South Australia Travel Guide

About South Australia

South Australia is referred to as the Festival State, offering a year-round calendar of arts and events - and a rich cultural tapestry to boot.

80% of South Australia's population live around Adelaide and in a small number of rural centres. Adelaide, (known as the 20 minute city), is a place to experience the buzz, culture and convenience of a big city without the frustrations. The city centre, surrounded by parklands, is a charming blend of historic buildings, wide streets, hip shops, street cafes and restaurants. All can be experienced by simply strolling around at ones leisure.

Festivals and events occur with remarkable frequency for a city of Adelaide's size. The Adelaide Bank Festival of Arts is one of the most innovative arts festivals in the world, while the Adelaide Fringe is now the second biggest in the world after Edinburgh. The Clipsal 500 Adelaide V8 race annually attracts more than 200,000 people and has been named Australia's best major event. Adelaide's international music festival WOMADelaide has the Adelaide Botanic Garden as its backdrop. The Tour Down Under is the biggest road cycling event in the land.

Just outside of Adelaide itself you can swim with dolphins, watch whales at Head of Bight, spot birds on The Coorong or see the extraordinary wildlife of Kangaroo Island. The food and wine of South Australia is a gourmands dream. An abundance of award winning restaurants can be found in Adelaide, along the coast and throughout the renowned wine regions of the Barossa Valley, the Adelaide Hills, Coonawarra, the Clare Valley and McLaren Vale. Or you may prefer picking through seasonal delights at intimate farmers markets. Head north a few hours and the earth turns a rich red hue, the sky becomes huge and the land rises up to the ancient peaks of the Flinders Ranges forming a continuous ridge running over 800km from southeast of Adelaide into the interior. Beyond the Ranges lies the outback, which occupies more than 75% of South Australia's area. Fly over Lake Eyre (a salt lake the size of Holland) or learn the legends of Aboriginal Dreamtime.

Regions of South Australia

  • Adelaide Travel Guide


    Bordering on the enchanted Mt Lofty Ranges, Adelaide is a place to experience the buzz, culture & convenience of a big...

  • Adelaide Hills Travel Guide

    Adelaide Hills

    Just a short drive from the center of Adelaide, the Adelaide hills is a pocket of paradise surrounded by manicured v...

  • Barossa Travel Guide


    Just an hour from Adelaide, the Barossa offers everything you'd expect from one of Australia's most famous wine reg...

  • Clare Valley Travel Guide

    Clare Valley

    The Clare Valley is famed for its distinctive variety of wines, local produce, restaurants and country pubs. The great...

  • Eyre Peninsula Travel Guide

    Eyre Peninsula

    There's 2000 kilometres of coastline to explore on Eyre Peninsula, and rarely will there be another boat bobbing...

  • Mclaren Vale & The Fleurieu Peninsula Travel Guide

    Mclaren Vale & The Fleurieu Peninsula

    Beautiful, bald hills sweep down to sun-drenched beaches. Wineries, orchards and pastures are...

  • Flinders Ranges & Outback Travel Guide

    Flinders Ranges & Outback

    The Flinders Ranges & Outback region of South Australia covers more than 80 per cent of the state. Th...

  • Kangaroo Island Travel Guide

    Kangaroo Island

    Separated from the Australian mainland about 9000 years ago, Kangaroo Island remains one of the most unspoilt natur...

  • Coonawarra and the Limestone Coast Travel Guide

    Coonawarra and the Limestone Coast

    Famed for its red wines, red soils & red rock lobster, the Limestone Coast is located in the...

  • Murraylands Travel Guide


    Recharge on Australia's mighty Murray River as it winds its way through the heart of the Murraylands, carving out s...

  • Riverland Travel Guide


    The Riverland is a couple of hours from Adelaide, and perfectly located for a few days of rest and relaxation on the driv...

  • Yorke Peninsula Travel Guide

    Yorke Peninsula

    Imagine wallowing in the shallows and catching blue swimmer crabs, diving for crayfish & scallops just off-shor...

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