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66 Planner's Guide 2009/10 Flinders Ranges & Outback Just three hours drive from the city is the Flinders Ranges and Outback. The semi-arid ancient landscape to the Flinders Ranges has been reshaped through the ages - granite in the area has been dated at 600 million years old. There are many natural attractions to explore, including vast salt lakes, historic mining areas, rock formations, gorges, waterholes and rare wildlife and plants. The area is ideal for 4WD tours, driving or even camel trekking. Wilpena Pound, Coober Pedy and Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary are popular destinations not to be missed. Accommodation ranges from five-star country hotels to camping under the dazzling stars. Kangaroo Island The third-largest island off the Australian coastline, Kangaroo Island surprises many visitors with its size - 155km long and 55km at its widest point. The island is accessible by SeaLink coach/ ferry or REX Air from Adelaide. It offers a relaxed lifestyle and endless opportunities for water based activities such as fishing, swimming, sailing, surfing, scuba diving and boating. Kangaroo Island has become well known as a place to see wildlife -- penguins, Australian sea lions, New Zealand fur seals, koalas, heath goannas, tammar wallabies and the Kangaroos that give the island it name. The spectacular coastline also offers magnificent views, historic lighthouses and remnants of over 50 shipwrecks. Accommodation includes self-contained houses, B&B's, motels, resorts and luxury retreats. Limestone Coast Southeast of Adelaide the Limestone Coast offers fabulous food and wine, white sandy beaches, quaint fishing ports and natural attractions like the world-heritage listed Naracoorte Caves and Mount Gambier Blue Lake. The Coonawarra wine region, well known for its rich terra rossa soil, has plenty of cellar doors and restaurants. While seaside towns like Robe and Kingston are the place for sun, surf and relaxation. Another attraction is the Coorong - a wetland of international importance home to more than 200 species of birdlife. Murraylands Whether it's relaxing on a houseboat as it meanders down the Murray River, discovering a historic town like Mannum or bushwalking in a national park, the Murraylands is the ideal destination to get away from it all. Just one hour's drive from Adelaide, the Murraylands offers an unspoilt natural environment, genuine country hospitality and some of the most diverse scenery in the State. There are plenty of recreational activities and watersports on offer, and major attractions like Monarto Zoological Park are a must. Riverland Less than two hours drive from Adelaide and situated on the Murray River near the borders of New South Wales and Victoria the Riverland is an ideal location for business. With year-round sunshine it's perfect for outdoor activities. Take a cruise along the river, sample the local produce, play a round of golf, stroll through a wetland or discover a historic town - the choice is yours. Some of the most dramatic sections of the Murray River can be found in the Riverland, so it's the ideal spot for houseboating or canoeing. Native birdlife abounds, and there are several excellent conservation parks. It's also Australia's largest winemaking region, producing one-third of the country's grapes and is the fruit bowl capital of Australia. Yorke Peninsula Sparkling clear waters, white sandy beaches, great fishing and fascinating history - it's all part of the brilliant blend of the Yorke Peninsula. Beginning just 90 minutes from Adelaide, Yorke Peninsula has over 700km of coastline and is a diverse region to explore and discover. Visit Innes National Park, one of the state's most famous wildlife havens, with 9200ha of flora and fauna and spectacular rugged cliffs; discover the region's Indigenous culture; learn about its heritage through its many museums and historic walks; follow the Home Grown Trail - your ticket for a behind-the-scenes view of some of the region's produce operations. With an array of accommodation, there is something for everyone. www.southaustralia.com