South Australia has glorious beaches, a dynamic food and wine scene, and weird and wonderful wildlife. And with daily flights to Adelaide from the UK, there's never been a better time to visit the region.
1. To explore Adelaide's laneways
Wedged between wild hills and fabulous beaches, Adelaide is positioned brilliantly for exploring South Australia. Now, it's emerging as one of the country's hippest cities, with once-underrated neighbourhoods such as the West End abuzz with live-music bars, restaurants, independent boutiques and coffee shops. In the East End, Ebenezer Place is fast becoming the city's coolest laneway with vintage stores, quirky cafés and a seasonal night market.
2. There's a beach for everyone
All along the coastline, there are plenty of beaches to choose from, whether you want to soak up the sun, paddle out in a kayak or get out on your board. Some of the most beautiful can be found just over an hour's drive from Adelaide, on the Yorke Peninsula. The Southern Ocean brings large swells to the Eyre Peninsula, where locals ride the waves off Fowlers Bay and learners dip their toes in with lessons at Port Lincoln. The Coorong National Park is made for road trips - you can drive your 4x4 right along the beaches, stopping for picnics or to go kayaking.
3. To drink wine in some of the world's best vineyards
The Adelaide Hills, Barossa and Clare Valley are home to hundreds of wineries, producing some of Australia's most interesting wines - and all within easy reach from Adelaide. On wine tours, you can wander or cycle around the vineyards, learn how to make wine and find the perfect food pairings. Or you can simply pick your favourite vineyard and settle in to enjoy the views. But there's more to the region than wine: new craft-beer breweries and distilleries are popping up, too.
4. Kangaroo Island is a haven for wildlife
Native Australian sea lions and seals loll about on golden sand, while penguins, dolphins and whales cruise in the waters off Kangaroo Island. There are hiking trails for all levels of fitness, including a path to Kirkpatrick Point and the iconic Remarkable Rocks, a group of impressive giant boulders in Flinders Chase National Park. And with new 30-minute flights from Adelaide, this unique island is now just a short hop away.
5. To eat your way across the region
In recent years, Australia has secured itself a place on the culinary map. In the Barossa Valley, bars and restaurants match locally sourced food to locally produced wine, while in Adelaide you can find street food from all over the world in the city's bustling laneways. On the Eyre Peninsula, you can visit oyster farms and try Southern Ocean seafood at restaurants overlooking the coast. And across South Australia, there are farmers' markets and food-and-wine festivals throughout the year.
6. It's easier than ever to get there
Qatar Airways won the title of World's Best Airline at the Skytrax 2017 awards, and continues to innovate with clever features such as LED mood lighting. Passengers fly in extreme comfort thanks to the A350's carbon-fibre fuselage that reduces cabin pressure and helps with jet lag, making a huge difference to the long-haul journey. The airline flies daily via Doha from five UK airports (London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Cardiff launching May 2018), making the journey more convenient, too. For more information on Qatar Airways, visit
The tailor-made holiday experts at Travelbag offer a seven-night holiday to South Australia from £1,599pp, including three nights at Peppers Waymouth Adelaide, two nights on Kangaroo Island on a self-drive tour, two nights at The Louise Barossa Valley, and return flights with Qatar Airways. To book your trip, visit .