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Angaston, Barossa, South Australia


South Australia

There's a real buzz in the Angaston main street - cafés, cheese makers, wine bars, cellar doors, smart little antique and retail shops and traditional shops. Blond Coffee is a Mecca for the locals that visitors should not miss: a modern coffee shop that offers fresh light lunches, great coffee, and a selection of local and imported produce. Similarly, just a minute from the main street The South Australian Company Store offers visitors a truly regional experience, stocking a large range of Food Barossa products as well as a sensational dining experience, compliments of renowned local chef Chris Wilksch. Both businesses typify the way the Barossa constantly reinvents itself to reflect the best contemporary culture while keeping its feet still firmly rooted in tradition. The Barossa Farmers Market on the edge of town is another example. Held each Saturday morning, it showcases real food produced in the homes and farms of the Barossa. Local food producers offer the freshest of home grown produce, from fruit and vegetables to meat, poultry and free-range eggs, along with a huge variety of locally manufactured food products. But history is never far away. With a population of around 2000, Angaston is at the "English" or eastern end of the Barossa and was named after one of South Australia's founders, George Fife Angas, who sponsored many of the region's early German settlers. The Angas family was a major influence here for many generations, with one of their homes, Collingrove, now providing accommodation and a popular tourism attraction. There is a terrific selection of bed and breakfasts, both hosted and self-contained, as you'll need a rest after all of the activity Angaston has to offer.

Balaklava, Clare Valley, South Australia


South Australia

Only an hour north of Adelaide and 25 kilometres west of Port Wakefield, Balaklava is famous for its race course and is home to the over 100 year old Balaklava Cup held every August or September which is the largest country race in South Australia. Balaklava is one of the main agricultural townships in this area, with the state rail network connecting grain silos from Balaklava, Owen, Nantawarra, and Long Plains to Adelaide. Balaklava is based around the beautiful River Wakefield and offers many lovely old buildings. A little south east of town is The Rocks Reserve, a unique formation of rock carved naturally by the River Wakefield. Enjoy the flora and fauna throughout the reserve and its walking trails. The town is well equipped and a great place to stock up on supplies. Accommodation options include a caravan park, hotels and several bed and breakfast properties. Attractions: Balaklava 18-hole championship golf course, offering six kilometres of manicured fairways. Balaklava Courthouse Gallery hosts work and exhibitions by local painters and potters. Balaklava Museum. The Rocks Reserve. Balaklava Gliding Club. Balaklava Race Club. In 1849, Balaklava began as a stopping point for Bullock Trains, which traversed the Gulf Road from the Burra Burra copper mines to Port Wakefield. In 1870 the first large grain stores were built by an Adelaide Grain Merchant, Charles Fisher, opening up the area to farmers. The town was surveyed in 1877 and named after the Battle of Balaklava in the Crimean War.

Beachport, Limestone Coast, South Australia


South Australia

Beachport is an isthmus with the sea on two sides and Lake George beside it. Sandy beaches stretch around Rivoli Bay offering great surf and safe swimming, while Bowman Scenic Drive allows visitors to explore the coastal dunes offering spectacular views of the rugged coast of the Southern Ocean. The Beachport jetty is the second longest in South Australia. The jetty reaches out into the bay and is a popular spot for local and visiting anglers of all ages. 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 four wheel drive maps and for up to date information. 'The Old Wool and Grain Store' National Trust museum tells the story of the district's past and provides an insight into the whaling history. Woakwine Cutting 10 kilometres north of Beachport is where you will find Australia's biggest one-man engineering feat. The Cutting was created to drain swampland for pastoral use. A viewing platform has been erected and the accomplishment documented for all visitors to read. Beachport also boasts a number of walking trails offering uninterrupted views of the picturesque bay and rugged coastline. The walks around town including the popular Lighthouse walk and lookout, or the Lagoon walk, Lanky's Walk, Wendy's Walk and the Jack and Hilda McArthur Walk. Play the excellent golf course, sample some fine fare at local eateries or simply float your cares away at the Pool of Siloam. The Pool of Siloam is fed by underground springs with the water seven times saltier than seawater which provides fantastic buoyancy. Swim pontoons are provided at the pool. Beachport has a variety of excellent accommodation ranging from classic beach holiday houses to four-star bed and breakfasts and provides the perfect stopover

Stirling, Adelaide Hills, South Australia


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.

Murraylands, South Australia


South Australia

Recharge on Australia's mighty Murray River during your next holiday. It winds its way through the heart of the Murraylands, carves out steep cliffs that turn orange at sunset, passes giant red gums and spills into wild lagoons. Paddle a canoe through quiet backwaters. Charter your own houseboat, from budget to budget-breaking luxury. Take a five-night cruise on the PS Murray Princess and the MVProud Mary. Take a short day trip out from the historic river ports of Mannum and Murray Bridge. Water ski, swim and fish. Sprawl out with a good book on the banks of the river. Find exotic wildlife in the open range sanctuary of Monarto Zoological Park. Giraffes, lions, rhinoceros, zebra, antelope and cheetahs roam freely in a bushland setting. You can see them all on a safari bus, walking tour or even by camel. It's a fantastic family holiday idea. Lose yourself and find rare birds, flora and fauna on a bushwalking journey through the Ngarkat Group of Conservation Parks. These four adjoining parks, deep in South Australia's Mallee area, cover a combined area of 270,000 hectares. They are home to a spectacular array of animals including echidnas, pygmy-possums and the endangered Mallee fowl. Walking trails will lead you to ruins and ancient Aboriginal sites. Watch the sun slip away over the Murray River, as you enjoy a three-course alfresco meal on a Big Bend by Night Eco Tour. Climb aboard a wagon to see kangaroos, hairy-nosed wombats and other native animals. The majestic Big Bend cliffs are the tallest cliffs on the Murray River; they’re about 20 million years old. Explore Australia's paddleboat history at the Mannum Dock Museum. The museum is home to the lovingly-restored, 100-year-old PS Marion. The intriguing museum can be found on the banks of the Murray River in Mannum. There’s a lot of history to discover in Mannum. Take a short river cruise, ride the BMX track, walk the Federation Trail or look out for the Bunyip. Spread out a picnic blanket and sprawl out on the grass of

Terowie, Clare Valley, South Australia


South Australia

Head to historic Terowie to explore its five museums and many historical buildings in its fascinating Main Street. Founded in 1877 and a railway town until 1989, Terowie was founded as a farming and grazing community. Today, much of the Main Street remains as in the old days. Terowie's heritage-listed buildings including the Post Office, the Pioneer Gallery with local family photographs and histories, a small museum down Main Street with photographs and display of woman’s work, the Blacksmith Museum in the original Blacksmith Shop, and Simpson Museum. Take a self guided walking tour or self drive tour. The Terowie Citizens Association have been working hard for many years to restore Terowie to give people a look at how it was back in the good old days. There are now 31 places of interest for people to look at. Terowie was a thriving stop in the late 1800s for people heading north and later became the change of gauge for the railways. The railways have since left and the town now stands as a well preserved display of early settlement with many of its historic buildings refurbished to their original state. Terowie became a large military camp in 1941 -1946. In March 1942 General Douglas MacArthur gave his first Australian press interview in Terowie after leaving the Philippines. His most famous statement was “I came out of Bataan and I shall return”.

Paringa, Riverland, South Australia


South Australia

Paringa is close to Renmark in the Riverland and is one of the first towns visitors reach in South Australia when they cross the border from Australia's eastern states. It's the base for some Murray River houseboat fleets and backwater canoe tours. Here, you can see Paringa's suspension bridge. Opened in 1927, it's just one of four to cross the Murray River. It opens between 9.30 am and 2.30 pm to allow paddlesteamers through. Opposite the Paringa Bridge, you'll find Bert Dix Memorial Park. Stop for a picnic or a barbecue while the children clamber over the playground. This is also a good spot to launch boats. Murtho Forest and Heading Cliffs are 15 kilometres north of Paringa and a great place to explore. See the view from Heading Cliffs on the way to Murtho Landing - one of the finest vantage points on the shores of the Murray. There are more spectacular views from a lookout tower. Murtho Forest Landing has a parking area and a place for launching boats. As well as being the base for many Murray River houseboats, you'll find plenty of other accommodation in and around Paringa including hotels, caravan parks, cottages and cabins. Located 260 kilometres north east of Adelaide and 4 kilometres from Renmark.

Opals, South Australia


South Australia

Andamooka is a unique town of miner's homes and semi-dugouts nestled on a honeycomb of underground diggings, in a field famous for the quality of its gemstones. Andamooka is 600 kilometres north of Adelaide and visitors today will discover that underneath its rugged exterior, like the rough opal itself, there is a wealth of warmth and colour. There are a variety of things to do and see here. Discover Andamooka's unique 'matrix opal' or the rare beauty of the famous local crystal opal. Buy directly from the miners at one of the opal showrooms in town or from The Bottle House (built in 1972), eliminating the middleman and saving dollars. You can buy painted opals from Hilda, and art from resident artist Alex Mendelsohn. Try 'noodling' (fossicking) for your own piece of elusive opal, but please check you are not on somebody's 'pegged' claim and always be alert as there are many old mine shafts around. Visit the vast, usually dry salt lake of Lake Torrens, the satellite opal fields of White Dam or the remote Stuart Creek opal diggings for a taste of the real outback. Relax at the Tuckerbox or Opal Hotel for meals or a refreshing drink, or explore this tiny opal mining town and unusual lunar like landscape by foot. Andamooka is the gateway for four wheel drive vehicles connecting with the Oodnadatta or Birdsville Tracks, or taking the Farina Adventure Trail and linking up to the Flinders Ranges. Andamooka opal adorned the hemline of the year 2001 "Opal Dress" worn by Olympian Tatiana Grigorieva; a breathtaking beauty valued at AUD500,000 and housed at the South Australian Museum. The opal fields were discovered in 1930 by two drovers from Andamooka Station who saw flashes of brilliant colour on a hillside after a rare thunderstorm. Opal is still mined in close proximity to the town and extends into 24 fields, giving the area a fascinating moon-like appearance. Andamooka is the only town in Australia where none of the streets are named and the main thoroughfare is built in a cre

Yunta, Flinders Ranges and Outback, South Australia


South Australia

Established in 1887, Yunta was a busy railway town on the Adelaide to Silverton line. Today, it is a small service hub for travellers and surrounding properties. Boasting a rich history in mining, railways and agriculture, Yunta offers an alternate route to Arkaroola and the Flinders Ranges. Facilities include a hotel with meals and accommodation, two roadhouses (one with caravan sites), Post Office and Rural Transaction Centre offering Internet access and an airstrip. A rest area with public toilets is located opposite the hotel. The town supports emergency services and a primary school. The main annual event is the Yunta Picnic Races and Gymkhana held mid-May.

Barossa, South Australia

Cockatoo Valley

South Australia

The original settlement of Arno Vale was settled by John Hallett in 1840, on the fringe of where the current settlement lies. It was later named for the flocks of cockatoos that congregated in the ancient old gums surrounding the town. Its convenient rural location – only 8km from Gawler – has seen recent land subdivisions for people seeking a country lifestyle. The Barossa Goldfields, Sandy Creek and Para Wirra Conservation Parks are a short drive away. The local general store can provide fuel and provisions seven days a week.