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South Australia's 'bucket list' experiences


An eclectic list of experiences – including visiting Mount Gambier’s Umpherston Sinkhole and swimming with sea lions at Port Lincoln – have made the top 10 of a new South Australian bucket list.

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The list has been compiled by national travel website Experience Oz and seeks to highlight some of the state’s most iconic attractions and best experiences for domestic and international visitors.

Topping the full list of 100 experiences is the Flinders Chase National Park on Kangaroo Island, renowned for its Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch natural rock formations, as well as being home to a colony of long-nosed fur seals.

Other natural attractions also feature highly, with Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges National Park taking second spot, and Head of Bight – considered one of the state’s best whale-watching sites – coming third.

Rounding out the top 10 are: tour the Barossa Valley; see an event at Adelaide Oval; swim with sea lions at Port Lincoln; walk some of the Heysen Trail; explore the German heritage at Hahndorf; enter Umpherston Sinkhole (a sunken garden created after the collapse of a limestone cave), and see the wildlife at Monarto Zoo.

Remarkable Rocks, Kangaroo Island.

Remarkable Rocks, Kangaroo Island.

A spokesperson for Experience Oz told InDaily the list was compiled from information gained through regular customer feedback and polling, as well as staff recommendations. Both free and paid experiences have been included, with the company also aiming to give regional attractions “their due”.

While South Australians may take issue with some inclusions – and the “top 100 things to do before you die” description of the list – it does provide inspiration to explore the diversity of experiences the state has to offer and to look beyond the CBD.

Well-known city attractions such as the Art Gallery of SA, South Australian Museum, Adelaide Botanic Gardens and Adelaide Central Market feature alongside places such as Blue Lake (a crater lake on the Limestone Coast), historic Martindale Hall in the Clare Valley and the Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery in the Riverland.

In acknowledgement of Adelaide’s burgeoning small bar scene, people are even urged to “drink at a laneway bar”.

“With several years’ worth of data and feedback on hand – and in response to persistent questions about how to find new things to do in Australia – we put together the bucket list so that even locals of South Australia will find a special part of the state they’ve never visited before,” says Experience Oz digital manager Matt Hobbs.

Experience Oz’s full South Australia top 100 bucket list:

  1. Flinders Chase National Park
  2. Explore Wilpena Pound
  3. Visit Head of Bight
  4. Tour the Barossa Valley
  5. See an event at Adelaide Oval
  6. Swim with Sea Lions at Port Lincoln
  7. Walk some of the Heysen Trail
  8. Explore the German heritage at Hahndorf
  9. Enter Umpherston Sinkhole
  10. See the wildlife at Monarto Zoo
  11. Cage dive with great white sharks at Port Lincoln
  12. Enjoy the beach and shopping at Glenelg
  13. Indulge at McLaren Vale
  14. The Blue Lake at Mt Gambier
  15. Naracoorte Caves National Park
  16. Relax at Maslin Beach
  17. Seal Bay Conservation Park
  18. Explore the Coorong
  19. Walk on Lake Gairdner Salt Lake
  20. Ride the Victor Harbor Tram
  21. Cleland Wildlife Park
  22. Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden
  23. Visit St Peters Cathedral
  24. Unwind at Himeji Gardens
  25. Crayfish and Coastline at Robe
  26. Cycle the Clare Valley Riesling Trail
  27. Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary
  28. Swim with Dolphins at Glenelg and Baird Bay
  29. Go ballooning over the Barossa
  30. Visit the Pink Lake
  31. Do the Arkaba Walk
  32. Seafood and nature at Coffin Bay
  33. Attend an event at Victoria Square
  34. Explore Innes National Park
  35. Views and dining atop Mt Lofty Summit
  36. Cruise the Murray River
  37. Wildlife at Adelaide Zoo
  38. Fly over Lake Eyre
  39. Visit the Historic Cedars
  40. Tour the Coopers Brewery
  41. Camel Treks Australia
  42. Shop at Adelaide Central Market
  43. Skydiving South Australia
  44. Historic Charm at Strathalbyn
  45. See Murphy’s Haystacks
  46. Tour Adelaide Gaol
  47. Explore the Old Timers Mine
  48. Hike the Gawler Ranges
  49. Granite Island Penguins and Scenery
  50. Attend Adelaide Fringe
  51. Ride the Pichi Richi Railway
  52. Raptor Domain Kangaroo Island
  53. Stroll through Adelaide Botanic Gardens
  54. Go Kayaking with dolphins in Port River
  55. Visit historic Burra
  56. Peruse the Art Gallery of South Australia
  57. Shopping and architecture at Adelaide Arcade
  58. Visit Martindale Hall
  59. Drink at a Laneway Bar
  60. Step back in time at Loxton Historic Village
  61. Take a Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari
  62. Wine and dine at Penfolds Estate Cellar Door
  63. Visit Carrick Hill
  64. Explore Morialta Conservation Park
  65. Edutainment at the Adelaide Migration Museum
  66. Test your vocals at the Whispering Wall
  67. Relax on Henley Beach
  68. Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre
  69. Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park
  70. Surf the South Coast – Goolwa to Yorke Peninsula
  71. Indigenous history at South Australian Museum
  72. Food and drink at Banrock Station
  73. Explore Umoona Opal Mine
  74. Relax at Waterfall Gully
  75. Hand-pick at Beerenberg Strawberry Farm
  76. Take the kids to Penfield Park Railway
  77. Try a drop at Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery
  78. A cultural stop at Wadlata Outback Centre
  79. Visit Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
  80. Navigate Mintaro Maze
  81. See the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
  82. Peruse the National Motor Museum
  83. Wining and dining at Primo Estate
  84. Visit the Big Rocking Horse
  85. Indulge at Melba’s Chocolates
  86. Visit the Mary MacKillop Interpretive Centre
  87. Family Entertainment at Farm Barn
  88. Historic Flight with Adelaide Biplanes
  89. Gourmet cheese at Udder Delights
  90. Stay on Troubridge Island
  91. A top drop at Langmeil Wines
  92. Thrills at MegaAdventure Aerial Park
  93. Explore Deep Creek Conservation Park
  94. Food and scenery at Windy Point Restaurant
  95. Ride the SteamRanger Railway Cockle Train
  96. Visit Gorge Wildlife Park
  97. Spend some time at Stirling
  98. Visit the Classic Jets Fighter Museum
  99. Stargazing at Woomera
  100. Attend the Royal Adelaide Show



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