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.
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.
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.
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/)
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
SPOT ELUSIVE WILDLIFE: Wildlife parks and locations in the wild for sightseeing Australia’s weird and wonderful fauna
WHALE WATCH: Best coastal venues for spotting southern right whales on their migration
SWIM WITH THE WILDLIFE: Swim with dolphins or sea lions
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
WALK THE WILDERNESS: From coastal walks to Flinders Range
DRIVE THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED: Coastal, winery, hill and desert drives
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
“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.”
(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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