World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

There’s a roadie for every season in South Australia

A road trip through South Australia is a chance to explore everything from a subterranean town in the remote reaches of the Outback to short daily hops around the state’s premier wine regions.

Kiwis love a good roadie, and with New Zealanders heading to South Australia in record numbers, here are four iconic road trips to suit each of the seasons.

Autumn: 3000kms from Adelaide to Darwin

Be prepared to get dusty. The Explorers Way starts in Adelaide, heads into the Outback and the heart of Australia, and ends in in the Northern Territory capital of Darwin.

The South Australia leg provides a mix of history, wine, wildlife, and epic Outback gorges and stargazing.

Climb aboard a restored heritage steam train in Port Augusta to explore the iconic Old Ghan rail route to Alice Springs; for a slice of luxury stay at the 60,000-acre private wildlife conservancy at Arkaba; and visit the underground community of Coober Pedy which is known for its below-ground houses and dwellings designed to counter the scorching daytime heat.

Winter: The culinary adventure

Spend five days exploring four of South Australia’s premier wine regions along the Epicurean Way – from the mix of boutique and grand vineyards of McLaren Vale, make your way through the scenic Adelaide Hills, the world-class Barossa Valley and finish up in rustic Clare Valley.

It’s all about tasting your way through the regions, so why not ditch the car for a bike or guided tour and take in the region’s best along with delicious fresh, seasonal produce from artisan producers and weekend farmers markets.

For a unique sensory journey, the D’Arenberg Cube is an eccentric and fun place to visit (check out the “virtual fermenter” that replicates what it’s like to be immersed in a tank of grapes), while over in the Barossa get cosy on a chilly afternoon beside a roaring fireplace at an underground cellar door.

Spring: Hook, line and sinker

Explore uncharted fishing spots and indulge in five-star luxury over five days along the Coastal Way as you circumnavigate the sandy Yorke Peninsula.

Start in Port Wakefield and head all the way down to Marion Bay, near the tip of the peninsula, before looping back up the western side of the isthmus to finish in Port Broughton.

There’s plenty of seafood to be devoured along the way. Drop a line from a kayak in Port Vincent, located almost directly opposite Adelaide across the Gulf St Vincent, or enjoy the fresh oysters on your way through Stansbury.

Near Edithburgh, get a taste of how the other half live when you rent the historic Troubridge Island Lighthouse and keep watch over your very own private island for the night.

Summer: Southern Ocean Drive

The five-day Southern Ocean Drive from Port MacDonnell to Adelaide is a great extension to the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne. Start your discovery at the Piccaninnie Ponds, a wetland of international significance which is a must for seasoned divers and amateur explorers alike. Nearby Mount Gambier is home to the Blue Lake, an enchanted lake inside an extinct volcano, and a large-scale limestone formation known as the Umpherston Sinkhole.

For a shot of adrenalin and then some tranquillity, take a four-wheel adventure along the coastline of Coorong before heading inland on a kayak to explore the waterways of the area. Inland is the world heritage site of Naracoorte Caves National Park with fossil sites dating back 500,000 years.

As a finale, add on the natural wonders of Kangaroo Island which is also making a name for itself with a burgeoning food scene and some of the best distilled liquor in Australia.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

APEC: COVID-19 Crisis Deepens Contraction In The APEC Region: Report

A new updated report from the APEC Policy Support Unit finds that the COVID-19 pandemic is causing a deeper contraction to the region’s economy. The APEC region’s economic growth is now expected to decline by 3.7 percent in 2020, down from its initial forecast ... More>>

Climate: Report Finds Economic Benefits Of Protecting 30% Of Planet's Land & Ocean Outweigh The Costs 5-To-1

'Protecting nature halts biodiversity loss, helps fight climate change, and lessens the chance of future pandemics. This is sound public policy, economically, ecologically, and morally.' by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Second growth redwood ... More>>

Asia: UN Rights Office Expresses Alarm At Hong Kong Arrests Under New Security Law

Unsplash/Man Chung | The skyline of Hong Kong harbour The UN human rights office, OHCHR , has expressed alarm at the arrest of demonstrators in Hong Kong, following China’s adoption of a national security law for the Special Administrative Region ... More>>

Israel/OPT: Annexation Plan Promotes ‘Law Of The Jungle’ And Must Be Stopped

The Israeli authorities must immediately abandon plans to further 'annex' territory in the occupied West Bank which breach international laws and exacerbate decades of systematic human rights violations against Palestinians there, Amnesty ... More>>