Great south­ern ad­ven­ture

South Aus­tralia thrills and tan­ta­lises with road trips that un­earth plenty of trea­sures.

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YOU get the best of both worlds in South Aus­tralia, where gor­geous beaches meet the great out­back. And let’s not for­get about its three stun­ning penin­su­las – Fleurieu, Yorke and Eyre – that of­fer spec­tac­u­lar views of the ocean. Then there’s the neat-ca­sual vibe of its cap­i­tal, Ade­laide.

When in South Aus­tralia, the best thing to do is go on a road trip. Fol­low us as we bring you on a journey along won­der­ful waves, fan­tas­tic food, win­ning wines and nat­u­ral won­ders.

Coastal drive

No visit to South Aus­tralia is com­plete with­out ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the South­ern Ocean Drive. The journey packs fa­mous winer­ies, ex­tinct vol­ca­noes, world her­itage wet­lands and rugged coast­lines, to nameafew.

Stop by Um­pher­ston Sink­hole, a for­mer cave, to im­merse in a fairy tale set­ting amid a metic­u­lously land­scaped sunken gar­den.

An­other cave to check out is Nara­coorte, where you can opt for a full-on cav­ing ad­ven­ture or a self-guided walk.

Rather stay above wa­ter? Then visit the Blue Lake, an astonishing wa­ter-filled ex­tinct vol­canic crater. Or cruise the Coorong, a vast wet­land ecosys­tem.

Over at Fleurieu Penin­sula, be trans­ported to the 19th cen­tury as you journey on the world’s only daily horse-drawn tram ser­vice. ere, in­dul e in a seafood

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Next, you can take a ferry ride to Kan­ga­roo Is­land to meet wild “lo­cals” such as kan­ga­roos, koalas, bats, pos­sums and echid­nas. Not to be missed are the three her­itage work­ing light­houses – Cape Wil­loughby, Cape Borda and Cape du Couedic.

You should trek to Flin­ders Chase Na­tional Park. This rugged wilder­ness fea­tures the stun­ning Re­mark­able Rocks and Ad­mi­rals Arch. The for­mer is a great place to en­joy stun­ning sun­rises and sun­sets. An­other stop on the itinerary should be Seal Bay, which of­fers a look-in at the Aus­tralian sea-lion colony and the gor­geous neigh­bour­ing coast­line.

Af­ter all that, live it up with some good wines at Coon­awarra and McLaren Vale.

Easy day trips

There are a va­ri­ety of day trips that can be taken from Ade­laide.

A 30-minute drive to Ade­laide Hills un­veils the hill­side jewel of Hah­n­dorf. Aus­tralia’s old­est sur­viv­ing Ger­man set­tle­ment of­fers shop­ping at quaint shops and plenty of her­itage. One can get a

- ch at H . from the city. It’s also home to mar­ket gar­dens with berries, stone fruits, citrus and more. You can find it all at the fa­mous Barossa Farm­ers Mar­ket, Mag­gie Beer’s Farm Shop, Barossa Val­ley Cheese Com­pany and at a num­ber of great restau­rants and cafés.

Get your wine­mak­ing fix at Pen­folds where guests are in­vited to make their own blends. Mean­while, Sep­pelts­field of­fers the op­por­tu­nity for vis­i­tors to try

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Port Lin­coln’s the place to be, to see the largest com­mer­cial fish­ing fleet in the South­ern Hemi­sphere. Learn how fish­er­men work the wild seas off Eyre’s thou­sand-kilo­me­tre coast­line.

For a close en­counter with ma­rine wildlife, the Baird Bay Eco Ocean Ad­ven­ture lets you snorkel with bot­tlenose dol­phins and sea lions. From May to Oc­to­ber, some 30 hump­backs and south­ern right whales move into sub­lime Fowlers Bay to calve.

Mean­while, May to Au­gust is great for see­ing gi­ant cut­tle­fish swarm in the wa­ters of Whyalla. Bold ones might want to try cage div­ing with great white sharks, out of Port Lin­coln.

Af­ter that ad­ven­ture, sink into some sump­tu­ous seafood. Stop at Whyalla (for bar­ra­mundi and Mur­ray cod), Cow­ell (oys­ters), Arno Bay (tuna and king­fish), El­lis­ton (lob­sters) and Streaky Bay (abalone). Oys­ter Farm Tours lets par­tic­i­pants wade into the clear wa­ters and har­vest the fresh­est oys­ters. Then have a hands-on shuck­ing les­son and taste the de­light­ful seafood.

End your day at Lin­coln Na­tional Park that looks out to the spec­tac­u­lar South­ern Ocean.

This ar­ti­cle is brought to you by Tourism Aus­tralia, South Aus­tralian Tourism Com­mis­sion and Malaysia Air­lines. Malaysia Air­lines flies four times weekly from Kuala Lumpur to Ade­laide.

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