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Flinders Ranges and Outback, South Australia

Cradock

South Australia

Established in 1878, the town takes its name from the then Governor of South Africa, Sir John Cradock. There was once a school, police station, two hotels, two blacksmith shops and a saddler situated in Cradock, which is now virtually a ghost town. Any hopes of a thriving community died when grain growing proved impossible, however the remaining old sandstone buildings are fascinating and a delight to view. No visit to Cradock is complete without wining and dining at the lovely Cradock Hotel, one of the few businesses to continue to operate in this pretty Flinders ghost town.

Rowland Flat, Barossa, South Australia

Rowland Flat

South Australia

This small town rests on a landscape of low hills, in the valley floor between Lyndoch and Tanunda. See the contrast between historical buildings, farmhouses and the modern facilities of the impressive, Orlando Wyndham Winery. Established in 1877, the winery is the home to one of Australia’s best-known wine brands, Jacob’s Creek. The famous creek is nearby and is where Johann Gramp first planted vines in 1847. Learn more about the wine at the modern, Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre, on the road between Rowland Flat and Tanunda. There is an interactive display on winemaking, viticulture and the region’s history, which complements the wine tasting experience. The region’s largest accommodation property, the Novotel Barossa Valley Resort, is located at Rowland Flat. The resort is adjacent to the Tanunda Pines Golf Club. There are magnificant vineyard and rural views from both.

Minlaton, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

Minlaton

South Australia

Located 197 kilometres west of Adelaide and 88 metres above sea level, Minlaton is the main service centre for the surrounding rural districts. Offering a variety of facilities for travellers venturing to the 'bottom end' of Yorke Peninsula, Minlaton is a picturesque township with wide, welcoming streets. Make sure you drop into the Yorke Peninsula Visitor Information Centre and Harvest Corner for visitor information, a great array of local produce and quality crafts. A feature of the town is its memorial to pioneer aviator Captain Harry Butler and his Red Devil monoplane, believed to be the only genuine one of its kind left in the world. The plane is on display on the edge of town at the Harry Butler Memorial. In 1919, Harry flew his World War I Bristol Monoplane on the first special mail delivery across the sea to Minlaton. The local National Trust Museum has a room dedicated to Harry Butler and is well worth a visit. Attractions: Captain Harry Butler's Red Devil Monoplane. Minlaton's town walking trail, beginning from the visitor centre and meandering through the outskirts of the town and past the bird hide. Minlaton National Trust Museum. Minlaton Golf Club. The town was originally named 'Gum Flat' because it is the only area of the Southern Yorke Peninsula where red gums grow naturally. The name was later changed to Minlaton, which is derived from the local Aboriginal word 'minlacowie' which means, 'sweet water'. The area was settled in the 1870s by farmers who found the conditions ideal for growing wheat, barley and the grazing of sheep. Today, this small township promotes itself as 'The Barley Capital of the World' and offers many facilities for locals and tourists alike.

Flinders Ranges and Outback, South Australia

Stirling North

South Australia

Stirling North is a delightfully peaceful satellite community, located six kilometres out of Port Augusta. Being the first township encountered upon turning off Highway One, it could truly be described as the gateway to the Flinders Ranges. The majestic hills make a stunning backdrop to the town. Accommodation at the cabin park provides the perfect setting for a restful break, including a leisurely hit of golf or tennis. The park is also a good base from which to explore the attractions of nearby Port Augusta and the Flinders Ranges. Many basic facilities are available within walking distance in Stirling North. Port Augusta is few minutes by car for more substantial supplies.

Lyndoch, Barossa, South Australia

Lyndoch

South Australia

Lyndoch is a country town that has evolved with the times into a mecca of contemporary ambience. It has maintained its English foundations and strong German influences. Nestled at the fertile base of the Barossa Ranges, the town once featured the first flour mill north of Adelaide. This rich soil today boasts several of the Barossa’s finest wineries. Be tempted by Yaldara, equipped with cellar door, café, larder, wine tunnel and brewery. Visit Kies Winery - famous for not just the wine but also the Monkey Nut Café and Tea Rooms. If nature is more your thing, then roam through and enjoy the aromatic smells of the Lyndoch Lavender Farm. To see it all from the sky, let Barossa Helicopters satisfy that little thrill seeker in us all. Wander the heritage walk, see the historical society display, or visit the arts centre. Get your traditional German bread at the local bakery, pick up a stick of South Australia’s award-winning best smoky mettwurst and breathe the fresh air on the village green.

Riverland, South Australia

Riverland

South Australia

Cruise among great little riverside towns in your own floating home on a Murray River holiday. The Riverland is a couple of hours from Adelaide. There's a good reason why nearly half of South Australia's wine grapes (and 90 per cent of our oranges, stone fruits and nuts) are grown in the Riverland. It's all the sunshine… Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre: The centre has rejuvenated the surrounding wetlands to attract birds. There are pelicans, black swans, blue-winged shovelers and rare white-eyed ducks for you to see. Take a walk on the boardwalk around the wetlands. Relax on the deck at the cellar door and café. Riverland food and wine: The Riverland is known as the engine room of Australia's wine industry. It has a reputation for premium and boutique wines. Visit cellar doors at Hardy’s, Berri Estates (the southern hemisphere's largest winery and distillery) and Angove's. Taste stone fruit, citrus and almonds at roadside produce stalls throughout the region. Pickup a copy of the Riverland Wine and Food Trail Map at local visitor information centres. Canoeing in the Riverland: Paddle a canoe into the backwaters of the Murray River at the Loch Luna Game Reserve or Katarapko Creek in the Murray River National Park. It’s an easy paddle and suitable for children. Pick up a canoe trail brochure at local visitor information centres. Golfing greats: There are five top quality golf courses within 25 minutes of each other. The Riverland’s endless sunshine makes the links lush and great to play all year round. You'll find these courses in Waikerie, Barmera, Berri, Loxton and Renmark. Overland Corner Hotel: Quench your thirst at one of South Australia's most quirky historic hotels. The Overland Corner Hotel was built in 1859 and was originally an isolated frontier pub, frequented only by cattlemen driving cattle between South Australia and New South Wales. It includes a museum, nearby mines and a cemetery with resident ghosts. Visitor Information Centres can give you m

Warooka, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

Warooka

South Australia

Situated 228 kilometres west of Adelaide, Warooka is a small town known as the gateway to the bottom end of the Yorke Peninsula. Warooka is a service centre for the surrounding area and a great stop off on your way to or from Innes National Park. On Yorke Peninsula you are never far from the coast and great beaches and Warooka is no exception, with Flaherty's Beach and Hardwicke Bay a short drive away offering a very attractive sheltered beach, perfect for swimming and windsurfing. Or if you are there at the right time - maybe a game of golf? Attractions: The Flaherty's Beach Sandbar Classic Golf Tournament is played on a beautiful stretch of beach in late summer when the tide is at its lowest. A golf tournament where water hazards are the norm and you're always in a bunker! It's difficult to get this much fun out of any other sort of golf so if you are in the area, pay your sand fees and play the game of your life! Inland Sea Foods and Restaurant offer a seafood shop and restaurant just outside Warooka. Visit Paper Nymph which produces fine hand-made papers from recycling scrap paper. View the paper-making process, have a go at marbling and visit the magical 'Rainbow Room'. Wheat and sheep farmers first settled Warooka in the 1850s. It was not until 1876, however that it was officially established, with settlers beginning to move into the town during the late 1870s. Many Irish people settled in this area and in 1876, the first stone was laid to the first Catholic Church. In 1877, the Warooka Hotel was built.

The Flower Garden Farmer

Nairne

South Australia

Nairne, in the scenic Adelaide Hills, has historic buildings lining the main street, including the town’s first school which opened in 1851, and the Miller’s Arms Hotel. There’s a good antique shop and a blacksmith shop selling wrought iron wares in Nairne, along with an excellent nursery, which specialises in roses and hydrangeas on the outskirts of town. Named after founder Matthew Smillie’s wife, Elizabeth Nairne, this is a rapidly growing town with a rich history. Famous as a wheat growing area, the old Albert Mill is an impressive structure, showcasing historical architecture. In the late 19th century the Chapman’s Smallgoods Factory became a major employer and continued to be until its closure in 2002. There is more to discover in the Adelaide Hills. It is 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.

Main Street, Auburn, Clare Valley, South Australia

Auburn

South Australia

Auburn is one of the oldest settlements in the Clare Valley, so it's a great place to explore the history of this famous wine region. The National Trust cares for a number of beautiful buildings, including the old Police Station (1859), the Mechanics Institute (1859), St John’s Anglican Church (1862), Post Office (1862) and the Council Chambers (1879), and all are located in St Vincent Street, the picturesque street now recognised as an historic precinct. Auburn also has a claim to fame in poet CJ Dennis, who was born here in 1876 and went on to become most famous for his poem ‘A Sentimental Bloke’. You'll find many of his works at the National Trust and library. Located at the southern approach to the Clare Valley, Auburn began as a resting place for the ore laden wagons and their teams as they made their way from the Burra copper mines to Port Wakefield. It's here that you will first be introduced to the wine lands of the Clare Valley. The undulating hillsides have extensive plantings by both the large and smaller wine growers and provide a stunning backdrop to the town.

Peterborough, Flinders Ranges, South Australia

Peterborough

South Australia

Summers may be very hot and winters may be very cold but, the wide-open spaces, sparkling mornings and gorgeous sunsets are only part of the attraction of Peterborough and district, especially in the milder spring and autumn months, surely the best time to travel anywhere. History oriented folk will love the picturesque 'old world' shop fronts of the Main Street (take a bus tour, by arrangement, and discover why all the shops are on one side); the magnificent town hall with acoustics much admired by Thomas Edmonds, plus the much feted 'Federation Quilt', which has admirers from as far as Hobart Tasmania, Bunbury Western Australia and Bonu Germany; St Cecilia's the beautiful convent that was built for the sisters of a by gone era; a history walk dotted with Information Plaques and of course, the Steamtown precinct a microcosm of Peterborough's proud Rail Heritage. Travellers who love the great outdoors will surely admire the clean, open space feel as they drive around, and of course, linger in the district. Call at the Visitor Information Centre and collect a 'drive yourself' map of various interesting locations. Why does your car roll uphill at Magnetic Hill? Check how far you can see 'on a clear day' from Dare's Hill. A wide choice of accommodation is available, plus various 'eateries' encourage the traveller to stop and enjoy Peterborough's country hospitality.