DRIVES AND ROAD TRIPS

Seven winter wonders of South Australia 

SA shines in winter. Location: Adelaide Hills. Credit: South Australian Tourism Commission.

Winter is a magnificent time to explore SA’s immense treasure.

It’s a season of dramatic and vibrant scenery outdoors and cosy escapes indoors. Of hearty food and wine and delving into absorbing attractions.

Need some inspiration? Well, you’re sure to quickly warm to these hot experiences.

It’s time to embrace winter…

Coober Pedy is well-suited to a winter getaway. Credit: South Australian Tourism Commission.

1. Unearth a World Heritage wonder

Head underground to explore a truly engrossing natural creation. Naracoorte Caves are South Australia’s only World Heritage-listed attraction, and they warrant the global standing. Their mind-blowingly ancient features are filled with interest and intrigue and deliver a visual feast. Alternatively, tour the equally captivating Tantanoola Caves near Mt Gambier.

Book now: BIG4 Naracoorte Holiday Park or BIG4 Blue Lake Holiday Park in Mt Gambier.

Naracoorte Caves. Credit: Mike Haines.

2. Head for the Hills

There is so much to love about the Adelaide Hills, and while they shine year round, winter is prime for a cosy romantic escape. Easy to reach from Adelaide and yet with an ambience far removed from city life, the Adelaide Hills are dotted with gorgeous villages and towns, most notably German-influenced Hahndorf.

Embrace cute cellar doors, award-winning microbreweries, classic pubs, and enticing restaurants and cafés. Visit galleries and other excellent cultural finds and soak up the succession of vibrant winter views.

Book now: BIG4 Hahndorf Resort.

Winery, Adelaide Hills. Credit: South Australian Tourism Commission.

3. Take Insta-worthy pics along a pretty peninsula

While crowd magnets in summer, SA’s action-packed peninsulas are ripe for exploration in the cooler months. It’s then that they’re full of intense coastal vistas, and minus the big crowds.

Rug up and plant your boots along a walking trail, armed with a camera or phone to capture astounding scenery that’s all the more vivid and powerful at this time of year.

The Eyre, Fleurieu, and Yorke peninsulas each boasts all the necessary ingredients for getaways relaxing or adventurous.

Book now: BIG4 Ceduna Tourist Park (Eyre), BIG4 Cape Jervis Accommodation & Caravan Park, BIG4 Port Elliot Holiday Park, or BIG4 Port Willunga Tourist Park (Fleurieu), or BIG4 Port Hughes Tourist Park (Yorke).

Cummings Monument Lookout, Eyre Peninsula. Credit: Hayden Richards.

McLaren Vale, Fleurieu Peninsula. Credit: Isaac Forman/Serio.

Ethel Beach, Yorke Peninsula. Credit: South Australian Tourism Commission.

4. Sip on hearty reds

Ok, so we don’t need to babble about South Australia’s ability to consistently produce amazing and versatile wine that is admired across the globe.

But it is worth mentioning that the front-gate access to these world-class wineries should not be taken for granted. And there are so many robust red wines out there that are at peak drinking in winter…better so straight from the source.


Barossa Valley Estate. Credit: Simon Griffiths.

Conveniently, many BIG4 parks are planted in or close to several of SA’s famed wine regions, from the big names to the spotlight dodgers. They include:

Lake Breeze Wines, Langhorne Creek. Credit: Robyn Follett.

5. Venture riverside

Crowds traditionally flock to the River Murray in warmer months but its desirability in winter is understated. For starters, winter sunsets along the vast stretches of the massive waterway are simply dazzling.

Combine that with gastronomic delights well-suited to winter – local produce-led meals from rustic cafés, red wine, craft beer, small-batch spirits, and top-notch coffee just to start. And the river views on offer are every good in winter as at any time of year.

Book now: BIG4 Blanchetown Riverside Holiday Park, BIG4 Loxton Riverfront Holiday Park, or BIG4 Renmark Riverfront Holiday Park.

River views from Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery, near Renmark. Credit: South Australian Tourism Commission.

6. Get your culture on in Adelaide

The capital is rich with indoor attractions, including a few cultural gems. And experiencing these treasures is a top budget tip. Within a stone’s throw of each other are the vibrant Art Gallery of South Australia, South Australian Museum, Migration Museum, and the State Library of South Australia where awesome photo ops abound in the Mortlock Wing.

Book now: BIG4 Adelaide Caravan Park or BIG4 West Beach Parks.

State Library of South Australia. Credit: Jake Wundersitz.

7. Take an epic road trip

Looking for some warmer weather without having to head over the border? Venture north! Winter is arguably the best time to visit the bucket-list destination of Coober Pedy, passing through the sensational Flinders Ranges.

Sure, the town can still get cool at this time, but you can reliably expect warmish winter days that are ideal for unearthing the unforgettable, sometimes quirky scenery dotted around town and within day-trip distance.

Book now: BIG4 Stuart Range Outback Resort.

Opal Cave, Coober Pedy. Credit: South Australian Tourism Commission.

Isn’t it time you explored the wonders of SA? Book your next BIG4 break now.

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