Must Know Highlights of South Australia
South Australia is more than just Mediterranean-style climes and great seafood – there is a world of diverse and exciting qualities waiting to be experienced in this beautiful Australian state!
South Australia is Famous for Food!
Ok, so we did just say that there was more to South Australia than their amazing food – and there truly is – but South Australian fare just can’t be ignored! If you want to do South Australia style seafood, you have to do it right – and that means visiting one of many South Australian seafood eateries that pride themselves in selecting and preparing the freshest and best seafood the state has to offer.
Step into a world of tantalizing seafood dishes when you come to Eyre, South Australia. Boasting the southern hemisphere’s largest commercial fishing fleet, this seafood bonanza contributes to almost seventy percent of the continent’s seafood supply. The Eyre peninsula is renowned for its Yellowtail kingfish and Southern Bluefin tuna – both fast becoming a rare delicacy due to newly imposed regulations on recreational fishing in the region.
The Eyre Peninsula is widely recognized as the South Australia “seafood frontier” and brings quality crayfish,
oysters and Bluefin tuna to the table. Eyre Peninsula is famous for dishes such as tuna sashimi, chilli mud crab, squid ink pasta, and freshly shucked Coffin Bay oysters with lime.
Kangaroo Island, South Australia is like no other holiday destinations when it comes to its well known freshness, quality and taste of it’s prawns, fish, squid and crayfish. Seafood from Kangaroo Island’s classic cafes and eateries are of high quality!
Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia is where you want to be if you’re looking for the best King George whiting and oysters. While touring the expansive coast you’ll quickly realize that seafood is a part of the South Australian lifestyle. The local seafood is the freshest and the best around, and while you’re visiting the Fleurieu Peninsula you can eat fresh crayfish, oysters, tuna, kingfish, delicate King George whiting and giant snapper.
Adelaide, South Australia restaurants are famous for serving up fresh and high quality delicious seafood at a very reasonable cost. Take a trip to any of the city’s main eat streets and taste for yourself!
South Australia is Famous for Fishing!
Perhaps you’d like to get out there and catch a little seafood of your own! It’s easy, with any one of South Australia’s numerous fishing tour operators. They’ll bring you out, bring you home, and provide you with everything that you need. You will generally bring your own food and drinks, unless otherwise specified. For a fee, you can have your catch filleted at the end of the day. Accommodations can also be arranged with many of these tours.
SA Fishing Adventures – Fishing Charters
Marion Bay, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia
Tel: (08) 8854 4098
Head out on the waters with South Australia Fishing Adventures, a fishing tour operation that hosts a wide range of fishing opportunities from deep sea packages including all necessary fishing gear and bait, to luxurious island accommodations, to liveaboard packages for 4 to 6 days on the water.
Marion Bay Fishing Charters
Address Marion Bay, South Australia, Australia 5575
Tel: 0427 120 040
Among other tours, catch the March, April, and May tuna season with Marion Bay Fishing Charters. This fishing
tour operation also provides accommodations on Wedge Island, with all fishing gear and bait included.
South Australia is Famous for Festivals!
South Australia is heralded as being the Best Event State in the continent! The state’s commitment to attracting and organizing the country’s best events has garnered the state the official title of Best Event State from the Australian Event Awards in 2015, and for good reason!
South Australia is famous for its quality events and festivals, such as:
Adelaide Fringe (February 12th to March 14, 2016)
The southern hemisphere’s largest annual arts festival, Adelaide Fringe is located in South Australia’s Adelaide and invites any exhibitor with a show, display or cultural event to register and be part of Australia’s largest arts event. Famous for its interesting ideas, spontaneity and fun, the resulting Adelaide Fringe Festival is one of the most broad arts festivals in the globe, .
Clipsal 500 Adelaide (End of February/Beginning of March)
Part of the V8 Supercar Championship Series, The Clipsal 500 Adelaide is the largest domestic motorsport event in Australia. This South Australia event is more than just cars – the action is accompanied by a range of events and activities such as fashion parades, children’s fun and games, exhibits, entertainment performances and concerts.
WOMADelaide (March 11th to March 14th, 2016)
WOMADelaide is the South Australia version of World Of Music, Arts and Dance, founded in 1982 by musician Peter Gabriel. WOMADelaide, the Australian take on the WOMAD festival, first took place in 1992. Over the past two decades this event has become one of the continent’s most popular outdoor festivals. WOMADelaide brings unique, new, and unparallelled music experiences to South Australia.
Come Out Festival (End of May)
Come Out Festival is the South Australia preeminent arts festival geared towards families with school aged children, and school. It is the largest event of its kind in the entire globe, with more than two million South Australian children having taken part in a Come Out Festival event since it’s inaugural year in 1974.
McLaren Vale Sea and Vines Festival (June 10th to 13th, 2016)
McLaren Vale Sea and Vines Festival takes place in the beautiful McLaren Vale wine region, and is one of the longest running and most anticipated annual food and wine festivals in the state of South Australia.
South Australia is Famous for Flavour!
There is such an abundance of fabulous wineries in South Australia that it’s difficult to narrow them down – so why not go on a tour of your own and see which ones you like best? There’s more to be enjoyed on the wine tours than just the vintages themselves – there’s fantastic South Australian scenery, even more great food, and a nod towards Australian history.
Get to know South Australia with Cellar Door Wine Tours, (cellardoorwinetours.com.au) a wine tour operating out
of Adelaide, Australia, aiming to present visitors to this gorgeous countryside with the finest wines, the tastiest foods, and most South Australian experiences the state has to offer. Take the full day wine tour and visit up to five of the region’s wineries. Have a spectacular lunch, see the sights and be home for dinner! A typical itinerary example:
- Depart from Adelaide city at 9:30 am
- 10:30 am – Visit Jacobs Creek Visitor Centre for a history tour, a wine tasting (or coffee & cake if preferred)
- Visit two more wineries of your choice before lunch – suggested wineries include Kay Brothers, Paxton, Shingleback Angoves, Olivers Taranga, or Wirra Wirra Winery
- 1:30 pm – a la carte lunch along with a glass of red or white wine, to be enjoyed at Vasarellis
- After lunch, it’s your selection of afternoon wineries. Suggested wineries include Coriole, Alpha Box & Dice, Graham Stevens, Hugh Hamilton, Fox Creek, Battle of Bosworth or Penny’s Hill.
- You could also choose to visit a private barrel tasting to meet the winemaker & grower, or microbrewery for cleansing ale
- Return to Adelaide city around 5:30 pm
There are also half day tours, if a full day isn’t an option – the half day tours will highlight some exquisite South Australia wineries and lunch with wine.
Of course, there are options for even longer wine tours of South Australia – some are a week long. With tour operations such as TasteSA (tastesa.com.au) you can book an entire week with a South Australian wine tour organizer and luxuriate in the finest wines, foods, and accommodations you could ever hope for, on a tour that spans several different areas including the Coonawarra wine region, home of some of South Australia’s most enticing Cabernet Sauvignon vintages. Sleep in luxury retreats, dine on gourmet meals, savour award winning wines, and be treated to a host of other frills such as fresh olive oils and a tour of the olive groves they’re produced from.
South Australia is Famous for Friendliness!
There’s no shortage of family friendly fun when it comes to South Australia – just ask the guests from a number of South Australian resorts and attractions such as the Wilpena Pound Resort, Cleland Wildlife Park, or the underground Umoona Opal Mine & Museum.
Wilpena Pound Resort
Wilpena Road | Via Hawker, Flinders Ranges National Park, South Australia 5434, Australia
Tel: 011 61 8 7111 3942
Wilpena Pound is remarkable crater-shaped natural formation of mountains in Flinders Ranges National Park, South Australia. The Wilpena Pound Resort is a terrific home base for anyone visiting the national park on wilderness tours or family holidays. Embark on rugged 4wd tours of Flinders Ranges National Park, or take in a Bush Walking tour and hike the scenic ranges of this 800 million year old landscape. Enjoy a mountain bike ride through the park, or learn about the Adnyamathanha people, the traditional owners of the park, during an indigenous culture tour of the land.
Cleland Wildlife Park
365 Mount Lofty Summit Road, Crafers South Australia 5152
Tel: (+61 8) 8339 2444
Visit Cleland Wildlife and watch as the animal inhabitants get their daily meals. This is one of the most active and impressive times to see the animals up close. While you watch, you can learn more about these creatures from their friendly and educated keepers, who love to answer any questions about the animals.
Animal Feeding Times:
Tasmanian Devils 2pm
Forest aviary 3.15pm
Snakes and reptiles 1.30pm (Sundays only)
You can engage in guided tours of the park, including exciting night walks when some of the nocturnal animals of South Australia come out to feed and roam the area. Perhaps one of the most enjoyable experiences Cleland Wildlife Park offers is meeting their koalas and being able hold them. You can even have your own private koala meet-and-greet session with a keeper for one hour, hold and cuddle the animal and have your photo professionally taken with it – an incredible souvenir!
Umoona Opal Mine & Museum
Hutchinson St., Coober Pedy, South Australia 5723, Australia
Tel: 08 8672 5288
A genuine must-see in the South Australia town of Coober Pedy, Umoona is an original opal mine on the town’s main street. The mine has been repurposed as the town’s largest single underground tourist attraction, and quite a unique one at that! People of all ages love the underground tours. Tours are $10 per adult and $5 per child, with family rates available, and the tour itinerary is as follows:
- Watch the 20 minute award winning documentary “The Story of Opal” presented in an underground theatrette on three panoramic screens.
- Hear the explanation of opals, and learn about their different types and quality.
- Understand underground dugout homes including contrasting examples of an early hand dug and modern machine dug home.
- Modern Dugout – Underground Home
- Learn the reasons and differences of living underground
- Complimentary tea or coffee after your tour
- The Opal Mine. Operational in the 1920s, take the tour through the mine to see for yourself and understand how opal is formed and mined.
It doesn’t matter whether it’s the delicious foods or the natural beauty that initially draws you to this exceptional part of the continent, what matters is that you leave South Australia feeling full, fascinated, and fulfilled.
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