By Sonia Bavistock
Summer is over and autumn is here.
The good news, however, is that the good weather won’t disappear overnight, so consider this your last chance to get out there and enjoy some of South Australia’s most iconic and Instagrammable spots.
With a couple of long weekends on the horizon, we’ve rounded up 10 amazing local sights that have to be seen to be believed.
(And yes, it was nearly impossible to cap it at 10 – we sure do live in a beautiful place!)
1. Locks Well Beach
We all love the Eyre Peninsula for a long weekend getaway and Locks Well Beach is of the most reliable locations for catching salmon in SA.
There’s also a lookout with panoramic views of the beautiful rugged coastline and the perfect photo opportunity to capture a stunning west coast sunset.
2. Lake Bumbunga
Drive two hours north of Adelaide (approximately 25 minutes from Port Wakefield) and you’ll not only think pink, you’ll see it.
Lake Bumbunga is made up of three salt pans that have been harvested for over 30 years for use in swimming pools, water softener and – wait for it – fish and chips. Yes, really!
3. Umpherston Sinkhole
Who knew a sinkhole could be so beautiful?! Located in the heart of Mount Gambier, this naturally formed limestone cave was transformed into a garden late in the 19th century and it’s been a tourist magnet ever since.
However, we doubt Instagramming your visit was around back then…
4. Seal Bay
Kangaroo Island’s south coast is not only home to white sandy beaches, but – as the name suggests – plenty of seals.
You’ll literally find yourself surrounded by the cute sea creatures lazing around on the sand. They’re Insta stars in their own right and know how to strike a pose.
The tiny town of Talia is another Eyre Peninsula hidden gem.
Waves have crashed against the granite cliffs for many years to create this stunning seaside destination which is known for rock fishing, fossils and its beautiful turquoise coloured ocean.
6. Fishery Bay
Located in Port Lincoln National Park, Fishery Bay is a spectacular section of coastline bordered by high cliffs.
A popular fishing area, the bay was the site of a 19th century whaling station and some of the remains are still visible on the eastern rocks.
7. Lake Eyre
Lake Eyre – despite its name – is usually dry and only fills up once every eight years. Despite this, it remains one of SA’s most well-known natural landscapes.
The vast, dry expanse of shimmering salt is so large that it crosses the borders of three states and on a cloudless day, seems to merge into the horizon.
8. Remarkable Rocks
No visit to Kangaroo Island holiday would be complete without a trek to one of its signature landmarks.
It took approximately 500 million years for rain, wind, and crashing waves to create the Remarkable Rocks which are now part of the Flinders Chase National Park.
Word has it that early morning and early evening are the best time to visit and take a snap.
9. Wilpena Pound
Wilpena Pound is more than 800 million years old, located in the heart of the Flinders Ranges.
A large natural amphitheatre created by millions of years of erosion, it’s surrounded by ancient mountain ranges, spectacular gorges and sheltered creeks.
It’s also is a favourite for nature lovers and bushwalkers alike.
10. Innes National Park
If you’ve ever wanted to get away from it all, head to Innes National Park.
You won’t be completely alone as it’s home to emus, kangaroos and tammar wallabies, and you may also see whales, dolphins and seals swim past.
This stunning location is a natural playground with beaches, bushwalking trails and secluded fishing spots with the most incredible view of the stars.
Sonia Bavistock is a fashion and lifestyle blogger and also has her own social media management and copywriting business. Sonia is passionate about all things South Australia and can often be seen dining out with a glass of wine in hand.