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Adelaide, SA, Australia

 Adelaide Airport, Rydges South Park Hotel is a fine example of why South Australia is becoming recognized as a major
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55 Frome Street -
 Adelaide, SA, Australia

Situated in the fashionable East End of Adelaide, The Majestic Roof Garden is a brand new, upscale, boutique hotel.
Comfort Inn Coober Pedy Experience
Crowders Gully Rd
Coober Pedy, SA 5723

Comfort Inn Coober Pedy Experience
Mercure Grand Hotel
Mt Lofty House
74 Mount Lofty Summit Road
Crafers, SA 5152
A regional boutique country house hotel with a strong focus on local food and wine.
Mercure Grand Hotel Mt Lofty House
Mount Gambier, SA Hotels
Best Western Red Carpet Motor Inn
96 Jubilee Highway East
Mount Gambier, SA 5290
Best Western Limestone Coast Motor Inn is family owned
and operated with a relaxed atmosphere friendly  service.
Best Western Red Carpet Motor Inn
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   South Australia, the driest state of the driest continent, is split into two very distinct halves. The long-settled southern part, watered by the Murray River, and with Adelaide as a cosmopolitan centre, has been thoroughly tamed; the northern half, arid and depopulated, most definitely has not.

Most of southern - which is to say southeastern - South Australia lies within three-hours' drive of Adelaide. Food and especially wine are among its chief pleasures: this is prime grape-growing and wine-making country. As well as its wineries the Fleurieu Peninsula , just south of Adelaide, has a string of fine beaches along the Gulf St Vincent coastline. Cape Jervis, at the peninsula's tip, is the departure point for ferries to sparsely populated Kangaroo Island , a fine place to see Australian wildlife at its unfettered best. Facing Adelaide across the Investigator Strait, the Yorke Peninsula is primarily an agricultural area, preserving a little copper-mining history and some great fishing. The superb wineries of the Barossa Valley , originally settled by German immigrants in the nineteenth century, are only an hour from Adelaide on the Sturt Highway , the main road to Sydney. This crosses the Murray River at Blanchetown and follows the fertile Riverland region to the New South Wales border. Following the southeast coast along the Princes Highway, you can head towards Melbourne via the extensive coastal lagoon system of the Coorong and enjoyable seaside towns such as Robe, exiting the state at Mount Gambier with its crater lakes. The inland trawl via the Dukes Highway is faster, but far less interesting. Heading north from Adelaide, there are old copper-mining towns to explore at Kapunda and Burra in the area known as the mid-north , which also encompasses the Clare Valley , a quieter, more down-to-earth wine centre and perhaps the southeast's most enjoyable.

In contrast with the gentle and cultured southeast, the remainder of South Australia - with the exception of the relatively refined Eyre Peninsula and its strikingly scenic west coast - is unremittingly harsh desert, a naked country of vast horizons, salt lakes, glazed gibber plains and ancient mountain ranges. Although it's tempting to scud over the forbidding distances, rewards from this introspective and subtle landscape develop slowly and you'll miss its essence by hurrying. For every predictable, monotonous highway there's a dirt alternative, which may be physically draining but enables you to get closer to this precarious environment. The folded red rocks of the central Flinders Ranges and Coober Pedy 's post-apocalyptic scenery are on most agendas and could be worked into a sizeable circuit, but overall the Outback lacks any real destinations. Making the most of the journey is what counts - the fabled routes to Oodnadatta, Birdsville and Innamincka are still real adventures, and not necessarily 4WD only.

Rail and road routes converge in Adelaide before the long cross-country hauls west to Perth via Port Augusta or north to Alice Springs and Darwin. The Ghan to Alice Springs is one of Australia's great train journeys; as is the Indian Pacific between Perth and Sydney, which passes through Adelaide - though if you hop on the eastbound train here, you'll have missed traversing part of the country, which is really the point of the journey.

Adelaide and the surrounding gulflands, cooled by the Gulf St Vincent, enjoy a Mediterranean climate that makes them tremendously fertile. As you head further north the temperature hots up to such an extreme that by Coober Pedy people live underground to escape the searing summer temperatures.    Adelaide   Kangaroo Island    North Adelaide   a hotel list rates reservations

Australia  is massive, and very sparsely peopled: in size it rivals the USA, yet its population is just over eighteen million - little more than that of the Netherlands. This is an ancient land, and often looks it: in places, it's the most eroded, denuded and driest of continents, with much of central and western Australia - the bulk of the country - overwhelmingly arid and flat. In contrast, its cities - most of which were founded as recently as the mid-nineteenth century - express a youthful energy.

The most memorable scenery is in the Outback, the vast desert in the interior of the country west of the Great Dividing Range. Here, vivid blue skies, cinnamon-red earth, deserted gorges and other striking geological features as well as bizarre wildlife comprise a unique ecology - one that has played host to the oldest surviving human culture for at least fifty thousand years.

The harshness of the interior has forced modern Australia to become a coastal country. Most of the population lives within 20km of the ocean, occupying a suburban, southeastern arc extending from southern Queensland to Adelaide. These urban Australians celebrate the typical New World values of material self-improvement through hard work and hard play, with an easy-going vitality that visitors, especially Europeans, often find refreshingly hedonistic. A sunny climate also contributes to this exuberance, with an outdoor life in which a thriving beach culture and the congenial backyard "barbie" are central.

While visitors might eventually find this Home and Away lifestyle rather prosaic, there are opportunities - particularly in the Northern Territory - to gain some experience of Australia's indigenous peoples and their culture, through visiting ancient art sites, taking tours and, less easily, making personal contact. Many Aboriginal people - especially in central Australia - have managed to maintain their traditional way of life (albeit with some modern accoutrements), speaking their own languages and living according to their law (the tjukurpa). Conversely, most Aboriginal people you'll come across in country towns and cities are victims of what is scathingly referred to as "welfare colonialism" - a disempowering system in which, supported by dole cheques and other subsidies, they often fall prey to a destructive cycle of poverty, ill-health and alcoholism. There's still a long way to go before black and white people in Australia can exist on genuinely equal terms.


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