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Southern Australia is all about dramatic contrasts, from the sophistication of the wine regions and the thriving arts scene of Adelaide to the otherworldly beauty of the vast outback where the silence is deafening and the scenery speaks volumes.

Named after the wife of William IV, Adelaide was declared the capital of South Australia in the early 1800s, a province of free citizens which grew out of a British colony. Today, this city of just over a million people is proudly multicultural with a superb range of arts and live music venues, beautiful heritage buildings and a packed calendar of notable festivals throughout the year.


All within the neat grid of Central Adelaide, you’ll find excellent gastronomic and cultural delights like the Adelaide Central Market, home to more than 70 traders of fresh produce and gourmet offerings, with Adelaide’s Chinatown just next door. Art galleries abound in which to while away the day, including the Art Gallery of South Australia showcasing the best of well-known Australian and international artists.


On the rare rainy day, head indoors to the South Australian Museum with more than 3,000 artefacts from Aboriginal cultures as well as exhibits on Australia’s natural history. Or visit Coopers Brewery and take a tour of the brewhouse, bottling hall and history museum with the obligatory sampling of stouts, lagers and ales, of course. The century-old Penfolds Magill Estate Winery near the Adelaide Zoo also puts on tastings and tours.

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Family-friendly options include the Adelaide Zoo where more than 1,800 animals await. The free walking tours are very popular, as are the feeding sessions and the children’s zoo. Cool down from the heat by hopping aboard the Glenelg Tram where a 20-minute ride takes you to the city’s most popular beach. The kids will love cooling down in the calm waters or grabbing a gelati at Moseley Square while adults browse the glitzy shops along Marina Pier at nearby Holdfast Shores.

Family-friendly options include the Adelaide Zoo where more than 1,800 animals await. The free walking tours are very popular, as are the feeding sessions and the children’s zoo. Cool down from the heat by hopping aboard the Glenelg Tram where a 20-minute ride takes you to the city’s most popular beach. The kids will love cooling down in the calm waters or grabbing a gelati at Moseley Square while adults browse the glitzy shops along Marina Pier at nearby Holdfast Shores.

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After exploring the “City of Churches”, pick up your Adelaide 4WD Hire and see the incredible diversity that South Australia has to offer.

Head to the hills – the Adelaide Hills – less than a half hour drive east of the city, to find a peaceful country retreat with welcome cool temperatures. Must-do’s include taking in spectacular views of Adelaide and the coastline from Mount Lofty Summit and then working your way through the quaint towns, including Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest existing German settlement. Explore its artisan workshops making everything from cheese and chocolate to leather goods and candles. The cool climate here is ideal for growing grapes, evidenced by the more than 50 wineries to be found in the patchwork of vineyards, many with tours and tastings to go along with gastronomic experiences. The many public and private parks in the area are also a highlight, including the walking trails of Morialta Conservation Park with seasonal waterfalls and fern gullies or cuddling with a koala at Cleland Wildlife Park, one of the few places in Australia where you can meet and touch these friendly marsupials.

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While in the Adelaide Hills, check out its largest town of Mt. Barker and its Saturday morning farmer’s market, SteamRanger Heritage Railway and excellent selection of restaurants and cafes on historic Gawler Street. Then take the 1km-long Summit Trail up to Mt. Barker Summit and be rewarded with panoramic views from 517m above sea level. There’s also a longer and steeper 2.5km Scenic Bush Walk with more opportunities to view native flora and fauna. The area around Mount Barker also has tracks on which to take your Adelaide 4WD Hire. Newbies looking for some training can check out Jakem Farm, offering 360 acres of farmland with mild to difficult tracks on which to practise your 4WD off-roading skills, including free recoveries and advice. More adventurous drivers can head to Saunders Gorge Sanctuary to tackle the Eagle View 4WD track on the rugged eastern slopes of Mount Lofty Ranges. The half-day loop on the 81ha private conservation area features rocky climbs and rough downhill sections for low range vehicles.

Also close to Adelaide is beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula, an outdoor playground just a 40km drive south where days are spent watching for whales, bushwalking amongst the gorges of the Onkaparinga River and tasting wines from the McLaren Vale region known for its excellent Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet blends produced by about a hundred cellar doors. The Southern Australian Whale Centre in Victor Harbor on the Encounter Coast is the place to see southern right whales (May to October) while art lovers will want to follow the 200-km loop known as the Fleurieu Art Trail encompassing 100 or so art and cultural attractions. For some outdoor adventure, take your Adelaide 4WD Hire right onto the beach to test your sand driving skills on Sellicks Beach and Silver Sands Beach on the northern end of the peninsula and on the 10km stretch of sand along the Sir Richard Peninsula beginning at Goolwa Beach, near where the Murray River empties out into the ocean. For more rugged adventures, put your Adelaide 4WD Hire on the car ferry at Cape Jarvis and head over to wildlife-rich Kangaroo Island. Largely underdeveloped, some of the island’s most secluded gems are accessible only via unsealed roads, including the beach at Emu Bay.


Oenophiles should also add the legendary wineries of the Barossa Valley onto the itinerary. Just an hour’s drive northeast of Adelaide, the wineries here produce more than 20% of Australia’s wine. Founded by German settlers, the area is now home to many of Australia’s most celebrated wineries turning out world-class shirazes as well as rieslings, semillons and cabernet sauvignons. Break up your tastings with strolls through the quaint towns full of stone cottages and Gothic churches. The valley has a number of scenic walks and cycling paths. The Barossa Goldfield Walking Trail is comprised of two loops that trace the gold mining history of the area, taking visitors past alluvial shafts, remnants of mining settlements, and abandoned tunnels from the gold rush of the late 1860s. The 5km-long Altona Landcare Reserve and Walking Trail is also a favourite amongst nature lovers for its open grassy and woodland areas with plenty of wildlife including dozens of bird species.

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The Clare Valley to the north, home to world-class rieslings, also boasts the Riesling Trail, originally a railway line between Auburn and Barinia in the 1860s. Today, the 33km-long trail through scenic farmland can be enjoyed on bicycle or on foot with dozens of wineries along the way to quench your thirst. There are even picnic sites and children’s playgrounds just off the trail, making it enjoyable for the whole family. If you’ve still got the energy, tack on the 19km-long Rattler Trail along undulating terrain through more rolling farmlands and picturesque vineyards. Just east of the Clare Valley lies the historic copper mining town of Burra which peaked in the 1840s. The Burra Heritage Passport is exceptional value, providing all-in-one access to some of the town’s best attractions, including museums, old mines, and heritage buildings.


From Adelaide, hug the coast heading west and you’ll eventually end up in Australia’s seafood capital of the Eyre Peninsula. Not only do the waters of the peninsula supply 65% of all of Australia’s seafood, they’re also a playground for thrill-seekers, with opportunities to cage dive with Great White sharks and swim with dolphins and sea lions. Between June and October, watch calving whales gather in the Head of Bight Bay or take your Adelaide 4WD Hire for some great beach driving along the 2,500 kilometres of wild coastline. Test your off-road skills navigating ever-changing terrain including soft sand, rough limestone and dense vegetation with spectacular clifftop views as your reward.

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But perhaps the ultimate 4WD adventure lies in South Australia’s untamed outback where you can find yourself alone for hundreds of kilometres barely broken up by the odd town. When Google Maps tells you: “Sorry, your search appears to be outside our current coverage area for driving,” you know you’ve hit the 4WD jackpot.

From Adelaide, head due north to Port Augusta, the ‘Crossroads of Australia’. Continue northeast to the Flinders Ranges, Australia’s largest mountain range long-prized by the indigenous Adnyamathanha people for their red ochre deposits. The ruggedly beautiful landscape bursting with colour just begs to be explored by 4WD with tracks suitable for all levels. Navigate 420 kilometres of the ranges, filled with twisting climbs and drops, challenging gorges and rocky creek beds. The abundant wildlife, including emus, endangered wallabies and brightly coloured ringneck parrots, are simply a bonus. Highlights of the Flinders Ranges National Park include Wilpena Pound (Ikara), a natural amphitheatre surrounded by ancient ridges, and the 20km-long Brachina Gorge Geological Trail showcasing risen layers of rock that span 120 million years. The North Flinders Ranges is also one end of the epic 1,200km-long Heysen Trail that takes walkers from Cape Jervis on the coast, through arid country and verdant pastures, to the Parachilna Gorge.


From Flinders, keep the adventure going by tackling the 475km-long Strzelecki Track, carved through the outback by cattle thief Harry Readford in the late 1870s as a way to move 1,000 head of cattle from South Australia to Queensland. Today, even families and those relatively new to 4WD driving can manage the less challenging single lane track while still enjoying the rewards of a scenic desert drive.

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From Innamincka on the Strzelecki Track, continue on unsealed roads to join up with the Birdsville Track, a 517km-long stock road passing through no fewer than three deserts. Expect long stretches of featureless terrain along gravel roads happily broken up by the occasional sand dune or creek bed. The track ends at the frontier town of Birdsville just across the border in Queensland (population 140). Other than playing host to the Birdsville Cup, a 3-day outback horse race every September, the isolated town is known for being the eastern gateway to the Simpson Desert, one of the all-time great desert drives.


Navigating the world’s largest sand dune desert, you’ll need to have your low range, high clearance Adelaide 4WD Hire stocked up and ready to go, as self-sufficiency is the name of the game. Undoubtedly a stiff test for man and machine, the desert’s 1,136 sand dunes, some up to 200 km long, await to be conquered. Whether you traverse the shorter and more difficult French Line and QAA Line, the longer and less-travelled Rig Road, or the more technical WAA Line, you’ll be rewarded by one of the best remote-driving experiences anywhere in the world, cresting sand dunes up to 40 metres high, snapping a selfie at Poeppel Corner where three states meet, swimming in the desert oasis of Dalhousie Springs and being reminded again and again of the vastness of the Australian outback when confronted by a veritable sea of sand.

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Once you cross the desert, pick up the Oodnadatta Track heading back south to Marree. Following an old Aboriginal trading route, the 617 km-long packed gravel road winds its way through remote, barren terrain with natural springs and even vestiges of the Central Australian Railway to be found along the way. Campgrounds also provide welcome rest stops, including Coward Springs with its inviting spring-fed tub and surrounding wetlands. Another must-see attraction is massive Lake Eyre, Australia’s largest salt lake, reached via the Hallingan Bay Track near William Creek. Dry most of the time, the shimmering salt basin seamlessly merges with the sky for a panorama that’s out of this world.


Alternatively, from Mount Dare on the western edge of the Simpson Desert, meet up with the iconic Stuart Highway, an epic 2,834 km-long road through the centre of Australia. Known as the “Explorer’s Way”, the sealed road runs from Darwin (Northern Territory) all the way down to Port Augusta (South Australia). Along the way back to Adelaide, a stop in Coober Pedy is a must. Located in one of the hottest and most inhospitable locales in Australia, most of this Wild West-like town is located underground, including churches, museums, pubs and even an underground tent camping area! Most of the town’s residents are involved in the opal industry, with the mines around Coober Pedy yielding about 70 percent of the world’s opal production.

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South Australia is truly an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, with diverse landscapes ranging from lush wine valleys to vast, arid deserts. There are no less than 130 national parks, recreation parks, reserves and conservation areas in the South Australia park network, many of them boasting excellent camping facilities, particularly around the Eyre Peninsula, Flinders Ranges and Outback, and around the Murray River. The true majesty of the parks is best unlocked by your Adelaide 4WD Hire, allowing you to literally get off the beaten path to fully explore South Australia’s stunning natural heritage.

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Australian 4WD Hire is renowned for our meticulously maintained vehicles and top-tier customer service. Our fleet is constantly being updated to ensure you enjoy your self-drive adventure in comfort and safety. 4WD Tourism is one of the best ways to see the broad range of amazing sights Australia has to offer, with the flexibility and freedom to discover the outdoors at your own pace. For your Adelaide 4WD Hire adventure, please contact us at 1 300 360 339 or +617 5527 6191. Or email us at or visit us at