If your New Year’s resolution for 2018 is to travel more, you may have visions of sunny Europe or balmy south-east Asia. While these popular holiday spots are undoubtable gorgeous in their own right, good ol’ South Australia is dishing up the goods with spectacular road trip destinations just waiting to be uncovered. From gorgeous greenery and stunning coastlines to impressive architectural feats, the answer to your wanderlust might just be in our very own backyard.
Hit the road and start ticking these stunning local landscapes off of your bucket list in 2018. Only a hop skip and a jump from the CBD, these are the spots we’re adding to our must-see list for the new year.
Make the most of South Australia’s sunny skies this summer at Second Valley. Only an hour and a half drive from the CBD, this SA beauty boasts glistening turquoise waters, rocky caves and walking trails perfect for an outdoor getaway of epic proportions. Escape the daily grind of city living and hike, snorkel, swim or simply ‘lax out at this Fleurieu oasis in 2018.
While images of sprawling shorelines and crystal-clear waters may spring to mind when thinking about South Australia, the rolling Adelaide Hills host an array of equally picturesque off-the-beaten-track landscapes. Championing this is Kuitpo Forest. The forest is home to several trails, so lace up your walking shoes and disconnect from the everyday hustle and bustle with a serene stroll through Kuitpo in 2018.
The d’Arenberg Cube
A day amongst the sprawling vineyards and award-winning cellar doors of McLaren Vale has long been our go-to way to getaway in SA. Stepping things up a notch for the Fleurieu wine region, d’Arenberg unveiled The Cube in mid-2017. With sweeping panoramic views of McLaren Vale, origami doors, and a wine inhalation room, this is a Cellar Door not to be missed. Only a short 45-minute trip south from the CBD, sip on the winery’s distinctive wines while marvelling the architectural excellence of The d’Arenberg Cube.
Take a journey to the Eyre Peninsula and uncover the breathtaking beauty of Whaler’s Way. The scenic coast drive sees gorgeous views along it’s rocky coast, with an abundance of native wildlife and stunning natural scenery guaranteed. Enjoy stretches of coastline to yourself with hidden beaches, rock pools and caves in South Australia’s beautiful backyard at Whalers Way.
Another Fleurieu gem, Ingalalla Falls is a hidden beauty of the Peninsula’s southern region. A short trip from Normanville and only an hour and a half journey from the CBD, get off-the-beaten-track and enjoy the cascading, spring fed falls. Lap up the serenity and take a dip in the freshwater spring and while you’re at it, why not pack a picnic to enjoy fall-side?
We all know that anything pink equals major Instagram points. Just an hour and a half drive north of the CBD lies the mecca of South Australian Instagram locations, Lake Bumbunga. With its expanse of pink salt, the lake is the perfect rest point on your next road-trip to the Yorke Peninsula and abroad.
For something a little different, why not swing by Mount Gambier this 2018 and check out the Umpherston Sinkhole. Limestone cave turned sink hole turned stunning gardens, the Umpherston Sinkhole is the green oasis we’ve been dreaming of. Lined with and array vines, plants and greenery, get lost amongst the gorgeous serenity of it all.
The Umpherston Sinkhole in Mt Gambier was initially just a limestone cave, the cave roof then collapsed creating the sinkhole. In 1886 it was turned into an amazing sunken garden, which remains as one of Mt Gambiers most beautiful and well known attractions! • • • • • • #umpherstonsinkhole #mountgambier #limestonecoast #southaustralia #seesouthaustralia #australia #seeaustralia #garden #adventure #explore #wanderlust #travel #travelgram #igtravel #artofvisuals #moodygrams #tlpicks #theimaged #thelensbible #globetrotter #ourplanetdaily #roamtheplanet #discoverearth #exploretocreate #passionpassport #visualsofearth #visualambassadors #thegreatoutdoors #gramslayers #bbctravel