7 unforgettable South Australian family holiday destinations

Sort your itinerary and your accommodation in one hit with our top spots to take the family in South Australia.

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From beach havens in the Yorke Peninsula to the underground city of Coober Pedy, South Australia is teeming with things to do over the next school holidays or even just a weekend away.

We've gathered together the destinations that will give you a holiday above the rest.

Our favourite family holiday destinations in South Australia

Wild Koala in a tree on kangaroo Island, Australia

Kangaroo Island

To say Kangaroo Island is a slice of paradise is an understatement. From incredible sunsets over Seal Bay to the Remarkable Rocks that sit atop the southern side of the island, unforgettable is just one of the words we'd use to describe your time here.

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Rows of grape vines on hilly vineyard in autumn.Taken in Adelaide hills.

Adelaide Hills

We're sure the kids are going to love this one. Most commonly known for its abundance of wineries, Adelaide Hills also offers a wide range of kid-friendly experiences. With so much to cover, we recommend taking a hike or spending a day at one of the many wildlife sanctuaries.

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View of Valley Lake, Mount Gambier, South Australia

Mount Gambier

Nestled near the Victorian border, Mount Gambier is truly a one-of-a-kind holiday destination. No where else in the state can you spend a day in a garden sinkhole, or watch a lake turn a bright, cobalt blue in the summer.

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Lighthouse at Cape Spencer, Innes NP, Yorke Peninsula, SA, Australia

Yorke Peninsula

Situated just across the St Vincent Gulf, the Yorke Peninsula offers a coastal escape from the city. The family holiday options are endless, from sandy havens on the west coast to national parks in the south of Inneston. We recommend packing up the car and hitting the road.

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Seal on a rock with sea and Pearson Island in the background. Pearson Island. Eyre Peninsula

Eyre Peninsula

Located on the central coast of Australia's southern state, the Eyre Peninsula is home to pristine natural formations, the freshest seafood and endless hiking trails. If you're looking for a family getaway that's the perfect mix of adventure and ocean fun, then you can't look past South Australia's pointy end.

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Underground Serbian Orthodox church, Coober Pedy, SA, Australia

Coober Pedy

Take a step back in time with a trip inland to Coober Pedy. The town is a cocktail of rich mining history, outback experiences and encapsulating red landscapes. From exploring underground temples to watching the sun lower into the hills of Kanku-Breakaways, Coober Pedy is worth the stopover.

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Semaphore Beach


It's the heart of South Australia and it offers a variety of activities that are sure to keep the whole family happy. We recommend taking to the water with a dolphin cruise and tasting the best Australian produce on offer at the local markets.

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Best beaches in South Australia

From shores close to the city to a taste of clear blue paradise, these are our top beach picks:

  • Vivonne Bay, Kangaroo Island
  • Glenelg Beach, Adelaide
  • Almonta Beach, Eyre Peninsula
  • Christies Beach, Port Noarlunga
  • Memory Cove, Eyre Peninsula
  • Hardwicke Bay, Yorke Peninsula
  • Dolphin Bay, Yorke Peninsula
  • Salmon Hole, Limestone Coast

Best camping spots in South Australia

Get those tents and sleeping bags ready because these campgrounds are too good to miss:

  • Vivonne Bay, Kangaroo Island
  • Cable Bay Campground, Yorke Peninsula
  • Wilpena Pound, Flinders Ranges
  • Tahlia Caves, Eyre Peninsula
  • Coorong National Park, Coorong
  • Innes National Park, Yorke Peninsula

Best hikes in South Australia

Tighten up those hiking boots because chances are you won't want to miss these incredible walks:

  • St Mary Peak Hike, Wilpena Pound
  • Sandy Creek, Kangaroo Island
  • Rosetta Trail, the Bluff, Victor Harbour
  • Mount Tavern Trek, Mambray Creek
  • Ravine Des Casoars, Kangaroo Island
  • Mount Lofty Hike, Adelaide Hills
  • Cape Du Couedic, Kangaroo Island

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