Lonely Planet author picks his Australian gems

The co-ordinating author of Lonely Planet Australia, Charles Rawlings-Way, has picked out a few destinations in the country that offer a totally new experience to travellers.

Speaking to the Australian, Mr Rawlings-Way's passion for travel in Oz could inspire locals to see a bit more of their beautiful country.

He said Port Willunga Beach in McLaren Vale, South Australia is the perfect place to start. It is just an hour south of Adelaide, is smack bang in the middle of wine country and boasts one of the most beautiful beaches on the southern coast.

It has beautiful white sands, lush surroundings and crystal clear water that is safe for swimming in.

What makes this beach stand out from others up and down the country, however, is the fact is is the beautiful facade of a region that grows some of the finest grapes, and produces some of the nicest Shiraz wines in the whole of Australia.

The beauty of visiting wine country is that travellers can pick up a fine bottle or two without maxing out their prepaid travel cards.

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