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Monash, Riverland, South Australia

Monash

South Australia

Monash is home to one of South Australia's favourite family destinations - Monash Adventure Park. This delightful, modern playground includes leaning towers, gigantic swings and a maze for the whole family to explore. There are also free barbecues and plenty of shady areas set among a meandering little 'creek'. Opposite the adventure park is a chocolate factory and also a community club for bistro dining. It's one of the great little towns you should visit in the Riverland. The Riverland's also home to some of the best courses in South Australia; charming pioneer villages and internationally renowned bird sanctuaries, and good food and wine. There's a good reason why nearly half of South Australia's wine grapes (and 90 per cent of our oranges, stone fruits and nuts) are grown in the Riverland. It's all the sunshine … and it's sure to do you some good. The Riverland is a couple of hours from Adelaide, and perfectly located for a few days of rest and relaxation on the drive between South Australia and the eastern states. Monash is sure to be a favourite stop for the kids.

Glendambo, Flinders Ranges & Outback, South Australia

Glendambo

South Australia

A friendly outback town, Glendambo provides essential services for travellers into South Australia's Outback. There's accommodation, dining, a bar and fuel facilities - even an Outback swimming pool. It's a good spot to rejuvenate and rest during your driving holiday. Each June, Glendambo hosts a Four Wheel Drive Outback Challenge and Field Day when the population soars. If you're in the mood for adventure and excitement, then venture further into South Australia's Outback. It's a dramatic departure from the hectic pace of big cities, but it's surprisingly accessible. See the majestic natural amphitheatre of Wilpena Pound, drive legendary desert tracks, or take a scenic flight over the Flinders Ranges. There's hiking trails, places to fossick for opals, and even a desert golf course with no grass. Whatever sort of adventure suits you, the Flinders Ranges and Outback has got it.

Overland Corner Hotel, Riverland, South Australia

Overland Corner

South Australia

Quench your thirst at Overland Corner in one of South Australia's most quirky historic hotels. Built in 1859, the Overland Corner Hotel was originally an isolated frontier pub, frequented only by cattlemen. Today it's owned by the National Trust and includes a museum, nearby mines and a cemetery. Overland Corner sits in the Riverland, where the Murray River weaves its way through some of Australia's more impressive river scenery. See graceful river red gums, limestone cliffs, and the region's lush vineyards, orchards and citrus groves. Overland Corner became famous from 1838 as a river crossing and stopover for overlanders moving from the eastern states to South Australia. You are welcome to use it as your stopover too!

Port Adelaide, South Australia

Port Adelaide

South Australia

Port Adelaide is a sea port city and the historic maritime heart of South Australia. It's home to fascinating museums, bustling markets, historic buildings and more. Port Adelaide's ornate former bank and office buildings, humble warehouses and bond stores, and wharves and hotels tell the vivid story of colonial maritime life. You'll find the South Australian Maritime Museum there, celebrating stories from settlement to today in its collections and exhibitions. The Port is also home to the National Railway Museum and the South Australian Aviation Museum. The mangroves, estuarine waters and wetlands form an aquatic reserve and are richly endowed with birds and marine life, including a substantial colony of much-loved Bottlenose Dolphins. The Ships Graveyards is a rare and unusual heritage collection: more than 40 ships dating from the 1850s have been abandoned here over the years, as local waters were generally too shallow for scuttling. Must See and Do: . Meet the dolphins on a cruise or kayak tour of the mangroves . Visit the museums and walk the wharves . Walk the Port or Semaphore on a self-guided tour or with one of the Port's volunteer guides . Ride the carousel and the steam train at Semaphore . Explore the bustling Sunday markets Port Adelaide is only 14 kilometres, or 20 minutes drive, west of Adelaide. A short drive from Port Adelaide is the charming seaside suburb of Semaphore, its name reflecting its vital communications role in the 19th century. The tower on the hill was an official signal station where signalmen relayed information to ships in the gulf. Semaphore retains a nostalgic beachside holiday atmosphere, with a charming foreshore with an old carousel and a steam train that runs a 2km route along the coast.

Kingscote, Kangaroo Island

Kingscote

South Australia

Kingscote is Kangaroo Island's largest town, sitting on the north coast. It has a view across Nepean Bay to the mainland in the distance. A feature of the town is the tidal rock-surrounded swimming pool on the foreshore. Delightful Little Penguins have established themselves in the sandstone and clay cliffs in front of the town. Guided by Kangaroo Island Marine Centre, tours are conducted after dusk to see the penguins returning from their day's fishing. Watch the hungry pelicans at 5pm every night - they have the biggest beak of any bird in the world! Situated on the shores of the beautiful Nepean Bay, with a panoramic view of the boat-studded harbour, Kingscote is the commercial and business hub of the island. To the north, there are steep cliffs that descend steeply to Reeves Point (old Kingscote), one of the most important heritage sites in South Australia. The jetty nearly always yields a feed of fish for the keen and patient angler. Kingscote has a large commercial fishing fleet and associated depots. There is a long and much used fishing jetty and a slipway. Established in 1836, Kingscote was the first settlement in South Australia. Close by is Reeves Point, the landing site of the South Australia Company settlers, as well as the first Post Office in South Australia, the first tree planted by Europeans the Old Mulberry Tree, the Pioneer Cemetery and Hope Cottage Museum.

Maslin Beach, Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia

Maslin Beach

South Australia

Maslin Beach in the Fleurieu Peninsula has been called one of the prettiest beaches in South Australia. Maiintained in almost pristine condition, the southern end of Maslin Beach has the distinction of being South Australia's first legal nudist beach. Its high cliffs provide a great picnic spot or sunset viewing. Maslin Beach is some 3 kilometres long, and nude sunbathing and swimming is only allowed in part of the beach. 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.

Lameroo, Murraylands, South Australia

Lameroo

South Australia

Known as one of South Australia's most attractive townships, Lameroo is a centre for shopping and education for the surrounding Mallee rural area. Lameroo welcomes visitors with lawned picnic areas, an 18-hole golf course and comfortable hotel motel. The Mallee District National Parks and Wildlife office is located here and offers information on conservation parks and camping grounds in the area. One of the larger towns in the Mallee region of the Murraylands, Lameroo is a main service centre for the surrounding farming area. South Australia's Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources Mallee District Office is in Lameroo and has information on the various conservation parks and camping grounds in the area. The nearby Ngarkat Group of Conservation Parks features 270,000 hectares of unspoilt natural habitat and is home to walking trails, 4WD tracks and an abundance of native wildlife. Although proclaimed in 1884, it wasn’t until 1906 – when the railway opened – that Lameroo began to flourish. During World War II, Lameroo was the site of a prisoner of war internment camp, and the mainly Italian prisoners were sent to work on local farms. The Lameroo Historical Museum is a great place to gain an insight into this and other aspects of the rich history of the town and its surrounding areas. The outback dunny exhibit is a must see!

Millicent, Limestone Coast, South Australia

Millicent

South Australia

Once you arrive in Millicent, a trip to the Millicent Visitor Information Centre is a must. The centre provides extensive, up-to-date information on the region, souvenirs, local arts, crafts, maps, internet access and local publications. The centre also holds many displays and exhibitions, as well as being the entrance to the award-winning Living History Museum. The award winning Living History Museum evolved around an old school house and has over twenty, beautifully restored horse-drawn vehicles. It is the largest collection in South Australia. Also included in the fantastic museum is the Shipwreck Room, a display replica of Aboriginal Rock Art unique to the district, a T-class locomotive and the exciting new interactive display of South East Drainage. Whilst in Millicent, visit Lake McIntyre, a reclaimed quarry that has become a natural wonderland for birds and native wildlife. It's a terrific spot to stop for a family picnic and take a walk through the native foliage. Off in the distance, you can see the Woakwine Wind Farms - the largest wind farm development in the Southern Hemisphere. Well worth a closer look, the Woakwine Range Wind Farm Drive takes you right to the base of these engineering wonders, as they generate power for the national grid. The drive also encompasses fantastic attractions, such as Vistara Trout Farm, which has fresh fish, tours and other local produce for sale. Lake Bonney, South Australia's largest fresh water lake and Canunda National Park, South Australia's second largest coastal park, stretches 40 kilometres from Southend to Carpenter Rocks. This park is a four-wheel driver's delight, encompassing spectacular walking trails, boardwalks and lookouts. It has splendid panoramic views of the lakes, costal environment and wildlife. Other local attractions include the Tantanoola Caves.

Port Pirie, Flinders Ranges, South Australia

Port Pirie

South Australia

Port Pirie is one of South Australia’s best-kept secrets. Just a short detour from National Highway One, the town is nestled at the base of the picturesque Southern Flinders Ranges. The multi award-winning Port Pirie Regional Tourism and Arts Centre is a must for all visitors. Open daily; it features a fibreglass model of the longest white pointer shark landed in South Australian waters “Shakka”, a 23-year-old female shark, drowned after becoming tangled in the anchor rope of a local fishing boat. Her original jaws, pectoral fin, vertebrae and deformed teeth can be viewed up close. The centre is also home to the Pirie Rail Express, a 1.2 kilometre “ride-on” miniature railway that takes visitors on a replica journey from Port Pirie to Broken Hill. Both the miniature and model railways are operated on the first and third Sunday of the month by enthusiastic volunteers, who are keen to share their knowledge. Co-located at the centre is the Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery. Open daily; it features two great art galleries, hosting major touring exhibitions from the National Gallery of Australia and the South Australian Touring Exhibitions Program. It also features pieces from the Southern Flinders, Mid North and Yorke Peninsula. In keeping with the city’s railway theme is the engrossing National Trust Museum. Housed in the stunning former Ellen Street Railway Station; it offers great insight into the history of a city that was once one of the nation’s busiest railway centres. Visitors can tour of the world’s largest lead smelter which dominates the city skyline. Tours run on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and bookings can be made at the Tourism and Arts Centre. The city has a strong focus on the waters of Spencer Gulf, with great on and offshore fishing. It has two fully-equipped launching ramps and extensive car/boat parking facilities. Pretty picnic areas, children’s playgrounds and fun public art can be found at Solomontown Beach and also at parks dotted around the city (particula

Riverland, South Australia

Riverland

South Australia

Cruise among great little riverside towns in your own floating home on a Murray River holiday. The Riverland is a couple of hours from Adelaide. There's a good reason why nearly half of South Australia's wine grapes (and 90 per cent of our oranges, stone fruits and nuts) are grown in the Riverland. It's all the sunshine… Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre: The centre has rejuvenated the surrounding wetlands to attract birds. There are pelicans, black swans, blue-winged shovelers and rare white-eyed ducks for you to see. Take a walk on the boardwalk around the wetlands. Relax on the deck at the cellar door and café. Riverland food and wine: The Riverland is known as the engine room of Australia's wine industry. It has a reputation for premium and boutique wines. Visit cellar doors at Hardy’s, Berri Estates (the southern hemisphere's largest winery and distillery) and Angove's. Taste stone fruit, citrus and almonds at roadside produce stalls throughout the region. Pickup a copy of the Riverland Wine and Food Trail Map at local visitor information centres. Canoeing in the Riverland: Paddle a canoe into the backwaters of the Murray River at the Loch Luna Game Reserve or Katarapko Creek in the Murray River National Park. It’s an easy paddle and suitable for children. Pick up a canoe trail brochure at local visitor information centres. Golfing greats: There are five top quality golf courses within 25 minutes of each other. The Riverland’s endless sunshine makes the links lush and great to play all year round. You'll find these courses in Waikerie, Barmera, Berri, Loxton and Renmark. Overland Corner Hotel: Quench your thirst at one of South Australia's most quirky historic hotels. The Overland Corner Hotel was built in 1859 and was originally an isolated frontier pub, frequented only by cattlemen driving cattle between South Australia and New South Wales. It includes a museum, nearby mines and a cemetery with resident ghosts. Visitor Information Centres can give you m

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