South Australia Holiday Deals
Perhaps best known for its status as a food and wine lovers paradise, mentions of South Australia bring forth images of rolling hills and vineyards heavy with grapes throughout Clare Valley and Barossa wine regions. Competing for attention however, are world heritage listed natural attractions, Kangaroo Islands bountiful wildlife, Adelaides artistic entertainment calendar and the panoramas of the Flinders Ranges. Lose yourself in a holiday to South Australia, a State that encourages visitors to take it slow as they savour the spoils of the land above the Bight.
The city of Adelaide is unique in that it was conceived as Australias first free settlement. Continuing a legacy of progressive politics and social reform, The University of Adelaide was the first to admit women, after the State led the nation in awarding suffragettes the right to vote. This heritage has manifested in the creation of a Festival city popular as a city break, where trams glide through a streetscape dotted with parks, public sculptures, and fresh food markets and shopping boutiques. Unwind in a destination that caters for family holidays in Adelaide or romantic city break.
Dine your way along Gouger St or Chinatown, and sample a variety of fresh local produce and international fare at the fabulous Adelaide Central Market. There is great shopping to be had around the main arteries of Rundle Mall and the Adelaide Arcade, where the balconies and terraces scatteredalong the stretch speak of a Victorian heritage. Stop in at the open range Monarto Zoo, some 40 km from Adelaide to see exotic animals on your South Australian vaction, before visiting the giant pandas in the Adelaide zoo. Bar hoppers should sample from the nightclubs at the East End, while families will find places to swim and fish down in seaside Glenelg.
A South Australia holiday can be a packed itinerary of Adelaides festivals, wineries or catching the ferry to Kangaroo Island. Hundreds of New Zealand fur seals have claimed he natural beauty of Kangaroo Island as home, and parade before a boardwalk to the delight of human visitors on vacation in South Australia. A lighthouse keepers cottage built in 1858 casts a sweeping glance over untouched bushland dotted with stunning wildflowers. Inspired by the spoils of the island is a growing gourmet food scene; dine out during your South Australian holiday on local cheeses, honey and fresh seafood in cafes which reflect the rugged health of the landscape outside.
The Fleurieu Peninsula delivers stunning coastal scenery, bordered by fertile wine regions and the wares of specialist providores - this part of South Australia will give gleeful foodies something to write home about. Predominantly known for its wines, the olives, almonds and stone fruits of the McLaren Vale region are fresh delights on a South Australian holiday;make a meal of Riesling and brie on a food trail, or join a celebration festival of good food while basking in the regions Mediterranean climate during your romantic vacation in SA.
Continue down the gourmet path in Mount Compass, where the gourmand can discover trout, berry, deer, pheasant and marrow farms open to the public. On your South Australian holiday, step back to the days when Victor Harbour was a whaling town; hitch a ride on the horse drawn tram over to Granite Island and in season, see the whale migration beyond the Harbour and watch swarms of penguins trying to find their feet.
Celebrate a South Australia holiday by wining and dining along the Gulf of St Vincent to follow a day of indulgence with views over the ocean. Divers and snorkellers can explore a number of wrecks offshore, while budding fishermen may get lucky casting a line off the York Peninsula. The naval history of the area is immortalised across a number of local Museums, providing an educational diversion for a family vacation in SA.
A laidback Australian attitude fuses with European style within the Adelaide Hills, an ideal day trip during an SA city break. A number of small towns were founded by German refugees in the late 1800s, who brought continental culinary and viticulture traditions with them. Drop in to historic Hahndorf for a range of gourmet delights; PYO strawberries straight from the farm, sample pastries at the German cake shop and try a traditionally made wurst for a memorable South Australian holiday gourmet experience. Take in the view from the summit at Mt Barker, and from here ride a steam train down into Victor Harbour. Designed as an escape for wealthy English settlers, Stirlings charming houses shelter beneath shady avenues; a perfect spot in which to take time out during a family holiday or romantic break.
From the Adelaide Hills, travel north to the Barossa Valley to find a private place in which to celebrate a honeymoon. Heritage craft industries thrive to this day in the scenic valley, which holds its own Regional Gallery. Cycling a wine and food trail is a popular way to wend your way through a collection of fifty wineries and cellar doors, many of which serve German inspired cuisine. Stop at the Maggie Beer shop during your romantic South Australia holiday break; savour quince paste and game terrine from the foodie who brought gourmet renown to the Barossa since 1978.
Flowing through the Murraylands, the river that lends the region its name dissects a landscape encompassing rugged cliffs, red gum forest and citrus fruit farms. There are a number of ways to enjoy the Murray while you travel through this part of your holiday in South Australia; take our a boat for a calmer outlook over the Murray or wander its banks as the early mist rises from the river.