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Perhaps best known for its status as a food and wine lovers paradise, mentions of South Australia bring forth images of rolling hills and vineyards heavy with grapes throughout Clare Valley and Barossa wine regions. Competing for attention however, are world heritage listed natural attractions, Kangaroo Islands bountiful wildlife, Adelaides artistic entertainment calendar and the panoramas of the Flinders Ranges. Lose yourself in a holiday to South Australia, a State that encourages visitors to take it slow as they savour the spoils of the land above the Bight.

The city of Adelaide is unique in that it was conceived as Australias first free settlement. Continuing a legacy of progressive politics and social reform, The University of Adelaide was the first to admit women, after the State led the nation in awarding suffragettes the right to vote. This heritage has manifested in the creation of a Festival city popular as a city break, where trams glide through a streetscape dotted with parks, public sculptures, and fresh food markets and shopping boutiques. Unwind in a destination that caters for family holidays in Adelaide or romantic city break.

Dine your way along Gouger St or Chinatown, and sample a variety of fresh local produce and international fare at the fabulous Adelaide Central Market. There is great shopping to be had around the main arteries of Rundle Mall and the Adelaide Arcade, where the balconies and terraces scatteredalong the stretch speak of a Victorian heritage. Stop in at the open range Monarto Zoo, some 40 km from Adelaide to see exotic animals on your South Australian vaction, before visiting the giant pandas in the Adelaide zoo. Bar hoppers should sample from the nightclubs at the East End, while families will find places to swim and fish down in seaside Glenelg.

A South Australia holiday can be a packed itinerary of Adelaides festivals, wineries or catching the ferry to Kangaroo Island. Hundreds of New Zealand fur seals have claimed he natural beauty of Kangaroo Island as home, and parade before a boardwalk to the delight of human visitors on vacation in South Australia. A lighthouse keepers cottage built in 1858 casts a sweeping glance over untouched bushland dotted with stunning wildflowers. Inspired by the spoils of the island is a growing gourmet food scene; dine out during your South Australian holiday on local cheeses, honey and fresh seafood in cafes which reflect the rugged health of the landscape outside.

The Fleurieu Peninsula delivers stunning coastal scenery, bordered by fertile wine regions and the wares of specialist providores - this part of South Australia will give gleeful foodies something to write home about. Predominantly known for its wines, the olives, almonds and stone fruits of the McLaren Vale region are fresh delights on a South Australian holiday;make a meal of Riesling and brie on a food trail, or join a celebration festival of good food while basking in the regions Mediterranean climate during your romantic vacation in SA.

Continue down the gourmet path in Mount Compass, where the gourmand can discover trout, berry, deer, pheasant and marrow farms open to the public. On your South Australian holiday, step back to the days when Victor Harbour was a whaling town; hitch a ride on the horse drawn tram over to Granite Island and in season, see the whale migration beyond the Harbour and watch swarms of penguins trying to find their feet.

Celebrate a South Australia holiday by wining and dining along the Gulf of St Vincent to follow a day of indulgence with views over the ocean. Divers and snorkellers can explore a number of wrecks offshore, while budding fishermen may get lucky casting a line off the York Peninsula. The naval history of the area is immortalised across a number of local Museums, providing an educational diversion for a family vacation in SA.

A laidback Australian attitude fuses with European style within the Adelaide Hills, an ideal day trip during an SA city break. A number of small towns were founded by German refugees in the late 1800s, who brought continental culinary and viticulture traditions with them. Drop in to historic Hahndorf for a range of gourmet delights; PYO strawberries straight from the farm, sample pastries at the German cake shop and try a traditionally made wurst for a memorable South Australian holiday gourmet experience. Take in the view from the summit at Mt Barker, and from here ride a steam train down into Victor Harbour. Designed as an escape for wealthy English settlers, Stirlings charming houses shelter beneath shady avenues; a perfect spot in which to take time out during a family holiday or romantic break.

From the Adelaide Hills, travel north to the Barossa Valley to find a private place in which to celebrate a honeymoon. Heritage craft industries thrive to this day in the scenic valley, which holds its own Regional Gallery. Cycling a wine and food trail is a popular way to wend your way through a collection of fifty wineries and cellar doors, many of which serve German inspired cuisine. Stop at the Maggie Beer shop during your romantic South Australia holiday break; savour quince paste and game terrine from the foodie who brought gourmet renown to the Barossa since 1978.

Flowing through the Murraylands, the river that lends the region its name dissects a landscape encompassing rugged cliffs, red gum forest and citrus fruit farms. There are a number of ways to enjoy the Murray while you travel through this part of your holiday in South Australia; take our a boat for a calmer outlook over the Murray or wander its banks as the early mist rises from the river.

Nestled within Murray is the port town of Morgan, which formed a thriving hot spot for trade during the 19th century. Now, only two of the original paddle steamers that once crowded the waterways operate here, but visitors are still able to take a slow ride in style during a unique vacation is South Australia.

The World Heritage listed Naracoorte Caves are a star attraction of the Limestone coast region nestled in South Australia. Captured within the stalactites and stalagmites that punctuate 26 caves are preserved fossils of international significance, predating the passing of several ice ages and the arrival of humans to the area. Adventure caving offers an exhilarating below ground experience, with the opportunity to access the most interior parts of the underground Museum.

The wineries that dot South Australias 35 kms long Clare Valley serve wines in vineyards first planted by pioneer Jesuit Priests.. Enjoy a delicious cold climate wine accompanied by the fruits of the slow food movement and dine at the pace of a forgotten era, enjoying time well spent during your romantic holiday in South Australia or short break. The streetscapes of Burra and Mintaro are captured in time, and the stone architecture of the 19th century sits quietly beside open-house mansions built for the well-to-do of yesteryear. The original cottages of miners drawn to Burras copper boom still stand.

Leave the city behind to discover a desert town with a unique way of escaping the heat; underground accommodation and shops in Coober Pedy, a holiday in South Australia is truly unique and famous for producing 80% of the worlds opal supply. When S As miners werent noodling for colourful gems they were carving homes, churches and even art galleries out of the earth to house the growing community. Sleep below the surface in a hotel, and visit the Crocodiles Nest dugout which featured in a Mad Max film, sure to intrigue a few members of your travelling party during your next family holiday in South Australia.

And nestled in the Flinders Ranges is the incredible Wilpena Pound; an 80 square km natural amphitheatre carved out of the desert, the walls of the cavern dwarf the ruins of the abandoned Kanyaka homestead. Romantic hot air balloon rides allow travellers a panoramic view of the National Park below, while the colours that streak the Pound ripple and change in the pre-dawn light.

Explore the Eyre Peninsula on your next South Australia vacation for family or friends, a exhilarating landscape bordering the Great Australian Bight where scores of salmon, oysters and abalone tumble beneath waves of the Southern Ocean, strong enough to carve sections out of the cliffs above. Gluttons for seafood can cast a line and wait patiently, or cut to the chase and head to Coffin Bay for fresh oysters.

Visit the Koonalda Cave to see evidence of the Aboriginal heritage in the area, adding a fascinating element to your South Australian holiday. Rock art painted within the cave dates back some 20,000 years, and abrasions in the walls surface have caused archaeologists to suggest the site was used as a flint mine by migratory indigenous groups.

A must on any outback holiday in South Australia, Lake Eyre, is a massive salt lake, in flood infrequently yet, with true Australian spirit, home to a Yacht Club where pelicans and stilts squabble over space in this internationally recognised important bird life area.

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