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A road trip of Essence 1313km, each one a feast for the senses

From seafood to surfing, wine to wildlife, monuments to markets, the Southern Ocean Drive takes you through some of the state’s most striking landmarks. Get behind the wheel for a true South Australian adventure A massive sea lion is sprawled across our path. It’s a magnificent – and terrifying – sight. The beast, weighing at least 300kg, lets off the …

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Coonawarra

Learning lessons from the past to create inspired wines of the future is what gives one of the country’s premium wine regions its lasting advantage Hip winemakers setting trends from the many new vineyards lining city fringes may arguably be the way of the future but, in the Coonawarra, there is a clear advantage to producing wines, says Wynns winemaker …

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20 years of thrills, spills & triumphs

Tour Down Under With world-class racing and an extended women’s event, South Australia’s famous TDU is now the complete package In 20 years, the Santos Tour Down Under has morphed into a two-week festival of cycling, offering fans not only world-class racing but entertainment and a unique experience showcasing the best of South Australia. But until 2015 something was missing, …

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Coorong – Welcome to Storm Boy Country

His introduction to the Coorong was hard yakka but John Reeves is now showing a select group of visitors the secrets of his beloved beach from the bucket seats of a luxury four-wheel drive. John Reeves has experienced the backbreaking work of hauling Goolwa pipis out of the sands of South Australia’s Coorong beach. He no longer hauls pipis – …

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Eyre to the throne

In the pristine waters of Coffin Bay on the spectacular Eyre Peninsula, a husband and wife team have dedicated themselves to producing the fattest, happiest oysters going to market in an industry that demands the best for luxxe city tables. They say on the quiet days, you can hear the oysters “chatter’’. It’s a beguiling notion but when the clear …

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Hitting the Riesling Trail

The Clare Valley is one of South Australia’s most iconic regions. Its fertile soils produce some of the world’s best wines, its buildings are steeped in history and its hills and vales create an idyllic setting in which to relax. One of the best ways to experience the region is by walking or cycling the Riesling Trail, a 35km track …

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Winter Wonderland

COSY COMFORTS As the mercury dips, there’s a host of new experiences across South Australia just waiting to be discovered. Turn up the heat and enjoy a romantic winter weekend with these 13 tips FOLLOW FLINDERS Never thought about hiking in the Flinders Ranges in winter? Think again. Conditions and temperatures ranging from 15C to 25C are perfect for walkers …

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Cabaret of life

COME HEAR THE MUSIC PLAY WORDS MATT GILBERTSON MAIN PHOTOGRAPHY MATT TURNER A $90 million redevelopment of the Adelaide Festival Centre is set to take centre stage at this year’s Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Rather than resist the rubble — which is a major building block in a broader $900 million Riverbank precinct revitalisation project — CabFest 2017 custodians Eddie Perfect …

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Irwin by name & Nature

Words Craig Cook Photography Matt Turner You’ll hear the message spelt out over and over at Kangaroo Island’s leading tourist attraction of Raptor Domain: “Species, minus habitat, leads to extinction”. Owners Dave and Leeza Irwin — yes, related to the world-famous Queensland Irwin clan including Bob, Steve, Terri and Bindi — have been caring for wildlife professionally and personally since …

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Vintage vision

Obsessed … and just a  little bit mad Words: Tony Love Chester Osborn is no stranger to the outrageous. His shirt collection alone is infamous worldwide. His lengthy, blond curls hang unfettered over his mid-fifties year old shoulders. Social pages have thrived on numerous pictures of the McLaren Vale winemaker dressed up to the nines and beyond – from a …