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Nuriootpa, Barossa, South Australia


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


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


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


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


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.

Aldgate, Adelaide Hills, South Australia


South Australia

Aldgate abounds with good eateries, but more than that, it offers the visitor an array of crafts and fine arts that is hard to beat. Aldgate has much to offer the tourist or day-tripper looking for something different in a day out in the Adelaide Hills. The main attraction in Aldgate is the Aldgate Pump Hotel which is known for its character, warmth and its pleasant restaurant with a fashionably wide range of beverages. It has been modernised and enhanced many times over the years but still has its 'old-day' charm. Over the road from the Aldgate Pump Hotel is the 'Pump', plus the delightful 'General Store' - now a crafts shop - which dates from the early 1880's. It has changed hands and functions many times. At various points it has been a general store, a butcher's shop and, in the 1890's, the Hills Cash Store. The Stangate House, bequeathed to the National Trust of South Australia, is an attractive house dating to 1940 but the attraction is the garden with its huge oak tree (some suggest it dates from 1864 and was originally planted by Richard Hawkins) plus its displays of beautiful camellias, hydrangeas and rhododendrons. You will find there is something for everyone at the Aldgate Village - come for a visit - you may be surprised!

Roseworthy, Barossa Valley, South Australia


South Australia

Many of Australia’s best-known winemakers learned their art at Roseworthy Agricultural College. The college is a 1600ha working farm and university north of Gawler. Established in 1883, the college was the first of its kind in Australia, teaching oenology (winemaking), viticulture (grape growing) and agricultural studies. Wine industry education has now moved to the Waite Campus of the University of Adelaide and Roseworthy Campus has become internationally renowned as a centre for excellence in dryland farming and animal production.

Baird Bay, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia

Baird Bay

South Australia

A spectacular and peaceful part of the South Australian coastline, Baird Bay is teeming with marine life and offers you the opportunity to swim with sea-lions and dolphins on organised tours. It's an unforgettable experience. This protected bay is fast becoming a 'must do' holiday experience for travellers. There are safe swimming beaches, boating and fishing - and anglers are rarely disappointed, with handy launching facilities guaranteed to lead to a good day's fishing. Baird Bay, sitting on the Eyre Peninsula, offers accommodation ranging from upmarket resort style eco villas, holiday shacks and a budget camping ground. While you're visiting the Eyre Peninsula, why not follow Australia's first Seafood and Aquaculture Trail. The trail brings together seafood, dining and aquaculture experiences to help you chart the journey of our delicious seafood from the sea to restaurant plates.