Short breaks and weekend getaways from Adelaide
Adelaide is a picturesque, laidback city with extensive appeal, and the South Australian capital is even more desirable owing to its proximity to a wealth of alluring destinations. These spots are all ideal for a quick getaway.
Take a short break from Adelaide and discover a succession of first-rate vineyards, breathtaking coastline and beaches, charm-filled towns and villages, and sensational national parks.
These super South Australian destinations, all with BIG4 parks, make for a wonderful weekend getaway from Adelaide.
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Journey only a stone’s throw from the Adelaide CBD and feel as though you’re on the other side of the world. Just a half-hour drive is required to reach the magnetising Adelaide Hills region, and at its heart is the captivating town of Hahndorf. This is Australia’s oldest-surviving German settlement and the links to Deutschland are many and varied. Couple this with delicious food and wine and you have the perfect spot for a short break.
Best outdoor attraction: Mount Lofty Botanic Garden is often ablaze with colour, making it a favourite with Instagrammers. Suits a good old-fashioned walk, too.
Best rainy-day attraction: Settling into one of the nearby wineries or breweries. This region has it good. Very good.
Underrated attraction: The Cedars. This is the former home of celebrated artist Sir Hans Heysen, and a visit here is like taking a step back in time.
Budget tip: Hop in your vehicle and explore the Hills’ extensive beauty, stopping by cute villages and making the most of a stream of photo ops.
Book now: BIG4 Hahndorf Resort.
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Known as the birthplace of the Australian paddlesteamer, this historical town enjoys front-row access to the iconic Murray River. Soak up a relaxing ambience that’s reached easily from the South Australian capital.
Best outdoor attraction: Enjoy a moving history lesson on a paddlesteamer cruise, although options can be limited. So, we’ll also throw in the first-rate Hermann Gass Bird Sanctuary as a must-visit.
Best rainy-day attraction: View old paddlesteamers and retrace a fascinating past at the Mannum Dock Museum of River History.
Underrated attraction: Mannum Waterfalls. This area bursts with natural wonders just a short drive from the town centre.
Budget tip: Mary Ann Reserve is a delightful and spacious riverside park that’s perfect for picnics.
Book now: BIG4 Mannum Riverside Caravan Park.
Perched on the banks of the Murray River, this old railway town is perfect for a short break. As well as being an easy drive from Adelaide, Tailem Bend is within grasp of variable attractions, from wine regions to a prized wildlife attraction. Of course, the Mighty Murray offers endless aquatic fun, too.
Best outdoor attraction: Old Tailem Town. Travel back in time at this top attraction, which bills itself as Australia's largest pioneer village and features dozens of restored buildings.
Best rainy-day attraction: Tailem Bend Railway Museum. Unearth the town’s rich rail past.
Underrated attraction: Nearby Monarto Zoo. This massive open-range zoo is home to a vast range of animals and other creatures backed by enthralling up-close encounters.
Budget tip: Take advantage of easy access to the Murray. If you wish to stay dry, the 25km-long River Bend Heritage Trail is excellent.
Book now: BIG4 The Bend Holiday Park.
Australia’s most recognised wine region is a beauty. This region warrants all the accolades that flow its way, and the SA capital is fortunate to have this world-class precinct on its doorstep. Better yet, wine regions evoke relaxation in a heartbeat, and that just makes a weekend getaway from Adelaide even more alluring.
Best outdoor attraction: Predictably, sipping wine on the deck of myriad cellar doors that exists here should be at the top of the itinerary.
Best rainy-day attraction: See above, but just indoors! Seriously, the Barossa Regional Gallery will add colour to your day.
Underrated attraction: Tough to split Barossa Sculpture Park and Greenock Aviation Museum. Both are brilliant.
Budget tip: The Whispering Wall is a quirky attraction. Whispered words can be heard 100m away. Cool!
Book now: BIG4 Barossa Tourist Park.
A small coastal town with an enviable position overlooking Horseshoe Bay, Port Elliot is cherry ripe for a quick getaway. It’s one of those magical places where the relaxing vibe hits you in an instant; perfect when you’re on a short break. From this idyllic spot, plant your soles along one of many walking trails, or explore nearby Fleurieu Peninsula towns of Victor Harbor and Goolwa.
Best outdoor attraction: Enjoy a pleasant swim at sparkling Horseshoe Bay. It's super central, too.
Best rainy-day attraction: You’ll forget it’s raining when you’re engrossed by the many great displays at the South Australia Whale Centre in nearby Victor Harbor.
Underrated attraction: It’s not quite a spotlight dodger but the Cockle Train provides for a relaxing and picturesque journey as it travels between Goolwa and Victor Harbor.
Budget tip: You can’t beat a clifftop walk overlooking Horseshoe Bay and the wider coastline.
Book now: BIG4 Port Elliot Holiday Park.
Another Fleurieu Peninsula town, Port Willunga sneaks under the guard of many despite having all the right ingredients for a quick escape. The town boasts a sparkling yet oft-quiet beach, it’s just minutes from the world-class McLaren Vale wine region, and it’s an easy drive from the centre of Adelaide. Perfect!
Best outdoor attraction: Take advantage of the proximity to McLaren Vale’s many superb wineries. Check out the much talked about d'Arenberg Cube, then mosey on to Hugh Hamilton Wines or Wirra Wirra.
Best rainy-day attraction: Soak up local history at the fascinating Willunga Courthouse Museum.
Underrated attraction: The FruChocs Shop at McLaren Vale. Although, if you’re a ‘Crow-eater’ you’ll know these tasty treats are only underrated by the rest of the country.
Budget tip: Hit the water. Enjoy a stroll or swim at Port Willunga beach, or snorkel or dive the famous Star of Greece shipwreck.
Book now: BIG4 Port Willunga Tourist Park.
With its positioning on the banks of the Murray River in South Australia’s prized Riverland region, Blanchetown is well-suited to a short break. The township is one of the state’s first river settlements, and a cluster of historical buildings provides a throwback to its early days. Relaxing is made easy with a visit to Blanchetown.
Best outdoor attraction: Spot wombats and other wildlife at nearby Brookfield Conservation Park.
Best rainy-day attraction: Soak up history to avoid a soaking at the Blanchetown Hotel. It's the oldest pub in the Riverland region.
Underrated attraction: A wine and wetlands tour of Burk Salter Wines is a wonderful experience.
Budget tip: Grab a copy of the Blanchetown Historical Walk brochure (available at various places around town) and admire a series of old structures.
Book now: BIG4 Blanchetown Riverside Holiday Park.
Loxton is another example of an alluring holiday destination that enjoys a superb spot along the famous Murray River. This town mixes a laidback vibe with first-rate visitor attractions and allows for the opportunity to indulge in ample water-based recreation. Go at your own pace in Loxton – either way you’re sure to leave feeling rejuvenated.
Best outdoor attraction: The Village – Historic Loxton. Travel back in time at this first-rate attraction.
Best rainy-day attraction: Take the 40-minute drive to the charming Overland Corner Hotel and relax in front of a cosy fire.
Underrated attraction: Loxton Golf Club is a seriously impressive layout that doesn’t charge the earth for you to hit the earth (and hopefully your golf ball).
Budget tip: Bring the camera and snap away at hundreds of roses within Loxton Memorial Gardens.
Book now: BIG4 Loxton Riverfront Holiday Park.
The immense appeal of the Riverland region as a holiday destination is encapsulated with a visit to Renmark. The town has a glorious riverside setting, a peaceful vibe, and a handful of attractions that make the most of the area’s abundant sunshine. A short break from Adelaide doesn’t get much better than this.
Best outdoor attraction: Kayaking or canoeing along the Murray River is a magical experience. Kayak hire and/or guided tours are readily available.
Best rainy-day attraction: Olivewood Historic Homestead and Museum has plenty of interesting stories to tell.
Underrated attraction: The Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery combines great brews with sensational views. For those who prefer spirits, Twenty Third Street Distillery shouldn't disappoint.
Budget tip: Mix history, beautiful vistas, and fresh air along the riverfront interpretive walk – all for the cost of only a few calories.
Book now: BIG4 Renmark Riverfront Holiday Park.
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