Sauntering about South Australia – Dogs Welcome Travelling Itinerary (1841km**)

If you’d like to see South Australia with your little tail-wagger and find out all this wonderful State has to offer, this BIG4 Holiday Parks travel itinerary will help you choose a park that will suit your needs.

The Limestone Coast, Robe, South Australia.
The Limestone Coast, Robe, South Australia.

South Australia is home to long summers, stunning beaches and award-winning wine, events and festivals. It is the wine and seafood capital of Australia; where the Murray River meets the sea; and the gateway to the South Australian outback. The Flinders Ranges and Kangaroo Island are unique and spectacular and are places of great cultural, natural and spiritual significance. World Heritage Listed caves are found at Naracoorte on the Limestone Coast. The South Australian coastline is more than 3,800 kilometres long and is punctuated by towns, beaches, cliffs and jetties. Many coastal regions offer quality wines and fresh produce, including local seafood.

If you drink wine, you’ll love South Australia. There are 18 wine regions to choose from, including The Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills, Coonawarra and McLaren Vale and you won’t have to travel far to enjoy them. With distinction wine growing regions, there is something for very one and you’ll be spoiled for choice in South Australia.

Described as the city of ‘craters, lakes and caves’, Mount Gambier as built on the slopes of an extinct volcano. See the remarkable Blue Lake. It has filled the largest of three volcanic craters and puts on a real show from November, when the water becomes a brilliant turquoise blue. Stay with your dog at Blue Lake Holiday Park and explore this amazing area.

Naracoorte is situated midway between Adelaide and Melbourne, in the centre of the Limestone Coast region. It links to the Great Ocean Road and the Grampians, and is the ideal central base for travellers to explore this beautiful region. The famous World Heritage listed Naracoorte Caves are nearby along with famous wine regions. On your travels, you can your pooch can stay at Naracoorte Holiday Park.

Port Willunga is a coastal village on Fleurieu Peninsula, home to ancient shipwrecks and seaview restaurants. The remains of the Star of Greece, a three mast, iron cargo ship wrecked here in 1888, provide a poignant reminder of the storms that can sometimes disturb this normally placid coastline near Willunga. Enjoy this wondrous area with your furry friend while staying at BIG4 Port Willunga Tourist Park.

Hahndorf is classified as Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement and is the jewel of the Adelaide Hills and one of South Australia’s most popular towns. It is a mere 20-minute drive from the Adelaide CBD, and one of the most striking features that greet visitors are the 100-year-old elm and plane trees that line the main street and the original ‘Fachwerk’ buildings, many beautifully maintained or restored to original conditions.  While the town retains its strong German heritage, new, exciting and chic businesses have emerged adding to the atmosphere of a premium holiday destination. You and your pooch can stay at Hahndorf Resort Tourist Park.

Loxton is a charming, vibrant town 255 kilometres northeast of Adelaide on the banks of the Murray River. The town is the thriving centre of one of the most productive agricultural and horticultural regions in the state. One of Loxton’s wineries alone crushes about 85,000 tonnes of grapes a year. Known as the ‘Garden Town of the Riverland’, Loxton’s beautifully maintained gardens explode in a riot of colour all year round and are testament to the proud community spirit that exists in Loxton. The Loxton district boasts a nationally recognised golf course, unique attractions, thriving retail and business centre, wine tasting, numerous festivals and events, beautifully maintained gardens, and a variety of nature-based activities such as swimming, boating, canoeing, fishing and bushwalking. While in Loxton with your hound, camp at Loxton Riverfront Holiday Park.

Rodney from High Hamilton Wines, McLaren Vale. Image: Craig McGill.
Rodney from Hugh Hamilton Wines, McLaren Vale. Image: Craig McGill.

From LOXTON, you can take one of two routes. You can take your pooch and travel north to COOBER PEDY or go west to CEDUNA.

LOXTON to COOBER PEDY – 950km **total kilometres to Coober Pedy from Mount Gambier is 1841km
In the opal mining outpost of Coober Pedy, half the population lives in underground dugouts to escape high temperatures in summer. It’s a fascinating and friendly place to visit, and a must-do on your Outback holiday. Only in Coober Pedy will you find underground hotels, restaurants, bars, an underground church, and a golf course without a blade of grass. All this is set against a backdrop of one of the harshest environments in Australia. While exploring the Outback, park yourself at BIG4 Stuart Range Outback Resort.

LOXTON to CEDUNA – 875km **total kilometres to Ceduna from Mount Gambier is 1770km
Sitting on the sweeping shores of Murat Bay, Ceduna is blessed with blue skies most days of the year. You can relax while diving, sailing, taking in a scenic walk or drive or heading to nearby sandy swimming beaches. Ceduna boasts rich Aboriginal cultural ties and a proud history in the agricultural, seafood and mining sectors. It’s the last major town on the drive west to Perth and the first after crossing the Nullarbor from Western Australia. You and your little tail-wagger can stay at BIG4 Ceduna Tourist Park.

***When booking a holiday with your dog, please phone the individual Parks to discuss the accommodation types available and any restrictions that may be in place. This information is correct at time of publishing***

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