Two of South Australia's greatest road trips

Posted by: Cal on 10/04/2014

Category: General

For some, investing in a new set of car tyres may simply be a necessity for safe driving and nothing more. However, here at Tyreright, we say a brand new set of wheels is the perfect excuse to take a little time out from work and head out on the roads to test them out!

Not only is a road trip a great opportunity to enjoy how well your car drives with new tyres, it's also a great way to holiday with family and friends.

Here are two of South Australia's best routes to follow, and all the attractions to see on the way, suggested by Drive Australia:

Flinders Ranges to Coober Pedy

A journey through the rugged and picturesque Flinders Ranges will prove a scenic and exciting trip, and Drive Australia's recommended route traverses 877 km of gorgeous landscape. Start your travels in the city of Port Pirie, where you can explore the Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery, National Trust Museum, indulge in a game of golf or simply relax on the foreshore.

From there, head to Port Augusta, stopping in at Jamestown, where you'll uncover plenty of charming history and attractions. Visit the local history centre and the Belaue Art Gallery, or sprawl on the grassy waterfront and enjoy a picnic at Belaue Creek.

Those with a 'grunty' car with a set of 4x4 tyres could even have a go at the 18 km 4wd trail - bring your camera, as you'll be treated to views atop Mt Nadjuri!

This small town is also within close reach of Bundaleer Forest Reserve, where you can temporarily swap your car tyres for your own two feet to explore the walking trails and look out for kangaroos.

Continue north through the townships of Peterborough, Hawker and Quorn, until you reach Port Augusta, where you can park up for the night in cosy accommodation before you continue on to Coober Pedy on day two of your journey. One must-see before you get there is Wilpena Pound, a gorgeous natural amphitheatre within Flinders Ranges National Park. Look out for yellow-footed rock wallaby and emus roaming the landscape!

Spend a morning in Port Augusta before heading to Coober Pedy via Woomera. Once you arrive in Coober Pedy, uncover the town's rich opal-mining history and head under the Earth's surface for attractions such as an underground bar and art gallery.

From Coober Pedy, double back and explore the attractions you missed on the way, or continue on to the Northern Territory if you need a little more time to test those tyres!

Barossa Valley Grape Vine Trail

This easy 170 km trip should take you just one day, but the allure of this great wine regions' attractions may mean you end up staying a few nights. Start your journey in the heart of Adelaide and make your way through small towns Birdwood and Gumeracha, before ending up in Tanunda.

Delve into the history of this famous wine-making region at the Barossa Historical Museum in Tanunda, and visit Chateau Tanunda during your journey. The cellar door is one of this historic winery's largest attractions. Guests can pack their own picnic using ingredients such as local cheeses, smoked meats, chutney and a bottle of wine to enjoy on the groomed lawns, with a spot of croquet a tempting choice for afterwards. Just remember that any drinking should definitely not be followed by driving - so allocate a responsible non-drinker as your driver or find some accommodation for the night!

This isn't the only winery you'll uncover on your travels - you can also follow the Barossa Valley Cheese and Wine Trail or the Winemaker Trail for plenty more options for food and delicious fare.

Finally, head to the historic town of Gawler before making your way back to Adelaide CBD.

So what are you waiting for? All you need to discover these trails yourself is a sense of adventure, great set of car tyres and a few road trip essentials!