Relaxed, cultured and cosmopolitan, South Australia is often overlooked in favour of its more famous neighbours but should you venture here you’ll be rewarded with authentic Aussie experiences, incredible wildlife, fine wine and delicious local produce.

The charming state capital of Adelaide offers vibrant markets and street-side cafes, whilst the coast is just a short journey away. It’s the perfect base for exploring the rest of fascinating South Australia as well as being a great starting point for a journey into the Red Centre and further north to Darwin itself.

Treat your taste buds to world-class wines in the Barossa Valley and discover amazing wildlife on Kangaroo Island, Australia’s answer to the Galapagos. With incredible natural beauty and prolific wildlife, each region of South Australia merits its own exploration. Spend your days hopping between boutique vineyards in the Adelaide Hills or Barossa Valley, or drive to the easily accessible outback of the spectacular Flinders Ranges. Additionally, South Australia’s Coastlines offer some of the country’s most stunning beaches, many of which you’ll have to yourself.

Top Recommendations

  • Take a camping trip to Coorong National Park
  • Experience South Australia’s award-winning wine region – Barossa Valley
  • Sample untouched landscapes and unbelievable wildlife on Kangaroo Island
  • Take a hike through the ancient mountains of the Flinders Ranges

When to Visit

South Australia has a Mediterranean climate, with warm, dry summers and mild winters. Generally speaking, it is hotter to the north in the Flinders Ranges, and cooler further south, on Kangaroo Island. The best time to visit Adelaide and South Australia is during the summer months of October to April.

Average monthly high and low temperatures, plus average monthly rainfall and days with rain can be seen below for Adelaide.