If you’ve only got a few days for a well-deserved getaway in South Australia, then you definitely want to make the most of them. This means keeping travelling time to an absolute minimum. To help maximise your relaxation time, we’ve created a list of the best luxury getaways from Adelaide that are all within a few hours of the city. Each of these luxury hotels, lodges, or holiday homes is perfect for a short trip away from Adelaide with a group of family or friends, or for a romantic weekend getaway.

Cosy vineyard vibes at Barossa Shiraz Estate

Barossa Shiraz Estate, Lyndoch

Surrounded by exquisite vineyards and sweeping views of the Barossa Valley, Barossa Shiraz Estate features a selection of stylish cottages that are self-contained and private, providing the perfect venue for some much-needed rest and relaxation. This dreamy estate is the ideal base from which to explore the Barossa, with many renowned wineries and world-famous fine restaurants nearby.

Distance from Adelaide CBD: 1 hour via M2

CABN Off Grid Barossa Accommodation tucked away amidst trees with vineyard views

CABN Barossa Valley

Surprise your favourite person with an intimate romantic getaway that has all the privacy and seclusion you need. CABN Barossa is a minimalist escape with a queen-sized bed tucked amidst trees with views of the vineyard in the distance. You’ll be surprised by how complete this self-contained stay is! Despite its compact appearance, it has its own indoor bathroom, outdoor seating area, and coffee fresh from your kitchenette during your stay.

Distance from Adelaide CBD: 1 hour

Grandview Accommodation - The Flaxley Apartments

Grandview Accommodation – The Flaxley Apartments, Mount Barker

The Flaxley Apartments are beautifully crafted luxury accommodations offering a ‘home away from home’ and bespoke service right in the heart of Mount Barker. With a classic country feel, the apartments each offer 2-bedrooms and are situated just a short walk from the main shopping area, close to beautiful parkland views and great walking trails.

Distance from Adelaide CBD: 30 minutes via National Highway M1

LifeTime Private Retreats outdoor jetted tub with ocean view

Sky House Kangaroo Island, Kangaroo Island

Perched on a cliff overlooking the magnificent Snelling’s Beach, Sky House Kangaroo Island is an idyllic holiday getaway located in the secluded Middle River on Kangaroo Island. With a cliff-edge bath, circular tower bedroom and cushioned sunken pit with open fire, this intimate destination indulges you in style and luxury. Select from 5 individual villas and enjoy sweeping views of the sea and sky.

How to get there: From Adelaide CBD, head to Cape Jervis ferry terminal—about an hour and a half by car. The ferry ride will be about 45 minutes, and from the Sealink Ferry Terminal at Penneshaw, it’s about an hour and 20 minutes to Sky House Kangaroo Island. Alternatively, you could also go by plane and land at Kingscote Airport.

Gourmet meal by the fireplace at 5 Rooms At The Stirling Hotel

5 Rooms At The Stirling Hotel, Adelaide Hills

Located in the lovely ‘garden village’ of Stirling, 5 Rooms at the Stirling Hotel is a beautiful boutique retreat conveniently nestled close to the Adelaide CBD, making it a popular destination for visitors to and from Adelaide. As the name suggests, this luxe hotel features only 5 opulent rooms, along with a selection of well-designed hotel amenities that ensure a lively but relaxed ambience. It’s a wonderful choice if you’re looking for a romantic and intimate escape.

Distance from Adelaide CBD: 20 minutes

CABN Off Grid Clare Valley is a secluded and quiet hideaway perfect for 2-4 guests

CABN Clare Valley

Looking for something a bit more secluded and further away? Clare Valle is a cosy and quiet hideaway that spoils you with views of the rolling countryside. With options that can sleep 2-4 guests, these contemporary cabins equipped with kitchenettes and modern bathrooms are great for couples or small families on a weekend escape. These CABNs are set away from each other and support is available on-site for guests.

Distance from Adelaide CBD: 1.5 hours

Flinders Bush Retreats offers glamping accommodations

Flinders Bush Retreats, Flinders Ranges

Enjoy the Australian outback in comfort at Flinders Bush Retreats, a multi-award-winning private escape located in Hawker, nestled within 11,000 acres of ancient rugged bushland. There are two self-contained houses, each accommodating 6-8 guests, that are well-appointed with fully equipped kitchens, open-plan living rooms, and large bedrooms. There is also a romantic eco-tent if you fancy a bit of glamping.

Distance from Adelaide CBD: Almost 4.5 hours. We suggest staying for at least 3 days to enjoy this escape’s location.

Outside Stonewell Cottages & Vineyards

Stonewell Cottages & Vineyards, Barossa Valley

Nestled in the heart of the Barossa Valley, Stonewell Cottages & Vineyards offers luxurious and secluded accommodations ideal for a couple’s romantic getaway. With only 4 well-appointed cottages and suites all overlooking the lake, this boutique waterfront vineyard retreat provides the perfect setting for a relaxing and rejuvenating escape, whilst being the perfect starting place to discover the best of the Barossa. You also have a range of charming cafes, cellar doors, and restaurants to choose from in nearby Seppeltsfield and Tanunda.

Distance from Adelaide CBD: 1 hour

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Beach Huts Middleton's village-style accommodation

Beach Huts Middleton, Fleurieu Peninsula

Offering boutique accommodation in a village-style atmosphere, the award-winning Beach Huts are located near Middleton on the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula. Charming and bright, this coastal retreat boasts 12 unique huts, surrounded by picturesque grounds and beautiful gardens, creating a unique and intimate setting perfect for any special occasion. It’s also home to Blues restaurant that is renowned for its extensive wine list.

Distance from Adelaide CBD: A little over 1 hour

The Villas contemporary guestrooms

The Villas, Riverland

Architecturally designed, The Villas offer exceptional luxury accommodation at the beautiful Waikerie Golf Club in the Riverland. Ideal for a golf holiday with plenty to explore nearby, this retreat is perfect for a romantic couples getaway or even a weekend escape with friends and family. To make your stay more memorable, complimentary golf and continental breakfast are included in all bookings.

Distance from Adelaide CBD: 2 hours

CABN CANVS Seppeltsfield glamping tent with furnished deck and outdoor tub

CABN CANVS Seppeltsfield

CABN CANVS in Seppeltsfield is an eco-friendly experience akin to glamping that invites you to relax in a tranquil spot in the Barossa Valley wine region. Unlike the other CABNs in Adelaide, CABN CANVS is a small group of glamping tents a little close to each other. Complete with its own kitchenette, furnished deck, modern bathroom and king-sized bed, it’s a lovely escape whether you’re travelling solo or on a trip for two. We love the outdoor deep soaking tub with expansive views of the garden and nearby vineyards.

Distance from Adelaide CBD: 1 hour

Sticky Rice Villas' Asian-inspired interiors

Sticky Rice Villas, Adelaide Hills

The award-winning Sticky Rice Villas, three Asian-inspired retreats offering the ultimate in luxury and romance. If you’re missing Asian destinations, this escape captures elements of some popular spots. Balinese, Japanese, and Thai aesthetics influence the architectural design of these luxe villas, creating seamless indoor and outdoor living. Also conveniently found on site is the iconic Sticky Rice Cooking School, where you can enjoy culinary adventures to elevate your stay.

Distance from Adelaide CBD: 20 minutes

The Frames cubist exterior

The Frames, Riverland

Situated on the River Murray, The Frames is a luxury retreat that boasts three private and self-contained resident hideaways for couples. Architecturally designed, this awarding-winning 5-star destination offers world-class luxury and personal hospitality in a romantic and exclusive setting with stunning views of the Mighty Murray.

Distance from Adelaide CBD: 3 hours. It’s also just around 1.5 hours from Mildura in Victoria. The Frames also offers a 6-seater private chauffeur service from pickup points in Adelaide and Victoria if you wish to relax during the scenic drive to The Frames.

Suite with fireplace and furnished balcony at Sequoia Lodge

Sequoia Lodge, Crafers

Architecturally designed to celebrate the history of the region, Sequoia Lodge is an intimate luxury retreat set in the highlands of the Adelaide Hills. Complete with exclusive amenities and surrounded by nature, this getaway is designed as a private sanctuary, offering utmost comfort and luxury with overlooking views of the Piccadilly Valley. It’s also just a few minutes away from Mount Lofty Botanic Garden.

Distance from Adelaide CBD: 20 minutes

CABN X Luxury Off Grid McLaren Vale is one of the most spacious cabins offered by CABN

CABN X McLaren Vale

One of the most luxurious cabin types offered by CABN, CABN X McLaren Vale will treat you to an elevated experience. Located in the beautiful McLaren Vale wine region and set underneath the shade of trees, this gorgeous and more spacious cabin has its own private wood-fired sauna, indoor fireplace, spacious furnished deck, en-suite with a full-sized bath, and an outdoor bath too! Perfect place to recharge with your special someone.

Distance from Adelaide CBD: 45 minutes

Kingsford The Barossa's bar and al fresco dining area

Kingsford The Barossa, Barossa Valley

Kingsford the Barossa is a beautifully restored heritage building from 1856 that now boasts ultra-luxe suites with scenic views and unique ensuites. The on-site wine cellar and 6-vault tunnel hold a fine collection of wines and champagnes, perfect for pairing with the delicious menu at Orleana. Signature experiences guests can try include the outdoor Bush Bath, 9-pin KegelBahn lane, walking trails, and a fire pit area perfect for stargazing and enjoying the fresh night air.

Distance from Adelaide CBD: 45 minutes

Mount Lofty House outdoor pool

Mount Lofty House & Estate Adelaide Hills

Formerly the manor of politician & businessman Arthur Hardy, Mount Lofty House & Estate Adelaide Hills is a luxurious historic retreat close to the CBD. This iconic designer 5-star boutique hotel is beautifully perched in the Adelaide Hills, providing stunning vistas of the Piccadilly Valley and Adelaide Hills wine region. Choose from a delightful selection of rooms and fit-outs, masterfully designed for a memorable and iconic getaway. Mount Lofty House & Estate Adelaide Hills is also home to Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant loved by locals and visitors alike.

Distance from Adelaide CBD: 15 minutes

The Louise Barossa's on-site fine dining restaurant, Appellation

The Louise, Barossa Valley

Located in the Barossa Valley, The Louise is a renowned vineyard retreat boasting 15 luxurious suites and a world-class restaurant called Appellation—which features a truly exceptional degustation menu that we personally love. As a professional meeting venue with dedicated event staff, private dining, and luxury accommodations, this stunning retreat is the perfect getaway for any occasion while offering the opportunity to explore one of the world’s top vineyard regions.

Distance from Adelaide CBD: 1 hour

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A lover of the finer things in life, Mat is a travel junkie who is addicted to the excitement and sense of wonder you experience when visiting a destination for the first time. His passions include music, good food and fine wine, but his epicurean tastes don't get in the way of enjoying life's simpler pleasures like gardening, bush-walking, and exciting street food flavours.