If you're looking for a memorable family holiday, South Australia is packed-full of exciting opportunity. You’ll find vibrant cityscapes, sandy beaches and gorgeous islands all within an easy driving distance of each other. The state offers enough unforgettable destinations and attractions to keep the whole family entertained for any number of days. And the best part? There are plenty of unique family-friendly accommodations to become the base for your adventures either by the beach, surrounded by lush bushland, or within one of the city centres.
Explore the outdoors with the family on the Fleurieu Peninsula
When you visit the Fleurieu Peninsula, the water will be at the centre of virtually all of your outdoor activities. You'll find beautiful beaches, shadowed coves, and rugged cliffs that you're free to explore. Fishing, diving, and surfing are all popular here no matter what time of year you visit. Southport Beach and Blowhole Beach are among the most popular destinations, thanks to their golden sands and clear waves. You can also visit the Cockle Train, a steam-powered train in the area, or slip away for an afternoon to enjoy a tasting at one of the nearby McLaren Vale wineries.
Stay with wildlife in your backyard on Kangaroo Island
If you're looking for a more wildlife-oriented experience, there's no better location in South Australia than Kangaroo Island. True to its name, you and the little ones can get up close and personal with the bouncy creatures, especially around Flinders Chase National Park. That's just the beginning, however, as you're also able to go for a swim with dolphins or see seals at the Seal Bay Conservation Park. If you fancy birds more than anything else a stop by the Birds of Prey display at Raptor Domain may be your best bet for an unforgettable experience.
Stroll the city from one of Adelaide’s leafy suburbs
Adelaide is the lively, cosmopolitan heart of South Australia. You'll find plenty to do to with the whole family within the city surrounds as the capital lends itself to easy afternoons on foot exploring the numerous parks and cultural precincts, and Adelaide Central Market. The Adelaide Zoo and the Mega Adventure Adelaide theme park are also very easy to get to and really fun ways to add a bit of variety to your family holiday. Of course, no trip to Adelaide would be complete without a stop by the historic Glenelg Beach, (just a 40-minute tram ride from the centre of the city) where you can treat the kids to a visit to The Beachouse, an entertainment complex complete with waterslides, arcades and plenty more. If you’ve got the time, a daytrip out to the wineries of Adelaide Hills is also a popular option and many cellar doors are family-friendly.
Visit family-friendly wineries in the Barossa Valley
The Barossa Valley is one of the top wine-producing regions in the entire country and a premier destination for outdoor adventurers as it's remarkably family-friendly. Local institutions like Lambert Estate Wines and Yalumba offer experiences suitable for the little ones in addition to the wine tastings for adults. This is also where you can find the Barossa Trail, a 40-kilometre-long cycling and walking path that's easy to traverse and offers scenic views of the plains and local vineyards. For more family-friendly fun, you can check out Barossa Bowland and Mini Golf as well as the Barossa Valley Chocolate Company.
Comfortable self-contained holiday home in the Barossa
Villa Maria is only metres from the original town centre of what became Tanunda and sets you up to enjoy one of the best family holidays ever. The historical home was built in 1910, but it has since been completely refurbished with all the modern amenities you could want for an extended getaway.
Discover the unique landscapes of the Limestone Coast
From its natural wonders like Mount Gambier’s Umpherston Sinkhole, to the fine restaurants and wineries, to its coastal locales such as Robe, the Limestone Coast is a prime destination for a unique trip. Spend your time exploring the subterranean oasis of Blue Lake, snorkelling in the Kilsby Sinkhole, or touring the cellar doors in the historic wine valleys. The Limestone Coast is filled with beautiful beaches as well, such as Long Beach and Salmon Hole, which are also popular for water sports and fishing.
Eat your way through the seafood frontier of the Eyre Peninsula
The locals of the Eyre Peninsula are masters when it comes to the preparation and consumption of their primary exports, so this is the place to be if you call yourself a lover of quality seafood. As you might expect, the beaches in the area are also absolutely breathtaking, with golden sands and shining turquoise waters around the likes of Almonta Beach and Fishery Bay. You can also swim with sea lions and head off to Mikkira Station to see koalas.
This article is part of a collaboration with southaustralia.com