Two thirds of this state is outback and can be easily forgotten when driving through the rolling green hills or the wide green grain fields.
The huge empty, inland to the north is the Australia of red dune deserts blown by hot winds, rock hard salt pans, snakes and lizards, mulga and saltbush and delicate wildflowers which appear almost overnight after the rare rain appears. This state receives less rainfall than any other.
South Australians have made their homes in the cooler and kinder south region, where the landscape is more gentle and there is sufficient rain to make the land green and productive.
The Lofty Ranges & Flinders Ranges creates much of the scenic interest providing a rounded, comforting backdrop in the distance.
Along the Fleurieu Peninsula dairy farms are filled with Friesians and Jersey cows contently grazing. South Australia also produces award-winning wines from the myriad of vineyards.
More than 70 percent of the South Australian’s population lives in the capital of Adelaide.
A must-see is the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets for local arts & crafts, food & live entertainment. Have a fish feeding experience to the local wild fish that swim to the shoreline with Aquascene. The Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory includes exhibitions such as Cyclone Tracy, Indigenous artefacts & the crocodile named “Sweetheart”. The wharf precinct is also popular for dinner, drink & live entertainment. Darwin Harbour Cruises offers sunset, dinner or day cruises.
Take a day to wander the Adelaide Zoo which has over 3.400 animals & 300 species to discover. For art enthusiasts & history lovers choose one of the fine art galleries & museums. Adelaide is surrounded by vineyards for the classic wine tasting tour.
For shopaholics, Rundle Mall is Australia’s first street shopping with 14 arcades & centres creating a range of shopping experiences. Catch the tram to Glenelg & walk out along the jetty. This is a popular place for strolling along the beach eating ice-cream, swimming & sunbaking.
The Barossa Valley
Barossa Valley is said to be Australia’s most famous wine region. Located 70 kms north-east from Adelaide, it is a popular area for scenic drives for locals and tourists alike. With over 170 wine companies in the area, you may choose to stay for a couple of days. The food in the area is influenced by the early German settlers. If you are in love with food and wine, you may like to follow the Butcher, Baker, Winemaker Trail.
This is one of the prettiest towns in South Australia & only 1 hour from Adelaide. Walk the main street and admire the heritage buildings, countless antique stores, craft & speciality stores. The National Trust Heritage Museum, comprises of the Old Court House and Police Station. A perfect display in several rooms to show the style and charm of the Victorian era. In the courtroom learn about the lives of the original inhabitants & settlers. Don’t miss the old farm machinery and the blacksmith’s shop.
Hawker & Flinders Ranges National Park
The little outback town of Hawker is located 400 kms north of Adelaide and situated in the central Flinders Ranges. This is the gateway to the Flinders Ranges National Park and an enjoyable place to enjoy rugged scenery, relics of the early settlers, art and craft galleries, bush pubs, railway history and more. From here take any number of short and day trips. Walks and lookouts are available throughout the district.
Just off the tip of the mainland from Fleurieu Peninsula is one of South Australia’s most popular tourist attractions, Kangaroo Island. Accessible by air or ferry, this unique and protected island is abundant with native Australian animals. The landscape is also quite dramatic and diverse, full of beauty and serenity with its towering cliffs, secluded beaches & dense forest.
This town is best known for it’s underground style of living. Tourists can visit authentic underground homes, churches, museums and art galleries. The town came into existence in 1915 once the opal gem was found. For an insight into the mining of early days visit the Old Timers Mine. Today, Coober Pedy heavily relies on tourism and mining for employment & sustainability.