7 best ways to enjoy spring in South Australia

From flower trails to golden fields and gardens in bloom, there is so much to see and do in spring in South Australia.

1. Walk Adelaide’s purple carpet

Each spring, South Australia is bathed in deep purple when jacarandas come into bloom. North Adelaide is the jacaranda centre with a stunning display of trees in the inner-city suburbs of Dulwich, Burnside, Mitcham, Unley and Toorak Gardens. Jacaranda hotspots include LeFevre Terrace, Fullarton Road and Wakefield Street. Just as impressive, Adelaide Botanic Garden’s breathtaking Wisteria Arbour attracts visitors with its electric purple hues.

2. Roam through fields of gold in Clare

Each spring one of South Australia’s premier wine regions, Clare, transforms into fields of gold, with canola flowers cropping up at every corner. Soak up this perfect country backdrop while enjoying a glass of wine from world-famous labels including, Jim Barry Wines, Sevenhill Cellars, Mr Mick or Pikes Wines.

Canola fields, Clare Valley
Canola fields, Clare Valley © South Australian Tourism Commission/John Montesi

3. Embark on Willunga’s Almond Blossom trail

Just under an hour’s drive from Adelaide, the charming town of Willunga is blanketed by soft pink and white each spring. Hundreds of acres of almond trees have been planted around the town since 1901, and locals have created a Blossom Tour Map so you can catch the best displays. If you can’t get to Willunga, head to Langhorne Creek or the Riverland region for more almond trees.

South Australia, Willunga, Almond Blossom Festival

4. See South Australia’s gardens spring to life

The Adelaide Botanic Garden is one of the most beautiful in Australia with 16 hectares of Australian natives, rare exotic and ornamental plants, lilies and lush green grass. From North Terrace enter through a spectacular avenue of Moreton Bay fig trees, tapering off into leafy walkways leading to a unique 1877 glass Palm House. The Mount Lofty Botanic Garden boasts magnolias, camellias and rhododendrons, which are stunning when in bloom, and a walking trail takes you to the garden’s seven valleys.

5. Sip cocktails at Adelaide bars

Adelaide’s bars are known for delicious cocktails, perfect to cool you down in warmer weather. Sip a cosmopolitan at Leigh Street’s architecturally award-winning Pink Moon Saloon, a famed espresso martini overlooking the city lights at Hennessy Bar, or a bitey Negroni tucked away in the 1950s-inspired Maybe Mae.

Keep reading: The top 10 bars and pubs in Adelaide Hills

Mayfair Hotel, Adelaide, Hennessy Bar
Hennessy Bar at the Mayfair Hotel

6. Swim with tuna at Oceanic Victor

This spring, race tuna at Oceanic Victor in Victor Harbour. Swim with the tuna that are the fastest fish in the sea or settle into an underwater observatory just off Granite Island.

7. Get buzzing at hive doors

Hive doors around South Australia will be buzzing in spring. Go to Buzz Honey located in Adelaide Hills for free tastings of a variety of flavours from Mellow Meadow to Bush Mallee. Buzz Honey also allows you to get close to the live beehive or indulge in a Honey and Udder Delights cheese experience. Visit Clifford’s Honey Farm in Kangaroo Island’s Kingscote for tastings, honey drinks, biscuits, behind-the-scenes tours and delicious honey ice cream. Go to Island Beehive to learn about an exclusive Kangaroo Island species, Ligurian Bees, through free tastings of organic honey, local crafts, and guided tours.

Find out more: southaustralia.com

This article was first published on the 4 October 2017 and updated on the 24 September 2020.

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