Visiting South Australia after the bushfires: ‘Some of the best experiences are completely unaffected’

The impact has been devastating but Kangaroo Island and the Adelaide Hills are reopening – and both areas still have plenty for visitors to see

Most South Australians know the Adelaide Hills town of Lobethal for one thing. Every night in December, large displays of Christmas lights adorn local businesses and homes, and the streets are crowded with busses and cars during the Lights of Lobethal festival.

But last year the tradition ended early. As bushfires ripped through the Adelaide Hills on 20 December, people flying home for Christmas instead saw the Mount Lofty Ranges lit up by a series of uncontained blazes.

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