The lockdown is easing and now South Australia is welcoming some states back. New South Wales and Victoria have allowed travelling between the two states for some time, but they have been omitted from South Australia's opening of borders. If you live in Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland or Tasmania, then you are now allowed to travel to South Australia without restrictions.
After months of lockdown, don't you think it's time to spoil yourself? Well, here is a list of suggestions for you. Let's explore South Australia and the beautiful places it has to offer.
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About an hours drive northeast of Adelaide, you'll find the Adelaide Hills. With beautiful scenery, wildlife, South Australia's best produce and cultural discoveries, this region is a must-see. Especially if you enjoy good wine and food. This area produces some of the finest cool region wines available.
If you're driving, you'll pass towns like Mount Barker, Hahndorf and Birdwood. Each has its own special charm. Book your anniversary, significant birthday or plan a care-free holiday to unwind and forget about the lockdown.
Note: Please leave all fruit and vegetables at home, buy local and avoid bring fruit fly into South Australia.
On your way why not stay in the luxurious Mount Lofty House, McGallery by Sofitel? This boutique hotel is a romantic setting to begin your journey, the setting overlooking the Piccadilly Valley is only the start. With botanic gardens and surrounded by famous wineries, check the website here for more details. Prices start at $379.
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Another famous wine region is the Clare Valley. Two hours drive away from Adelaide, this is the place to go if you want to experience glamping, the high-end form of camping. There is information about this style of camping here. Burkirk Glamping offers Belle Tents set in farmland and vineyards. Prices begin at $250. Tents include queen beds and two have king beds, one with twin as well. Overlooking rolling hills, the facilities include private ensuites, fridge and a deck for viewing the spectacular sunrises and sunsets.
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This region is a haven for snorkelling and diving. With two sinkholes, Umpherston and Kilsby as well as Piccaninnie Ponds, there is an underground oasis to be discovered. Nestled in the heart of Mt Gambier, it is a 4.5 hour drive from Adelaide or you can fly there by Rex.
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Also known for the pristine beaches, Kangaroo Island is part of this region. Recently devastated by the summer bushfires, Kangaroo Island is welcoming back visitors, however, check before travelling there. Beginning at $140 per night, the Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge has reopened. Check availability here.
Enjoy the relaxed vibes of the Riverland region. Source: theframesluxuryaccommodation.com.au/
If it's a holiday at a relaxed place that you are after, then the Riverland region is for you. Time goes at a leisurely pace here. A picturesque three-hour drive from Adelaide, this area is home to the backwaters of the mighty Murray River.
For real luxury why not stay at The Frames? Three villas are available with exceptional fittings and private pools and spa. There are unobstructed views overlooking the Murray River. Enjoy total privacy in these large villas where you can spoil yourself to the ultimate. Prices start from $950 per night, more information is available here.
Hire a houseboat or stay in the luxury of the The Villas, architecturally designed they are situated at the Waikerie Golf Club. Accommodation for twelve guests in one villa or for two, there are six self-contained suites. Priced from $225, more information is available here. Don't forget to bring along your golf clubs or enjoy the many walks in this region.
All prices correct at time of writing. Please check with regions if they have reopened and their social distancing policies.