South Australia, or “SA” as many call it, is the fourth-largest state in Australia and is renowned for its ochre outback, dramatic coastline, premium wine regions and historic towns. 

South Australia occupies the southern central part of Australia and contains some of the most arid parts of the country. 

It also has the second most centralised population in Australia with 77% of South Australians living in its capital city (Adelaide) and surrounds.

If you love wildlife, good food, art, culture and fine wine, you’re sure to enjoy everything that South Australia has to offer.

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Top Things to See & Do in South Australia:

  • Art Gallery of South Australia
  • Adelaide Zoo
  • Adelaide Central Market
  • Rundle Mall
  • Adelaide Botanic Garden
  • Barossa Valley Wine Region
  • Flinders Chase National Park
  • Kangaroo Island
  • Adelaide Oval
  • Migration Museum
  • South Australian Maritime Museum
  • Fleurieu Peninsula
  • Port Lincoln
  • Mount Gambier
  • Cleland Wildlife Park
  • Mount Lofty
  • Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park
  • The Riverland

Weather Overview (SA)

Hottest months:  Jan – Feb
Average temp: 29.5°C
Coldest months: June – July
Average temp: 15-16°C
South Australia is generally a good all-year-round destination.
During, Autumn, Spring and Summer you will get the best weather, seeing more sunshine and warmer daily temperatures in the low to mid 20s.
If you’d love to see lots of vibrant colour and wilflowers blooming, then Spring (Sept – Nov) will be an ideal time of year to go. 
Winter (June – August) is probably the least recommended time to visit South Australia given the increase in rainfall and colder daily temperatures (particularly in the city and Mount Lofty Ranges).
Overnight temperatures can also drop down to 0°C in some locations in Winter, making for some very cold nights!

Given the sheer size of South Australia, the best way to get around the entire state is to hire a car and road-trip.

However, if you’re only planning to stay in Adelaide, the city is pretty small so you can walk to and from most places or catch public transport.  

For added convenience, Adelaide Metro provide several free public transport options that run within the city and North Adelaide.

Best transport options in Adelaide:

  • Walking
  • Hire a bike
  • Catch public transport
  • Hire a car
  • Book a Taxi/Uber

Between Destinations:

  • Hire a car, 4WD or campervan
  • Local bus/coach
  • Interstate Train (to Perth, Darwin, Broken Hill and Melbourne)

The Best Adventure Activities in South Australia include:

  • Hiking
  • Rock Cimbing & Abseiling
  • Kayaking
  • Quad bike tours on Kangaroo Island
  • Hot air ballooning over the Barossa Valley
  • Adelaide Oval rooftop climb
  • Skydiving
  • Rally Driving
  • Swimming with dolphins
  • Fishing charters
  • Surfing at the many coastal beaches
  • Segway Tours
  • Cost of Living 70% 70%
  • Safety 90% 90%
  • Landscapes & Scenery 80% 80%
  • Tourist Attractions & Things to Do 80% 80%
  • Adventure Rating 80% 80%

Disclaimer: Always check the smartraveller.gov.au website (or related) before travelling overseas, for their latest safety updates, advice and recommendations.

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