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ACTA Adelaide : ACTA Adelaide
www.acta.com.au 65 Adelaide Surrounded by parklands, Adelaide boasts an amazing array of restaurants and shops, a thriving local arts scene and several major attractions. Visit the Art Gallery, SA Museum, Adelaide Botanic Garden or National Wine Centre, or discover the bustling Adelaide Central Market. Shop in Rundle Mall, take a stroll along the Torrens River or dine alfresco in one of the city's many 'eat streets'. Further afield, there is seaside Glenelg, accessible by tram from Adelaide or historic Port Adelaide. Adelaide Hills - Wine Region Rolling vineyards, natural bushland and wooded valleys are all hallmarks of the Adelaide Hills. A 20-minute drive from the CBD, the region is home to several major attractions. Some include the Warrawong Sanctuary, Cleland Wildlife Park, National Motor Museum, Mount Lofty Summit and the historic German town of Hahndorf. The Adelaide Hills is also famous for its cool climate wines and fresh produce and there are plenty of quality restaurants and pubs to choose from. B&B accommodation is plentiful. Barossa - Wine Region Widely known as one of Australia's - and even one of the world's - most important wine regions, the Barossa is also rich in heritage and local culture. While the Barossa boats over 60 wineries, from household names such as Penfolds to boutique wineries, this historic region offers many other attractions. More than 160 years after European settlement, its history continues to enrich the thriving community, which is easily found in many museums, historic places, festivals and natural wonders. The valley is dotted with small Lutheran churches, quaint townships with antique stores, old-fashioned pubs, restaurants cafes and bakeries. There is also the Barossa Farmers Market held every Saturday and the renowned Maggie Beer's Farm shop offers gourmet food and wine. The close proximity of the Barossa makes it an ideal day-trip destination. Clare Valley - Wine Region The Clare Valley's wineries, restaurants and beautiful scenery provide the perfect setting for a short break. A good way to discover the area is by walking or cycling the Riesling Trail - an old railway line that passes cellar doors, historic towns like Auburn and rolling vineyards. The heritage-listed town of Mintaro is also worth a visit, as is nearby Martindale Hall - a Georgian- style mansion built in 1879. Further north the historic copper-mining town of Burra provides a fascinating insight into South Australia's pioneering past. Eyre Peninsula With over 2,000 kilometres of coastline, unspoilt national parks and secluded beaches, the Eyre Peninsula is the ideal spot for a relaxing getaway. The Eyre Peninsula is accessible via the SeaSA car and passenger ferry, a 45 minute plane journey or a seven-hour drive west of Adelaide. The region is famous for its delicious fresh seafood, including oysters, scallops, tuna and King George whiting. Great fishing, excellent bushwalking and spectacular coastal scenery make this a nature lover's paradise. White towns like Port Lincoln, Whyalla and Ceduna offer all the facilities you will need for the perfect break. Fleurieu Peninsula and McLaren Vale - Wine Region Its close proximity to Adelaide - (just 40 minutes drive) and outstanding combination of seaside resorts surrounded by idyllic rural townships, rolling hills and vineyards, make the Fleurieu Peninsula an ideal holiday destination. Both sides of the peninsula's coast offer great surfing and swimming beaches, islands that are home to penguins (such as Granite Island), and waters frequently visited by Southern Right Whales. The lush green interior hosts more than 20 conservations parks, 1500km of nature trails and sleepy villages. World-class wineries and gourmet producers of cheese, almonds, olives and olive oil celebrate regional fare at Fiesta in October and each week at the Willunga Farmers Market. The region's noted naturally beauty and attractions have made it a magnet for travelers visiting South Australia. www.southaustralia.com