With the bustling cities of Sydney or Melbourne attracting so much tourist attention… South Australia with state capital Adelaide is often forgotten… the Australia’s real wine capital with gateway to the Outback, wildlife, beaches, Aboriginal culture, superb restaurants & events… We bet the South region will seduce you!
Located about 70 km (1hr 15mn drive) northeast of Adelaide, the Barossa Valley is one of the greatest wine regions of the world! Yep! The region is renowned for its lifestyle, cultural heritage, cuisine and of course wine!
Exploring the Barossa Valley is to discover a way of life, premium wines like the famous Barossa Valley Shiraz or Eden Valley Riesling, fine dining restaurants and mouth-watering fresh local produce. Gourmet globe-trotters be ready for unforgettable dining experience!
Wind your way and go for a 57 km Self-Guided Driving Tour though Bethany, Angaston, Nuriootpa, Greenock, Seppeltsfield, Marananga and Tanunda and keep your eyes peeled! Cellar doors housed in historic buildings, museums, churches, historic places, stone buildings & cottages, natural & other wonders like the Whispering Wall – scattered throughout hilly and picturesque Barossa mountain ranges offering colorful patchwork of vineyards will entice you to explore.
We bet you’ll love sightseeing in the Barossa!
Gateway to the Outback
The vast interior is calling! Jump on your car and drive north to the Outback. Travel along the Explorer’s Way to the Flinders Ranges – starts approximately 366 km north of Adelaide – and prepare for an epic Australian road trip: historic towns, meeting the locals, get back to nature and experience the wonder of the 540 million year old landscape… under the stars you’ll feel like you’re in a different world.
On your way, stop at the Mount Remarkable National Park and walk 10 mn along a walking trail to reach the beautiful Alligator Gorge. It’s full of wildflowers in spring and will be the highlight of your day! To experience the Flinders Ranges at its best, climb Rawnsley Bluff, Wilpena, Razorback or Stokes Hill lookouts in Bunyeroo Gorge for crazy views and watch spectaculars sunsets or sunrises!
Don’t miss the Wilpena Pound – a magnificent natural amphitheatre – and the Brachina Gorge. Both are home to native wildlife including emus, kangaroos, birds, sand reptiles and the yellow-footed rock wallaby. For you culture lovers, discover Aboriginal art sites at Arkaroo Rock and Sacred Canyon. You’ll also see in the area few of the oldest rock formations in the world! Magical!
Eyre Peninsula Coastal Run
Yorke Peninsula is one of the most amazing travel secrets places in Australia! We talked to you about that in our blog dated March 4th, 2015 but there is another Peninsula gem in South Australia… the Eyre Peninsula!
The Coastal Run begins in Whyalla and hugs the Eyre Peninsula coast all the way to Ceduna … turquoise sea water, immense sand dunes, deserted white-sand beaches, swim with sea lions, throw a fishing line from a boat, beach, jetty or rocks, easy access to towering limestone cliffs, captivating rock formations… this route will dazzle!
Along with key destinations such as Whyalla and Port Lincoln, there are a series of bays that have a strong allure along this path too: Arno, Baird, Coffin, Smoky and Tumby Bay all have a sense of charm and provide plenty of “excuses” to take your time on this journey!
For whales watching, there is no better place than Head of Bight. People from all over the world flock here during the southern winter to experience the show of hundred whales travelling from the feeding grounds of Antarctica to the warmer waters of Oz. If you like to do something different and if you’re not of the faint of heart, try shark cage diving… scary!
Like her sister Yorke Peninsula, Eyre Peninsula also offers great seafood! You know what this mean… fresh tuna, oysters, prawns and crayfish dishes, and seafood-related festivals can be found throughout the year!
So what are you waiting for? Jump on your car and have the time of your life!
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Bastian is the Sales & Marketing Manager here at Travellers Autobarn. He holds a Master of Commerce in Marketing and International Business Management, and 20+ years experience in campervan hire, road trips and travel.