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Pinnaroo Show and Field Day, Pinnaroo, Murraylands, South Australia.

Parilla

South Australia

Parilla sits on the Mallee Highway in the Murraylands region of South Australia. With a population of approximately 80, Parilla is a great spot to take a break from travelling and perhaps to stay the night. Take a look at the mural as well as the other points of interest in town. It has both traditional and newer crops, including potatoes, carrots, onions, olives and grapes. Parilla was named after an Aboriginal word meaning ‘cold place’. It was surveyed in 1904 and proclaimed a town in 1907. Like nearby Pinnaroo, Parilla too was brought to life in 1906 with the opening of the railway. Explore more of the Murraylands - one of South Australia's favourite aquatic playgrounds, with the mighty Murray River meandering through. This is where you'll find your perfect houseboat holiday. There's nothing that quite compares to a holiday on a houseboat, cruising up and down the river at your leisure in your own floating hotel. And the towns of the Murraylands have a relaxed, casual feel - the ideal place to spend a lazy afternoon in the sun after a day of watersports or fishing. There are plenty of opportunities to go bushwalking, or enjoy an old-fashioned singalong by the fire at a camping site. And you'll find a range of accommodation options, great places to relax, shop and enjoy a drink at a local pub.

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.

Loxton, Riverland, South Australia

Loxton

South Australia

Loxton is a charming, vibrant town - the thriving centre of one of the most productive agricultural and horticultural regions in South Australia. Established by its pioneers as the Garden Town of the Riverland, Loxton’s beautifully maintained gardens explode in a riot of colour all year-round and are testament to the proud community spirit that exists in this country town. The town often hosts Garden Alive weekends. Make sure you visit the award-winning Loxton Historical Village with more than 38 fully furnished buildings and sites exhibiting farm equipment, machinery and household items used by early settlers. Loxton Historical Village springs to life on each of its regularly scheduled 'Alive Days' – not to be missed. You will also want to visit The Pines Loxton Historical Home and Garden, displaying antique furniture, silverware, paintings and more. It is lovingly maintained by volunteers after being bequeathed to the community in 2002. Loxton Golf Course is ranked in South Australia's top 10 and opens to visitors, as are numerous other sporting facilities. The Loxton Community Hotel offers golfing accommodation packages and following its recent renovation, there is now an excellent variety of dining options as well. You'll also find several motels, farm stays and bed and breakfast properties in the area. The Loxton Riverfront Caravan Park offers water's edge camping and modern amenities. Don't miss the astounding 'Tree of Knowledge'– a living chart with markers recording flood levels, right up to the extraordinary 1956 flood. It sits on the riverfront opposite the Loxton Caravan Park and is one of the few river red gums to survive severe flooding since the all time high flood of 1956. Each Christmas the town lights up when more than 350 houses take part in a brilliant Christmas lights display. Local guides offer bus transport around the town and people come from great distances to join in the fun.

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.

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.

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.

Flinders Ranges and Outback, South Australia

Flinders Ranges and Outback

South Australia

What is your idea of the real South Australia? Explorers, dreamers and legends? You’ll find what you’re looking for in the Flinders Ranges and South Australian outback. The land is a country of thick, gnarled gum trees, growing alongside stony creeks. There are ruins of farms left by pioneers, beaten back by the harsh landscape. The Flinders Ranges is an ancient and unique part of the world. It is where you’ll find Australians who live hundreds of kilometres from their nearest neighbour. They wait for the twice-weekly delivery of mail and goods from the outside world, brought by a postman and the few lucky tourists accompanying them. There are magnificent mountains, glowing red in the sunset, with caps of lichen covered rocks and razored edges. Feel part of nature with emus and kangaroos passing by your campsite. Experience the peace and darkness at night in the bush. Wedge-tailed eagles soar above the horizon as you tackle the deep, red sand and spinifex of the Simpson Desert or Strzelecki Track. The eyes of the desert lizards will watch, as you stop to see the beauty of Lake Eyre in flood. Feel the burr of the cattle grids under the wheels of your car and mark your journey across this wilderness. Waterholes and narrow gorges of red rock hide yellow-footed rock wallabies and tiny Lake Eyre dragons. Walk, explore and watch. Listen to Dreamtime stories under the shade of gumtrees. It’s vast, ancient and seemingly empty. It is full of adventures and a world far removed from any modern city. There’s the strange beauty of the giant, natural amphitheatre, Wilpena Pound and the siren call of the opal fields. It’s like stepping into a different world.

Port Wakefield, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

Port Wakefield

South Australia

Port Wakefield is well-known to the travelling public for the many roadhouses that line Highway One. They provide valuable refreshments for the weary traveller. The town also encourages you to venture off the highway, take a break and discover the heritage and charm that lies behind the busy highway. Take the time to wander into this historical township and you will be pleasantly surprised. Stretch your legs along the water's edge, or discover the many well preserved old buildings and historical sites. Walk along boardwalks through mangrove forests and view the abundant bird life, or take a dip in the local swimming area. If you wish to stay longer, Port Wakefield is the perfect location. Only 99 kilometres north of Adelaide, it is a fantastic fishing destination and the gateway to many of South Australia's foremost tourist destinations. The town has a seafaring atmosphere, with an emphasis on recreational fishing and a wharf, where boats await the fishermen. Boardwalks and bird identification signs provide an insight into the environment. Attractions: Fishing and boating. Port Wakefield Historic Walk. Tidal Swimming Hole. Salt of the Earth Cafe and Gallery. A monument in town recalls the area's first meeting with Europeans. Captain Flinders discovered the head of the gulf on 30 March 1802 and named it "Gulf St Vincent" after Admiral Lord St Vincent. Port Wakefield was the first town to be established north of Adelaide in the colonisation of South Australia. Initially named Port Henry; it was changed to Port Wakefield after the River Wakefield, when the town was surveyed. The port was established to ship copper from the rich mines of Burra. It later served as the main local outlet for wheat and wool. Between 1850 and 1877, the township and port prospered - with huge quantities of copper ore passing through it. The town started to dwindle in 1857 when they began to transport copper ore by rail, however, the port was still used in the twentieth century for transporting wo

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.

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.

Information provided by the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse