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5 Most Boring Places In South Australia

5 Most Boring Places in South Australia

When we hear someone says that one place is boring, we labeled it right away as uninteresting and definitely a must avoid destination. But sometimes, a city slicker and urbanite like me needs a break and taste the tranquility of those boring places away from traffic jam, pollution and crowd. For me, what makes a boring place great is the chance to reset, refresh and renew ourselves. Not only that, a boring place is usually the site where you can absorb the jaw-dropping sceneries with your eyes.

If we talk about the Land Down Under, South Australia is the least mentioned state. This state is not as popular as the other states like New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia. However, this forgotten State did magnetize my attention. It has plenty of awesome destinations and here are some of the most boring places in South Australia that I never regret to visit.

1. McLaren Vale

This is the birthplace of the wine industry in South Australia and known because it is also home to some of the oldest grape vines in the world. This wine region is very accessible due to its proximity to the city. What I really enjoyed in McLaren Vale was the wine tasting experience and of course the pizza. I even bought a huge bottle of red wine to consume during my stay in SA. I also had my very first Almond Blossom experience in McLaren Vale.

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Mclaren-vale

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2. Victor Harbor

This might just be a small town 82 kilometers from the Adelaide CBD but this is one of the perfect places to see in South Australia and it offers a great relaxing experience. The main attraction here is the Horse Drawn Tram that takes you for 600 meters from the mainland along a wooden causeway to the Granite Island which is home to cute little Penguins. I was there during early afternoon and unlucky not to find them as they usually come out during sunset. Anyway, I was still able to see thei cute little penguins at the Gorge Wildlife Park in Cudlee Creek.

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Victor-harbor

Before it rains on that day

3.  Whispering Wall

This wall in Williamstown was built over a 100 years ago and no one had a clue about its astounding acoustic properties.  The Whispering Wall is a  9-storey structure and at one point, the highest arch dam in in Australia. Because the dam is a hard and curved surface, any sound made on one end travels clearly to the other side. You can have a perfectly normal conversation with someone standing on the opposite end of the dam which is about 450 feet away. Amazing right? The entire area is protected for native species and covered with punk gums and native pine trees, so this picturesque location is also ideal for a picnic.

Whispering Wall

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4. Gorge Wildlife Park

Yes, this place is definitely boring. But visiting Australia means you should also encounter their native animals. Gorge Wildlife Park is not a mediocre wildlife park; it’s a point where animals and people get together. Under the trees, paths meander among the animals offering many relaxing hours of wildlife enjoyment with the Australian favorite animals like wombats, echidnas, dingoes, and Tasmanian devils.  You can also cuddle their lovely koalas and walk around with their wallabies and kangaroos.

Gorge wildlife

Wombat

With the Wombats

Kangaroos

Walking with the Kangaroos

Wallabees

Wallabies in the loose

5. Hahndorf

Located just 25 minutes from Downtown Adelaide, Hahndorf is the oldest surviving German settlement in Australia and the German history of Hahndorf can be traced back to 1838. Hahndorf’s picturesque colonial charm remains remarkably intact and it is very evident in the buildings and structures around. Strolling through the historic main street is very nostalgic and definitely enjoyably boring.


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Hahndorf

Photo Credit: Chris Fithall

Hahndorf

Photo Credit: Geraint Draheim

Sometimes, we just need to disconnect to our routine itineraries and trips to find something good in things and places we thought that are not worth and good enough. Unplugging in South Australia and slowing down my pace made me hear my own heartbeat while adoring its serenity.

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83 Comments

  • Reply
    Wajih
    December 17, 2016 at 12:30 AM

    I like the concept of how you managed writing this article and being sarcastic at the same time ! Nature is beautiful. 🙂

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    Anna
    December 10, 2016 at 8:47 PM

    How can an entire province be called uninteresting? (I understand you’re not being serious, but still.) These places sure do have their own appeal. I mean, how could I turn down a trip to vineyard!? Perhaps it’s just less glossy than, say, Gold Coast. And I certainly wouldn’t mind cuddling that koala!

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      Jan Michael de Guzman
      December 10, 2016 at 8:49 PM

      Hi Anna. If you have read the entire article you will surely understand that I am being sarcastic and at the same time, I am showing how beautiful South Australia is. 😊

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    Bhushavali
    December 10, 2016 at 4:00 AM

    Mclaren & Hahndorf look the most amazing to me. I must confess I came to your post looking at the weird title. But I love your concept. Yeah, we all need that break from all activities to just be lazy in the lap of nature!

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    arzotravels
    December 10, 2016 at 3:19 AM

    Haha, I love those boring places. I agree, sometimes we need places to relax and escape the hustle and bustle. Great choices.

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    Emily
    November 18, 2016 at 4:13 PM

    Always appreciate your interesting posts WJ 😀
    Thanks for sharing this 🙂 Have a good week !

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    Emily
    November 11, 2016 at 3:05 PM

    So curious about the title haha 😀 You make me laugh much while reading your post 🙂
    Thank you for sharing those wonderful place 🙂

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    larry dunn
    November 10, 2016 at 12:44 PM

    Your post is so perfect. I highly apprecite it. The list is very various and places are so wonderful

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    Ophi Ziadah
    October 19, 2016 at 1:04 PM

    the title makes me curious, hmm nice try

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      Wandering JM
      October 19, 2016 at 9:35 PM

      Thanks

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    lex
    October 10, 2016 at 1:50 AM

    your list is just so perfect, i like the picture on the whispering wall, the hand sign though, the animals are so cute. and the picture with Geraint Draheim as credit looks so festive… nice share.

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      Wandering JM
      October 18, 2016 at 10:07 AM

      Thank you! 🙂

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    Carola
    October 9, 2016 at 11:59 PM

    Very interesting list again. I love to go some more quite places from time to time. Variety is important to me. And these places do look wonderful. The Gorge wildlife park looks great! Would love to go there. Hahndorf looks really beautiful as well!

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    Gabrielle “Crystal” RoseBonniee
    October 9, 2016 at 3:11 AM

    Lovely photos, you look so cute on them ^^~ ʕ•́ᴥ•̀ʔっ That ZOO looks so adorable ♥

    * Le blog de la Licorne *

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    Damiansz
    October 9, 2016 at 1:38 AM

    South Australia and New South Wales are on my bucket list. Can’t wait to visit these places and feel that Australian vibe !!

    -Lify Gent http://www.lifygent.com

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      Wandering JM
      October 9, 2016 at 11:13 AM

      Have fun on the land down under

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    Pospi O Otuson
    October 8, 2016 at 10:17 PM

    thanks for sharing this. i never knew of all this, is really helful

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      Wandering JM
      October 9, 2016 at 11:12 AM

      Thanks

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    Hang Around The World
    October 8, 2016 at 4:16 PM

    Good to know! We are going to plan a trip in Australia and this article might be useful for us. This is your point of view, thanks for sharing it 🙂

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    Rirhandzu Marivate
    October 8, 2016 at 2:59 PM

    This reminds me of the little farming town of Shepparton in Victoria.There seemingly is nothing to do there, but you soon find that there are actually local gems. takes me back. Looks like you had a really good time

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    Melissa - Parenthood and Passports
    October 8, 2016 at 10:04 AM

    Vineyards, horse-drawn carriages and koalas?! I could use more “boring” in my life. lol. Seriously though, we all should take time out from the busyness of life every once in awhile and enjoy things at a slower pace.

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    Diana - MVMT Blog
    October 8, 2016 at 3:10 AM

    I wouldn’t call any of these places boring! I would visit all five, although my top destinations would probably be McLaren Vale for the wineries or Victor Harbor because I love the water, and the horse trams seem so interesting! That’s great that you discovered these hidden gems, and thanks for sharing!!

    • Reply
      Wandering JM
      October 8, 2016 at 10:04 AM

      They are all lovely. For me they are boring in a positive way and I love them all. Had great time in those places. Sure you will too. 🙂

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    Naomi
    October 7, 2016 at 8:11 PM

    I’m not sure what you mean by boring, but I’d be super excited to hug a koala and see that stunning scenery! Excellent guide to the boredome state of Australia

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      Wandering JM
      October 8, 2016 at 10:05 AM

      They are lovely places to find tranquility and astounding views! Love SA

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    Sabrina Andrea Sachs
    October 7, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    Very catchy title!!! Well played it there as I had to stop and read the article! 🙂 SA is the one state I haven’t seen during my past year of travels around Australia, but I will definitely be back and add all these BORING things to my itinerary! 🙂

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      Wandering JM
      October 8, 2016 at 10:06 AM

      Thank you. 🙂 hope you can also enjoy these boring places. 🙂

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    Jillian Michelle
    October 7, 2016 at 7:01 AM

    I think the title of your article is clever! And some of these places sound amazing! I love reading about less popular places that people seldom write about. I love the architecture of Hahndorf, and I’m dying to cuddle a koala at Gorge Wildlife Park! The Whispering Wall sounds (pun lol) really cool, too!

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      Wandering JM
      October 8, 2016 at 10:08 AM

      Thank you. 🙂 i hope that you can also visit these places and enjoy something boring.

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    A Traveling Bond
    October 7, 2016 at 3:30 AM

    I love that you took the time to highlight the places off the beaten path. It shows that no place is actually boring, you just have to dig a bit to find the hidden treasures. I have never been to any of these places but they are on my bucket list!

    • Reply
      Wandering JM
      October 8, 2016 at 10:11 AM

      So true. These are the places often disregard in Australia but they are actually beautiful and awesome

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    Rashmi and Chalukya
    October 7, 2016 at 12:55 AM

    We would love to visit these amazing and boring places 🙂 Whispering Wall and McLaren Vale are definitely our point of interest. Hope to visit someday soon.

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    stace16
    October 6, 2016 at 10:52 PM

    Lol the title had me curious! Its really nice to get away and do these kind of quiet activities! I love the whispering wall, that is so cool!

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      Wandering JM
      October 6, 2016 at 11:03 PM

      So true. I wanna do these kind of activities very often.

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    arnav2806
    October 6, 2016 at 10:19 PM

    Hahaha loved the sarcastic yet catchy heading.Would love to visit these offbeat destinations one day.Pinning it for future reference.

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      Wandering JM
      October 6, 2016 at 11:04 PM

      Thanks. Hope you could visit someday

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    Sydney Fashion Hunter
    October 6, 2016 at 5:07 PM

    I have to admit despite living in Australia for 45 years I have only been to SA twice. Both time to Adelaide and only for 1 night for work. Lately I have been thinking of SA wineries so this post was timely. Of course the Barossa comes to mind but McLaren Vale is now also on my list 😀

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      Wandering JM
      October 6, 2016 at 11:06 PM

      Hope you could go down to SA again and visit their wineries. Yes you must add McLaren Vale on top of Barossa

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    Milana's Travels
    October 6, 2016 at 11:19 AM

    Oh my goodness, kangaroos!! My 4 year old has been asking to go see them and I’m dying to take her to Australia! Love your photos, they are just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing all these places!

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      Wandering JM
      October 6, 2016 at 11:14 PM

      Go! 🙂
      You will surely have fun in Australia. 🙂

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    David
    October 1, 2016 at 12:51 PM

    If you want to be really bored, make sure you travel through Yankalillla and Myponga on the way back from Victor Harbor, some very romantic scenery as you navigate the winding roads of the hills through the Fleurieu Peninsula, and then stunning when you round the bend and hit the coastline. When you come back from Hahndorf, head towards Woodside, visit the chocolate factory and handmade cheese shop in their quaint little setting then onto Lobethal and make your way back to Adelaide via Gorge Road, or turn off Gorge Road towards Houghton and descend back into Adelaide down Anstey Hill.

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      Wandering JM
      October 1, 2016 at 12:56 PM

      Oh wow! This is very detailed but I think I have done some of this. Been to Myponga and it was really lovely especially during sunset. I also visited the chocolate factory from Hahndorf and been to toy factory as well with the huge rocking horse. 🙂

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    Kevin Wagar
    September 28, 2016 at 1:53 AM

    You’re so right, traveling these places in Australia would be agonizing 🙂

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    Marge Gavan
    September 27, 2016 at 5:17 AM

    I totally agree. I’ve friends who would call such places boring but when I go there I wouldn’t find it boring at all, in a sense that the peace appeals to me. I live in the city, so I’m looking for a place where there is no noise for a change.

    These boring places you mentioned look beautiful, I don’t think I’d be bored if I ever go there. I want to try something, talk with someone from the other side of the whispering wall. It would be such a cool experience!

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      Wandering JM
      September 30, 2016 at 11:19 PM

      We are the same. 🙂 I love to appreciate every bits and pieces of a place. The whispering wall is really amazing, I cannot believe that the person I was talking with was hundred meters away. Hope that you could try it soon. 🙂

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    Anne
    September 27, 2016 at 3:51 AM

    I was actually hoping for something really dull like a post on the worst places ever to visit but some of these look really cool. The horse drawn carriage is awesome as is cuddling a koala (as long as he doesn’t see on you!)

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      Wandering JM
      September 27, 2016 at 9:01 PM

      The horse drawn is really cool and extraordinary. Next time i might try cuddling a crocodile in the wild for a change. 🙂

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    Pinay Flying High
    September 26, 2016 at 9:12 PM

    I’d rather visit all these boring places than stay in the city, I’m not a city girl. Lol. These all look awesome!

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    Amandas_Wanderlust
    September 26, 2016 at 9:10 PM

    Lol, I was expecting something quite different when I read the title but this is actually a really positive post! I like a bit of peace and quiet on hols, so I quite fancy some of these places and especially McLaren Vale (because I do like Australian wine) and Hahndorf (because it looks really pretty).

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    diytravelhq
    September 25, 2016 at 4:21 AM

    Haha, I’m from Adelaide & I was getting read to word-fight for my home before reading a word – good one! Great picks there, hope to have you back again in SA to visit more boring wineries 🙂

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      Wandering JM
      September 26, 2016 at 10:07 AM

      Hahaha! Sorry about that. But i actually love Adelaide. I stayed for a month in One Tree Hill and really enjoyed my holiday over there and definitely would like to come back for more.

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    Who is Ferna?
    September 24, 2016 at 10:02 PM

    the whispering wall is what got me bored.. hahaha i’m just kidding! man! i would love to visit that place..

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      Wandering JM
      September 26, 2016 at 10:08 AM

      Hahaha! It is fine.

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    indrani
    September 24, 2016 at 1:35 AM

    Clever title 🙂 This was most interesting post.
    The whispering wall has got me curious.. . I have to be there at least for that. And for the kangaroos and Koalas too… infact for all the points mentioned so well.

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    Louiela
    September 23, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    I love boring places as well… coz these are the places to own a bit of paradise, less crowd and if you’re lucky enough you’ll be all alone. Love those kangaroos…

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    PaigeBrown
    September 23, 2016 at 2:54 AM

    I was totally thrown by the word ‘boring’. That’s definitely a way to bring an upside to the word, but I think that this is a nice, more-relaxed guide of things to do, which you’re right, it’s good to have that break! Thanks for sharing!

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    abcdeghizzy
    September 22, 2016 at 11:30 PM

    Love how you redefined the word ‘boring!’ It’s such a positive approach to something with such negative connotation. And lovely writing too! I read somewhere that it’s actually illegal to hold koalas in some parts of Australia!

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    thewanderlusteur
    September 22, 2016 at 11:07 PM

    Couldn’t agree more about slowing down and taking in “boring” sites to recharge oneself! It’s true, I’ve never heard of those locations during my travel within Australia. My fave is the Whispering Wall – what an experience if they host small concerts!

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      Wandering JM
      September 22, 2016 at 11:13 PM

      Well i love your idea about small concerts. That would be definitely awesome and more BORING. 🙂

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    Arni
    September 22, 2016 at 10:23 PM

    The whispering wall’s acoustics sound impressive. I think out of all 5, my top choice would be to head off to McLaren Vale. Wine tasting will never be boring to me.

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      Wandering JM
      September 22, 2016 at 11:14 PM

      Well wine tasting is my favourite as well. That is one of the best Australian experiences i ever had. Free wines!!!!

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    Jen Morrow
    September 22, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    Those look like nice, relaxing places to visit. Not everything needs to be big city and busy, nice to see alternate options.

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      Wandering JM
      September 22, 2016 at 11:15 PM

      Yes. Something like this once in a while is soul relaxing

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    Vyjay Rao
    September 22, 2016 at 12:30 PM

    If these places are boring, then I am a bore 🙂 Lovely places which are so much in the lap of nature. The Koala bears are so cute.

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      Wandering JM
      September 22, 2016 at 11:16 PM

      Hahaha! They are very cuddly and they are not smelly so it is fun to hug them. 🙂

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    Samantha | There She Goes Again
    September 22, 2016 at 12:28 PM

    These boring places sound right up my alley! I always love cities, but I do like returning home to my quieter town or living in a quieter part of a city.

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      Wandering JM
      September 22, 2016 at 11:17 PM

      Well i love that too. Sometimes we need to experience something like this to recuperate from the damages in the city.

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    wanderingwagarschristina
    September 22, 2016 at 11:40 AM

    I learned a lot about what to see in South Australia from this post. It sounds like a lovely region to visit. I would definitely go for the koalas. Adding Gorge Wildlife Park to the long bucket list.

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      Wandering JM
      September 22, 2016 at 11:18 PM

      Well they are very lovely, cuddly and they do not smell bad. So you would definitely love to hug them too

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    Chantell
    September 22, 2016 at 5:32 AM

    Your post really made me laugh! I recently visited Adelaide and when I was asking around for recommendations of what to do – I heard so many people comment that they thought it was “boring” and they didn’t like it. We stayed in Adelaide and visited Barossa Valley, including the Whispering Wall. It was such a fun weekend and I would like to go back to go another winery tour in McLaren Vale and a trip to Hanhdorf.

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      Wandering JM
      September 22, 2016 at 11:19 PM

      Oh. I hope that you can do the McLaren Vale and Hahndorf trip the next time. They are actually two of my favourites stopovers in my SA trip.

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    Cori Carl
    September 21, 2016 at 10:25 PM

    I love this idea! I’m one of those people who has to force myself to relax, so going to a place where there’s nothing to do but walk around and chat with locals has become a semi-regular ritual.

    I’d never heard of Victor Harbor, but now I really want to go! Horse drawn tram! Hahndorf and hanging out with wallabies also sounds very cool. Thanks for sharing this.

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      Wandering JM
      September 22, 2016 at 11:21 PM

      Thanks. South Australia is laid back but it has lovely places to renew and reset. I love to slow down my pace as well and enjoy a long boring day. 🙂

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    Christina
    September 21, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    Catchy title. I stopped to read your post just to find out which places were boring! I’ve been to most of those spots and (like you..I think?) didn’t find them boring. Did you try swimming with shark? Now I’m sure that would not be boring!

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      Wandering JM
      September 22, 2016 at 11:22 PM

      Ohhh.. i missed swimming with the sharks. But i would love to do that as well. I wanna swim with sharks and maybe crocodile in NSW and NT. Haha

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        Christina
        September 24, 2016 at 10:42 AM

        You definitely don’t want to swim with crocodiles in the wild (you could get eaten) but Crocosaurus Cove in NT is a pretty cool experience. I did that a few years ago and was lowered into the crocodile pool in a perspex “cage”.

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          Wandering JM
          September 26, 2016 at 10:17 AM

          I am just kidding but i wanna try the Crocosaurus Cove. 🙂 thanks for suggesting.

          • Christina
            October 8, 2016 at 2:35 PM

            Actually in South Australia you can swim with the sea lions too in Baird Bay. It’s quite a non-boring experience! I’m sure you’d like that.

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    Megan Indoe
    September 21, 2016 at 10:17 PM

    Haha, I was a bit confused when I first read your title! I think the horse drawn carriage and the vineyards speak to me the most!!! I also wouldn’t mind cuddling a koala bear either. Really awesome suggestions, I don’t think I’d be bored at any of these places ;). Also, the pin for this post is hilarious!

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      Wandering JM
      September 22, 2016 at 11:24 PM

      Hahaha. Thank you. I think my pin looks really boring. Anyway, the koalas are so cuddly, soft and smells good as well. I love my koala hugging experience.

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