Australia is a vast country with a great deal of diverse history, sights and cultures that, for the first-time visitor, choosing which region to visit first, is a difficult task. South Australia is famous for its wine regions, one of which is the Barossa Valley where one of the world’s best known wines is produced. An hour’s drive from the city will take you to 60 wineries that produce some of Australia’s premium wines like Chardonnay, Riesling and Shiraz. South Australia is the fourth largest state and has the fifth most populated city, Adelaide, as the capital. This city and its surrounding areas are ideal to visit any time of the year. With a Mediterranean climate, moderate rainfall and warm/hot, dry summers, this region has something to offer everyone.
Although this is a busy, bustling city, with a lively bar scene, historic buildings and year-round cultural events, a short bus ride from the city centre is The Parade at Norwood, a shopper’s paradise, renowned for designer stores and pavement cafés. Fun for all the family awaits at Adelaide Zoo or the South Australian Museum with a multitude of indigenous relics. The city is nick-named ‘The City of Churches’ because of its amazing collection of different styled churches and cathedrals. A 45-minute drive from the city is one of South Australia’s best kept secrets, Fleurieu Peninsula, one of the state’s most visited places where you can swim with sharks and dolphins, or go whale watching.
Beautiful beaches are synonymous with South Australia and the Adelaide ones are no exception. For a walk back in time, visit historic Semaphore Beach with rolling, sand dunes and a beachfront boulevard with its original, preserved Art Deco buildings. For a snack or even lunch, grab a ‘sarnie’ and a ‘cold one’ at an authentic 1920’s bathing pavilion, which is now a trendy eatery. The solid stone Time Ball Tower on the Esplanade is a 19th Century Icon, which at 1pm daily, drops the black ball for ships to correlate their navigational systems. Just a few metres from the popular Glenelg Beach is Moseley Square where you can treat yourself to something from one of the fashionable boutiques or the many ice cream parlours. Holdfast Shores with its picturesque marina and restaurants serving fresh, sea food, is perfect for a leisurely stroll. Many holiday companies https://www.australianluxuryescapes.com/private/adelaide/ offer eclectic types of Australian tours — walking tours, group tours and private tours that will take you anywhere in this immense country.
The western Australian capital is Perth and the eastern capital Brisbane. As well as being a country, Australia is also a continent, which is known to have existed geologically over various periods of the earth’s history spanning 3.8 billion years. From east to west it is 4,030 km and from north to south 3,685 km. With so many interesting mountainous areas, rock and coral reef formations, I am sure this fascinating country still holds many secrets that have yet to be discovered.