|ADELAIDE FROM THE ADELAIDE OVAL|
ABOUT SOUTH AUSTRALIA:|
Population: 1,633,900 (30/12/2009).|
South Australia is known as the driest state in the driest continent on earth.
but that doesn't mean it doesn't have some of the most beautiful coastline and
lakes you will see. For example, the Blue Lake at Mount Gambier is renowned
for its deep rich azure colour, while the mighty Murray River wends its serene
way for 400km. right through its southern portions. By contrast, the giant salt
lakes of Lake Eyre and Gairdner are massive, usually dry, and spectacular in
the wildflowers, bird and wildlife which abound there in all seasons and conditions.
Lake Eyre is the common venue for attempts at the world land speed record.
This varied landscape offers many opportunities for a fascinating holiday.
In the south east of the state you will find lakes and craters, mountains, wineries
and forests; along the Riverland, the rich fruit and wine producing areas are
a popular place for visitors, and in the far north the 'Outback' and the Simpson
Desert offer an ongoing challenge to the 4WD adventurer, and a vista unseen
Across the Nullabor Desert to the west, the stark treeless landscape contrasts
with the spectacular coastline only a few kilometres to the south where the
Southern Ocean crashes onto the coast, creating diverse patterns in the rock
face and sheltering the whales which come each season to breed in the spacious
In the mid-north the Flinders Ranges are a spectacular range of red cliffs
with numerous walking tracks, gorges and chasms to explore. Behind Adelaide
the quaint villages which dot the Adelaide Hills offer many opportunities for
browsing antique and craft shops, visiting museums, or picnicking under the
shady gum trees in beautiful surroundings.
The Fleurieu Peninsula and Barossa Valley are renownd wine producing areas with
interesting little towns and villages each offering its unique atmosphere and
lifestyle to the visitor. Victor Harbor has recently become a significant whale
watching centre as these norw protected giants return in larger numbers to their
traditional breeding grounds.
Kangaroo island off the Peninsula, is now one of the most famed destinations for
visitors to the state and offers pectacular scenery and unique wildlife experiences.
At the heart of this region is the city of Adelaide. With around one million
population it is an ideal size to enjoy the benefits of a big city, while enjoying
the cosiness of one not quite so large. To the north and south are the internationally
recognised wine regions of the Barossa Valley and Southern Vales, to the west
is the Gulf St. Vincent, providing a near continuous beach for 100km., and to
the east, the hills and Murray River.