Back to nature: The best spots for outdoor day trips near Adelaide
It’s very easy to never leave Adelaide. It’s probably Australia’s easiest city to live in, and most of us couldn’t ask for more in a home city! But sometimes it’s good to get outside and enjoy the scenery available beyond the city limits.
Adelaide is the 20 minute city, but drive a little more and you’ll uncover some of the most unspoiled natural wonders around. Here are five outdoorsy spots we think you should consider for a day trip or weekend jaunt.
Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary
This is one of the best ways to spend a day, and a great day out for visitors to South Australia. The Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary is on Garden Island, just north of Port Adelaide, where National Parks SA have created a perfect environment for the 40 or so dolphins who frequent the spot.
You can look for dolphins from the water, or bring a kayak and get a little closer. While you’re not allowed to approach the dolphins yourself, they’re quite playful and might come to check you out!
The sanctuary is 20 minutes from the Adelaide CBD (it’s Adelaide after all!) and is totally free to enjoy.
Deep Creek Conservation Park
A real gem in the South Australian countryside, Deep Creek Conservation Park hosts the largest swathe of natrual vegetation on the Fleurieu Peninsula. On a day or weekend trip you could be lucky enough to run into a western grey kangaroo or a short beaked echidna! No matter what, you’re sure to be charmed by the 100 of species of birds that call this park home.
There are five camping grounds that area easily accessed by 2WD cars, for pretty cheap rates. Best of all, all of this is found withing 100km of Adelaide – less than a 2 hour drive.
Innes National Park
The spectacular coastal landscapes with rugged cliffs and sandy beaches at Innes National Park allow visitors to enjoy camping, bushwalking, fishing and surfing. If scuba diving is your thing, gorgeous shipwrecks lay nearby off the coast of the park.
Innes National Park is found at the base of the Yorke Peninsula, 3.5 hours drive from Adelaide CBD.
Kangaroo Island is a must-see SA destination, internationally renowned for its spectacular landscapes and amazing diversity of wildlife. Kangaroo Island’s most recognised attractions are situated within the national parks on the island – Seal Bay, Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch, and Cape Borda and Cape Willoughby lighthouses.
Avid hikers may be tempted by one of the newest attractions on the island, the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail – offering 5 days worth of hiking goodness.
Kangaroo Island is a 3.5 hour drive south east of Adelaide CBD, and requires you to GoGet on a ferry for some island adventures!