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Welcome to South Australia

South Australia

Rich in European heritage, South Australia is one of Australia’s most interesting holiday destinations.  It is renowned for its gourmet food and wine, offers some of Australia’s most beautiful scenery and is host to world-class arts festivals.  

South Australia is the only state that borders almost all the other states in Australia with the exception of Tasmania of course. The first settlement to be established was Kangaroo Island before the rising sea levels turned it into an island. South Australia’s capital is Adelaide.  Offering a Mediterranean climate, you will find the winters cold & wet and the summers hot & dry. The state is known as the state of festivals and fine wine and has a great history in sport including basketball, cricket, motor sports and the most popular sport Australian Rules. South Australia has many contrasts with rugged outback wilderness, scenic mountain ranges, an extensive coastline, offshore islands and a large meandering river.  The most amazing thing is that even though South Australia is the driest state in Australia it has a varied coastline of 3,700 kilometres and is home to the Murray River, which runs 650km through South Australia.

South Australia is famous mainly for its wine and opals. More than half of Australia's wine is produced here, the vineyards flourishing in its Mediterranean climate, and the State's three major opal fields, Coober Pedy, Mintabie and Andamooka, supply around 80 percent of the total world production of these sought-after gemstones.

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South Australia experiences a variety of climate zones ranging from desert temperatures in the north to Mediterranean weather along the coast, with warm dry summers and cool wet winters. Adelaide, along the coast, can experience very hot weather between December and February, but spring and autumn are usually very pleasant. Winter is the coolest and wettest season (June to August). Away from the coast the temperatures can be extreme with summer maximums over 104°F (40°C) and little or no rainfall.


English is the official language of Australia.


The Australian Dollar (AUD) is divided into 100 cents. Banks and bureaux de change exchange most foreign currencies. Travellers cheques are also welcome everywhere, but banks take a small commission and it is better to take cheques in major currencies (e.g. US dollars or Euros) to avoid additional charges. Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are freely available throughout the country. Banking hours are generally 9.30am to 4pm Monday to Thursday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Friday, but some banks offer extended hours and some are open on Saturday mornings.


GMT +9.5 (GMT +10.5 from last Sunday in October to first Sunday in April).

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