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.
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.
Wild koalas in Belair National Park. Photo: Firth_Photography via IG
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.
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.
Seppeltsfield, Barossa Valley. Photo: AustralianInsider via IG
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.
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.
Seals of Kangaroo Island. Photo by Odyssey Tours.
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.
Banrock Station winery and nature walks, Murray River.
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.
Coonawarra wine region. Photo: ockert45 via IG
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.
Umphereston Sinkhole, Mt. Gambier. Photo: Callumjackson via Instagram
Use this map to plan your own road trips
18 Main Terrace,
South Australia 5033 Phone: 1800 216 223
344 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach, Queensland 4802 Phone: 1800 216 223
40 French Street, Eagle Farm, Queensland 4009
Phone: 1800 216 223
440 Sheridan Street,
Queensland 4870 Phone: 1800 216 223
2/11 Northview St, Mermaid Waters QLD 4218 Phone: 1800 216 223
273 Elizabeth Street,
Victoria 3058 Phone: 1800 216 223
23-25 Erskine Rd,
Sydney, NSW 2229 Phone: 1800 216 223
167 Mount Low Parkway, Townsville,
Queensland 4814 Phone: 1800 216 223