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Angaston, Barossa, South Australia

Angaston

South Australia

There's a real buzz in the Angaston main street - cafés, cheese makers, wine bars, cellar doors, smart little antique and retail shops and traditional shops. Blond Coffee is a Mecca for the locals that visitors should not miss: a modern coffee shop that offers fresh light lunches, great coffee, and a selection of local and imported produce. Similarly, just a minute from the main street The South Australian Company Store offers visitors a truly regional experience, stocking a large range of Food Barossa products as well as a sensational dining experience, compliments of renowned local chef Chris Wilksch. Both businesses typify the way the Barossa constantly reinvents itself to reflect the best contemporary culture while keeping its feet still firmly rooted in tradition. The Barossa Farmers Market on the edge of town is another example. Held each Saturday morning, it showcases real food produced in the homes and farms of the Barossa. Local food producers offer the freshest of home grown produce, from fruit and vegetables to meat, poultry and free-range eggs, along with a huge variety of locally manufactured food products. But history is never far away. With a population of around 2000, Angaston is at the "English" or eastern end of the Barossa and was named after one of South Australia's founders, George Fife Angas, who sponsored many of the region's early German settlers. The Angas family was a major influence here for many generations, with one of their homes, Collingrove, now providing accommodation and a popular tourism attraction. There is a terrific selection of bed and breakfasts, both hosted and self-contained, as you'll need a rest after all of the activity Angaston has to offer.

Port Elliot, Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia

Port Elliot

South Australia

One of the sweetest beach settings in South Australia, Port Elliot is a popular place to visit. Port Elliot is a model seaside village, it has cafes, antique and gift shops along The Strand. Feel the sand between your toes at picturesque Horseshoe Bay - its large beach and safe swimming conditions which makes it a hit with the children. If you like surfing, Boomer Beach is the place to go, it lies on the western edge of the town. Jump aboard the Cockle Train to nearby Goolwa or Victor Harbor - other popular seaside destinations - or try the cliff-top walking path for stunning views of the coast. The Encounter Bikeway weaves its way through Port Elliot's streets. Port Elliot has a wealth of holiday accommodation to relax in. You'll find some great places and you may even want to bring your four-legged friend! Port Elliot was selected by Governor Sir Henry Edward Fox Young in 1850 as the site for the ocean port of the Murray River trade. He named the place after his friend, Sir Charles Elliot. The township was proclaimed in 1854, the same year in which the first railway line in South Australia was opened between Goolwa and Port Elliot. The Governor's choice was unfortunate because the bay was not well enough protected. After several shipwrecks, the anchorage was transferred to the lee of Granite Island at Victor Harbor in 1864.

Marble Hill, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Norton Summit

South Australia

Surrounded by apple and cherry orchards, Norton Summit is home to beautiful 19th century homes and quaint cottages, some of which offer bed and breakfast accommodation. At the centre of the Norton Summit is the Scenic Hotel. Its balcony offers stunning views over the Hills to Adelaide. At nearby Ashton, Marble Hill is now privately owned and there are plans for it to be rebuilt. There are several public open days each year, including the gourmet food and wine picnic at Marble Hill in November. For more information please see the Marble Hill website. Further afield, bushwalkers will enjoy a visit to the Horsnell Gully Conservation Park, while Morialta Conservation Park is popular with rock climbers. More information on what to see and do in the area can be found at the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre in Norton Summit. One of the oldest towns in South Australia, Norton Summit was settled in 1837 just months after European settlement by Englishman Robert Norton. The town is also a family home of former South Australian Premier Sir Thomas Playford.

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.

Moonta, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

Moonta

South Australia

Steeped in history and just 165 kilometres from Adelaide, Moonta was South Australia's second largest town in its heyday. Moonta's origins in 1861 were very fortunate - a shepherd noticed traces of copper on a wombat burrow, which led to the establishment of the Moonta Mining Company that soon became one of the richest copper mines in Australia. The ensuing flood of skilled miners from Cornwall changed South Australia's cultural mix. Apart from contributing to an economic explosion, the immigrants brought us Cornish architecture and the delicious Cornish pasties. Today, one of the things Moonta is most famous for is its Cornish pasties which can be found at the local bakeries and cafes. Moonta has many beautiful old buildings, churches and historical sites. The Moonta Mines Museum located in the former Moonta Mines Model School, circa 1878, contains works on the life on a miner, with a very hands-on approach for kids and is well worth a visit. The main street has a variety of shops open seven days a week including antiques, gifts, cafes and hotels. The Moonta Gallery of the Arts in the Town Hall exhibits local artists with exhibitions changing every month. Attractions: Moonta Mines State Heritage Area. Take to the Moonta Mines Walking Trails, or ride the 50-minute round trip on the Moonta Mines Tourist Railway. Both are a great way to take in some of the Moonta Mines State Heritage Area. The Moonta Mines Tourist Office located in the former Railway Station can help with all the must see and do's of the area. Discover your family history at the Family History Research Centre. Visit the Moonta Mines Sweets Shop for some old-style lollies. A legacy of the areas amazing history is the Kernewek Lowender, the world's biggest Cornish festival held every two years in odd numbered years. It's a festival of all things Cornish from the Swanky (miner's beer) and Cornish pasties to street processions, dance, music, theatre, a vintage car rally and more. Port Hughes and Moonta Bay

Crafers, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Crafers

South Australia

Largely regarded as the gateway to the Adelaide Hills, Crafers is one of the oldest towns in the region. Adelaide’s highest peak, Mount Lofty Summit (710 metres), is a three minute drive from Crafers and there is an excellent Visitor Information Centre and cafe at its peak. Other Crafers attractions include the Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens - which has an extensive collection of deciduous trees, rhododendrons and a fern gully - and wonderful Cleland Wildlife Park, where you can see and interact with South Australian wildlife, including koalas and kangaroos. The nearby market gardens and vineyards of Piccadilly and Summertown provide an ideal backdrop for a scenic drive, and the picturesque Mount Lofty Golf Course is nearby. Crafer's first building was the Sawyers Hotel, built by David Crafer in 1839 – just three years after South Australia was settled. The gathering place of ‘tiersmen’ (timber cutters) who worked the Stringy Bark forests that covered the hills, the pub was a popular haunt for the colony’s cattle thieves, sly grog merchants and bushrangers, who took refuge in the relative isolation of the Hills. A village quickly grew around the pub and, in 1840, Crafers built a second inn – the Norfolk Hotel, but this burnt down in 1926. In 1880 the Crafers Inn was built and it has remained a popular watering hole to this day.

Ardrossan, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

Ardrossan

South Australia

An easy 90 minute drive from Adelaide on the east coast of Yorke Peninsula, Ardrossan sits on top of imposing red cliffs providing excellent views of Gulf St Vincent. Wander down the jetty at sunrise to see the cliffs' amazing display of colour in the morning light. If you love Blue Swimmer Crabs, then this is the place to be; drop a net from the jetty or rake the shallows to the north or south of the town and you won't be disappointed. The jetty is a hive of activity with fishers casting lines for Tommies, Mullet, Garfish, Blue Crabs and Squid...just to name a few. There is a small, protected boat harbour with pontoon boarding and all tides access, providing good facilities for any visiting angler. A main agricultural centre for surrounding districts, Ardrossan is a well serviced town offering good shopping and facilities with a Foodland supermarket (open seven days), hardware stores, clothing and general shopping. Ardrossan also has two hotels, takeaway food, a bakery and cafes. Services are available with a hospital, bank and ATM, police station, post office and petrol outlets. Ardrossan offers several accommodation options with two caravan parks, hotel/motel rooms and self-contained holiday rentals. Attractions: Discover the town's history at the Ardrossan Museum, located in the former factory of CH Smith, developer of the Stump Jump Plough. This plough has legendary status in South Australia's history. A man-made lookout just south of the town provides spectacular views over Gulf St Vincent. The wreck of the Zanoni lies 10 nautical miles south east of Ardrossan. A diving permit is required to dive the Zanoni shipwreck Ardrossan is a rich wheat and barley growing district with bulk grain handling facilities and a deep sea port allowing easy exportation of produce. Arrium has a dolomite operation just south of the town and Cheetham Salt, harvests salt north of Ardrossan. Full of maritime and farming history, Ardrossan was proclaimed in 1873 and named after Ardrossan

Baird Bay, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia

Baird Bay

South Australia

A spectacular and peaceful part of the South Australian coastline, Baird Bay is teeming with marine life and offers you the opportunity to swim with sea-lions and dolphins on organised tours. It's an unforgettable experience. This protected bay is fast becoming a 'must do' holiday experience for travellers. There are safe swimming beaches, boating and fishing - and anglers are rarely disappointed, with handy launching facilities guaranteed to lead to a good day's fishing. Baird Bay, sitting on the Eyre Peninsula, offers accommodation ranging from upmarket resort style eco villas, holiday shacks and a budget camping ground. While you're visiting the Eyre Peninsula, why not follow Australia's first Seafood and Aquaculture Trail. The trail brings together seafood, dining and aquaculture experiences to help you chart the journey of our delicious seafood from the sea to restaurant plates.

Padthaway, Limestone Coast, South Australia

Padthaway

South Australia

Padthaway is about a thirty minute drive south of Keith. It’s close to the Coonawarra, Wrattonbully and Mount Benson wine regions. Rows of vineyards thread down either side of the Riddoch Highway. Padthaway, like many South Australian wine regions, has a warm climate and good rainfall. Its terra rossa soil gives grapes a special flavour, due to limestone layers. This produces wine with great flavour and intensity. Grape vines span more than 62 kilometres of land. Padthaway has a cluster of small shops located in the heart of town, with a park, playground and skate park. There are a couple of cellar doors in the region, where you can taste the renowned Padthaway Shiraz and Chardonnay. These are Henry's Drive Cellar Door and Padthaway Estate Cellar Door. The Padthaway General Store Bottle Shop is fully stocked with the beautiful local “drop”. While you’re here, explore Padthaway Conservation Park or play a round of golf at Padthaway Golf Course. Padthaway, there’s great wine and plenty to explore.

Waikerie, Riverland, South Australia

Waikerie

South Australia

The Riverland town of Waikerie offers one of the longest stretches of accessible riverbank in South Australia. The width of this stretch of the Murray River makes it popular for thrilling water sports, fishing, and relaxing houseboats. Waikerie is surrounded by more than a million fruit trees, making it the centre of the citrus and fruit industry in South Australia. Enjoy the town's 18-hole, bunkerless golf course. Take a joy flight with the Waikerie Gliding Club. Ride the ferry crossing or take the 2 kilometre clifftop walk from the ferry for spectacular views of the Murray River. Drop in to Orange Tree Giftmania off the highway, where a spiral staircase leads to a 360˚ view of Waikerie and its environs. You'll love Haven Hand chocolate factory and the many cellar doors in the area. Behind the Rain Moth Gallery (a local artists and craft workers outlet) you'll find the Interpretive Park – an opportunity for children to interact with the science of irrigation. A visit to the Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre is a must, encompassing environmentally sustainable wine production and a simulated wetland setting, there is a lot to learn and contemplated, perhaps over a glass of wine and gourmet meal in their restaurant. Dine and stay the night on a floating motel - the Murray River Queen. Absorb great river views from its fine restaurant or on deck at the cafe where you can try some Riverland boutique wines. With 52 renovated cabin rooms to suit any budget, this will be an experience to remember. The name Waikerie is said to mean "many wings", after the giant swift moth "wei kari", the name given by the original indigenous community. It’s an appropriate name, considering the teeming birds of the lagoons and wetlands that edge the river. You'll find the Waikerie Visitor Information Centre is on Sturt Highway, Waikerie.

Information provided by the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse