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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

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

Victor Harbor, Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia

Victor Harbor

South Australia

Victor Harbor is all about the sun, surf, sand, stunning views and intimate wildlife encounters. It's here that you'll find the Little Penguins of Granite Island, Southern Right Whales blowing into Encounter Bay, and some of South Australia's best surf at beaches like Petrel Cove, Chiton Rocks and the Dump. Granite Island can be reached via a 600 metres causeway from Victor Harbor. Take a Clydesdale-drawn tram or walk across and absorb the stunning sea views. Victor Harbor features outstanding early colonial architecture, good pubs, cafes and restaurants, and plenty of accommodation and fun events to attend. Visit the South Australian Whale Centre or climb aboard the Cockle Train for a steam rail experience along the cliff tops to Port Elliot and Goolwa. Find your own fun at Greenhills Adventure Park, the Dunes Mini Golf Course and Urimbirra Wildlife Park. Generations of South Australians have made Victor Harbor their summer holiday destination - and it's easy to see why.

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.

Glossop, Riverland, South Australia

Glossop

South Australia

Glossop is a small town in the Riverland region of South Australia. It was gazetted in 1921 as the town in a soldier settlement area after World War One and was named after Admiral Glossop, who had been in charge of HMAS Sydney when it sank SMS Emden in 1914. At the 2011 census, Glossop had a population of 931. Berri Estates, a large winery originally owned by a local co-operative but now owned by Constellation Brands, is located near the centre of Glossop. It is the home of Riverland Christian School, Glossop Primary School and Glossop High School, one of the region's four high schools (the others being at Loxton, Waikerie and Renmark). Although one of the smaller towns of South Australia's Riverland region, Glossop is the home of a gallery of Australian Aboriginal art, a small deli (in the Australian sense of the word), two petrol stations, and some hardware shops. It also has a number of religious centres servicing the region including a Sikh Temple, and an Apostolic (Christian pentecostal) church (Riverland Central Christian Church). It is on the Old Sturt Highway, between the more major towns of Barmera and Berri, Glossop also has a motel outside which is situated in front of Captain Glossop's Anchor.

Rapid Bay, Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia

Rapid Bay

South Australia

Nestled between a long sandy beach and towering cliffs, Rapid Bay is 105 kilometres south of Adelaide and reached by a steeply descending road from the main Normanville-Cape Jervis Road. Rapid Bay is well known for its very long jetty. While the original jetty built in 1940 is closed to the public, a new jetty (opened in early 2009) is now available for use. Take a stroll along the jetty and enjoy fishing or the beautiful views. At Rapid Bay, you'll also find an important South Australian landmark - a boulder on which Colonel Light carved his initials after he first stepped ashore. It's reported that he said "I have hardly seen a place I like better". Rapid Bay was named after the brig HMS Rapid in which Colonel Light and his staff came to South Australia, discovering Rapid Bay in 1830 en route to Glenelg. The HMAS Hobart was scuttled off Rapid Bay in November 2002 which has created an even more exciting dive experience for dive enthusiasts. 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.

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.

Geranium, Murraylands, South Australia

Geranium

South Australia

Geranium is a pretty farming town named after the wild geraniums that grow in abundance there. The town has a hall, two churches, store, garage, extensive sporting facilities and the only bowling green in the area, making it an important local centre and an attractive township for retiring farmers. In an era of centralisation to big towns, Geranium’s future as a small centre seems assured. In 1999 the Geranium was named South Australia’s Tidiest Town. The town still consistently features among the top achievers in these annual awards. Geranium went on to compete in the National Finals of Australia’s Tidiest Town and won an Award of Excellence for Environmental Action and Education. Geranium lies on the far western border of the Southern Mallee. The Geranium residents put in many hours to achieve this award, indicative of the communal spirit of South Australians, who have the highest participation in the tidy town judging of any state in the nation. Geranium won the competition from a huge field of 316 separate communities and 220 schools, competing with many towns far greater in size and population.

Melrose, Flinders and Outback, South Australia

Melrose

South Australia

Melrose is a charming reminder of early South Australia, nestled at the foot of Mount Remarkable National Park. The towns serves a rural community and at the same time offers a pleasant holiday retreat. Many of Melrose's features are within walking distance. Climb to the War Memorial for a panoramic view over the Willochra Plain, or to Lookout Hill near the water tanks. Cathedral Rock is a spectacular formation along the edge of Mount Remarkable Creek, west of the town. Walk through the fascinating Melrose Courthouse Heritage Centre which brings to life the early days of miners, timber workers, pioneering women and farm workers. This innovative museum has possibly one of the best depictions of the early history of the upper and far north of South Australia. The North Star Inn is a unique place to stay with a variety of accommodation to suit all budgets, and some themed rooms. Food is mostly locally-produced organic and Mum's Kitchen turns out wholesome country cuisine. In amongst all that, there is a pool, grassy picnic area, a book collection of family history, local history and Australian and Aboriginal cultures. More accommodation can be found in the town, including holiday units and a caravan park. Melrose, the oldest town in the Flinders Ranges, came into existence because of a copper deposit found in the area in 1840s. Nowdays grazing, wheat and barley growing are the main activities.

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