By Caitlin Hornik
Adelaide is filled with historical and cultural significance, with many incredible museums and galleries located right within the city limits. Not only that, some of the greatest Australian destinations are only a short drive away! Wine country, wildlife, beaches, and more are at your fingertips when you take a day trip from Adelaide.
Renowned as one of the best wine regions in the world, the Barossa Valley is located just an hour outside of the Adelaide Central Business District. This region is known for producing delicious Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Grenache/Syrah wine varieties. Penfolds famous Cellar Door is located here, making Barossa an even bigger draw for out-of-town guests.
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Known as the most popular city beach in Adelaide, Glenelg Beach has a great atmosphere for visitors of all ages. With wide, sandy beaches and an abundance of shops, cafes, and restaurants, there is no shortage of fun to be had. There are paths for walking and biking, sports activities including trampolines and pedal cars, and so much more! Located just a 20-minute car ride outside the Adelaide CBD, Glenelg Beach is a prime day trip option for any visitor!
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With spectacular scenery, adorable wildlife, and plenty of activities to partake in, Kangaroo Island is another great day trip destination. The island is accessible from the Adelaide CBD via car and ferry, with the trip taking approximately four hours. Due to its fertile land, Kangaroo Island produces some of the best gourmet foods in Australia. Visitors to the island should arrive with an empty stomach and be prepared to experience fresh, delicious meals!
The island is a sanctuary for many species of wildlife, including koalas, seals, kangaroos, and more. Flinders Chase National Park and Seal Bay are two prime locations for outdoors activities where wildlife may be spotted! Kangaroo Island also offers hiking and biking trails, museums, kayaking, quad biking, and many other activities that appeal to visitors of all ages!
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History buffs looking for a unique experience should consider a trip to Hahndorf! Australia's oldest-surviving German settlement was founded in 1839 when a ship carrying almost 40 German families arrived in Port Adelaide. What began as a farming village then blossomed into a service center for many of the surrounding regions. Today, Hahndorf is one of the premier attractions in South Australia! The charm of the village itself combined with the gastronomic delights and cultural significance make Hahndorf a desirable destination. Located a short 40-minute drive from the Adelaide CBD, a visit to Hahndorf is a perfect way to spend a day outside the city.
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Pristine sandy beaches and calm, clear waters are abundant around the Fleurieu Peninsula. Popular towns to visit include Goolwa, Victor Harbor, and Willunga. The mouth of the Murray River, Australia’s longest, is located in Goolwa. Visitors can take a boat tour, go canoeing, take a train ride, or bike a coastal trail! Coorong National Park is another great option if visiting Goolwa. Victor Harbor presents visitors with the opportunity to see Australian wildlife including sea lions, dolphina, sea birds, and more! There are boat tours, trams, and walking paths that provide the best viewing opportunities. Willunga is best known for its farmer's market and vineyards. Willunga is located within the McLaren Vale, another famous wine region known for producing Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Grenache.
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