Just because you can’t travel internationally this year doesn’t mean you have to miss out on an epic holiday. Make the most of what Australia has to offer and embark on a road trip – fulfill your craving for adventure and experience our beautiful coastlines and countryside.
To celebrate our great nation and the importance of holidaying here this year, we’ve created a special summer road trip series to so you can make the most of exploring your own backyard.
To kick off the ‘Holiday Here This Year Summer Road Trip’ series, we’ve pulled together two of our favourite trips in South Australia.
This road trip is the ultimate coastal experience and is filled with breathtaking views, delicious food and incredible wildlife. Take as many pitstops as you like along the way and explore our amazing countryside.
Stop 1 – Yorke Peninsula
Kick off your trip by heading along the coast to the Yorke Peninsula, Urania, just 184 kms from Adelaide CBD. Think sandy-white beaches and stunning blue ocean – the Yorke Peninsula has got it all. Whether it’s relaxing on the beach, trying out the local breweries or adventuring out in a kayak or surfboard, the activities here are endless.
The Yorke Peninsula boasts 700kms of coastline that is widely accessible, making it the ideal location to start your trip with spectacular views. If it’s paradise you’re after, the Yorke Peninsula has got you covered.
Stop 2 – Port Augusta
The next stop will take you 263 kms up the east coast to Port Augusta. Known as the gateway to the Outback, Port Augusta features the incredible landscapes Australia is famous for. To make the most of this location, the Wadlata Outback Centre is a must – here you will learn all about the history and culture of the area. In addition, the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden cannot be missed, as it will initiate a new appreciation for Australia’s unique ecosystems. If you’re lucky you may even get to see some dolphins out on the water after a day of exploring.
Along the way to Port Augusta (from Yorke Peninsula), you may also fancy a pit stop at Port Broughton, near Fisherman Bay and Port Pirie.
Stop 3 – Port Lincoln
Back down along the next coastline will send you 344 kms to Port Lincoln on the Eyre Peninsula. Everything on offer here will leave you awe-struck, so you may want to set up camp for a couple nights to ensure you see it all!
Indulge in the wonderful coastal restaurants and cafes; if you love seafood then you’re in the right place, as Port Lincoln is considered the seafood capital of Australia. For everyone who visits, Whalers Way is essential – showing off the rugged coastline with magnificent cliffs and blow holes. You may also like to embark on an Australian coastal safari at Mikkira Station or unhook your car for a short drive to the Lincoln National Park.
Be sure to check the Port Lincoln calendar while you’re there because there is always something happening! Before your arrival to Port Lincoln, if you feel the need for a pit stop or two, Arno Bay and Tumby Bay both offer some picturesque coastal views.
Stop 4 – Baird Bay
Another 282 km’ will take you back up to Baird Bay, a small fishing village south of Streaky Bay. Here you can sit back, relax and simply enjoy the beautiful views and coastal vibes. Like Port Lincoln, Baird Bay also offers impressive food and wine experiences. Plus, your connection to the wildlife is particularly special – whether in the sea or on land. For an unforgettable adventure, embark on the Baird Bay Ocean Eco Experience, where you can swim with sea lions and dolphins in crystal clear waters.
On your way to Baird Bay, it is definitely worthwhile taking a break to check out Lake Newland. The Conservation Park has the largest wetland on the Eyre Peninsula with natural saline lakes and freshwater springs that are 20km in length.
Stop 5 – Streaky Bay
A short 51 kms will send you up to the next coastal town, Streaky Bay. This gem of a location allows you to truly bask in a beachy lifestyle. Here you can take part in all sorts of outdoor activities, whether it’s going for a walk, relaxing on the beach or snorkelling in the bay. If you love fishing, then use this as an opportunity to catch some fish and put your caravan’s stove to use. During your stay, you won’t regret the short drive to Murphy’s Haystacks; inselberg rock formations thought to be 1500 million years old. Streaky Bay also offers a number of scenic trails with breathtaking views and experiences you won’t forget.
At the halfway point between Baird Bay and Streaky Bay, you will pass the Calpatanna Waterhole Conservation Park. If you love a bushwalk and learning about sacred lands, it’s worth the stop.
Stop 6 – Lake MacDonnell
The final stop is another 197 kms up to Lake MacDonnell, on the western Eyre Peninsula. This pink Salt Lake will leave you in a state of wonder and there’s no guesses why this is such a popular tourist attraction. The contrasting colours of vibrant pink and blue waters is broken up by the dirt road that runs between. While we don’t recommend swimming in the stunning pink lake, you’re in for a treat with the Green Beach Rockpools being close by. Additionally, Cactus Beach is a renowned surfing location you’re sure to love.
If you’re tossing up where to stay during your visit to Lake MacDonnell, you can either park right on Cactus Beach or set up 15 minutes inland at Penong. Don’t forget to check out the fare at the local country pubs too.