Friday, August 19, 2011


ADELAIDE (includes Hawker)
Bars & Nightclubs
General Havelock – 162 Hutt Street; 011-61-8-8223-3680;; charming pub built in 1873, with large, wrought-iron balcony, for pub grub & global cuisine.
Arkaba Station – Wilpena Road (near Hawker, in Flinders Ranges National Park); 011-61-2-9571-6399;; 5 bedroom 1850s homestead; offers classic Australian country hospitality with luxury touches.
Wilpena Pound Resort – Wilpena Road (Hawker, in Flinders Ranges National Park); 011-61-8-8648-0004;; among 4 Australian “Anthology” resorts.
Sights & Sites
Flinders Ranges National Park – Hawker; 011-61-8-8648-0048;;

Angela’s Guest House – 7 Campbell Court; 011-61-3-5237-7085;; clean, reasonably-priced, and well-run.
Great Ocean Road Deli – 141 Great Ocean Road; 011-61-3-5237-6610;; great food (look at website).
Apollo Bay Surf & Kayak – 13 Pascoe Street; 011-61-405-495-909;; gives surfing lessons and runs sea kayaking trips out to local seal colony.
Sights & Sites
Cape Otway Lightstation – Otway Lighthouse Road (off Great Ocean Road); 011-61-3-5237-9240;; in addition to being lovely lighthouse, road up to it filled with koalas.
Great Otway National Park – Wye River; 011-61-3-8627-4699;

BAROSSA VALLEY (includes Marananga)
Louise – Seppeltsfield Road (Marananga); 011-61-8-8562-2722;; luxury vineyard retreat; convenient base for exploring local wineries; 15 suites offering spa tubs, dual rain showers, king-sized beds with fine linens, and private courtyards, with some rooms featuring outdoor showers, fireplaces, and heated floors; digital TV and DVDs, fully-stocked mini-bar, heated towel rails, and tawny port (welcome gift, along with house-made cookies and fresh fruit); acclaimed restaurant helmed by executive chef Mark McNamara, featuring fresh seasonal fare from local producers and Appellation’s own kitchen garden, as well as signature wine flight tasting menu.

Hotels, Lodges & Resorts
Dartmoor Homestead – 30 Mclay Street; 011-61-8-8762-0487;; 3 comfortably furnished rooms & 19th Century cottage.
Sights & Sites
Naracoorte Caves National Park – Limestone Coast; 011-61-8-8762-2340;; 26 limestone caves, comprising chambers and passages, both cathedral-like and tiny; best tour is 3-hour, reservation only, World Heritage behind-the-scenes tour, beginning in Victoria Fossil Cave.

Sights & Sites
Great White Sharks – Neptune Islands (30 miles offshore); recommended dive operator is Rodney Fox, 73 9th Avenue, Joslin, 011-61-8-8363-1788,

Daisies by Sea – 222 Griffiths Street; 011-61-3-5568-355;; bed and breakfast on beach that, when weather nice, worth price.

Caledonian Inn – 1 Victoria Street; 011-61-8-8768-2029;; not so comfortable but interesting history.

Sights & Sites
Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village – 011-61-3-5559-4600;; regional history.

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