Adelaide is the place where you’ll find coastal cliffs meet rolling hills and lush nature reserves. A superb collection of diverse regions resides here. Take the time to see them all and really enjoy Australia’s southland. Mix it up – pair drives in your Adelaide Camper Hire with time spent on foot or bike along the many winding trails.
There’s probably not a more popular word in the 4WD vocabulary than ‘outback ‘and for 4WD enthusiasts the Flinders Ranges region won’t disappoint. This area is a very popular self-drive destination, starting a few hundred km north of Adelaide. Here you’ll find rugged mountains, rich red earth, stony creek beds and unique Australian wildlife. Some of the spots you must see on your Adelaide 4WD Hire holiday here include:
Wilpena Pound – this natural amphitheatre draws visitors from far and wide and is a top spot for 4WDriving. Here you will find loads of hiking trails and stunning natural scenery. It is home to beautiful wildlife including kangaroos, emus and the yellow-footed rock wallaby.
Lake Eyre – is Australia’s largest salt lake and the lowest point on the Australian mainland. It enjoys a reputation as premier 4WD country as typically it is a dry salt desert t. It usually fills approximately every ten years and becomes a homeland and breeding ground for an abundance of bird and wildlife.
Simpson Desert– Spectacular red sand as far as the eye can see, the Simpson Desert is a great Australian landmark and home to the world’s longest parallel sand dunes. Must see include the ruins at Dalhousie Springs, Purnie Bore wetlands, Approdinna Attora Knoll and Poepeppel Corner. The Simpson Desert is actually closed to tourists during the summer months due to the extreme heat and regular sand storms.
Coober Pedy – Really try and see this small but well known Australian town located around 700km north of Adelaide. It is popular for its abundance of opals – there are over 70 opal mines – the largest number of opal mines in the world. Golf is a popular sport here but played at night with glow in the dark balls due to the heat.
Oodnadatta Track, Birdsville Track and Strzelecki Track – Classed as three of the best 4WD tracks in the region and definite must-dos.
Walks – There are several popular walks in the area including: Rowsley Bluff, Wilpena Lookout, Ferntree Falls, and Clem corner. For Indigenous art head to Arkaroo Rock and Sacred Canyon.
Brachina Gorge Geological Trail -Take your Adelaide 4×4 Hire along the 20km of fascinating geological history.
Arden Hills Self Drive Tour – There are two specific self-drive tracks within Arden Hills. The first one is a half day Arden Hills tour while the second- Nathaltee is a self-drive/walking tour.
This lush, green abundant land starts from the Barossa Valley in the north and continues down to Kuitpo Forest in the south – the perfect trek for Adelaide 4×4 Rentals. The landscape is picture perfect, rolling hills with charming villages and towns scattered throughout. Devour fresh local produce and crisp Australian wines in the vineyard region. Here is a list of suggested must dos:
4WD Saunders Gorge – a scenic drive that passes over rugged terrain. Take around 3 hours to complete. Track passes through a private conservation area so there will be a fee to pass through and a booking is recommended. Lots of gorgeous lookout spots to enjoy.
Historic Hahndorf –This historic German settlement has heaps to offer visitors. Take a walk down the main street that’s lined with charming stores and cafes. Head to Beerenberg – Farm for fresh produce like you’ve never tasted before – strawberries, jams, marmalades, olive oil and condiments. Pat the farm animals at the Hahndorf Farm Barn.
Mt Barker Summit – You can drive the scenic dirt road to the 1st lookout where the walking trails to the summit start and there are picnic grounds here too. The trails take you through some rich vegetation that attracts bird and wildlife.
Wine Region-the Adelaide Hills wine region is located to the east in the Mount Lofty Ranges. It’s around 70km long and is home to over 90 wineries. Even for non-drinkers, the stunning scenery makes a visit worthwhile.
Barossa Valley – Located approximately 70km north-east of Adelaide, the Barossa Valley is well known as a wine region with some of Australia’s major wineries as well as a number of boutique wineries located here.
It’s also popular for its gourmet food and fresh produce. Take the butcher, baker and winemaker trail.
Australia’s favourite chef Maggie Beer is based here too, be sure to make time to visit the Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop.
There is a wealth of beautiful landscape to discover on a walking or cycling tour. Try these on for size:
Altona Landcare Reserve and Walking Trail-looks out over Rowland Flat and the North Para River
Barossa Goldfields Walking Trail -There are signposts all along these 1.2km and 5km trails
The Heysen Trail – This is a big one! At 1200km it is Australia’s largest walking trail from start to finish. Enjoy the parts that weave through the Barossa.
Clare Valley – This beautiful region is also renowned for its vineyards and wineries however the backbone of the area historically was mining and agriculture. It boasts a rich heritage evident in the stone cottages that sit nestled amongst a backdrop of lush greenery. It is situated approximately 100km north of the Adelaide city centre.
Fleurieu Peninsula – This stunning area offers a mix of rugged cliffs, sparkling beaches and greenery. The Murray River passes through here too. Water sports like surfing and sailing are popular here as is penguin watching on Granite Island. Fishing charters are a great day out and in winter be sure to look out for the whales.
Some scenic drives in your Adelaide 4×4 Hire to include:
The accommodation options in Adelaide and its surrounding regions are plentiful, so you can lay your head down on a fluffy pillow or on a sleeping bag- it’s up to you. Contact Adelaide 4WD Hire today for a free quote or to make a booking- and your Adelaide 4×4 adventures can begin!
Eyre Peninsula – You can spend weeks exploring the sheltered coves and bays, fishing from the secluded beaches and spotting giant whales from the towering limestone cliffs. That’s before you even venture into the national parks, ancient caves and the barren and beautiful Nullarbor. In place of trees, this prehistoric plain has native animals and thousands of years of Aboriginal history. Close by you’ll find the 1.5 billion year old geological wonder of the Gawler Ranges and the startlingly beautiful Lake Gairdner- a dry salt lake bounded by ancient hills.
South Australia boasts of plenty caravan parks and camping grounds where you can choose to stay in a cabin or pitch a tent. There are spa retreats and resorts as well as chalets and cottages. For the upmarket nature lover there is always the glamping option – a stay in a safari style eco tent located on the oceanfront. Adelaide 4WD Rentals will take you to paradise and beyond – your accommodation style is completely up to you!
National Parks have serviced camp areas, many with onsite rangers, designated generator and non-generator sites, fresh water, toilets and shower facilities. These areas may have restrictions on length of stay and park fees may apply. See the National Parks website for more information about national park camping sites and fees. There can be huge distances between townships so you may have to camp on private properties or Aboriginal lands, make sure you obtain permission and permits before entering the area. Some roads are not suitable for towing a caravan and there are camping restrictions in certain areas. Please check road conditions and permit requirements with the local Visitor Centres before you set off on your journey.
Due to the remoteness you are advised to follow some simple Caravan and Camping Hints and Tips. For more travel advice, see the Parks Safety and Road Safety section. Adelaide 4WD Hire welcomes you to explore one of the most pristine places on the planet.
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Some sections of roads are suitable for 4WD vehicles only. Take plenty of water on all Outback Trips. Check distances and driving conditions and ensure you have adequate fuel at all times. Remember Outback Rule “Number 1” – if your Vehicle breaks down you MUST stay with your Vehicle for safety reasons. Required driving times for 4WD on unsealed roads are longer, ensure you allow adequate time. During the ‘wet season’ from October to April, vehicles cannot access the 4WD only / unsealed roads. Plan your itinerary in advance to avoid disappointment.
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