Australia Tourism Guide

About South Australia

General Information About South Australia

The state of South Australia is situated in the southern central part of the country. It covers some of the most arid parts of the continent; with a total land area of 983,482 square kilometres, it is the fourth largest of Australia’s six states and two territories.

With over 1.6 million people, the state comprises less than 8% of the Australian population and ranks fifth in population among the states and territories. The majority of its people reside in the state capital, Adelaide, with most of the remainder settled in fertile areas along the south-eastern coast and Murray River.

The state also includes Kangaroo Island, Australia’s third largest island which lies off the coast of the mainland in the south-east of the state.
South Australia is known for its festivals and fine produce. With world-class wine and other produce, friendly people, unspoilt environment and a very relaxed pace of life, South Australia offers the break that you may have been looking for.

Adelaide is the capital city of South Australia, and is known for its festivals and fine wines.

Popular destinations include:

Getting There

The main air gateway into South Australia is Adelaide Airport, which has most domestic and all international flights direct into the state. International flights direct into Adelaide include those from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and New Zealand. There are regular domestic flights into Adelaide from all Australian capital cities.

Mount Gambier Airport in the far south-east of the state also has services from Melbourne, flown by Regional Express.

Time Differences

South Australia is 9 hours and 30 minutes ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). During summer South Australia observes ‘daylight savings’, where clocks are put an hour forward to GMT +10.5.

South Australia Weather

The South Australia climate differs greatly, with a range of climatic zones.
Adelaide and along the coast boasts a Mediterranean climate, experiencing very hot weather between December and February, with very pleasant weather in spring and autumn perfect for enjoying the great Australian outdoors. Winter is the coolest and wettest season (June to August).

Away from the coast and especially in the north of South Australia, it can be searingly hot during the day in summer and freezing at night. One of the hottest places in the area is Coober Pedy, 863 kilometres northwest of Adelaide, reaching temperatures of up to 50°C.

Adelaide Average Monthly Weather Statistics

Things to do in South Australia

You’ll never run out of things to do when enjoying a South Australia holiday, the choice is staggering. South Australia is known for its world-class wines so why not go on a wine-tasting tour. The Barossa Valley is notable for Lutheran churches and rolling vineyards, attracting 60% of Australia’s wine-tasting tourists.

Excellent cellar doors and wine tasting tours can also be found in The Adelaide Hills and southern McLaren Vale. Penfolds Winery based in Magill is unique in that it is the only winery within the city of Adelaide.

Some other things to do in South Australia include:

For more information and ideas on what you can see and do in South Australia, please visit our South Australia Activities directory.

Things to see in South Australia

South Australia is a vibrant, warm state of Australia, known for its festivals and fine wine. Here you will find many great attractions and things to see.

In Adelaide, South Australia’s capital city, you will find stylish architecture, boutique shopping, sandy swimming beaches, fabulous arts events, nightlife, fine dining, and some of Australia’s best cafe strips.

While in Adelaide, you must not miss the famous Rundle Street markets, offering some serious shopping for those inclined. If you’re a serious foodie then the Adelaide Central Market is another attraction you simply must see.
Other attractions in Adelaide include the Adelaide Zoo, Adelaide Botanical Gardens and Cleland Conservation Park.

Another must to see is Kangaroo Island, one of the most unspoilt natural wonders of the world; and the glorious Flinders Ranges including Wilpena Pound.

The Fleurieu, Eyre and Yorke Peninsulas regions also offer beautiful beaches and some good surfing spots. You can also swim with the dolphins and sea lions here.

Known as the life source of South Australia, the mighty Murray River offers a wide range of activities and things to see. Take a cruise along the river and see abundant wildlife, towering sandstone cliffs fringed by weeping willows and giant red gums.

It is easy to navigate your way around South Australia, with most of the regions just an hour or two drive from Adelaide.
For more information and ideas on what you can see and do in South Australia, please visit our South Australia Activities directory.