|South Australia (population
Most of South Australia is near deserted harsh arid land of the Australian
outback. This has produced some quite dramatic landscapes, especially in
the dry Flinders Ranges. In spring the
entire mountains come into a bloom of flowers.
The southeast corner of South Australia is green and fertile. The elegant
state capital of Adelaide at the edge
of the fertile lands has developed an big outdoor cafe culture and distinctly
Australian cuisine. It has also retained many of distinctly South Australian
style colonial stone buildings giving the city a timeless feel. In the
Adelaide Hills is the old Lutheran German town
of Hahndorf. Nearby is the Barossa Valley,
which produces famous wines such as Coonawarra, mostly made by German descendants.
The Fleurieu Peninsula is also close to Adealide.
Port Augusta, north of Adelaide is
regarded as the start of the hot dry outback. It is a rail and road freight
transit town. North is the Stuart Highway
to the Northern Territory passing through the underground opal mining town
of Coober Pedy and the army rocket testing
town of Woomera.The adventurous can
take the Oodnadatta Track instead. West is the long road across
the near deserted Nullabour Plain to Western Australia. The
roads are remote with petrol as rare as every 200 kilometres. Take proper
The Eyre Peninsula has a number of
tiny sleepy fishing villages. At its southern tip is Port
Lincoln, a bigger more sophisticated wheat and fishing town.
Kangaroo Island is a remote natioanl park
with a rugged coast line in the south of the island.