By Samuel Smith
Published: Monday, June 22, 2020
South Australians are no strangers to a stunning landscape – throughout our 12 regions, we’re spoilt for choice.
But sadly, many locals (and tourists alike) have a preconceived idea that to see the best of our state, they need to pack all their worldly possessions into a bulky RV and spend days on the road.
While yes, there are plenty of incredible experiences to be had in the rugged, far-flung corners of SA, for the most part, extensive travel isn’t necessary.
Even if you’ve got less than 24 hours up your sleeve – just quietly, who does have more than 24 hours up their sleeve these days? – there are so many memorable South Aussie experiences to be had closer to Adelaide.
From quick coastal escapes, just long enough to recharge your batteries, to gourmet extravaganzas, here are a few of our favourite day trips.
Adelaide to Victor Harbor via Port Elliot
Distance: 90km – 1 hour and 30 minutes by car.
Why to go: In Victor Harbor, we recommend rugging up and exploring Granite Island Recreation Park, taking in wild ocean views atop Rosetta Head or trekking through Newland Head Conservation Park. When you’re done, there are plenty of cosy cafés and restaurants in town to recharge and warm up at, as well as fascinating historic buildings and museums to explore.
Less than 15 minutes’ drive from Victor Harbor lies Port Elliot, making it a perfect pitstop. This sweet seaside town exudes coastal charm and is known fondly by many as Victor Harbor’s quainter, older and – dare we say it – slightly more striking sibling. A mix of cottages, charming antique stores, pubs and a few trendy cafés line the main street, making it the perfect place to chill out, no matter the season.
What to do: Watch whales from The Bluff or Rosetta Head in Victor Harbor, trek through Newland Head Conservation Park, visit Granite Island, ride the Cockle Train, visit the Port Elliot Bakery, follow the Port Elliot Maritime Heritage Trail or make a splash at Port Elliot Beach.
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