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With new cases of Coronavirus slowing to a trickle, in turn leading to the easing of restrictions on non-essential travel within the state, South Australian residents will have the perfect opportunity to really discover those parts of their home states that they might have otherwise overlooked!
South Australia (SA) is often missed off Australian travel itineraries, yet it is a state steeped in history, with lots to offer and the perfect place to get an international fix, now that overseas travel is off the cards for a while. The Mediterranean climate hosts world-renowned wines, extinct volcanoes, white sand beaches, German-influenced towns, and cenotes. We're sharing ten of our favourite spots which hopefully make it onto your South Australian hit list as well.
1. Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island offers one of the best wildlife experiences in South Australia. After the recent bushfires, the crowd numbers have dropped dramatically, but there are still plenty of beautiful untouched locations. Once the restrictions have been lifted, travel to the island will provide much-needed support to communities and help boost local tourism. Wildlife areas not to be missed include the Seal Bay Conservation Park and the Flinders National park. At these locations, you can see subspecies of kangaroos, wallabies, and other furry marsupials. As well as being environmentally conscious, this Island has a vibrant food and wine scene, with a few wineries to check out such as the Islander Estate and Dudley Wines (divine food and views). For the beer enthusiasts amongst us, craft ales can be sampled at the Kangaroo Island brewery and if you happen to be visiting on the first Sunday of the month, you can check out some local art, food, and culture at Penneshaw Market.
Endless locations to visit on the island. Photo via @authentickangarooisland
2. Eyre Peninsula
Only a brief flight away from Adelaide, a seafood and coastal paradise can be found in South Australia's Eyre Peninsula. The Eyre Peninsula’s coastline spans across 2000 km and is home to towns like Port Lincoln and Whyall. Coffin Bay oyster farm offers tours for those who love food with an experience. Dressed in a fishing wader and boots you will learn how to shuck oysters straight from the ocean. These tours also allow you to experience Peninsula’s scenery while enjoying locally sourced wine. If oysters aren’t your thing, then the Eyre Peninsula offers many wildlife experiences. You can swim with the friendly sea lions found at Baird Bay or go cage diving with great white sharks at Port Lincoln, which is the only location in Australia where you can see this large species of shark up close! With eight secluded rock pools to swim in at low tide and open caves you can explore, the Thalia caves rock pools are another great location to visit on your holiday.
The breathtaking Thalia rockpool from above. Photo via @eyrepeninsula
3. Coober Pedy
Coober Pedy, otherwise known as the opal mining capital of the world, is located in the middle of a desert. It’s hard to imagine that this dusty town that resembles Mars used to be covered by the ocean over 150 million years ago. Not only is this location known for opal mines, but also for its unique lifestyle. Coober Pedy’s inhabitants live underground in dugouts to escape the intense weather conditions that range from 45℃ in summer to -1℃ in the winter months. Town dwellers embrace these conditions by living in houses made from sandstone bed rocks that allow for the temperature to stay at a bearable temperature of 22℃. Even places such as the Catacomb church, art galleries, and motels can be found underground.
Hike through the surrounding desert! Photo via @emu_escpae
4. Barossa Valley
Barossa Valley is a wine lover’s haven with many world-renowned wineries and culinary destinations. It is one of Australia’s oldest grape-growing regions and is only an hour away from South Australia’s capital. There are many things to do in Barossa Valley with 150 wineries to choose from and biking trails that give you an opportunity to see the many vineyards. Many popular Australian shiraz brands such as Penfolds, Wolf’s Blass, and Jacobs Creek come from this region. One of the unique experiences that Penfolds offers is the opportunity to blend and craft your own wine. The weekend farmers' markets are a great way to sample local produce such as homemade breads, desserts, local cheeses, and of course, more wine.
One of many delightful wineries. Photo via @mybarossa
5. Flinders Ranges
Take a 4WD adventure along the red dust road of the Flinders Ranges in the heart of the outback. This dry and rugged landscape has a mountain range stretching over 400 km and features incredible sunsets, which is perfect for nature lovers and photographers. A trip exploring these ranges is not complete until you see the Flinders Ranges National Park. At this national park you can visit the Wilpena Pound, which is a natural amphitheater surrounded by mountains. Indigenous art at Arkaroo Rock, fossils, and a section of the famous long-distance Heysen trail are some of the many things you can also see in the Flinders Ranges. If you’re looking to experience farm life, you can stay in a luxurious villa located on Rawly sheep farm. The Rawly sheep farm also offers scenic flights that fly over the Flinders Ranges and are a great way to view the impressive mountains from above.
Explore the Flinders Ranges in a 4WD! Photo via @lukeriddler
6. Mount Gambier
Immerse yourself in the city of limestone caves, crystal lakes, sinkholes, and vibrant green fauna. Mount Gambier is a city near the border of Victoria where people usually stopover when driving to Adelaide. If you're only passing by, make sure you make a stop to stretch your legs at Blue Lake. This lake was caused by a crater of an extinct volcano. Depending on the time of the year, the lake changes colour from sky blue to grey. If you're interested in seeing South Australia’s only world heritage location, go ahead and check out Naracoorte Caves. These ancient caves are made from limestone and you will see plenty of stalactites, fossils, and bats! After a day of exploring Mount Gambier, we suggest checking out some sinkholes. Believe it or not, these sinkholes are actually cenote formations, just like the famous cenotes in Mexico. The sinkholes in Mount Gambier are Australia's only cenotes and one of the few places that these can be found on the planet.
The freshwater cenotes and stalactite caves. Photo via @discover_mount_gambier
7. Fleurieu Peninsula
Located southwest of the Mount Lofty Ranges is the Fleurieu Peninsula, an area that has picturesque beaches and wildlife reserves. It is the perfect outdoor-focused location, popular with visitors for its fishing, walking, whale watching, surfing and swimming. If you're looking for a beach resort or family vacation Victor Harbor is one of the best places to stay. Make sure to check out Lake Alexandria where the Murray River flows in between the ocean.
The stunning clear blue ocean meeting the Murray River at Coorong National Park. Photo via @officialfleurieupeninsula
Hahndorf is located in the Adelaide Hills and is one of the few German settlement towns that still exist in Australia today. A small town that was established in the mid-1800s, Hahndorf is filled with German architecture, culture and history. Stone cottages, pubs with a wide selection of German beer on tap and German-inspired dishes on the menu as well as shops brimming with brightly coloured flowers playing traditional German music line the town's quaint streets. A walking tour or trip to the German Migration Museum to take in some of the town's history is recommended, as is free tastings and sampling from local wineries, specialty food stores, and alehouses. Awesome activities for the little ones include picking strawberries at Beerenberg Family Farm, getting up close with animals at the Hahndorf Farm Barn, or taking a little trip to the magical Fairy Garden.
Immerse yourself in Hahndorf's unique culture. Photo via @hahndorf_southaustralia
9. Clare Valley
Away from the bustling cities and coastal towns of South Australia, you can find a small winery town called Clare Valley. This region is famous for its Riesling wines and also internationally renowned for its boutique beers and ciders. If you're a foodie, we highly recommend visiting this area in May for their annual “Clare Valley Gourmet weekend”. It is a huge celebration of their local food and wine grown in the area with live concerts and plenty of food to taste. One winery that needs to be on your list is Jesuit Winery at Sevenhill. This is the oldest winery in the region that features an underground cellar, St Aloysius church, and a crypt. If crypts and wineries don't appeal, check out Red Banks Conservation Park or Lake Bumbunga to be at one with nature!
Home to one of Australia's edible-looking pink lakes. Photo via @clarevalleysa
Last but not least, is South Australia's vibrant capital city. Adelaide is the smaller, less busy, and greener version of Sydney and Melbourne, and home to many markets and festivals celebrating art, food, music and culture such as Adelaide Fringe and the WOMADelaide. One place not to miss is the Royal Botanic Gardens, hidden in amongst the nineteenth-century architecture. The stunning gardens are in a secluded part of the city with wide open spaces and a fascinating conservatory.
Picture perfect picnic spot. Photo via @cityofadelaide
We hope that our list gives you some food for thought! The easing of restrictions could present the perfect opportunity to pack up the car, camper or RV and hit road, ticking off as many spots as you like on the way. With social distancing and heightened hygiene being the new normal, having your accommodation and wheels all in one definitely has its appeal, and to make that journey a little easier, why not pack a Scrubba wash bag for self-sufficient laundry on-the-go! Browse the Scrubba wash bag range to pick up the ultimate gear for your next South Australian adventure.
Lockdown restrictions and social distancing have become the new norm of today and has us dreaming about all the places we cannot go to. At the moment, COVID19 cases are declining and within the next couple of months we may see interstate domestic travel reopen state borders. With no overseas travel in mind till at least another 12 months, Tasmania is a state that should be added to your domestic travel bucket list.
The smallest state out of the six states, Tasmania is 240 km off mainland Australia. Our largest island has simply so much to explore with shorter driving distance between towns and there is a large chunk of places that have remained untouched. Tassie is the state for those looking to explore the natural beauty of Australia with 40% of the land mass being made up of national parks and nature reserves, including some world heritage listed sites. This state also has small and vibrant cities, plenty of hiking trails, famous beaches, lakes and even snow capped mountains that remind us of a mini New Zealand. While we are all teaming up to do our part to flatten the curve, we’ve put together a list of 10 beautiful spots to visit in Tasmania when it is of course safe to do so.
Launceston is known as the second biggest city in the heart of Northern Tasmania that offers an abundance of culture including culinary food and wine, museums and boutiques. A fifteen minute walk from the city centre will take you towards the South Esk river that runs along the natural beauty of the Cataract Gorge. To find the best view of the Gorge, we suggest walking across the main bridge or taking a ride on the world's longest single span chairlift. Launceston is also reasonably close to a few countryside areas and is a great place to drive around and spend the day at places like Bridestowe Lavender farm. This lavender farm is the biggest lavender farm in the southern hemisphere which is best to see at full peak between the hotter seasons of December and January. Take a stroll through the many rows of violet fields to capture the most aesthetically pleasing insta shot or check out the gift shop to pick up pretty much anything lavender scented from ice-cream, skincare and honey. It seems like a dream place for lavender lovers!
2. Tamar Valley
The Tamar Valley is one of the many wine growing regions in Tasmania that produces cool climate wines, cheeses and other dairy products on the market. The valley is located on both sides of the Tamar River that flows from Launceston to Bass Strait. If you're interested in arts or writing, we highly suggest booking a trip in September to see the Tamar Writers festival, it is a biennale festival that occurs over three days. The most convenient way to see any of the thirty wineries is by car so you can get across each side of the river. One cellar door that is on our list is Clover Hills Winery, they specialise in sparkling wines such as pinot grigio and sauvignon blanc. Enjoy some wine tastings with artisan cheeses, relaxing outdoors on a bean bag cushion. Now that sounds like a place to visit once the restrictions ease!
Take a sip and admire the views. Pic via @tamarvalleytasmania
3. Bay of Fires
Another natural beauty not to miss is Bay of Fires, a scenic coastline stretched across 30km from Binalong bay to Eddystone Point. This bay is home to some pretty unique natural granite formations that consist of orange and reddish tones caused by a natural reaction from lichens. These rocks can be seen anyway along the bay with their forms varying and some even have moss growing over them. A common misconception is that the name originated from the famous rocks but instead it was named after an explorer who discovered the area due to the Indigenous Australians lighting fires on the sand. Bay of Fires has more than just beaches. Make sure you check out the many walks, waterfalls, oyster farms and even see a lagoon.
Gaze at the sunset. Pic via@bayoffirestasmania
Strahan is a small harbour town situated along the rugged west coast of Tasmania. It is a little less accessible than the other areas on our list as it does take around four to five hours to get to from the city of Hobart but it shouldn’t be overlooked on your road trip. Strahan is the only town located along the enormous Macquarie Harbour with Hogarth falls only a short distance from the town centre. The walking track is twenty minutes each way and has safe walking paths suitable for a family outing. A few standout activities include the steamship train, yacht charters, seeing the oldest pine mill in the world, sand dunes and chances to 4WD off road. Last but not least, you will need to dedicate a whole day going on a river cruise along the famous Gordan River. The all day cruise passes also passes along a convict island and UNESCO world heritage listed Franklin-Gorden national park.
Cruise along the famous Gordan River. Pic via @strahanvillage
5. Freycinet National Park
Another spectacular Tasmanian destination is Freycinet National Park, which is located along the east coastline of the Island. It’s home to Wineglass bay, one of the top rated beaches in the world thanks to the clear blue coastline, white sandy beach and the pink granite mountains that surround this place. The small fee is worth it when you get to see this stunning park in its glory. The best way to see Wineglass bay is taking a scenic drive or alternatively choosing a few hikes to accomplish. We suggest going early to beat the crowds and see the magnificent sunrise. If staying in the national park is on your bucket list, you can only stay at Freycinet Park Lodge which offers chalets that overlooks Oyster Bay and the Hazards Mountain ranges. A popular place to stay outside of the park is a small town called Coles Bay that has a few shops and cafes to venture to.
Walk along the stunning coastline. Pic via @freycinetnp
A firm place on our list, the charming capital is home to many cultural and natural activities. Hobart is often known as one of the quieter capital cities although unlike other cities, it is surrounded by the breathtaking views of Mount Wellington. One of the best free activities to do in Mount Wellington is to capture photos of the bay, city waterfront and the hills. Make sure to pack a jacket and beanie as it is very windy and can get to 5℃ even when the CBD below is 25℃. Don’t fret if you forgot your jacket as there is an indoor observation deck. If you're lucky to be visiting on a Saturday you should check out the world renowned Salamanca Market along the stretch of historical buildings in the CBD. With over 300 stalls, it is a great place to mingle with the locals, pick up an authentic souvenir, support local farmers, artists and of course the delicious food stalls. If you're an art fanatic or have never been to a gallery, MONA in short for the Museum of Old and New Art is the largest public funded gallery in the Southern Hemisphere. Having only begun in 2011, this gallery has come up in conversation as not only one of the best Australian galleries but also the very best in the world. Mona is only twenty minutes away with car and scenic ferry options. Not only does the artwork push boundaries, the architecture of the building is also a wonder in itself. Underground with three levels of art in a cave sounds like an experience not to forget.
See the city from above at Mount Wellington. Pic via @hobartandbeyond
A trip to Tasmania isn't complete till you take a ferry from Hobart to Bruny Island; an island that is renowned for its wildlife, southern lights, seafood and handmade treats. For many travelers the Northern Lights in Norway are on top of many bucket lists, but little do people know that there are Southern lights. The Southern aurora lights can be seen throughout the winter months and Bruny Island is one of the prime locations to witness this.
One of your first stops needs to climb the many stairs to the insta famous “The Neck Lookout”. This lookout point has land connecting both the North and South of the Island with two beaches surrounding each side. From above, you may be lucky enough to spot penguins waddling along the beach or even spot a native albino wallabies. While on the island make sure to eat at a few local businesses such as Get Shucked Oysters (they even offer a drive thru service), Bruny Chocolate Factory, Bruny Cheese and Beer Company and the Bruny Berry Farm.
See rare glowy blue waters along the coastline. Pic via @brunyislandau
8. Cradle Mountain- St Clair National Park
For a wilderness escape with views that make you feel like your in New Zealand, surround yourself in one of Australia’s hidden gems. Cradle mountain is nestled in Tasmania and is 1000 metres above sea level. This area has snowy cold weather all year round even in the typically hot Australian summer. Due to the chilliness, we would recommend booking a lodge in the world heritage listed Cradle-Lake Clair National Park. The best way to venture out is by going on short walks such as the enchanted walk or the waterfalls walk, just outside your doorstep. The enchanted walk only takes about twenty minutes and is perfect for seeing wild animals and native flora such as wombats, wallabies, moss trees and glistening streams. No cars are allowed to travel around Cradle mountain with the exception of the daily shuttle buses. Due to the lack of cars, this area is very quiet and offers you a peaceful trip. A unique dining experience can be found at Devils cradle, which is a sanctuary for Tasmanian devils where you can learn more about these animals
Visit the picturesque snow capped mountains. Pic via @cradlemountainhotel
9. Port Arthur
The Port Arthur Historic Site is located along the Tasman Peninsula and will take you back to 19th century colonial history. Port Arthur is an open air museum that spans across forty hectares with plenty of space to roam around and explore the history of this convict penal settlement. It’s hard to think that such a picturesque and seemingly peaceful area would be home to thousands of the worst criminals. This heritage listed location has more than thirty buildings that include an old penitentiary, church, insane asylum and the hospital. The entry ticket you pay is quite generous including a forty minute walking guided tour, twenty-five minute harbour cruise to the Isle of the dead and access to all the exhibitions on offer. If you don’t mind getting spooked, you can take their lantern- lit haunted night ghost tour! Explore the early history of Australia. Pic via @portarthurtassie
10. Tasman Peninsula
After completing a visit to Port Arthur you should definitely explore the rest of the Tasman Peninsula.The easiest way to get around the peninsula is by car, allowing you to easily visit a few places in one day. You should check out a few lookout areas such as the Tasman Arch, Devils kitchen, Remarkable Caves and Waterfall Bay. These places are known for their interesting rock and cliff formations caused by sea erosion.The Peninsula has some adventurous walking tracks at Cape Hauy. This 8.8k walking trail starts at Tasman Bay National Park and ends at Fortescue Bay. If visiting both the Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur, we suggest to stay in a camping spot located a part of the Coral Mines Historic reserve as it runs along the Saltwater River.
Hike along the Cape Hauy track to view this wonderful natural element. Pic via @tasmanpeninsula
We hope that our list gives you some food for thought! The easing of restrictions could present the perfect opportunity to pack up the car, camper or RV and hit road, ticking off as many spots as you like on the way. With social distancing and heightened hygiene being the new normal, having your accommodation and wheels all in one definitely has its appeal, and to make that journey a little easier, why not pack a Scrubba wash bag for self-sufficient laundry on-the-go! Browse the Scrubba wash bag range to pick up the ultimate gear for your next TAS adventure.
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