Whilst visiting Adelaide for AES 2018 make the most of your trip, there’s so much to see and do!

The State opens its doors to tourists, migrants, investors, traders and businesses from around the world. Boasting an innovative culture, award-winning wine, events and festivals and diverse landscapes from coastlines to desert, there are countless reasons why people choose to visit South Australia. Here are just a few.

It’s a bit of a trip from Adelaide’s centre, but the boat ride to Kangaroo Island is one of the few “Absolutely Must Dos” in this laid-back corner of Australia. It’s Australia’s third largest island, and home to blue seas, white cliffs, black caves and green hills. More than a third of the island is protected as national parks and game preserves, and inside or outside you’ll have an eyeful of birds and smaller critters wherever you look.

In the “It’s exactly what it sounds like” department, the island is home to a ridiculous number of roos, plus seals, sea lions, koalas and dolphins. Lodgings are plentiful (and reasonably priced, considering) so come for a night or two nights to make the most of your visit. For more information please see here.

The 1,200 kilometre hiking trail passes through some of the most scenic parts of the State from native bushland, coastlines, vineyards, historic towns and forests including internationally acclaimed tourist destinations, such as the Barossa Valley and the stunning Wilpena Pound. Catering to both the casual walker out for a day walk along shorter sections of the trail to serious backpackers hiking along the entire trail, the Heysen Trail is a great way to set out on foot and discover the diverse landscapes of South Australia. For more information see here.

Spend an afternoon walking, having a picnic, jogging, or meditating in this wonderfully lush environment. 40kms south-east from Adelaide centre, Kuitpo Forest was the first of a number of forest plantations in the Mount Lofty Ranges established to ensure a sustainable timber resource for South Australia.

Today, the Kuitpo Forest Reserve covers an area of 3,600 hectares, of which 60% (2,100 hectares) is plantation and contains 655 hectares of native vegetation protected for conservation

For more information see here.

Only a 45-minute trip from Adelaide, McLaren Vale is one of the world’s best wine regions. With the majestic coast on one side and the grape vines meandering on the other, touring McLaren Vale’s many wineries can seem somewhat magical. Home to sustainable winegrowing, world-class wines and renowned culinary experiences, a trip to McLaren Vale is a must do for visitors to Adelaide. For more information see here.

Known as Adelaide’s nature playground and only a short one hour and 15 minute drive from the city, catch some waves at Goolwa, Middleton or Victor Harbor on the Fleurieu Peninsula. If surfing isn’t your thing you can try whale watching or visit one of the many amazing restaurants and cafes along the coast. For more information see here.

Australia’s most famous wine region, the Barossa Valley is a short one hour drive from Adelaide. Be consumed by the many flavours of the Barossa. At almost every turn you’ll find five-star retreats, some of the world’s best wineries and sumptuous food. With stunning landscapes featuring vineyards, farms and historic towns, take a guided tour in luxury by car, trike or helicopter, or relax and enjoy the historic sights at your own pace. For more information please see here.

Opening in 1869 and reportedly one of the largest undercover markets in the southern hemisphere, the Adelaide Central Market has been a favourite with locals and visitors for over 147 years. With a plethora of fresh produce stalls, you are spoilt for choice. Pick up some of the your favourite artisan products and dine in or takeaway to the new re-developed Victoria Square. For more information see here.

Just a short drive up the freeway, you can step into the enchanted land of the Adelaide Hills region, where an afternoon of exquisite food and wine stretches both time and the imagination. Visit historic townships, stunning leafy landscapes and yet another famous Adelaide wine region. Enjoy wonderful places like The Lane Vineyard, Bird in Hand, Bridgewater Mill or the Stirling Hotel. For more information see here.

From North Haven to Sellicks Beach, Adelaide’s beaches are some of the most stunning in the world and most are less than 30 minutes from the city. Catch the tram from the city to Glenelg, or head to the always popular Brighton, Henley or West Beaches.

Adelaide’s laneways are now teeming with fun, quirky and unique small bars. From the West End’s Leigh, Peel and Gresham Streets, to the East End’s Vardon Avenue, and everywhere in-between.