South Australia Tourism, Australia: Places, Best Time & Travel Guides

Escape the madness of the east coast of Australia and spend a few days in relatively relaxed and gracious South Australia. The stark desert beauty, sprawling wilderness and stunning coastline of South Australia have aptly captured the artistry of the adventurers and the artists for centuries. Adelaide, the state capital is nestled on the periphery of the natural wonders which boast of a lively agenda of relaxed friendliness and festivals. This barely populated state has a variety of distinct tourist treasures. Whimsical country villages deep-rooted in the European charm, cobalt crater lakes and emerald hills are the most prominent inland sites. Along the coastline, the visitors can bask in glory of the sun and unwind on the beaches. You can also picnic with family in the secluded covers or hangout with the wildlife of South Australia on the Kangaroo Island which is regarded as one of the most loved tourist gem of the country.  

South Australia is also a haven for the food lovers. The wild seas of the state along with the picturesque pastoral land which are fed by the River Murray, produce fresh produce in abundance. You can find everything from the hand made cheeses to the citrus fruits here along with the best sea food of the country. All this make South Australia, your most preferred holiday destination.

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  1. Travel Advice

    • Keep touts at bay.

    • Do not entertain the beggars.

    • Keep a mosquito repellant handy at all times.

    • Do not let anyone mislead you. It is a good idea to attain sufficient information before traveling to a new destination or place.

    • Make sure you do not pass a racist comment on anyone.

    • Do not get into a physical or verbal spat with anyone.

    • Make sure you negotiate the fare before traveling.

    • Do not flaunt your cash or valuables in the public place.

    • Do not go with cash more than required to any public place.

    • Do not try and get over friendly with the hotel staff or someone you barely know.

    • Do not travel alone at night.

    • Girls please note that you do not wear clothes that are revealing or way too skimpy.

    • Do not get involved in drugs of any form.

    • Do not let anyone mislead you.

    • Drink only as much as you can handle.

    • Carry with you all the necessary documents that you may need during the travel.

    • Make sure you carry a photocopy of the documents.

    • Do not leave your important documents in the hotel room.

    • Stay in a hotel that is rated well.

    • Ask for a room safe in the hotel.
  2. Drinking Law

    The legal age for drinking in South Australia is 18 years.

  3. Our Recommendations: What you can't afford to miss?

    Kangaroo Island

    Situated off the Fleurieu Peninsula, Kangaroo Island is the third biggest island of Australia. It is also one of top natural jewels of the country. Pristine beaches, caves, close-up encounters with charismatic wildlife, sparkling cerulean seas, fascinating rock formations and rugged coastal scenery are few of the many attractions here. Apart from the namesake marsupial, visitors can also explore the sea lions, sea koalas, penguins, and a vast variety of birds taking a free flight in the natural habitat. Scuba divers who come here to enjoy water sports can spot sea dragons in the crystal clear waters. The island is also known for its abundant fresh produce that includes Ligurian honey, fresh-shucked oysters, free-range eggs and rock lobsters. Those who come here for sightseeing can directly fly to the island from Adelaide. You can also take a ferry ride from Cape Jervis.


    Adelaide is the capital of the South Australia. It is the 5th largest city and indeed one of the most welcoming. Gardens and parks punctuate the city and grand buildings of the 19th century stand tall amidst the developing skyscrapers in the city center. Some of the prominent tourist attractions here include the precinct of the North Terrace along with its galleries, well preserved historic gems and galleries; a shopping institution; Adelaide Festival Centre and Adelaide Central Market.  

    Barossa Valley

    Barossa Valley is an hour drive from Adelaide. It is a favourite day trip for the tourists who visit the capital. The valley is endowed with fertile soils making it visually appealing. This plush valley is one of the oldest grape-growing regions of Australia. It is a haven for the foodies who swamp here for the top grade artisan foods along with the superior quality fresh produce. English and German immigrants originally inhabited the valley. Their culture and history is very well evident today in the heritage trails, historic buildings, European style cuisine and museums. In addition to these historic attractions, the region also boasts of a number of other diversions.  Tourists visiting Barossa Valley can also do some shopping here at the prominent farmer’s market. Other things to do here include feasting at the top rated restaurants, attending one of the cookery schools, relaxing at the day spas or browsing through the abundant galleries and the gift shops of the region.

    Clare Valley

    Another esteemed Australian grape growing region is the Clare Valley. The valley is located some 136 kilometres north of Adelaide. It offers a picturesque scenery that is ideal for your romantic weekend retreat. The region is also popularly known for its epicurean food scene.  Irish, Polish and English immigrants originally settled around the valley and customs and the culture of these immigrants is still present in the historic bluestone buildings and the charming heritage towns. The main town, Clare which is named after Ireland’s County Clare, is the place where the tourists can explore the history of the region in its museums.  

    Flinders Ranges

    Flinders Ranges christened after the renowned explorer Matthew Flinders, is an absolute delight for the nature lovers, artists and photographers. Amidst the shifting lights of the day, the arid landscapes offer a striking palette of colors with the hue translating from pale pink to gold and then to burnt orange. Despite being one dry area, the area is also a home to the abundant wildlife. The mountains here run from the North to the South passing through the eastern part of the South Australia while sprawling 400 km northward into the scorched Outback.   

    Fleurieu Peninsula

    The scenic Fleurieu Peninsula is a spur of land protruding south west from the Mount Lofty Ranges which is a playground for abundant activities. Some of the most prominent activities that you can enjoy here include swimming, fishing, bush walking, boating, whale watching and surfing. Some of the top tourist attractions here include the fantastic beaches, wildlife reserves and the serene landscape. Gulf St Vincent. Victor Harbor is one of the most alluring beach resorts on the peninsula. Adjoined by a huge causeway, Granite Island keeps it protected from the turbulent Southern Ocean.

    Eyre Peninsula

    Enveloped by the ravishing and the rugged coastline of sheltered beaches and cliff, this triangular shaped peninsula is the least frequented coastal stretches of Australia. Not many know it is also one of the most beautiful places to see in Australia. Nestled east of the Great Australian Bight, the peninsula is a ground for the cage diving and great white sharks. Adventure enthusiasts can definitely pick this spot if interested in having a thrilling experiencing. Tourists can also indulge in other water sports like snorkelling near Whyalla or swimming at the Baird Bay. Another prominent activity here is whale watching especially during the months from May to Oct.  

    Murray River

    Murray River is the longest river in Australia. It flows from the source in the New South Wales Alps to the Southern Ocean. A habit for several birds, the river is an ideal place to experience some bird watching. Once inhabited by the Nganguraku and Ngarrindjeri people, presently the lake irrigates a huge agricultural region and a citrus-growing industry. It also provides a great ground for abundant water based activities such as swimming, water skiing, boating, fishing or paddling a steamer.

  4. What you will like there?

    Frolic with the dolphins

    Dolphins are loved by both kids and adults. They are so cute that everyone wants a piece of them.

    Day with the Sharks

    All those brave hearts who come here for the sharks can head to the Port Lincoln which is definitely the most thrilling place to see here.

    Attend the Maslins Beach’s Nude Olympics 

    Just 40 km south of Adelaide, you can attend the Nude Olympics on the Maslins Beach. The Olympics are conducted every summer so, if you make a visit during that time, it can be double the fun. You can also partake in events such as frisbee throwing and three legged race here.

    Sunbathing on the secluded Beaches

    You can head south from the Adelaide and you’ll be lead to the Fleurieu Peninsula. Sunbathing here can be a great thing to do.

    Ride on the Glenelg tram

    The Glenelg tram is the only remaining tram in the state. This piece of history has an additional perk of terminating right by Glenelg Beach. Riding it can be a throwback in the history and a great thing to do.

    Cruise the Murray River

    Take a leisurely cruise on the Mississippi style paddle steamer and soak up in the lax and laid back atmosphere of the Murray river. Cruising and sightseeing together can definitely amplify the fun.  


    Major chunk of the world’s opals is mined around Andamooka and Coober Pedy. These definitely are the best places to shop for the finest bargain gems. If you are one of those lucky few, you can have a quick noodle yourself however you must ensure that it is one of those designated areas.

    Wonderful wines

    The wines of South Australia are arguably the best in the world. Further, there’s absolutely no shortage of wine regions both emerging and established where you can taste these wines. South Australia is regarded as the home to premier wine regions of the world and half of the Australia’s wines comes from South Australia. The state has some of the oldest vines in the world and is also a home to the most proficient producers such as Banrock Station, Hardys, Jacob’s Creek and Penfolds. Virtually, all the wineries welcome the tourists for tastings.

    Some major wine regions include:

    • Barossa Valley 

    • Clare Valley 

    • McLaren Vale 

    • Adelaide Hills 

    • Coonawarra 

    Great food

    Right from bush tucker to gourmet, South Australia presents to you some of the freshest food in the country. Foodies will definitely be spoilt for choice here. The region is vastly known across the country for its lip smacking produce. Do try out some of the Adelaide’s Mod Oz cuisine with dishes involving a lot of crayfish and oysters.  

    Best regions to try local produce:

    • Barossa Valley

    • Adelaide

    • Clare Valley

    Fantastic festivals & events

    South Australia is the ‘Festival State’ of Australia. Its cultural vibe and music and art scene is second to none in Australia. Adelaide indeed is the festival state that hosts a variety of events running towards the end of the summer in the month of March. If you are an art lover, March is the best month to visit the city. A perennial high calibre local and international events attract a number of artists as well as audiences from around the globe. People particularly gather here in large numbers to partake in the Adelaide Fringe, Adelaide Festival of Arts and the WOMADelaide.  

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