Self-drive Australia itineraries – road trip ideas for southern Australia

The South Australia Tourism Commission recently emailed me, suggesting a sunny destination for North Americans to vacation this winter. Living in sunny Florida for the first time (instead of Seoul, which will soon be freezing) I had been too busy applying sun screen, swimming, and drinking fresh orange juice to notice.

But it will be summer in South Australia, and it is a “fantastic destination offering scenic drives from the vines to the sea. Striking coastal views, abundant wildlife and magnificent vineyards are just some of the highlights on a self-drive journey.”

Well I do like road trips, even if the flight to Australia would be fairly brutal for many North Americans. Nevertheless, certainly worth thinking about. This one, for example covers South Australia, specifically Kangaroo Island & Murray River:

Day 1: Adelaide to Kangaroo Island
Day 2: Kangaroo Island (Free Day)
Day 3: Kangaroo Island to Adelaide
Day 4: Adelaide (Free Day)
Day 5: Adelaide to Renmark (Murray River Region)
Day 6: Renmark (Free Day)
Day 7: Renmark to Adelaide

You can click the link above for details like maps and pictures of that particular itinerary. Here’s the list of possible road trip itineraries. Here comes the press release:

South Australia offers unique road trips that appeal to every type of traveler. A 6-day self-drive itinerary is optimal for travelers looking to personalize their adventure and South Australia’s most renowned regions, including the famed Barossa Valley and wildlife haven of Kangaroo Island.

The journey begins in Adelaide, the capital city with a knack for food, wine and historic architecture. Perusing the Central Market—the largest covered fresh produce market in the Southern Hemisphere—and other shopping areas, galleries, museums, street cafes and restaurants offer a taste of the local culture. Day tours to surrounding areas, such as the charming town of Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills, are a great way to soak in lovely scenic drives with plenty to discover on the main streets, including art galleries, artisan craft stores, and its historic cultural influences from the early German settlers of the region.

Travelers will make their way up the lovely vine-lined roads to the Barossa Valley. This leg of the journey will showcase the uncrowded and vibrant landscape. Driving through the Barossa Valley, travelers can see the beautiful, historic wine estates, stop at one of many galleries and indulge in superb Barossa cuisine on the “foodie trails.” Other sightseeing highlights include artisan culinary tastings, hot air balloon rides over the vineyards, a “make your own” wine experience with Penfolds, and bicycling through the rolling hills. Spending the night at the new Kingsford Homestead allows a taste of the region’s best wines and meet the makers or set off to explore this property transformed from historical sheep station into intimate getaway.

For more iconic wildlife encounters, visitors can drive to Kangaroo Island. On the way down from Adelaide, the landscape will transform into lush vegetation bounded by brilliant blue coastline as they make their way down the open roads. Travelers can stop at Aldinga Beach, one of few beaches in Australia that allows cars on the sand and get their feet wet in the sparkling water. At Cape Jervis, passengers and their vehicles will be boarded on the SeaLink ferry to Kangaroo Island.

Upon arrival, the roads lead to a number of journeys including wildlife spotting “in the bush, expeditions to discover the natural landscape wonders, and culinary adventures along the new Farm Gate and Cellar Door Trail. Must-sees include Flinders Chase National Park to visit the Remarkable Rocks natural cliff formations, and discover the unspoiled wildlife along the many walking paths with koalas in the trees, kangaroos in the bush, and exotic birds that soar above. Seal Bay National Park is a unique location to observe the rare sea lions and fur seals.

Self-drive itinerary options can be booked through About Australia and are fully customizable to be combined with Barossa, Kangaroo Island, and other Australian regions. Pricing starts at $1,421.00 per person and is subject to availability. To book, please contact About Australia at 210-299-1077 or visit For more information about South Australia, contact the South Australia Tourism Commission at 323-503-4210 or visit

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