Road or rail: Six ways to make your way through South Australia

In South Australia, where Adelaide sits as a verdant crossroad to some of the most enchanting travel routes in the country, the journey itself is the beginning of an adventure.

This area jettisons you towards the magnificent wonders of Australia, bringing into focus the imposing array of wealth that South Australia alone possesses.

The Southern Ocean road trip

Immerse yourself in the extraordinary ambiance of the 10-day coastal road trip from Adelaide to Melbourne, an undertaking uniquely Australian in its bountiful sights and sounds. The journey intoxicates you with the effervescence of the McLaren Vale wine region and the serene beauty of the white-sand Fleurieu Peninsula. It sets the stage for a transcendent ferry ride towards Kangaroo Island, a beacon of Australia’s enormous wealth of wildlife. On this island, travellers can bear witness to the rare Australian sea lions, koalas, kangaroos, and pods of dolphins. There are also sights to behold at the Flinders Chase National Park which features the Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch.

But there’s more; adventurers can expect an array of delicacies coming from the whale-watching hub of Victor Harbour, and travel through the dunes and lagoons of the Coorong National Park. Culinary enthusiasts would find Penola and its tasty secrets exhilarating. And the wondrous topography and urban vibes of Mount Gambier would leave tourists fulfilled by the time they reach Melbourne.

The draw of Australian road trips often lies in the seduction of distance. Adventurers get to immerse themselves fully in the journey’s richness as they span vast areas, from Adelaide to Darwin on a mammoth 3000km voyage. This thrilling excursion moves you through the quiet majesty of the Clare Valley wineries to the towering serenity of the Flinders Ranges in a heartening glow of unforgettable Australian experiences.

On yet another journey, where fine wines accompany delectable cuisine atop hillocks and within enclaved valleys, Adelaide offers one its finest: the Epicurean Way. This route is undoubtedly one of the most pleasurable journeys in South Australia. It spans four of the state’s finest wine regions, highlighting iconic vineyards such as McLaren Vale to the staggering culinary prospects in Adelaide Hills and the Barossa region.

Seafood enthusiasts will not be left wanting on their journey through Adelaide. Northwards to Port Augusta and back towards Whyalla unfolds a splendid array of seafood experiences. Along coastal towns like Cowell and Port Lincoln, tourists are provided with intimate seafood exploits interwoven with local experiences.

While taking an enchanting road trip has its allure, taking a thrilling ride on railways’ masterpieces such as The Ghan and the Indian Pacific can be equally awe-inspiring. Both rail routes offer an encounter with Australia that parallel no other as they cut through its heart and edges unveiling the best of urban and rural, arid and lush, all within a luxurious riding experience.

Extend your travel comfort past these domestic paths by booking a direct flight to Adelaide with Qatar Airways. Its sterling service complements all other travel experiences at the end of your amazing journey. An alternative route involves navigating alongside Trailfinders for a scenic 11-night escapade to Australia, complete with a unique blend of flight travel, highway cruising and vintage rail journeys that always promise to deliver endless wonder and unrivalled satisfaction.

So go ahead, bring your wanderlust to life in the heart of Australia, right here in Adelaide, and brace yourself for the trip of a lifetime.

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