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Paringa, Riverland, South Australia

Paringa

South Australia

Paringa is close to Renmark in the Riverland and is one of the first towns visitors reach in South Australia when they cross the border from Australia's eastern states. It's the base for some Murray River houseboat fleets and backwater canoe tours. Here, you can see Paringa's suspension bridge. Opened in 1927, it's just one of four to cross the Murray River. It opens between 9.30 am and 2.30 pm to allow paddlesteamers through. Opposite the Paringa Bridge, you'll find Bert Dix Memorial Park. Stop for a picnic or a barbecue while the children clamber over the playground. This is also a good spot to launch boats. Murtho Forest and Heading Cliffs are 15 kilometres north of Paringa and a great place to explore. See the view from Heading Cliffs on the way to Murtho Landing - one of the finest vantage points on the shores of the Murray. There are more spectacular views from a lookout tower. Murtho Forest Landing has a parking area and a place for launching boats. As well as being the base for many Murray River houseboats, you'll find plenty of other accommodation in and around Paringa including hotels, caravan parks, cottages and cabins. Located 260 kilometres north east of Adelaide and 4 kilometres from Renmark.

Opals, South Australia

Andamooka

South Australia

Andamooka is a unique town of miner's homes and semi-dugouts nestled on a honeycomb of underground diggings, in a field famous for the quality of its gemstones. Andamooka is 600 kilometres north of Adelaide and visitors today will discover that underneath its rugged exterior, like the rough opal itself, there is a wealth of warmth and colour. There are a variety of things to do and see here. Discover Andamooka's unique 'matrix opal' or the rare beauty of the famous local crystal opal. Buy directly from the miners at one of the opal showrooms in town or from The Bottle House (built in 1972), eliminating the middleman and saving dollars. You can buy painted opals from Hilda, and art from resident artist Alex Mendelsohn. Try 'noodling' (fossicking) for your own piece of elusive opal, but please check you are not on somebody's 'pegged' claim and always be alert as there are many old mine shafts around. Visit the vast, usually dry salt lake of Lake Torrens, the satellite opal fields of White Dam or the remote Stuart Creek opal diggings for a taste of the real outback. Relax at the Tuckerbox or Opal Hotel for meals or a refreshing drink, or explore this tiny opal mining town and unusual lunar like landscape by foot. Andamooka is the gateway for four wheel drive vehicles connecting with the Oodnadatta or Birdsville Tracks, or taking the Farina Adventure Trail and linking up to the Flinders Ranges. Andamooka opal adorned the hemline of the year 2001 "Opal Dress" worn by Olympian Tatiana Grigorieva; a breathtaking beauty valued at AUD500,000 and housed at the South Australian Museum. The opal fields were discovered in 1930 by two drovers from Andamooka Station who saw flashes of brilliant colour on a hillside after a rare thunderstorm. Opal is still mined in close proximity to the town and extends into 24 fields, giving the area a fascinating moon-like appearance. Andamooka is the only town in Australia where none of the streets are named and the main thoroughfare is built in a cre

Yunta, Flinders Ranges and Outback, South Australia

Yunta

South Australia

Established in 1887, Yunta was a busy railway town on the Adelaide to Silverton line. Today, it is a small service hub for travellers and surrounding properties. Boasting a rich history in mining, railways and agriculture, Yunta offers an alternate route to Arkaroola and the Flinders Ranges. Facilities include a hotel with meals and accommodation, two roadhouses (one with caravan sites), Post Office and Rural Transaction Centre offering Internet access and an airstrip. A rest area with public toilets is located opposite the hotel. The town supports emergency services and a primary school. The main annual event is the Yunta Picnic Races and Gymkhana held mid-May.

Barossa, South Australia

Cockatoo Valley

South Australia

The original settlement of Arno Vale was settled by John Hallett in 1840, on the fringe of where the current settlement lies. It was later named for the flocks of cockatoos that congregated in the ancient old gums surrounding the town. Its convenient rural location – only 8km from Gawler – has seen recent land subdivisions for people seeking a country lifestyle. The Barossa Goldfields, Sandy Creek and Para Wirra Conservation Parks are a short drive away. The local general store can provide fuel and provisions seven days a week.

Barmera, Riverland, South Australia

Barmera

South Australia

Barmera, with its ideal location on the shores of Lake Bonney, is one of South Australia's most popular aquatic playgrounds. Throughout the year the town comes alive for many festivals and events. The Barmera Main Street Markets held once a month from February to April and October to December are no exception - you can try and buy local produce, arts and crafts. Barmera has a range of accommodation including hotel, motels, country club, lakeside caravan parks, a backpacker hostel, bed and breakfast, self-contained cottages and numerous lakeside camping sites. Barmera was named after the Barmera Aboriginal people that lived on the shores of Lake Bonney. The lake itself was named after Charles Bonney who saw it on the first overland trek from Sydney to Adelaide in 1838. On and around Lake Bonney Lake Bonney – full, fun and fantastic. In summer there are boats everywhere. The Yacht Club runs weekly races that are a great spectacle to watch from the shore. Canoeists and other boaters enjoy great fishing and sightseeing on the lake and adjoining wetlands abound with wildlife. It’s a freshwater lake and is popular with water-skiers, windsurfers and jet ski enthusiasts, and has excellent safe swimming areas. Country Music Hall of Fame A family-oriented town, Barmera boasts the SA Country Music Hall of Fame that displays extensive memorabilia. In June of each year the town hosts an important annual country music festival attended by people from all over Australia. Napper’s Ruins Located on the north side of Lake Bonney, Napper’s Ruins once stood strong as a hotel built for former workers of Cobdogla Station. It was originally called Lake Bonney Hotel and consisted of 11 rooms that included a well stocked bar and an eating room that could cater for 12 people. The hotel is now nothing more than ruins and includes interpretive information around the site. Explore the many different river environments, from the floodplain and billabongs to the limestone cliffs on the Overland C

Pine Point, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

Pine Point

South Australia

On a rise overlooking the bay of Port Alfred and with the sweep of Black Point in the distance, Pine Point was once one of the busiest ports on Yorke Peninsula. Today, it is well-known as an excellent wading area to rake the shallows for blue swimmer crabs and a popular spot for fishing and boating. Attractions: Crabbing. Fishing and boating. Tennis court for hire. Located just 165 kilometres from Adelaide, Pine Point is a central location for exploring the Yorke Peninsula. The town has a licensed general store and caravan park.

Flinders Ranges and Outback, South Australia

Cradock

South Australia

Established in 1878, the town takes its name from the then Governor of South Africa, Sir John Cradock. There was once a school, police station, two hotels, two blacksmith shops and a saddler situated in Cradock, which is now virtually a ghost town. Any hopes of a thriving community died when grain growing proved impossible, however the remaining old sandstone buildings are fascinating and a delight to view. No visit to Cradock is complete without wining and dining at the lovely Cradock Hotel, one of the few businesses to continue to operate in this pretty Flinders ghost town.

Rowland Flat, Barossa, South Australia

Rowland Flat

South Australia

This small town rests on a landscape of low hills, in the valley floor between Lyndoch and Tanunda. See the contrast between historical buildings, farmhouses and the modern facilities of the impressive, Orlando Wyndham Winery. Established in 1877, the winery is the home to one of Australia’s best-known wine brands, Jacob’s Creek. The famous creek is nearby and is where Johann Gramp first planted vines in 1847. Learn more about the wine at the modern, Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre, on the road between Rowland Flat and Tanunda. There is an interactive display on winemaking, viticulture and the region’s history, which complements the wine tasting experience. The region’s largest accommodation property, the Novotel Barossa Valley Resort, is located at Rowland Flat. The resort is adjacent to the Tanunda Pines Golf Club. There are magnificant vineyard and rural views from both.

Minlaton, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

Minlaton

South Australia

Located 197 kilometres west of Adelaide and 88 metres above sea level, Minlaton is the main service centre for the surrounding rural districts. Offering a variety of facilities for travellers venturing to the 'bottom end' of Yorke Peninsula, Minlaton is a picturesque township with wide, welcoming streets. Make sure you drop into the Yorke Peninsula Visitor Information Centre and Harvest Corner for visitor information, a great array of local produce and quality crafts. A feature of the town is its memorial to pioneer aviator Captain Harry Butler and his Red Devil monoplane, believed to be the only genuine one of its kind left in the world. The plane is on display on the edge of town at the Harry Butler Memorial. In 1919, Harry flew his World War I Bristol Monoplane on the first special mail delivery across the sea to Minlaton. The local National Trust Museum has a room dedicated to Harry Butler and is well worth a visit. Attractions: Captain Harry Butler's Red Devil Monoplane. Minlaton's town walking trail, beginning from the visitor centre and meandering through the outskirts of the town and past the bird hide. Minlaton National Trust Museum. Minlaton Golf Club. The town was originally named 'Gum Flat' because it is the only area of the Southern Yorke Peninsula where red gums grow naturally. The name was later changed to Minlaton, which is derived from the local Aboriginal word 'minlacowie' which means, 'sweet water'. The area was settled in the 1870s by farmers who found the conditions ideal for growing wheat, barley and the grazing of sheep. Today, this small township promotes itself as 'The Barley Capital of the World' and offers many facilities for locals and tourists alike.

Lobethal, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Lobethal

South Australia

Lobethal is famous for its Christmas spirit but you will find any-time is a great time to visit this picturesque town in the Adelaide Hills. The Onkaparinga Woollen Mill, for which the town was once well known, is now a small business centre that is home to three local boutique winery cellar doors. Co–located in The Mill you will find The Lobethal Bierhaus, a micro brewery, cellar door and restaurant. All of the brewery’s equipment is on display together with detailed descriptions of how its beer is made and the considerable history of brewing in Lobethal, which dates back to 1851. The restaurant serves an excellent range of dishes designed around local produce in a casual family friendly environment. In addition to its own award winning handcrafted beers (available on both draught and in bottle to take home), a selection of locally made wines, tea, coffee and soft drinks are also available. Families will also enjoy Fairyland Village, which depicts fairy tales in life-sized displays. Whilst in Lobethal, discover the fascinating Lobethal Archives and Historical Museum. It tells the story of both the German and English history of South Australia through displays and exhibits. Entry is via donation. Of course every December Lobethal lights up when locals decorate homes and businesses with a myriad of coloured lights. Join thousands of visitors each year who come to celebrate the festive season.