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Capital ideas

Adelaide

1. Adelaide Hills is a pleasant, 30-minute drive from Adelaide. Part of the Mount Lofty Ranges you’ll find a patchwork of manicured valleys, vineyards and farms and quaint villages with cosy cafes and roadside stalls selling produce.

2. An hour from Adelaide, The Fleurieu Way is a touring route that weaves its way around the Fleurieu Peninsula and spectacular coastline, secluded beaches and unspoilt wilderness.

3. Clare Valley is a scenic winegrowing region about a one and half-hour’s drive north of Adelaide. As well as wine, its copper mining heritage can be explored in Burra, one of the world’s best-preserved colonial mining towns.

Perth

1. Located an hour east of Perth is the picturesque Avon Valley. A patchwork of rolling hills stretches from Brookton to the historic towns of York and New Norcia.

2. About an hour South of Perth is the Rockingham Scenic Drive that follows spectacular coastline and offers beach, bay and island views – you might even spot a dolphin or two.

3. The Zig Zag Scenic Drive twists downhill through the undulating Gooseberry Hill National Park. It provides panoramic views to Perth City and the coastal plains of the Indian Ocean.

Darwin

1. Litchfield National Park is an easy hour-and-a-half journey from Darwin, and is one of the Top End’s treasures. Sealed roads allow easy access but hire a four-wheel drive to enjoy off-road options, like the Lost City and Tjaynera Falls.

2. Drive along the Arnhem Highway from Darwin through Humpty Doo and its big boxing crocodile to World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park to experience its diverse landscapes, abundant wildlife, ancient rock art and Aboriginal culture.

3. Trace the Stuart Highway south through Adelaide River, stop for a (croc free) dip at Edith Falls and Katherine before stopping to admire the majesty of magnificent Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk) and on to Mataranka Thermal Springs.

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