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The Griswold family’s cross-country road trip, although troublesome, has to be one of the most memorable drives in movie history. So why not create your own National Lampoon’s Vacation and take the fam to one of SA’s most picturesque destinations — the Flinders Ranges.

The Volvo XC60 is the perfect family car for long road trips. The standard option of adaptive cruise control for long-distance driving makes travelling a breeze. For entertainment, the Apple CarPlay feature means you can listen to your favourite road-trippin’ tunes on Spotify the entire way.

So we packed her up and headed north, in style.

First stop: North Star Hotel, Melrose

Full of classic pub meals and plenty of vegetarian options, you’ll be satisfied with any of the fan favourites — and a glass of quality South Aussie wine or beer. Built in 1854, this local watering hole also offers accommodation if you’re looking to rest up.

Second stop: Prairie Hotel in Parachilna

Famous for their ‘feral food’ menu, the Prairie Hotel is a must for adventure seekers everywhere. If you dare to try the feral food platter, you’ll be tasting crocodile, emu, camel and kangaroo. But if you’re a scaredy cat like me, they also offer salads, curries and plenty of other non-animal food items.

Next stop: Quandong Café

You can’t pop in without sampling some of Pat’s classic quandong-themed recipes — quandong cheesecake, jam, tarts… It’s also a great spot to grab a coffee and refuel.

Last stop: Camel Treks Australia

For the ultimate escape, leave technology behind and go on one hell of an adventure. Walk or trek on a camel through the stunning Outback with your experienced guides. You’ll set up camp for the night, feast on top-quality food prepared by a world-renowned chef and mingle with travellers from all over the world. This is the most thrilling way to experience the true South Australian Outback.

Volvo XC60 Fun Features…

  • 360-degree camera and the ability for the car to move in and out of parks automatically
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Keyless entry
  • Power-operated tailgate
  • Digital radio and Apple CarPlay with touchscreen
  • Integrated booster seats in rear

So, grab a bag, jump on board and get road tripping in style!

Hayley xx


Hayley Pearson

Hayley Pearson

Co-Creator and Writer for Adelady, she still gets goosebumps that she’s combined her creative passion with sharing the best of her stunning home state.

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