South Australia - The West

With its rugged Outback, dramatic coastline, world-class vineyards and historic towns and cities, South Australia certainly has a lot to offer to visitors. It is a diverse state made up mostly of dramatic arid and semi-arid country known as the Outback, areas of greener land towards the beautiful coastline and along Australia's longest river, the mighty Murray. The state is a place where visitors can get up close and personal with the authentic Australia, be that wildlife, the beauty of the outback or the long coastline. With world-class wine, friendly people, an unspoilt environment and a very relaxed pace of life, it offers the break in Australia that visitors may have been looking for.

Attractions for visitors in western South Australia are all dotted along the coastline, which features many beaches, national parks excellent for hiking, bushwalking and wildlife watching, especially whales. Most of the towns were built as trading posts during the gold and mining rushes and feature historical town centres with splendid buildings, many of them converted into museums, galleries, cafes and restaurants.

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