State of South Australia Off The Beaten Path

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State of South Australia Off The Beaten Path

  • Adelaide Hills

    Adelaide Off The Beaten Path

    Our next stop on DAY TRIP 5 was the small town of Echunga. We are now 34kms from Adelaide, and in a small sleepy town, which was more alive back in 1852, when it became the first proclaimed goldfield in South Australia. Settled in 1839, a gold rush occured in 1852, however it did not last long with the diggings exhausted and all but abandoned...

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  • Rural South Australia

    Adelaide Off The Beaten Path

    If you are with me on my tour, Day 8 from Adelaide, then you will be visiting Myponga, located 58kms from Adelaide in the Southern Adelaide Hills. Myponga has rich soil and you will see lots of Dairies running Holstein Cattle, and if you happen to still be in the area late afternoon, the Eastern Grey Kangaroo's come out to feed. There’s a good...

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  • City Centre

    Adelaide Off The Beaten Path

    Just as the traffic lights changed and it was my turn to cross the road I espied a brass plaque out of the corner of my eye. Not wanting to miss the green light I quickly opened my camera and snapped a picture of the plaque with the view of looking at it later. It really is amazing the sort of obscure things you find in places if you keep your...

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  • National / Conservation Parks

    Adelaide Off The Beaten Path

    Marino Conservation Park is located south of Glenelg in the suburb of Marino. It is a small rectanglular park with a lighthouse (off-limits), and superb views of Adelaide's coastline accessible by a short walk uphill. A good route is to walk north from the carpark to the lighthouse, then west to the coastal views, north along the coast, then east...

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  • Glenelg

    Adelaide Off The Beaten Path

    Glenelg goes off on a fri/saturday night. head to the pier... (turn right at the jetty and keep walking) for the classy/funk/club/restraunt hub... or just stick to good old jetty rd to witness many-a-drunken antic. The Best pubs are the dubin, jetty bar and the backpackers... although the grand is pretty fab before dark, after sunset, the grand...

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  • Barossa Valley

    Adelaide Off The Beaten Path

    This is Australia's most well known wine growing region, with up to fifty wineries operating in the area. Situated only a half hours drive from Adelaide, with beautiful scenery along the way, and plenty of towns and wineries to stop for refreshments. Listed below are some popular wineries in the area, most have tours and open cellar doors, with...

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  • Port Adelaide

    Adelaide Off The Beaten Path

    Visited Port Adelaide Markets and Maritime Museum, returned to car 5 minutes after parking ticket expired to find an EIGHTY EIGHT DOLLAR FINE stuck to windscreen by some "attendant" who had quickly scuttled out of sight. Not a very welcoming experience; clearly more of a tourist trap than tourist attraction. Will spend my time and money at a venue...

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  • Grampians National Park

    Adelaide Off The Beaten Path

    Visit the Grampian National Park. Is in Western Australia, 260 kilometres from Melbourne and 460 kilometres from Adelaide. The sandstone ranges of the Grampians were formed millions of years ago when sandy sediments were tilted, lifted up and then worn down to form theparallel north-south ranges we see today. The Grampians have almost 900 native...

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  • Hahndorf

    Adelaide Off The Beaten Path

    It's a quaint little town founded by German Lutheran settlers in the late 1830s in the highlands just outside of Adelaide. There are a few good cafes and restaurants here. Do bring a jacket along as the weather can get quite unpredictable even in the summer.

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  • Whispering Wall

    Adelaide Off The Beaten Path

    One of the highest dam in Australia, the retaining dam of the Barossa Reservoir, is better known as the "Whispering Wall". The water comes from through a tunnel more than two kilometres through the range from a weir on the South Para River. The tall thin concrete dam curved against the pressure of the water was radical at the time of...

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  • Murray River

    Adelaide Off The Beaten Path

    I went on a paddle wheeler on The Murray River.The cruise was with Captain Cook cruises on the Paddle Steamer Murray Princess. We left Adelaide on a coach and went to a atown called Mannum, where we boarded the ship and spent a fascinating week cruising slowly up and down the river. The Murray is Australia's largest river and flows inland. It...

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  • Flinders Ranges

    Adelaide Off The Beaten Path

    Here is the Flinders Ranges nth of Adelaide. It's a truly amazing place This is a picture of Wilpena Pound, a natural amphitheatre. You can walk up it, taking in the breathtaking panoramic views.

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  • Morialta Conservation Park

    Adelaide Off The Beaten Path

    Very close to the city of Adelaide, on the eastern side, at the base of the Adelaide foothills, is a beautiful little spot. This is Morialta Conservation Park. He you can spend the day, having a picnic at one of the charming little spots. A walk to the First Falls is a must. The walking track meanders its way up to the falls, passing over Fourth...

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  • MARRABEL RODEO & "CURIO"

    Marrabel is a small town approx 90ks north of Adelaide.It is known for its annual Rodeo which has been held since 1935 on the October long weekend.'Curio' was a 'buckjumper' at the Rodeo, and became known as the "unrideable Mare.' She made her debut in 1945 as a 3year old, and it took until 1953 before she was ridden by Alan Woods for the 5...

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  • Laura

    This is a place that is really a pit stop for anyone that has ever been through but, having gone for a ride on our bikes we found there's more to Laura than initially meets the eye.This place once had a brewery (opening pic) and has some other nice buildings and has recently built a bike trail all the way to the next village 16kms away. We were...

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  • Port Germain

    Port Germain has the longest wooden pier in Australia. After that, to be honest, the attractions are pretty thin on the ground. In the tourist brochure the children's playground and a gazebo are listed as highlights. Need I say more.There are one or two attractive buildings and a few nice gardens and it does have a conveniently situated caravan...

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  • MURRAY RIVER CRUISE

    A nice way to see the River Murray is on a cruise. Captain Cook cruises depart from Mannum, these are on the Paddlesteamer, the Murray Princess. Cruises can be from 3days to a week. The cruise includes accommodation, all meals, use of all onboard facilities, most tours, and complimentary coach transfers from Adelaide. This is a really nice cruise,...

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  • PORT NOARLUNGA (for great snorkelling &...

    Port Noarlunga is 35ks south of Adelaide, located beside the ocean and is where the Onkaparinga River which starts in the Adelaide hills, enters the Ocean. It can be reached on the M2 or A15 from Adelaide. The Beaches are safe, and theres a long Jetty for walks and fishing. Where the River enters the Ocean, there are large sand hills, great for...

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  • Langhorne Creek Wineries

    This is no where near as well known as the Barossa Valley. To reach this area, its about an hours drive from Adelaide, or 10 minutes from Strathalbyn. Located here, are about 25 wineries, some large, and some small.The website will give you information on them.There are quite a few tour companies that do tours here, so you can try the wines,...

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  • Mount Remarkable National Park

    I had but a brief turn at this park. Just happened to catch a description of it somewhere else and thought I'd spend a couple of hours there. However, it turned out I was running late and had even less time than that.Still, what I saw was spectacular. Very reminiscent of what you might expect at more famous places in the Kimberley and Northern...

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  • Trails SA

    South Australia has some great walking trails. With SA's diverse country side there is just about something for everyone from the stroller to the experienced hiker. SA trails are found in coastal areas, rolling hills, arid deserts, river lands and rugged ranges. Taking one of these walks gives you a closer look at the rich beauty of this state. You...

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  • Streaky Bay

    Streaky Bay itself is probably not really off the beaten path. What is off the beaten path is the loop road around to Cape Bauer (means farmer in German). I quote here from my Streaky Bay pages where you can find heaps more info."For our initial foray we headed out for Cape Bauer, past the new housing estate and then through farming land. At last...

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  • Lincoln National Park

    South of Port Lincoln on the Eyre Peninsula lies a national park based on sand dunes and rugged cliffs.Some of scenery is superb, the first shot here being taken at a place called Wanna that has been likened to Port Campbell on the Great Ocean Road. I would concur with that.In the northern reaches of the park it is less dramatic but still...

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  • Visit Coober Pedy - 2.

    Opal was first discovered by Jim Hutchison at the Coober Pedy opal field in 1914. By 1917 opal miners came to settle and try their luck and, after the Great War (1914-18) returned soldiers drifted to the fields to seek their fortune. Coober Pedy was named by the local Progress and Miners Association in 1922 from the aboriginal 'Kupa Piti', meaning...

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  • Visit Coober Pedy.

    Coober Pedy is located in remote mid-north of the state, 850 km. north of Adelaide and 700km. south of Alice Springs. It is on the Stuart Highway between Adelaide and Alice Springs.Many of the towns residents live underground in 'dug-outs'. Begun as mines, these comfortable homes develop as the mine gets larger and larger. Fully furnished and...

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  • Drive the Stuart Highway.

    The Stuart Highway links Adelaide with Darwin. The highway largely follows the footsteps of John McDouall Stuart, who in 1862 was the first European to traverse the continent from south to north. The paths of other explorers such as Gregory, Forrest, Giles, Gosse and Barclay are also crossed on this route, providing an insight to life during the...

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  • Border Village - A long road to...

    This signpost at Border Village shows just how far you are from anywhere and the isolation of this border.You are still 1451 km's from Perth and you have traveled 1278 km's from Adelaide!

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  • Drive The Nullabor Plain.

    The Nullabor Plain - stretching across South Australia and Western Australia is regarded as one of the flattest and most arid regions in Australia. From Ceduna to the Border Village the Eyre Highway follows the coastal cliffs of the Great Australian Bight. There are several lookouts providing wonderful ocean panoramas and between June and October...

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  • Border Village - The Big Kangaroo.

    Australias love affair of all things big takes a twist at the border store! A must have classy photo that would attract you here? Maybe not!

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  • Border Village - The Big Galah.

    Border Village Roadhouse has good modern amenities, EFTPOS facilities, and is open 7 days a week 24 hours a day. If you are heading east or west, a short rest break is recommended given that your vehicle will be required to undergo a compulsory quarantine inspection at the nearby Western Australian Agricultural checkpoint. Within the Border Village...

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  • Hiking Trails

    South Australia has so many great trails for hiking, cycling and other outdoor adventures. I suggest you check out the fantastic website for SA Trails.

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  • Birds

    Keep your binoculars handy because thee are birds everywhere.Some have unusual sounding names.This is the picture of a Willy Wagtail

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  • White Kangaroos

    After leaving Bordertown, on our way back to Melbourne, we stopped at a wildlife park.There we saw white kangaroos running and playing. Some had been brought there originally in 1980 and were doing fine.There were also red kangaroo, and other Australian animals.

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  • Car ferry

    The Sealink ferry departs from Cape Jervis.There are a couple of departures very day that crosses the Backstairs Passage and it takes 45 minutes for the crossing.The ferry is very nice with a large passenger lounge or you can go out on the deck..We took our rental car over on the ferry with us.

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  • Wetland

    Bool Lagoon Game Reserve, is 24 km from Naracoorte. It is the largest and best wetland habitat in the south east.Each September around 200,000 straw-necked Ibis come to the wetlands to breed in the tea tree areas,There is a boardwalk and hide so you can observe all the action after the chicks arrive.

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  • The Coorong

    On the map this place takes up large slice of the southern coast beneath Adelaide yet you will find very few dots on the map indicating civilization.At 210 kilometres long, it's Australia's longest beach (of 11,011).There are two different ways of considering its formation.The first is that it's a bleak, flat, windswept region held back from the...

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  • Monash - for the young at heart

    I felt more than a tinge of sadness as I pulled into the carpark here and swore under my breath at what greedy lawyers had done to our way of life.By explanation let me state that a wonderful man of vision, Grant Telfer, started Monash playground out of nothing more than scrap metal and the goodness of his heart in 1965. By 1985 he had filled the...

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  • Robe

    Many towns and cities have historical buildings preserved but, in Australia, few towns have that "historical feel" about them. I would suggest Robe is one.A quaint village surviving on tourism and fishing, modern industries have generally passed it by and there's an air of going back in time in certain places.Shown here is the old Customs House,...

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  • Murray Bridge

    Just 78 km from Adelaide, Murray Bridge (pop 17,000) is a major centre on the Murray River north of Lake Alexandra and is a mere 26 metres above sea level. It's one of those towns that tempts one to explore and one is not disappointed.The area originally was inhabited by the Ngarrindjeri Aborigines. The river provided abundant food and they lived...

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  • Woakwine cutting

    There's a gash in the earth. A rather large gash when you consider how it got there.In 1957 Murray McCourt had some land adjacent to the Coorong in southern South Australia. Trouble was, 420 hectares was peat bog. So, Murray, in his infinite wisdom, decided there was a way to get rid of the water and make the land fertile. Over the next three...

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