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Mount Gambier, Limestone Coast, South Australia

Mount Gambier

South Australia

Described as the city of 'craters, lakes and caves', Mount Gambier was built on the slopes of an extinct volcano. See the remarkable Blue Lake. It has filled the largest of three volcanic craters and puts on a real show from November, when the water becomes a brilliant turquoise blue. Begin your visit at 'The Lady Nelson' Visitor and Discovery Centre, where staff will provide you with all the information you require for your holiday. They will help you to choose the most suitable activities for yourself and your family. Be sure to take a self-guided tour of the Discovery Centre, which presents the history and geology of the area, using a series of exciting interactive displays. Mount Gambier is an ideal family holiday destination, with many free-of-charge fun attractions. Walk to the Centenary Tower for a remarkable view. Picnic at the Valley Lake Crater, with its wildlife park and boardwalk. Stroll among the beautiful roses in the Cave Gardens. Marvel as the possums come out for an evening feed at the Umpherston Sinkhole. Take the City Centre Walk and discover an impressive array of heritage buildings, while catching a glimpse of Mount Gambier's history. On your journey, stop and explore the many art galleries, studios and markets and sample local wines and cheese. Boasting a wide range of accommodation types, extensive and modern shopping precincts, a variety of restaurants, pubs and cafes, adventure playgrounds, boat and canoe hire and more; Mount Gambier truly is a splendid family destination and an ideal base for your next holiday to the Limestone Coast.

Henley Beach, Adelaide, South Australia

Henley Beach

South Australia

Henley Beach is a popular beachside suburb of Adelaide, offering white sand, gentle surf, a popular dining square and regular live entertainment in the summer. Take your family and spread out on the sand, or enjoy a picnic on the grassed areas. Take advantage of the shade beneath Henley Beach's long jetty, or bring along the fishing rod and try your luck. The lapping waters are ideal for families. Henley Square is here - a popular Adelaide dining spot, offering fine cafes and restaurants including Thai and Greek. Dine outdoors while you watch the sun set over the ocean. The square fills up quickly in the summer months. Enjoy a few drinks at the nearby Ramsgate Hotel or Bacchus Wine Bar. There’s no shortage of indoor dining options, but sometimes the best option is tried and tested fish and chips on the grass. During the summer months, you can watch bands playing in Henley Square or enjoy a local festival. Henley Beach Road has a cornucopia of food stores and eateries - Asian, African, Mediterranean and Indian. All this, just 20 minutes from the Adelaide city centre. Henley Beach is located around 20 minutes west of the Adelaide city centre. Walk north along the beach and after about twenty minutes you’ll reach the Grange Jetty. Here you’ll find the Grange Jetty Kiosk, the perfect spot to kick back with a coffee (or meal) while enjoying amazing ocean views.

Holdfast Bay, Adelaide, South Australia

Holdfast Bay

South Australia

An historic and popular Adelaide coastal area, Holdfast Bay encompasses Glenelg, Brighton, Seacliff and Kingston Park. Holdfast Bay is just 20 minutes from Adelaide's city centre and less than 10 minutes from the domestic and international airports. Its coast offers great opportunities all year for both business travellers and holiday seekers. Glenelg's well-known 'Old Gum Tree' was the site chosen by Governor Hindmarsh to read the proclamation of South Australia on 28 December 1836. Each year this event is celebrated on Proclamation Day with a re-enactment of this reading on the same site. While visiting, see the HMS Buffalo - an authentic replica of the original ship that brought the state's first Governor to Holdfast Bay - now a floating restaurant. Experience Glenelg's bustling Jetty Road, the marina and Holdfast Shores development, beautiful white beaches, heritage walks and buildings, as well as a wide variety of accommodation, attractions, activities, festivals, cuisine and shopping. Brighton, Kingston Park and Seacliff boast a relaxed lifestyle and superb coastal views. They offer a variety of shopping, dining, historical features and seaside activities. The area has a Mediterranean climate characterised by warm dry summers and cool mild winters, with summer temperatures averaging 27 degrees Celsius and winter months around 15 degrees Celsius.

McLaren Flat, Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia

Mclaren Flat

South Australia

McLaren Flat township is where the Adelaide Hills meet the southern vales. It's found on the road between McLaren Vale and Kangarilla on the Fleurieu Peninsula. McLaren Flat is a renowned wine production area, with many small family owned wineries with cellar doors. You can visit Bent Creek Wines, Hoffman's Wines, Hugo Wines, Parri Estate, Shottesbrooke, Sylvan Springs Estate, Woodstock Winery and more. The region is perhaps best known for its chardonnay. The area also produces a variety of berries and stone fruits. See more of the Fleurieu Peninsula – a coastal playground famed for its laidback lifestyle, beach breaks for surfers of all levels of experience, and top fishing spots. It's a paradise for divers and snorkellers, with dramatic shipwrecks and stunning marine life, including the famed Leafy Seadragon. Enjoy some of the best produce and vineyards in Australia. The Fleurieu Peninsula is home to some prestigious winemaking regions, including McLaren Vale. The history of winemaking in this region goes all the way back to 1842, and it consistently produces some of the best drops you'll ever taste. There's also national parks, golf courses, top quality cuisine and more.

Parachilna, Flinders and Outback, South Australia

Parachilna

South Australia

Dine or drink at Parachilna's Prairie Hotel and there's every chance you will be in famous company. The pub is a hub for a growing number of international moviemakers, drawn to the hauntingly beautiful outback landscape. Famous visitors include Kate Winslet and Harvey Keitel, during the filming of 'Holy Smoke', Australian rock star Paul Kelly, Hollywood director Philip Noyce and cinematographer, Christopher Doyle, who wrote that "The Prairie Hotel is God's gift to cuisine and fellowship". The pub, first licensed in 1876, is one of few buildings in Parachilna. The town has a population in the single digits and is located between the Flinders Ranges to the east and Lake Torrens to the west. It has got a sensational range of accommodation and a deserved reputation for 'Flinders feral food', including anything from kangaroo, emu and yabbie to quandongs, native limes and bush tomatoes.

Tumby Bay, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia

Tumby Bay

South Australia

Tumby Bay is a beautiful coastal township of 1200 residents. Pristine beaches, a pine tree-lined foreshore and historic buildings against the backdrop of rolling farmland and the Koppio Hills present a picturesque setting for this charming town. Where the ocean meets the shoreline you will find a relaxed yet well-appointed town and district with all the amenities and adventure that form pleasurable living, together with an openness to accommodate visitors. Eyre Peninsula travellers who base themselves in Tumby Bay enjoy a wide choice of options in which to experience the bay. Crystal blue waters, a 10 kilometre white sandy beach, a boat ramp and marina, and the nearby Sir Joseph Banks Group of Islands make Tumby Bay a popular holiday and fishing destination. The coast around Tumby Bay is perfect for swimming, sailing, diving and snorkelling. On shore you can hike or walk along footprint-free beaches, mangrove boardwalks, trails and lookouts, around towns and in beautiful parks and gardens. You can browse shops, museums, art and craft galleries or relax and indulge with a coffee. With a temperate climate and a relaxing friendly environment, your holiday becomes a choice of scenic half and full day drives into the heart of the district revealing a variety of farming and grazing activities where the colours are as varied as the seasons - beautiful shades of green in winter, brilliant gold in summer and colourful wildflowers in spring. The rolling Koppio Hills with magnificent gum trees and prolific birdlife are truly enchanting. Also within easy reach is stunning Coffin Bay and the region’s major centre Port Lincoln. Tumby Bay is an attractive coastal town that is well equipped with shopping, sports facilities, dining experiences and a variety of accommodation options. Immerse yourself in the many facets of Eyre Peninsula, a richness of encounters, brilliant memories and a welcoming place to return to.

Beltana, FlindersRanges and Outback, South Australia

Beltana

South Australia

The once thriving settlement of Beltana is now little more than a picturesque ghost town. Today there is the Beltana heritage township 13 kilometres east of the main route between Hawker and Leigh Creek. However it is well worth the detour. It was here that John Flynn worked as a clergyman in the Smith of Dunesk Mission before eventually establishing the Australian Inland Mission and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. It is said that his work in Beltana inspired his later efforts to provide health care to those living in the outback. Copies of the great little book Beltana Trails are available at the former Railway Station (now the Beltana Visitor Information Centre) and afford amazing insights into the town and its involvement in many defining Australian moments: some of the great inland explorations left from Beltana; a repeater station for the Overland Telegraph was established here; and Beltana Station was base for sheep and camel-breeding giants Thomas Elder and Robert Barr-Smith.

Curramulka, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

Curramulka

South Australia

The small township of Curramulka is located 186 kilometres from Adelaide, and is part of a busy farming community. It is within easy driving distance of the coastal townships on either side of the peninsula, and is only a short drive from Minlaton. The name Curramulka is from two Aboriginal words meaning 'emu waterhole'. These days most of the thirst quenching is this small inland town is done at the local hotel, affectionately known as the 'Curry Pub' and is a great place to stop for a cold beer and chat with some locals. Curramulka has become well known for its 'Curramulka Lights Up!' event held the first Saturday in December, attracting visitors from across the peninsula and state. The community comes alive every night in December following the event, celebrating the festive season with spectacular Christmas light displays throughout the town. Curramulka is acknowledged as having the most extensive chain of limestone caves in the southern hemisphere. They are not open to the public for exploration, but the police rescue squad are regular visitors to the caves, who use the caverns as part of their training exercises. In the late 1800's Curramulka was a thriving town and an important service centre, providing services to the farmers who were travelling to the main port of Port Julia with their grain.

Kadina, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

Kadina

South Australia

Only 148 kilometres from Adelaide, Kadina is the largest town on the Yorke Peninsula and is the main commercial centre for a very prosperous agricultural region. Copper mining, however, was once the main industry for this town when it was found nearby in 1859. Kadina offers all the facilities of a large town including supermarkets, variety stores, medical services and much more. The wide range of accommodation as well as being close to a number of stunning scenic and family friendly beaches in Moonta Bay, Port Hughes and Wallaroo makes it a popular destination. In addition Kadina is a great base for exploring the northern end of the Yorke Peninsula and its rich history. Attractions: Explore Kadina on the Kadina Historic Walk and look at the old buildings with Cornish architecture including the Royal Exchange and Wombat Hotels (originally a boarding house for new miners), the Kadina Hotel (originally a single storey hotel called the Miner's Arms) and a number of the churches. The Kadina Historic Drive takes you around the surrounding mine areas and the suburbs of Kadina, a legacy from its mining heyday. The Farm Shed Museum and Tourism Centre. Ducatoon Park. Copper was first found in 1859 at Wallaroo Mines near Kadina. The population in this area quickly grew and the town of Kadina was surveyed in 1861. The main ethnic group to arrive in this area was the Cornish, bringing with them their mining techniques, labour practices, architecture and the Methodist religion. In 1862, the Wombat Hotel (named after the animals that had discovered the copper) was open for business and a horse-drawn railway was operating at the Wallaroo Mine. By 1891, there were 12,000 people living in the Copper Coast. The mines closed in 1923, however in this time they removed 170,000 tons of copper. The three towns of Kadina, Wallaroo and Moonta make up the Copper Coast, which is also known as 'Australia's Little Cornwall'. The three towns are the home of the Kernewek Lowender, the world's largest C

Carrieton, Flinders Ranges and Outback, South Australia

Carrieton

South Australia

Carrieton was named in 1878 after the daughter of Governor Jervois. This small but extremely enchanting town is surrounded by gum lined creeks. Carrieton has many attractions nearby, including the Yanyarrie Whim, Moockra Tower and the Horseshoe Range. The annual Carrieton Campdraft, held in November each year, is one of the biggest and most popular in South Australia. Thousands of people come from all over Australia to either participate in, see, or soak up the atmosphere of the Carrieton Campdraft.

Information provided by the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse