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Evidence for human activity in South Australia dates back as far as 20,000 years ago with flint mining activity and rock art in the Koonalda Cave on the Nullarbor Plain. In addition wooden spears and tools were made in an area now covered in peat bog in the South East. Kangaroo Island was inhabited long before the island was cut off by rising sea levels

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» Adelaide Oval

Adelaide Oval, South Australia

People come to America to watch baseball and they go to Australia to watch cricket. The Adelaide Oval, located in the parklands between city center and North Adelaide, has been home to two teams, as well as the South Australian Cricket Association. Built in 1871, lights were not added to this 54,500-seat stadium until 1997. The Adelaide Oval is an ideal spot for catching both international and domestic cricket, as well as Australian rules football games, rugby and soccer …

» Adelaide Zoo

Adelaide Zoo, South Australia

Around 1,800 exotic and native mammals, birds, reptiles and fish reside at the 8-hectare Adelaide Zoo, comprising 300 species. Major attractions include the Southeast Asian rainforest exhibit, Immersion, a walkthrough jungle environment where tigers and orangatuns feel within reach. Also the giant pandas Wang Wang and Funi! Opened in 1883, it is Australia's second-oldest zoo and the only not-for-pro fit zoo in the country. Many of the structures are National Trust registered …

» Admirals Arch, Kangaroo Island

Admirals Arch, South Australia

A scenic boardwalk leads to the viewing platform for Admiral's Arch - the naturally formed rock bridge that towers above colonies of New Zealand fur seals. Originally an ancient cave, Admirals Arch has been shaped by the intense winds and surf that pound the coast of Kangaroo Island. Stalactites still hang from the rocky ceiling whilst the floor has been eroded to a smooth finish. The Arch has been designated a geological monument, and is one of 27 on the island …

» Barossa Valley

Barossa Valley, South Australia

The Barossa Valley is world-renowned as a wine producing region. Northeast of Adelaide in South Australia, it was first settled by European immigrants in the early 1800s. They built towns and churches modeled on their hometowns and even today the Barossa has a distinctly European look and feel. The area is fertile for farming with a climate perfect for wine-production, hence its fame. These days the area is a major tourist attraction offering wonderful food and wine experiences …

» Cleland Wildlife Park

Cleland Wildlife Park , South Australia

The Cleland Wildlife Park is best known for its koala experience, which gives visitors the unique opportunity to snuggle up with one of the country's cutest faces. Standard entry includes petting and a photo, but an additional fee lets travelers hold these little guys, too. Travelers can check out daily feedings of lorikeets, Tasmanian devils, dingoes and other animals native to Australia. Newly scheduled public night walks happen the last Friday of every month …

» Eyre Peninsula

Eyre Peninsula, South Australia

Considering the fact that the Eyre Peninsula is known as Australia's seafood frontier and is home to 1,200 miles (2,000 km) of coastline, it's little surprise that fun begins here with a splash. On the east side of the peninsula, Spencer Gulf offers the chance to swim with great white sharks near the Neptune Islands, beside southern Bluefin tuna and amid a colony of sea lions. On the wild west coast, surfing beaches draw the biggest crowds …

» Fleurieu Peninsula

Fleurieu Peninsula , South Australia

The Fleurieu Peninsula is a region of South Australia that lies just to the south of Adelaide and prides itself as a place of both adventure and culture. Encompassing the towns of Victor Harbour, Mount Compass, Rapid Bay, Willunga and others, the peninsula has a lot to offer; a host of the historic river and coastal towns celebrate their history with markets, heritage steam trains and some of the country's finest antique stores …

» Flinders Chase National Park

Flinders Chase National Park , South Australia

Covering the Western end of Kangaroo Island, Flinders Chase National Park is one of Australia's most diverse wildernesses. Boasting an intricate network of trails and boardwalks, the park showcases both natural and historic sights. Popular experiences include visiting the wind sculpted Remarkable Rocks, or the Admirals Arch which stretches over the powerful ocean that shaped it. Also located along the coastline is the Cape Borda Lightstation …

» Glen Forest Tourist Park

Glen Forest Tourist Park, South Australia

Glen Forest Tourist Park is a 400-acre outdoor playground with activities for the entire family. The main attractions are of the four-legged variety; kangaroos, wombats, dingos and koalas are just a few of the many species at home in the extensive animal park, along with abundant bird life that resides in the area's many natural spring-fed waterways. In the animal nursery, it's hands-on fun as kids learn to feed and cuddle the newborn wildlife …

» Granite Island

Granite Island , South Australia

This small island, just a short walk from Victor Harbor, gets its name from the huge granite boulders that dot its landscape. Its exceptionally strong foundation may be of significance to geologists, but the island is perhaps most important to the indigenous Ramindjeri people, who believe it was formed by spears thrown into the water. Today, visitors come to Granite Island to ride the horse-drawn tram and wander the hills in search of the tiny penguins that call this place home …

» Hahndorf

Hahndorf , South Australia

As Australia's oldest German settlement, Hahndorf is a unique tourist destination. Hahndorf is nestled in the Adelaide Hills just 20 minutes' drive from the Adelaide City CBD. German influences are the key to Hahndorf's charm - architecture, stores, bakeries, restaurants and wineries all owe their style to the German heritage of the town. The first residents of Hahndorf arrived in Adelaide in 1838 - the name of the town coming from the captain of the ship on which they arrived …

» Haigh's Chocolates

Haigh's Chocolates, South Australia

When most people think of chocolate they think European. Belgium, Switzerland - these are nations known for creating smooth and creamy pure cocoa treats. But Aussies know some of the most decadent chocolate pleasures are made at their very own Haigh's Chocolates. Since 1915 this fourth generation, family owned company has been churning out candies that are worth the trip. From classic dark chocolates to new salted caramels, travelers can find a taste …

» Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary , South Australia

Once farmland, the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is now a protected area with abundant wildlife. Famous for its conservation of native plants and animals, the sanctuary is the best place on Kangaroo Island to see koalas in the wild. Iconic Australian wildlife is showcased by the sanctuary, and the visitor centre can give you the best advice on spotting koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas and more. Located at the start of the Koala Walk, the Visitors Centre …

» Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island , South Australia

Kangaroo Island is a bit of paradise off the coast of South Australia. 96 miles (155 km) in length with a population of just 4,400 people, it is an unspoiled haven for Australia's native birds and animals. Kangaroos and koalas abound, and on the beaches sealions bask while pelicans fly overhead. From sand dunes to rugged cliffs, golden beaches to dense forests, the island really has it all. As well as natural beauty, Kangaroo Island is known for its good eating …

» McLaren Vale Wineries

McLaren Vale Wineries, South Australia

McLaren Vale is an area just outside Adelaide towards the coast which is renowned for the wine it produces. With 76 cellar doors to visit, it's worth spending at least a day exploring, if not a weekend. And it's not just wine, the local foodies are passionate about what their kitchens produce. When you've eaten and sipped your fill, there are many other things to do including bushwalking, heading to the surf beach, following the Art Trail, going fishing, horse-riding, cycling …

» Migration Museum

Migration Museum , South Australia

Present-day Australia is a country based on immigration. This fascinating and unmissable museum tells the stories of the migrants who came from all over the world to make South Australia their home - where did they come from, why, and how did they get here? There's information on over 100 nationalities in their database, along with poignant personal stories displayed to full effect including some hands-on displays. Paying respect to the indigenous people of the country …

» Mt Lofty

Mt Lofty, South Australia

The highest point in the aptly named Mt Lofty Ranges, Mt Lofty is a luxurious place to get sweeping views of Adelaide and out onto the Indian Ocean. The views aren't all there is to Mt Lofty. A comprehensive visitors centre, shop, and fully licensed café are situated on the mountain's summit, giving visitors information on the area, a place to shop for souvenirs and a beautiful place to eat lunch. Mt Lofty isn't just about views - even if you can see all the way out to Kangaroo Island …

» Murray River

Murray River , South Australia

The mighty Murray River as it is known, is the longest river in Australia, rising in the alps of the Great Dividing Range, and forming the border between Victoria and New South Wales before entering South Australia and finally emptying into the Indian or Southern Ocean. It is 1,476 miles (2,375km) long and passes through several lakes, some of them now quite salty due to drought and the intensive farming all along the river's length. It is significant within the mythologies …

» Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve

Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve, South Australia

Ngaut Ngaut is the ancestral home of the Nganguraku people and today serves as a site of archaeological study, history and cultural significance. A visit to the site offers a glimpse into the life, beliefs and customs of the local Aboriginal people, much of whose culture has been lost. Located on the banks of the Murray River, Ngaut Ngaut takes advantage of the beautiful natural scenery with a boardwalk that runs along the riverbank and allows visitors to walk near the cliffs …

» North Terrace, Adelaide

North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia

For a taste of new-world Adelaide, travelers make a stop at Rundle Mall. But for a look at the city's historic past and contemporary culture there is no place better than North Terrace. The mile-long avenue passes by the art center, parliament house, national library, university and Botanical Gardens, as well as an iconic church from 1838 and a restored 1920s railway station. Large grassy fields and tall shade trees provide the perfect resting place for an afternoon picnic …

» Parliament House

Parliament House, South Australia

It took 65 years for this building to be erected, but despite major delays it's a stately structure Aussies are seriously proud of. Daily tours provide access to Chambers and the chance to view historic documents, like the Magna Carta, up close and in person. Permanent exhibits on women in government and an impressive art collection - including one of the world's largest tapestries and an outdoor sculpture garden - make this a cultural destination for visitors locally and aboard …

» Remarkable Rocks

Remarkable Rocks , South Australia

500 million year old granite has been shaped by the elements to create the intriguing formations that are the Remarkable Rocks. Perched on a large granite dome that drops abruptly to the crashing surf, the Remarkable Rocks are changing even today. Information boards display pictures of the rocks from the 1800s alongside current photographs, as well as detailed information on the weathering process. The Remarkable Rocks have been weathered into strange and unique shapes …

» Rundle Mall

Rundle Mall, South Australia

Some 400,000 customers flock to this shopping Mecca every week - including 85% of Adelaide's international travelers. With 700 retailers it's no surprise. Make a stop at the Adelaide Visitors Information Center, where friendly staff and a library of brochures offer up advice on what to do, where to go and what not to miss in the area. Next walk through Adelaide and Gays Arcade, where beautiful skylights line the ceiling. Retailers here were the first in the country to have electric lights …

» Seal Bay Conservation Park

Seal Bay Conservation Park , South Australia

One of the major attractions of Kangaroo Island, Seal Bay Conservation Park is the home of the rare Australian Sea Lion. The Conservation Park contains numerous attractions, such as the Bales Bay Picnic Area, which provides the perfect lunch spot with picnic and barbeque areas. A short walk from the Picnic Area is a lookout offering views of Cape Gantheaume where migrating whales can be seen swimming offshore from May through October …

» Victor Harbor

Victor Harbor , South Australia

A world away from busy Adelaide, Victor Harbor is the perfect place to get away from the city and relax. Victor Harbor is situated on the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula south of Adelaide. Though easily accessible from the city as a day trip, it would be remiss not to spend a few days exploring the peninsula in its own right - wineries, national parks, ocean views and historical attractions abound in the area. The drawcard of Victor Harbor is the gorgeous outlook over Encounter Bay …



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