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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

Burra, Clare Valley, South Australia

Burra

South Australia

Burra is one of the most beautifully preserved towns in South Australia. This former copper mining town is listed on the National Estate Register and also declared a State Heritage Area. Today you can explore the town using Burra’s Heritage Passport Trail. Armed with a charming little guidebook and your own key which you collect from the Burra Visitor Information Centre, you'll drive past 49 fascinating sites and learn why Burra was once South Australia's copper central. The 11 kilometre route includes Redruth Gaol, the Monster Mine and "Creek Street", where 1600 people lived in dugouts along the riverbank. The Heritage Passport Trail also provides access to three museums throughout the town, all with fantastic interpretation. Burra is also a great place to look for art and antiques. Don't miss Thorogoods of Burra, a boutique cider brewery. You'll also find walking trails, a golf club, bike hire, accommodation and more. The great Burra Jinker holds pride of place in Market Square. It was once pulled by some 40 bullocks, four abreast. Straining to the vivid exhortations of six bullock drivers under the leadership of William Woollacott, they hauled the massive jinker for three months, on a 100 mile journey from Adelaide. In April 2001 the Jinker was included in the BankSA Heritage Icons List. Burra began with the discovery of copper in 1845, by shepherds Thomas Pickett and William Streair. A number of townships soon developed - the South Australian Mining Association town of Kooringa, plus Redruth (Cornish) Aberdeen (Scottish) Llywchwr (Welsh) and Hampton (English). By 1851, the settlement now collectively known as Burra had a population of 5,000, second only to Adelaide with a population of 18,000. After the closure of the Monster Mine in 1877, the town became a service centre for an extensive agricultural and pastoral area. Less than half an hour's drive from Burra you can explore the Mongolata Goldfield, part of which is still operating. You can picnic at Burra Creek G

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.

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.

Black Point, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

Black Point

South Australia

Black Point boasts one of the most gorgeous stretches of coastline anywhere in South Australia. Traditional weekend 'shacks' were the first to find this little piece of heaven and now sit alongside some stunning new beach houses that line the bay. With no roads in between, the only thing between you and the water is the white sandy beach. The point juts into the water creating a safe beach with no rips, making it a popular destination for families and holiday makers. Black Point offers a relaxing lifestyle revolving around fishing, swimming, sailing, boating, crabbing and beach activities. Black Point offers absolute beach front accommodation with plenty of option available from a basic beach shack to luxury self-contained holiday homes or there is a small caravan park located on the cliff top overlooking the bay. There are also several beach access points for day trippers. Black Point is centrally located on the eastern coast of Yorke Peninsula, which is home to fantastic beachside towns, premier surfing destinations, heritage sites, great restaurants and more. Why not make Black Point your base as you explore this delightful region of South Australia? Once a nineteenth century quarantine station, Black Point is now one of the most prized pieces of real estate in South Australia. With around 150 'shacks' lining the beachfront, and a plentiful crabbing and fishing ground at your doorstep, Black Point has certainly turned its fortunes around in the last 200 years.

River Country, Murray River, South Australia

River Country

South Australia

Mannum Situated just 84 kilometres from Adelaide, Mannum is the birthplace of the famous Murray River paddle-steamers. This historic town retains strong links to its romantic river past. Today, Mannum boasts a bustling main street full of antique, craft, bric-a-brac and general retail outlets. There's also a huge range of eating options, from a scrumptious bakery, to cafes, hotels and numerous restaurants. Murray Bridge A thriving hub and the largest South Australian town on the Murray River, Murray Bridge is 80 kilometres east of Adelaide on the South Eastern Freeway. This bustling river city is less than an hour's drive from Adelaide and is a similar distance from the Barossa Valley and Fleurieu Peninsula. Attractions include river cruises, a wildlife park, historic buildings, adventure playground and more. Swan Reach Swan Reach is a great place for travellers to stop and enjoy some good old-fashioned Murraylands hospitality when driving between the Barossa and Riverland. A visit to the hotel is a must, with sweeping views of the mighty Murray River from its prominent location perched on top of golden cliffs. Spectacular scenery can be found at Big Bend. It boasts the tallest cliffs anywhere along the entire length of the Murray River. Tailem Bend On the banks of the Murray River, Tailem Bend is 100 kilometres from Adelaide. The town is a major road and rail junction with three highways – the Dukes, the Princes and the Mallee - all converging east of Tailem Bend. The nearby Coorong National Park is one of South Australia's most spectacular. Scenic views can be enjoyed from many vantage points and a number of handy tracks allow conventional vehicles easy access to many major features on the mainland side. Wellington Sitting at the junction of the Murray River and Lake Alexandrina, Wellington boasts one of the oldest working hotels in South Australia. The small town of Jervois is located on the main Wellington to Murray Bridge road and is home to a thriving dairy

Outback, South Australia

Outback South Australia

South Australia

Discover the vast interior of the outback. Feel the red earth beneath your feet. See the sunrise over the Flinders Ranges and let the morning light wake you. Escape from the city lights and travel north to South Australia’s outback. It’s about a 200 kilometre drive from Adelaide. If you don’t want to drive, try a guided tour. Air and bus services operate between Adelaide and Port Augusta. The Flinders Ranges is South Australia’s largest mountain range. Its iconic natural amphitheatre, Wilpena Pound, is a rough diamond in a vast landscape. As one of Australia’s most recognised outback destinations, the Flinders Ranges is the perfect base for exploring the outdoors. Learn about the outback’s Aboriginal history by following the self-drive Aboriginal Dreaming Trail. See 5000 year old cave wall paintings at Arkaroo Rock. Visit rock carvings at Chambers Gorge. Try the cultural tour of Lake Eyre and the Oodnadatta Track. You will learn about the Adnyamathanha people, bush medicines and taste “bush tucker”. If you travel down the 620 kilometre Oodnadatta Track, stop at Lake Eyre. In the middle of the desert, it’s the largest lake in Australia but only fills with water occasionally. At other times, it becomes a giant salt pan, stretching across 9,500 kilometres. Escape the heat at Coober Pedy and head underground. This outback town is the opal capital of the world and is also famous for its dugout homes. Due to the searing temperatures above ground, (it often averages over 40 degrees Celsius in summer), many homes are carved into the hillside. Stay at one of the underground hotels. “Noodle” (fossick) for opals. Play golf at night with glowing golf balls on a desert course. Put on your bushwalking boots and venture into Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary. Hike to mountain top ridges for spectacular views of the land below. With 610 square kilometres of wilderness to cover, see more in a short space of time by taking a four wheel drive tour (4WD). Arkaroola’s granite peaks, gorges and w

Mount Barker, Adelaide Hills South Australia

Mount Barker

South Australia

One of the fastest growing regional centres in Australia, Mount Barker is the retail hub of the Adelaide Hills. Mount Barker is also a town rich in history. The Mount Barker Council Heritage Walk offers an insight into the history of the town, taking in the heritage buildings of Murray Street and Auchendarroch, built in 1878 by prominent South Australian Robert Barr Smith as the family’s summer residence. Restored to its former glory, it is now part of the Wallis entertainment complex. Looming over the town is Mount Barker Summit, which has excellent views of the surrounding area. The Mount Barker Summit Scenic Drive takes in the Summit Conservation Park as well as the Laratinga Wetlands, where there is a good linear walk. Families will enjoy a visit to Keith Stephenson Park, which has picnic facilities and South Australia’s largest skate park. Mount Barker is also the home of Steamranger - a vintage steam-powered train that travels to Strathalbyn, Goolwa and Victor Harbor - and a tree-lined 18-hole golf course. And more recently, the town has become known as the home of leading natural skincare company Jurlique. Pubs, restaurants, petrol stations, supermarkets and speciality shops can all be found here, as well as sporting facilities, a hospital and several banks.

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.

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