South Port Beach boardwalk at sunset Port Noarlunga South Australia

South Australia Travel Guide

Let our South Australia Travel Guide help you discover why so many people start planning the second visit to the state before finishing their first. Wildlife and wine are top of the list on a visit to South Australia, but the state also offers rugged outback landscapes and stunning coastal marine parks.

Why Visit South Australia

  • Eighteen world-class wine regions
  • 5000 kilometres of almost crowd-free coastline
  • Stunning outback landscapes – plenty of red dirt sunsets here
  • Brilliant nature reserves, including Kangaroo Island and coastal marine reserves

So let’s start exploring South Australia and planning your escape.

Regions in South Australia

Like most states of Australia, South Australia is divided into more than ten touring regions:

They all offer fantastic standalone short breaks or, better still, string a couple together for a long road trip.

south Australia Travel Planning

If you prefer your holidays away from the big city, if you like a bit of space, South Australia might be your nirvana. The population of 1.6 million have just over a million square kilometres to share. Admittedly like most Australians, most of them cling to the coast, but there is plenty of that too.

How To Get To South Australia

International Airports

Adelaide Airport has direct international flights from Doha, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, China, Auckland, Nadi, and Denpasar.

There are numerous small airports around the state; Rex Airlines services 9 of them if you need to get somewhere in a hurry.

Interstate Trains

You can take trains from Adelaide to Melbourne, Alice Springs, Darwin, and Perth. The Indian Pacific, Ghan and Overland services depart from Adelaide Parklands Terminal and can be booked via Journey Beyond.

Interstate Buses

Two companies offer travel between Adelaide and the other capital cities.

  • Greyhound offer a national bus network
  • Firefly offer routes between Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne
  • Premier Stateliner 

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How to get around South Australia

If you plan to explore the state beyond Adelaide, driving is easiest. If you prefer not to drive, you could combine some day tours to the closest regions or an extended tour around the state.

Public Transport

Buses – A network of buses service regional South Australia, they depart from Adelaide Central Bus Station.
Ferries – Two services run between Kangaroo Island and the mainland. Sealink and Kangaroo Island Connect (KIC)

Driving distances

  • Adelaide to the Adelaide Hills – 45mins
  • Adelaide to Barossa Valley – 1hr
  • Adelaide to Kangaroo Island – 3hrs 45m
  • Adelaide to Port Lincoln – 7hrs
  • Adelaide to Coober Pedy – 8 hrs 30m

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