South Australia photo essay

South Australia photo essay

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Adelaide sunset Photos: Christina Pfeiffer

From the picturesque vineyards of the Adelaide Hills to the towering peaks of the Flinders Ranges; from the wide open spaces of the arid Simpson Desert to the shipwrecks and bays of the Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia serves up a diverse mosaic of landscapes.

Whether you’re a nature lover, outdoor enthusiast or epicurean, South Australia has a dazzling platter of experiences to choose from. Visit one of the state’s world-class wine regions (the New York Times lists the Barossa Valley as the only destination on their 2008 “must-see” list) where indulging in excellent wine and delicious gourmet food is a drawcard.

Explore the outback in a four-wheel drive or sit around a campfire listening to colourful outback characters recount wild tales. Outdoor enthusiasts will love the numerous cycling, horse riding and hiking trails as well as the myriad of top fishing spots.

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Kangaroo Island, South Australia

Adelaide’s mesmerising sunsets wash the sky gorgeous hues of gold, pink and yellow. Unlike the east coast of Australia where the sun sets over land, in Adelaide the sun sets over the Gulf of St Vincent. One of the best spots to gaze at the setting sun is Henley Beach where some of Adelaide’s trendiest fish and chip cafes are found.

Barossa Valley

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Barossa Valley wine region

The Barossa Valley’s rolling hills are home to some of the oldest Shiraz vineyards in the world, dating back to the 1840s. A premier wine region in the state, the area’s cuisine and wine varieties were influenced by German settlers, who along with many other delicacies brought smoked mettwurst, Lachschinken and bratwurst sausages to the area.

Flinders Ranges

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Flinders Ranges

The landscape of the Flinders Ranges paints a picture of quintessential outback Australia, a vista that has captured the imagination of artists. Famous South Australian painter Hans Heysen described it as “the bones of nature laid bare.” The landscape teems with wildlife and is home to romantic characters who sit around campfires telling stories.

Coober Pedy

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Coober Pedy mining town

Opal was discovered in 1915 but it wasn’t until the 1960s that hundreds of men from Europe migrated to Coober Pedy. They purchases rights to mine small parcels of land and after decades of mining, Coober Pedy’s opal fields is a moonscape of debris from prospecting shafts. Beneath the ground is honeycomb of underground dwellings.

Kangaroo Island

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Honey is produces on Kangaroo Island

More than half of Kangaroo Island remains as pristine as when British navigator Matthew Flinders first sighted the untamed wilderness in 1802. More than one-third of Australia’s third largest island is protected by national park. The rest of the island is peppered with farm doors offering a bounty of fresh produce like wine, cheeses, oysters and lobsters.

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Kangaroo Island wildlife

Kangaroo Island is abundant with koalas, western grey kangaroos, Tammar wallabies and more obscure wildlife like brush-tail possums, pygmy possums and heath goannas. The island’s stunning coastline is one of the best places in Australia to walk among Australian sea lions and New Zealand fur seals.

Discover South Australia

South Australia – A Land of Contrasts is a six-day journey to the Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Flinders Ranges, Jamestown and Kangaroo Island. Have you ever dreamt about being a winemaker? A&K Insider Access offers you the opportunity to fulfil your fantasy of being a winemaker for the day. Don a white lab coat and learn to blend your own wine from Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre, the same components used in Penfold’s popular Bin 138, on the ‘Make Your Own Blend’ tour.

Do you love honey? A&K Pearls of Wisdom is an interactive experience with Kangaroo Island’s Ligurian bees. Protected by gloves and a head net, you’ll taste honey straight from the hives. The island has the only colony of pure-bred Ligurian bees in the world, thanks to an 1885 piece of legislation proclaiming the island as a sanctuary for this bee species.

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