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Generations of South Australians have migrated here for their annual holidays, armed with beach towels, surfboards and sneakers, probably the odd kite, golf bag and binoculars. There are winter migrants, too - Southern Right Whales are often sighted near Victor Harbor and Middleton Beach.
Year-round, the region attracts wine-lovers keen to stock their cellars with McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek labels. Local cellar doors, restaurants and cafes compete like crazy - in the nicest possible way. You'll find special nurseries for roses, begonias, native flowers, berries (pick your own) lavender, herbs - even horseradish.
Places and artefacts of historical interest, antique and bric-a-brac shops are everywhere. For instance, thirty of the 19-century stone buildings in the Scottish town of Strathalbyn are heritage-listed.
At the river port of Goolwa, wood-fired paddle steamers offer cruises from the wharf and river cruises ply into nearby Coorong National Park where birdwatchers, campers and walkers can enjoy the natural setting. At the seaside town of Victor Harbor take the horse-drawn tram across to Granite Island and stay on to watch the fairy penguins return home to roost at dusk.