The Festival State of South Australia is the ultimate
touring holiday destination.
Crammed within its borders is an authentic and unique mix of
everything Australian. State highways will take you to
fascinating places like Barossa Valley, Victor Harbour, Kangaroo
Island, Murray River, Flinders Ranges and Coober Pedy.
The gracious capital city, Adelaide, will always draw you back to
its calm dignified embrace. This meticulously planned city is
surrounded by green parklands in a superb riverside setting.
Elegant stone buildings line wide streets where colourful cafés
and restaurants offer a range of exotic cuisines. The heart of
the citys lively café scene is Rundle Street where you
will find the avant-garde artists quarter and the ideal
atmosphere for al fresco dining.
Adelaide is noted for its cultural expression with numerous
galleries, museums, heritage buildings, churches, and the famous
Adelaide Festival of Arts. The new National Wine Centre is an
outstanding showcase for the Australian wine industry and offers
the indulgence of fine wine sampling. To complete your experience
of the good life, visit Haighs Chocolate Factory for a
chocoholic taste treat, or join a tour of the Central Market to
sample more local delicacies.
trips from Adelaide include the famous wine growing regions of
Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley and Coonawarra. These
areas produce half of Australias total wine harvest. Many
of the fine gourmet foods that are grown in this region find
their way to the tables of Adelaides famous eateries.
Victor Harbour is a favourite holiday haven with varied
attractions including the Penguin Centre and the Whale Centre.
Whale watching is popular from June to September.
Further afield the scope for outdoor activity increases. Kangaroo
Island is renowned for its national parks and plentiful wildlife.
Its a delight to see cuddly koalas, groovy wallabies and
playful penguins in their natural habitat, and to hear the boing,
boing, boing sound of capering kangaroos.
Murray River, Australias longest navigable waterway is very
accessible and you can cruise down the river on a paddle- steamer
or houseboat. The vast Flinders Ranges reach far into the Outback
and are best viewed by scenic flight over the remarkable rugged
rim of Wilpena Pound. Beyond the Flinders is the opal-rich lunar
landscape of Coober Pedy, where a labyrinth of subterranean
chambers give access to the worlds richest opal mines, and
also provide modern underground living for local residents and
visitors. You can visit the Painted Desert and Dingo Fence from
here, and even help deliver letters on the Oodnadatta Mail Run.
Whether its exploring the outback, sightseeing on the Limestone
Coast, enjoying the Arts, or raising a glass of wine, South
Australia will surprise you with its treasure trove.