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    Aadelaide , a great place to visit

    by Jockswife Updated May 9, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Adelaide ( is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of South Australia, and is the fifth-largest city in Australia, with a population of more than 1.28 million.

    It is a coastal city situated on the eastern shores of Gulf St Vincent, on the Adelaide Plains.

    The suburbs reach roughly 20 km (12 mi) from the coast to the foothills but sprawl 90 km (56 mi) from Gawler at its northern extent to Sellicks Beach in the south.

    Named in honour of Queen Adelaide, the German-born consort of King William IV, the city was founded in 1836 as the planned capital for a freely settled British province in Australia
    Colonel Light's design set out Adelaide in a grid layout, interspaced by wide boulevards and large public squares, and entirely surrounded by parkland.

    Today, Adelaide is noted for its many festivals and sporting events, its food, wine and culture, its long beachfronts, and its large defence and manufacturing sectors. It continues to rank highly as a livable city, being in the Top 10 in The Economist's World's Most Livable Cities

    Adelaide has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate where most of the rain falls in the winter months. Of the Australian capital cities, Adelaide is the driest, and it has a semi-arid climate influence because of its dryness. Rainfall is unreliable, light and infrequent throughout summer. In contrast, the winter has fairly reliable rainfall with June being the wettest month of the year, averaging around 80 mm.
    Frosts are rare, with the most notable occurrences having occurred in July 1908 and July 1982. There is usually no appreciable snowfall, except at Mount Lofty and some places in the Adelaide Hills.

    Beautiful Kangaroo Island is a microcosm of different landscapes and environments - stunning beaches, forests, desert dunes and farmland. It's the place to go, to see amazing native wildlife in the wild. So it's no wonder that it's one of Australia's National Landscapes.

    And it's only a stone's throw away from the coast of South Australia - making it your ideal island holiday destination.When a panel of 522 experts ranked the world's islands by comparing their commitment to sustainable tourism and preserving the environment, Kangaroo Island came out on top. National Geographic Traveler magazine has applauded its natural attractions and sensitivity to the environment - why don't you travel there yourself?

    Kangaroo Island is a short ferry ride or plane trip from the mainland. And there's plenty of accommodation there for you to enjoy - from wilderness retreats, through to new luxury have to see it all.

    Barossa Valey

    It's the wine capital of Australia, a place where you can get a real taste for the finer things in life. But if you're thinking that it all sounds a bit highbrow, think again.
    The Barossa is a relaxed and friendly place, where during your holiday, you can share a drink with the people who actually make the region's world class wines. You might meet them at the Barossa's wineries and cellar doors, or you might run into them at restaurants, or on a golf course.Of course, there's more to a Barossa Valley holiday than just wine.
    When you travel to the Barossa, you can browse art stores for something special to take home, sit in a friendly restaurant and enjoy local cuisine, or get out into the sunny countryside and stretch your legs with a walk in a national park.
    BAROSSA VALLEY is one of Australia's main wine producing areas. It is actually the valley of the North Para River, but William Light named it BAROSSA (hillside of roses) after a wine growing district in Spain. The valley is about 32 kilometres long and 3 to 12 kilometres wide. It lies 56 kilometres east of Adelaide, in South Australia. Low hills rise sharply to as much as 700 metres above seas level to the east.The valley has a Mediterranean climate, with an average rainfall of more than 400 millimetres. Farmers produce cereal crops, vegetables, dairy products, meat and wool.

    Flinders Ranges & Outback

    If you're in the mood for an exhilirating adventure holiday, then venture into the uplifting Outback. The Flinders Ranges and Outback provides a dramatic departure from the hectic pace of big cities, but it's surprisingly accessible. And once you're there, you'll experience things that make home look boring. See the majestic natural amphitheatre of Wilpena Pound, a lost world located inside a giant stone crater. Go driving into the deep Outback and spend time exploring our legendary desert tracks. Or take a scenic flight over the Flinders Ranges. There's hiking trails, places to fossick for opals, and even a desert golf course with no grass.
    The locals can give you all the tips you need for an adventure in the Outback. So share a drink with them, and find out about their favourite local spots.

    National Landscape
    The Flinders Ranges has been named one of Australia's outstanding national landscapes - recognised as an emotionally uplifting destination, where adventure, spirituality and tranquility co-exist.

    Opal Country
    The South Australian Outback town of Coober Pedy is home to some of the world's finest opal deposits.
    Desert Parks Pass
    Grab a Desert Parks Pass to make the most out of your desert discovery.
    Simpson Desert
    This is one of the great motoring adventures in the world - crossing the 500 kilometres of the Simpson Desert.

    Victoria Square, Adelaide River Torrens Kangaroo Island Glenelg beach, very popular tourist spot Beautiful Barossa Valley
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