South Australia shares a border with every other mainland state, and as such is "boxed in"; with most of its inland areas being arid and sparsely populated, the contrast makes the beautiful green and coastal areas the state has look even more impressive.
Over the past couple of decades, South Australia has become synonymous with one word - "wine." Featuring some of the best vineyards in Australia, the "Festival State" takes fine drinking and dining experiences to the next level, which is reflected in its economy which focuses significantly on the agricultural.
The Barossa Valley region epitomises this to the fullest; a wonderful mix of German wine growers in a watered Australian valley combine to provide venues where many famous wines may be tasted and put your palate to the test. South Australia's capital city, Adelaide, is known to the rest of the country as the "City of Churches" due to some of its historical architecture dating back to the early days of British colonisation which is amazing to behold and provides a particular touch of English charm to the city that other capitals may not have. Key regions to visit while you are in South Australia include:
Each of these regions offer something different but are mostly aligned with nature, vineyards, greenery and natural waterways than bustling urban centres.
What is South Australia Famous for?
The Murray River is the longest river in Australia and crosses several states, however the mouth of the river enters the ocean in South Australia, thus cruises along it are a popular sightseeing activity as they provide a chance to view the rolling hills, green vineyards, golden citrus orchards and other flora that South Australia is famous for.
Kangaroo Island off the South Australian coast is a popular destination as it features a dense population of Australian wildlife and is a conduit for species heading North from the Antarctic circle as well. A visit to Kangaroo Island grants the possibility of seeing echidnas, koalas, kangaroos, fur seals and other ocean wild life and sea birds while being located in a body of water that is close to many popular dolphin swim venues as well. In the end however, wine is usually one of the overarching purposes people have for visiting SA, and the quality of the beverage on offer there makes it worth the visit.
South Australia's Mediterranean climate leads to warm, dry Summers and cool, wet Winters. Aligning your trip just after the latest wine harvest has been completed is often the best way to sample the best the region's liquor has to offer.
Who should visit South Australia?
Those who are after a more laid-back, relaxing holiday through pastural surrounds and looking for mild temperatures would be best suited to visit South Australia. A taste for wine and for a less stressful, less bustling environment is a good set of attributes for this region. In addition, if you're looking for more detailed information on all of South Australia's major regions, be sure to visit our City Guides page for a breakdown of weather, the top things to do, how to get there and much, much more!