Four days by the ocean
What: The Southern Ocean Walk
Where: This 49km route starts at Cape Jervis and winds up at King Beach outside Victor Harbour on the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Highlights: From dense forests to coastal cliffs and wave-washed beaches, every day is different on this memorable hike. Keep an eye out for dolphins gambolling in the waves off Blowhole Beach, enjoy lunch with the soundtrack of a hidden waterfall at Deep Creek Conservation Park, and breathe in deep as you wander through thick forests of pink gums.
Comfort factor: Enjoy a soft landing each night when you are transferred back to your base at Deep Creek Homestead. A relaxing footbath and a pre-dinner drink get you in the mood for your restorative three-course dinner.
"Mix things up and blend a bit of bushwalking with yoga, forest bathing and billabong kayaking with Murray River Trails."
Three days on the river
What: Wellness on Water
Where: If you like to mix things up and blend a bit of bushwalking with yoga, forest bathing and billabong kayaking, this three-day retreat on the Murray River is for you.
Highlights: This trip is designed to let you slow down and experience the many moods of the river. Start the day with birdsong and a yoga class, before paddling through backwaters where mighty redgums offer plenty of shade. Sharpen your senses with an afternoon stroll through the forest, tuning in to the many sights, sounds and aromas, and head out of the floodplain after dinner to experience the nocturnal landscape
Comfort factor: Sleep in style aboard a solar-powered houseboat with a hot spa on the top deck.
One day amid the grapevines
What: The Riesling Trail
Where: As the name suggests, this 35km trail follows the path of the railway that once ran through the Clare Valley, passing through a scenic mix of vineyards, farmland and pretty townships. A fit and determined hiker could just about tackle the whole trail in a day, but you are going to want to stop in at a winery or two anyway, so choose just one section a day and revel in the experience.
Highlights: If you need a break on the 10km Watervale to Auburn, stop in for a cheese platter at O’Leary Walker Wines. Make it a grand finish at Wines by KT or Mount Horrocks Wines. The 7km Sevenhill to Clare section also takes in some stellar cellar doors.
Comfort factor: Plenty of good food and wine along the way makes for an easy day out.
"If you want a deep dive into nature without travelling too far, head to the Adelaide Hills and the 97-hectare Mount Lofty Botanic Garden. "
One hour in the garden
What: Mount Lofty Botanic Garden
Where: If you want a deep dive into nature without travelling too far, head to the Adelaide Hills and the 97-hectare Mount Lofty Botanic Garden.
Highlights: Stroll the easy lakeside loop to admire al fresco artworks or take the more challenging Nature Trail, which immerses you in a native landscape. If you are here in spring, look for the magnolia and rhododendron blossoms; in autumn, the maples and oaks put on a magnificent seasonal display.
Comfort factor: Having a good time? Keep the mood going and head over to Mount Lofty House for an indulgent meal in elegant surrounds.
Image credits – South Australian Tourism Commission, Tourism Australia