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by Paula McManus (subscribe)
Photography obsessed writer and urban explorer. Lover of nature, art and long weekends. Adelaide, South Australia. https://www.facebook.com/paula.mcmanus1
Published January 14th 2015
Picture yourself in South Australia
South Australia is a great state. It's my home state. It's where I was born, have grown up and raised a family of my own in. I truly love where I live and I get out and see it as often as I can.

Adelaide, South Australia
Adelaide, South Australia (©paula mcmanus)


It's Australia's 4th largest state and is made up of nearly a million square kilometres. 4800 of those kms is coastline and much of it is desert arid lands.

SA attracts approximately 350,000 visitors each year and, according to recent statistics, those that visit are staying longer. It means that they love what they're seeing. But of course, those of us who live here already know how lucky we are.

Especially when you're a photographer.

Pelicans, West Beach, Adelaide
Pelicans, West Beach, Adelaide, South Australia (©paula mcmanus)


It's a state of many contrasts. There's such an incredible range of choice – the colours and the textures; the landscapes and the people.

And, with 4 distinct seasons each year the choices for great photographic subjects increases again. The supply of photography hot spots is seemingly endless.

I'm still discovering this remarkable state and I seriously doubt that I'll see all of it in my lifetime. So, for this article I'm just going to write about what I know – the places I've seen and photographed across South Australia – the places that you can go and get great shots and terrific memories.

Adelaide CBD

The Adelaide CBD is evolving before our eyes. It's an exciting mix of fine-looking stately and heritage-listed buildings with stunning ultra-modern high-tech architecture. The CBD is safe to wander, even at night when it looks particularly beautiful. There's always something happening in the CBD – most weekends there'll be a festival on. Our green city has magnificent gardens and parklands that photographers spend hours in.

Colonel Light Montefiore Hill Adelaide South Australia
Colonel Light, Montefiore Hill, Adelaide (©paula mcmanus)


Adelaide Hills

Mt Lofty and its Botanical Gardens are a good place to get great photos, especially in autumn and spring – the place is simply bursting with colour. But there's more to the Adelaide Hills than Mt Lofty. Visit often, explore the small towns and large landscapes, take many photos and thoroughly enjoy all that the hills area has to offer.

Mt Lofty Botanical Gardens Adelaide Hills
Mt Lofty Botanical Gardens, Adelaide Hills (©paula mcmanus)


Barossa Valley

Only an hour north of Adelaide and you're in the wine capital of Australia. As the saying goes – it's a perfect blend. It's certainly perfect for photographers with so much to shoot. The lookout on Menglers Hill is great for panoramic shots.

vineyards Barossa Valley South Australia
Barossa Valley, South Australia (©paula mcmanus)


Clare Valley

It's one of Australia's oldest wine regions and an easy day trip from Adelaide. You'll be busy photographing the great little towns, big rolling landscapes and striking heritage buildings.

Clare Valley South Australia
Clare Valley, South Australia (©paula mcmanus)


Fleurieu Peninsula

The "Adventure Peninsula" with whales and wildlife in abundance. You'll go mad photographing the beaches, surfers, fishers, sky divers and steam trains. Head to Goolwa to see where the mighty Murray River greets the Southern Ocean.

fishing waitpinga fleurieu peninsula south australia
Waitpinga Beach, Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia (©paula mcmanus)


Flinders Ranges and outback

Drive just a few hours north from the city and you're in the outback. The incredible outback where there isn't a sound and the night sky is lit up with a million stars that you feel that you can touch. It's the cultural heart and spiritual soul of us.

Arkaroo Rock aboriginal paintings Flinders Ranges
Aboriginal rock paintings, Arkaroo Rock, Flinders Ranges, South Australia (©paula mcmanus)


Murraylands and Riverland

On our doorstep is one of the world's major river networks. The powerful Murray-Darling River Systems weaves its way through South Australia. Get out and explore what the area has to offer. The sunsets on the cliff faces are simply breathtaking and the open plains zoo at Monarto is the largest in the world.

Waikerie, Riverland, South Australia
Waikerie, Riverland, South Australia (©paula mcmanus)


Yorke Peninsula

The peninsula with a foot: the place of farmlands, seafood, surfing and stunning deserted beaches.

Edithburgh Yorke Peninsula South Australia
Edithburgh, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia (©paula mcmanus)


There's also the Eyre Peninsula, the Far North, Nullarbor Plain, Kangaroo Island and the Limestone Coast.

Get out of your house, see what's out there beyond your front gate and take lots of photos. When you're home, be sure to look at them often. Print some and hang them on your walls.

Whatever camera you are using, be sure to read your manual and check all your settings so that your photos will be the best that they possibly can be.

If you're in the market for a new or almost-new camera to take with you, check out all the great camera gear in stores and online. There are some fantastic bargains to be had.

Gumtree is a great place to shop. DSLRs from Canon, Nikon and Olympus are popular brands for photographers of all types: beginners, keen amateurs and professionals.

Hallett Cove, Adelaide, South Australia
Hallett Cove Conservation Park, Adelaide, South Australia (©paula mcmanus)


Don't sit at home and wait for the right time, the right weather or the right bank balance. Get out and explore, even if it's for a few hours. Take a friend or 2 and have a brilliant time exploring South Australia.

Make a list of the places you want to see and photograph and tick them off as you do them.

For me, this year will see me and my camera in the State's far north and the Eyre Peninsula.

I hope to see some of you there.
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Your Comment
A novel approach with your usual high standard of images, you have earned your gold Paula.
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|10960) 1313 days ago
Your photography is gorgeous, Paula.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|11961) 1312 days ago
A beautiful and candid pictorial - thanks for sharing!
by Jenny (score: 3|1633) 1312 days ago
Paula, fantastic photos and great article .... and yes, SA has so much to offer
by Steve Hudson (score: 3|1242) 1314 days ago
Brilliant, Paula. Well done!
by Hayley (score: 3|1016) 1312 days ago
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