Luxury Hotels in South Australia

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.

Pullman Adelaide

Rating: 8.7

prices from: $350 AUD

The Playford Adelaide

Rating: 8.7

prices from: $350 AUD

Peppers Waymouth Hotel

Rating: 8.7

prices from: $350 AUD

Stamford Plaza Adelaide

Rating: 8.7

prices from: $350 AUD

Eos by SkyCity

Rating: 8.7

prices from: $350 AUD

Oval Hotel

Rating: 8.7

prices from: $350 AUD

InterContinental Adelaide

Rating: 8.7

prices from: $350 AUD

Sofitel Adelaide

Rating: 8.7

prices from: $350 AUD

Hilton Adelaide

Rating: 8.7

prices from: $350 AUD

Lambert Estate Retreat

Rating: 8.7

prices from: $350 AUD

Barossa Vineyard Cottages

Rating: 8.7

prices from: $350 AUD

Novotel Barossa Valley Resort

Rating: 8.7

prices from: $350 AUD

Mayfair Hotel

Rating: 8.7

prices from: $350 AUD

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.

Adelaide

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.

Barossa Valley

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

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.

Eyre Peninsula

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!