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Overview

Mention one thing most Australians know about South Australia and the majority will probably come up with the Barossa Valley, a famed vineyard area. The Barossa, as it is commonly known, is only a part of a great wine growing state. Tack on the Clare Valley, McLaren Vale and the classic Coonawarra region and you're covering a significant slice of grape country, but far from all.
Adelaide, the capital, is known as the city of churches, helped by a few distinctive spires located in key spots so that it doesn't matter where you are in the city, you are rarely far from having one in view.
Another thing the city is noted for is the nearby Adelaide Hills, an area with beautiful suburbs of leafy trees and prize gardens such as Crafers and Stirling, the latter named after one of Adelaide's famous sons.
Then there's Glenelg. If it's dining and partying and summer then that's where you'll be, a short tram ride from the CBD.
For an outback experience, one of the finest in Australia is to be found in the Flinders Ranges, especially Wilpena Pound or, if opals are your thing, then Coober Pedy is an experience with a difference - be prepared to sleep underground and be prepared for heat.
Fishing is another thing S.A. is noted for but, for the best results, you need to own or hire a boat.
On the driest continent on the planet, this is the driest state, though you'd find that hard to believe down south. It's more a reflection of the northern parts but it's certainly not a state where you'd go looking for rainforests.
The state also has a famous cycle race, the Tour Down Under, towards the end of January, which attracts large crowds during its running.

Eyre Peninsula

For my third trip to South Australia I opted for the Eyre Peninsula. I'm so glad I did. If you enjoy natural scenery this is a "must-see" place in Australia.
From some of the most stunning coastal scenery (see my Port Lincoln page for one) to Murphys Haystacks (Streaky Bay pages) to fishing (see Coffin Bay pages) this place has a wealth of things to see though, at first glance it may appear that there's not much there.

Flinders Ranges

The Flinders, as they are commonly known, are something of an icon in Australian landscapes. Painters and photographers have salivated over this place. Indeed, one of Australia's foremost painters, Hans Heysen, has had a trail named after him that neatly bisects the area.
The extraordinary geological activity that preceded what we see today must have been truly awesome.
When you see it from the air it becomes even more apparent. Though I only spent just under a day there I managed to see quite a lot and set a new record (for me) of over 200 snaps in a day. It's that good.

On a subsequent trip I visited Mount Remarkable National Park and, though I was there only a short time, saw some wonderful scenery and highly recommend it.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A variety of experiences, generally good weather
  • Cons:Sometimes it's a fair way between attractions
  • In a nutshell:A relaxing place to visit.
  • Last visit to State of South Australia: Apr 2008
  • Intro Updated Apr 21, 2008
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  • Diceman_'s Profile Photo
    Jan 18, 2007 at 3:55 AM

    I went to Monash in the 80's as a kid, does not surprise me that some reckless kid injured his or herself, forcing the park to close down. Dismantling it seems to be going one step too far though.

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2005 at 8:22 AM

    A nice group of tips on one of Australia's lesser known states. A old squash bud of mine calls Adelaide home - hope life is treating him grand.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Nov 29, 2004 at 10:34 PM

    The info concerning Monash was so bittersweet...What a terrific job you've done, here, Ian. You've covered it all: architecture, fountains, a town built around and in a volcano, The Coorong, wine, churches & the superior photos to accompany it all.

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