Adelaide Kangaroo Island Flinders Ranges Australia

Adelaide

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 the south. 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 and recent.

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 trails.

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.

Kangaroo Island

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 Willoughby. 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.