Adelaide is known as the 'Festival City' because of the many and varied festivals. These include many regional food, wine and music festivals in the surrounding wine producing areas of the Barossa Valley, Clare Valley and McLaren Vale. There are also outback events such as the Opera in the Outback and the Adelaide Festival of Arts.
Exciting regional attractions include:
- the wild unspoilt natural beauty and abundant wildlife of Kangaroo Island,
- the famous vineyards of the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale, just 40 minutes from the centre of Adelaide,
- the Adelaide Hills with its national parks and Australian wildlife,
- the outback desert environment stretching north through the Flinders Ranges and the
- opal mining areas (Coober Pedy) to Ayers Rock in the centre of Adelaide.
- South Australia is the gateway to the Great Australian Outback. One of the great train trips of the world begins in Adelaide, its destination Alice Springs, near Ayers Rock.