Family holidays in South Australia – what to do and where to stay
With thanks to guest blogger Jennifer Adams of Places We Go.
South Australia is the perfect destination for a family holiday. While its food, wine, and culture are famed for adults, kids are well-catered to with an array of natural beauty, wildlife, coastline, and outback.
We’ve visited on many occasions, both as kids and as parents, and love the state for its laidback lifestyle, natural treasures, and sumptuous food and wine.
We know that long drives with kids can often be testing, which is why our favourite parks are all within an easy drive of Adelaide.
BIG4 Adelaide Shores is situated on absolute beachfront, and is close to the airport, and has so many family-friendly facilities that there is no reason to leave.
It has even been voted one of Australia’s best family holiday parks by readers of Holidays for Kids magazine.
Apart from the clean, expansive beach on its doorstep, BIG4 Adelaide Shores features an epic Splashzone water park, adventure playground, a new lagoon-style swimming pool, giant jumping pillows, bike hire, games area and toddler play space, a skate and BMX park, and a kids’ club in the school holidays.
For the whole family, there is easy access to golf courses, the Glenelg foreshore, cycling paths, fishing spots, outdoor movies, and much more.
And we don’t need to mention the number of things there are to do in Adelaide’s CBD and surrounds, which are only a 20-minute drive away.
The iconic Adelaide Central Market is always on our list, and other must-dos are the South Australian Museum, Adelaide Botanic Gardens, and Rundle Mall. If you can’t get out to the nearby wine regions, drop into the National Wine Centre of Adelaide for an introduction to some of the state’s best drops.
Just a 20-minute drive from the CBD are the Adelaide Hills, which include one of the most charming towns we have ever visited. Hahndorf is a little treasure, nestled in spectacular wine country and with a unique heritage that stands out.
Hahndorf is Australia’s oldest-surviving German settlement, and the town thrives on this culture. Many local families have been in the region for generations, and some still operate the same businesses that their German ancestors began.
There are traditional smokehouses, German leather goods, eateries, and craft and clock shops as well as traditional ‘Fachwerk’ buildings that line the streets. This provides a taste of the past, yet Hahndorf is also thoroughly modern in its chic approach to wining, dining, and lifestyle.
Hahndorf is one of the South Australia’s most-visited towns and makes for an essential stop. Hahndorf Resort Tourist Park makes the ideal base, nestled nearby among 13ha of beautiful bushland. It was recently renovated to offer guests the latest in comfortable accommodation and facilities.
What struck us the most there was the hospitality. Owners Lynn and Brian went out of their way to ensure all guests were made to feel welcome and at home; right down to cooking breakfast for guests in the new camp kitchen
Kids will love the giant jumping pillow, mini-golf course, playground, swimming pool, and giant chessboard. Adults will appreciate the surroundings, the serenity, and the nearby wineries.
Brand new cabins and cottages are perfect for all group sizes, and there are stunning, drive-through camping and caravan sites too.
We might be accused of being a little biased towards South Australia’s wine regions, but the truth is that these regions have so much more to offer than just a drop of the good stuff.
Port Willunga is on the fringe of the McLaren Vale wine region, on the spectacular Fleurieu Peninsula, just a 50-minute trip from Adelaide.
Yet what captivated us the most about this area is the coastline. There is a long stretch of pristine white beaches framed by red cliffs that climb into the wine-growing hills and turquoise waters that have to be seen to be believed. The beaches are renowned for swimming, surfing, diving, and snorkelling.
The region not only produces some of Australia’s best wines, but it is also full of creative and passionate food producers doing clever things with local produce. Everyone in the family will be able to treat themselves to gourmet goodness, from the freshest seafood to the tastiest cheeses.
BIG4 Port Willunga Tourist Park takes advantage of it all, offering easy access to great walks, stunning beaches, and restaurants with ocean views.
The park itself has a swimming pool, tennis court, basketball ring, a fire pit, pedal carts, a giant jumping pillow, playground, and giant chess board. There is also an on-site café/restaurant for extra convenience.
We headed to the Port Willunga Farmers’ Market to stock up on the freshest local produce and goodies and fresh seafood, and then kicked back in our accommodation relishing the peaceful and laidback park.
Located on spectacular Horseshoe Bay, a little further along the Fleurieu Peninsula, Port Elliot is the ultimate location for an Aussie family beach holiday.
Horseshoe Bay is patrolled and well-suited to a host of beach activities, including body surfing and whale watching. The beach is close to the main street and its collection of cool cafes and shops.
The holiday park will keep kids occupied for hours, with an adventure playground and jumping pillow, beach volleyball, bike hire, a seasonal kids’ club, kids’ movies, and private access to the fantastic beach and the jetty.
What is your favourite South Australian destination or experience? Please leave a comment below.
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