Wednesday, August 29, 2012

South Australia – Your family will just go WOW!

Which adorable animal comes to your mind when you think of Australia?
That’s right! Kangaroo. In South Australia, we’ve got a large, really large island called Kangaroo Island. Teeming with an incredibly diverse range of wildlife including over a million kangaroos. Wow!

To arrive at Kangaroo Island, you have to first fly into Adelaide. The capital of South Australia
is also the country’s capital of food, wine and festivals! Voted Australia’s most liveable city,
Adelaide is well connected with direct international and domestic flights in addition tointerstate coaches and train services. It’s a well planned city, easy to explore by foot, embraced
by the sea on one side and charming hills on the other. Base yourself here to explore Adelaide
Hills, Barossa Valley wine region and of course, Kangaroo Island.

Cricket fans love the charming Adelaide Oval ground, home to many historic matches. And to Sir Donald Bradman’s Museum, with the legendary batsman’s personal collection of memorabilia. Come, try your luck at the casino tables of Sky City Adelaide.

Shop till you drop. In Adelaide’s centre is Rundle Mall, with more than 600 shops in its many arcades. The Harbourtown Outlet Shopping is a one-stop destination for designer brands and homeware at 60 % daily discounts.
Foodies Heaven. Over 700 restaurants offer value for money Chinese, Italian, Thai, Australian and Indian cuisines. Great choice for vegetarians too. Say cheers with delicious South Australian wines.

A twenty minute drive takes you up to Adelaide Hills. Visit quaint towns, full of hertitage
homes, where time has stood still. Explore historic Hahndorf German village. From top of Mount Lofty Summit, Adelaide city and the ocean lie below your feet. At Cleland Wildlife Park, cuddle a koala and feed kangaroos. What a feeling!

An hour away from Adelaide, lies the picturesque, Tuscany-like landscape of the Barossa Valley. It’s the world’s most famous Shiraz wine producing region. Over 60 wineries invite you in for wine tasting. At the wine visitor centres of Jacobs Creek, Wolf Blass, learn all about how wine is made. In fact, blend your own wine at Penfolds winery. Put your name on the bottle and say cheers with friends back home. What a treat!

At Whispering Wall, whisper to your loved one 140 metres away! Visit Lyndoch Hill Rose Garden with 2000 varieties in bloom! Spend time at the Lyndoch Farm with its 60 varieties of lavender. From Menglers Hill, check out the Sculpture park and the spectacular view.

One third of Kangaroo Island is protected as conservation and national parks. Imagine this. Seals basking on quiet beaches. Koalas munching on gum trees. Echidnas wandering around without a care. Kangaroos and wallabies hopping and skipping at every turn. The award winning
Parndana Wildlife Park is famous for its birds. At the Kangaroo Island Penguin Centre, find out where Fairy Penguins go wandering at night.

You won’t believe your eyes when you sight Remarkable Rocks. Over the centuries, the wind and weather have carved out the most awesome sculptures from these ancient granite boulders. Nearby is Admirals Arch, from where you descend to the blue waters. Half an hour away is Seal Bay. From specially constructed platforms, listen to a large colony of Australian Sea Lions sing as they nurture their young.

Fancy a five star stay? Overlooking a dramatic coastline, Southern Ocean Lodge will welcome you. 21 luxurious guest suites, each with stylish sunken lounges, glass walled bathrooms and outdoor terraces. Plus a restaurant, bar, boutique and spa. Three and four star hotels are also available on the island.

So come to South Australia. Whether you are a nature lover, gastronomic foodie, wineconnoisseur or adventure seeker. Just remember any holiday to Australia is incomplete without Kangaroo Island. It’s a place that is sure to make your family go “WOW!”

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