South Australia

South Australia is a fascinating state, with geography ranging from the stark Flinders Ranges to the gentle countryside of the Barbarossa Valley, from the lush farms along the Murray River to the harsh deserts along the Oodnadata Track, from the soaring cliffs of the Great Australia Bight to the table-top flatness of the Nullabor Plain.

Adeleide, with its bustling streets and soaring modern buildings, is a city I would like to explore further - but under no circumstances by car. When I went to return my hire car, the road signs wouldn't let me turn right where I needed to and it took ten minutes to fight my way through the traffic back to the traffic lights from the other direction - and then I was in the wrong lane and it took me another fifteen minutes to turn left, left and left again and this time approach in the correct lane.

In fact, driving anywhere in South Australia is probably not to be advised: in the short distance between Renmark and Adeleide we were twice driven off the road, first by an impatient road train driver and the second time by a moron driving a car and trailer. If you must drive there, make sure that your life insurance, health insurance, travel insurance, car insurance and every other insurance - to say nothing of your prayers - are up to date.