiched between the Limestone Coast and the Riverland district, the Murraylands is both easily accessible and packed with stuff to see and do.
The Murraylands are the traditional home of the Ngarrindjeri Nation, and was settled by Europeans in the 1840s. Today, it’s home to over 60,000 people, with almost a third of them in the town of Murray Bridge. It’s slightly cooler here than in Adelaide, which makes it a great spot to escape the city heat, though it’s also slightly wetter as well.
The Limestone Coast is one of South Australia’s true gems. Located in the south-eastern corner of the state, the Limestone Coast stretches northwards from the Victorian border near Mount Gambier, all the way to Bordertown and Kingston SE. It’s a beautiful coastline area with spectacular scenery, incredible wineries, and some fantastic things to do on the Limestone Coast.
Kangaroo Island is a large island, located just off the southern coastline of South Australia, just over 100 kilometres south of Adelaide. Measuring 150 kilometres from east to west and 50 kilometres north to south, the island was settled by Europeans in the 1830s and is today home to around 5000 people allowing for many things to do on Kangaroo Island. Although some farming and agriculture is located on the island, today over one-third of Kangaroo Island is given over to national parks and nature preserves, with many of Australia’s famous animals featuring in abundance.
When you think of outback Australia, you immediately think of dusty red soil, blazing sun, empty deserts, and endless big skies. And you’ll find all of these, with many things to do in Flinders Ranges and South Australian outback. An enormous area covering the majority of South Australia, it’s the traditional home of various indigenous groups including the Adnyamathanha and Ngadjuri tribes, and is still these days largely unpopulated.
The Fleurieu Peninsula (pronounced FLOO-re-ooh) is a small triangular point of land, located just south of Adelaide. Don’t let that full you though as there are countless things to do on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Bordered by Gulf St Vincent to the west and Encounter Bay to the east, Fleurieu is famous for its fantastic wineries and beautiful beaches.
The traditional home of the Kaurna, Peramangk and Ngarrindjeri indigenous tribes, Fleurieu was settled by Europeans in 1839 and is today home to the thriving communities of Victor Harbor, Goolwa, Cape Jervis, and Normanville.
The Eyre Peninsula is a large, triangular peninsula along South Australia’s coastline. Bordered by Spencer Gulf to the east, the Great Australian Bight to the west, and Gawler Ranges to the north, Eyre Peninsula is a large but sparsely populated area and home to around 60,000 people, but don’t let that fool you – there are countless things to do on the Eyre Peninsula. The traditional home of the Barngarla indigenous peoples, Eyre Peninsula was used as a whaling and sealing base before the first permanent settlement was established at Port Lincoln in 1839.
The Clare Valley is a popular tourist and wine-growing region in South Australia. About 100 kilometres north of Adelaide, the Clare Valley is the traditional home of the Ngadjuri indigenous people and was first settled by Europeans in the early 1840s. Centred around the town of Clare, the area is today home to almost 10,000 people and nearly 50 separate wineries, giving tourists many things to do in the Clare Valley.