Off the grid in South Australia
With a Tasman-bubble on the horizon, Kiwis are dreaming about the destinations they will visit and the experiences they will have when it is safe to do so again. New website data has revealed that in a post-pandemic world, city dwellers are looking for outdoor escapes with an off-the-grid sense of remoteness. SATV, the digital platform curated by the South Australian Tourism Commission is giving Kiwis a taste of those remote experiences ‘virtually’.
User data revealed that 72% of the Kiwi visitors to the SATV site in the last week were from the main city centres: Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. City dwellers have particularly expressed interest in outdoor retreats, food and wine and nature, with Kangaroo Island showing strong appeal to nearly half of those who visited the site. With this in mind, The South Australian Tourism Commission has put together a list of the top off-the-grid accommodation options for your next escape.
Located in the unspoiled wilderness of Kangaroo Island, a 45-minute ferry ride or 90 min car ride from Adelaide, Wandering Souls Glamping provides off-the-grid, yet comfortable, accommodation in unique 5 metre bell tents. Travellers can choose between camping amongst a winery, surrounded by wildlife, or overlooking the ocean in this island getaway. With unforgettable experiences like visiting a sea lion colony at Seal Bay, or seeing the 500 million year old Remarkable Rocks perched above the sea, Kangaroo Island offers the perfect Island escape.
Surrounded by some of South Australia’s oldest mountains in the Flinders Ranges, the Flinders Bush Eco Tents is just over 4 hours north of Adelaide and offers a relaxed and sustainable way of camping, designed with minimal environmental impact. At this nature-based accommodation situated amongst local flora, emus and kangaroos, battery powered lanterns and fairy lights to add to the romance of this retreat experience.
Located one hour from Adelaide, a floating pod on Australia’s longest river, the Murray River, is an ideal spot for breath-taking scenic views and natural beauty. Each pod at The Cube contains a sundeck, a BBQ, one bedroom with an ensuite, a kitchenette and lounge. Whether guests are wanting to sunbathe in summer, or watch boats cruise past, they can do so in the comfort of their own space.
In a semi-rural location just over 30minutes drive South East of Adelaide, Earthship Ironbank is perhaps the most sustainable and ecological housing concept in existence and provides one of the most popular self-sufficient accommodation homes in the region. Earthship is made out of a variety of recycled materials, such as car tyres, recycled wine and beer bottles and runs off solar panels and rainwater tanks, for the full off-the-grid experience. Head to www.southaustralia.co.nz for more.