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Adelaide: The Parliament
Weekdays -10.00 AM - 2.00 PM
Corner North Terrace and King William Street
Adelaide, SA 5000
Phone:61 0 8 8237 9206
Type of Attraction: Government building
The South Australian Parliament, comprising of the Legislative Council and the House of Assembly, is a breathtaking piece of architecture, complete with ten grand columns and a dark marble facade. The Parliament can be segmented into the western and the eastern halves, erected almost fifty years apart form each other.
The Parliament was established in 1857, when the colony of South Australia was granted self-government and a representative government under a new constitution. Modelled on the British Westminster parliamentary system, there’s also a resemblance to the House of Commons, as the Australian MPs are seated on the green leather benches with the Speaker’s chair to the right. You’ll also note that the carpets and benches of the eastern and western half of the Parliament are different from each other.
Of particular interest is the Parliament’s grand marble interiors, the adorned gas chandeliers and intricately crafted walnut and teak furniture, also the engraved Speaker’s chair. Visitors are however restricted from entering the Members' Dining Room and the Premier's Office.
Furthermore, Adelaide’s Parliament House offers free access for the visitors to see the ongoing parliament sessions. Ironically though, the public area is called the Strangers Gallery. Guided tours of the chambers are available for the visitors too.
Granite Island Nature Park
Mon - Fri: 10am to last tram
Sat: 10am to last tram
Sun: 10am to last tram-
Phone: 08 8552 7555
Type of Attraction: Nature reserve
One and a half hour drive from central Adelaide, the Granite Island sits like a precious jewel amidst the pristine Encounter Bay. A causeway connects you to the Granite Island from the Victor Harbour. The island is famous for offering visitors a commanding view of frisky penguins in their natural habitat.
The claim to fame for the Granite Island has been the Fairy Penguins, which have made the island their home for years, and tourists from all over the world come to see the breathtaking natural environment and partake in fishing, walking and parasailing activities among the penguins and the blue sea.
If you’re lucky, you might also catch a glimpse of basking whales in the waters. You’ll find a gift-shop and a popular bistro offering great seafood in the Granite Island. Choices of harbour cruises at sunset and guided tours of the Little Penguin colony is also among the primary activities of tourists.
The famous royal horse drawn tram is another highlight of the Granite Island, available for exploring The Granite Island Nature Park. Located approximately a kilometre from Victor Harbor, the tram journey is an activity that visitors don't miss out on.
The best time to view the Fairy Penguins is early evening, when penguins return home to feed their young. Other places of interest are the nearby towns of Goolwa and Port Elliot, Hindmarsh Island, also the Coorong National Park the Murray River Mouth, which is sure to make your trip to the Granite Island unforgettable.
Cleland Wildlife Park
Mon - Fri: 9.30am to 5pm
Sat: 9.30am to 5pm
Sun: 9.30am to 5pm
Mount Lofty Summit Road
Crafers, SA 5152
Phone: 08 8339 2444
Type of Attraction: Wildlife park
The haven for Australian endangered species, the Cleland Park draws together one of the best flora and fauna in all of Australia, attracting tourists from all corners of the globe. Especially for the feature of getting up, close and personal with some of the species, the Cleland is high up on every tourist’s travel agenda.
Located about 12 km from the heart of Adelaide city, Cleland is a famous getaway offering breathtaking landscapes. One of the major attractions of the Cleland Wildlife Park is that the visitors get an opportunity to hold and hug the cuddly and famous Australian koalas.
Covering a vast area of 1,000 hectares, Cleland Conservation Park has an expansive walking trail for the visitors to soak up the rich wildlife and unique culture of the park. You’ll also find indigenous vegetation such as tough bark forests and shrubs.
Of particular interest is the nightlife of Cleland Park. The one and a hour guided tour provides the tourists a close up view of the nocturnal life of the wild animals. You’ll get to see nocturnal animals like bandicoots and bettongs frisking around and scouring for food. Feeding possums are allowed in the park, as well. Other interesting activities include spotting bats and picking up methods for creating ideal habitats for nocturnal animals in your garden. Visitors also don’t miss out on sights of bush birds, lorikeets, dingoes and of course, the Tasmanian devil. Cleland also houses a visitor centre, a kiosk, and cafés.
Belair National Park
Mon - Fri: 8am to Sunset
Sat: 8am to Sunset
Sun: 8am to Sunset
Upper Sturt Road
Glenalta, SA 5052
Phone: 08 8278 5477
Type of Attraction: National park
Only 13 kilometres away from Adelaide, is the sprawling Belair National Park, the origin of the national park in South Australia . Belair National Park with its unique blend of recreational facilities, wilderness and cultural heritage attracts in excess of 2,000000 visitors per year.
Belair National Park, South Australia's oldest National Park, was created on land originally set aside in the 1840s as a Government Farm and includes the first Governor's summer residence, built in 1859. During that period, the population was escalating, driving a need for a recreational facility near the city. Subsequently, the park was established.
The Belair National Park State is now a Heritage Area covers an area of 835-hectares, entrenched in the scenic Adelaide Hills. Of particular interest are constructions such as the Main Oval, Old Government House, Commissioner’s House, the Blue Cottage and the Belair Lodge. The Belair National Park is a part of the 21 parks that are scattered around the Adelaide hills.
Among its recreational facilities, you’ll find tennis courts, barbecues, swimming pools and ovals. There are also a variety of plants and vegetation, birds and of course, the native animals. Admission is free of charge, other than vehicles. You can tread along the serene walking trails or play golf on the Public Golf course. The Belair Park Country Club is a good place for dining out. Caravan and camping facilities are also available in the park.
The Clare Valley
Opening Times: N/A
Corner Spring Gully and Main North Roads,
Clare, South Australia 5453
Phone: 08 8842 2131
Type of Attraction: Valley
Positioned 120 km north of Adelaide, the Clare Valley is one of the most renowned wine-regions of Australia. It’s also one of the oldest, offering a rich heritage of buildings and architecture surrounding the valley. Visitors are awestruck by the spectacular views that the Clare Valley presents.
In the 1840s, the valley was established by European settlers, predominantly from England, Ireland and Poland. You’ll find the original architecture and the structure of the villages in the valley has been preserved. Quite a number of these buildings have been converted into guesthouses, restaurants or galleries.
At the outset, the vineyards skirted the villages. The tradition still continues, lending the Clare Valley its unique character. The Clare Valley has now shaped up to be a premium wine-growing region of Australia.
Of particular interest are the touring routes, comprising of walking and cycling paths within the Clare Valley. You can also visit the cellars, located very close to each other. Among the famous wineries, the Sevenhill Cellars dates back to 1851. Adjacent to this cellar, you’ll find the St. Aloysius Church.
One of Clare Valley’s highlights is the occasional festivities which the region revels in. Among the famous festivals are Romeria del Rocio Spanish Festival in April and the Spring Garden Festival in November.
You can also enjoy having a conversation with the traditional local community, who are very gracious. They reside in villages such as Burra and Kapunda in the valley. Besides, The Clare Valley has a range of hotels, resorts and restaurants, to suit visitors with any kind of budget.