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Mallee Country, Murraylands, South Australia

Mallee Country

South Australia

Discover some of the towns of the Murraylands' Mallee region, which include Karoonda, Lameroo, Pinnaroo, Alawona, Geranium, and Parilla. Discover the wonderful wild flowers in late winter and early spring. Enjoy bird watching year-round in the nearby conservation parks. Take a step back in time and visit the Mallee Tourist and Heritage Centre at Pinnaroo. Stop for a drink and a chat at the unique Wanbi Pub. The township of Karoonda is 60 kilometres northeast of Murray Bridge. Here you can inspect the Railway Museum and Pioneer Park, or enjoy the peace of the Apex caravan and camping area. Look out for the concrete statue of a ram standing in the shadow of the town's giant silos, highlighting the importance of farming to this Mallee community. Karoonda is well known in scientific circles as a meteorite fell to Earth just 3.6 kilometres from the township in the 1930s. Due to the meteorite's structural type, it shattered on impact. You can view a piece of the Karoonda meteorite is on display in the council offices. Lameroo is situated on the Mallee Highway and has a population of 550. The township is like a green oasis in the dry mallee area, with an abundance of lush lawns and trees to greet the visitor. You will also find an 18 hole golf course where visitors are welcome. The region contains a number of conservation parks to explore including Ngarkat, Mount Rescue, Mount Shaugh, Billiatt and also Karte Conservation Park. The best time to visit these parks is in late autumn, throughout winter and in early spring. Facilities are limited and four wheel vehicles are the most suitable form of transport. The park is large and isolated – the perfect place to really get away from it all! For detailed information on Ngarkat touring options get a copy of the Tracks of the Mallee from National Parks and Wildlife South Australia in Lameroo. Pinnaroo is in the heart of the wheat, oat and barley belt that stretches from western Victoria through to South Australia, and is situat

Jamestown, South Australia

Jamestown

South Australia

Jamestown is a picturesque rural township on RM Williams Way. You’ll love the beautifully maintained gardens and gracious stone buildings and houses. Settled in 1871 to service the surrounding farming area, Jamestown was named after the State’s Governor, Sir James Fergusson. Since then, Jamestown has maintained its role as a major district service centre and offers visitors a range of retail outlets and businesses. Stroll along the wide, manicured main street and look out for the wall murals depicting the pioneering achievements of early settlers adorning many of the heritage buildings. Many of the streets have names of Scottish origin, such as Ayr, Cumnock and Kilmarnock, due to the number of Scottish settlers who made the Jamestown region their home. Wander down to the meandering Belalie Creek that makes its way through the town and enjoy the serenity of the bird life - this is a must in the evening when the creek glows from the lights that enhance the peaceful scene. Whilst in Jamestown, visit the R.M. Williams interpretive road display and discover the history of Australia’s famous bush outfitter, or successfully weave your way through the landscape maze in Jamestown Park. As you drive south east of the town, you will notice the tall wind turbines that dot the landscape. These graceful machines are part of the renewable energy revolution that is taking place in South Australia. Near to Jamestown is a piece of Australian forestry history. Only a short drive south of the town is Bundaleer Forest, where you can take a nature walk, cycle, and learn about the history of forestry in the first forestry farm in Australia. Cycling is a popular activity in the Jamestown region, and as well as the Bundaleer Forest trails, there are trails from the township to Mannanarie and to the forest. If you would prefer to test your 4WD, ask in at the camper trailer store to find out about the local track. Jamestown has supermarkets and petrol outlets operating seven days. There is also a

St Kilda, South Australia

Salisbury

South Australia

Salisbury is a vibrant community offering a wide range of recreation opportunities including beautiful parks, reserves and wetlands for you to enjoy. It takes in the historic seaside town of St Kilda with its award winning adventure playground. Explore Salisbury's local trails and wetlands including the Little Para Trails, the Wodliparri Trail at Kaurna Park and Dry Creek Linear Park. Salisbury is a recognised national leader in a range of industries and encompasses Technology Park, where companies deal in the many myriad forms of technology, such as computer systems, robotics and space technology. Salisbury is located 25 kilometres north of Adelaide. The first people associated with the Salisbury area were the Aboriginal people known as the Kaurna. Recent research indicates that far from living a nomadic life style, groups were settled in campsites along the coast and inland plains of the Adelaide region. Many occupational and sacred sites still exist around the Salisbury area, including the Greenfields Wetlands. In 1839, three years after the founding of South Australia, a Scot named John Harvey migrated to South Australia. In 1847 he bought Section 2191 along the Little Para River and decided to develop a township there. The township allotments went for sale the following year. John chose to name the township 'Salisbury' as his wife came from near Salisbury (on-the-plain) in England. His wife Ann (nee Pitman) was related to Sir Isaac Pitman of shorthand fame. Many of the streets in Salisbury are named after John and his family. Most of the early settlers were English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh. There were also German settlers and some French. Since World War Two Salisbury had grown and changed dramatically due to changes in transport, population growth, technology, immigration and its proximity to the city of Adelaide.

Kangarilla, Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia

Kangarilla

South Australia

On the northern edge of the Fleurieu Peninsula close to the Adelaide Hills, Kangarilla is an outpost of the McLaren Vale wine growing area with several highly reputed wineries and vineyards. Kangarilla is surrounded by many small farms. The historic township features several buildings of South Australian and local heritage significance dating back to the mid 1800s. Sheep graze nearby while you can cook a barbecue and enjoy the countryside amid century old gum trees. The Kangarilla Road Vineyard and Winery is one of the few wineries in Australia to produce the Californian red variety Zinfandel, a spicy red similar to Grenache or Shiraz. Visit the contemporary cellar door, with fabulous views of vineyards through to Blewitt Springs. 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.

Glenelg, South Australia

Glenelg

South Australia

Located only 10 kilometres from the heart of Adelaide City, Glenelg is a charming seaside resort set on the long sandy white shores of Holdfast Bay. Glenelg is the site of South Australia's original mainland settlement in 1836. It is Adelaide's most popular coastal region. Glenelg has a perfect Mediterranean climate characterized by warm dry summers and cool mild winters. Summer temperatures average around 27 degrees celsius and winter months around 15 degrees celcius. A short 25 minute trip, on a tram departing from the centre of Glenelg - Moseley Square, takes you into Victoria Square in the heart of Adelaide. So you can base yourself at seaside Glenelg, but you are just a short trip away from the lights of the big city! But really why leave this delightful seaside destination, when everything is at your fingertips. We hope you enjoy your stay at Glenelg, we know you will want to come back again for some more of what this beautiful town has to offer.

Thevenard, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia

Thevenard

South Australia

Thevenard is a great place for spotting international ships as they stock up on grain, salt and gypsum from across the west coast of South Australia. A small fleet of fishing boats also share the bay, in search of whiting, snapper and other seafood for the town's fish processing plants. This small and friendly town has a seven day supermarket, takeaway and a hotel. According to the map reference in the book Gulliver's Travels, Jonathon Swift's fictional character Gulliver met the tiny people of Lilliput on islands visible from Thevenard Lookout at Pinky Point. These are the islands of St Peter and St Francis, first recorded by Pieter Nuyts and Francois Thyssen aboard the Gulden Zeepardt in 1627. See the islands and discover other local history on a walkway (complete with interpretive signage) from the sailing club to Pinky Point.

Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

Paskeville

South Australia

Paskeville is famed as the host town for the Yorke Peninsula Field Days, held biennally in September, with the next event to be held in 2011. This event is the oldest in Australia and one of the biggest, exhibiting millions of dollars worth of farm machinery. Named Community Event of the Year 2006 and inducted into the SA Great Regional Awards Hall of Fame in 2008, the field days also offer fantastic food and entertainment and a chance to mix with the locals. This small town is 131 kilometres from Adelaide and a reception point for grain deliveries. Paskeville has another claim to fame as the only town in the state to have imposed a voluntary ban on poker machines. Although Paskeville is located in a pokie-free zone in the centre of the peninsula, it is less than an hour from such popular seaside resorts as Port Wakefield, Moonta Bay and Wallaroo. It is also just a 19km drive west from the peninsula's largest town, Kadina. A product of the copper mining boom in the mid-19th century when thousands of Cornish miners flocked to the pitheads. Kadina co-hosts the biennial Kernewek Lowender, one of the largest Celtic festivals held outside the United Kingdom. Yorke Peninsula is one of South Australia's most popular holiday destinations. It offers plenty of seaside accommodation, swimming beaches, fishing, walking trails and more.

Riverton, Clare Valley, South Australia

Riverton

South Australia

Riverton, heart of the Gilbert Valley, is located on the Barrier Highway. This charming town thrives as the commercial centre of a fertile farming district. Riverton has preserved many significant buildings and a heritage walk brochure is available from the Riverton History and Information Centre, listing buildings of interest. The Riverton railway station, built in the 1870s, was the first of the buildings along the railway line to be constructed of stone and is a magnificent example of early Australian architecture. Scholz Park, with its cottage, blacksmith and wheelwright's shop is also historically significant. Holy Trinity Church, built in 1857, was the first church in the valley and today overlooks a nine-hole golf course. Riverton is in South Australia's Clare Valley. The Clare Valley itself represents an authentic slice of country life. Whether you're walking through its intimate villages, cycling the Riesling Trail, or exploring the country roads and bushland, you can't help but fall for the region's natural charms. When you sample the local produce at a farmhouse tasting room, you may find yourself talking to the person whose name is on the label. And when you try a Riesling at one of the region's award-winning wineries, you might just find yourself chatting to the winemaker, and hearing first hand about the meticulous craft that went into making it.

Southend, Limestone Coast, South Australia

Southend

South Australia

Located on the Southern Ports Highway just south of Beachport, Southend was the first seaport in the region. Now a working crayfish port and holiday village, Southend offers you safe sheltered swimming beaches and good surf. You'll find a wide variety of water activities here, including great fishing. Enjoy the rugged coastal scenery and a mix of exhilarating four-wheel drive vehicle and walking trails. Boasting a variety of accommodation properties, Southend is also a great base for day trips through neighbouring Canunda National Park and the surrounding coastal ports. Nearby Beachport has the second longest jetty in South Australia (approximately 772 metres). The jetty reaches out into the bay and is a popular location for local and visiting anglers of all ages. Take a walk or do a spot of fishing. For the more adventurous, explore Beachport Conservation Park by four-wheel drive. Take in the coastal scenery, escape to secluded beaches and see intriguing shell middens. Take some time to explore Lake George and the magnificent bird life. Be sure to call into the Beachport Visitor Information Centre and collect a copy of their new 4WD maps and for up to date information. "The Old Wool & Grain Store" National Trust museum tells the story of the district's past and provides an insight into its whaling history. Southend and Beachport - two great Limestone Coast destinations.

Stirling, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Stirling

South Australia

Pretty Stirling, in the Adelaide Hills, is home to some of South Australia’s most beautiful homes. Stirling became popular with Adelaide’s wealthy residents in the 1800s, who built summer houses to escape the heat of the plains in the late nineteenth century. A walk through Stirling will reveal many of these homes, including some that have been converted to bed and breakfast accommodation. The tree-lined main street, a riot of colour in both spring and autumn, has a good collection of cafes, restaurants and shops. Many of Stirling's magnificent ‘English’ gardens are accessible to visitors via the Open Garden Scheme. On the fourth Sunday of each month Druids Avenue is closed off for the Stirling Market, with local produce, plants and homemade wares, the atmosphere is relaxed and enjoyable. There is more to discover in the Adelaide Hills. It's the home of boutique wineries, country markets, art galleries and charming villages. It's also the place for romantic weekends away, cosy pub meals, scenic drives and nature walks. Children love the Adelaide Hills's giant rocking horse, National Motor Museum and wildlife parks. Located only 20 minutes from Adelaide's central business district, the Adelaide Hills provide a wonderfully refreshing change from the pace of the city.

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