The Coorong is a 140km lagoon in which fresh water flows into from the River Murray. It is well know for its spectacular white sandhills, Birdlife, wildlife, flora, good fishing and Aboriginal history.
It is an area of untamed wilderness, an area I find quite beautiful!
There are plenty of tours to choose from, including walking, 4WD and Discovery cruises.
I have only explored the area by our own boat from Goolwa, not on a proper cruise, but I imagine the cruise would be quite good.
Some interesting places to see are Pelican Point, a good area to view a large variety of birdlife. It is also where Lake Alexandrina enters the Coorong through the Tauwitchere barrage. At Long Point, a jetty provides easy boat access and good fishing. Just imagine sitting back fishing while the sun sets over the lovely calm water, fabulous! 'Hells Gate' is the narrowest point between the northern and southern Coorong lagoon, and its here there are excellent views up and down the lagoon. You should see plenty of wading birds. Jacks Point is home of the largest breeding colony of the Australian Pelican, it has an Observatory, so don't forget your binoculars.
The longest walking trail in the Coorong (27km) starts at Salt Creek, and takes in the early settlement of the Chinese and much more, I hope you are fit!
There are so many places, too many to name.
You can camp at the Coorong, and you will probably catch fish every day for your meals.
THERE IS AN ENTRY FEE.
If you are staying in the park, you will need a permit and to pay a fee.
If you are passing through like we were today, then you do not to pay anything.
Following my trip, next stop is KINGSTON SE.
The cycling road race "TOUR DOWN UNDER" is held in January each year. It began in 1999, and has gone ahead in leaps and bounds, with riders coming from all over the world. Masses of people watch from the roadsides and in the towns.
Accommodation packages are available, see website.
If you can't get to France, then visit Adelaide to see this exciting race.
In 2013, the 'tour down under' begins in ADELAIDEon 20th January.
The Clare Valley, well know to South Australians for its good Wines, but no so well know to Overseas Tourists.
The Clare Valley is a beautiful historic area, where you will find acres and acres of vines growing along the valleys and on the hillsides. The first vines were planted here by the Jesuit Priests in 1851, and still today, Wine is being made, only not for sacramental purposes, but for the general public at the Sevenhill Cellars.
There are many Cellar doors where you can try Rieslings and Shiraz which Wine Judges say is amongst the best in the world.
Not only wine here, but delightful villages, with lots of local Bluestone cottages. Let us not forget the English Mansion "Martindale Hall" at Mintaro, and whilst there, walk this historic Village where time has stood still.
There are Museums, Art Galleries, Antique shops, Cafes & Pub's, great food and plenty of places to stay. You might like a B&B or a Motel/Hotel, perhaps camping in one of the beautiful locations.
COME TO THE CLARE VALLEY, AND EXPERIENCE ANOTHER PRETTY PART OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA!
Clare is located 133kms from Adelaide, about a 2 hour drive.
For more information, click on CLARE to read my tips on the area.
This train ride is based at Mt. Barker. The train takes you on a scenic journey to Strathalbyn, then onto the seaside towns of Goolwa and Port Elliot, before finally arriving at Victor Harbor. There's a few different train journeys that you can do.
THE COCKLE TRAIN runs from Goolwa to Victor Harbor, the trip is about 1/2 hour. The Train travels alongside the ocean, giving you great views, and at certain times of the year, you might see the Southern Right Whales migrating.
Fares 2008 are $21 one way or $26 return.
THE SOUTHERN ENCOUNTER is a full days trip, departing from Mt. Barker going to Victor Harbor. The Train stops at Goolwa for 4 hours, for lunch and a browse around the town, then heads onto Victor Harbor for a 3 hour stop, giving you plenty of time to have a look at this lovely seaside town. It only runs on Sundays twice a month from May to November.
Fares 2008 for a return trip are $64
THE HIGHLANDER this train journey is from Mt. Barker to pretty Strathalbyn. It departs at 10.30 am, and is back at 3pm. This gives you time to have a look at Strathalbyn.
Fares 2008 for a return trip are $31
MURDER MYSTERY TOUR This includes a train ride, coach transfer to a venue, three course meal and the show. Passengers can dress up and you can join in the play if you wish.
Fares 2008 are $95, includes everything but drinks. It is held on a Saturday night
For more updated information and booking, which is a must, the website is listed.
These train journeys are a different way to see the countryside, and everybody can relax and take in the surroundings.
The Herbig Family Tree is a large, hollow red gum tree at Springton. It is estimated to be 300 to 500 years old with a diameter of seven metres at its base and a height of 24 metres.
You may think it is "Just a tree", but do stop and have a look, it is really worth it! We along with a lot of other people were amazed that this hollow tree was the home for German settlers... Friedrich and Caroline Herbig and two of their 16 children until 1860.
Johann Herbig (27) arrived in South Australia in 1855. He looked for work in the Adelaide Hills and later leased a block of land of eighty acres from his boss named Angas at Springton. Being quite poor, Friedrich lived in the base of this very large gum tree which was located on his own land, thus saving rent or the cost of having to build a hut or house.
When Friedrich married, his wife joined him in the "tree home" where he had been living for nearly three years. A year later the first of their sixteen children was born in the tree. After the birth of their second son in 1860 the tree house became too small and a hut was built to accomodate the growing family.
The Herbig Family Tree still stands today and has been occupied by others, as well as being used to serve lunches on sales days at the nearby stockyards.
To me, this is a really interesting story of how one of our early pioneers survived and made a living in South Australia
If you would like to read a little more, check out the website.
The Monarto Zoo is very easy to reach from Adelaide.
Just take the South Eastern Highway to Monarto, this is where the Free range Zoo is located.
A good idea is to take the Zu-loop shuttle bus like we did, it departs from the Visitor Centre at 10.30am and then tours leave at regular intervals until the last tour at 3.30pm. We could get on and off as much as we wanted to.
Saves the legs and there is a good commentary given by one of the volunteer guides. Not only do they know where to find the animals, but they have the information and some funny stories to tell!
There are three nature walks, ranging from 20 minutes to 90 minutes. There are a lot of animals on display, and this is the best way to see them, definitely better than in cages.
Monarto Zoo also offers behind-the-scenes experiences such as Working with Wildlife, Meet the Cheetah and Lions, providing different levels of interaction with the animals.
Allow about an hours travel to reach here from Adelaide.
OPEN from 9.30 - 5.00pm daily.
ADMISSION IN 2012....FAMILY..2 adults and 2 or 3 children $5 for an extra child up to a total of 5 children......$85.00
CHILD....Ages 4 - 14....$18.00
CONCESSION*... Concession card must be shown...$22.00
THIS IS EXCELLENT VALUE AND WORTH DOING
TWO ZOOS PASS** - Adult...$47.00
TWO ZOOS PASS** - Child....$27.00
TWO ZOOS PASS** - Family...$127.50
TWO ZOOS PASS** - Concession...$33.00
The TWO ZOO PASS is useable for 3months.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT....CONTACT...Bus departs from Adelaide at the Central Bus Station (Mon-Sat) Ph 08 85322633.
Timetable information is available on their website www.linksa.com.au
Bookings are not required except on Saturdays.
Granite island is an important penguin rookery. Little penguins are the only penguin species known to breed in Australia. They stand approximately 35cm and weigh about 1.2kg. Little Penguins are the worlds’ smallest penguin species. Unfortunately like all small things they get picked on. They have so many predators. There are their natural ones which include sea eagles, fur seals, goannas and snakes. But they also have to fight off introduced ones as well. Those include dogs, foxes, cats, rats and of course us. All of these predators are a major threat to the Granite Island penguin colony.
A penguin management plan has been formulated to best protect the penguin colony and their habitat. Guide tours have been put in place to stop such things as people shining torches at penguins causing them to become disorientated. Or getting in the way of them returning to barrows. Hopefully with good ecotourism practices things will continue to improve for these little creatures.
The lake is a good spot for a BBQ. It has several picnicking areas that are well shaded and look over Little Para Wirra lake. There are normal a duck or two swimming around. Its also a good place to spot a kookaburra
There are also several walking trails that loop the area, most are easy going and make for a good way to see the surrounding countryside.
This area also has toilets.
Enjoy exploring the beautiful Murray aboard the Murray Princess...What a way to learn about the wetlands and the river. This beautiful vessel is available for either a five or a two day tour.It does give guided tours of different areas on the banks of the river..and includes all meals..The cost is $578.00 for the 2 day tour
$1230.00 for the five day tour.
The Murray Princess leaves from its mooring at Mannum, one hour from adelaide.Transfers are available...
She really is a glorious paddle steamer from yesteryear!!!! I get goosebumps every time I see her go past...
This 3 story paddlesteamer travels the Murray River, the longest river in Australia, on weekend and 5 day trips. The paddlesteamer is approx 90 years old, beautifully refurbished,and has magnificant meals. The cabins are a little small, but that is how it was in those years.
This is a good way to experience some of Australia's river and farm country. The paddlesteamer has commentary, stops to visit an Aboriginal site, another stop to visit a country general store.One afternoon it launched a speedboat and passengers were taken for short rides.
The Murray river was very active the weekend we took the trip. Recommend taking trip in the warmer months, spring, summer and autumn
Located at Murray Bridge, which you get to by following the South Eastern Highway from Adelaide, approx 1 hours drive.
The park contains a lot of Australian wildlife and Reptiles.Children and Adult's love having their photo taken either holding a CROCODILE, PYTHON or BLACK COCKATOOS at the 2:00pm show.
The Crocodiles are fed at 2pm. You can feed quite a few of the Birds and Animals, food is available at the shop and you can feed yourself as well with a nice buffet lunch.
There are entrance fees that include a meal, don't know the price
Admission in 2011 for Adults is $12
2011....... The wildlife park is closed until further notice because of a fire at the park
One memory I always carried from my first trip to Adelaide back in the '80's was the pubs, or, rather, the state of the hotels. They were all wonderfully restored and in pristine condition, unlike the tiled-floor swills that then existed in N.S.W. (they've changed luckily).
Part of this was to do with the fact that N.S.W. has poker machines (called slot machines in other countries) and huge amounts of money were going to licensed clubs. That is, until the pubs were granted poker machine licences.
In the meanwhile, S.A. was happy without them and their hotels consequently had to concentrate more on other things to attract patrons and thus were encouraged to maintain appearances.
As rivers go, it's well short of the world's top 100, but its location running through central Adelaide makes it a wonderful place to stroll and contemplate, backed, as it is in this shot, by the Entertainment Centre.
The way the whole area was planned is an object lesson to other cities.
Parkland circles Adelaide's central business district, a feature many other cities in the world would envy.
Australia Day was the perfect time for me to join the crew on this 58ft Sailing Catamaran. The boat operates from HoldFast Shores Marina in the lovely beachside suburb of Adelaide.
We departed the Marina at 1900 with pretty rough conditions up to 20 knot winds. It was very choppy heading along the coast towards Brighton, so windy infact that we had to motor. Being the mad keen sailor that I am I just wanted to feel the waves crashing over me. I sat on the pontoon/bow and was drenched to the skin. The crew said they had never seen anyone grin as much. I loved it !
There are two options for sailing with Temptation. Firstly - the Dolphin cruise in the morning. This goes runs for approx 3 hours, they still boast 100% success rate in viewing dolphins. You can either swim with them or watch from the boat. Swimming with the dolphins will be a must on my return visit. Common dolphins & bottlenose dolphins have made this gulf their home.
Secondly - 1 1/2 hours sunset cruise that I chose to do. The sunset was lovely. Surprisingly on the return to the Marina, after setting sail I was able to take some pics.
The crew on this bost were extremely friendly and very professional. The "captain" lent me his jacket as I was shivering from being drenched constantly, this ended up saturated as well.
Temptation Sailing has won many tourism & ecotourism awards.
Recommend this experience to everyone of all ages......enjoyed it immensely
Approx 45 minutes drive from Adelaide you will find Monarto zoo. It is a 1000 hectare free range sanctuary for both flora & fauna. Between the mallee scrub land roams many threatened species of animals from Asia and Africa. The zoo has been open since 1983 and is internationally recognised for it's successful breeding programs and continuing research & education.
The zoo features the only drive thru cheetah enclosure and largest Giraffe heard in Australia. Was also the first zoo in Oz to aquire a white rhino (my favourite animal)
Private vehicles are not permitted to drive around the zoo. There is however a safari bus that will give you a tour (1 hour) complete with an informative and amusing commentary by a trained volunteer. You can view the zoo on foot as well. I found this the best option for me. I love to bushwalk and this gave me the time (and peace) to get up close to the animals. The walking trails are well sign posted. Walks range from 30 mins to 90 mins in duration.
The main habitat areas are Asian steppes, Nth Africa, African plains & Asian grasslands.
The zoo has many plans currently in place for development, including onsite accommodation. This zoo survives solely on donations and sponsorship, they do remarkably well without government assistance. So please come out here, spend some time, see some amazing creatures, all for a good cause.
For a truly intimate insight into zoo life you can take a behind the scenes day tour, meeting the animals face to face, seeing how the park is run and having lunch with the keepers($350)
Other facilities include....cafe, gift shop, loos & Disabled facilities
A great inexpensive ($20 approx) day out and as this area is basically the gateway to the Murraylands why not combined it will a trip to the Murray River as well.
Okay Hotel with average everything. Rooms are spacious and modern with all the facilities required....more
Hanson Bay, Australia
Good for: Business
Nelson Road, Mount Gambier, South Australia, 5290, Australia
Good for: Families