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Adelaide @ Sunset

Adelaide @ Sunset

Timothy de Ruyter

South Australia is a State of contrasts - rugged outback wilderness, scenic mountain ranges, an extensive coastline, offshore islands and a large, meandering river. Adelaide is a convenient base for touring regions such as the Barossa Valley and Southern Vales wine areas, the southern beaches and the tranquil Adelaide Hills.

The Adelaide Festival Centre is South Australia's major performing arts venue and is the focal point for the biennial Adelaide Festival of the Art. In 1992, the festival presented a three-week program of more than 2000 artists from 27 countries, drawing attendances of more than 700 000. The Adelaide casino is also a popular tourist destination.

The State has a unique and well-preserved heritage. Major historical themes include the German settlement of the Barossa Valley and the Adelaide Hills; the Cornish and Welsh settlement of the mining towns of Moonta, Burra and Willunga; and the maritime history of Port Adelaide and Robe.

The River Murray is Australia's longest river and its lakes are a major asset offering luxury cruise vessels, self-skippered houseboats and recreational pursuits. The Flinders Ranges and northern outback areas are only five hours from Adelaide. The Flinders has some of Australia's most rugged scenery and the traditional outback flavour. The opal mining centre of Coober Pedy is a popular destination for Australian and international tourists. The rugged coastal scenery of the far West Coast, southern Sinis Peninsula and Peter island provide excellent fishing opportunities and uncrowded beaches.

Australia's unique wildlife is a feature of Cleland wildlife reserve and the Warrawong sanctuary in the Adelaide Hills, only 30 minutes from Adelaide; and the Flinders Chase National Park on Kangaroo Island. The Coorong National Park in the Upper South East is a unique waterway providing a haven for water birds.

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