South Australia

Enjoy everything South Australia has to offer, including world famous wine regions like the Barossa and Coonawarra, the stunning landscapes of the Flinders Ranges and Outback, the wildlife wonderland of Kangaroo Island, and vibrant Adelaide with its delicious 'eat streets', festivals and markets.

South Australia is also home to the Tour Down Under, Clipsal 500 V8 race, Adelaide Festival of Arts, WOMADelaide and many more exciting events. Make sure you don't miss them!


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The Adelaide CBD is a short drive from Adelaide Airport and offers an enormous choice of accommodation, entertainment and sightseeing. Shopping, cafes and restaurants, the cultural boulevard of North Terrace, the National Wine Centre, the Adelaide Botanic Garden, Adelaide Zoo and the Adelaide Central Market are all within walking distance from city hotels.

Regions of South Australia


Adelaide’s pristine beaches are within easy reach of the city. The Adelaide coastline begins at the tip of the narrow Le Fevre Peninsula and ends at Sellicks Beach. In between are wide sandy beaches and blue waters, reefs, wetlands and estuaries, and cliffs that glow with the setting sun.

Glenelg is Adelaide’s most popular beachside destination, and also offers food, shopping and entertainment. Henley Beach, Grange and Semaphore are also all beautiful sandy beaches just made for relaxation.




Adelaide’s wine regions are some of Australia’s most famous. There are nine within 90 minutes of the CBD – you can choose from the Adelaide Plains, Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Fleurieu, Limestone Coast or Riverland regions, or you can take a 30-minute flight to the Kangaroo Island wine region.



Kangaroo Island

It might be relatively close to Adelaide, but Kangaroo Island is a world of its own. Its rugged coastline offers sightseeing, diving and fishing experiences, or swimming in sheltered bays during summer. Its unspoilt bushland is a sanctuary for native animals, and more than one-third of the island has been declared conservation or national park.

Kangaroo Island’s wildlife is internationally renowned, with tourists able to view penguins, sea lions and fur seals.There are guided wildlife-spotting tours, or you can make your own way along one of the many walking trails.

There’s also museums and attractions dotted around the island. You can go caving, learn about the 60 shipwrecks sites around the coast and even stay overnight in a restored lighthouse keeper’s cottage.




South Australia’s Outback is a wild, rugged place, yet still within easy reach of the city. Its tracks, landscapes and pioneer stories are the stuff of Australian legend.
The Flinders Ranges has been named one of Australia’s outstanding national landscapes, and it’s not hard to see why. The ranges and Outback offer a myriad of experiences, including tours of opal country at Coober Pedy, visits to the majestic natural amphitheatre of Wilpena Pound and scenic flights over some areas.

You can discover Aboriginal art and culture, experience bush tucker on tours through the Flinders, or visit the stunning Lake Eyre.



Murray River

The Murray is a national icon and South Australia’s lifeblood, but it also offers tourists unforgettable holiday experiences. Houseboat cruises, waterskiing and fishing are all on offer, and you can also ride on historic paddle steamers, once the conduit for agricultural trade.

The Murraylands region offers camping, arts and crafts, a myriad of country pubs, reserves and conservation parks, Aboriginal culture and endless water sport options.


Events in South Australia

Adelaide is known as the festival city, and its calendar includes some of the world’s most loved and best attended events. There’s always something on. Whether you’re interested in theatre, music, cabaret, celebrated writers, comedy, visual arts, dance or sport, we have something for you.

As well as the special events, the art galleries, museums, heritage places and zoos offer year-round options for visitors.




Santos Tour Down Under

The Tour Down Under starts the global cycling year with a bang. Held at the height of the balmy Adelaide summer, it was first staged here in 1999 and is now the biggest cycling race in the southern hemisphere.

The week-long event is run in January each year on the streets of Adelaide and the roads of regional South Australia.

But it’s also a festival of fun, bringing a party atmosphere to the state and offering a number of amateur cycling events for all to enter.



Adelaide Festival of the Arts

Launched in 1960 and held every second year, the festival includes opera, theatre, dance, classical and contemporary music, cabaret, new media events, Adelaide Writers’ Week, outdoor entertainment, visual arts exhibitions, master classes, forums, a late night club and much more.




Adelaide Fringe Festival

The Fringe started life in 1960 as the smaller cousin to the Adelaide Festival of Arts, run every second year. It’s since become the world’s second-biggest Fringe festival after the acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe.

The Fringe is an open-access event, allowing anyone with ideas and enthusiasm to be part of the program. In 2007 it became an annual event. It’s the largest arts event in Australia and is renowned for the vibrant atmosphere it brings to the streets of Adelaide.



Credit Union Christmas Pageant

Adelaide’s beloved pageant was first staged in 1933 with eight floats and four bands. Father Christmas has appeared at every pageant and his arrival lets the state’s children know that Christmas is not far away.

Now run by the state’s Major Events body, it attracts more than 500,000 people and has become a South Australian institution and one of the largest events of its kind in the world.



City-Bay Fun Run

This annual spectacle is held in September and takes runners from the CBD to Moseley Square at Glenelg. Its most recent event attracted almost 30,000 participants, making it Australia’s leading fun run.

Everyone from elite athletes to wheelchair athletes and even people in fancy dress can take part.

Participants can walk or run a 3km, 6km or 12km course, and the event raises funds to support athletics in South Australia.



Clipsal 500

The Clipsal 500 is the first round in the V8 Supercar Championship Series and is Australia’s largest domestic motorsport event. In 2005 it was inducted into the V8 Supercars Australia Hall of Fame.

Held over four days every year since 1999, it is run on the 3.2km Adelaide street circuit, where the rival Ford and Holden tribes wear their team colours and watch Australia’s top drivers battle it out.

There’s also lots of off-track action and entertainment, including military air displays, street parties, vehicle displays, sideshows and nightly concerts by top Australian and international acts.



WOMAD stands for World of Music, Arts and Dance. It brings together artists from across the globe and celebrates multiculturalism and the arts.

The world music festival has found a perfect partnership with Adelaide since it was first held here in 1992.

Now run over four days, the event attracts enormous interest, with half of its audience coming from outside the state. Its unique program of music, arts and dance now has a cult following.


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