Embark on an unforgettable road trip through the breathtaking landscapes of South Australia!

From rugged coastlines to rolling vineyards, ancient mountains to tranquil lakes, South Australia offers a tapestry of scenic routes that promise adventure, serenity, and awe-inspiring vistas at every mile.

We invite you to discover the most captivating scenic drives that showcase the diverse beauty of this remarkable region. So, buckle up and roll down the windows for the best scenic drives South Australia has to offer.

<strong>Adelaide Hills</strong>
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Adelaide Hills

Just outside of Adelaide, the Adeliade Hills are calling you to buckle up and experience the picturesque drive to these historic townships. Quiet roads and an everchanging leafy scenery make this an exquisite daytrip that’ll excite and delight you without ever getting out of the car. Yet along the way you’ll visit one town after another, featuring country galleries, pubs and a plethora of excellent hiking trails. Whether that be the German village of Hahndorf or breathtaking wineries, Adelaide Hills is a must-experience scenic drive in South Australia.

<strong>Epicurean Way</strong>
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Epicurean Way

Described as ‘Australia’s Great Food and Wine Road Trip’, feast through the best that South Australia has to offer. The Epicurenan Way will take you to through four of Australia’s premier wine regions: Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley and, of course, Barossa Valley. Across almost 400 kilometres of picturesque Adelaide countryside you’ll wine and dine at the many cellar doors and restaurants that make a delicious drive through South Australia.

<strong>Flinders Ranges</strong>
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Flinders Ranges

For those after an adventure, buckle in for the off-road thrills of South Australia’s Flinders Ranges. This mountainous scenic drive will take you through the through the stunning Rawnsley Park for a harsh and rugged experience. No Volkswagen polos here; make sure to bring out your 4WD to experience the thrills of this outback region. One of the best scenic drives in South Australia!

<strong>Southern Ocean Drive</strong>
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Southern Ocean Drive

This 450 kilometre drive from Adelaide to Mount Gambier along the coast is simply magical. Running along the Great Australian Bight, the Southern Ocean Drive features stunning coastal views, rugged cliffs, and plenty of whimsical seaside towns. One of the best road trips to be had in South Australia, the Southern Ocean Drive is an epic road trip essential to seeing the beauty of this great state.

Along the way, pitch a tent at the Best Camping Spots in South Australia. And explore your own backyard with this guide to the 10 Most Unique Getaway Gems to Discover around South Australia.

We acknowledge the traditional owners of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging.

Featured image: Adelaide Hills. Image via Tourism Australia South Australian Tourism Commission.