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Wine, Waves and Wilderness

You enjoy the wide open desert, possibly combined with a sip of local quality wine? South Australia is the perfect destination for you. The immense Australian state is more than seven times the size of England but sparsely populated. South Australia is about infinite horizons: The landscape, in its majority, is flat and dusty. The relentless sun and the Australian heat have scorched the land. However, nature always has some tricks up its sleeve and the flora and fauna are surprisingly diverse. Equally surprising is the fact that South Australia is the continent’s most important wine-growing region. More than half of the country’s produce is comes from South Australian vineyards. South Australia is also one of the best places for spotting kangaroos. Apart from the country’s celebrity marsupial, lizards, snakes and a large variety of colourful birds are easily observed. Historic sandstone buildings, blossoming gardens, gourmet restaurants and international art exhibitions – Adelaide is a city that transcends even the highest expectations. Nestling between vineyards and the ocean, the million-soul metropolis is the cultural hub of the South. North Terrace strings up countless museums and churches. The art scene is lively, the sand beaches long and the parks are sweeping and blossoming. Adelaide pulsates with energy and several international festivals lend the city additional appeal. Every two years, the Adelaide Festival Centre stages a huge, avant-garde art event. The City-Festival regularly attracts a million visitors. It is fortunate that Adelaide, also know as the grape capital, can cater perfectly to the crowds, boasting endless vineyards in its backyard. Those who would like to learn more about wine production in Down Under may visit the National Wine Centre. The futuristic exhibition venue is located on the fringes of the Botanical Gardens and also stocks a number of exquisite red wines that may be tasted on site. Good wine is the livelihood and delight of many South Australians. Just one hour north of the state capital, the Barossa Valley is the centre of the wine industry and one of the oldest and largest wine growing regions in the country.The Barossa Valley wines have been considered world-class ever since the Australian wines hit the global markets. Exports go to every corner of the world. Check you local liquor store shelf and chances are high you might find the Barossa mentioned on the label. Yet further north, approximately 400 kilometres from Adelaide, the Flinders Ranges National Park is a nature paradise that mocks the surrounding deserts and sports red-violet glowing rocks of incredible beauty. Wilpena Pound forms a natural amphitheatre. The mystical flair of the peculiar landscape evoked its fascination long before Australia was colonised. It was and is a place of spiritual importance for the aboriginal population and many rock paintings can be found in the gorges. A change of direction, Kangaroo Island is located south of Adelaide and can be reached by air or ferry. Australia’s third largest island teems with wildlife: Echidnas, kangaroos, koalas, wallabies and penguins abound and are relatively fearless on the isolated island. Many species can be approached to almost touching distance, having known no introduced predators. The setting is equally stunning and features thundering surf and rugged cliffs hiding lonely bays and dark caves. Add a bright-blue sky, fragrant eucalypt forests and secluded beaches to the picture to complete the image of perfection. Prolific wildlife, a charming landscape and some first-class hotels are plenty of incentive to spend a few nights. Heading back into the outback, Coober Pedy is small outpost town with a population of 3,500. Coober Pedy is the opal capital of the world. The frenzied search for the precious stone has turned the area into a lunar landscape riddled with old mine shafts. The extreme temperatures and convenient abundance of holes in the ground have led to the peculiarity that most of the locals live in so-called dugouts. Leaving a lot to be desired where panoramic vistas from the windows are concerned, the underground homes keep temperatures to a pleasant 24° Celsius, while the outside might be cooking at 45°. Incidentally, the name Coober Pedy has an interesting etymology. Coober Pedy is derived from the Aborigine words “kupa piti”, which translates into “white man in a hole”. If you can, stop by to visit Crocodile Harry. While Harry certainly takes some getting used to, he is an Australian Outback character to the bone and can keep you entertained with fantastic stories from his turbulent past. Among other escapades, he used to be a crocodile hunter in the Northern Territory. INTOSOL is looking forward to answering any questions you might have. Our team is skilled in planning every last detail of your Australia holiday, letting you enjoy every minute of your time on the red continent no worries!
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Best season

October until March

Journey

Transfer by plane or ship starting in Melbourne

Features

Nature reserves with wild and varying landscapes

Activities

Hiking, swimming, surfing, diving, rafting

Highlights

Visit to the Salamanca market & Port Arthur located in Hobart, Cradle Mountain Lake St. Clair National Park, Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National park, Hastings caves, hot springs

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Intosol promise

  • Consulting by South Australia experts
  • We know hotels personally and we advise you competently
  • Appropriate offices/ hotel products in South Australia – "we are close"
  • Constant control of our service by own local employees
  • High quality service before, during and after your journey
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* price per person/week including flight

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