Travel Planning
South Australia
Travel Planning
South Australia

South Australia at a Glance

South Australia offers a varied bouquet of activities for travelers of all interests. Whether you want time on the beach, fun on an eco-tour or a relaxing spin through wine country, South Australia has a region for you. 

Adelaide is South Australia's capital city and a favorite destination for those wanting to experience a cosmopolitan Australian city. Enjoy time in art museums or in the city's extensive park system. Nearby beaches and a happening music scene mean there's always something going on day and night in Adelaide. 

Kangaroo Island is an undeveloped haven for natural exploration. Check out the island's old growth forests and its famous bird habitats. Here you'll see native Australian animal populations thriving without the ravages that European settlement caused on the mainland. 

Lastly, South Australia has some of the country's best wine-producing regions. Dry, hot summers create the perfect environment for grape-growing and the result is a foodie and wine-lover's destination with over 160 wineries and a plethora of farms, restaurants and artisnal cooks. 

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Popular Places
  • Adelaide Adelaide
  • Kangaroo Island Kangaroo Island
  • Barossa Valley Barossa Valley
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  • Major Airport Adelaide Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

All tourists need a visa to visit Australia with the exception of New Zealand nationals. Contact the Australian Consulate for more information. The U.S State Department website has information to help guide American citizens. 

Need to Know

Severe Weather South Australia can be very hot and dry and wildfires occur. Summers are hot and winters are mild. Since South Australia is such a large state its important to research the climate of the portion you are visiting so that you are prepared. 

Safety Concerns It is important to stay alert while in South Australia's urban areas. Pick-pocketing, theft, car break-ins and other crimes occur. Don't accept drinks from strangers and don't set yours down anywhere. In the wilderness, avoid snakes and wear insect repellent. Speak with locals to learn about dangerous insects and animals and how to avoid them. Obey warning signs about beach dangers and be wary of dangerous currents, sharks, jellyfish and undertows. 

Health Concerns Ticks, snakes and mosquitoes spread diseases and infections. When spending time outdoors, protect yourself by wearing sturdy shoes and covering your skin. Check for ticks a few times a day if you are hiking. Get immediate medical attention if you receive a snake bite. For travel in remote areas, consider taking a wilderness first aid course. Whenever you are outdoors in a hot climate take steps to prevent heat-related problems by staying cool and well hydrated. 

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