Discover South Australia
Self-driving is one of the best ways to cover the landscape of South Australia. Enjoy the dramatic views on your drive, from tranquil seaside roads, cozy country villages to twisting mountain passes. Here’s a list of ideas to get you into first gear…
Soak up the sun and air in the Barossa with a self-drive journey in the region along a 57 kilometer sign-posted route that winds through the different region from Bethany, Angaston to Nuriootpa, Seppeltsfield and Tanunda. A must do is the drive between the date palm-lined Seppeltfield roadway, one of the most photographed locations in the Barossa. A dozen cellar doors line this route along with acclaimed attractions including Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop, Seppelt Winery, Whistler Wines, Two Hands, and Heritage Wines. Accommodation choices here include award-winning Seppeltsfield Vineyard Cottage. Grab a copy of the Barossa Touring Map from the Barossa, Gawler or Kapunda Visitor Information Centers or go to Barossa.com to get a copy.
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Exploring Kangaroo Island in self-drive mode promises a thrill like no other. Some of the favorite driving routes include the Flinders Chase National Park where you can stop and see Remarkable Rocks and Admiral’s Arch. Then slip over to Seal Bay for a walk amongst the rare Australian sea lions. The main island routes are all bitumen, so with care and in comfort, you can experience for yourself all that Kangaroo Island has to offer. A self-drive adventure itinerary can be planned for you with maps, great accommodation packages and suggestions of what you can see and do. There are plenty of picnic spots to enjoy the day. Check out SeaLink for a range of great self-drive packages to choose from.
If you want to raise your adrenaline, sign up for the 4WD tour along the Arkaroola’s Echo Camp Back Track. For only AUD$30.00 per vehicle (plus refundable AUD50.00 deposit), this self-drive takes you to rugged mountains, towering granite peaks, magnificent gorges and more. The tour includes a small, informative handbook, allowing drivers and passengers to identify various geographical and geological features along the way. A ‘search-and-rescue-watch’ is maintained on all vehicles, adding to your safety and enjoyment of this magical area. The drive operates daily and departures are at your own discretion during daylight hours, but at a time to ensure return before last light. Get your GoPro Ready! www.arkaroola.com.au
SOUTH AUSTRALIA EVENTS
South Australian Living Artists Festival, 1-24 Aug
The SALA Festival is the largest visual arts festival in Australia. Its extensive program features more than 3000 artists and 500 venues that celebrate and showcase the diverse talents of South Australian artists.
Royal Adelaide Show, 5-14 Sept
The Royal Adelaide Show is an action-packed event for the whole family to enjoy. It boasts carnival rides, attractions, handicraft, produce, cookery, livestock, animal shows, show bags and more. The show’s celebrations go off with a bang thanks to a nightly fireworks display.
Ceduna Oyster Festival, 3-5 Oct
The Ceduna Oysterfest is Australia’s largest oyster festival. Ceduna comes alive with magicians, comedians, celebrity chefs and local acts, live music, competitions and more on offer.
OzAsia Festival, 5-21 Sept
OzAsia is a two-week festival that presents a range of performances, events and exhibitions to celebrate the artistic and cultural ties between Australia and Asia. This is an event not to be missed. Come along and experience the two continents’ diverse relationship. Info: www.festivalsadelaide.com.au/festivals/oz-asia-festival
Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations, 17-19 Oct
This event is held in the heartland of great Australian wine. The annual Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations showcase and celebrate cabernet sauvignon, Coonawarra’s flagship wine. Info: www.coonawarra.org
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