Best of both worlds

Dis­cover an abun­dance of ex­pe­ri­ences on beau­ti­ful beaches and in the vast out­back of South Aus­tralia.

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OH, South Aus­tralia.... It’s a pic­ture per­fect land where beau­ti­ful beaches meet ochre- coloured out­back. But don’t think it’s re­mote just be­cause its ocean­front cap­i­tal Ade­laide is a gate­way to the in­vig­o­rat­ing wa­ters of the South­ern Ocean. This south­ern- cen­tral Aus­tralian state shares more bor­ders with its coun­ter­parts than any other, mak­ing it easy to ac­cess from all di­rec­tions.

With an end­less spread of main­land coast­line cour­tesy of three stun­ning penin­su­las – Fleurieu, Yorke and Eyre – it’s easy to be se­duced by views of the ocean.

Talk­ing about waves, Kan­ga­roo Is­land is THE place to be if you want to catch those surf­ing breaks. Make a stop at D’Estrees Bay, which also hap­pens to be the lo­cals’ pick. Mind you, it’s not the place for first­time surfers; but if you’ve done this be­fore, you’ll ap­pre­ci­ate how the brisk north- west­erly wind pro­duces one of the best surf breaks in the coun­try.

For some­thing more serene, check out the wa­ters off Kingscote’s beaches. Below the crys­tal turquoise sur­face, you’ll find one of the world’s largest colonies of leafy sea dragons, which are del­i­cate crea­tures sim­i­lar to sea horses. There are also sea lions, multicoloured co­rals and more than 200 species of fish. And in sea­son, in­struc­tors will bag any cray­fish or abalone they come across for a seafood feast.

Kan­ga­roo Is­land’s im­mac­u­late sur­rounds pro­vide the per­fect back­drop for in­cred­i­ble nat­u­ral won­ders. One of which you will find at Flin­ders Chase Na­tional Park. Re­mark­able Rocks – a group of gran­ite boul­ders perched pre­car­i­ously atop a south­ern cliff that has been eroded by wind, sea and sand over mil­lions of years – will no doubt serve as the back­ground of your new Face­book pro­file photo.

But per­haps the most won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence of Kan­ga­roo Is­land is its def­i­ni­tion of the term “fresh”. The abun­dant coast­line and rel­a­tive prox­im­ity of towns en­sure that seafood is served within just hours of be­ing caught. Or you can go straight to the source: Fer­gu­son Aus­tralia’s de­pot at Kingscote al­lows for “fish­ing” on terra firma.

Want some­thing a lit­tle more out­back? Then head to the Eyre Penin­sula, a mag­i­cal place with night skies that sparkle like di­a­monds. Ev­ery­thing about this penin­sula is big – sky, land, sea – and so too are the serv­ings of de­li­cious, fresh seafood!

If you have any cu­rios­ity at all about sharks, Port Lin­coln should be on your itin­er­ary. It’s here that the par­tic­u­larly ad­ven­tur­ous can jump on board a boat to see sharks, and even jump in to join them in close prox­im­ity – but only un­der the watch­ful eye and within the pro­tec­tive cage of a pro­fes­sional tour com­pany, of course.

Oth­er­wise, swim with a sea lion and you’ll un­der­stand why they’re af­fec­tion­ately known as the puppy dogs of the sea.

For more spec­tac­u­lar ad­ven­tures, drive one hour di­rectly south of Ade­laide and you’ll be in the heart­land of the Fleurieu Penin­sula. The place is a de­light­fully bo­hemian re­gion adored for its world- class wines, sen­sa­tional shore­line and fo­cus on or­ganic food.

Come on down to South Aus­tralia and see for your­self what the best of both worlds, beaches and out­back, truly means.

Sourced from tourism Aus­tralia. Malaysia Air­lines has four weekly flights be­tween Kuala Lumpur and Ade­laide. For book­ings, go to malaysi­aair­lines.com.

Nat­u­ral beauty: snap your own post­card at re­mark­able rocks, a group of gran­ite boul­ders perched atop a cliff that has been ar­tis­ti­cally eroded by wind, sea and sand over time. — Tourism Aus­tralia

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