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South Australia

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Introduction

Port Noarlunga, South Australia ©EOS_3

South Australia is bounded by other states on the west, east and north, and flanked to the south by the Southern Ocean. Most of its population live in the fertile coastal area and the valley of the Murray River, which is the state's only navigable river and drains about one-seventh of Australia. The northern landscape consists largely of dry wasteland, with several low mountain ranges. The most impressive mountains are the Mt Lofty-Flinders ranges, extending about 500 miles (800km) from Cape Jervis to the northern end of Lake Torrens. The capital of South Australia is the charming Adelaide, known as the City of Churches.


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 output of these sought-after gemstones. The state may encompass some of the most arid parts of Australia, but the desert landscapes are sublime and South Australia keeps everything lively with a full festival calendar. Foodies will also find much to celebrate, especially in Adelaide, which prides itself on its gourmet offerings.


Climate Info

South Australia experiences a variety of climate zones ranging from arid desert 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 in summer, between December and February, with temperatures averaging between 60°F (15°C) and 84°F (29°C), but spring and autumn are usually warm, mild and pleasant. Winter, between June and August, is the coolest and wettest season, with average temperatures in Adelaide ranging between 45°F (7°C) and 61°F (16°C). Away from the coast the temperatures are more extreme, with summer maximums over 104°F (40°C) and little or no rainfall.


Getting Around

Adelaide has a small city centre so it is easy to get around on foot, or by bicycle, using the many cycling paths. A novel service is the Adelaide City Bikes scheme, which allows visitors and residents to hire a bike within the city centre for free, so long as they leave valid ID as a deposit for the duration of the bike hire. Those wishing to explore farther afield can make good use of the Adelaide Connector free bus service, which provides a safe and convenient link between north and south Adelaide through the central city area. The 19-seater free buses are fitted with disability access and run seven days a week. There are also other free bus and tram services in the CBD aimed at carrying visitors between the main sights. The city is also served by the TransAdelaide rail system that extends across the metropolitan area via a number of rail lines. Most visitors enjoy a trip on the 1929 historic vintage tram, which departs from Victoria Square at regular intervals, carrying passengers to Glenelg in about 30 minutes. Numerous taxi companies operate in the city and cabs can be hired at stands, hailed in the street, or booked by telephone.


Adelaide Airport (ADL)

LocationThe airport is situated four miles (6km) west of Adelaide.
Time DifferenceGMT +9.5 (GMT +10.5 from first Sunday in October to first Sunday in April).
Contacts

Tel: +61 (0)8 8308 9211.

Getting to city

A public bus service called JetBus picks up passengers from the bus stop on the left side of the plaza as one exits the terminal. A number of door-to-door shuttle buses are also available at this bus stop.

Car Rental

Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty are among the car hire companies represented at the airport.

Airpor Taxis

A taxi rank is located left of the plaza as one walks out of the terminal. Concierges help passengers by allocating taxis. The taxis are metered and the trip to downtown Adelaide takes about 20 minutes.

Airport Facilities

Adelaide is among the most modern of Australia's airports, providing passengers with a wide range of duty-free shopping opportunities, as well as ATMs and currency exchange, free wifi, luggage storage, first aid facilities, a children's play area, a prayer room, and numerous bars and restaurants.

Car Parking

A multi-level short-term car park offers undercover parking linked to the terminal: the first 30 minutes cost A$4 and each hour thereafter costs between A$3 and A$7, up to a daily maximum of A$38. Economical long-term parking can be found a short distance from the terminal (linked to the airport by free buses), which costs A$30 for the first day and additional cost of about A$10-A$20 per day thereafter.

Websitewww.adelaideairport.com.au


Hahndorf


Just an easy 20-minute drive along the South Eastern Freeway from the city centre of Adelaide is the scenic Adelaide Hills region. The most popular tourist destination in the area is Australia's oldest surviving German settlement, Hahndorf. The town was settled in 1839 by Prussian and Ea
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Historic Hahndorf, South Australia ©Chris Fithall



Kangaroo Island


Australia's third largest island is home to colonies of sea lions, fairy penguins, pelicans, marine life and, of course, kangaroos, and provides so much to do and discover that visitors are advised to stay for at least two days. Kangaroo Island is situated eight miles (13km) from the mai
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Kangaroo Island ©Paul Asman and Jill Lenoble



Adelaide Botanic Garden


The Adelaide Botanic Garden is one of the top free attractions in the city and a lovely place to unwind and enjoy some of the region's natural beauty. The gardens are easily accessible in the centre of the city and are immaculately maintained. The garden's old trees are one of the highli
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Bicentennial tropical conservatory in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens ©Peripitus



Flinders Ranges


The Flinders Ranges, one of the few elevated landmasses in South Australia, is the gateway to the state's Outback, offering rugged and spectacular scenery best seen at daybreak or sunset when the colours come alive. At the southern end of the ranges, about 25 miles (40km) from Port Agust
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Flinders Ranges, South Australia ©Peter Priday



Coober Pedy


Coober Pedy, the opal mining town located in the harsh Outback of South Australia, about 540 miles (850km) north of Adelaide, operates largely underground. Homes, a church, a pottery studio and various businesses consist of 'dugouts', which have been built by the locals to escape the int
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Coober Pedy Opal Mine ©denisbin



Barossa Valley


An hour's ride from Adelaide, to the northeast, is the Barossa Valley, Australia's premier winemaking region. About 50 wineries operate in the valley, which is blessed with hot dry summers, loamy soil and good winter rainfall. The heart of the valley is the town of Tanunda, which feature
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Barossa Valley Vineyards ©Kyle Taylor



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