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South Australia and The Southern Outback

Beyond the heritage architecture and bustling food markets of Adelaide lie vast outback landscapes, lush vineyards and abundant wildlife.

South Australia is a land of extreme contrasts, from arid cattle grazing country, to the wild coastline of the Eyre Peninsula and the environmentally diverse Kangaroo Island.

South Australia’s outback covers 80% of the state yet is home to just 1% of its population. The Flinders and Gawler Ranges offer a chance to get off grid and escape the world before sampling world-class wines amidst the vineyards of the Barossa and Clare Valleys. Meanwhile the rugged coastal waters play host to a wealth of marinelife including seals, dolphin and whales.

Koala, Australia

Kangaroo Island

Buffeted by the waves of the Southern Ocean, Kangaroo Island boasts some of Australia’s most spectacular coastline and a wildlife population protected from the predations of introduced species. A mix of small townships, rural land and wilderness, Australia’s third-largest island offers some of the best wildlife viewings in the country.

Ballooning, Rawnsley Park Lodge, Flinders Range, Australia
Flinders Ranges

Flinders Ranges

The Flinders Ranges offers some of the most accessible and spectacular outback scenery in Australia, with a long Aboriginal history and ancient fossil sites. Staying on an outback sheep station is the perfect way to experience this area. On the grasslands of the ranges, you can witness one of Australia’s greatest wildlife spectacles when great mobs of kangaroos and emus dot the steppes and springtime brings a profusion of wildflowers to the region.

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Common dolphin

Eyre Peninsula

The Eyre Peninsula, ringed by the Southern Ocean, boasts 2,000 kilometres of wild and unpopulated coastline, and wildlife as unique and varied as the landscape. Pods of dolphins, sometimes over a hundred strong, are visible from the cliff tops while the shallows of Baird Bay provide a remarkable wildlife experience where guests have the chance to join wild sea lions and dolphins in the water.

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Bushfire Recovery

Join like minded people to assist in land rehabilitation activities in areas worst affected by bushfires. Unite with Steppes Travel in supporting the Koala Clancy Foundation – enjoy wildlife encounters whilst engaging in meaningful conservation projects such as tree planting, habitat maintenance and wildlife counts of species affected by the fires.

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Kangaroo Island Adventure

Explore dramatic coastlines and secluded beaches on Kangaroo Island.

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Outback Sundowner

Enjoy a cold beer watching kangaroos graze as the sunsets over the Australian Outback.

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Wine Tasting

Sample world-class wines in the Barossa and Clare Valley vineyards.

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Flinders Ranges by Air

Take a scenic flight over the Flinders Ranges, the largest mountain range in South Australia.

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Swim with Sea Lions

Meet playful sea lions at Bairds Bay on the Eyre Peninsula in Southern Australia.

Where to stay

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we have recommended for this journey.

Arkaba Station £££££

  • Australia
  • Farmstead and Ranches

Arkaba Homestead sits on a 60,000-acre private conservancy amidst the Flinders Ranges; an ancient landscape moulded by millions of years of geological activity and home to some of Australia’s most spectacular outback scenery and wildlife. With just five rooms the homestead which dates from the 1850s offers guests a real taste of classic Australian hospitality. The decor of the homestead pays homage to its history, with headboards made from fence posts and bedside tables covered by wool sacks. Each bedroom opens onto a shaded verandah with views of the surrounding ranges.

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The Louise £££££

  • Australia
  • Vineyard

Perched atop a gently rolling hillside, lined with vines, The Louise is a boutique hotel set in gardens amidst the wineries and vineyards of the renowned Barossa wine region. Each of the 15 suites offers a private terrace, contemporary furnishings and log fires. Additional amenities include a heated swimming pool, sauna, restaurant, boules court and bicycles.

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Prairie Hotel £££££

  • Australia
  • B&B, Motel and Guesthouse

Literally in the middle of nowhere, The Prairie is a true outback hotel. Set in the vast outback of South Australia, with the Flinders Ranges on its doorstep, guestrooms are simply furnished but comfortable. The front bar has an authentic feel and remains a local watering hole. There is a quiet lounge for house guests as well as a swimming pool for hot, outback afternoons.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Clare Higginson

It was my passion for languages that first encouraged me to leave the UK behind and grab my rucksack. Since then, it’s been a mixture of intriguing cultures, jaw-dropping landscapes and the wonder of seeing animals in their natural habitat that sees me continuously extending my travel wish list.

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