Many people might think that South Australia is a playground for adults with its wonderful wineries and gourmet foods, but it is just as fascinating for children.
In Adelaide, the choice is endless, with something for kids of all ages. Visit the zoo to see some of the world’s rare and endangered mammals, birds and reptiles as well as our own native animals. Hire a paddleboat on the Torrens River or jump on board the tram to Glenelg for a day at the beach. For a real treat, take the kids to Melba’s Chocolate Factory, where artisans still use old-fashioned methods to make their chocolate, or buy up big at the Big Rocking Horse and Toy Factory.
South Australia abounds in nature’s gifts both rich and rare. Stay a few days at Kangaroo Island and marvel at the incredible sea lions at Seal Bay and the spectacular scenery at the Remarkable Rocks and Flinders Chase National Park. Ride on the horse-drawn tram at Victor Harbour on the Fleurieu Peninsula, a small coastal town with safe beaches, fairy penguins and, in winter, southern right whales.
Other holiday suggestions include a farm stay in the Clare Valley, cruising down the Murray River on a houseboat, cycling through the spectacular volcanic craters at Mount Gambier or enjoying a family hike on the Heysen Trail in the Flinders Ranges. Parents are looked after as well, with plenty of distractions for kids in the wine-making regions of the Barossa and Clare Valleys and the Adelaide Hills.