South Australia named must-see region for 2017

By Lauren Ferrone

The coolest mix of brilliant wine country, abundant product festivals, stark and stunning tracts of picturesque Aussie outback and crowd-free beaches that could make even the Bahamas jealous.

This is how the largest travel guide book publisher in the world Lonely Planet describes South Australia after last night naming the State one of the top five must-see regions in the world for 2017.

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The only Australian destination to be named, South Australia was ranked fifth, behind Choquequirao in Peru, Taranaki in New Zealand, The Azores in Portugal and North Wales in the United Kingdom.

Some of the top local destinations and activities listed by Lonely Planet include:

  • Eyre Peninsula’s Locks Well Beach and Coffin Bay National Park;
  • The Ghan;
  • Gawler Ranges National Park;
  • Flinders Ranges’ camel treks;
  • Kangaroo Island’s Wilderness Trail and Vivonne Bay;
  • Wine regions Clare Valley, Barossa Valley’s Yalumba and Penfolds, and McLaren Vale’s d’Arenberg; and
  • Adelaide Fringe and WOMADelaide festivals

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“Long rebuffed in favour of its scene-stealing east coast cousins New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria, South Australia is finally being recognised as the small State with big appeal,” writes Lonely Planet‘s, Chloe Cann.

It’s not the first time South Australia has been acknowledged by Lonely Planet, making it to the list of Best Top 10 Cities in Travel for 2014.

Pictured in headline image is Kangaroo Island