Welcome to South Australia

 

Driving through the expansive climes of the South Australian desert, you’ll come across an intriguing little town where the locals live like rabbits. That’s not to say the residents of Coober Pedy are humping all day long – it’s far too hot for that. Over half the town lives underground to escape summer temperatures that can sometimes soar above 50°C. Coober Pedy is the opal capital of Australia and people from all over the world come here to hack, sweat and get rich. Some become millionaires; many wilt in the desert heat.

 

Exploring the residents’ underground hideouts is as fascinating as the vastness of the Simpson Desert and what is possibly the world’s largest lump of limestone, the mighty Nullarbor Plain. And then there’s Lake Eyre, a huge salt lake that is sometimes filled with water (often not) – the place where Donald Campbell attempted to break the land speed record in the 1960s. Nearby you’ll find the Flinders Ranges, in the middle of which you’ll find one of the most striking and largest natural amphitheatres on the planet.

 

But it’s not all dry (although Barossa Valley produces some killer dry wines); away from the South Australian desert it’s as moist as the missus when she sees me in my Safari jock strap. Along with a spate of outstanding wineries, the rugged beaches of Kangaroo Island (13km off SA’s coast) and the wetlands of the Coongie Lakes System are primo places for an intimate wildlife experience, and the many breezy towns dotted along the coast are good opportunities to escape the crowds. And, of course, there’s Adelaide – the perfect place from which to start a road trip.

 

SA General Info

 

Size: 984,277km2

 

Telephone Area Code: 08

 

Time Zone: GMT plus 9.5 hours. South Australia operates on Central Standard Time (CST) and has Daylight Savings from October to March (clocks go forward an hour).

 

Population: 1,657,000

 

Largest Cities: Adelaide, South Australia’s capital, is the largest city with a

population of 1 146 200 followed by Port Augusta, Port Pirie and Mount Gambier.

 

South Australian Tourism:

Tel: 1300 655 276                   Web: www.southaustralia.com

 

 

Safari Pete’s SA ‘Don't miss’ list

 

Raise your glass for a toast to the Barossa Valley. Be driven around on a day tour and take in the lush scenery while supping a variety of wines along the way. www.barossa.com

 

With twenty-one national parks, Australia's Galapagos' Kangaroo Island is crammed to its rugged edges with adventure activities, lots of native wildlife (including seals, koalas and black cockatoos), walk among sea lions in Seal Bay and do a night time penguin tour.  www.tourkangarooisland.com.au

 

From Adelaide, use a free bike and cycle along the linear park track beside Torrens River www.southaustralia.com

Eventually you’ll reach Glenelg where you can treat yourself to a beer and some

seafood. If you’re feeling less energetic then jump on a tram for a thirty-minute tram ride to the seaside town.

 

Try your luck and fossick for opals in Coober Pedy. Pack some sun factor 100 and take many litres of water – you could be searching for a while...  Afterwards you can check out some of the town’s dugout homes.

 

Cruise out to one of Port Lincoln’s outlying islands, get suited and booted and then dive in a steel cage to meet Australia’s most fabled and feared native: the great white shark. It’s difficult to gasp/laugh/scream when you have a regulator in your mouth, but pooping in your suit is easily done.

 

Swimming with Seals at Baird Bay and swimming with tuna at Port Lincoln.

 

 

Adelaide

 

Adelaide combines the cosmopolitan feel of a city with the relaxed nature of a

country town. Its student population means good news for your wallet and for those of you who like festivals then you’re in luck because chances are that when you swing by there’ll be an event or three to check out. Sight, sound and taste are all catered for in a mixture of visual, cultural and gastronomic delights that happen in the city all year round. If you’re here in February/March then be sure to check out the Adelaide Fringe Festival, a two-week fun-fest when the world’s top

comedians descend on the city. Also in town at this time of year is WOMADelaide, a three-day event held in the Botanic Garden which showcases some of the best acts in contemporary world music.

 

Surrounded by parklands and perched between the Adelaide Hills and the Gulf St Vincent, Adelaide is in a great location. It is a good base from which to explore one of Australia’s premium wine regions, the Barossa Valley, as well as the Flinders Ranges and Kangaroo Island. Chill out in the Botanic Garden under the roof of the Southern Hemisphere’s oldest and largest glasshouse, or else if you fancy a hike or a downhill mountain bike tour, the Mt Lofty Ranges aren’t far away. Also just out of town is Glenelg Beach where you can swim with dolphins.

 

 

Which way Cobber ?

 

A good way to get your bearings is to catch the free City Loop 99C bus which runs every fifteen minutes on weekdays, thirty minutes on weekends, and takes you past some of Adelaide’s major attractions such as Central Market. It takes a little over twenty-five minutes to complete the loop. There is also a free tram in the city centre and Adelaide City Council offers free bicycle hire.

The best way to get to the beach is on Glenelg Tram which leaves from Victoria Sq and arrives at Moseley Sq, Glenelg. It takes thirty minutes. Suburban trains depart from Adelaide Railway Station (North Tce, by the casino).

 

For the best value grab a multi-trip bus ticket. Try to travel in off-peak times (between 9am-3pm) when tickets are cheaper. For timetable information and ticket prices, log onto www.adelaidemetro.com.au or call 1300 311 108.

Where to crash in Adelaide

 

City

 

Shingo’s Backpackers – 118 Carrington St, City; Ph (08) 8232 3234

Located smack bang in the middle of Adelaide city centre, these guys offer free pick-up from the central bus terminal, Adelaide parkland terminal and the airport during office hours. They have Internet access, no curfew and cheap laundry facilities. www.shingosbackpackers.com.au

 

Adelaide Travellers Inn – 220 Hutt St; Ph 08 8224 0753

Situated on a tree-lined street, a free bus (which goes around the city and to north Adelaide) stops right outside the door. Plus free bike hire. www.adelaidebackpackers.com.au

 

Majestic Minima Hotel - 146 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide  - 08 8334 7766

These guys have a 24 hour self-check in service with affordable double rooms.

King size beds, ultra new bathrooms and undercover car parking available.

www.majestichotels.com.au

 

Adelaide Central YHA – 135 Waymouth St; Ph 08 8414 3010

This hostel is located in the heart of Adelaide with friendly staff, self-catering kitchen, Foxtel, free linen, tea/coffee, storage, twenty-four-hour Internet and security access, as well as free pancakes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. www.yha.com.au

 

My Place – 257 Waymouth St; Ph 08 8221 5299

During the summer months these guys will give you a free lift to the beach. They run complimentary city tours, offer free use of their sauna and ping-pong table, and have free bicycles with which to explore the city. www.adelaidehostel.com.au

 

Backpack Oz – 144 Wakefield St; Ph 1800 633 307

Wednesday night is the night to arrive here because you get a two-course BBQ

dinner for free.  They also offer free continental breakfast and WiFi.

www.backpackoz.com.au

 

Annie’s Place – 239 Franklin St; Ph 1800 818 011

Set in a 137-year-old building, this spacious hostel boasts a rustic kitchen and

courtyard. They run activities every night, so there’s always something to do at the end of the day. www.anniesplace.com.au

 

Adelaide Backpackers Inn – 112 Carrington St; Ph 08 8223 6635

Ten minutes from Adelaide International Airport, this hostel has a TV lounge with heaps of movies, BBQ area with a fridge to keep your drinks cold.  The also provide free washing powder. www.abpi.com.au

 

Shakespeare Backpackers – 123 Waymouth St; Ph 1800 556 889

Set in a restored historic mansion that was built in 1861, these guys have a huge,

modern kitchen and offer great deals for multi-day stays. www.shakeys.com.au

 

Hostel 109 – 109 Carrington St; Ph 1800 099 318

Centrally located, this small hostel has free Internet access, a twenty-four-hour kitchen and free tea/coffee. www.hostel109.com

 

Sunny’s Backpackers – 139 Franklin St; Ph 08 8231 2430

These guys call themselves Adelaide's smallest hostel and are just 100 metres from the central bus station. They’re also near markets, pubs, banks, nightlife and free city loop buses. They offer a free pancake breakfast and free Internet for fifteen minutes. www.sunnys.com.au

 

Blue Galah Backpackers Hostel – Level 1/62 King William St; Ph 1800 555 322

This hostel has large balconies, a 24-7 convenience deli and a

common room with a pool table. www.bluegalah.com.au

 

Raglan’s Backpackers – 2 Franklin St; Ph 1800 724 526

A heritage hostel located across from Adelaide bus station, this pub-style hostel has an open fireplace for chilly winter nights and verandas for warm, sunny evenings. www.nomadsworld.com

 

 

Glenelg

 

Glenelg Beach Hostel – 1-7 Moseley St; Ph 08 8376 0007

If you want to stay on the beach then this hostel has a free continental breakfast, a bar with backpacker specials and a nightclub. There is also a beer garden and it’s very close to public transport. www.glenelgbeachhostel.com.au

Pete’s Primo Pastimes

 

Adelaide is home to the world’s largest display of Aboriginal culture and artefacts at the Aboriginal Cultures Gallery located inside the South Australia Museum

(North Tce). To learn even more about Aboriginal life head to Tandanya – National Aboriginal Culture Institute (253 Grenfell St). There are free didgeridoo shows from Monday to Friday and Torres Strait Islander dances from noon, Saturday and Sunday. There are also galleries and a cafe. www.tandanya.com.au;

08 8224 3200.

 

Art lovers should check out the Art Gallery of South Australia (North Tce).

It houses 38,000 pieces of art by Australian, Aboriginal, European, North American and Asian artists. Browse paintings and prints, sculptures and ceramics, furniture and photographs, textiles, metalwork and jewellery. The best thing about this gallery is that entry is free. www.artgallery.sa.gov.au; 08 8207 7000.

 

If you’re in town in summer then why not watch men play with their balls and rub their groins. Adelaide Oval (King William Rd, North Adelaide) hosts domestic and international games of cricket. www.cricketsa.com.au. Cricket crazies may also want to check out the Bradman collection where you can sniff Bradman’s box (only joking) and peruse personal items of the cricketing legend. If you’re here in winter then get yourself along to an AFL game at AAMI Stadium (West Lakes Blvd, West Lakes).

 

Alternatively, catch the tram to the buzzing beach-burb of Glenelg play some

sand-soccer, cool off in the water, eat fish and chips as the sun sets and then head out to the numerous pubs, clubs and hotels.

 

Sealink’s Kangaroo Island 2-day Adventure Tour is chockers with activities and is a great way to experience the best of the island in a short time. Kangaroo Island is legendary for its amazing wildlife and on this tour you will get to wander through an Australian sea lion colony (with a ranger), check out koalas, kangaroos, Tammar wallabies, goannas, echidnas and many more Australian natives.

 

You will also visit some of the scenic spots Kangaroo Island is famous for: the really remarkable Rermarkable Rocks, the admirable Admirals Arch as well as sandboard down the Little Sahara Sandhills. You tour the island in an air-conditioned bus and stay in dormitories at Vivonne Bay Lodge (you can upgrade to twin share or single rooms). The tour runs all year round (excluding Christmas day) and starts from $389 including all meals, transfers from Adelaide and

accommodation.

For depature days & bookings log onto www.kiadventuretours.com.au

Before heading for a day in the sand, you may want to buy ingredients for a beach picnic. Stroll around Central Market (between Gouger and Grote sts) for fruit,

veggies, breads, cheeses, meats and more. There’s live music on Fridays.

www.adelaidecentralmarket.com.au

 

If you don’t like the thought of sand in your sandwiches, then you could always have a picnic a little closer to the city. Grab some goodies and dine beside the river or in one of the parks. The Botanic Garden has a prefabricated palm house that is over a century old, and loads of nice spots to enjoy wine and cheese. One of Safari Pete’s favourite hangouts in the Gardens is the Bicentennial Conservatory which is a tropical rainforest in the city. There are free one-and-a-half-hour walking tours Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Sunday at 10.30am from the kiosk.

 

Chocolate lovers’ teeth will be falling out after a visit to Haigh’s Chocolates Visitor Centre (154 Greenhill Rd). They run free twenty-minute tours after which you’ll receive complimentary chocolate and tea/coffee. These run from Monday to Saturday. Log onto www.haighschocolates.com.au or else call 08 8372 7077 to book tours.

 

Kayaking around Port Adelaide is the best way to get up close to dolphins and visit a ship’s graveyard. Bizarrely for such a wild water encounter you’re near to a busy harbour that is responsible for building warships and submarines. Up periscope!

 

If dry land and wheels are more you’re thing than grab a free city bike. Adelaide is flat, the traffic is as sane as traffic can be, and the generous bike lovers at Adelaide Council give out mountain bikes for eight hours. All you have to do to get one is leave some photo ID.

 

Go ape and head to Adelaide Zoo (Frome Rd) which is home to over 1,800 animals and almost 300 species of exotic and native mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and fish. Set on eight hectares they offer a range of tours from sessions with a giant panda keeper, ape experiences, getting close (but not too close) to big cats, watching bears having breakfast and spending the entire day being a zookeeper. www.zoossa.com.au; 08 8267 3255.

 

Watering Holes

 

Rundle St is a good place to kick-start your night at the popular Austral Hotel (205 Rundle St) and Exeter Hotel (246 Rundle St) – both popular student hangouts and Adelaide institutions. The Universal Wine Bar (285 Rundle St) has a selection of twenty-five wines, and off Victoria Drive the Uni Bar (Union Building, Kintore Ave) often features big name bands, has pool tables and cheap food.

HQ Nightclub (corner of West and North Tce) is Adelaide’s most popular club with ten bars over three floors. It also has live bands and DJs. Live music lovers should head down to the Crown and Sceptre (308 King William St) and the Grace Emily Hotel (232 Waymouth St) has live music on a Saturday night and an open mike night every Monday. It’s a proper pub with no pokies or TAB.

Just a stones throw from Rundle Street in the Old East Market precinct, P.J. O’Brien’s (14 East Terrace) offers a bit of something for everyone including that traditional Irish Pub hospitality. Fantastic tucker including traditional Irish fare, live bands, trivia and much more.

The Port Dock Brewery Hotel (10 Todd St, Port Adelaide) has a large food menu and brews its own beer – my favourite is Ginja: alcoholic ginger ale. The Belgian Beer Café Oostende (27-29 Ebenezer Pl, just off Rundle St) is where you can

guzzle some premium Belgian beers with a bowl of mussels. Hindley St is Adelaide’s red light district with a string of bars and clubs including Rocket Bar (142 Hindley St) which features rock, electro, indie and jazz bands. Head to Supermild (182a Hindley St) for a garden party cocktail and a dance. Marble Bar (109 Waymouth St) is a popular destination for backpackers with its theme nights and DJs spinning the tunes into the wee hours.

To get the inside scoop on how Coopers brew their famous beer, head to

www.coopers.com.au  (461 South Rd, Regency Park, South Australia 5010)

 

Top Tucker

 

Rundle St is a hub for lively cafes, bars and pubs. Check out the Austral Hotel (205 Rundle St.) Gouger St has cuisine ranging from Argentinean to Vietnamese and Chinatown has a large collection of Asian restaurants and cheap noodle bars. Check out Ying Chow (114 Gouger St), Dumpling King (5/85 Grote St), A Taste of Spice (57 Gouger St) and China Town Café (38-41 Moonta St). The Village (125 Gouger St ) does tasty Indian meals.  Chinatown also has a bonza food court where you can eat for cheap. The nearby Central Market is where you can buy fresh fruit and veggies and it’s also the home of Lucia’s, probably the best traditional Italian eatery in town. There are also good options in Hindley St, namely Worlds End Hotel (208 Hindley St), Jerusalem Shesh Kebab House (131b Hindley St ) for cheap middle eastern cuisine, and Mekong Thai (68 Hindley St). If you want to splash out at one of Adelaide’s best eateries then look no further than the Salt Wine Bar (Lights Landing, Holdfast Shores Marina, Anzac Hwy) in Glenelg. Also here you’ll find Good Life Organic Pizza (Level 1, cnr Hetty Rd and Moseley) which locals say is the best pizza in Adelaide.

 

For Indian food, head to Harvest of India (91 O’Connell St) for homely North Indian cuisine, or don a sombrero and skip down to Montezuma’s (134 Melbourne St) for nachos, tacos and burritos. For cheap Asian food, KwikStix (42 O’Connell St) is the way to go. For cafe style food Scuzzi Cafe (99 O’Connell St) serves pizzas and Italian staples, or if you’re in need of a meat fix then Al Amir (Level 1, 217 Rundle St) is a reasonably priced Lebanese restaurant. Japanese lovers should shuffle to Ajisen Ramen (23 Leigh St) for a miso soup, and if you’re after a Taste of Spice (57 Gouger St) then this halal and Malaysian eatery serves food with an American jazz theme. Head out to Port Adelaide and to the Ales and Sails (aka The Lighthouse Hotel, 1 Commercial Rd) for a diverse menu, from tapas to vegetarian meals to burgers. They also serve additive and chemical free beers.

For a full list of restaurants, check out www.yourrestaurants.com.au.

 

For gigs around Adelaide, check out the Advertiser newspaper each Thursday or the free guides Rip It Up or Adelaide Review.

 

South Australian Regions

 

With Adelaide now just a blip in your rear view mirror, once you’ve left the region’s capital it’s time to find a beach to call your own, catch some whiting and fire up a barbecue under the stars. The Million Star Hotel is an international chain of unbelievable places to sleep. Anywhere there’s sky (preferably without clouds) you’ll find one; just bring your swag or a tent. Before bed you could sit on the wooden veranda of a country pub drinking Shiraz while kangaroos hop around at dusk. Dive wrecks, kayak in wetlands, surf sand-dunes, camp in the desert and test your golfing patience on a nine-hole course over 1300km. Indigenous experiences abound: hire an aboriginal guide and set off into the Adelaide Hills, Coorong and Flinders Ranges. Going walkabout you’ll find bush tucker, see rock art and learn how the unbreakable bond between people, land and spiritual ancestors has ensured the survival of indigenous people for thousands of years.

 

Adelaide Hills

 

You can be forgiven for thinking you’ve stepped into the Mediterranean when you make the winding journey into the Adelaide Hills. The place is awash with olive groves and vineyards and by the roadside you’ll find carts of the locals’ fresh produce. The Hills are nestled in the Mt Lofty Ranges where there are numerous walking trails. Sunset is a good time to go on a guided wildlife walk.

 

 

Barossa Valley

 

The Barossa Valley is 55km from Adelaide and is Australia’s premium grape growing district and home to around sixty wineries. Historic Lutheran churches and old cottages are dotted around the region. You can tour the vineyards by hiring a car, joining a backpacker winery tour, or, like me, jump on a bike and cycle from vineyard to vineyard (they’re pretty close together). With a few tipples under your belt head to the Whispering Wall, a concrete dam with great acoustics; you can have conversations with your mates from 150 metres away.

If you can rouse yourself early enough, then ballooning over the Barossa at dawn is a primo way to start the day. Much like its famous red wines, Barossa is beautiful, rich and fruity. Top wineries include Yalumba, Langmeil and Chateau Tanunda which are rich in history as well as gorgeous grapes. Stroll down an avenue of two thousand date palms at the Seppelt vineyard, and at Penfolds you can pull on a lab coat and bottle your own blend. And of course there’s Jacob’s Creek which is home to possibly one of the world’s most photographed road signs.

 

Flinders Ranges

 

At 500km wide by 250km across, this impressive mountain range is amongst the oldest in the world. Its peaks rise suddenly and majestically from the barren desert floor and at certain times of the day the hues in the rock change colour. The centrepiece of the ranges is Wilpena Pound, a natural amphitheatre which looks like a gigantic crater has crashed into the desert. Aboriginal Dreamtime myth tells of two huge snakes that devoured a tribe and were so full from their gluttony that they curled up and died; their bodies formed the rocky circle of Wilpena Pound with one head being St Marys Peak, the tallest point in the area. Aerial flights provide a unique perspective of the Pound.

 

Roughly 20km south is Rawnsley Station, a good place to bushwalk or do a 4WD tour. Safari Pete’s favourite bushwalk is the 22km hike from Wilpena Pound to St Mary’s Peak which offers amazing 360° panoramas of distant salt lakes and the Pound. Ohlssen Bagge is a gentler 6.5km leg stretcher and Brachina Gorge is also a great walking area and a good place to spot wildlife. The Heysen Trail, a 1,200km bush bash through some of SA’s most diverse scenery, passes through the Flinders Ranges.

 

The Outback

 

Heading further north towards the Northern Territory is where the Outback really begins. East of Coober Pedy is the colossal Lake Eyre Basin which

overlaps four states and covers a sixth of Australia. In its harsh environs there exist some of the least exploited and rarest ecosystems on Earth. Lake Eyre is the lowest point in Australia – that’s not to say it’s depressing, rather its expanse is mind boggling.

It’s the size of Holland and is nearly always empty although if it ever did fill up it would be the largest lake in Australia. Venturing north you’ll find the Simpson Desert, a vast, red and sandy plain beautiful in its desolation. It’s a tough ride across here for which you definitely need a 4WD and lots of preparation.

Limestone Coast

 

Limestone cliffs and secluded beaches stud the southeast coast of SA. The coastal village of Robe has a quaint seaside community made up of fisherman, artists and farmers – none of which you’ll find wearing dressing gowns. There are also primo swimming and surfing beaches. Nearby Coorong National Park protects a coastal dune system as well as lagoons and wetlands. The 145km spit of sand dune wilderness here has ocean on one side and wetland on the other. The area is a haven for birds and great for camping.

 

Embark on a caving adventure at the Naracoorte Caves Conservation Park, a World Heritage site where you’ll find limestone caves and lots of fossils, including my mother-in-law (only joking, she’s buried in the back garden), including the remains of 500,000 year-old mega fauna. If you’re here in summer then watch out for 30,000 bats as they exit the cave at dusk.

 

Set in a landscape of volcanic craters and lakes, Mt Gambier is the most populous regional city in SA. Its main drawcard is Blue Lake which changes colour according to the season. It is most spectacular in summer when the water is bright cobalt blue. There are also the slightly strange Sunken Gardens and cave diving for those who like a tight squeeze. The Bool Lagoon Reserve is 20km from Naracoorte and is the place to go if you want to see duck hunters and animal rights activists have a scrap. The wineries of the Coonawarra region, south of Naracoorte, are also worth a look.

 

Fleurieu Peninsula

 

If you like hills, wineries and beaches then hop along to this peninsula just an hour from Adelaide. McLaren Vale is as easy on the eye as it is on the palate, so hire a bike and try the original Cheese and Wine Tour (you get a selection of cheeses, a map and a wine-tasting/cheese-matching itinerary). Surf’s up at Middleton where surf schools teach on a huge crescent-shaped beach. Neighbouring Victor Harbour is a holiday town famous for its historic horse drawn tram, penguin watching, whale watching (June to September) and thousands of ‘Schoolies’ carrying on after their final exams. Port Elliot has isolated swimming and surfing beaches.

Eyre Peninsula and Nullarbor

 

The Eyre Peninsula is perhaps one of Australia’s least known regions. It is the size of Tasmania and stretches for 2000km from the border with Western Australia, across the vast Nullarbor Plain and along rugged coastline that fringes the Great Australian Bight and north into the Outback. Its coastline features towering limestone cliffs, sweeping surf beaches, and sheltered coves and bays that lead into rolling hills, farmland and rugged ranges.

 

Golfers had better get their buggies serviced because the Nullarbor is home to the world’s longest golf course with nine holes spread out over a colossal 1300km. Once you’ve birdied the par forty ninth, head to Baird Bay which is the only place in the world where you can swim with dolphins and seals. Port Lincoln is South Australia’s adrenaline capital and the place where you can swim with tuna, sea lions and dolphins and cage dive with great white sharks. It’s also where Steven Spielberg shot footage for Jaws.

 

Work, work, work

 

For those of you wanting to extend your visa stay in Oz to two years, South Australia (including Adelaide) is classified as a regional destination and at present has a booming economy. There are numerous job opportunities in many industries including harvest work. Base yourself in Adelaide and pick up harvest work in the Adelaide Hills or McLaren Vale wine region picking cherries, almonds, olives and other local produce. Or else head to the Murray River and earn extra money fruit picking in the Riverland and spend your weekends water skiing and kayaking.

You can also harvest grapes in the beautiful Barossa valley. It’s hard yakka but your pockets will be bulging and you can kick back with the locals. There is also seasonal work available in the vineyards and orchards in Robe and Port Elliot.

 

For more information log onto www.harvesttrail.gov.au or else call

1800 062 332.

 

Check www.barossabackpackers.com.au for farm work .

 

 

PJ Obriens  - Traditional Irish Pub hospitality

– 14 East Terrace Adelaide

 

Uni Bar  -(Union Building, Kintore Ave)

Happy hour, pool tables and cheap food

 

HQ Nightclub (corner of West and

North Tce) 10 bars over 3 floors,

live bands & DJ’s

 

Port Dock Brewery Hotel

(10 Todd St, Port Adelaide)

brews its own beer, large food

menu, great atmosphere.

 

Belgian Beer Café Oostende

(27-29 Ebenezer Pl, just off Rundle St)

Big selection of yummy Belgian Beers

 

Marble Bar (109 Waymouth St)

Theme nights and DJs spinning the

tunes into the wee hours.

 

Pete loves a Party!

- here's some of the best places in Adelaide to mix it up

   with the locals and other backpackers!

 

                                                  ...Fellow travellers ....

                                                     have I got a scoop for you!!!

                                                     YHA have just announced a

                                                    new hostel on the Eyre Peninsula.

 

Coodlie Park YHA is situated on the Eyre Peninsula, [ on your way to or from Perth]. Call in see me mate Hassie and tell him that Pete says

to take you on a night spotlighting tour!!!

I tell you it is fantastic – you see kangaroos, wombats and emus!

Coodlie Park is also a wwoof host farm so if you are looking to get

some real Australian culture, meet some great people and do a bit of

work as well – then this is the place!

Hassie also owns Nullarbor Traveller - an award winning wildlife

adventure that travels between Adelaide and Perth www.thetraveller.net.au so now you can get off the traveller at

Coodlie Park stop for a week then catch the next one....

sounds too easy doesn’t it!

Check out www.coodliepark.com.au

 

You can book all this at your local YHA, Cheers - Safari Pete!

 

The GROOVIEST OPERATOR IN TOWN!

 

The grooviest tour operator in town is Groovy Grape Tours. A small, independent company, its heart and soul is in the backpacker market. Groovy Grape only travels in small buses with small groups, ensuring a relaxed, friendly atmosphere during their tours. All tours are designed to be active, personally enriching and above all, lots of fun.

 

Outback Adventures

 

Groovy’s Rock Patrol tour departs Adelaide twice weekly for Alice Springs. It’s top value at $825 for six days, all meals, accommodation and national park fees are included.

 

You will see the best of Central Australia’s desert heartland, visit-ing the Southern Flinders Ranges, Coober Pedy, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and Watarrka (Kings Canyon).

 

There are magnificent walks, time to noodle for opals, sunset viewing of Uluru and swimming in sensational waterholes. Groovy also offers the Rock 2 Water 6 day tour which departs Alice Springs twice a week providing great value at $795 all inclusive of food, accommodation and National Park fees. It’s the Groovy way to explore the best of the red centre before heading on South.

 

Great Ocean Road & Grampians

 

Without doubt, this is one of the world’s great drives. A fantastic trip at any time of year and high on the list of “must see” destinations for backpackers.

 

Groovy Grape’s three day tour gives you plenty of time to explore the very best this magnificent coastline can offer, plus the chance to enjoy some spectacular walks and stunning scenery in the Grampians National Park. The tour operates at least twice weekly in both directions from Adelaide and Melbourne at an all inclusive price of $425

 

Kangaroo Island Wildlife Adventures

 

Kangaroo Island Wildlife Adventures offers amazing wildlife safaris on Kangaroo Island. Their 2 tours explore the island taking in Seal Bay, Flinders Chase National Park, Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and isolated beaches. Awesome activities including sandboarding, snorkelling, hiking and native wildlife viewing keep you wanting more.

The 2 day tour is $445 departing twice weekly in winter and daily during Summer.

 

 

The Barossa Uncorked

 

Adelaide is the gateway to the Barossa Valley, Australia’s most famous wine region. The Groovy Grape day tour to the Barossa costs $90 and visits 4 wineries including Jacobs Creek. There’s plenty of wines to taste and a huge Aussie

barbeque lunch included.

 

What: Outback Adventures, Great Ocean Road & Grampians, Kangaroo Island Wildlife Adventures and The Barossa Uncorked tours.

Price: See above for details.

Book: Tel: 1800 661 177

Details: www.groovygrape.com.au

One to Three-day Loop:

The Abundant Adelaide Hills

 

The Adelaide Hills are home to wineries, heritage towns and nature/wildlife parks where you can cuddle a koala. This loop incorporates all of these.

 

Begin by heading to Mount Lofty where there is a great walk that follows part of the Heysen Trail up to the Mount Lofty Summit, the highest peak of the Mount Lofty Ranges. At 710 metres above sea level, the summit provides spectacular views of the Adelaide Plains and surrounding area, including Kangaroo Island and the Yorke Peninsula.

 

The Cleland Wildlife Park (Mount Lofty Summit Rd, Crafers) is a five-minute drive from Mount Lofty. This park gives you a rare opportunity to interact with native Australian wildlife; there are no fences between you, the kangaroos and emus, and you can even cuddle a koala.

 

Stirling, Aldgate and Bridgewater are all charming towns and great places to stop for lunch and have a wander around. Bridgewater fosters an English heritage with traditional cottage gardens and buildings. It was settled in 1840 and still has the original town watermill.

 

Next stop is Hahndorf. This historical and mystical township is Australia's oldest surviving German settlement where wearing Lederhosen is compulsory. This Germanic village has wattle-and-daub houses, funky food shops and three old German stein-waving pubs, all of which serve traditional food and beer. There are also great shops, galleries and cafes lining the main street. On a warm day you can go strawberry picking at Beerenberg.

 

From Hahndorf, head north to Birdwood: a treat for motor enthusiasts. The National Motor Museum (Shannon St) located here is Australia’s most significant collection of vintage and classic motor cars and motorcycles with more than 300 on show.

 

There is no shortage of cellar doors in the Adelaide Hills with around thirty wineries to choose from. If you enjoy a good drop then get vineyard hopping.

The Chain of Ponds is one acclaimed winery that you’ll pass on your way back to Adelaide.

www.adelaidehillswine.com.au