Adelaide Kangaroo Island Flinders Ranges
Adelaide is surrounded by the significant
wine growing regions of the Clare Valley to the north, the Barossa
to the north-east, Adelaide Hills to the east and McLaren Vale to
Bordered by a string of beaches
to the west Adelaide has much to offer the visitor. The central city
is studded with grand historic buildings and ringed by parklands and
the river Torrens runs through on the northern side. The festival
centre hosts significant arts and cultural events and Adelaide Central
Market bulges with produces representing local and international flavours,
indicative of the diverse origins of many of Adelaide’s settlers past
The historic Port Adelaide area
makes for an interesting tour on foot and the Morialta Conservation
Park, just 12 kms from the city features the impressive Morialta Gorge,
lined with towering cliffs and the 30-metre First Falls, a great place
to take your lunch provisions sourced at the market and hike the marked
The Fleurieu Peninsula to the South
of Adelaide City includes some lovely beaches, historic villages
and the McLaren Vale wine region mentioned above, a great day trip
from Adelaide and some of the finest wines in Australia are produced
here, the Wine & Information centre at McLaren Vale has excellent
maps and guides, be sure to visit Wirra Wirra Winery pictured above
and one of our favorites. The rustic character and charm of this century-old
winery fronts some of the current, state of the art winemaking facilities.
The cellar door is a warm and friendly place. Music usually rings
from the rafters, which incidentally are beams from a demolished Methodist
church in Adelaide. In winter a blazing fire in the open hearths welcome
visitors and in summer the ironstone walls shield you from the heat
and offer cooling solace.
Wirra Wirra Vineyards is an historic
site, which was originally built in the 1890s and by 1903, was producing
substantial quantities of wine that was primarily exported back to
the British Empire.
Located just off the southern tip
of the Fleurieu Peninsula is Kangaroo Island, a car ferry serves operates
several times a day and for foot passengers this connects with coach
services both on the mainland and the on the island.
Kangaroo Island covers approximately
4350 square kilometres being about 155kms across west to east and
55kms at it widest point north to south. About a third of the island
is designated National Park or Wilderness Protection area. Wildlife
on the island features koala, seals and kangaroos plus diverse birdlife
including Little or Fairy Penguin, Black Winged Stilt, Glossy Black
Cockatoo and many others.
The Flinders Chase National Park
contains the geological features Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch.
In addition to its natural attributes the island has historical features
including the lighthouses at Cape Borda, Cape du Couedic and Cape
Kangaroo Island has vineyards to
visit and resident artists who display and sell their creations through
village galleries and studios.
The Outback - Flinders Ranges
Few outback experiences are more
accessible than the Flinders Ranges National Park, 450kms north of
Adelaide. The journey can be broken with stopovers in one of South
Australia’s two premiere wine districts: The Barossa or Clare Valleys.
You will then travel into the drier
zone, dotted with small friendly towns servicing vast areas of farmland
where crops are at the mercy of unreliable rainfall. Feel the magnetic
charm of the rugged hills and red rock gorges drawing you closer to
the oasis of Wilpena Pound.
A feeling of remoteness, fantastic
scenery, prevalence of wildlife and access to a great variety of walking
trails makes this your ideal outback destination. Join a four wheel
drive tour or scenic flight to view even more remote and beautiful
areas. Visit the historic sites that tell the story of the areas significance
to the indigenous Adnyamathanha people and the intriguing events that
followed European settlement and farming at Wilpena Station.
At the end of an eventful day relax
in your comfortable accommodation and reflect on life in 'The Outback'
as the setting sun brings a fiery glow to the surrounding hills.