One of the hottest and driest regions boasts miles of deserted sandy beaches and an abundance of wildlife, whilst just out back is the awesome, timeless outback where the bright red earth dotted with vivid wild flowers shimmers under huge blue skies. And at its heart is the festival capital, Adelaide, where the people are warm and friendly and the wine flows freely!
Home to long summers, stunning beaches, award- winning wine and numerous events and festivals, South Australia is packed with variety and surprisingly one of the country's most unspoiled and tourist-light areas.
Arty Adelaide, the magnificent state capital, has an almost European flavour and is renowned for its festivals, museums and live music scenes. There's a rich and diverse mix of cultures enjoying a relaxed and cosmopolitan lifestyle in a city full of green parks and with miles of beaches stretching along its suburbs. Adelaide is also renowned for its alfresco eating culture and is the centre of the Australian wine industry, with some of the best food and drink in the world.
In the surrounding area you'll find the Adelaide Hills, home to Australia's oldest surviving German settlement, picturesque Hahndorf, as well as the McLaren Vale, Clare Valley and the Barossa Valley, Australia's most famous wine region. In addition to the world-class wineries, these areas are known for their fresh seasonal produce, artisan food producers and award-winning restaurants.
Just south of Adelaide, the Fleurieu Peninsula is nature's playground, with surfing, snorkelling, sailing and whale watching all up for grabs. Seaside towns can be found on the Yorke Peninsula, while the Eyre Peninsula has calm beaches and warm waters on the east and spectacular cliffs, long white sandy beaches and brilliant blue water on the west.
The Murray River winds through South Australia on its way to meet the sea, and the state's 2,300 mile long beautiful coastline is punctuated by towns, beaches, cliffs and jetties. Stroll through Australia's largest rose garden and along the riverfront in pretty Renmark; meander through Berri's vineyards; enjoy watersports at Barmera and combine fine wine with wildlife-rich wetlands at Banrock Station.
Just off the south eastern coast is Kangaroo Island, famous for its natural scenery and native wildlife. In a single day you can stroll along a beach crowded with sea lions and watch kangaroos, koalas, pelicans and little penguins in their native habitats.
In the state's north is the beautiful outback region and its must-see attraction, Flinders Ranges National Park with its dry, folded and cracked mountains. Venture further into the outback to Coober Pedy, where you'll find the world's largest opal fields, although you'll be very lucky to find one personally.
GMT +9.5 hours.
Adelaide is approximately 21 hours from the UK (including a stopover).
South Australia has a Mediterranean climate with long summers (December to February) and mild winters. Summer temperatures often soar above 35ºC (however in the outback, it can reach 50ºC!), while winter temperatures hover around 16ºC.
British Passport Holders require a visa to enter Australia. This is called an eVisitor and is an authority to visit Australia for tourism purposes for a maximum of 3 months. eVisitor can only be processed online.Find out more