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Review: Adelaide and surrounding area



The least known Australian State - South Australia

  • By SilverTraveller Rowsie

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  • Jan 2013
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Ask anyone where they have been in Australia and the majority will say Sydney, some will say Cairns or Perth or Melbourne but when it comes to visiting Australia no one seems to specifically decide to visit the state of South Australia. Having visited Oz numerous times my friend and I decided to visit somewhere we had never been before so we headed off to start our journey in Adelaide. I must admit it is not the most exciting city in the world, if you like churches it seems to have a huge amount of these and there was a very nice botanical garden in the city but otherwise it could have been any Australian city. We discovered a seaside town which was just a short tram ride away, Glenelg and spent a nice day there on the beach but the whole point of coming to Adelaide was to use it as a base for seeing more of that area. We hired a car and headed off to the Barossa Valley. En route the scenery is so arid that it is hard to imagine that they can grow vines there but eventually it began to get greener and soon we were seeing miles of vineyards in front of us. We stayed at The Novotel, Barossa Valley Resort and it is a sumptuous place with a great swimming pool and excellent restaurant. From there we did a wine tasting tour of the local vineyards (I was amazed that Reisling is the most popular wine in that area due to a Germanic influence in the area and it tasted much nicer that I remember from drinking it in the 70's!). We then moved on to Rawnsley Park Station at Wilpena Pound in The Flinders National Park. Outside our eco-cabin, emus and kangaroos sauntered past and although the site is quite isolated they have a restaurant on site called The Wool Shed where the menu would rival any in London! We spent the next few days exploring the many walks around the Flinders area, we saw goats, emus, kangaroos, wallabies and even a stumpy tailed lizard! The views from the hilltop walks were amazing and on one walk we came across old aboriginal cave paintings.

Back to Adelaide for a night and then off to Kangaroo Island. A beautiful unspoilt island connected by Ferry from Port Jervis. One tip here, make sure you hire a car. We didn't have a car on the island and the hotel, The All Season in American River, was fairly isolated. We booked some tours but they were a little expensive so a car would have been more economical. There was a shuttle bus into Kingscote, the capital, but this was very infrequent. Our tour round the island was amazing, we walked on the beach with the seals at Seal Bay, visited an Eucalyptus factory and walked on "The Remarkable Rocks" (a cluster of granite boulders that have been sculpted by the weather). It was well worth seeing Kangaroo Island, it is such a totally natural environment but a car would have allowed us to explore more. One word of warning, cat lovers may be a little shocked by Kangaroo Island. No cats are allowed to roam free there, if you have a domestic cat you have to keep it confined. The reason for this is that they have a huge feral cat population which is killing all the bird life on the island. Therefore cats are hunted, killed and (shockingly to us English cat lovers) their skins sold in shops! Be warned!

Back to Adelaide and then we flew off to Tasmania (and THAT is another review!!)

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  • margaretm_1
    almost 6 years ago
    Thanks for review about Adelaide. We going there in February 2015 as part of our home exchange tour. We shall be staying in the Clare Valley and also the Yorke Peninsula . Thanks to House Exchange we know many parts of Australia well but have not stayed in South Australia before. We are exchanging our home and car with our exchange partners who are coming to our home in Devon, in August.