Rug up and head South for winter

Winter is the perfect time to explore South Australia

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South Australia offers a range of activities best experienced on a winter's day.

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HIGHLIGHT REEL: Ghost mushrooms in Mount Gambier's Glencoe Forrest make for a spectacular natural light display. Credit: Ockert le Roux/South Australia Tourism Commission

SUMMER may be traditionally more popular with holiday makers, but South Australia offers a range of amazing activities that are best experienced on a winter's day.

From outback adventures in the Flinders Ranges to the Barossa Valley's farmers markets, there is a range of one of a kind adventures which are ideal for cold, crisp weather.

Outback adventures

The Arkaba Walk is a three day walking tour which allows hikers to experience the spectacular, rugged beauty of the Flinders Ranges - traversing Wilpena Pound and 60,000 acres of private bushland.

The walk takes in some of the most spectacular scenery from the mountain ranges and also offers a great opportunity to learn about Indigenous culture.

RUGGED BEAUTY: Winter is an ideal time to explore famous outback locations like the Flinders Ranges. Photo: South Australia Tourism Commission.

RUGGED BEAUTY: Winter is an ideal time to explore famous outback locations like the Flinders Ranges. Photo: South Australia Tourism Commission.

The Flinders Ranges and outback heli-swag experience offers a chance for guests to view the outback from high above on a private helicopter, whilst being flown to a secluded camping spot atop the ranges.

The Arkaroola ridgetop tour allows guests to explore some of the outback's most rugged terrain on an open-top four-wheel drive, while Flinders bush retreats offer the opportunity to experience the outback in a sixth generation station in a remote corner of the famous ranges.

Winter is also a great time to explore the Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park, which offers striking sandstone tablelands, an array of flora and fauna and spectacular landscapes.

Other outback adventures include exploring Anna Creek Painted Hills, an Arkaroola astronomy tour, and stargazing at Wilpena Pound.

Discover the Limestone Coast

Activities are not just limited to the outback - there are also ample opportunities to explore other parts of the state including the beautiful Limestone Coast .

The coast's Ghost Mushroom Lane offers a spooky ghost hunting experience in May and June every year, while the green glow of ghost mushrooms illuminate the Glencoe Pine Forrest in one of Australia's most spectacular natural light shows.

SPRING INTO WINTER: Mount Lofty Botanical Gardens in Adelaide Hills. Photo: Michael Waterhouse Photography

SPRING INTO WINTER: Mount Lofty Botanical Gardens in Adelaide Hills. Photo: Michael Waterhouse Photography

Winter is also a great time to explore Kilsby Sinkhole - a world renowned sinkhole dive site, which offers crystal clear water and amazing visibility - guided scuba, snorkelling and site tours are all available.

The Barossa, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula

Those who enjoy quality, locally sourced produce may want to visit the Barossa for a tour of the region's famous farmers market, which provides chances to meet local producers and taste some amazing food.

Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens in the Adelaide Hills features meandering paths through lush greenery, a diverse range of plant life and wildlife, beautiful streams and waterfalls.

Ridgetop Retreat on the Fleurieu Peninsula is a spectacular spot featuring a secret garden, olive grove, orchard, valley meadows and a diverse range of wildlife.

The spot is also a great base to explore Deep Creek Conservation Park, which boasts a number of walking trails with spectacular views of waterfalls and coastal landscapes.

For more information, call (08) 8463-4500 or click here.

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