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SA’s best destinations for a quick getaway

29 Jul 2021

Get out of the armchair and into the open! With the recent statewide lockdowns lifted, it’s time to make that holiday plan a reality. SA is blessed with so many places that make for perfect getaways, short or long. Whether it’s a solo-trip, romantic break, or an escape with the family (including furry friends, of course), there’s a destination nearby that’s waiting for memories to be created.

Here are our favourite SA destinations perfect for a local getaway.


Discoveryparks SA Hahndorf Ambleside distilleryA gin-blending masterclass at Ambleside Distillers
Image credit: Josh Geelen

Less than an hour away is one of Australia’s most pet-friendly regions, Hahndorf, located in the Adelaide Hills. Previously a German-settlement town, Hahndorf today has kept much of its old European influences and thrives as a tourist town offering visitors a blend of old and new. With its proximity to the CBD, weekend getaways are a no-brainer at Hahndorf. Visit a German pub, enjoy a cuppa at Hahn and Hamlin, or go on the many nature walks around the area!

Things to see and do:

Stay at Discovery Parks - Hahndorf

Did you know? Discovery Parks - Hahndorf is one of our pet-friendly accommodations! No need to leave your furry friend behind anymore.

Clare Valley

Discoveryparks SA clare valley mintaro mazeGet lost (and found) at the Mintaro Maze
Image credit: South Australian Tourism Commission

About 2 hours north of the Adelaide CBD lies picturesque Clare Valley, the home of Australia’s finest Riesling. But there’s more to see and do in Clare than the vineyards. It’s also a favourite for families when planning a weekend escape with the kids. Winding back roads, nature walks, and fine gourmet food make it an easy destination owrth returning to every year. 

Things to see and do:

Stay at Discovery Parks - Clare Valley

Planning a short break with your furry best friend? There are plenty of pet-friendly cellar doors in Clare Valley, which means they can enjoy the day out together with you.

Barossa Valley

Aus cycling trails familes barossa trailThe Barossa Trail is a ride everyone can enjoy
Image credit: Barossa Grape & Wine Association

A region that needs no introduction to SA locals, Barossa Valley is internationally renowned for its food and wine. In recent years, the Barossa - as it is fondly known by locals - has grown to incorporate more ways for its visitors to experience the layers of richness it has to offer. 

Things to see and do:

Stay at Discovery Parks - Barossa Valley

Looking for more? There's more to see and do at the Barossa Valley as recommended by our Park Managers, Bill and Jacky! 

Limestone Coast

Discoveryparks SA limestone coast sunkengarden mtgambierVisit the sunken garden in Mount Gambier
Image credit: South Australian Tourism Commission/Adam Bruzzone

Home to some of SA’s most spectacular natural wonders, the Limestone Coast promises a memorable time for all (even the furry ones, with our pet-friendly accommodation in Robe). Discover more about the history and heritage of the region, explore Australia’s other Red Centre, and wine and dine at some of SA’s best restaurants. 

Things to see and do: 

Stay at Discovery Parks - Robe

Looking for more things to see and do? Here’s what our Park Managers recommend: The top 10 at the Limestone Coast. 

Streaky Bay

Discoveryparks SA streaky bayImage credit: South Australian Tourism Commission

A well-loved holiday destination, Streaky Bay rewards new and returning visitors with its authentic natural beauty and outdoor adventure lifestyle. A true gem of South Australia, Streaky Bay is the perfect place to head to if you’re looking for an active break. 

Things to see and do:

Stay at Discovery Parks - Streaky Bay Foreshore

Looking for more adventure? Check out our top 5 things to do around Streaky Bay

Flinders Ranges

Discoveryparks SA flinders ranges prairie hotelThe Prairie Hotel, an authentic Outback pub
Image credit: Tyrone Ormsby

Towering ancient cliffs, deep craters, dusty red roads, ancient cultural roots - that’s what awaits at the Flinders Ranges. A trip to the Flinders promises a deep, and often life-changing experience for visitors. Learn about the land’s Aboriginal history with a drive on the Aboriginal Dreaming Trail, visit Wilpena Pound, or simply sit back and enjoy its stunning landscape of mountain ranges and gorges, and its variety of native wildlife. 

Things to do:

Stay at Discovery Parks - Port Augusta