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Academy of Sail
Academy of Sail
McLeoud's Daughters
The Orangerie

SA by request

Thursday, March 3, 2005

Judging by mail, e-mail and phone requests, Getaway viewers love it when we show South Australian stories, so as a special treat, we have put together some of that state's most popular destinations.

River Dream Boatels: Think South Australia, think the Murray River. And here is the chance to explore it in style. The architect owners of River Dream Boatels had a passion to do something special. The result is a sleek and streamlined vessel. Passengers enter into an atrium lobby with grand staircase. Lots of glass has been used and there are five acoustically-lined bedrooms, each with tiled ensuite and custom-made beds. Lighting and blinds are bedside controlled and quality halogen globes have been used throughout, creating ambience and softness in the evenings.

The upstairs lounge accommodates 12, has a dining table for 14 and a wonderful functional kitchen with quality equipment, classic white dinnerware and chrome cutlery. The touch of a button produces a large screen and surround-sound speakers, creating a comfortable theatre. The aft deck leads to the swimming and fishing deck and has a gourmet barbecue.

Most importantly, the Boatel is light and easily manoeuvred, but you are given a lesson before taking off. The driver sits comfortably in the middle of a two-storey 7.5 metre windscreen which wraps around a further 15 metres. It provides excellent clear vision for safe driving and also gives views of the lagoons and cliffs of the Murray.

McLeod's Daughters is an award-winning drama which has won the hearts of many. It is filmed on Drover's Run, a working property in the Light Regional District between Gawler and Freeling, an hour north of Adelaide. Channel 9 purchased the property, which was once a wheat research station, and the 55 hectares of surrounding farming land is used as the backlot.

The beautiful homestead was built from Edinburgh sandstone which arrived in Australia as ballast on tall ships. It would have been transported by horse and cart. The house took 30 years to build. It was completed in 1856 and gives 360° views around the surrounding hills.

The yards and paddocks house 150 sheep, 100 cattle, 15 horses and working dogs, which are all looked after by a master animal wrangler and team of stockmen who live on the property. Apart from maintaining stock, they double for stunts and teach actors farming skills, such as mustering, drenching, shearing and riding. <.p>

You never know who you might see at the Railway Hotel, which doubles as the Gungellan Hotel in the series.

Cobdogla Station Caravan Park: South Australia's Riverland on the Murray River is home to just 220 people. Its fertile soil is perfect for grapes, oranges, olives and almonds.

The small population is well provided for — it has a school, community club, general store, a variety of other shops, post office, playground, tennis courts, oval, drive-in theatre and boat launch.

On 12 hectares of the original Cobdogla Station is the Cobdogla Caravan Park. It has a beautiful setting of lawns, gardens and sites shaded by trees. There are 14 cabins, eight with ensuites. Ensuite cabins have two rooms, one with queen bed and the other with bunks. There is television, air-conditioning and full kitchen. All you need to take is your linen. All cabins have lagoon views and you can take your pets along to enjoy a holiday.

There is a pool, adventure playground, barbecue, fauna park and tractor and cart rides. There are mountain bikes, aqua bikes, paddle boats and canoes. You can fish, bushwalk and birdwatch. Older children have great fun riding inflated tubes in the lagoon and some people just love to lazily float along the river in a beanbag or small inflatable pool.

Each night the fire pit is lit and people congregate around it, possibly meeting up with friends they made on earlier holidays.

Academy Of Sail: In South Australia's Gulf of St Vincent, this is the place to learn to sail or polish up skills. Breezy is a 12 metre yacht designed and built in Adelaide, one of the safest boats around. It has been through some pretty tough times, including 20 metre high waves.

Former students of the academy have sailed in the Sydney to Hobart race, around Australia, around the world. Some just wanted to sail off into the sunset. All of them took the precaution of learning some theory and safety, how to tie nautical knots, hoisting and trimming sails and how to read weather and sea conditions.

The Orangerie: Just 20km north of Adelaide in Stirling is a little taste of Provençe. Conveniently positioned between the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek wine-growing areas is a 100-year-old building set in a rambling garden of old European trees, fountains, statues, ponds and gazebos. There are two self-contained suites attached to it.

The Orangerie Suite has a country kitchen, crisp white linen in the bedroom, tapestried, forged iron furniture and candelabra. It has a separate laundry and luxurious bathroom.

The Apartment has two queen bedrooms, one up and one down. It is appointed with antiques, marble fireplaces, gilt mirrors, artworks and an extensive library. Next to the sitting room is an ultra modern, stainless steel and beech kitchen with Italian stone floor. The upstairs bedroom is decorated with rich French fabrics and oil paintings hang on its walls. Its adjoining garden is a good place for star gazing. The Apartment's second bedroom has fine furnishings and ensuite bathroom.

Provisions are included for a gourmet breakfast of local produce, chocolates, fruit, port and local wine.

Spring arrives with outbursts of flowers and bulb plants, summer days are hot, followed by balmy evenings, autumn is a mass of colour and winter is just right for brisk walks and time spent in front of an open fire.


Mannum on the Murray, the Barossa, Cobdogla, Port Adelaide and Stirling.


River Dream Boatel starts at $180 per person a night with a minimum of four people.

Cobdogla Station Caravan Park unpowered sites are $17 a night, powered sites are $22 and ensuite cabins start at $75 a night.

Academy of Sail two-day courses are $360 per person.

The Orangerie rooms start at $195 a couple a night.

Please note that the prices listed are valid at the time of filming.

More information

River Dream Boatels
Ph: (08) 8223 3030
Fax: (08) 8223 3132

Railway Hotel
Gray Street
Gawler 5118
Ph: (08) 8525 2009

Cobdogla Station Caravan Park
Shueard Road
Cobdogla 5346
Ph: (08) 8588 7164
Fax: (08) 8588 7221

Academy of Sail
PO Box 6065
Linden Park 5065
Ph: (08) 8338 4222
Fax: (08) 8338 5566

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