Australia's internationally acclaimed wines are reason enough to
visit this sourthern state, but they're just the tip of the iceberg.
Enjoy world-famous festivals, art galleries and museums; drift down
the Muray River on a paddle-cruise; watch sea-lions at play on Kangaroo
Island; relax in the tranquility of the Mt Lofty and Flinders Ranges;
or head north from Adelaide into the heart of Australia's mysterious
Australia is located centrally in Australia and is renowned for
its wine grown in the Barossa, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and McLaren
Vale, Kangaroo Island, one of the world's greatest natural habitats,
is a short Flight, or ferry trip south from Adelaide. Visitors to
the island delight in being able to see native animals and an extraordinary
variety of plants and trees.
the state's north, the Flinders Ranges present extraordinary scenery,
wildflowers aplenty and many opportunities to drive and walk through
this popular region. The ancient Outback lies beyond with unique
frontier towns like th opal-mining centre of Coober Pedy where visitors
can search for their own opals.
River reaches its prime in South Australia, with spectacular cliffs, abundant
birds and good fishing. Visitor often choose a houseboat holiday floating
on the Murray.
of South Australia is Adelaide, an elegant, spacious city abounding with
restaurants and cafes, bounded by a green ribbon of parklands. Adelaide
hosts one of the world's oldest arts festivals every even numbered year,
in February-March when the weather is warm and sunny with blue skies and
temperature in the mid to high 20oC. The festival features
the best of international and Australian dance, music, visual arts and
outdoor events in a glittering display of contemporary and traditional
food and wine cannot be missed. The Barossa produces some of the world's
finest wines, and the small cafes lining Adelaide's Rundle Street serve
an eclectic selection of dishes. The Coonawarra district also produces
quality wines, while resturants across the state incorporate the freshest
produce to create delicious cuisine. Other important food and wine districts
include McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills and the south-east. Tasting Australia,
a biennial food and wine event, has become one of Australia's premier
Australia's bed-and-breakfast accommodation ranges from simple to luxurious.
From traditional home-style and country homes, through to self-contained
units, visitors have a variety of options. The tranquillity of the Adelaide
Hills is the backdrop for many charming B&B outlets, as are the vineyards
of the Barossa Valley. For something different, Kangaroo Island has a
number of B&Bs, as does the rugged terrain of the Flinders Ranges.
one million people live in Adelaide
Airport is six km south-west of the city
and trains operate between the city and suburbs and a tram operates
between the city and the beachside suburb of Glenelg.
inner-city and city-loop buses operate Monday and Saturday.
Adelaide Explorer Bus follows a 50-kilometre circuit, stopping at major
climate is warm and temperature. Adelaide has a short, mild winter and
long dry summers. Most rain falls in winter. Average temperatures :
summer 28oC max, 17oC min; winter 16oC
max, 8oC min. Water temperatures: summer 18oC,
Do Not Miss
a tram from the heart of Adelaide to the seaside town of Glenelg.
your teeth into a famous South Australian pie floater from the Piecart
your taste buds at Adelaide's Central Market with the freshest of the
the Australian desert landscape from the comfort of a rail journey.
Take the Ghan from Aelaide to Alice Springs.
sat in the middle of grapewines to listen to your favourite singer?
You can in Australia at the annual Barossa Under The Stars.
within metres of a colony of sealions basking in the sun on Kangaroo
Island, also known for its pristine beaches, towering cliffs and ultramarine
Famous Barossa Valley
is a graceful city whose people make the most of the good life. The city
is laid out in a grid pattern, so it's easy to orientate yourself. Light's
Vision is the perfect spot to survey the city. From there stroll south
and visit the attractions on North Terrace.
Mount Lofty Ranges
The rim of hills along the city's eastern border, the Adelaide Hills,
are also known as the Mt Lofty Ranges. The Mt Lofty Lookout provides splendid
views over parklands to the city. Near Mt Lofty is the Cleland Conservative
Park, an open-range wildlife park. Don't miss the colourful Oakbank Easter
Racing Carnival, one of the richest picnic race meetings, that attracts
the finest Australian and New Zealand Horses.
29 km south-east of Adelaide in the Mount Lofy Ranges, is an historic
town that retains the atmosphere of its original German settlers, with
German restaurants and crafts centres.
a lovely scenic drive along the River Torrens. Attactions to visit on
the way include The Big Rocking Horse at Gumeracha, the National Motor
Museum at Birdwood and Melba's Chocolate Factory at Woodside.
Famous Barossa Valley
The Barossa Valley, 70 km north-east of Adelaide, is the most famous
of the state's wine-producing regions, with about 48 wineries and cellar-door
ourlets. This picturesque region was first settled by German migrants
more than 100 years ago and many buildings, shops and restaurants reflect
the European heritage. The two-week Music Festival held in October features
a wide range of international and interstate musicians.
Victor Harbour is 80 km south from Adelaide. It is historic whaling
port, with restaurants, craft shops and good accommodation as well as
such attractions as a horse drwan tram, the Whale Centre and Penguin Centre.
Spectacular cliffs and views of the Southern Ocean include Granite Island,
which is connected to the mainland by a causeway and is home to a colony
of fairy penguins.
Clare Valley is about two hours' drive north of Adelaide, a premium
wine-growing region featuring villages with architecture dating back to
the 1840s, carefully preserved and now used for restaurants and guesthouses.
The wineries surrounding the area vary from small innovative boutique-style
to the famous brand leader. Handicraft shops are abundant and are well
worth taking the time to explore.
Ranges are 250 km north of Adelaide. These spectacular mountains, which
stretch for about 400 km into the OutBack, are noted for their rich colours,
majestic peaks, wilderness areas, prolific wildlife, historic ruins and
Aboriginal rock paintings. Bushwalks are provided in the national park
areas. Camp overnight on one of the four-wheel-drive tours depart from
see the sea-lions
at Kangaroo Island
Island lies 113 km south-west of Adelaide. This resort island of beautiful
bush, national parks and abundant wildelife, includes a permanent
breeding colony of sea-lions. Access is by vehicle ferry from Cape
Jervis, the nearest point on the mainland (one hour), or passenger
ferry from Cape Jervis (half an hour), or plane from Adelaide (30
minutes). Day and extended tours are available. The range of accommodation
includes motels, self-contained cottages, bed-and-breakfast and farmstays.
The Murray Princess
Down The Murray
River Murray is about 3 hours' drive east of Adelaide, and is accessible
either by freeway or national highway. Houseboats are availabe for
hire from a number of towns along the river. The Murray Princess is
the argest paddle-ship built in the southern hemisphere, and offers
luxury cruises down the river. The Proud Mary offers two to five day
eco-cruises where the emphasis is on exploring nature. The interesting
towns lining the river are home to a number of orchards. The Riverland
district produces grapes, and has a growing reputation for high-quality
south-east region is situated in the southernmost corner of South Australia,
about halfway between Melbourne and Adelaide. Access to the area is available
via the Princes Highway, which joins up with the Great Ocean Road. Highlights
of the area include the World heritage listed naracoorte Caves, the famous
Coonawarra wine region and Mount Gambier's mysterious Blue Lake. The south-east
is a diverse and enticing landscape, which comes with a lifestyle to match.
Gambier's mysterious Blue Lake
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