Start your South Australian family adventure in Adelaide. There are so many things to do in Adelaide with kids, including colourful year-round events, vast green spaces, superb beaches and animal encounters galore. Encircled by green parks and playgrounds, the best areas for kids are Adelaide Park Lands, Civic Park, Bonython Park and Jubilee Playground.
There are lots of family-friendly beaches in Adelaide. Glenelg Beach is one of our favourites because you can get there by tram from the city centre. And once you’re in Glenelg, there are so many things to do with kids including take a catamaran tour and swim with the nearby bottlenose dolphins.
The wine regions of South Australia are surprisingly family-friendly. Venture into the Adelaide Hills for nature and animals at Cleland Wildlife Park, Hahndorf Farm Barn and Mount Lofty Botanic Garden. Or head to the Clare Valley for hiking, biking and a good selection of child-friendly cellar doors.
South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula is dotted with pretty coastal towns among thriving vineyards and is one of Australia’s best whale watching regions. Victor Harbour is a favourite for local families and there are things to do for kids of all ages. Littlies will love the playgrounds, young kids will enjoy the Cockle Train and a visit to Granite Island for its resident Little Penguins. And adventurous teenagers should try swimming with tuna.
Activities for the whole family in the Fleurieu Peninsula include the SA Whale Centre, camel rides along the beach and a visit to Deep Creek Conservation Park for more wildlife and incredible views.
Animal lovers will enjoy a family holiday on Kangaroo Island, home to sea lions, penguins, pelicans, whales, koalas, wallabies and kangaroos. Kids will enjoy visiting the rehabilitation centres and having some up-close encounters with animals in their natural habitat. Watch sea lions lounging around Seal Bay Conservation Park, visit Remarkable Rocks for surreal rock formations, Little Sahara to surf the sand dunes and Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park for hand-feeding kangaroos.
Families looking for adventure in South Australia should head out to remote Coober Pedy. The Opal Capital of Australia, its other-worldly desert landscape and historic opal mines make for a unique Australian outback experience. Or take the kids exploring in the stunning Flinders Ranges. Ride the historic Pichi Richi scenic railway, visit ancient Wilpena Pound (traditional name Ikara, meaning “meeting place”) and witness the rugged mountains ranges and sweeping gorges of this 540 million-year-old landscape.
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