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While South Australia is known fondly for its food and wine, the state also offers a mix of amazing coastal and outback locations perfect for your next vacation. Given you'll want to save the boozy activities for when you're without the little ones anyway, check out the following road trip options that'll make this holiday one you'll cherish forever.
Whyalla, Eyre Peninsula
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Why you should go there: Whyalla is home to one of the most amazing natural marine phenomena seen anywhere in the world. Between May and August, the annual migration of giant cuttlefish occurs, with tens of thousands of the 'cephalopods' (they have blue blood, chameleon-like shape-shifting abilities and feet attached to their heads!) making their way to Whyalla to breed. The experience attracts international a local crowds yearly, and it's not hard to see why. The whole thing is fascinating.
How to get there: Whyalla is on the Eyre Peninsula, approximately 390kms north-west of Adelaide. From Whyalla you can also travel south to Port Lincoln or north to the Flinders Ranges.
Where to stay: Whyalla Playford Apartments. Whyalla foreshore's Discovery Parks offer cabins to suit any budget at the Discovery Parks or comfortable accommodation for families at the Foreshore Motor Inn.
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Monarto Zoo, near Murray Bridge
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Why you should go there: If you're looking for a day trip that'll deliver a unique experience, look no further than Australia's biggest open range zoo. Spanning 1500 hectares, Monarto Zoo is home to more than 500 free-roaming animals, and you can even jump on a guided bus tour safari-style.
How to get there: Monarto Zoo is located just 63kms east of Adelaide on National Highway M1.
Where to stay: It's less than an hour's drive from the Adelaide CBD, would you believe, so you can take your pick of Adelaide accommodation here.
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Normanville, Fleurieu Peninsula
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Why you should go there: Normanville is a great coastal base where you can explore the amazing southern Fleurieu Peninsula. Whether horseback treks along the coast are your jam or a picnic at 90-metre waterfall Ingalalla Falls is more your speed, this spot really does have it all. Why not have a fish in Normanville jetty or take a hike through Deep Creek conservation park?
How to get there: Normanville is an easy 75km drive south of Adelaide via the Southern Expressway. Enjoy wine, art and crafts nearby Yankalilla, and then head further south to popular tourist attractions at Rapid Bay, Kangaroo Island and Victor Harbor.
Where to stay: Rest your head at the Links Lady Bay Resort, consider beachside cabins or enjoy rustic settings at historic homesteads in neighbouring Yankalilla, all found on Hotels.com.
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