Adelaide’s proximity to the coast and to wine country makes it ideal for a getaway combining both. This round trip is an easy route with your Adelaide airport car rental, starting and ending in the city.
The Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia comprises hinterland, wine country and breathtaking beaches. From Adelaide head to the celebrated McLaren Vale wine region for wine tasting and to sample its many edible delights, from sweet to savoury. Then carry on toVictor Harbour. Here, you can experience Australia’s oldest horse-drawn tram, traversing the causeway to Granite Island. At the end of the day, watch for penguins returning to shore after a hard day out at sea fishing. From June to September is whale watching season, ideal for a boat trip out on the harbour.
The drive from Victor Harbour to Cape Jervis is incredibly scenic. You’ll then board a ferry for a 45-minute crossing to Kangaroo Island, the third largest island in the country. Upon arrival at Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island, drive to Seal Bay Conservation Park. Guided tours along the beach will introduce you to a colony of sea lions on the southern coast. AtLittle Sahara, you can go sandboarding and togobanning among the massive dunes and ridges.
Carry on further west to Flinders Chase National Park and the Rocky River. The Remarkable Rocks are ripe for photography and Admiral’s Arch has a boardwalk leading to its main formation, and a popular spot for fur seals. Spend the night on Kangaroo Island.
From Rocky River, make your way back east. You’ll drive through the middle of the island, possibly pausing to check out the fish farm and its matching vineyard. At the local dairy, sample the yoghurt and cheese, or indulge your sweet tooth at the honey farm. Also worth it is a visit to the boutique distillery of Kangaroo Island Spirits to try the fine liqueurs, or Emu Ridge, South Australia’s only working eucalyptus distillery.
Then it’s onwards to Penneshaw for the return ferry trip to the mainland.