South Australia is an Outback state. From its long southern hem of glittering beaches and vertical sea-cliffs, South Australia stretches north through the sensual folds of the Barossa, and the ancient rocky ridges of the Flinders Ranges, all the way to the vast Red Centre of the continent.
Adelaide, the state’s cosmopolitan capital, combines big city sophistication in the form of glittering lights, a vibrant nightlife and fine colonial buildings, with the easy attitudes of the countryside. Close by, the foresight of German and English settlers bear fruit in the form of the Barossa’s endless vineyards, which send up the angel’s share of every maturing vintage into the hot, azure sky, and the big Murray River idles down to the sea at the end of its long journey from the north.
West of Adelaide, the world’s longest stretches of road span the empty Nullarbor Plain, and if you venture north, into the relentlessly horizontal Outback, places like Coober Pedy and the Painted Desert will seem like other worlds.
From the cosy, farm-friendly welcome of Adelaide, to its vineyards and vast open spaces, South Australia will bring you luxury hotels in places you’ve never dreamed of. Here are a few we have chosen for you to consider.
Noted for its fabulous location and the excellent standard of its deluxe accommodation, The Pullman Adelaide is one of the newer 5 star hotels to open up in the city. Situated in the CBD it is close to most of the city’s popular attractions, with the Adelaide Oval, Rundle Mall and Convention Centre all being a short distance away. All of the 308 rooms and […]View Details
The Playford Adelaide is a CBD based boutique hotel that provides guests with 5 star luxury accommodation. Situated across from the Adelaide Convention Centre and Adelaide Casino, the property enjoys a central location within easy reach of many of the city’s main attractions. These include the Rundle Mall, Adelaide Oval, the West End and the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. A member of the exclusive MGallery by […]View Details
For a memorable and deluxe Adelaide hotel experience it is hard to beat the Peppers Waymouth Hotel. Enjoying a terrific CBD location right in the heart of the action, it is close to all the city’s main attractions. Including the Rundle Mall, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide Casino and the Convention Centre. Heavily influenced by a strong European design vibe, rooms and suites at the Peppers Waymouth […]View Details
The Stamford Plaza Adelaide is another excellent option in the CBD. A luxury 5 star hotel, it stands almost directly opposite Parliament House, the Adelaide Convention Centre and the Adelaide Casino. While the River Torrens, Adelaide Oval and the Festival Centre are all a short distance away. So it serves as a great base to explore the city. Presenting absorbing views of either the city, […]View Details
Looking for luxury Adelaide accommodation? Then look no further than the Eos by SkyCity. Nestled in the heart of the CBD, just 200 metres from the Adelaide Convention Centre, this classy hotel enjoys a brilliant location. With the Adelaide Oval, Rundle Mall, Art Gallery of South Australia, and Beehive Corner Building all just a few minutes away. Offering debonair rooms, villas and suites that convey […]View Details
A must for all cricket and AFL lovers! The Oval Hotel in Adelaide is a luxury hotel located within the frontage of this iconic stadium. Conveniently situated a short walking distance from the Adelaide CBD, the prestigious property also lies in close proximity to the Adelaide Casino and the Convention Centre. Featuring stylish, modern interiors, this premium boutique hotel offers a range of exquisite accommodation […]View Details
The InterContinental Adelaide is a 5 star luxury hotel which enjoys a beautiful location on the banks of the River Torrens. Adjacent to the Adelaide Festival Centre, Casino and Convention Centre, it is a great base to explore the city. With the Adelaide Oval, Rundle Mall, Adelaide Botanic Gardens and South Australian Museum all within easy walking distance. Defined by a great mix of elegance […]View Details
Sofitel Adelaide offers a luxurious yet modern escape in the heart of the Adelaide CBD. It is close to Karrawirra Parri (Torrens River) and only a few minutes’ walk from the Adelaide Convention and Exhibition Centre, Adelaide Oval and South Australian Museum. The luxury hotel rooms are a sophisticated merging of modern furnishings and vintage décor. In each room there are comfortable beds which feature […]View Details
Nestled in the heart of the city, the Hilton Adelaide is within walking distance of buzzing entertainment venues, premium retailers and many dining establishments. This modern, luxury hotel is less than five-minutes’ drive from some of the city’s highlights, including the Art Gallery of South Australia, China Town and Adelaide Oval. The luxurious rooms feature large windows, contemporary styling, and comfortable beds. The modern bathrooms […]View Details
For a private haven with the comforts of a luxury hotel, look no further than Lambert Estate Retreat. Located on the grounds of the Lambert Estate and surrounded by vineyards, the retreat sits on the outskirts of Angaston. It is only three minutes from the Barossa Farmers Markets and is a short drive from many of the highlights of the Barossa region. The light filled […]View Details
Barossa Vineyard Cottages offers gorgeous luxury hotel accommodation surrounded by vineyards. Located in the famous Barossa Valley wine region, it is only five minutes’ drive from Tanuda and ten minutes from the Barossa Farmers Market. There are four classic settler style cottages for couples and one larger cottage for families or groups. All cottages have a fully equipped kitchen complete with a modern electric oven, […]View Details
Located just one hour from the centre of Adelaide, the Novotel Barossa Valley is well positioned for guests to explore the beauty of the Barossa region. This luxury hotel is surrounded by vineyards and is only minutes from Jacobs Creek and the town of Tanunda. The colour palettes of the well-appointed guest rooms are inspired by the surrounding natural environment. Large sliding doors lead out […]View Details
Housed within a gorgeous heritage-listed building, The Mayfair Hotel is an elegant, 5-star luxury hotel. It is in the centre of Adelaide, close to the Karrawirra Parri (Torrens River). Less than 10 minutes away are the Adelaide Convention Centre, Art Gallery of South Australia, and Victoria Square. The well-appointed rooms have a warm and inviting colour palate with an elegant design. They are furnished with […]View Details
Now that you have had a look for Luxury Hotels in South Australia and found the one you like, why not turn your attention to what you can do when you actually get there?
From a sunset cruise to tasting fresh oysters straight out of Coffin Bay, there are a host of luxe and bucketlist experiences waiting for you to enjoy.
Check out the list below for some of the best of them – which we have showcased within the regions of Adelaide, Barossa Valley, Eyre Peninsula and the Flinders Ranges.
You don’t have to be in Venice to enjoy a gondola ride, instead you can do it right in the heart of Adelaide! The Adelaide Gondola allows you to spend a lovely afternoon winding down the stunning River Torrens in true Venetian style. Available every day of the week the gondola ride is a great experience in daylight hours, but even more special come sunset.
Talking of the sunset, Temptation Sailing offer fabulous cruises around Adelaide including along the foreshore of Glenelg. It’s a great way to take in the sights of the city against a backdrop of the dropping sun before having dinner at one of Adelaide’s best al fresco restaurants.
If that all seems a bit too sedate for you then why not fuel your adrenaline with Tandem Skydiving? It’s a wonderful way to view the city in all its panoramic glory. Alternatively the chance to zoom around in a V8 Supercar Race Car at Mallala and Tailem Bend could well be of interest to you.
The Barossa Valley is one of Australia’s most prominent wine regions and there are quite a few fabulous wineries you can choose to tour.
Why not take the opportunity to visit a couple of boutique wineries? You will get to taste some of the region’s best examples of Mataro, Shiraz, and Grenache wines, as well as buy some of your favourites too. Most wineries also offer tours with an exquisite lunch included.
The Barossa Valley is home to the much loved cook Maggie Beer, and Her FarmShop experience offers an interactive deluxe food exploration. This includes a cooking demonstration, as well as gin and wine tasting and a gourmet lunch platter. It’s a fabulous way to treat your tastebuds.
Known for its sensational scenery, arguably the best way to take in the natural beauty of the Barossa Valley is by hot air balloon. Not only will you see a stunning sunrise you will also gain a unique perspective of the landscape from a lofted view. If you book with Barossa Valley Ballooning they will also provide you with a champagne breakfast afterwards too.
Flinders Ranges is renowned for its beautiful terrain and a great way to see it is via a scenic flight. Air Wilpena and Chinta Air will take you on a 30 minute flight around the whole of Wilpena where you will be able to see a range of awesome sights including the Elder range, Brachina Gorge, St Mary Peak and the Wilpena Pound.
If you would prefer to keep your feet on the ground, or rather lay on a massage table, there are a range of excellent spa experiences available in the region. One of the best of them is offered by the Arkaba Resort, whose Creekside Massage programme incorporates indigenous ingredients like quandong seed, juniper berry, eucalyptus and native lemongrass within their treatments.
It might not be a luxury experience per say, but shark cage diving with great whites is an opportunity not to be missed.
Adventure Bay Charters have created Australia’s first advanced eco-certified shark cage diving experience. Which provides you with the unique chance to observe a great white shark in its natural habitat. You will be placed in a cage and lowered into the water; music will also be played to attract the sharks. The sharks will come right up to the cage and maybe even circle it. But don’t worry, they won’t be able to get you!
If that is seems all a bit too scary though, then how about the opportunity to taste fresh oysters directly from Coffin Bay? With Experience Coffin Bay you can spend a day discovering all you need to know about how the world-famous Coffin Bay Oysters are harvested.
They will also take you out directly to where the oysters grow, and you will be able to taste them straight away after being plucked from the water. You can’t get fresher than that!