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8 Day Trips from Adelaide

Adelaide is surrounded by beautiful regions worthy of a day trip or weekend getaway. From the charming villages of Hahndorf just 30 minutes away, to the stunning blue lakes of Mount Gambier 5 hours to the west, we have it all covered. The distances below are one way.

  1. Belair National Park

    Distance: 10 km | 15 min
    Just 25 minutes from the heart of Adelaide sits Belair National Park. It protects 835 hectare of natural forests, grasslands, rivers and waterfalls and is teaming with wildlife. The best way to see it is on the network of trails. We list the top ten walks.

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    Wild koalas in Belair National Park. Photo: Firth_Photography via IG

  2. Adelaide Hills and Hahndorf

    Distance: 27 km | 30 mins
    Tootle through tree-covered valleys, steep hills, charming villages, wildlife sanctuaries, apple and pear orchards and stop for coffee or lunch at one of the many tea houses.

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    Hahndorf.

  3. Barossa Valley Wine Region

    Distance: 68 km | 1 hr
    Less than an hour north of Adelaide you'll find the world famous wineries and rolling green hills of the Barossa Valley. You'll also find plenty of art, charming towns and gourmet food. 

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    Seppeltsfield, Barossa Valley. Photo: AustralianInsider via IG

  4. Fleurieu Peninsula and Coorong National Park

    Distance: 84 km | 1 hr 15 m
    Fleurieu Peninsula is a network of scenic drives in farmlands, conservation parks and vineyards along a rugged coastline just 45 minutes south of Adelaide.

  5. Kangaroo Island

    Distance: 210 km | 3 h 40 m
    2.5 hours drive and a car ferry ride from Adelaide is Kangaroo Island, a mecca for wildlife including sea lions, penguins, kangaroos and koalas. There are around eight places to stay in your campervan, lots of local food and wine to sample, great walks and plenty to amuse the kids.

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    Seals of Kangaroo Island. Photo by Odyssey Tours.

  6. Murray River

    Distance of starting point: 102 km | 1 h 15 min
    The Murray River flows into Lake Alexandria near Coorong National Park at the town of Wellington. If you want to explore the sandstone cliffs, wineries and historic villages on its banks you could turn this into a meandering four day road trip. You'll experience outback beauty, blazing sunsets, history, paddle steamers and star studded skies of the Murray River region.

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    Banrock Station winery and nature walks, Murray River.

  7. Naracoorte Caves and Coonawarra Wine Region

    Distance: 344 km | 3 hr 45 min
    The world heritage listed Naracoorte Caves have acted as pitfall traps and owl roosting sites, collecting animals for at least 500,000 years. It's an amazing fossil site and a beautiful cave system to explore before heading to the Coonawarra region to sample Australia's famous cabernet sauvignons amongst other wine varietals.

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    Coonawarra wine region. Photo: ockert45 via IG

  8. Mount Gambier

    Distance: 500 km | 5 hr
    Mount Gambier, an extinct volcano with an impossibly blue lake. The region includes vineyards and wineries, rugged coastlines, white sandy beaches, wetlands, lakes, forests and a crater rim climb. You could combine this trip with the Fleurieu Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, Coorong National Park, Naracoorte Caves and Coonawarra Wine region because they all lie to the south-east of Adelaide.

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    Umphereston Sinkhole, Mt. Gambier. Photo: Callumjackson via Instagram

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