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Be surprised by South Australia


Midsummer is perfect for sundowners at one of Adelaide?s beach hotels. Even better, in the winter you can sip a red in front of an open fire in a converted stone stable cellar at one of the premium gourmet and wine regions, including the Barossa Valley, right on Adelaide?s doorstep.

Meandering through the state and down to the sea is the mighty Murray River, once the inland highway of Australia. South Australia?s rugged coastline is regularly visited by southern right whales and contains sheltered bays and some of the country?s finest surf beaches, including world-famous Cactus Beach.

On magical Kangaroo Island, you can experience abundant and accessible wildlife in its own habitat ? seals, sea lions, penguins, kangaroos, koalas, platypuses ? and revive yourself with the wonderful feeling of being surrounded by the natural elements no matter where you are on the island.

Obtain highs of another kind atop the Flinders Ranges, inhaling the breathtaking ancient landscape.

South Australia is by far the country?s driest state, and as for space, 80% of its vast area is home to only 1% of its population. The colours and hues of the remote and dry outback provide endless inspiration for the artists? palette.

My South Australia by Lonely Planet Adelaide & SA author Susannah Farfor:
My favourite SA trip started near Coonawarra; I then dropped down to Mt Gambier to marvel as the morning mist revealed the incredible Blue Lake. I travelled up the rugged sun- and salt-parched coast, hiked in the Coorong, and swam at beaches along the Encounter Coast before ferrying to Kangaroo Island for a wild experience walking with seals and penguins. Next stop was Adelaide, via the gourmet region around McLaren Vale. I spent a few days perusing Adelaide?s galleries and museums, absorbing the colourful market, feasting in great restaurants and checking out the West End scene. In the Adelaide Hills I mingled with wildlife at Cleland Wildlife Park, and then indulged at Henschke Winery and Maggie Beer?s Farm Shop & Restaurant in the Barossa Valley.

From Lonely Planet?s guide to Adelaide & SA

Adelaide & SA
3rd edition
ISBN 1 74059 220 4
Susannah Farfor et al
296 pages, 8 pages colour, 70 maps
A$36.95