Capital City: Adelaide
Airports: Adelaide, Port Lincoln, Olympic Dam
Climate: The southern part of the state has a Mediterranean climate with cool wet
winters with hot dry summers.
* South Australia's average maximum temperature in summer (Dec-Feb) is 29 °C (84
°F) and the average winter maximum temperature is 15 °C (59 °F). Daily temperatures
in parts of the state in January and February can be up to 48 °C (118 °F).
*The highest maximum temperature was recorded as 50.7 °C (123.3 °F) at Oodnadatta,
The lowest minimum temperature was −8 °C (17.6 °F) at Yongala.
South Australia Fun facts
* South Australia produces half of Australia’s wine with over 70 wineries in the
Barossa valley alone
* Jesuit priests planted the first grapes in the Clare Valley in 1851
* Adelaide has a higher ratio of cafes and restaurants to residents than any other
city in Australia.
* South Australia has a population of 1.64 million with 1.28 million of these people
living in the capital Adelaide (Australia’s 5th largest city)
* South Australia is the driest state in Australia (the world’s driest continent)
* South Australia boasts Australia’s longest jetty 1.8km in the port town of Beachport
* The largest farm (ranch) in Australia (and the world) is Anna Creek Station in
South Australia. At 23,677 km² Anna Creek Station is roughly the same size as Belgium.
Destinations and Experiences
Flinders Ranges and Outback
* Explore the majestic Flinders Ranges, by car, foot or plane.
* Hike to the highest point in the Flinders ranges, St Marys peak at 1170m above
sea level, or walk the end of the 1200km Heysen Trail to the top of Parachilna Gorge.
* Walk to the rim of Wilpena Pound, a huge natural amphitheatre
* See Aboriginal art at Arkaroo Rock and fossils in ancient sea beds at Brachina
* Four wheel drive the Oodnadatta Track to salty Lake Eyre along a traditional Aboriginal
trading route, or take the Strzelecki Track past scenic wetlands such as Coongie
Lakes and desert landscapes. This is very remote country so thorough preparation
and a four wheel drive is essential.
* Fossick for opals in the underground town of Coober Pedy or Andamooka
* Observe the colony of Australian sea lions at Seal Bay up close with a ranger
* See pink pelicans at Reeves Point and sea lions on the rocks at Cape du Couedic
* Surf at Vivonne Bay or swim on secret beaches at Stokes Bay
* Watch the Fairy (Little) Penguins make their nightly journey to the shore in Penneshaw
or from Kingscote Wharf.
* Visit the underground caves of Kelly Hill Conservation Park and the Remarkable
Rocks in Flinders Chase National Park
* Dive off American Beach through shipwrecks and with leafy sea dragons
* Visit Blue Lake of Mount Gambier, which changes from steel-grey to turquoise blue
* Discover the World Heritage-listed Naracoorte Caves, where you can view a bat cave
* Canoe or sail along the lagoons and waterways of the Coorong, getting up close
to hundreds of wetland birds and learning about Aboriginal history
* Fish, dive, windsurf and sail from the picturesque crayfishing town of Kingston
* Snorkel and cave-dive in the limestone ponds of Ewens Ponds Conservation Park,
or in the crystal-clear water of Piccaninnie Ponds Conservation Park.
* Explore the Murray River with its’giant red gums, sandstone cliffs, and weeping
willows by houseboat, luxury cruiser or paddlesteamer
* Go sailing, water-skiing, jet-skiing, and canoeing at Lake Bonney
* Stay in Berri or Lyrup in the Murray River National Park, and canoe through the
bird-filled waters of Katarapko Creek, Loch Luna and Chowilla/Ral
* Cycle along the scenic East Front Road or four wheel drive in Ngarkat Conservation
* See the birthplace of the Black Duck Dreaming with a Nganguraku Aboriginal guide
in the Loxton Historical Village
* Visit the world-famous vineyards of the Barossa Valley such as Yalumba, Seppelts,
* Sample high quality, local produce on the Butcher, Baker, WineMaker Trail
* See artisans at work in one of the many studios in the region
* Visit the old steam trains, stone churches, galleries and museums in the heritage
town of Gawler, South Australia’s oldest country town
* Walk or cycle the 25km Riesling Trail between green hills, vineyards and restaurants
* Taste sacramental wine made by Jesuit priests at the cellar door in Sevenhill,
or buy country produce from the markets
* Drive the Heartland Heritage Trail through restored heritage towns such as Burra,
Kapunda and Mintaro
* Explore the Aboriginal history of Two Wells or sample gourmet meals at the restaurants,
cafes and pubs of Auburn
* Snorkel with giant cuttlefish near Whyalla and swim with sea lions at Baird Bay
* Go cage diving with a Great White Shark south of Port Lincoln
* Spot Southern Right Whales in the Great Australian Bight Marine Park between May
* Visit the Lake Newland Conservation Park, home to hundreds of wetland birds
* Head inland to the Gawler Ranges and see colourful volcanic rock, shimmering salt
lakes, wildflowers and native wildlife
* Four wheel drive further into the Nullarbor Plain - the vast, treeless plain
* Dive or snorkel with leafy sea dragons from the jetty at Rapid Bay or dive off
Yankalilla Bay and swim through the sunken engine room and turrets of the ex-HMAS
* Watch migrating whales and waddling little penguins in Victor Harbor
* Walk, fish or surf on the white sand of Goolwa, Cape Jervis, Christies and Middleton
* Visit wineries and art and craft galleries in the McLaren Vale wine region
* From Goolwa you can canoe down the Murray River past wetland birds in the Coorong’s
* Sample the fresh produce from Adelaide Central Market or go shopping at Rundle
* Swim with dolphins in vibrant Glenelg
* Browse the world's largest collection of Aboriginal antiquities at the Aboriginal
* Bike ride in Elder Park or picnic in sprawling Botanic Park, where the international
music festival WOMADelaide is held.
* Explore the museums, markets and historic harbour of Port Adelaide
* Visit Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest surviving German village, browse the bakeries,
craft shops and galleries and stay in Bavarian-inspired chalets
* Visit The Cedars, once the gracious home and studio of famous landscape artist
Sir Hans Heysen