From road trips to secret beaches, day hikes and sunset sails: Alissa Jenkins gives a rundown on hot activities to keep you on the go in SA this summer. Enjoy the outdoors
01. Escape the heat above ground and explore the World Heritage-listed Naracoorte Caves in the east of the state, home to more than 100 known fossil deposits. Discover them solo or join one of many tours available for a deeper insight.
02. Go for a scenic ride through the Barossa on a gourmet bike tour, visiting the region’s renowned wineries and food producers along the way.
03. See wild sea lions in their natural environment at Seal Bay Conservation Park, on the southern coast of Kangaroo Island.
04. Few things can quench a thirst like a crisp cold beer on a hot summer’s day, so knock a couple back at Cooper’s Brewery in Regency Park. Museum and brewery tours available.
05. Nothing says Australian summer like cricket, so head down to Adelaide Oval and watch a match – perhaps the Australia-India Test, January 24-28.

Take to the water
06. Take a romantic gondola cruise on the River Torrens through the heart of Adelaide. Cruises run all day (including sunset) seven days a week, and passengers can indulge in some Australian sparkling wine along the way.
07. Get up close and snappy with great white sharks on a cage diving tour in Port Lincoln.
08. Kayak through Adelaide’s dolphin sanctuary and spot these aquatic acrobats in their natural environment. The tour also includes an informative commentary from the guide.
09. Step back in time and ride a 19th-century paddle steamer down the Murray River, for a summer getaway with a difference. A variety of locations and packages are available.
10. Try your hand at kite surfing on Eyre Peninsula along the Whyalla foreshore, which offers perfect conditions for the sport.

Top 3 day walks 
11. The Riesling Trail traverses the picturesque Clare Valley wine region and was one of the first rail-trails to be developed in South Australia. Starting in the township of Clare and ending in Auburn, it passes many local cellar doors and covers 27km. The trail is also well compacted and is suitable for walkers, cyclists, wheelchairs and prams.
12. Curley Creek Hike through Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park is located on the southern coast of Kangaroo Island, approximately 40km south-west of Kingscote. The hike follows an old fire access track that skirts the edge of Murray Lagoon (the island’s largest freshwater lagoon), and climbs Bald Hill, offering great views over the lagoon.
13. The Second Falls Gorge Hike is a 5.3km loop through Morialta Conservation Park, situated at the base of the Adelaide Hills, 20 minutes’ drive from the centre of Adelaide. Although there is a steep hike at the beginning to reach the rim of Morialta Gorge, hikers will be rewarded with views of tumbling waterfalls and scenic valleys.
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