Travel: NationalGeographic.Com Showcases South Australia’s Adventures Of A Lifetime In New Editorial Hub

From camping with kangaroos in the Flinders Ranges and discovering the laneways of Adelaide, to cruising down Australia’s longest river (Murray River) on a houseboat, NationalGeographic.com today shares 30 of the most amazing adventures available in South Australia.

Mine Tunnel

Mine Tunnel: Modern tunneling technology has replaced the old means of picks and shovels in the opal mines of Coober Pedy, South Australia. After tunneling, the sandstone will be “noodled”—or searched—under UV light in pursuit of the gemstones. Photograph by Daniel R. Westergren

The hub is a result of an ongoing partnership with the state of South Australia, where each of the 30 articles featured showcase a unique experience in the region. In addition, the hub includes stunning photo galleries, an interactive map, a South Australia guide with basic information for those looking to plan a visit, and videos that bring the destination and its experiences to life.

Gawler Ranges ‘Roo

Gawler Ranges ‘Roo: More than two million kangaroos inhabit South Australia, with hundreds of them gathering on the plains below the Gawler Ranges. Photograph by Daniel R. Westergren

South Australia is home to Kangaroo Island (known for its abundant wildlife), the famedBarossa wine region, and the charming capital, Adelaide. The fourth largest of Australia’s six states, South Australia is located in the southern half of the country. Described as the “perfect host city”, Adelaide was named one of the “Top 52 Places to Go” in 2015 by The New York Times. Surrounded by parklands and home to just over 1 million people, the central business district is one square mile – perfect for exploring the popular museums, historic buildings, wide streets and renowned cafes and restaurants. The celebrated Central Market, the largest covered market in the southern hemisphere, bursts with atmosphere all year round. From fresh seafood to gourmet cheeses and baked goods – the market is a special place for locals and visitors alike. South Australia is also a haven for wine lovers.

Over 60% of all exported Australian wines come from the state’s top wine regions including the Barossa, the Clare Valley and Coonawarra Outdoor adventure activities such as hiking, diving and mountain biking are abundant in this nature-filled state. South Australia arguably has the most accessible native wildlife in the country. Thrill seekers can swim with sharks on the Eyre Peninsula or others after something a little less daring (but just as spectacular) can catch a glimpse of a sea-lion colony on Kangaroo Island. Known as the “Gateway to the Outback,” South Australia is also home to Coober Pedy, the world’s opal mining capital.

Bearded Dragon

Bearded Dragon: The bearded dragon gets its name from its ability to puff out the spiky underside of its neck when threatened. It can change colors—such as to black, like this one—if the lizard feels threatened. The reptile species originates from Australia. Photograph by Daniel R. Westergren

Bedroll Carriage

Bedroll Carriage: In Australia, a “swag” is a bedroll used for camping in the bush. Many resorts offer visitors this option, but some places—like the Kangaluna Camp in the Gawler Ranges—takes the idea to another level with an advanced outdoor bed, as pictured here. Photograph by Daniel R. Westergren

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCES FEATURED ON THE SITE INCLUDE:

LIVE THE STATION LIFE: Staying in workers’ quarters on an outback cattle or sheep station

HIKE THE HEYSEN: Australia’s longest hiking trail

SAIL AWAY TO KANGAROO ISLAND: A refuge for wildlife, fine scenery and beaches off the coast

TRACK THE OUTBACK: Focusing on the outback tracks of the northern desert region

EXPLORE AN ANCIENT CULTURE: From ancient Aboriginal sites and rock art to indigenous guided tours in the Flinders Ranges

RIDE THE GHAN: Australia’s most iconic rail trip from Adelaide north through the central Australian desert

TOUR THE WINE TRAILS: Explore South Australia’s renowned wine districts

HEAD UNDERGROUND IN COOBER PEDY: Stay in the famous opal mining town where the searing heat drives residents underground (http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/south-australia-adventures/head-underground-in-coober-pedy/)

Mining Truck

Mining Truck: Modern mining machinery has made its way into Coober Pedy. Originally, opal was mined from the rock in the area using pick and shovel. As the holes became deeper, hand-operated winches were used to bring up waste, followed by blower trucks—huge vacuum cleaners—to suck out mullock, or waste, from the mines. Photograph by Daniel R. Westergren

Underground Church

Underground Church: The Church of St. Elijah the Prophet, a Serbian Orthodox church in Coober Pedy, was carved out in 1993 by Serbian-Australians who had settled in the area. Thanks to its underground location, it remains an attraction in the area. Photograph by Daniel R. Westergren

FLIGHTSEE LAKE EYRE: See Australia’s largest lake, a huge white salt pan when dry, teeming with life when deluged by infrequent rains

RIDE A CAMEL: Follow in the footsteps of the early cameleers

COOK UP A STORM: Join celebrity chefs for cheese making, gourmet retreats and world cooking feasts

Delicious Dish

Delicious Dish: At restaurant Orana, where prime ingredients mingle with indigenous plants, Scottish chef Jock Zonfrillo has cultivated one of the most interesting menus in Adelaide. This dish consists of mussels, custard, and sea blight. Photograph by Daniel R. Westergren

SPOT ELUSIVE WILDLIFE: Wildlife parks and locations in the wild for sightseeing Australia’s weird and wonderful fauna

Emu Mob

Emu Mob: Female emus have it easy when it comes to child rearing. They often fight over mates, but after the females lay their eggs over the course of several days (usually multiple times during a breeding season), the males then incubate the eggs. After hatching, the male will raise the chicks, staying together as a family unit until the next breeding season. As a result, you might see huge mobs of them wandering around. Photograph by Daniel R. Westergren

WHALE WATCH: Best coastal venues for spotting southern right whales on their migration

SWIM WITH THE WILDLIFE: Swim with dolphins or sea lions

River Renewal

River Renewal: A renewal project is under way on the banks of the River Torrens. Still in its early stages, the riverside already has areas for walking, running, and cycling. Photograph by Daniel R. Westergren

CELEBRATE A FESTIVAL: South Australia’s best events

CYCLE THE STATE: Best rides and trails in South Australia

HEAD FOR THE HILLS: Escape to the city to Germanic Hahndorf and other towns of the Adelaide Hills

FOSSIL HUNT: Overview of fossil hunting and sites such as Ediacara Hills in the Flinders, Emu Bay (Kangaroo Island), Naracoorte Caves, opalized fossils in Coober Pedy and more

DIVE A SHIPWRECK: Best wreck dives in South Australia

Cazneaux’s Tree

Sunrise at Wilpena Pound National Park. Then shots of the Cazneaux Tree followed by old dead River Red Gum tree at entrance to Wilpena Pound National Park. This red river gum tree was the subject of early Australian photographer Harold Cazneaux’s acclaimed photo, “The Spirit of Endurance,” taken in 1937. The South Australian government has designated it as a regulated and significant tree, and it’s known throughout the state simply as Cazneaux’s tree. Photograph by Daniel R. Westergren

WALK THE WILDERNESS: From coastal walks to Flinders Range

DRIVE THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED: Coastal, winery, hill and desert drives

Beach Culture

Beach Culture: Paddleboarders get ready to head out on the water. Beach culture is an important part of life in Adelaide. At Noarlunga Beach and others throughout Australia, kids as young as five years old will sign up for water safety classes. Photograph by Daniel R. Westergren

COMB THE BEST BEACHES: A rundown of beaches, popular and deserted

LEARN ABOUT WINE: Courses, tastings and all things wine

EXPLORE LOCAL MARKETS: From Adelaide’s bustling Central Market to regional repositories of local produce

SURF THE BREAKS: From the Nullarbor to Kangaroo Island

TOUR THE OUTBACK: Four-wheel-drive tours well off the beaten track

GO CAVING: From the Nullarbor to Naracoorte, Aboriginal rock art and stalactites to technical exploration

LANEWAYS OF ADELAIDE: A tour of Adelaide’s rejuvenated streets and laneways such Peel Street, Bank Street, Leigh Street and Gilbert Place

Adelaide Central Market

Adelaide Central Market: Azou Bouilouta offers up a date from LeSouk, his stall in the Adelaide Central Market. The largest covered market in the Southern Hemisphere, the Adelaide Central Market runs year-round and has been a hub of food and culture for 145 years. In addition to fresh food, the market features cafés, eateries, and more. Photograph by Daniel R. Westergren

Rundle Street

Rundle Street: Rundle Street in Adelaide’s East End keeps its historic feel even as the area becomes more modernized. Two decades of redevelopment—including refurbishments and upgrades to the entire street—have made this a go-to spot in Adelaide for cafés, restaurants, and shopping. Photograph by Daniel R. Westergren

We are excited to share with our consumers the vast array of experiences South Australia has to offer,” says Kimberly Connaghan, vice president and publisher of National Geographic Travel. “We began this program by sending photographers, Dan Westergren and Spencer Milsap, on assignment in South Australia in November. The photographers used NatGeoTravel’s Instagram account (now up to 7.7MM followers) to create excitement about the project and the response was overwhelming. Shortly after posting, photos received over a million likes. The images capture the authenticity of South Australia, from its people to the beauty of the landscape and natural world.”

Says Rodney Harrex, Chief Executive of the South Australian Tourism Commission, “We are thrilled that Nationalgeographic.com has captured such a compelling portrayal of our state’s stunning vacation experiences. Their stories truly demonstrate that South Australia is a place that curious-minded travelers must visit.”

Bridge to Bright Lights

Bridge to Bright Lights: A new pedestrian bridge leads to the brightly lit roof of the Adelaide Festival Centre and Adelaide Oval stadium beyond. Photograph by Daniel R. Westergren

(South Australia’s Adventures of a Lifetime can be accessed via the new dedicated online hub, at: http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/south-australia-adventures/.)

On March 1, NationalGeographic.com will host a sweepstakes, offering a chance to win a South Australia Adventure of a Lifetime. The winner will receive a trip for two and get to experience many of the adventures listed above.

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For more information on travel to South Australia, contact the South Australian Tourism Commission at 323.503.4210 or visit www.southaustralia.com, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For more information on National Geographic Partners LLC, visit www.nationalgeographic.com and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

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