Looking for some quality time together? Your family holiday starts here
South Australia offers an abundance of great value experiences that are ideal for Mum, Dad and the kids to all enjoy together. High energy, fast-paced adventures, nature based activities, world-class sightseeing opportunities and just general fun-stuff that will have you saying ‘remember when…’ for years to come. Here’s a snapshot of our favourite family holiday ideas.
Every year between approx. May-September, witness majestic Southern Right Whales as they migrate to South Australia’s warm waters to breed & raise their calves. Often within just metres of the shore along the Fleurieu coastline from Victor Harbor to Middleton. It’s a spectacular sight. There are several local tour companies who offer boat tours and the SA Whale Centre is open year-round for education and interpretive tours.
Get outdoors! Cycling is a great activity for fitness and fun. SA offers numerous designated bike trails for easy riding with the family. The Riesling Trail in the Clare Valley extends from Auburn to Clare and has several loops with scenic stops ideal for picnics. In the Fleurieu Peninsula, the Encounter Bikeway predominantly cycles along the coast so you can enjoy ocean breezes with sea views. A ride along Adelaide’s River Torrens Linear Park is a popular trail which runs from the North Eastern suburbs to Henley Beach, through the city centre, past Adelaide Zoo and Elder Park.
No family holiday is complete without a stop at the playground! In Adelaide’s Northern suburbs (just off Port Wakefield Road, if you’re driving to Clare or the Barossa) St Kilda Adventure Playground is free fun for kids – and the big kids at heart! Flying fox, giant wave slide, maze, wooden pirate ship & more. A great picnic stop to break up a long road trip! South of Adelaide, Port Noarlunga’s Adventure Playground is a fort-like construction with mazes and towers, or Victor Harbor’s Train Park features an old train carriage nearby the Causeway with access to Granite Island via the Horsedrawn Tram and Girdler’s Family Amusements also here too.
The living hedge maze at Mintaro will provide hours of fun, with giant games such as chess to challenge you some more!
Beaches, Rivers & Watersports
Sandy beaches, sheltered swimming bays, popular surf breaks and a long, winding river. When it comes to water-based activities, South Australia is a hot-spot. The Murray River is popular for water-skiing, wake boarding and canoeing, leading out to the Coorong, where the fresh water meets the sea. Adelaide’s western coastline from Grange, to Glenelg, and Moana offer excellent swimming and sandcastle making, with snorkelling and diving a must at Port Noarlunga. Want to swim with sea lions or cage dive with sharks on your family holiday? Head over to the Eyre Peninsula. Experienced surfers will love the intensity of several Yorke Peninsula, but if you’re looking for somewhere more protected with the kids, the Fleurieu’s Horseshoe Bay can’t be beat! Perhaps you might like to your hand at some surfing lessons as a family?