Riverside pods at The Cube, Murray River Riverside pods at The Cube, Murray River

Back to nature in Sth Australia

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’.

Stacey Kerr, regional manager New Zealand with SATC, says user data reveals that 72% of the Kiwi visitors to the SATV site in the last week were from the main city centres.

‘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,’ Kerr adds.

In the wilderness of Kangaroo Island, a 45-minute ferry ride or 90 minute drive from Adelaide, Wandering Souls Glamping provides off-the-grid, yet comfortable, accommodation in five-metre bell tents. Travellers can choose between camping amongst a winery, surrounded by wildlife, or overlooking the ocean.

Flinders Bush Retreats Eco Tent is surrounded by some of South Australia’s oldest mountains in the Flinders Ranges and offers a relaxed and sustainable way of camping. The nature-based accommodation is situated amongst local flora, emus and kangaroos, and battery powered lanterns and fairy lights add to the retreat experience.

The Cube, Murray River has pods that each contain a sundeck, a BBQ, one bedroom with an ensuite, a kitchenette and lounge.

Earthship Ironbank  is in a semi-rural location just over 30 minutes drive south east of Adelaide. Earthship is built from a variety of recycled materials, such as car tyres, wine and beer bottles, and runs off solar panels and rainwater tanks.

www.southaustralia.co.nz

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