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South Australia

​​​ ​Wine lovers from far and wide flock to South Australia's Barossa and Clare Valleys to experience the results of more than a century of fruitful labour. V​enture south and discover a place of full of character, history and some of the most beautiful beaches you will find anywhere.

When you're the wine capital of Australia, the art of blending comes naturally. But in South Australia, they blend far more than wine. Australia's most civilised city is only a half hour from the world's most unique wildlife sanctuary. Where people swim in clear, turquoise waters and giants appear out of the blue.

They've blended the freshest, finest produce in the country with chefs of world repute. And new age cuisine now meets the ancient outback.

They've put together history and elegance with horsepower and excitement. Love of the arts with passion for sport.By any measure, it's a good blend. But in truth... it's a brilliant blend.

South Australia tourism Website

Major Driving Routes

One of the best ways to explore all South Australia has to offer is self driving.  Four of Australia's greatest drives are:

  • Adelaide – Darwin via The Explorer Highway
    This long distance tourist drive along the Stuart Highway spans the length of Australia. It runs from Adelaide to tropical Darwin in the far north Australia, and traverses the vast South Australian Outback and the red heart of the nation.
  • Melbourne to Adelaide via the Great Ocean Road
    This magnificent journey takes visitors from Melbourne to Adelaide via the spectacular Great Ocean Road, Limestone Coast and Fleurieu Peninsula.
  • Sydney to Adelaide
    This journey takes visitors from Sydney in New South Wales to Adelaide, through South Australia's scenic Murray River region and two of South Australia's most renowned wine regions, the Barossa and Clare Valley.
  • Perth to Adelaide
    This trip takes visitors on an awe-inspiring journey from Perth in Western Australia, to Adelaide, South Australia, and passes through Western Australia's spectacular south coast, and South Australia's Nullarbor Plain, Eyre Peninsula, and the Clare Valley wine region.

Wine & Food

South Australia has some of the world's most famous wine regions including the Barossa, Clare Valley and Coonawarra. We're home to Australia's most prestigious red wine – Penfold's Grange. We're passionate about our food and there's a restaurant to suit every taste and budget. Come for our farmers' markets, gourmet retreats, food and wine trails, and the fascinating Adelaide Central Market, with a mind-boggling array of fresh produce and gourmet specialities introduced by the waves of immigrants and their families who call Adelaide home.

Nature & Scenic

Kangaroo Island, one of the most unspoilt natural wonders of the world; the glorious Flinders Ranges including Wilpena Pound; the tranquil Murray River; the Coorong – a tapestry of lagoons, wetlands and sand dunes fronting the thunderous waves of the Southern Ocean; the heritage-listed Naracoorte Caves; and the awe-inspiring South Australian Outback including legendary Birdsville Track.

Beach & Coastal Encounters

You're sure to find your perfect beach somewhere along South Australia's 3700km coast. When Sydney University evaluated 10,000 beaches across Australia, Vivonne Bay on Kangaroo island was among the winners.  The Eyre Peninsula features many superb beaches, famous blue water sailing, diving, fishing and whale-watching spots. Yorke Peninsula's coast is dotted with jetties - perfect for fishing and strolling - as well as shipwrecks that make for great diving.

Wildlife Experiences

Swim with dolphins at Baird Bay; go on safari through Monarto Zoological Park to see giraffes, lions, cheetahs, rhinos and more; watch whales carvort at Head of Bight; cuddle koalas at Cleland Conservation Park; get up close to sea lions on Kangaroo Island. There's no taming South Australia!

Quick Facts




1,542,033 (in June 2005)

Climate:Around the coast, South Australians enjoy a temperate climate that encourages outdoor living and a relaxed atmosphere. But in the north, temperatures can get hot, particularly in the summer months. Adelaide’s summer average is 28.3 Celsius, with a winter average of 15.9 Celsius.
Cultural Mix:South Australia’s population is characterised by a great diversity of cultures. Approximately one in five South Australians was born overseas, with about half of this group born in English-speaking countries, and the other half in countries where English is not the dominant language.
Famous For:

South Australia is famous for: Kangaroo Island for its unspoilt nature; Coober Pedy for its underground homes; enthralling events like international cycling race the Tour Down Under; the Clipsal 500 V8 championship; the Great Australian Outback Cattle Drive; and Australia’s largest arts festival - the Adelaide Fringe. We’re known for our world-class Barossa wine region and for being the home of the remarkable Penfold’s Grange (the 1990 vintage was dubbed ‘the best red wine in the world’ by Wine Spectator magazine).

Transport:By air, you can reach South Australia on international airlines including Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Air New Zealand, Malaysia Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Garuda Airlines; there are also several national airline operators servicing the state. By rail, the Ghan runs between Adelaide and Darwin via Alice Springs, while the Indian Pacific spans the continent between Sydney and Perth via Adelaide. The Overland runs between Melbourne and Adelaide – all are owned by Great Southern Rail. Adelaide’s interstate rail terminal is located at Keswick, a few kilometres from the city centre. A number of coach companies have connections to and within South Australia. Its central position makes SA a great destination for a short(ish) drive from the eastern states, or part of a longer tour across the nation.
The people:


  • film director Scott Hicks (Shine, Snow Falling on Cedars)
  • film director Rolf de Heer (Ten Canoes)
  • painter David Bromley
  • photo-based artist Deborah Paauwe
  • sculptor Greg Johns
  • glass artist Nick Mount
  • artist Fiona Hall
  • Sir Hans Heysen made his home in the Adelaide Hills – his studio is still open to visitors.


  • South Australia is home to successful hip-hop band The Hilltop Hoods.
  • Musos who grew up here include Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian and Aussie rocker Jimmy Barnes.
  • US singer-songwriter Ben Folds also married a local and made Adelaide his part-time home.


  • Anthony Lapaglia
  • Gary Sweet
  • Katie Fischer
  • Shaun Micallef
  • Sir Robert Helpmann


  • Nobel prize winner Joseph Coetzee
  • children’s author Mem Fox
  • novelist Monica McInerney
  • sc-fi writer Sean Williams.


  • Jean-Claude de Tolouse
  • Andrew Fielke
  • Le Tu Thai
  • Simon Bryant
  • Maggie Beer
  • Cheong Liew

South Australia has also produced astronaut Andy Thomas and Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt.

Did you know...The hit TV show McLeod’s Daughters is filmed in South Australia.


Related information

Itineraries – Britz Aussie Overlander Encounter Australia in all its magnificence on a journey from the fertile soils of Adelaide and the Clare Valley to the underground world of Coober Pedy, world-famous Uluru and Alice Springs.

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