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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.

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

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.

Glendambo, Flinders Ranges & Outback, South Australia

Glendambo

South Australia

A friendly outback town, Glendambo provides essential services for travellers into South Australia's Outback. There's accommodation, dining, a bar and fuel facilities - even an Outback swimming pool. It's a good spot to rejuvenate and rest during your driving holiday. Each June, Glendambo hosts a Four Wheel Drive Outback Challenge and Field Day when the population soars. If you're in the mood for adventure and excitement, then venture further into South Australia's Outback. It's a dramatic departure from the hectic pace of big cities, but it's surprisingly accessible. See the majestic natural amphitheatre of Wilpena Pound, drive legendary desert tracks, or take a scenic flight over the Flinders Ranges. There's hiking trails, places to fossick for opals, and even a desert golf course with no grass. Whatever sort of adventure suits you, the Flinders Ranges and Outback has got it.

Lameroo, Murraylands, South Australia

Lameroo

South Australia

Known as one of South Australia's most attractive townships, Lameroo is a centre for shopping and education for the surrounding Mallee rural area. Lameroo welcomes visitors with lawned picnic areas, an 18-hole golf course and comfortable hotel motel. The Mallee District National Parks and Wildlife office is located here and offers information on conservation parks and camping grounds in the area. One of the larger towns in the Mallee region of the Murraylands, Lameroo is a main service centre for the surrounding farming area. South Australia's Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources Mallee District Office is in Lameroo and has information on the various conservation parks and camping grounds in the area. The nearby Ngarkat Group of Conservation Parks features 270,000 hectares of unspoilt natural habitat and is home to walking trails, 4WD tracks and an abundance of native wildlife. Although proclaimed in 1884, it wasn’t until 1906 – when the railway opened – that Lameroo began to flourish. During World War II, Lameroo was the site of a prisoner of war internment camp, and the mainly Italian prisoners were sent to work on local farms. The Lameroo Historical Museum is a great place to gain an insight into this and other aspects of the rich history of the town and its surrounding areas. The outback dunny exhibit is a must see!

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

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.

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.

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.

Pinnaroo Show and Field Day, Pinnaroo, Murraylands, South Australia.

Parilla

South Australia

Parilla sits on the Mallee Highway in the Murraylands region of South Australia. With a population of approximately 80, Parilla is a great spot to take a break from travelling and perhaps to stay the night. Take a look at the mural as well as the other points of interest in town. It has both traditional and newer crops, including potatoes, carrots, onions, olives and grapes. Parilla was named after an Aboriginal word meaning ‘cold place’. It was surveyed in 1904 and proclaimed a town in 1907. Like nearby Pinnaroo, Parilla too was brought to life in 1906 with the opening of the railway. Explore more of the Murraylands - one of South Australia's favourite aquatic playgrounds, with the mighty Murray River meandering through. This is where you'll find your perfect houseboat holiday. There's nothing that quite compares to a holiday on a houseboat, cruising up and down the river at your leisure in your own floating hotel. And the towns of the Murraylands have a relaxed, casual feel - the ideal place to spend a lazy afternoon in the sun after a day of watersports or fishing. There are plenty of opportunities to go bushwalking, or enjoy an old-fashioned singalong by the fire at a camping site. And you'll find a range of accommodation options, great places to relax, shop and enjoy a drink at a local pub.