SA shines as a destination for mature travellers

In a celebration of travel and adventure for the over 50s, the recently announced Grey Nomad Awards recognised seven outstanding South Australian tourism experiences, showcasing the state's appeal to mature travellers.

With 14 categories spanning a range of tourism offerings, including two new categories aimed at acknowledging organisations that cater to the needs of mature age travellers, the awards provide verified information that guides the travel decisions for over 50s on where to travel, where to stay and what to experience along the way. 

While Bullara Station from Western Australia took home the prestigious Best of the Best Award, South Australia proudly claimed its place among the winners, proving that the state is home to some truly great experiences for mature travellers.

Kim Morgan, Director of the Awards, highlighted the significance of the event in providing valuable insights for travellers planning extended road trips across Australia in 2024. With Australians aged over 55 contributing significantly to domestic tourism, the awards serve as a reliable guide for exploring the country’s diverse landscapes and attractions.

Silver in the Best Pub Stay went to Overland Corner Hotel, Riverland 

The Awards underwent rigorous evaluation by seasoned tourism professionals, ensuring that only the best experiences were recognised. Among the winners, South Australia’s offerings stood out for their unique appeal and exceptional quality.

In the Best Community Stay category, Berri Riverside Holiday Park in the Riverland region captured the hearts of travellers with its picturesque location and warm hospitality, providing a memorable retreat for mature age visitors.

Meanwhile, Cleve Showgrounds RV Park on the Eyre Peninsula was also recognised for its outstanding community stay experience, offering travellers a comfortable and welcoming environment to unwind and connect with nature.

Berri Riverside Holiday Park received Gold for Best Community Stay and Silver for Best Large Caravan Park

South Australia’s Flinders Ranges and Outback region also received accolades, with the Flinders Ranges Self Drive Loop earning a Bronze Award for its breathtaking landscapes and rich cultural heritage, providing travellers with an unforgettable journey through the heart of the Australian outback.

South Australian Winners


Best Community Stay: Berri Riverside Holiday Park, Riverland


Best Community Stay: Cleve Showgrounds RV Park, Eyre Peninsula

Best Large Caravan Park: Berri Riverside Holiday Park, Riverland 

Best Trail: Flinders Ranges Self Drive Loop, Flinders Ranges and Outback SA

Best Pub Stay: Overland Corner Hotel, Riverland 


Best Freedom Stay: Mikkira Station Koala Sanctuary, Eyre Peninsula 

Best Grey Nomad Friendly Town: Port Pirie, Flinders Ranges and Outback SA

Best Pub Stay: The Cradock Hotel, Cradock, Flinders Ranges and Outback SA

The awards also saw the introduction of new Best Grey Nomad Experience in State Winners

SA: Port Pirie, Flinders Ranges and Outback

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