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Things to do in South Australia

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The top 85 attractions in South Australia

Zoos in Kangaroo Island
Seal Bay Conservation Park
This is a spectacular sea lion colony on Kangaroo Island. One of the most spectacular views of Kangaroo Island is the colony of sea lions at Seal Bay, a village about forty minutes from Kingscote. The shrine visits are guided, but you are allowed access to the beach where the sea lions are at (at a distance of about 30 or 40 meters, so bring a telephoto lens and / or binoculars). They are beautiful animals and it is almost impossible not to sympathize with them when you observe how they interact. Super recommended for any animal lover.
Nature Reserves in Kangaroo Island
Flinders Chase National Park
Kangaroo Island is a sanctuary for Australian wildlife, almost a quarter of the surface of the island has been declared a National Park. It is precisely its insular status that allowed invasive species (rabbits, foxes, dingoes, common cats, etc.) to be here in large numbers. From the island reserves, something to highlight is the Flinders Chase National Park, which occupies almost all its western end. It is a combination of rock formations and marsupial wildlife. Chapter stones, highlight the Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch Cliffs Anyway, as our time was limited we focused on the "little animals". Because there are stones in more places, but wild koalas and kangaroos, only here. In addition to Australia's most charismatic animals, here you can see the original Super Echidnas (which are like porcupines but from the platypus family) own platypus, seals, wallabies (a kind of small kangaroo), etc. A whole Ark of Noah.
Nature Reserves in Kangaroo Island
Parndana Wildlife Park
This is an animal sanctuary where visitors can interact with Australian wildlife. Even in an ecosystem as protected as [poi = 111849] Kangaroo Island [/ poi], you can still see the negative influence of humans. I've already commented on the island's abundance of marsupial fauna. Unfortunately, this means that wild animals often suffer accidents also. No, the nice yellow signals "Be careful of Kangaroos" are not just a whim. Because of this, reserves, like Parndana, are necessary for the care and recovery, to the most extent possible, of animals that have suffered from human interference. A visit here also allows to you to care for animals and interact with them in close proximity. Who doesn't want to pet a koala or feed a kangaroo? I honestly love doing these things. Interesting enough, the sanctuary has a few Albino Kangaroos, which are very rare, and as you can see in the photos, it looks like a white rabbit on steroids.
Nature Reserves in Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island Penguin Centre
Another species that lives and thrives in [poi = 111849] Kangaroo Island [/ poi] is the Blue Penguins or Fairy Penguins, as they are commonly called in Australia. The name comes from its small size. The breeding area of ​​the penguins is in the village of Kingscote, a protected area which can only be accessed with an organized tour. Visits are at night, when the penguins have almost all their activity. It is possible to see them often cross the road at night. Watch them if you drive around the island, because I assure you that the penguins cross the road without looking both ways. Our guide wore a red light to avoid disturbing the delicate eyes of animals. Hence the red color of the videos and photos. Of course you can not use flash during the visit. We were lucky to visit the colony at a really interesting time, the mating season. You could hear their mating calls and turned out to be super-cute.
Museums in Adelaide
South Australian Maritime Museum
The Museum of South Australia is located near the river Torrens and is a natural history museum and research centre created in the mid nineteenth century. It's very interesting from a cultural point of view, and houses the world's largest collection of Aboriginal artifacts. In addition, some of the permanent exhibits highlight the biodiversity of Southern Australia. The building is quite large, and entry is free (at least it was when I went a few years ago). Well worth a visit!
Cliffs in Kangaroo Island
Admirals Arch
A short distance from the visitor center PN Flinders Chase, is one of the most representative attractions named Kangaroo Island. The "Admiral's Arch" is an impressive opening in the cliff of the coast, where the local colony of seals like to rest and tourists like to take pictures :-) The walk to the Arc becomes very entertaining because you can learn a lot from the park information signs and the occasional sighting of a local Echidna.
Nature Reserves in Kangaroo Island
Admirals Arch Seal Colony
Aside from its impressive arched cliff, near Admirals Arch this area has a small colony of seals that can be seen with relative ease (yes, you should bring binoculars, as are well away from the visitor's area). Despite this, it is the best area on Kangaroo Island to see seals, as the spectacular colony Seal Bay is full of sea lions (which look similar, but not the same).
Of Touristic Interest in Naracoorte
Australian Fossil Mammal Sites (Riversleigh and Naracoorte)
Riversleigh, in the northwest of the state of Queensland, Australia is an area of around 100 square miles that's dotted with the fossils of mammals, birds, and reptiles. The entire area as well as some of Naracoorte is protected and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Naracoorte Caves National Park is completely on the other side of the country in South Australia. Naracoorte has 26 wineries that you can visit as well as campgrounds, a small cafe, and picnic areas. It's best to opt for a guided tour (they do them in several languages) where you can see the interior of the caves and, above all, thousands and thousands of bats. It's estimated that the marine and coral fossils are over 200 million years old and the mammal fossils are 20 million years old. I'd suggest visiting both sites if you can, but Naracoorte is much easier to access and has more facilities for tourists.
Cities in Adelaide
Adelaide is a beautiful city in South Australia, also known as the city of churches. The climate is Mediterranean, and it's a fun place, with plenty of restaurants and shops run by European immigrants who found a little taste of paradise here. The best time to visit is our winter - their summer - when temperatures hit 30 degrees, and you can relax on the beach. Lots of concerts, festivals, and outdoor events are organised. Definitely worth a visit!
Gardens in Adelaide
Botanic Gardens of Adelaide
The Adelaide Botanical Garden is one of the green areas of the city that guards and protects a lot of rare species of plants. Admission is usually free (except during special events or holidays - consult the website), and you can also enjoy a guided tour to see more of it. In the botanical garden, you can see some species of waterfowl like swans and ducks, making it a great choice for families looking to entertain the kids.
Cities in Adelaide
Valleys in Adelaide
Beaches in Adelaide
Adelaide Beach
Walking on the beach of Adelaide is one of the most relaxing things you can do in this city in the south. It's the fifth largest city in Australia, and I assure you that you will find a pleasant environment in all the local bars.
Harbors in Adelaide
Port Adelaide Lighthouse
The lighthouse is in fact outside the city of Adelaide, in the area of Port Adelaide. It is particularly striking because of its red colour. It's a popular spot for locals and foreign tourists, with many coming here to admire the ocean or simply to enjoy a quiet spot. There are plenty of organised tours making it easy to visit. In this town 14 km northwest of the city of Adelaide, you can also visit the National Railway Museum, and see the museums of the aviation and navy of South Australia. From the port, the view is particularly beautiful at sunset.
Of Cultural Interest in Adelaide
Port Adelaide
Before Europeans arrived in Australia, this area of ​​South Australia was covered with mangroves and swamps. The foundation of this settlement, just 14km from Adelaide, dates back to 1837. Nowadays, a visit to Port Adelaide brings with it the chance to see dolphins and museums, as well as admire well-conserved historical buildings like hotels, bars, and clubs. The climate is similar to Adelaide, tempered by the sea, with the seasons reversed compared to the northern hemisphere.
Of Cultural Interest in Adelaide
Adelaide Festival Centre
Built in 1973, in the city of Adelaide, this party spot is one of the most important in all Australia. It is located next to Elder Park, and is a nice spot just a few steps from the shore of the River Torrens. It has hosted art festivals, music, cabaret, theatres ... and continues with more every year. One of the best events, if you go at the right time, is the guitar festival of Adelaide, held every other year. The area around the centre is a lovely place to go for a walk.
Bays in Adelaide
Fowlers Bay
This bay is located in South Australia, approximately 900 kilometres from the capital, Adelaide. The closest settlement is Yalata, from which you can easily reach the lagoon. The best thing about this place is the sand dunes, which will make you feel like you're in a desert. A long wooden pier extends over the waters of the ocean, making it a great spot to admire the scenery. If you enjoy roughing it, you can camp nearby.
Nature Reserves in Adelaide
Wilpena Pound
This area is in the south of Australia, about 220km from Adelaide, in the middle of Flindes Ranges National Park. The Wilpena Pound area is known for the opportunities it offers for hiking, with both long and short paths of all kinds of difficulties. If you enjoy the outdoors, then this is the perfect place to visit. Some mountains are covered with grass or vegetation, making them difficult to climb, but if you lack experience, you can contact the information centre to meet up with a guide.