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These areas, just outside the capital city of Adelaide, feature a thriving food and wine culture and enjoy national and international reputations for their premium produce.
The Barossa Valley just 60km from Adelaide is one of the most significant wine producing regions in Australia and home to many high profile wineries. Here around 80% of the economic activity draws from the wine industry, known for its premium reds, particularly Shiraz. Visitors love to soak up the Valley’s charm and produce.
The charming towns of Nuriootpa, Tanunda, Angaston, Rowland Flat, Lyndoch and Kapunda add their own character to the region which embraces its impeccable culinary pedigree. Passionate artisans produce poultry, pork and lamb, milk and cheese, bread, olive oil, pastry, chocolate, smallgoods and fruits and vegetables, while farmers markets, restaurants and cellar doors abound.
Between 10 and 40km from the centre of Adelaide lie the Adelaide Hills, part of the Mount Lofty Ranges. They stretch for 90km from the Barossa Valley in the north to McLaren Vale in the South, their folds and undulations creating a wide range of micro-climates which produces agricultural products from fruit and vegetables to beef and dairy cattle.
Tourism is a major contributor to the Hills economy, many visitors drawn to what is one of the oldest and one of the coolest Australian mainland wine regions, where picturesque vineyards cling to a maze of valleys. The Adelaide Hills is internationally recognised as producing some of Australia’s most elegant cool climate wines. Boutique wineries and cellar doors abound and an artisan food and wine culture flourishes at historic shops and bakeries, roadside stalls, pubs and restaurants and weekend markets.
The historic town of Hahndorf is a major tourist attraction of German heritage and many scenic drives link charming Hills towns, botanic gardens, conservation and national parks.
The main town is Mount Barker – one of Australia’s fastest growing towns. Aldgate, Stirling, Bridgewater, Lobethal, Birdwood, Gumeracha, Echunga and Meadows are just some of the popular Adelaide Hills towns.
Fleurieu Peninsula has 250km of unspoilt coastline, which begins at the beaches of Port Noarlunga and Aldinga at the tip of McLaren Vale, then runs along Gulf St Vincent and finishes at Encounter Coast on the Southern Ocean. The Mount Lofty Ranges provide a great contrast to its coastal landscape.
The area is an holiday playground offering so much to so many; surf and secluded family-safe beaches, historic towns, bountiful olive groves and almond orchards, expansive lakes, vineyards, whale watching, watersports, fishing, conservation parks, wildlife and unspoilt trails, wineries and cellar doors.
It has a beach culture peppered with fine food and wine experiences, festivals and events, many centred on its wine regions of McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek. Towns on the peninsula include Victor Harbor, Port Elliot, Middleton, Goolwa, Willunga, Normanville, Carrickalinga, Yankalilla and Rapid Bay.
Kangaroo Island is one of South Australia's most popular tourist attractions. Visitors are drawn to its diverse wildlife - kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, colonies of fur seals and many bird species - and to its nature reserves which protect native animals and the remnants of its natural vegetation.
The landscape is equally diverse, ranging from white sandy beaches, hidden coves and rugged coastline, to the island’s plateau heartland, native bushland and incredible granite rock formations.
Primary production on Kangaroo Island includes cropping, grazing, horticulture, forestry, fishing and aquaculture. While it has been traditionally a sheep grazing area, premium beef cattle is grown in the higher rainfall areas. Highly prized southern rock lobster is sourced from the south coast.
A thriving industry focuses on value-added products include wine, cheese, olive oil, marron, free range chickens and Ligurian bee honey - the island having the world's only pure bred and disease free population of this bee. Exporting of pure bred queen bees is growing.
Kingscote, the commercial hub is home to nearly half of the Island’s population. Other towns include Parndana, Penneshaw, American River, Baudin Beach, Brownlow, Cygnet River, Emu Bay, Nepean Bay, Island Beach and Vivonne Bay.