South Australia

South Australia has a diverse landscape with the mountains of the Flinders Ranges, north of Adelaide, a huge Outback as well as pristine beaches on the coast and green, lush hills.  You’ll see unique wildlife and scenery on Kangaroo Island, just off the coast of South Australia.  Australia’s great Murray River winds its way through South Australia and supports a thriving fruit industry.

Adelaide, the city of churches as it’s sometimes called, is an elegant city that was carefully planned in the 1800s and is the capital of South Australia.  The city boasts world renowned Arts and Music Festivals, and whether it’s the beach or the hills you are heading for they are each only 20 minutes from the centre of town.  The hills around Adelaide had many German settlers in the past and there is a strong artistic community there too.

With a population of about 1 million people, Adelaide is big enough for those who enjoy city life but small enough to be welcoming and accessible.  Adelaide has a multicultural population with German, Italian, South East Asian and Chinese as well as British people.  Central Market, Australia’s oldest produce market, has everything from freshly caught lobsters to organic fruit and vegetables and cafes for you to sit and enjoy a coffee and something to eat.

Just an hour’s drive from Adelaide, are some of Australia’s most famous vineyards, the Barossa Valley (settled by German migrants), Clare Valley and McLaren Vale.  In these wine regions you can taste the wines and enjoy a delicious meal at many top restaurants.  The food in the Barossa valley shows its German heritage with lots of smoked sausage, good bread and delicious yeast cakes.

In the far north of South Australia you can visit the town of Cooper Pedy which produces 80% of the world’s opals.  It’s so hot here that most of the homes and shops are underground!

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