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McLaren Vale Wine District

At Adelaide's back door is the McLaren Vale Wine district , a beautiful part of the Fleurieu Peninsula tucked between the Mount Lofty Ranges and placid waters of Gulf St Vincent. Forty kilometres from the city centre, the area has been a wine-producing district since the very early days of South Australian settlement. Its climate is moderate, and especially suited to grape-growing. Frosts are rare, as are droughts. The water's never very far away. From the vineyards in the foothills, or those very near the coast, the waters of the gulf make a splendid blue curtain to the fertile green vines. Time your visit for winter's end, and you'll be able to revel in orchards of almond trees in full blossom, especially around historic Willunga.

There are some 40 wineries in the district, many of them around McLaren Vale. Most are relatively small, family-owned boutique wineries which give the district that special diversity of character it's known for. Because it's so close to Adelaide, the McLaren Vale Wine district is ideal for a one or two-day break, getting to know the area's special character and tasting some of the many fine wines made here. Many wineries have attractive settings and BBQ facilities for visitors; all offer cellar-door sales.

True to the spirit of celebration common to all South Australia's wine districts, McLaren Vale's winemakers celebrate the release of the new vintage every October with the Elizabethan-style Bushing Festival.

Warrawong Sanctuary

Just 25minutes from Adelaide, nestled in the beautiful Adelaide Hills is Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary. Endangered species like bettongs and potoroos inhabit the sanctuary. There are many ways to explore Warrawong. You can take a dawn walk, daytime walk, nocturnal walk or even stay over night, and really discover the Australian bush at its natural best. Also at Warrawong; Gift Shop and Bilby Cafe.

Stock Road VIA Stirling
Telephone: +61 8 8370 9197

9am to 9pm - 7 days a week
(except Good Friday and Christmas Day)
Dawn walks - by appointment. Nocturnal Walks - 7 nights per week
commencing at sunset. Telephone for guided walk times and bookings.

Zoological Gardens
Located in shady parklands a few minutes walk from Adelaide's city centre is one of Australia's most historic and interesting zoos. The zoo is beautifully landscaped with grassy moated enclosures, walk-through aviaries full of trees and a superb reptile house. The Adelaide Zoo is involved in conservation, education and research. There is a special emphasis on breeding rare species like the red panda and Persian leopard and on exhibiting seldom seen Australian animals including the yellow-footed rock wallaby, a native of the Flinders Ranges.

Feeding times:
Seals: Daily 11.45am and 3.45pm
Big cats: Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun & Public Holidays 3.15pm
Penguins: Daily 2.45pm
Pelicans: Daily 2.30pm
Frome Road, Adelaide
Telephone: (08) 8267 3255
Daily including Christmas Day from 9.30am to 5pm.
Conducted tours Sundays and Public Holidays only. 11.30am and 2pm. Open late certain evenings during January and February.

Art Gallery of South Australia

The Art Gallery was officially opened in 1881. The entire collection is divided into four areas: prints and drawings, Australian decorative arts, European and Asian decorative arts, painting and sculpture. Highlights of the collection include Australian art from the 18th century (with an emphasis on the art of South Australians) and European and British art from the 16th century to the present day.

North Terrace, Adelaide
Telephone: (08) 8207 700
Daily 10 am to 5pm. Closed Christmas Day & Good Friday.
Free guided tours at 11am & 1pm weekdays and 11am & 3pm weekends.
Lunchtime talks on most Tuesdays at 12.45pm.

Tate Museum

This museum houses an international collection of rocks, minerals and fossils and a stratigraphical collection of South Australia. Also displayed is memorabilia from the Antarctic expeditions of Sir Douglas Mawson.

Dept of Geology & Geophysics,
Ground Floor, Mawson Laboratory, University of Adelaide,
Cnr Frome Rd and Victoria Drv, Adelaide
Telephone: (08) 8303 5959 OPENING HOURS
Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm.

South Australian Museum

This museum is a treasure-trove of fascinating objects. It is recognised internationally for its Australian Aboriginal collections and many of its cultural history collections which include Ngurunderi, an Aboriginal Dreaming and the Egyptian Room. The museum has its own shop and information centre.

North Terrace, Adelaide
Telephone: (08) 8207 7500
Daily 10 am to 5pm. Anzac Day (25 April) 1 pm to 5pm. Closed Christmas Day & Good Friday.

South Australian Police Museum

The Police Museum is housed in the beautifully restored former mounted police barracks built in 1851. In the museum you will find interesting displays on policing history. The Armoury Building built in 1856 is adjacent to the museum and in its early days contained military stores, ammunition and related police and military equipment.

Kintore Avenue, Adelaide
Telephone: (08) 8274 8597
Sat, Sun & Public Holidays 1 pm to 5pm. Closed Christmas Day & Good Friday.

South Australia's Theatre Museum

The Performing Arts Collection of South Australia is living history, representing the rich heritage of the performing arts in this state. The collection holds over 40,000 acquisitions including programs, posters, photographs, puppets, masks, video tapes and much more from all fields of the arts including ballet, opera, drama, circus, vaudeville and radio.

Southern Plaza Basement, Adelaide Festival Centre, King William Road, Adelaide.
Telephone: (08) 8216 8767
Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm (by appointment for students/researchers) .

Migration Museum

South Australia's history comes to life at the Migration Museum, housed in the restored remnants of Adelaide's old Destitute Asylum. Here you can learn the story of South Australia's migrants: who they were, why they came, their skills, culture and visions for the future.

State History Centre

Old Parliament House, built in 1855, has been superbly restored and operates an award-winning museum. It was the first permanent site of the South Australian Parliament and now proyides an ideal introduction to the state's history, with displays and an audio visual program.

North Terrace, Adelaide
Telephone: (08) 8207 1077
Mon to Fri & Public Holidays 10am to 5pm. Sat & Sun 12noon to 5pm. Closed Christmas Day & Good Friday.

Old Treasury Building Museum

Portions of the old Treasury Building date back to 1839. On display is a unique collection of exploration, surveying, drafting and computing instruments and artefacts. The major theme of the display is the history of land settlement and development of South Australia since 1836.

Cnr King William and Flinders streets, Adelaide
Telephone: (08) 8226 4133
Mon to Fri 10 am to4pm. Guided tours by arrangement.

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