South Australia is a year-round location. If you plan a visit to coincide with any of the big festivals, sort your accommodation early for the best choice and price. This is particularly true of February and March when good weather and significant events combine. March is particularly expensive.

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Weather in South Australia

Like most of Australia, the weather in South Australia is best in Spring and Autumn. Summers can be scorching, particularly away from the coast. Winters are mild, but rainfall can be substantial. Spring edges out the other seasons as our favourite due to the wildflower season and comfortable temperatures.

South Australia Festivals and Events

Below we have listed a sample of South Australia’s leading events and festivals. Check regional tourism sites before you make any plans, as things may be rescheduled due to current conditions.

January Santos Tour Downunder
FebruaryHanda Women’s Open
FebruaryAdelaide Festival
Feb/March Adelaide Fringe
March Womadelaide
March Harvest Season
May Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend
April Barossa Vintage Festival
April Tastes of the Outback – Flinders Ranges
April/MayTasting of Australia
JuneCoober Pedy Opal Festival
July Winter Reds Weekend – Adelaide Hills
SeptemberRoyal Adelaide Show
September/OctoberOzAsia Festival
OctoberAdelaide Fashion Festival
October/November Feast Festival
Dates correct at time of publication

South Australia School and Public Holidays

School holidays see prices go up and availability reduce. If you don’t need to be travelling at this time, you can save quite a bit by avoiding it.

Public Holidays in South Australia 2022-2023

Holiday 20222023
New Year’s Day + Monday Holiday 01 and 03 January01 – 02 January
Australia Day26 January26 January
Adelaide Cup14 March13 March*
Good Friday15 April07 April
Easter Sat.16 April08 April
Easter Mon.18 April10 April
Anzac Day25 April 25 April
Queens Birthday 12 June12 June
Labour Day02 October02 October
Christmas Eve24 December24 December
Christmas Day25 December 25 December
Proclamation Day27 December26 December
Boxing Day26 December 26 December
New Year’s Eve31 December31 December
* Subject to proclamation
Source: SA Government June 2021

School Holidays in Queensland 2022-2023

Period 20222023
Autumn break:15 April – 1 May15 April – 30 April
Winter break: 09 July – 24 July08 July – 23 July
Spring break:01 October – 16 October30 September – 15 October
Summer break:17 December – 29 January 202316 December – 28 January 2024
Source: SA Dept of Education

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