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6 Reasons to Visit South Australia This Year

6 Reasons to Visit South Australia This Year

What springs to mind when you think of South Australia? Food and wine probably feature near the top of the list, followed closely by beaches and scenery. These alone are pretty good reasons to include South Australia in your travel plans this year, but there are also a few more.

Volcanoes

Volcanoes aren’t something you picture when thinking about Australia, but the Mount Gambier Volcanic Complex has been recognized as Australia’s most recent site of volcanic activity. Visit this volcanic complex that was created around 4000 years ago and you’ll find craters and other volcanic features. A volcanic feature known as the Devil’s Punchbowl can also be found in the area along with Blue Lake, Leg of Mutton Lake, Valley Lake and Browne Lake. The largest crater, Blue Lake, has this name because of the cobalt-blue color the water turns to between the months of November and March. There are also caves and the magnificent gardens of the Umpherston Sinkhole.

Wildlife

South Australia has far more wildlife than the ubiquitous kangaroo and koala. In fact, this area of Australia is crawling with native wildlife. There are sea lions and sharks off Port Lincoln or dolphins at Glenelg. Whales can be found swimming along the coast, but if you’d prefer to get a little closer to the wildlife, you can cuddle koalas and hand feed baby kangaroos and emus at Cleland Wildlife Park. Adelaide Zoo is also home to more than 2500 animals across 250 species. 

Sport in Adelaide

The must visit attraction for sports fans is the Adelaide Oval. In the summer the game of cricket attracts huge crowds while in the winter it’s football that supporters flock to watch. It has a total capacity of 53,000 and since 1871, has played host to countless sporting matches and world-class events such as The Ashes cricket test series and AFL football. Travel further afield than Adelaide and you’ll find stunning golf courses, sporting fields and lush parks, cutting edge stadiums and raceways.

Ghost Towns

There are some very spooky ghost towns in the South Australia Outback and these have to feature on your travel itinerary. Free settlers founded hundreds of towns in the 19th century that have been left abandoned thanks to drought and technology. Take a camera with you for some very unusual photographs and don’t forget to include Coober Pedy on your itinerary. It’s an underground opal-mining town that has a very bizarre atmosphere

A Little Taste of Europe

European settlers that came to Australia in the 19th century certainly made their mark. There’s a deep European heritage in Barossa. It was first settled in the 1840s and is still producing wine from the centuries old vines. Hahndorf, just outside of Adelaide, is like a little piece of Germany. There are stone cottages filled by pubs, restaurants and boutiques. There are some great options for accommodation, such as the camping and caravan park Hahndorf Resort.

Adelaide Festivals

Adelaide used to be known as the City of Churches but in recent years it’s earned another reputation for being the Festival City. Festivals taking place in the city include WOMADelaide, the Adelaide Festival, Fests, the Adelaide 500 and Tasting Australia. During February and March the city is transformed into a living, breathing performance space for the Adelaide Fringe.