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Walk or cycle the 25-kilometer Riesling Trail between vineyards and restaurants, past green hills, churches and classic stone buildings. Taste sacramental wine made by Jesuit priests at the cellar door in Sevenhill. Drive the Heartland Heritage Trail to lovingly-restored heritage towns such as Burra, Kapunda and Mintaro, where you can tour the stately Georgian mansion of Martindale Hall. Learn about the region’s pastoral history with a stay at Bungaree Station in Clare. Explore the Aboriginal history of Two Wells or see old steam trains in Gawler, South Australia’s oldest country town. Explore the restaurants, cafés and pubs of the gourmet haven of Auburn. Buy country produce from the colorful markets in Sevenhill or take a cooking course at Thorn Park.
Swim with sea lions at Baird Bay and snorkel with giant cuttlefish near Whyalla. For a real adrenaline rush, go cage diving with a great white shark south of Port Lincoln. Spot southern right whales in the Great Australian Bight Marine Park between May and October and sea-lions on the rocks at Point Labatt Conservation Park all year round. Visit the natural salt lakes of Lake Newland Conservation Park, a haven for hundreds of wetland birds. Visit an oyster farm in Cowell, fish from Ceduna and Coffin Bay or join a deep-sea fishing charter from Whyalla. Head inland for the colorful volcanic rock, shimmering salt lakes, wildflowers and native wildlife of Gawler Ranges. Four-wheel drive further into the Nullarbor Plain—the vast, treeless plain that fascinates anyone with an explorer's spirit.
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