Score: 7.84 Flocking north for a beach break is so passe – especially with thousands of kilometres of coastline on SA’s Eyre Peninsula (and no crowds). Families can splash about by the jetties and sheltered swimming and fishing spots. Adventurers will get a kick out of the underwater life: giant cuttlefish at Whyalla, sea lions at Baird Bay, and sharks and tuna at Port Lincoln. Surfers will love the remote surf beaches, home to heavy barrels, coral reefs and beach breaks. And what beach break is complete without some delicious sea food? “You’ll find some of the freshest and tastiest...
No time to head out back in SA? Fear not – these rural weekend experiences, barely a hop, skip and a jump (well, almost) from Adelaide, make for an amazing substitute. By Megan Arkinstall Run for the hills:Stirling, Adelaide Hills Fire lit, champagne chilled, private indoor pool is heated and ready… you really couldn’t ask for a nicer welcome at The Retreat at Stirling, nestled among two acres of bushland in the Adelaide Hills. And did we mention the private indoor pool? This bright, airy villa claims French Provincial styling, but we reckon there’s a touch ofTuscany about her wrought iron, sandstone-paved looks – not...
Australian legends Ken Duncan and Peter Garrett graced our office with their presence, ready for a chat about helping South Australia's iconic Burra Homestead. They joined AT editor Georgia Rickard to discuss the cause... Oh, and memoirs, mosh pits and a potential Midnight Oil reunion. Ken Duncan and Peter Garrett might not, on paper, look like friends. Ken, a devout Christian, is a famous landscape photographer with a penchant for fantastically bright Hawaiian shirts; Peter is an outspoken politician and rock star who’s most at home on stage… but when they meet in the Australian Traveller office, there is hugs, laughter and...
Like your seafood with a side of scenery? The Eyre Peninsula is home to the largest commercial fishing fleet in the southern hemisphere – so it’s heaving with opportunities to observe, catch, and eat fresh oysters, prawns, fish, abalone, scallops and more, all while traipsing along the shoreline and exploring pretty seaside villages. A feast for the stomach and the eyes, you might say. The scenic trail winds from Whyalla to Streaky Bay, through seaside havens like Elliston, Coffin Bay and Venus Bay, and takes in surfing hotspots like Cactus Beach and Davenport Creek along the way. You can visit...
Travel writer Elspeth Callender tells how her favourite meal ever suddenly materialised out of the seemingly nowhere. Every day since I’d left Perth had been a mid-summer scorcher. The last decent bend in the road had been three days and 2000 kilometres ago in Norsemen where my air-conditioning also carked it (Nullarbor Plains crossing). By the time I turned into the South Australian town of Ceduna, I was hallucinating. The mirage took the form of the wildest fantasy of a lone dusty girl in a bomb of a car she loved too much to leave in the west: an oyster bar in a...
Fresh country air, sprawling hillsides, bloody good wine and 14 of your closest friends. Here, unique country houses perfect for group getaways. By Alissa Jenkins and Megan Arkinstall The RockBare Retreat, Hahndorf, SA Where: In the heart of Adelaide Hills, near the township of Hahndorf. What we like: The design of this eclectic house is a mix of chic, funk and heritage. Situated behind the RockBare cellar door in a quaint stone building, this very stylish and modern hideaway has all the mod cons: iPod dock, DVD library, flat screen TVs, Playstation, and open fires in the living and lounge...
Less than an hour’s drive from Adelaide, the Fleurieu Peninsula’s winning combination of food, wine and wildlife means it’s well and truly on the getaway trail. Most people, though, head straight to the wineries and restaurants of McLaren Vale, or to Victor Harbor (famous for its whales, penguins and steam trains) and stay there. But take a drive along the western coast instead and you’ll find an altogether quieter slice of peninsula life. From McLaren Vale, head towards Port Wilunga for the first of the expansive coastal views that are a highlight of this drive. Stretch your legs at...
Two states, three time zones and four days... Mark Whittaker braces himself for a game on the famous (infamous...?) Nullarbor Links Quentin from Adelaide is buzzing. We meet him as we set out to play the first hole of the Nullarbor Links golf course. We are teeing off from the South Australian end at Ceduna, but Quentin began 1365km away in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, so for him this is the 18th hole. “It’s all a razz,” he says. “You’ve got to look out for rabbit holes and snakes and all that bullshit. I lost one ball because it went down...
Where is it? Just outside Burra, 160km northof Adelaide How to see it for yourself? Famous to Midnight Oil fans for featuring on the cover of Diesel and Dust – also shot by Ken Duncan – this old homestead at the foot of the Mt Lofty Ranges was abandoned long ago by smallholders unable to sustain a livelihood on this rain-starved land. Ironically, this iconic scene of golden rural Australia is looking a lot greener now after all the recent rain – if you visit in September-October, you might even find it surrounded by canola in bloom, though the crops...
Where is it? 395km north of Adelaide, Port Bonython How to see it for yourself? Point Lowly Lighthouse is on a point jutting into the northern end of Spencer Gulf. Drive from Whyalla to Port Bonython, which takes about 20 minutes. Why I love it “I love to photograph this lighthouse because every shot has a different feeling depending on the time of day, as the light changes.” – Jason Lloyd, photographer Image by Jason Lloyd...
Where is it? 295km south-west of Adelaide on the tip of Yorke Peninsula How to see it for yourself? If you’re driving, the turn off to Gym Beach is about 10km from Marion Bay. The road down to the beach is unsealed and rough, so take care in a 2WD. Alternatively, hike 6km along the coast from Browns Beach. Why I love it “100 Carribie Farmstay is close to some of the most amazing and untouched beaches in the world. Surf, fish, bushwalk, or drink a nice bottle of wine as the sun goes down.” – Damien J Smith, 100 Carribie Farmstay Image by Dragan Radocaj...
Where is it? About 280km west of Yalata, along the Great Australian Bight How to see it for yourself? Visitors can drive along the Eyre Highway with less than a kilometre between them and the cliffs. The cliffs extend over 85km, and there are five main lookouts, with signed access roads from the highway. The view here is taken from the lookout at the Head of Bight. Why I love it “You get to see in 3D that distinctive big chomp mark on maps of Australia. The Nullabor’s coastal cliffs are even more wild and raggedy than you’d expect. Between June and October it’s the perfect place to spot southern...
From road trips to secret beaches, day hikes and sunset sails: Alissa Jenkins gives a rundown on hot activities to keep you on the go in SA this summer. Enjoy the outdoors 01. Escape the heat above ground and explore the World Heritage-listed Naracoorte Caves in the east of the state, home to more than 100 known fossil deposits. Discover them solo or join one of many tours available for a deeper insight. environment.sa.gov.au/naracoorte 02. Go for a scenic ride through the Barossa on a gourmet bike tour, visiting the region’s renowned wineries and food producers along the way. barossabikehire.com.au...
Terry Everson captures one of his favourite Aussie destinations through a lens - the Flinders Ranges, SA. At 66 years of age, amateur photographer, Terry Everson, has rediscovered a love of photography as seen in his images of the Flinders Ranges in South Australia. Modest about his talent, his impressive landscape shots capture some of the diverse views to be seen in outback South Australia. " I chose the images of the Flinders Ranges because it is one of my favourite parts of the country and offers the quintesential Australian outback experience, with the sweeping plains to the west and the rugged ranges...
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