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South Australia Sports
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Bush Walking

The isolated Flinders Ranges, a vast area of plains, gorges and desert, located some 450 kilometres (280 miles) north of Adelaide, provides 1 of Australia’s best gateways to the outback. The well known Heysen Trail, the longest trail in Australia, begins at Cape Jervis and winds its way north through scenic coastal areas to the Flinders Ranges.

Bush walkers can also head to the Wilpena Pound, a natural amphitheatre 16 kilometres (10 miles) long and 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) wide, with a possible 2 day itinerary along well marked tracks, or on a 1 day climbing expedition to St Mary’s Peak, a trek best tackled between May and October, when temperatures are milder and water more readily available (permits can be obtained from the ranger on site).

More experienced walkers can attempt longer walks to the Gammon Ranges National Park, further north, the Flinders Chase National Park on Kangaroo Island, or the Deep Creek Conservation Park south of Adelaide.

For further information please contact the Department of Environment and Heritage:

Address: GPO Box 1047, Adelaide SA 5001
Telephone: (8) 8204 9000
Facsimile: (8) 8204 1919
Email address: environmentshop@saugov.sa.gov.au
Website address: www.environment.sa.gov.au

Water Sports

The 3rd largest river in the world, the River Murray, winds its way through South Australia, providing opportunities for cruises, sailing, houseboat hire and water skiing. The coast offers brilliant diving facilities, with the best sites situated near Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, Port Lincoln, Yorke Peninsula, Eyre Peninsula and several offshore islands and reefs.

It is achievable to wreck dive and also dive with Great White Sharks. The best time to go diving is between December and May. Whale watching is possible on the Fleurieu Peninsula around Victor Harbor and on the Nullarbor coast, where great colonies of Southern Right whales breed from June to October.

Fishing is also good, and South Australia has a particularly abundant population of large snapper (with Whyalla, 397 kilometres / 247 miles northwest of Adelaide, being the best region). Freshwater fishing can be undertaken on the Wakefield and Murray rivers.

Game fishing is finest around Kangaroo Island and Port Lincoln, the latter being known for its large concentration of giant great white pointer sharks. For surfing enthusiasts, South Australia offers uncrowded beaches and brilliant waves, particularly at Victor Harbor, Kangaroo Island and the more remote Yorke and Eyre peninsulas (with Eyre’s Cactus Beach attracting surfers from all over the world). The numerous deserted islands and beaches throughout the Spencer Gulf offer several opportunities for sailing cruises.

Adventure Sports

Ballooning is popular in the Barossa Valley, while the coast south of Adelaide is 1 of Australia’s major regions for hang gliding. Caving is popular in the south east and on Eyre Peninsula. It is achievable to swim in an underground lake in the Nullabor caves.

Wine tasting

Over 70 % of Australia’s wine exports come from South Australia, where many of the region’s wineries and cellars are open for tasting's. The famous Tasting Australia wine and food festival is held bi annually. For further information on the main wine growing areas.