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Nuriootpa, Barossa, South Australia

Nuriootpa

South Australia

Nuriootpa means ‘the meeting place’. There is no better place to meet and start exploring the Barossa than here. Surrounded by vineyards, the town's vine-lined main street becomes an amazing array of colours during autumn. This is the business centre of the Barossa, with an impressive range of facilities and services, iincluding the Barossa Community Store. Nuriootpa is home to some of the region’s best-known cellar doors including Penfolds, Elderton and, just a few kilometres from the town, Wolf Blass Visitor Centre. Dine in at one of the many eateries, or ‘dine out’ and enjoy a delicious picnic of local produce. There are some great spots to relax and soak up the fresh country air, including Coulthard and Tolley Reserves, or take a leisurely stroll along the Linear Path. If you have a green thumb, be sure to visit Barossa Bushgardens to see how you can use local plant species and native Australian plants to create a stunning garden at home.

Marion Bay, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

Marion Bay

South Australia

Situated on the 'foot' of Yorke Peninsula, Marion Bay is the gateway to Innes National Park. With surf and swimming beaches and a variety of fishing available, visitors are sure to enjoy this small town. Marion Bay has a small population which swells considerably during holiday periods. The beaches at Marion Bay offer the best of both worlds - a sheltered swimming beach popular with families, and a surf beach on the other side. Marion Bay's autumn mullet run is a draw card for beach anglers. Fishing is available for everyone, with the area offering excellent boat, jetty, beach, rock and surf fishing. Attractions: Several deep sea fishing charters operate in the area and if you are looking to hook into some action, they come highly recommended. Fishing and Surfing. Autumn Mullet run. Innes National Park. Marion Bay is a versatile holiday destination with excellent accommodation options and makes a perfect base for exploring Innes National Park and the 'bottom end' of the peninsula.

Frances, Limestone Coast, South Australia

Frances

South Australia

Once known as the railway town, the rural community of Frances is now famous for the annual Frances Folk Gathering. Held every February, Australia's only participation-based Folk Festival features music awards, workshops, song writing, dancing and poetry. More than 3000 people get involved each year. Enjoy bushwalks and picnics at Little Desert National Park, just five minutes from the town centre. Gaze in wonderment at the majestic red gums and rich bird life at Mullinger Swamp Conservation Park. One 800-year old tree is so large that a family is said to have once lived in its hollowed out base! Frances is located between Bordertown and Naracoorte.

Quorn, Flinders Ranges, South Australia

Quorn

South Australia

The pretty Flinders Ranges town of Quorn is home to the Pichi Richi Railway, a treasured steam journey which chugs its way through glorious rugged countryside to Port Augusta. Quorn retains much of its old world character, with charming street frontages and a pub on almost every corner. Stop in at a cafe for coffee and cake, or wander through bric-a-brac stores and an art gallery. The discovery of rich mineral deposits in the Flinders Ranges and the opening up of the Willochra Plains for agriculture made it necessary to construct railways to serve the north of the state. To meet these needs the town of Quorn was surveyed and proclaimed in 1878 and soon became an important railway town. Mount Brown 14 kilometres south, is the highest peak rising majestically over 900 metres. Nearer to the town, Devil's Peak and Dutchmans stern overlook the valley with their rocky outcrops richly coloured, to the north where Warren and Buckaringa Gorge carve through the hills to Mount Arden. You can find accommodation at the Quorn Caravan Park.

Littlehampton, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Mount Torrens

South Australia

Mount Torrens is one of the Adelaide Hills's most well preserved historic towns. Declared a State Heritage town by the South Australian government, Mount Torrens's main street is lined with picture perfect 19th century buildings including an old inn, flour mill and several private homes. Today small acre farming, dairying and grape growing are the main industries and there is also a Clydesdale Stud near the town. Mount Torrens is halfway between Adelaide and the Murray River, which saw it become a popular staging point for bullock teams travelling from the river. It was settled in 1853 by George Dunn. In the 1860s gold was discovered and this led to a population boom. And there's 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.

Mannum, Murraylands, South Australia

Mannum

South Australia

Mannum is a scenic and celebrated Murray River town, ideal for river holidays. It has a beautiful riverfront and excellent recreational facilities including Mary Ann Reserve, home to a playground, boat ramp, picnic tables and kiosk. Visitors can hire water-skis, jet-skis, canoes, kneeboarding equipment or simply drop a line and enjoy the fishing. Mannum's attractive main street has an art gallery, antiques, craft and bric-a-brac shops, and there is a good choice of cafes and hotels, including the award-winning Pretoria Hotel, which offers quality riverfront dining. There are several scenic and historic walks in the town and nearby Mannum Falls has easy and moderate level tracks passing winter-flowing waterfalls, abundant bird life and interesting rock formations. Having celebrated its 150th birthday in 2004, Mannum is a town steeped in history. Blacksmith brothers John and David Shearer spearheaded the settlement of the town after they established their farm machinery factory where they created a string of inventions. In fact in 1897, David Shearer produced one of the first two cars in Australia, which featured a differential gear in an enclosed case. Mannum is also the birthplace of the Murray River paddle steamers, including the first ever built, the Mary Ann, which was constructed in 1853 by Captain William Randell. At the Mannum Visitor Centre you can discover the history of the river and visit the Randell Dry Dock. Installed at Mannum in 1876 it is listed on the National Estate and the only one of its kind in the southern hemisphere. The visitor centre is also home to the PS Marion - a restored 114-year old paddle steamer that is open to the public daily, except when cruising. There is also an art exhibition and fossil display. The Mannum Olde Days and Olde Ways Museum also provides an insight into pioneering days, while Mannum Minerals, which has one of the state's largest displays of gemstones, minerals, fossils and shells, tells the geological history of the area.

Williamstown, Barossa Valley, South Australia

Williamstown

South Australia

At the southern gateway to the Barossa, picturesque Williamstown offers a welcome for visitors wanting to enjoy a distinct Barossa historical experience. The original settlement of Victoria Creek transformed into Williamstown after the legendary sale of a team of horses in exchange for the parcels of land on which the hotels are now located. The town originally functioned as a service centre for the already well-established pastoral and timber community of the famed Mount Crawford district. With local wineries, the Barossa reservoirs, conservation parks, Mount Crawford forest and the Barossa goldfields, Williamstown offers plenty to see and do. Visitors can enjoy indoor activities such as wine tasting and shopping as well as outdoor activities like cycling, walking and wildlife watching. A visit to the world-famous Whispering Wall in its natural bushland setting is a must. The massive curved retaining wall of the Barossa reservoir is a 140-metre long, acoustic marvel (you can speak in a normal voice and people on the other side can clearly hear you). This town is also home to the biggest mural in the Barossa, depicting aspects of life in Williamstown and surrounding areas since the earliest days of South Australian settlement. Along the pretty main street browse the antique store, visit the charming hotels and cellar doors or grab a bite to eat at the bakery, the local deli or fish and chip shop or have a picnic/ barbecue with your family at Colonist Corner or the Victoria Creek Reserve. Accommodation options include bed and breakfast establishments, and a shady caravan park with cabins and tenting options.

Littlehampton, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Macclesfield

South Australia

Macclesfield is a small town in the leafy Adelaide Hills of South Australia. You can wander the town with its historic buildings and old village feeling and enjoy a meal and a drink at one of the local historic hotels. It still has wonderful examples of early stone architecture that remain as dwellings to this day and there are an abundance of good walks both in and around the village. The Macclesfield Weekly Market is operated by the Battunga Country Growers' Market, held every Sunday. Grab fabulous home-grown, handmade, organic and fair trade produce. You can drive to Macclesfield on the beautiful Angus River Scenic Drive (route B33). It takes about 45 minutes from the city of Adelaide. And there's 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.

Morgan, Riverland, South Australia

Morgan

South Australia

Morgan is an historic town and popular holiday retreat on the Murray River. The Morgan Museum overlooks the lawn riverbank area and charts early life in the Morgan area. See superb horse drawn vehicles used for the transportation, a 1926 Chevrolet truck in working order, and an 11-metre mural constructed entirely of locally grown wool. There is also the old telephone exchange setup near the old schoolroom and the farmhouse kitchen which are enjoyable for all members of the family. There are many reserves in the area and good fishing spots, there are several stranded barges from the paddle wheel era - some high and dry, other are submerged, these are worth seeing and fishing around. The Morgan Historical Walk includes the Railway Reserve and some of Morgan township’s buildings of historical significance. There is a good shopping centre which caters for all needs as well as hotels, a swimming area, golf course, bowling club, caravan park, camping sites and plenty of good fishing areas. Copies of the Heritage Walk map can be obtained from the Morgan Visitor Information Centre, in the Morgan Roadhouse, the Council Office or most of the businesses in the town. Charles Sturt passed the site of the town on his voyage down the Murray and back in 1830. Known originally as North West Bend, the Great Bend or the Great Elbow, it became a point for overlanders, on their way to Adelaide with stock, to leave the Murray and make for Adelaide. In 1878 the town was proclaimed and the Kapunda to Morgan railway officially opened. The purpose of the railway was to tap the river trade from the Darling and Upper Murray regions by providing quicker access to a coastal port and thereby forestalling similar efforts by the Victorian Government. In its glory days, as a port, Morgan was the second biggest port in South Australia, behind Port Adelaide, dispatching six trains a day to Port Adelaide and saw long queues of laden steamers and barges stretching downstream from the Morgan wharf awaiting the

Second Valley, Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia

Second Valley

South Australia

Steep coastal cliffs, old boat sheds and fascinating geological formations help make Second Valley unforgettable. Second Valley's protected waters provide scuba divers with memorable diving experiences as they encounter fur seals and leafy seadragons. Located 91 kilometres south of Adelaide, Second Valley is divided into two parts - the old mill on the main road and, down the valley to the sea, a tiny coastal port reminiscent of a Cornish fishing village. You'll also find local accommodation. 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.