Meet the finalists for South Australia’s ‘Best Tour/Activity’ at this year’s Golden Backpack Awards.

Adventure Tours Australia

Adventure Tours Australia is an award-winning travel company specialising in small group tours. Adventure travel is a mind set and these guys have been bringing together like-minded people for more than 20 years. They know how to get to the heart of a destination and say their guides are the best in the business. From the outback to the coast, Adventure Tours Australia offers three unique tour styles designed to deliver an unforgettable, authentic taste of Australia and New Zealand no matter what your budget is.

Backpack Oz

Backpack Oz is a hostel with an awesome selection of tours to suit everyone’s budget and needs. From the amazing Kangaroo Island, the magnificent Barossa Valley to the spectacular Great Ocean Road and the mesmerising desert. Talk to the knowledgeable staff for the best advice and if you book any tour with Backpack Oz you can choose free internet time, a drink at the or a chocolate bar and a soft drink…bargain!

Calypso Star Charter

Calypso Star Charter is a multi-award winning company that offers the opportunity to experience wildlife at its finest.  It operates one-day shark cage diving adventures and photographic expeditions seeking out the great white shark. Calypso Star Charter has operated cage diving tours for more than 20 years. The Port Lincoln base means it is only two-and-a-half hours from South Australia’s Neptune Islands, home to one of the largest populations of great white sharks in the world. The clear blue waters offer fantastic photographic opportunities and an up-close look at the ultimate ocean predator.


G-Adventures has grown from a one-man show nearly 25 years ago to a company of more than 1,350 staff worldwide, and from offering a handful of trips in Latin America to hundreds of adventures spanning the globe. What hasn’t changed is G-Adventures’ passion for making sure you get behind the scenes to experience the real world in an authentic and sustainable manner. Offering an inspiring selection of affordable small-group tours, safaris and expeditions, the award-winning trips embrace authentic accommodation, exotic cuisine and local transport to put travellers on a first-name basis with the planet’s people, cultures, landscapes and wildlife.

Groovy Grape

Groovy Grape prides itself on providing good value, all-inclusive Australian adventure tours. Specialists in southern and central Australia, its team of ‘Groovy Guides’ aim to make your outback adventure as fun, flexible and unforgettable as possible. Taste some of the most delicious wine in the Barossa Valley, spot sea lions on Kangaroo Island, hike mountains in the Grampians, watch the sun set over the Twelve Apostles and eat breakfast as the sun rises at Uluru. Groovy Grape Tours caters especially for the youth, adventure traveller and backpacker who want fun, informative, adventurous trips.

Sealink Kangaroo island tours

No South Australia tour is complete without experiencing the magic of Kangaroo Island. Sealink’s sightseeing program offers a choice of Kangaroo Island day tours and two-day tours, showcasing many of the island’s major attractions. Whether you’re looking for relaxing tours, travelling in comfort and style or experiencing a little adventure, you’ll find the perfect tour with Sealink.

Swim with the Tuna

The three hours of excitement begins with a 15-minute ride in a luxury catamaran to the tuna pontoon. Pull on a wetsuit, snorkel, gloves and fins then jump in! Hand feed and swim with one of the fastest fish in the world, the Blue Fin Tuna. There is an underwater observatory for those who don’t want to miss out on the action, but don’t want to get wet.

Taste the Barossa

The Barossa Valley, located in South Australia, is arguably the best wine producing region in Australia. Combine the Barossa Valley’s world-class wine with a flourishing gourmet food industry and you have the perfect place for a wonderful day of indulgence, or even longer if you wish. Taste the Barossa’s small group wine tasting tours depart Adelaide seven days a week and cost just $99pp, offering wine tastings and a platter lunch. Run by a super-friendly family, these guys add the personal touch to their tours.