Follow your feet to discover the wineries, wildlife, outback and coastline of South Australia. From outback stargazing to coastal wildlife spotting and decadent fireside dining, there’s something for everyone in South Australia.
Whether you’re seeking amazing outdoor adventures, an incredible food and wine scene or vibrant arts and culture, South Australia has something to offer every kind of traveller. Head off the tourist track, look deeper and you’ll find some of Australia’s best-kept secrets.
South Australia’s charming capital of Adelaide is perfect for a laidback escape thanks to its excellent arts community and beautiful beaches. Wander through the beautiful botanic gardens, enjoy fresh produce at the Central Market and go on a street-art tour of the CBD before heading to a beachside bar to watch the sunset. Embrace the relaxed atmosphere of this beautiful capital city and keep your eyes open for unassuming treasures around every corner.
Venture further off the beaten path and discover all the amazing destinations South Australia has to offer. Explore the rugged coastline of the Fleurieu Peninsula, visit the Clare Valley and sample amazing wines in one of the oldest wine regions in the country or be amazed by the incredible native wildlife on Kangaroo Island. Take in the spectacular natural scenery of the Limestone Coast or stand awestruck in the orange-red landscape of the Flinders Ranges.
Best Time to Visit South Australia
No matter what time of year you choose to visit South Australia, there are incredible experiences in store for you.
Summer – December to February
South Australian summers are perfect for those who love warm weather and road trips to the beach – temperatures are often around 35°C but the mercury can climb as high as 45°C. To escape the heat, head south to Kangaroo Island for a beachside getaway. Adelaide is always a hotspot in summer thanks to its stylish beach bars and amazing lineup of outdoor festivals including WOMADelaide, Adelaide Festival and Adelaide Fringe Festival, the largest open-access festival in the Southern Hemisphere.
Autumn – March to May
Autumn in South Adelaide offers sunshine, mild temperatures in the low to mid 20s and the beautiful changing colours of the leaves. There are fewer tourists at this time of year, and it’s the perfect opportunity to drive through the Adelaide Hills and take in those gorgeous Autumnal colours.
Winter – June to August
Though the weather may be colder, South Australia comes alive in winter. Explore the mysterious Flinders Ranges and gaze up at a sky full of stars, discover an abundance of local wildlife, or visit one of the Barossa Valley’s amazing wineries and curl up with a glass of red in front of a roaring fire. No matter what your travel style is, South Australia will have something spectacular in store for you during winter.
Spring – September to November
South Australia is truly breathtaking in Spring. The streets of Adelaide are awash in the deep purple of Jacaranda trees and the Clare Valley’s canola flowers create rolling fields of bright yellow. You’ll feel refreshed and rejuvenated amongst blooming flowers and lush trees of Spring.
Attractions & Things to Do
Step outside the box and discover something a little different in South Australia. Whether you came to get back to nature, taste the best wines in Australia or drive along rugged coastlines, your trip to South Australia is sure to be an unforgettable experience.
South Australia is famous for its incredible wineries, and you might have a hard time deciding which ones to visit. The Clare Valley is known for producing some of the worlds best Riesling and there are plenty of five-star wineries where you can taste their wines and understand the hype. There’s also the Barossa Valley, an internationally acclaimed wine region boasting more than 80 cellar doors. Take a look at the Luxury Escapes guide to The Barossa Valley’s Best Wineries for our top picks.
Nature lovers will be amazed by the incredible opportunities to get up close to Australian wildlife during your South Australian trip. Whether you’re brave enough to swim with great white sharks in Port Lincoln or content watching seals frolic on Kangaroo Island, you’ll love being able to watch Australian wildlife in its natural habitat. Even if you decide on a winter getaway, you’ll have plenty of chances to see some furry (or scaly!) friends, so make sure you consult our Top Five Winter Wildlife Experiences in South Australia and start planning.
And of course, one of the best ways to experience South Australia is by venturing away from the tourist hotspots and finding your own path. Drive out to the Flinders Ranges and see its unique red-orange landscape during the day and gaze up in wonder at its starry skies at night. Explore the Eyre Peninsula, an undiscovered gem that boasts amazing food and wine as well as incredible aquatic activities like swimming with dolphins or whale spotting at Nullarbor National Park. Or see a different side of the Murray River by venturing to Coorong, an area rich in biodiversity and indigenous heritage. Our list of the Top 10 Places to Discover in South Australia is the perfect guide to help you get started on your South Australian discovery tour.
Best Restaurants & Places to Eat
Any foodie will love a getaway to South Australia thanks to its amazing fine dining and winery scene. But you don’t have to go all the way to the Barossa Valley or Clare Valley to get the best of South Australia on your plate. Adelaide boasts plenty of amazing dining options, from international cuisine like Afghan, Japanese and Italian, to an array of chic bars serving up the best local wines and craft beers. A perfect day in Adelaide is spent at the beach before heading to the bar for a drink in the evening, so we’ve complied a list of The Best Beaches and Beachside Bars in the city for you to enjoy.
Where to Stay
In South Australia you can choose from glamping, luxe hotels, beautiful country homes and everything in between. What they all have in common is a friendly, laidback style of hospitality that will make you feel right at home during your time in this amazing destination. We have compiled a list of The Top Places to Stay in South Australia so whether you’re staying in the heart of Adelaide or exploring wilderness in the Flinders Ranges, you can spend your getaway in style. Or for something a little different, you can have a look at our list of South Australian Bathtubs You'll Want to Take a Dip In so you can plan your holiday around a luxurious bath.
Australian Visa: Do I Need One?
When travelling internationally, a visa may be required to the destination you are visiting. It is each traveller’s responsibility to ensure they are holding a current visa. Please take the time to visit our preferred vendor website Visas Direct to assist you with any visa application requirements and processes.
Please ensure that you have a current passport before travelling. Your passport needs an accurate photo and should be valid for at least six months after you are scheduled to return home. It should also have at least two blank pages left for passport stamps.
Allow plenty of time if you need to send your passport to the Passport Office for renewal, particularly prior to peak travel periods.
All travellers, especially honeymooners, should ensure that names in passports are those given out on the booking form. Airline tickets must be booked in the same name that appears on your passport.
It is useful to carry photo ID with you at all times, so get several good quality photocopies. This also makes replacing a lost passport easier.
Government Travel Advice
The safety of our travellers is the utmost importance. With your safety in mind, we monitor world events very closely, however we recommend visiting the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Smart Traveller website to stay informed.