Wine country, wide-open spaces & world-famous hospitality
Adelaide, South Australia’s capital, caters to cultured travelers with colonial architecture, art exhibits, and pedestrian-friendly streets. Sample gourmet fare at the Central Market, peruse Aboriginal art at the South Australian Museum, and wander the surrounding parks.
Perth & Western Region
Filled with green parks and waterways, Perth is the capital of Western Australia and features enough art galleries, historic buildings, and shops to engage you for days, not to mention the most restaurants per capita of any Australian city. Nearby are excellent beaches and Swan Valley, Western Australia’s oldest wine producing region. Margaret River Wine Country is not only more than 120 wineries, but also artisan cheeses, local organic beef, handmade chocolates, and farmers’ markets.
Regional South – Barossa Valley / Coober Pedy
From historic buildings to pristine islands, South Australia delivers a rich heritage and spectacular natural attractions. Visit world-famous wineries throughout the Barossa Valley region. A town that mostly lives and does business underground, unique Coober Pedy produces most of the world’s stock of opals.
An isolated Outback burg, Coober Pedy is the world’s opal capital, and you can legally “fossick” (search) for opals amid waste rock and even stay overnight in a former opal mine.
Wine, All Wine
Drive the food and wine trails of the Barossa Valley, home to some 150 wineries, source of seasonal produce and artisan food, and full of Old World charm.
Sehr gut! (Very good!)
A little slice of Germany in Australia, Hahndorf is the continent’s oldest surviving German settlement. Soak up the scene in its museums, galleries, and Bavarian-style chalet restaurants.
Pan for real gold at Sovereign Hill, an open-air museum in Ballarat that re-creates the scene from Gold Rush days in 1850’s Australia.
The world’s easiest fringing coral reef to access -it’s barely 100 yards offshore in places – the Ningaloo Reef is home to over 500 species of colorful fish. Wade right in!
See numerous species of native wildlife in their natural habitat in the ecological haven of Kangaroo Island, including kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, penguins, and bird life.
Watch the Drive
It’s 18 holes. It’s a par 72 course. And it’s 850 miles long…Tee off on the world’s longest golf course, Nullarbar Links, stretching along the Eyre-Highway and traversing two states!
Take a walking tour of Perth landmarks built by convict labor in the mid-1800’s, including Government House, Perth Town Hall, Freemantle Prison, the Western Australia Museum, and The Round House.
Source: World Traveler, Australia & the South Pacific