SOUTH AUSTRALIA OFFERS TEN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES FOR KIDS
AND THE KID IN YOU
Submitted by the South Australia Tourism Commission
Visitors often regard South Australia as a great escape for adults because of the amazing food and wine experiences the state has to offer. That said, South Australia is also the ideal spot for a family vacation. Here are 10 must-see attractions:
Located just off the coast of South Australia, on Kangaroo Island kids can commune with Mother Nature at her best. The island boasts 19 national and conservation parks, breathtaking scenery, beaches, water activities, and most of all an abundance of wildlife, unmatched anywhere else in the country.
Walk among a breeding colony of 600 Australian sea lions at Seal Bay, watch fur seals loll and play at Admiral's Arch, feed pelicans at Kingscote Wharf, and come face to face with giant cuttlefish, seahorses, fairy penguins, and more at the KI Marine Center. Older kids can try sandboarding down the razorback dunes at Little Sahara, or hop aboard the Island Explorer-a rigid inflatable boat normally used by the police and military-and zip along the coast for a stunning view of the island. Grown ups can also explore the island's wineries and everyone is sure to love a visit to the Eucalyptus Distillery, as well as tasting cheese and ice cream at Island Pure Sheep Dairy, and honey from Clifford's Honey Farm. www.tourkangarooisland.com.au
DOLPHIN CRUISES AND SEASIDE FUN IN GLENELG
The scenic port town of Glenelg, just a 15-minute ride on the charming Adelaide tram, offers lots of activities for families. Get a rush riding along the coast with Helava Jet, www.helava.com.au, South Australia's first jet boat, also one of the world's fastest, biggest, and safest. For a gentler cruise, board Temptation, www.dolphinboat.com.au an impressive catamaran. Enjoy swimming with the more than 1,000 common and bottle-nosed dolphins that live in the area, or take a twilight cruise. Be sure to check out Rodney Fox's Shark Museum as well www.rodneyfox.com.au.
Easily accessible from the city of Adelaide, this wildlife sanctuary in the nearby Adelaide Hills, offers a truly unique wildlife experience. Guided dawn and sunset walks give visitors a chance to see rare Australian animals such as potoroos, quolls, pademelons, and bettongs up close. www.warrawong.com
HORSE DRAWN TRAM AND PENGUIN WALKS AT VICTOR HARBOR
Victor Harbor boasts the only year round horse drawn tram in the world.The tram goes to Granite Island, where kids can then check out the many walking trails, or get face-to-face with sharks, rays, and plenty of colorful fish at the Below Decks Open Sea Shark Aquarium. At dusk, enjoy the guided Penguin Walk and see the amazing fairy penguins in their natural habitat. www.victor.sa.gov.au/site/page.cfm?u=288
THE COCKLE TRAIN
Leaving from Victor Harbor, the Cockle Train takes passengers to the seaside town of Goolwa. The steam train ride goes past spectacular coastal scenery and Port Elliot is a good stopping off point where kinds can meander along the spectacular cliff top walk or visit the beautiful beach at Horseshoe Bay. www.steamranger.org.au
SOUTH AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM
The SA Museum in Adelaide has an impressive collection of whale and dinosaur skeletons, as well as extensive displays of animals, birds, fish, and more. www.samuseum.sa.gov.au
At Agon Berry Farm in the Fleurieu Peninsula and Beerenberg Strawberry Farm in the Adelaide Hills, kids can pick their own strawberries. Visit www.pickyourown.org/australiasouth.htm for this and other self-pick produce opportunities.
HAHNDORF FARM BARN AND GERMAN MODEL TRAIN LAND
Situated in the historical German town of Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills, just outside of Adelaide, this local farm gives kids a chance to milk a cow, shear a sheep, groom a bull, and feed baby farm animals. The nearby German Model Train Land features a spectacular solid gold, diamond-encrusted gem train; a superb scale model horse carousel, and a teddy bear oompah band. www.farmbarn.com.auwww.visitadelaidehills.com.au
THE BIG ROCKING HORSE
Climb the world's largest rocking horse at The Toy Factory in the Adelaide Hills. Kids are given a certificate to commemorate their feat. The factory also boasts a superb collection of handmade wooden toys.
CHOCOLATE FACTORY TOURING AND TASTING
South Australians love their chocolate! Haigh's Chocolates, Australia's best, was started in Adelaide. Their factory, just south of the city, offers a free tour and tasting. Alternatively, Melba's Chocolate Factory in the Adelaide Hills provides visitors with a free self-guided tour. www.haighschocolates.com.au
For more information about South Australia, contact the South Australian Tourism Commission at 888.768.8428, or visit www.southoz.com.
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