An entire town located below ground. The world’s longest stretch of straight road. Giant effigies of crayfish, festivals devoted to dung flinging and organised encounters with the world’s most feared sea monster. Yeah, you could say old SA has some weird notions about what makes a tourist attraction.
Things aren’t all 17-metre-high lobster statues and 7-metre-long Great White Sharks though. Within 100 clicks of Adelaide lie three of the nation’s finest wine regions – McLaren Vale, Clare Valley and the Barossa. A quick ferry ride from Cape Jervis sits Kangaroo Island with its eco-resorts, exceptional gastronomy and abundant wildlife. For a taste of little Germany there’s the delightful township of Hahndorf; for beaut beach time the coastal escapes of Baird Bay, Port Lincoln and Robe. After some Outback adventuring? Coober Pedy, the Flinders Ranges, Oodnadatta Track and Nullaboor are perfect for heading into the hills, escaping underground or fading into the horizon.
South Australia travel highlights
Venture down under in Coober Pedy
‘Noodle’ for mineral wealth, visit an orphanage for injured kangaroos and sample the literal underground living in the world’s opal mining capital.
Swim with the local marine life of Baird Bay
Donning snorkel, wetsuit and fins, cruise out into the shallow, clear waters of Baird Bay for a morning splash in the company of wild dolphins and sea lions.
Escape civilization along the Eyre
Be left spellbound by the wild, haunting beauty of the isolated Eyre Peninsula.
A vast, ruggedly beautiful landscape composed of ridges, gorges and plains, Ikara-Flinders National Park contains ancient Aboriginal rock art, scores of emus and kangaroo species and the massive natural amphitheatre, Wilpena Pound.
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