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South Australians Flocking to Tourism Hotspots

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Tourist hotspots are starting to see an uplift in visitor numbers following a call from Premier Steven Marshall and local mayors for South Australians to travel more within the State.

The Mount Lofty Ranges welcomed 10,000 visitors to the Botanic Gardens last weekend after opening for the first time in months.

Thousands flocked to the Fleurieu Peninsula with cafes and bakeries along the south coast reporting a particularly successful weekend of trade on May 15 and 16.

Whale watchers are likely to support the region in the recovery, as historically the region has drawn in up to 400,000 tourists in a year to marvel at the giant mammals, according to the Whale Centre, which contributes $26 million to the local economy.

Things are also looking up along the River Murray, with the co-owner of River Shack Rentals and the Mannum Motel, Dave Hartley, receiving a significant uptake of bookings for accommodation in the Murraylands and Riverland region.

"We went from very quiet, having to cancel everything over Easter to suddenly the phones ringing off the hook - it's a great sound to hear actually," Mr Hartley said.

Photo at top by David Hartley, supplied