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A full 4 day road trip itinerary across South Australia, top things to do and places to visit

Updated: Jun 17, 2020

South Australia is easy to travel and a one of a kind Aussie experience!

It’s natural to associate South Australia with food and wine, but there is so much more to this picturesque region! It’s coastline is full of beautiful golden bays and turquoise waters, the sunsets are sensational, the landscapes of rolling hills are spectacular, and for a place that produces some of the world's best wine, we enjoyed wine tasting without the crowds.

With our Europcar rental allowing us to explore, we set off on a 4-day road trip across some of South Australia’s best regions! Bursting at the seams with activities, unique tastings and experiences, it's one hell of an epic, authentic Aussie-road trip!

Check out the below for the perfect 4 day adventure!

Day 1: Adelaide, McLaren Vale

After collecting our car at Adelaide airport, we headed for one of the inner-city beaches.

Henley beach is just a 10-minute drive from the airport.

With a few locals enjoying their weekend hangout, we took our cappuccinos and went for a walk down the promenade.

Henley Beach

Head South along the coast towards McLaren Vale. Only 45 minutes from Adelaide, we found vineyards, so many vineyards…McLaren Vale's most famous road McMurtrie Mile sees many restaurants, wineries and breweries all along the one road. The choice of wineries and breweries in this region is overwhelming with over 100 choices!

D'Arenberg Winery

Stopping at D’Arenberg and the iconic cube still tops many itineraries, with the option to also explore the art museum on site, we discovered the cellar door for some wine tasting and picked out our favourite meats and cheese from the ‘make your own platter’.

South Australia’s magnificent coastline is only a short drive away, Port Noarlunga and Port Willunga are two beautiful spots worth a visit.

Port Noarlunga

At low tide, heritage-listed reefs become visible at Port Noarlunga, a perfect activity for scuba enthusiasts, whilst walkers can take a walk down the estuary.

The jetty pylons still remain close to shore at Port Willunga, a reminder of the early days as a grain port. The caves that remain were used to shelter fishermen boats, now a great spot to watch the sunset over ocean!

Port Willunga

Ending the day at the beautiful Mount Lofty House in the Adelaide Hills.

Mount Lofty House

With views over the Piccadilly Valley from our balcony, lavish décor, and a fantastic restaurant serving delicious brekky, their undeniable 5 star service was a dream. It’s a shame we didn’t have chance to check out the spa facilities, but just another excuse to return!

Take a break before day 2 to watch our highlight video of South Australia:

Day 2: Adelaide hills

Nestled among rolling fields, the drive is spectacular! Tree-lined roads and vineyards are for miles around.

Hahndorf is a small town and is the oldest surviving German village in Australia. Antique shops German pubs, butchers and bakeries, and other artisan stores line this quaint road, with restaurants serving traditional German foods and beer.

Hahndorf's restaurant serving traditional German food