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  • City Centre

    Adelaide Favorites

    ADELAIDE has a great idea of having 'GREETERS" to "meet & greet " you. Greeters are trained volunteers, some speak more than one language, they are not professional tour guides, and they come from all age groups, backgrounds and have a variety of interests. The volunteers help you find your way around the city and the numerous attractions in...

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  • Food and drink

    Adelaide Favorites

    As I first mentioned on my Australia COUNTRY page, we Americans have been taught, via television advertising, to believe that all Australians LOVE Foster's Beer. Before I visited Oz, I thought Fosters to be the ubiquitous national brand of suds. Boy, was I ever wrong. Most Aussies tell me that the only persons who drink Fosters in Australia are...

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  • Adelaide Botanic Gardens

    Adelaide Favorites

    Victorian "Palm House" was built in 1868. The glass was in a very bad way when I was a kid. It had several broken glass panes and just looked unloved. In 1995 it was restored back to its former beauty. It is very elegant in its design and looks like something from 1001 nights. However it was fashioned after an original designed house in Germany. It...

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  • Parks

    Adelaide Favorites

    The Botanic Park is a 34 hectare (84 acre) park in the Northeast Parkland's of the South Australian capital of Adelaide. Its nestled between the zoo and the botanical gardens making it a perfect spot to picnic, read or lie in the sun. Its very quite and has a abundant bird life. The park popularity is due mostly to its giant fig trees. Their...

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  • Native Fauna

    Adelaide Favorites

    Elder park in the city centre is home to Adelaide's beautiful black swans who spend their days swimming back and forth in the river Torrens. These elegant birds are very use to living with people and will often come to the sides of the bank to check you out. Unfortunately they do this in the hopes of receiving food but try to resist the temptation...

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  • Festivals

    Adelaide Favorites

    Adelaide is a city rich with festivals and performing arts events and venues. Among the more notable attractions and sites for artistic opportunities are (1) The Adelaide Festival Center, on King William Road. Three separate auditoriums, ranging in size from 350 seats (the Space Center) to 612 seats (The Playhouse) to 1,978 seats (The Festival...

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  • Culture & History

    Adelaide Favorites

    The Kaurna (which is pronounced GAR-na) people are the traditional owners and custodians of the Adelaide plalins. As is the case throughout Australia, the aboriginal past is not far beneath the surface of everyday life. The original peoples of the continent have a presence and influence on the culture and history of this great land. Adelaide is a...

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  • Barossa Valley

    Adelaide Favorites

    My friends and myself met this Canadian couple (Hans and clarie)on our trip to barossa valley. They are such lovely people and we chatted a lot during our trip and also shared with each other'spast travel experiences. This picture was taken during a lunch break at a resturant in Barossa. Hans gave me and Naomi his country flagpin. I had it stick on...

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  • Glenelg

    Adelaide Favorites

    Visit Glenelg, a beachside suburb with a large beach, amusement park, and nice dining and shopping venues. Magic Mountain in Glenelg... I was 7 years old, and so the amusement park left a fond memory for me.

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  • Port Adelaide

    Adelaide Favorites

    hi, okey... So you're thinking of enjoy open road freedom with campervans, well Aussie Campervans is the biggest suppliers of rental campervans and motorhomes in adelaide. When you are looking for perfect Campervans, you are probably best off searching the Internet for your Campervans, whether it is a Motorhome rental, a RV rental or whatever as...

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  • Beaches

    Adelaide Favorites

    If you love the beach, take the time to go to at least one of these beaches rather than the tourist beach, Glenelg: Moana, Christies Beach, Port Noarlunga, Port Willunga, Aldinga, Silver Sands and Victor Harbour. Glenelg is great for people watching but these beaches have far less people, and nicer water and sand. I love Adelaide weather. It is...

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  • Hahndorf

    Adelaide Favorites

    My thanks to VT member an good friend Kate-Me for pointing this place out to me. Just half an hour from Adelaide lies the small tourist town of Hahndorf. Apparently, at one time this area had been settled by German immigrants and they have played up that heritage. Along with the souvenier shops and pretty places, you will find German restaurants...

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  • QUARANTINE LAWS

    This is a VERY IMPORTANT tip for all people who travel by road transport from Interstate to South Australia.SOUTH AUSTRALIA IS FRUIT FLY FREE....and this is the way they want to keep it, so they rely on travellers like you and me by doing the right thing, and that is, either putting your fruit, etc in a voluntary disposal bin, or declaring it at a...

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  • KESAB

    KESAB = KEEP SOUTH AUSTRALIA BEAUTIFUL!This was a very clever idea put to work by the South Australian government.The idea is to keep the state beautiful, that is clean.There are Tidy town competitions, so now we see many well kept, clean towns, lengths of Highway are adopted by organizations and volunteers keep the roadsides clean in their area,...

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  • WHAT TO SEE & DO IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA

    Coming to South Australia, have a hire car, want to get off the beaten track?Well, check out the excellent website below.................http://www.australia.com/destinations/states/SA.aspx

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  • All along the Nullarbor

    This is the ultimate trip for many Australians. For some it's part of "The Lap", a colloquialism for going right around Australia, which happened to be what I was doing. This was early in my trek. As most will tell you, "It's a long way across the Nullarbor". They're right, anything up to a couple of thousand kilometres depending on where you...

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  • School children.

    When I was in the Botanical Garden in Adelaide, there was a group of school children. They had this cute little outfit. :)

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  • Para Wirra little Lizard

    Para Wirra national park has many lizards and they are very easy to spot in the warmer months because of their tendencies to warm themselves on the walking trails. Most scuttle under rocks as soon as they spot you but this one was a little curious and he stuck around for a picture or too.

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  • Elegant Parrot of the Flinders Ranges

    I saw many of these beautiful birds whilst in the Flinders Ranges. Its easy to understand why they are called the Elegant (Neophema elegans) for that's exactly what they are! A rich lime green with patches of reds, golds and blue. Their call is delightful and quite in contrast to the loud noises that come from other natives such as the Galah. They...

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  • Black boys at Para Wirra

    To find a large section of these unusual plants walk to the Devil's nose and then travel down the hill. Be careful as its very steep in places.

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  • South Para River

    South Para Wirra is the small river that runs through Para wirra National park, and is the parks namesake. This small river plays a role in providing water to the Northern suburbs of Adelaide. The name is an Kaurna Aboriginal's word which means flowing water. In September, 2006, when these photo were taken it was a very dry winter so this section...

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  • Stumpy-tailed Lizard at Para Wirra

    When spring arrives its common to see a variety of lizards warming themselves in the sun. This Stumpy-tailed Lizard was very sleepy and reluctantly moved away from me as I snapped a few pics. They are not aggressive but can give you a very nasty bite so its best not to touch them. Stumpy tail is what most people in Adelaide call these lizards but...

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  • Emus: large birds with long necks

    A couple of Emus foraging for food at Para Wirra. http://www.parks.sa.gov.au/para_wirra/index.htm I spot them nearly every visit to the park. Often in couples with a few cute babies running along side.

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  • Blue tongues at Edithburgh

    The warm weather brings out the blue tongue lizards who inhabit the ground covers that line the ocean road. They are fairly slow moving so unfortuantely they do get squished by passing cars.

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  • Mad Magpie

    This crazy little fellow gave as many laughs on our camping holiday at Edithburgh. Obvousily use to dealing with campers he had little fear in raiding our kitchen even though we had two fox terriers dieing to get a taste of him. The 2 dogs were tied up so he would stand just out of their reach waiting till they turned their backs so he could swoop...

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  • Edithburgh Sea Birds

    Little Pied Cormorants are plentiful on the Yorke Peninsula. This picture was taken from the Edithburgh jetty. These coastal fish eaters make their nests in the large cliffs that overlook Troubridge island. When fishing they dive deep into the water reaching up to 45 metres below the surface. Because they lack the oiled feathers of oceanic birds...

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  • Black-eared Miner

    A grey bird, to 27 cm long. Plumage predominantly dark grey on head, back and upper wings. Flight-feathers olive-green and black. The Black-eared Miner, Manorina melanotis, is a critically endangered honeyeater. Today it is absent from much of its range, with very few wild birds remaining.

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  • Aussie Grass Trees

    Grass Trees, an ancient Australian plant, are found all over South Australian bushlands. Formerly known as Black Boy (named so by Captain Cook) in a less racily sensitive era today they are called Grass Trees or Botanical Name: Xanthorrhoea macronema. An extremely slow growing plant. Trunk forming varieties grow only 1 - 2 cm every year. Long thin...

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  • Red bursts of Wildfire

    These lovely wild red flowers attracts birds such as honey eaters who search out the nectar, those noisy lorikeets and the Red Wattle Bird that inhabits Eucalyptus forests.

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  • Not quite Shangrila

    This place is on a main road. Though it's actually a highway, the amount of traffic (when we were there) amounts to about one vehicle every quarter of an hour. It's not everyone's idea of a highway.To say I was surprised to find this place listed on VT is to put it mildly. Just down the road is the popular tourist destination Coffin Bay and it...

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  • Murphys Haystacks

    From my Streaky Bay pages:Our next stop was Murphy's Haystacks, the reddish outcrop of granite inselbergs listed as being up to 1,500 million years old and featured in many an item of promotional literature for this part of the world. Though they're on private property they are open to the public and a proper parking area, toilets and an...

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  • The little things on Granite Island

    Coastal lichen cloaks granite boulders in shades of gold and green. These tiny life forms have survived in some of the most inhospitable environments and they are believed to be centuries old. Lichen has an effect on the rocks by continuously expanding and contracting with their change in water volume. This causes fragments of granite to loosen and...

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  • Ghost gum, Eucalyptus papuana

    Ghost gums are large eucalyptus trees found in Australia. It derives its name from its pale coloured bark. These gums were used by Aboriginal for firewood but also for the poisons in the leaves which was used for fishing. There are 113 species of this tree. They can grow up to 60 feet tall and 50 feet wide. Unfortunately as spectacular as they are...

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  • Green and Gold

    Winter is a great time to visit South Australia because its the time of year when the wattle is in full bloom and its bright colours fill the countryside. We love these colours so much that we made then our National Colours. "Go green and gold!" is a popular Aussie chant.

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  • View of rolling hills

    Para Wirra offers some beautiful spots to lookout over the surrounding countryside. This spot can be found on the Devil's nose track about 2 thirds down from the nose.

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  • Elliston

    Coming across wonderful surprises continually is what I enjoyed about my sojourn on the Eyre Peninsula and Elliston was one of them I didn't expect much but it was a town that had some services where you could buy food and fuel. Actually, it was more your village with a couple of grain silos standing prominent at the apex of the bay.We drove...

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  • State of fishing

    The first dream most fishermen have in Australia is doing the barra trip, i.e. heading north and catching a big barramundi.The second dream is going to South Australia, ideally the Eyre Peninsula, and catching some big snapper. I had the good fortune to live the second dream (still working on the first one) and made the trek with a good friend of...

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  • Streaky Bay

    Streaky Bay is a tourist destination that is slowly but irrevocably increasing in popularity. With each new facility comes more people and more people means more money and.............., well, you know the rest.We really didn't have a good idea when we arrived just how much we'd enjoy the place but, enjoy it we did. For our initial foray we headed...

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  • The marina

    This is the relatively new marina at Glenelg with rows of restaurants and shops topped by accommodation and offices, all centred around a purpose built marina, for the use of those who can afford it!

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  • The fountain

    This attractive fountain, recalling Queen Elizabeth II visit in 1963, actually reminded me of Rome and the Piazza Nuovo where another famous fountain is dedicated to a number of rivers.This one represents the Murray, symbolized by the aboriginal man and the ibis, the Torrens with the woman and swan and the Onkaparinga with another woman, this time...

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  • The walk

    When we were approaching Adelaide, we were listening to Australia's public broadcaster, the ABC and a lady had rung up saying that she had gone to this carpark to do a walk and it was chock-a-block full, much to her surprise. She thought it was good that so many South Australians were out exercising.That park happens to be at the base of Mount...

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  • The park

    Well, it's a number of parks really, but the point is that the city was laid out having a CBD with a park of approximately 2 blocks in length surrounding it. So, immediately outside the hustle of Rundle Street Mall there is this serene calming place to wander, overlooked by church and bottomed out by the Torrens.There is no river on the western and...

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  • South Australian Coastline

    South Australia is a huge state. It's another of my favourite's, though I rarely far inland (apart from Coober Pedy the monotonous desert holds little interest for me after a day or 2).The coastal strip of South Australia even by itself is a very long stretch, and I enjoy exploring between Mt Gambier and Adelaide. Beyond Adelaide is Port Augusta...

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  • Get out of Adelaide and enjoy...

    Get out of Adelaide and enjoy its environs including the Barossa Valley, Kangaroo Island and the beach town of Glenelg. We saw some fantastic scenery and wildlife on Kangaroo Island and even though Adelaide has perhaps the finest of Australian beer, the most fun we had in South Australia was a tour of the wine region in the Barossa Valley. Who’d a...

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State of South Australia Hotels

  • The Playford Adelaide

    Okay Hotel with average everything. Rooms are spacious and modern with all the facilities required....

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  • Southern Ocean Lodge

    Hanson Bay, Australia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • The Barn Accommodation

    Nelson Road, Mount Gambier, South Australia, 5290, Australia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

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