Day Trips in South Australia

If you live in South Australia or are there on a holiday, this page has been created to give you some options for a day out. This can be with the family, with friends or by yourself.

It could be a day at the zoo, botanical gardens, markets, galleries, events, festivals and everything in-between.

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Monarto Safari Park

Nature and Wildlife

Monarto Safari Park


Victor Harbour with Katherine

Strawberry picking at Beerenberg Farm

Flinders Ranges with Andrew

Kangeroo Island with Jon

Belair National Park

Belair National Park, an absolute gem of a place! There’s different walking, biking and hiking trails to choose from. We chose the Lorikeet walking trail which was only 3km and took 50 minutes. Within a few minutes we had already spotted some Kangaroos, and we also saw three koalas .

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Absolutely made my day. Two were just chilling in the tree but one of them was walking along the path before stopping and climbing a tree right in front of us, it was magical.
Beaut birds were flying around , and there is also a good looking adventure playground there for the little ones. There are plenty of public bbqs around the park, and there is also a camp site for all you campers out there.
We had a great time and I would definitely recommend for your family to see some wildlife.

Waterfall Gully

Depending on the time of year you visit, you may be greeted with a trickle, nothing, or an epic fall!

It’s a beautiful area with lots of walking trails, parking, toilets and a restaurant with a kiosk.

Cleland Wildlife Park

Up in the hills of Cleland National Park is Cleland wildlife park. An absolute hit with kids , as you can hand feed all the Kangeroos and Wallabys!
A great insight into Australian wildlife and spectacular views on a clear day of the city.
Top tip.. Take a jacket as it is usually a few degrees cooler in the hills!

Oakland Reserve

Oaklands reserve, a beautiful wetlands nestled within the western suburbs. Untouched land with wetlands full of birds, a great walking path winding through Eucalyptus and Olive trees, look out for fun facts! There’s a small but fun adventure playground and plenty of bbq spots.
Don’t forget the kids bikes and scooters as at the front of the park is also a skate park and Childrens bike/ scooter track, a winner for the little ones!

Whale Watching

Whale watching at Port Elliot /Middleton.

Our patience paid off! We saw a southern right whale passing by Middleton heading south to Port Elliot. Stunning coastline around these little towns, and we also visited the town bakery.. can definitely recommend the homemade quiches and pies!!

Katherine Thomas

Koala Spotting with Katherine Thomas in Belair National Park

Adelaide Zoo

Old Noarlunga

Markets and Boutique Festivals

Adelaide Central Market

Huge undercover market in the CBD.  As well as stalls, there are loads of reasonably priced places to eat too.  It’s open late on a Friday night and is a good place to go post work for a drink, a bite to eat and to stock up on goodies for the weekend.  If you have kids, check out the ‘old sweet shop’ – they will love it!

Galleries and Events

Australian Maritime Museum

We had a morning out at the South Australian Maritime Museum which is in Port Adelaide. What a cool place, loads of things to look at and some really good photos from the 19th and 20th century.
Was also very reasonable , under 5’s are free too!
We went in the school holidays, and with our museum receipt, we also got kids eat free at Pirate Life Brewing, a brewery just round the corner from the museum. Such a good offer! For myself and 3 kids, I only paid for my food and drink! Something to look out for in the future for sure!


Art Gallery of South Australia

Free entry and on North Terrace in Adelaide close to the SA Museum.  Great for a visit with or without kids and perfect for a rainy afternoon as part of a ‘museum hop’.

State Library of South Australia

Santos Tour Down Under


Barossa Valley with Charlotte

Second Valley with Lisa

Wigley Reserve – Glenelg

Had a great afternoon at the park with friends and all the kids. We took the kayak out in the harbor and a beautiful dolphin came and joined in, happy days!

Morialta Falls… a great place to check out the wildlife, waterfalls and take a stroll. There are different walking routes to suit all. For those more adventurous you can choose the longer and steeper hikes but for us we chose the short walk to the falls. It did not disappoint! We parked up near the coffee van, grabbed a drink and took a stroll along the creek up towards the falls. We spotted lizards, koala and an echidna along the way. A great few hours out and all for the price of a coffee! We will return on a cooler day to take one of the longer routes and check out the views as they looked pretty amazing.

The National Wine Centre of Australia. Use the card they give you to tap on the wines you want and pour a measure – pay at the end. Use public transport!!

McLaren Vale – wine region with Katie

Visit the vineyards, restaurants, shops and cafes of McLaren Vale!